Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
I'm originally from a tiny town called Tunkhannock, but I drove up from Philadelphia where I've lived for nearly a decade, and explored the trails. It's about 2.5 hours one way and I made it into a little day trip. The trail now has a new, lovely parking area complete with bathrooms! Heck yeah!
Next time I'll tack on a hike at World's End State Park to make the day more challenging. Ricketts Glen is a rather easy hike, but totally worth the trip for the sights alone. Head out during a warmer season and bring your bathing suit! Lake Jean at the top of the hill is a great little spot where you can rent boats and cabins.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company Beer: Saison/Farmhouse | Beer Advocate Score: In Review Abv: 6.80%
It's one of my favorite beer seasons of the year. I long for the fragrant and spicy beer to hit the shelves with the intent to pound a can after a long bike ride or a stroll in the spring sunshine. The Saison au Miel by Left Hand caught my eye and I popped one out of the beer fridge. Part of the sell was that it came in a 16oz can and I was a thirsty gal that day. Carbonation was low, color a nice gold, and the taste sweet and spicy. With the addition of honey in the recipe, I think it really toned down some of my favorite things about a saison, the spice! So a little sweeter than expected, but sort of a welcomed change. I'd definitely try it again pair it with a salad or something crisp and fresh. Let's see if a rating comes down the line soon!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
It's technically the third day of Spring and it's really, actually, swears to god, starting to feel like it! The bike ride into work this morning was divine! My little seedlings are popping up and growing along the windowsill and the saison and IPAs are flowing. Warmer weather means a ton of time spent in the garden and also, suddenly, the drive to work on that Summer-bod (insert fancy new workout gear justification). Here are a couple of my favorite things this season! Enjoy
Monday, March 20, 2017
The amazing floral and landscape displays showcased at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show did not fail to impress. Tulips overtook the convention center and I suddenly felt like I was dropped into an idyllic Holland-esque village. This was my first time making it to the spectacle and I'm so happy I did! I was running close to a sugar overload thanks to Beiler's from across the street at the Reading Terminal. I highly recommend turning up to the convention center full of sugar, ready to be dazzled, and excited to sniff the delightfully fragrant air. Until next year...!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
It's been one of those long, lingery winters that just never seem to have an end in sight. Until they do, then you wear short sleeves on ONE bike ride, and the next day the Mid-Atlantic region is being annihilated by at least 6 inches of snow. Here in Philadelphia we were supposed to get 8-12 inches of the fluffy white, but I woke up this morning to ~4 inches and sleet. Lovely. Also, yes, I had to go to work. Me and the 10 other people in the city that had to go. My car slipped around and I bought myself a chocolate bar to ease my inner, angry dialogue. Yes, I'm an emotional eater.
I didn't take any pictures of the mess the snow has made, but I did have a few shots from a month or so ago on my camera. I cut two cords of firewood with my dad. You know, for all those lucky bastards that love being warm in the longgggg winter months,
Stay warm. Spring is right around the corner.
Posted At: 11:30 AM
Monday, March 6, 2017
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery Beer: Imperial IPA | Beer Advocate Score: 88 Abv: 8.0%
It's been a long time since I indulged in a nice craft beer. Honestly, winter got me fat and girl has to tone down the beer consumption. Every now and then, for sanity, I must imbibe. I saw a new 21st Amendment can at the Corner Foodery and had to give it a go--even though I knew IMPERIAL meant I would get a little wild. Ok, I didn't get wild, I only found a new IPA to die for. It's reminiscent of the Brew Free or Die IPA they offer, but bolder, cleaner and more powerful.