Small Bites and a Big Punch all on The Deck!

I had the honor of attending a mix and mingle that was hosted by Roberta Pipito also known as homemadedelish on social media. You may have seen her doing correspondence on television as a lifestyle and food contributor. The mix and mingle was held at the Moshulu aboard The Deck. Now I have to be honest it was my first time. Out of the 8 years I’ve lived in Philadelphia not one time have I ever been aboard the Moshulu. I know it’s crazy to hear but this is why it’s important for me to see more of the city.

As a lifestyle blogger it’s important to blog life as it happens. One of the major aspects of life and living is eating and dining. When I go to establishments it’s important for me to take note of a few things; ambiance, decor, food, service, and fun and I can assure you that The Deck on the Moshulu has high marks for all.

Ambiance

I took a tour of the Moshulu and was able to see the newly renovated spaces. One word to describe it is: breathtaking! They have several decks to fit your needs. Obviously The Deck which I will be featuring has small bites and amazing drinks, they have several bars and dining spaces and event spaces as well.

When I attend spaces my mind goes to my lifestyle and many others. How can I utilize this space for date nights, time with friends or even if I wanted to bring my children? Let me say the Moshulu has you covered for whatever the occasion including just grabbing drinks after a long day. The Moshulu is the only restaurant aboard a working ship so the mere ability to dine or drink while seeing the city as your backdrop and watching the sunset is truly a beautiful thing to see! This is why it’s important to explore your own city. As much as it’s fun to travel do not miss your opportunity to see amazing jewels in your own backyard!

Decor

Having the water and city as your backdrop you don’t need much but the Moshulu has taken it up a notch with amazing unique pieces that will make your dining experience that much better. The uniqueness is something you will absolutely not see anywhere else. I can attest. Beautiful chairs, and looking up to amazing hand crafted ceiling pieces are just outstanding. At night you can see the glow of the lights and city and it makes it like an oasis of pure happiness!

Food

The Deck is the place to be. This is where you can get your small bites and unique drink offerings. This is great for grabbing a few friends or family and just ordering an assortment of bites to share. The food is incredible. The small bites will fill you and let’s be clear especially in the Summer small bites is perfect enough to pair with a drink but heavy enough not to have that overeaten fill! Light and airy but with good food is the way to go in the Summer.

Thanks to The Deck let me highlight a few must haves:

Red and white sangria pictured above

I love a good sangria. Sangria is like Summer’s special. It’s light and it’s good. The Deck took the Sangria and raised the deliciousness by a thousand. Not only is their sangria good it can be served in the pitcher to your table. For me that is good news. Instead of ordering a few drinks at a time, you can order the Deck Jugs and sip as you please. No waiting on someone to refill your cup the choice is now up to you! It can serve between 2-6 or more! If I had to recommend which sangria I loved I would go for the white!!

Another highlight is the Weekend Warrior! It’s a deep eddy sweet tea vodka, Pallini limoncello, mint, honey, lemon and iced tea. The first thing you’re gonna ask if you’re not a mint person is the mint strong? Nope. It’s the perfect combination and it can be served in the Deck Jug as well!

What if you’re the type that likes your drinks frozen since it is Summer you may want to cool off:

No worries I tried the strawberry margarita slush and it’s amazing from first sip to last!

Also the mango piña colada is delicious as well! It’s smooth and creamy! It’s one of those drinks that’s so airy that it doesn’t hit you right away! So here’s your: PSA don’t drink and drive and maybe catch an Uber Or Lyft!!

Now on to the food!! The Deck has food for every single palette. There is no one in your party whether it’s a party for 2 to 10 that they can’t accommodate! From soft pretzels to sushi to calamari they have you covered!

Warm soft pretzel bites and a cheese sauce

Pita bread and greens over avocado hummus

Truffle fries

Chips and avocado hummus

Cheeseburger slider and chips

Calamari

Not your average corn dog

Veggie Sushi made with mango, cucumbers and avocado a personal favorite of mine

There’s always room for dessert and you are going to want to have some! We were given boozy Rice Krispies and an ice cream sundae that is definitely shareable! The boozy Rice Krispies came in mud slide, pina colada and margarita. The picture below doesn’t even do it justice. It’s worth trying for yourself! These definitely aren’t your kids Rice Krispies. The immediate escape to fun and your childhood was felt by all the smiles!

Service

I always remain low key to see how I am treated at the door before anyone knows why I am there or who I am! There was not one issue! All staff that I saw didn’t do the walk past you bit. Everyone was all smiles and acknowledged me and definitely was accommodating. I had nothing bad to report. How someone treats you before they know you will grade them says more to me about an establishment and The Deck and Moshulu get a definite A+ rating!

Fun

From walking on the ship until I left I had a ball! I had a ball because the ship is beautiful! I had fun because the weather was great and had it not Moshulu has options to still dine outdoors without the rain stopping the show! I had fun because the food was fresh and the drinks were amazing. Overall Moshulu and The Deck is the perfect Summer escape. It’s the best place to feel like you have taken on a long lost trip of adventure without having to leave far from home. It’s a beautiful place to hang out, connect or reconnect, and host your event or even a wedding!

I want to thank all of the staff at Moshulu and The Deck for having us. I would also like to thank Roberta for being an amazing host of this mix and mingle! Thank you to Melissa’s Produce for the great swag bag.

I met some amazing new blogger friends as well as spent time with @Phillyfoodgal!

I definitely will be back and I’m hoping it’s with a few of my girls!

The Moshulu is located 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd in Philadelphia PA!

It’s open for lunch from 12pm-2:30pm Monday-Friday and for dinner from 5-10pm Monday-Sunday!

Brunch which I am soooooo excited to try soon is on Saturdays from 11-230pm and on Sundays from 10am-2:30am!

The Deck is open daily starting at 3 for amazing small bites and drinks!

There’s no doubt that Summer fun can be found at The Deck on the Moshulu!!

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Chima Philadelphia: Tomahawk Tuesday

Have you ever had a tomahawk steak? It’s a beef rib-eye with 5 inches of extra rib bone for presentation. The long bone looks like an axe which is where the name tomahawk comes from. So what does this amazing cut of steak and chima have in common? Tomahawk Tuesdays at Chima now allows you this beautiful cut of steak along with their other rodízio aka meats at no extra charge. Trust me you are going to want to go up on a Tuesday! I had the pleasure of spending an evening and I’m going to break it all down for you. From the options for all nutrition palates to drinks to dessert.

Valet

One of the best things about Philadelphia is the amazing restaurants. Chima is definitely ahead of the cut when it comes to style, service, and ambiance. One of the other features that many aren’t aware of is they offer valet parking for $11.00. Now not many have the patience to do like my husband does to circle around the block several times to stalk out parking. I know I don’t. Whenever I am going to a location after I do my Google maps to be sure I know how to get there is to find what parking accommodations they have. We all have seen that red Parking sign that says “limited.” In Center City you already know that parking is slim to none. Now you can not only pay for parking but have someone else park it with valet for $11 and trust that is a great deal! I love convenience. Being a woman on the go sometimes I am cutting it close to locations due to life and mom duties. It’s good to know that when I come to a Chima, I’ll have one less worry and I can enjoy my night out with less stress.

Drinks

Not everyone drinks and that’s quite okay as there are many assortments of non alcoholic drinks available. For those who do drink they have a unique menu. I would highly recommend trying the Chima Caipirinha. They come in the following flavor offerings:

  • Strawberry
  • Açaí
  • Pineapple
  • Passion Fruit
  • Orange

The Chima caipirinha is one of their signatures straight from Brazil. One of the things I look for with drinks is presentation, taste and quality of the drinks. I’ve been to many establishments where the drinks lacked in one or more of these areas yet the price remained the same. At Chima that is not the case. From first sip to last its amazing. Nothing is watered down and that’s always a great thing!

