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I’m not usually a big user of RSS Feeds (mainly because I didn’t know what to do with them!) I don’t have a streamlined way to stay up to date on all of the blogs I like to read.  Up until recently, I’ve been doing it the old-fashioned way of typing a blog’s URL in the address bar of my computer.  This is all going to change now that I have Bloglovin’!

With Bloglovin’, you are able to create a free account, search for your favorite blogs, add them to your favorites, and have them appear all together newsfeed-style on your screen.    Now you will never miss out on your favorite content again!  Check it out and Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Saturday Night Out: Distrito in University City

With all this snow we’ve been having on the East Coast, don’t you just wish you could transport yourself somewhere warm, bright, and sunny? Picture yourself on a beach in Mexico sipping an ice cold margarita…throw some homemade guacamole and gourmet tacos and it’s picture perfect!

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I have some exciting news for you…you don’t have to board a plane to get this experience! You can just head over to Distrito in the University City area of Philadelphia! I have been there TWICE now and each time has been incredible! Distrito, the creation of Chef Jose Garces, will transport you directly to Mexico City.  Upon entering the restaurant, representing the traditional taxis often found in Mexico, the Volkswagen Beetle, you can find a VW Bug which doubles as a table that you can reserve!

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Me, my sister, and my mom posing in front of the VW Beetle Table!

The entire atmosphere is bright and fun! With a neon pink color scheme, tons of unique seating (including some chairs that swing!), and a tequila bar…you are guaranteed to have a exciting night out!  Because it’s a Tapas restaurant, you don’t have to worry about picking just one dish from the menu…you can try many different things!

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Tacos de Pollo

The first time I went to Distrito, I went in the summer with my mom and sister during University City Dining Days. For $35 a person, we each got to choose two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert. Between the three of us, we got to try out 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, and 3 desserts. Thank goodness they were small plates…talk about a delicious meal! Then for $15 extra, I added a three-course beverage pairing! One of my drinks was an icy Watermelon Margarita (watch out…they pour them strong!)

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Watermelon Margarita!

The second time I went to Distrito, I went with some work colleagues around the holidays. Did you know that if you go for lunch…they have a $15 special for one appetizer and one entree? Just enough to satisfy you in the middle of the day and it doesn’t break the bank!

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Fun Decor!

The number one thing on the menu that I recommend? Get the “Hurrache de Costillas.” The menu will describe it as “Short Rib, 3 Chile BBQ, Queso Mixto, and Radish.” To translate…it’s actually the best tasting flatbread I’ve ever eaten complete with mouthwatering short ribs! I minored in Spanish in college and didn’t know that a “Hurrache” is a “Flatbread!”  If you go, I would definitely say to add one of these to your order.

PS. While the VW Bug table is cool, it’s a little secluded, fits only four people, and is right in the front window of the restaurant. I recommending dining upstairs on the second level when you go to experience more of the atmosphere!

PPS. Don’t forget to check out the bathroom when you go….it’s really cool and different!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Tip Tuesday: Easy WordPress Database Backup

Welcome to a new segment on Food Marriage: TIP TUESDAY! Here, you can look forward to different tricks and tips that I have learned along my blogging journey. Whether it be blogging and technical tips, food photography tips, or of course cooking tips – you can look forward to learning something new every time you read a Tip Tuesday post!

Today’s Tip Tuesday is about an easy way to back up your WordPress Database!

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I have been blogging for over two years now and I have NEVER backed up my blog. Not because I didn’t think it was important, but because I thought it would be too technologically challenging. Thankfully, nothing has ever happened to my data, but I would truly be devastated if my site ever got hacked or deleted during a routine update!

So, I decided to do a little research. Backing up your database COULD be difficult if you were to do it manually.  But luckily, there are plug-ins that do the work for you! Just search for the plugin “WP-DB-Backup” and you will be on your way to saving all of your data!! All you need to do is install the plugin and then you will be able to backup your entire blog.  You have the option to back up to the server, to your computer, or via email (I chose all three options for my first backup!) You can also schedule future backups in advance.

I found a great article on InMotion Hosting’s Website that which gives very easy step-by-step instructions along with screen shots on how to use the WP-DB-Backup plugin. I followed their steps and it was a breeze!

Hopefully, I never have to rely on these backups, but at least now I have the peace of mind that all of my work is saved. (How to re-install if needed?? I have no idea.  I suppose that can always be a future Tip Tuesday post if I ever need to figure out how to do it!)

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Don’t Miss out on Center City Restaurant Week!

There’s still time to make reservations!!  Center City Philadelphia’s Restaurant Week, which is actually TWO weeks long, started last week and runs through Friday, January 31.  If you aren’t already out there tonight…you still have four days left to hit up some of the great restaurants on the list!

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Whether you are looking for a cool atmosphere, new and unique flavors, or simply a great deal at a typically pricy establishment, you can find it here!  With over 100 participating restaurants on the list, there is definitely something for everyone!

What restaurants would you recommend?

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year: Food Marriage is BACK!

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year…and all that jazz.  I know I totally just missed out on the biggest blogging season of the year for food bloggers.  And while I haven’t blogged in two months, which is SO unlike me, surprisingly Food Marriage is still getting just as much traffic as before and continues to gain new Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram followers every day! Thank you to all of my new followers!!!

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Anyway, there is a reason for my two month blogging leave of absence.  I got a new job!!  Yes, it’s true blogging is not my primary commitment…although at times I will say I wish I was as knowledgeable about some of my other blog friends about how to make money from blogging!  If you’ve ready my About Me page, you know that I am a Recruiter.  I recently pushed myself out of my comfort zone, took a huge leap, applied for a position in a new organization, and got the job!!!  Change has proved to be such a good thing for me and I have been so excited to pour myself into new work!

Now that things have settled a bit, I am ready to re-commit myself to Food Marriage, to my readers, and more importantly to commit to myself and my husband to start eating better!  We have spent many nights eating cheese and crackers or chips for dinner, simply because things were so busy and we didn’t want to cook (or do the dishes afterwards!)

I still have a bunch of old content to share with you, like finishing up sharing some of the recipes from the Ina Garten Themed Dinner Party I threw (OMG from back in September!), sharing some great restaurants I’ve been to recently, AND of course sharing the cookie recipes from the annual girls’ cookie exchange!!  Stay tuned…it’s gonna be a great year!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage