WIAW-Birthday Dinner at Vedge

by admin on April 16, 2014

good morning!

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Happy hump day :)

Breakfast

I’m going to show you my breakfast from this morning because my roommate is the best roomie EVER and made it for me :)

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post-birthday hangover cure helper. My roommate is the queen of making egg wraps and offered to make me one for my post birthday breakfast. She even brought me a cup of coffee in bed. i mean IS SHE THE BEST OR WHAT?! She used goat cheese and cheddar cheese, along with hummus and eggs. It was pretty magical.

Lunch

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yesterday I had the salad beast of all salad beasts for lunch. It was a little mix of everything: mixed greens, roasted sweet potatoes, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red onion, avocado, pumpkin seeds, feta, tofu and balsamic viniagrette. Amazing.

Snack

the only acceptable snack to have on your birthday is cake :)

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homemade funfetti cake. HOMEMADE!!! My friend Nikki is the best

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see that dent right there? It was not a mouse..it was me myself and I

speaking of homemade, she also made me the best birthday present ever.

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yup. homemade SRIRACHA. OMG. Its so good. S

Dinner

last night for dinner we drove into Philly to meet up with my best friend Molly and cousin Lauren. For months now my friends and I have been trying to go to Vedge in Philly which is a famous all-vegan restaurant. We decided my birthday would be a good time to make an early reservation.

If you live in or around the Philly area you must try Vedge. Even if you are not vegan the food is so creative and amazing it is worth the trip.

We all started off with a glass of the pomegranate sangria

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filled with lots of delicious fresh fruit it was amazing.

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next came one of the vegetable side dishes: Swiss Chard with Pickled golden raisins. 

 

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Portabella Carpaccio with Pickled Eggplant, Caper Puree, and Nigella Grissini. This dish was freaking amazing. The mushroom was sliced so thin and had so much meaty flavor.

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For my entree i got the Roasted Hearts of Palm with Black Lentils, Green Harissa, and Calabrian Chile Salad. The roasted heart of palm was nothing like the hearts of palm you get out of a can. This dish had so much flavor and subtle spice. The roasted heart of palm was almost the texture of a scallop and just melted in your mouth. I want to eat this dish again about 5 million more times please.

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Another vegetable side was the Shaved and Grilled Brussel Sprouts with Smoked Mustard. I’m normally not the biggest fan of grainy mustard but something about this dish just worked perfectly. The flavors were INSANE. I need to try and re-create this.

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and dessert. OMG dessert. Definitely top 3 best desserts I’ve ever had in my life. And not just because it came with a birthday candle. It was called the Chocolate Uber Chunk with Pretzel Peanut Crust, Malt Custard, and stout ice cream. I don’t even know where to begin describing this dish. In the mason gar was so much gooey caramel, chocolate, with a thick pretzel crust. It was salty and sweet perfection. Oh and the ice cream. To freaking die for. i don’t even like stout beer, (or any beer for that matter), and it was the best ice cream I’ve ever tried.

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Picture from dinner :) Vedge, I will definitely be back. Thank you for an amazing birthday dinner!

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Today will be spent cleaning my room, possibly going to the gym, and then off to dinner class

I hope everyone has a great day!

<3Chelcie

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Feeling 22

by admin on April 15, 2014

good morning!

today is my 22nd birthday so basically I’ll be jammin to this in my head all day long

I started my day with a hot yoga class of all things! I’m not the biggest fan of yoga, but I do really like the hot yoga studio in my town. I went about once a week during the month of January but the cheap college student in me came out and I decided I didn’t want to keep spending 12 dollars per class

BUT I got an email from the studio saying that I got a free yoga class on my birthday. And I am not one to turn down a free hot yoga class. My friend Kristin went with me and it was a lovely way to start my 22nd year :)

Now I’m slurping down a green monster

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in the mix: 1 packet chocolate vega, 1 frozen nanner, 1 tbsp peanut butter, spinach, almond milk, and cinnamon.

The rest of the day will be spent lounging until I drive into Philly later for dinner with friends! Followed by a birthday party/pregame with my fellow birthday twin and friend Sarah! The past 3 years we have had a joint birthday party and it has been a blast so i’m really excited!

I also can’t wait to tell you about my dinner. We are going to Vedge which is a famous vegan restaurant in Philly that i’ve been dying to try for the longest time. It should be deeeeeelicious!

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some eats from yesterday

breakfast was a big bowl of  breakfast cookie dough cereal

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i baked another batch (I think its the 4th time I’ve made these so its safe to say I’m obsessed) of Vegan Banana Bread Muffin Tops

 

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heated up in the microwave for about 30 seconds is the only way to eat them. Super gooey and nomtastic

dinner last night was simple yet delicious. Garlic pan seared tofu, roasted sweet potatoes, and veggies

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the veggies was just a mix of what i needed to cook up before it went bad. Some red onion, broccoli slaw, and red pepper.

the tofu was the star of the meal. I followed a simple recipe out of the Oh She Glows cookbook which was just tofu pan seared in coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.

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the tofu got super crunchy and had so much flavor. It was especially delicious dipped in lots of barbecue sauce :)

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I am convinced HBO knew it was my birthday today because my two favorite movies were on right in a row. She’s the Man AND Pitch Perfect. Obsessed.

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To leave off on a more serious note, as you all know, today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Its amazing to me  that that was a year ago and its incredibly inspiring and heartening to read stories of survivors from that day.

I came across this buzzfeed article that is incredible and really shows the strength and courage so many people had to endure due to the tragic events that occurred on that day.

There are some really horrible people in this world, but in the days following Bostonian’s demonstrated that the good people triumph the bad. Some many people gathered to help victims, and through everyone’s help and bravery the term Boston Strong was born.  I’ve never been more proud to be a Bostonian.

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I hope everyone has a great day :)

<3Chelcie

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