Jan 162018

Hi friends! Thank you so much for the kind words after my 2018 goals and blogging update post – it’s so nice to know you guys are behind me no matter what my blogging schedule looks like moving forward. 🙂 For now, I wanted to pop in to share a super fun 3-day weekend that we had in Philly. I didn’t take a ton of photos because I wasn’t sure if I was going to post about it, but here I am on Monday evening with an urge to share, so I’m going for it!


On Friday evening, Fabio and I had a date night! Fabio’s on an international networking group at his job, and they’re planning a cool event to celebrate the Winter Olympics in a couple of weeks. They’re planning to serve Korean food at the event, and Fabio recently got to sample food from a couple of local Korean restaurants so he could help decide what to have at the event. He and his team wound up going with food from a place called Seoul Spice, and after he raved about it to me I made him promise to take me there for dinner. 🙂 We didn’t have plans for Friday evening, so a date night at the Korean spot was in order!

Seoul Spice is actually located in our old neighborhood of NoMa, and when we arrived we realized it was a fast-casual spot! Ha! I guess we should have looked it up ahead of time. Oh well – it was still a fun date night even it was more casual that we realized. Plus the food was SO delicious!

I went with the “Klassic” bowl with purple rice, and everything was so delicious. I definitely recommend this place if you’re in the area!


Saturday morning began nice and slow. While I took Jack on a long walk, Fabio was busy at home making us lattes and arepas (basically Colombian corn pancakes, but not sweet at all). I made some soft-scrambled eggs to go with the arepas, and we enjoyed a delicious late breakfast.

After that, we got ourselves ready to head up to Philly! Our friend Jake turned 30 this weekend, and his fiance Greg threw a surprise party for him on Saturday night. Jake and Greg were both in Fabio’s fraternity in college, so many of his fraternity brothers were coming into town for it too. I couldn’t wait to see everyone!

We hit some traffic as soon as we arrived in Pennsylvania, but all things considered, we had a pretty easy drive up.

We arrived in Philly around 2 p.m., and then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with our friends watching the Eagles playoff game at a bar near our hotel. Then at 8 p.m. we headed to the party, and the birthday boy (and his friend who was also turning 30) entered the room as we all yelled “Surprise!”

I think it’s safe to say Jake and his friend were surprised – they literally yelled, “Is all this for us?!”

Success! The party itself was so much fun, and Greg did a great job coordinating every detail. I miss these guys!

After the party, Fabio and I went out to another bar with his best friend, Hayden, and we spent the night dancing just like old times. So fun!


On Sunday morning we had brunch plans with my good friend (and sorority sister/bridesmaid) Kristen, and her fiance Mark. We went to Girard Bruncherie to eat, and it was so, so delicious. Highly recommend this spot!

While we were there, Mark casually mentioned that next weekend they had plans to attend the Philadelphia Home Show, and we joked that we should drive back up to go with them. Then he said that the home show was also in town that weekend and that he happened to have two extra tickets to go. We then found ourselves making plans to go to the home show after brunch. Who knew we’d wind up doing something so random, impulsive, and adult?!

We wound up spending the next couple of hours walking around the Philly Home Show with Kristen and Mark as we checked out lots of different home renovation booths. It was super helpful to see different materials in person, especially since we’re meeting with the kitchen contractor later this week to start making real plans. We looked at cabinets, countertops, flooring options, hardware, and more, all with two of our favorite people by our sides. Yep, it was random, but so fun!

We said goodbye to Kristen and Mark around 3 p.m., and got home around 5:30 p.m., at which point Fabio offered to make chicken parm for dinner. What a treat! It was really cold out too, so we enjoyed a cozy fire at home while we ate.

Oh yes, and those are Fabio’s famous mozzarella sticks on the side. 🙂

After dinner, we stayed up way too late watching our current favorite Netflix show, The Travellers. Has anyone else been watching that one? We also recently watched Peaky Blinders and Godless, all of which have been amazing. Netflix is killing it with their original series lately!


We had talked about meeting up with our friend Jason for a FlyWheel class on Monday, but instead Fabio and I decided to have a lazy day at home. We slept in, we watched more Netflix, I took a nap, and then I did other important stuff like meal-planning and grocery shopping to prep for the week ahead. We currently have another fire in the fireplace, and Fabio’s making me dinner again. Woohoo! I could get used to this.

This week ahead should be a busy one – work is pretty busy right now and we are planning to get started with kitchen plans, which I’m getting SO excited for. I’m sure I’ll be sharing some updates about that soon!

Question of the day: Have you ever had a surprise party planned for you?

My best friend Bianca planned one for me when I turned 15. It was at my own house and I was STILL shocked!!

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