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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Hungry Pigeon

After my ice skating adventure, I decided to check out The Hungry Pigeon. I have eaten at the Hungry Pigeon before, but only on a Sunday afternoon and a Sunday evening with Christina. In Philadelphia, most restaurants serve brunch all day on Sunday and that means the menu is very different from the normal weekday and Saturday menu. I loved the Hungry Pigeon during my Sunday visits, but I wanted to see the fare they offer during the week.

The menu wasn't too different. They reopened after a week off and everyone seemed relaxed. I ordered my half of chicken dish with refried beans, chile peppers, jalapeno peppers, and other fixings; but, I also ordered raw oysters and a bread plate with quince spread. The oysters were amazing, as was the locally made cheese and quince spread. I enjoyed my chicken platter.

I also love the atmosphere of the Hungry Pigeon. The restaurant is warm and friendly, it is a small restaurant so everyone is close together. I like the warm feeling of the restaurant, though. Even the waitstaff is very happy, they love their jobs. I especially love the decor because I just love pigeons. The pigeon wallpaper in the bathroom is my favorite.

The Hungry Pigeon is a bit expensive, but considering it's farm to table, locally grown and raised, and the amount of food one gets, the Hungry Pigeon is worth every penny!












Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Friday the 13th to Remember

Yesterday was Friday the 13th, one of my favorite days because I always loved watching the horror movies that would play. Since I don't get that luxury anymore, I decided to go ice skating after work. I went ice skating in the evening and it was beautiful to watch the sunset as I ice skated. I'm also getting better with ice skating.













Before I rented my ice skates and before I was allowed on the ice. I loved walking around taking pictures of Penns Landing.

After strolling around Penns Landing, I decided to go into the "cabin" or sitting area to pray. After prayer, I loved admiring the decorations and took pictures while I waited for my time slot to get onto the ice to become available. The sessions are an hour and a half; my session was from 5-6:30 PM. I sat in the "cabin" for a half an hour.












Before I went onto the ice.


I was so excited when it was my time to get onto the ice. However, I didn't tie my skates tight enough and one of the aides had to help me off the ice to tie my skates tighter. I'm thankful for his assistance and after he tightened the skates, I had a blast. I only fell three times (still sore), but I flew through the air while gliding along the ice.












I'm flying through air
as I gently glide on ice;
maybe not-- fall, ouch!



What a fun time. I am surprised with how quickly I caught on and I'm surprised with how fun ice skating really is! Future Maple Leafs player right here! (I wish!)

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Making of a Happiness Box 2017

This year I decided I would make a happiness box because I think a box will hold more than a jar. This is what I have so far:



I will be working on decorating more of the box this weekend. Once the box is decorated, I will write what my plans are for the box this year.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday 1/12/2017

Yesterday I had two wonderful things happen to me, two very nice things. I added both to my happiness box:





The temp at the full-time job gave me some more baseball cards. Apparently, there was another Jose Bautista in the 1980s that played for the Orioles. He's going to find the Bautista I love that is now a free agent after playing for several years for the Jays. He also gave me some baseball cards from the year I was born. I feel really thankful and grateful.


One of my library co-workers, someone I've known since I was a little girl because I was in girl scouts with one of her girls, gave me a WaWa gift card and a nice thank you card. I feel thankful for her and all the people I work with at the library.


What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brexel Cafe

Before I left the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I checked Google to see if there were any Middle Eastern restaurants near the museum instead of going all the way back to South Street, then traveling back near the Philadelphia Museum of Art to head home. It made more sense to find a restaurant close by. I found the Brexel Cafe and decided to give it a try.

I'm glad I did! It's a hookah bar, but they do serve food. However, the restaurant is totally halal and no alcohol is served (and you can't bring your own since that is haraam). The soft drinks they have and the tea they serve make up for it, though! Even the food is tasty. I had the lamb buryani. It wasn't badly priced either.










Brexel Cafe is located on N. 33rd Street in Philadelphia.