Andrés & I spent Memorial Day weekend visiting Philly, one of our favorite cities. We had tons of delicious food &, of course, lots of liquor.

On Friday night after checking into the hotel, we turned right around & headed to Jim’s to grab some steaks. Andrés says they’re the best drunk food because they’re greasy & delicious, especially at 3AM. I loved seeing huge cans of whiz as we headed up stairs to chow down.

Saturday morning we had brunch at the Morning Glory Diner. I had the Breakfast Pizza which was layered with potatoes, caramelized onions, mozzarella & scrambled egg & Andrés had the Grilled Ribeye Steak-n-Two Eggs. We really loved the extra little touches, like the homemade ketchup & the apricot jam. We shared an amazing slice of creamy coconut cream pie for dessert.

After brunch, we walked a couple blocks to explore the Italian Market. We bought a bunch of teas from the Spice Corner & Andrés got a handkerchief. On our way back to the car, we stopped in a Whole Foods for some cold drinks & then toured the Magic Garden, a house, patio, & garden covered in an oddly beautiful mosaic of broken tiles & glass.

I’m really into ships lately, so we tried to go see the Philly Navy Yard, but it was closed & we couldn’t see much from the street. We headed to Ruby Tuesday (a tradition of ours) for some drinks & then we went back to the hotel to relax before dinner.

At night we headed to Lolita, a contemporary Mexican restaurant on 13th Street owned by Chef Marcie Turney & Valerie Safran. The food was delicious, but what we really got us, was the BYOT.

Bring your own tequila.

We got a pitcher of the Naranja de Sangria (fresh squeezed margarita mix, blood orange puree, wild mint, sugared rim) & mixed in the tequila & orange liquor we brought from home. Fucking delicious.

We ordered the Guacamole con Totopos Mixtos (guacamole, jicama, mixed chips of Malanga de Coco, plantain & corn) for our appetizer. For my entrée, I had the Carne Asada a la Lolita (morita-cumin grilled beef tenderloin, smoky plantain crema, fried yucca, poblano rajas, avocado-tomatillo salsa) & Andrés had the Pechuga de Pato (hazelnut crusted duck breast, sweet plantains, sour cherry salsita, jicama-orange slaw).

For dessert we shared the Tiramisu a la Mexicana (Kahlua-espresso soaked lady fingers, canela-praline mascarpone, toasted hazelnuts, whipped cream).

It was one of the most amazing meals we’ve ever had. We even got to see Marcie & Valerie (the owners) sitting outside before we left.

I should also note that we left the restaurant with more tequila than we came with because the table next to ours had some kind of fight & when they left, they forgot their bottle of Patrón! We had no shame in snatching that up!

On Sunday we slept in & skipped breakfast so we headed right over to Tony Luke’s after checking out of the hotel. We stuffed ourselves with steaks & cheese fries. After eating at Tony’s, Geno’s, & Jim’s, Tony’s is still our favorite. I want to try Pat’s next time we’re up there, though.

On our way to Tony’s, we saw an Ikea, & decided to spend the afternoon picking up a few things for the house.

This was our haul: a Malm dresser, 2 sets of Anita curtains (charcoal & white), two Beskada curtain rods (ours don’t have the finials) with the double wall hardware, two floating Lack shelves (that are too long for where we want to put them, but will probably be used elsewhere), & a Mysa Stra lightweight comforter (mentioned previously). All for around $230.

We also picked up three of those huge blue reusable Ikea bags for grocery shopping, now that we’re bona fide Costco members! Fuck yeah, bitches. We now have the privilege of buying five gallons of mayonnaise from an exclusive warehouse.

Somehow all of this fit in Andrés’ Audi & we headed back to Virginia, but not before stopping to look at the S.S. United States that’s docked in the Delaware River, right across the street from Ikea. I got to see some huge ships, after all. Our next visit, we might have a fancy dinner overlooking the river.


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