Chima caipirinha pineapple

Chima caipirinha açaí

I also enjoyed the ultimate margarita! I love margaritas a lot. They are always festive and if made right a great choice for the night. Chima definitely put the ultimate into the ultimate margarita. The drink is filled to the possible capacity. I actually had to sip it down to even pick it up to drink!

Choices

So Chima is where my husband and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and it had been that long since we there last as we are soon coming up on our 7th anniversary. Immediately I noticed the changes in their menus. In addition to the hard bound book you also get an iPad to look and view drinks, desserts, etc. all night. This makes it so much easier to see what you want as you listen in at the waiter/waitress recommendations. I found this to be super helpful for me in making my selections. Plus seeing pictures of what I wanted was helpful as well. FYI what you see in the picture is exactly how it’s coming out. There are no surprises!

Rodízio

So let’s keep it real, Chima is a Brazilian steakhouse so meats is there speciality. I will definitely cue you in on how to please all the non meat eaters as well in a minute. For those who love to eat meat, this is the oasis of meats. Quality and quantity is not ever an issue at Chima. When you arrive (for those who have never been) you are given a circled card. The one side says no thank you and the other side says yes please! The yes please signals the servers who will frequent your table often to ask you for your choice in selection and temperature (rare, medium, well down, etc.) of meat. As long as the yes please card is up they will ask and offer. When you want to take a rest, flip the card over and they will pass you by! Each place setting also has a tong that as they cut you can pull your selection as you go!

As far as meats there is chicken, steak, pork, beef, and sausages cooked in many varieties available daily while the tomahawk is available on Tomahawk Tuesday!

The tomahawk is charred to perfection, juicy from first bite and exceptional-I brought a resident meat expert aka my husband

No other options?

Chima could be your go to for an upscale date night, a party, celebrating any and all occasions, or just to come in on Tomahawk Tuesday! Either way you may have a few or more in your party that doesn’t necessarily eat meats. It’s hard to please everyone but I can reassure you Chima has you covered. The salad bar is ahead of its class. This isn’t your run in the mill salad bar. The selections are fresh and have an amazing selections of foods for vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians and meat eaters alike. Just remember to always grab a clean plate when you’re ready to enjoy! For those who don’t want to sit at a traditional table the bar is available too. The bar is a great place for a great after work drink as well!

One of my favorites of the night was the pineapple with cinnamon. This comes along like the seared meats on a skewer for you to select. The pineapple also has brown sugar and it’s warm and something you didn’t even know you needed in your life. Not to mention the fresh veggie skewers that you can get with or without corn! They also have salmon cooked to perfection as well!

Here is a full plated option which doesn’t nearly include all that was offered at the salad bar:

They also have a menu for gluten free options as well! This menu is separated so you know exactly which options will be appropriate!

Desserts if you Dare

Because all of the food is eat as you please you may not have a single ounce of room for dessert. However if you do they have a wide selection of choices. I would recommend the Brazilian Trio! The Brazilian Trio consists of Brigaderio aka Brazilian fudge and condensed milk, Beijinho which is coconut and condensed milk, and walnut cream!

Also consider the açaí cream! It’s açaí blended in Häagen-Dazs vanilla icecream and served with Frangelico liqueur.

The Apple Strudel is also a great contender as well served with cinnamon icecream and caramel sauce.

So as you can see you might just want to consider coming to Tomahawk Tuesday. One, dinner is served from 530-930 with last seating at 915pm! So if you’re like me and have to wait until late to grab a meal at times this would be more ideal. Two, Tuesday is better with tomahawk cut steak and you get to relax without all of the hoopla of the weekend crowd or run around. Don’t sleep on a Tuesday because with the Tomahawk in town you might find that it’s the new turn up in Center City!

Few house keeping rules: dress is always business casual. So no flip flops and sports gear. Plus you’re going to want to dress for the ambiance of where and what you’re eating. Eating high quality food should be understood to dress accordingly.

A special thank to our waiter Jonas! Jonas you by far exceeded our expectations! You were warm, knowledgeable, and kind!

Thank you to my date of the evening, Marques! I’m sure you had an amazing time. Anytime I don’t want to cook especially on a Tomahawk Tuesday is where you and I can venture!

