Thursday, August 18, 2011

Early Arrivals

by Meghann on August 18, 2011

4+ hours of swag bag stuffing later… it was time to get some fresh air.


A small group of early Healthy Living Summit arrivals decided to head out for dinner tonight and discover some of the great food Philadelphia has to offer.


From Left to Right: Kath, Kelly, Heather, Kristin, Heather’s friend, Me, Kelly, Julie, and Allison.

Allison made us reservations at Alma de Cuba, a local Stephen Starr restaurant just a few blocks from the hotel.


The restaurant was swanky and gorgeous. We were sat at a cozy table on the top floor and were well taken care of through the entire meal.


I’m no stranger to Cuban food (I’m from Florida – land of the Cubans), but this may have been my first experience with upscale Cuban food. They took all of my favorite cuban dishes and gave them a creative twist. Everything was executed beautifully, but I’m not sure anything can beat a $2 bowl of classic black beans and rice from my favorite hole in the wall Cuban grease pit. ๐Ÿ™‚

However, I was a fan of the warm yucca rolls. The smoked cheese baked inside gave them a great smoky flavor and the yucca flour kept them extra chewy and doughy. I could have had a meal of these and been satisfied. ๐Ÿ™‚


The main dishes were a little pricey, so I pieced together a meal of appetizers and sides for half the price. Starting with the smoky gazpacho.


The Creamy Coconut Quiona.


(This was a side dish portion, which I couldn’t even eat half of. It was a thai influenced dish with a heavy dose of lime. I loved it, but I know others weren’t as big of fans.)

And the Tostones.


I ordered these to share. There were a few people at the table who had never had tostones before, and I couldn’t let that slide. These weren’t the same as the salty, deep fried tostones from back home – they were lightly fried and coated with a mojo sauce. They needed to be fried a little longer and served with a side of ketchup. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Derek was such a sweetie for accompanying the group to dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚


After dinner we grabbed a cab across town to see my favorite pregnant lady.


The last time I saw Sabrina she was 5 months along and glowing with pregnancy joy. She’s still glowing, there’s just more to glow about! I can’t believe little bambino will be here in just a couple of weeks!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sabrina was a rockstar hostess and had a dessert bar set up for all the ladies.


There was Tiramisu, Blackberry Pie, Fresh Fruit, and Strawberry Cake! Sabrina sure knows how to please a crowd!


I had a taste of each. Sweet tooth has now been demolished for the evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰


We stayed around way too late chatting about everything from fake twitter names to planning weddings to giving birth. I could have stayed for hours chatting the night away, but some of us are planning to run in the morning and need our beauty sleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have an early wake up call and a date with the Rocky Steps in the morning.

Good Night!


Did somebody say swag?

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