Going Postal

Favorite Books of October

I’ve been a member of Goodreads for the past two and a half years. Last year, I set the goal of reading 50 books, but missed that mark by nine books. For this year, I set the same goal and right on track with only seven more books.

During October, I managed to read seven books. Out of those, I gave three of them a five-star rating. For me, the five-star rating means I couldn’t put the book down and probably stayed up very late to read as much as possible, I felt as if I was in the world of the book, I felt like I learned some new things, and that I would definitely read them (over and over) again. Those are the ones I feel are worthy of an actual review, and not just a star rating.

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
Published September 1, 2004 by Mariner Books

The Namesake
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Sometimes Painting Needs a Twist

Over the summer, I experienced the fun that is Painting with a Twist with my mom, cousins, aunt, and grandma. I highly recommend it, because the combination of wine and alcohol is just about perfect. The cost is $35 for a 2 hour session, and $45 for a 3 hour class. All art supplies are provided, you just have to bring the wine and food.

You don’t need any painting experience to participate. In one session, everyone paints the same image and the host of the evening goes through each part of the painting step-by-step. Whether you’re worried about not producing something perfect, or if you think your skill level is too high for this, the wine is there to banish those thoughts. The whole point of this evening is to have fun with your friends, drink some, and paint.  Continue reading “Sometimes Painting Needs a Twist”

Le Dîner en Blanc is Back…well, almost

This past Wednesday, June 5, I had the pleasure of attending a preview party at Williams-Sonoma for this year’s Dîner en Blanc in Philly.

The main focus was the table decorating contest with the themes of Paris and the 25th Anniversary of Dîner en Blanc. Surrounded by Blanc-ers in white and delicious snacks from Garces Catering, DiBruno Brothers, and McCrossen’s Tavern, and beats by DJ Bruce, everyone who came was able admire the table creations and vote on their favorite.

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Avocado caprese salad

The Power of We in Food Education

Welcome to my first (and definitely not last) post as a part of Blog Action Day 2012.

Blog Action Day is an free annual event, that has run since 2007. It’s aim is to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all.blog action day

One type of education that needs the Power of We is food education. Food education is not a part of formal education yet (not to mention the unhealthy cafeteria lunches), and eating habits are largely formed within the home, and influenced by advertisements. I definitely speak from experience when I say that my journey in food has been an interesting one. Continue reading “The Power of We in Food Education”

bird's eye view of dîner en blanc

Dîner en Blanc the Philly way

Last Thursday, August 23 a mini invasion happened in Philly. At 6:30 p.m. groups of people dressed all in white, carrying square folding tables and chairs, and picnic baskets could be seen gathering at locations around the city.

The trek to the secret location starts
White-clad guest just found out about the official location and are making their way there.

They were waiting to be told the official (and previously secret) spot for this highly anticipated event – Dîner en Blanc, which was hosted at the Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Circle, created by sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder in 1924.

Dîner en Blanc guests arriving
Participants arriving at Dîner en Blanc.

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Nik walking across his banner

A look at Nik Wallenda on the high wire

Nik Wallenda has done it again. He has crossed a 1,300+ foot long high wire at 125 feet in the air. In June, he completed this feat across the precipice of Niagara Falls and yesterday, August 9, he completed it above the Atlantic City beach.

Honestly, this was the first time I had ever heard of him or his family – the Great Wallendas, who have been doing acrobatic stunts for seven generations – and I was quite intrigued by his talent.

Nik walking across his banner
Almost looks like he’s walking on his own banner.

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nik wallenda ferris wheel

Defying death on the high wire – Nik Wallenda in Atlantic City

The circus has always been one of my favorite attractions. But, it wasn’t the animals or the clowns (I’ve never been a fan) that I enjoyed the most. It was the trapeze artists and tight rope walkers that amazed me and captured my attention, as they demonstrated wonderful and death-defying stunts.

Even now, during the Olympics, my favorite sport to watch is gymnastics (as well as swimming), especially the women’s uneven bars. I think at one point I almost became a gymnast, but it ended up not happening.

So, when I heard that Nik Wallenda – seventh generation of the Great Wallendas – is performing one of his great high wire walks high above the Atlantic City beach, I knew that I would be going. Tomorrow, August 9 at 3 p.m., Wallenda will begin this perilous 1,300 feet walk at Sovereign Avenue and the Beach, adjacent to Atlantic Club Casino, and finish above the beach at Tropicana Casino & Resort. This event is FREE, so if you’re in AC definitely check it out, maybe I’ll see you there.

nik wallenda ferris wheel
Nik Wallenda walking on a moving Ferris Wheel.

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Paris 2011 Notre Dame Photog. Philip Menke

Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly

Le Dîner en Blanc will be making it’s debut in Philly this year on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Now, what exactly is Le Dîner en Blanc?

Well, imagine getting together with a few thousand of your closest friends throughout the city for a picnic at a location that won’t be announced until the last minute, add some gourmet food and wine, and some unexpected happenings and you have the basics.

Paris 2011 Notre Dame Photog. Philip Menke
Dîner en Blanc in Paris 2011./ Photo Philip Menke

Not only does this event stand out because the location is secret until the last minute, but because everyone is dressed all in white (even the tables). Participants bring tables, chairs, non-disposable supplies, and their choice of great food and wine to the prearranged meeting spot. Continue reading “Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly”

More Duality in 3D

July 4th in Atlantic City and everlasting Duality

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since Independence Day. I hope you had a lot of fun and enjoyed your day!

A couple weeks ago, I shared the upcoming arrival of a new attraction on Atlantic City’s boardwalk that debuted on July 4. What’s so interesting is that in the past five years that I have lived in Philly, I have only ever made it to AC twice – and this past July 4th was one of them.

And I’m glad that I did. Not only was it a nice little break from Philly, but it was the perfect day to experience the premiere of a new installation at Boardwalk Hall, the Duality light and sound show.

Atlantic City Alliance July 4th Events
A 3D portion of the Duality light and sound show./ Photo: Moment Factory.

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June box

June Foodie Penpal reveal day

Foodie Penpal

The day is finally here! I get to share with you the goodies that I received in the mail from Samantha of Sparkly and Slimming…a weight loss blog.

This was my first month participating in the Foodie Penpals program, started in September 2011 by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean. At the beginning of each month you’re paired up with two different people: one who you will be sending a box of goodies to and one who you will receive a box of goodies from. Then you have two weeks to put together a box and mail it.

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