Thank you to all the managers, chefs and staff at Chima! Your hospitality over exceeded my expectations. You were most gracious and I definitely will be back for the amazing food, drinks, and desserts. Thank you a million times over!

Make sure to follow Chima on Instagram as you want to stay up to date with specials.

You can also as always follow me on Instagram so you can see pics not included in this blog and to follow along all of my adventures too!

Who knows you might just see me at another Tomahawk Tuesday!!!

Philly Beer Week

So I had the opportunity to go to 2300 Arena for the Philly Beer Week kick off. There were hundreds of vendors on tap as we literally went from booth to booth trying out the newest and latest in tastings. Let’s just say it was an unforgettable night!

Philly Beer Week is 10 days that ends on June 9, 2019. During this week vendors will have special events, brews and fun. To get a list of events go to Philly Loves Beer

This way you don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with other amazing beer lovers or grab a few friends and have an amazing start to your Summer plans! Even if you’re not a real beer drinker I found that most to have flavors that will make you reconsider. It’s an all around fun time for everyone!

Shout out to 2300 Arena as it was my first time here. It spacious and has plenty of amazing areas to hang out and drink. I definitely will be back with some of my friends as they travel into the city! Even with all of the vendors, people, mummers band, and DJ not one time did I feel cramped! Space to have fun while I drink is love!

I want to shout out a few of my favorite spots so you too can visit them and try out their beer too!

Hokkaido Brewing

So I loved loved their offerings! One they had fruit flavors that were amazing. The two I personally tried twice were the peach and lemon! I can’t find the words to describe the beautiful flavors. It gave me enough beer with that fruity taste that had my husband and I coming back! They are high on my list for a double back! You can visit them on their page;Hokkaido Brewing

Also Hokkaido will be having a Japanese night in Uptown on June 6, 2019!

River Horse Brewing

I loved their watermelon flavoring that wasn’t as fruity as Hokkaido but it was still super refreshing and they use fresh watermelon which makes it a great Summer drink. You may also catch them at the Philadelphia Zoo Watering Hole which is the zoo’s wine and beer garden. You may see them distributed throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey or elect to come take a 30 minute beer tour by going to their website for all of your questions, River Horse

Roy Pitz

I loved the names of these next beers; step your game up and and honey sucker. When you attend events the ones who catch my attention are the ones who you can see their passion in what they are offering. Roy Pitz is that spot! Step your game up as aromas of peach, strawberry, and mango and it wasn’t over powering or strong. Check out Roy Pitz as they also have happy hours in the city!

Imprint Brewing Company

Impressive, energetic and fun is how I would describe my time at their tasting. My husband had their bourbon vanilla was amazing. It was strong and it didn’t hold back on the bourbon. It was the mix of two worlds and I loved it. They got me all the way together with Schmoojee Raspberry Mango Lime. It was one of the most invigorating flavors I’ve had. I will be looking for them while I’m out and about! Go to their site so you don’t miss their events; Imprint Brewing

Fat Heads Brewery

Hail to the Fat Head! Among their flavor choices was the Bean Me Up! It was like a coffee Lovers Dream! Amazing robust coffee flavor with beer and the whole time I’m drinking I’m thinking why didn’t someone start this sooner. Beer and coffee is a great idea. To get yours or to find where you can get some go to their site, Fat Heads Brewery

Evil Genius Beer

Although there was nothing evil about their beer the taste was amazing. During the event they were located outside which was great having them right in the middle! I enjoyed their flavors. I had their raspberry shandy; You’re Killing me Smalls which was light and smooth!

They also had Lab Exclusive! I would highly suggest you trying them! They also have several events in Philly that you’re not going to want to miss! Catch them on their site; Evil Genius Beers

Shout out to VJ Fava Le Chic who was amazing and played an incredible mix!

Flavors on the Avenue: East Passyunk Food Festival

I love to eat. Don’t we all?! Since going vegan people assume that I eat lettuce and grass and that’s far from the truth. Not only have I tried new dishes, I’ve been grateful for some super amazing dishes. With that in mind I was invited to attend the East Passyunk Food Festival and was blown away.

My original plan was to attend the festival with my whole family. We got ready and was about to head out until we discovered the rain. Now to avoid the pitfall that I used to fall into where if plans changed I would just stay home; I attended the festival alone. Now this may sound crazy but great moms would understand, it made for an amazing me time adventure. No sharing, open walking, food, wine and peace!

So a food festival is all about great food, local music, great drinks as well as local artist who sell amazing finds. I was concerned initially about if I would find some good foods to match my palette and let me answer how of course there were some non vegan and vegan options.

I walked the whole length of the festival which by the way spanned several blocks to be clear on what I wanted. I was like a kid who kept getting all giddy with every food option. Walking it would help to fine tune my options and develop a plan of attack. My first stop was at The Bottle Shop. They had me a boozy pops. Starting my Sunday funday with a strawberry rosé boozy pop let me further know how the day would end. How if you like adult drinks, couldn’t find happiness in reliving a childhood favorite with a twist?!

I purchase flowers weekly for myself. To my excitement Creations by Coppola had amazing bouquets on display. It caught my attention so I had to venture over! Beautiful colors and amazing options!

Definitely check them out if you’re in the area!

I knew off the bat I had to stop at Punk Burger. They are known for amazing burgers and that includes the Impossible burger as well as other vegan options. If you follow me you remember me talking about their Girl Scouts inspired milkshakes they offered as a fund raiser for Eastern PA Girl Scouts. They had several sliders available and I had the portobello mushroom barbecue slider. If they wouldn’t have told me it wasn’t pulled pork I might not have known. It was delicious.

My next stop was none other than Barcelona Wine Bar. The title alone should let you know why. It’s no secret that although I don’t drink daily, I love wine. I love an ambiance while drinking wine as well. Barcelona Wine Bar gave me both. Shout out to Joe and Claire who made my dining experience wonderful. The second I identified that I was vegan they took the time to circle the menu and what would be appropriate. They also directed me according to my wine preferences were and made me feel super welcomed.

They not only had some amazing treats for those at at the Flavors of the Avenues, they also have amazing brunch menu. I decided to go in and have a sit down meal. When I walked in I saw a make your own mimosa bar. A full mimosa bar couldn’t be turned down and I’m always about respecting house rules so I had to indulge. Super chic and super good, make your way to Barcelona Wine Bar on that alone.

As far as wines they have a great selection of wines that you can get from 3oz selections and up. I elected to keep the Rosé theme going and I wasn’t disappointed. Also at the suggestion of my servers Joe and Claire I tried the Spinach and Chickpea Cazuela. It was filling and amazing! Oh and because I am a woman with many roles to fill in my life I was able to scout out a few things while there. It’s kid friendly although I would be the type to leave my kids home and elect to go out with my husband or girlfriends. I am seriously considering making my birthday dinner here in a few days. It was that nice of an option. Oh they also have outdoor seating. It’s important to me to have locations that are versatile in those respect!

Last but certainly not least I made my final stop to Lokal Artisan Foods. This is the must stop for French toast bites. I visited them during the Christmas Village and have been hooked ever since. Oh and they have vegan options too! I’ve always had issues eating French toast growing up. If it was the only option I would just elect out. They are the ONLY place where I not only enjoy but get sheer excitement when it comes to anything French toast inspired. I remember telling my mom would I had some during the Christmas holiday how it would make a believer out of her.

I’m super grateful that I didn’t allow the onset of rain to deter me. It turned out to be more than I could expect. I left full like the top of food where the event ended up being my breakfast and I didn’t eat again until dinner type full.

This was a family friendly event and even an event that several people brought their four legged friends! Not one time was the crowd so overwhelming that me anxiety kicked in. It was the perfect blend of socialization, food, and fun!

I’m hoping next time I give a suggestion on getting out in Philly you will take my word for it. Sunday funday was full of amazing food. Passyunk has some amazing finds from goods to foods. You might surprise yourself. Get out and get to eating!