After 5 years of planning the Feast of St. Pizza in various cities (I’m currently in the planning process for year 5), I’ve become a bit of an expert on planning pizza crawls. And, since I love to spread the pizza love, I want to share my secrets with all of you. My original intention was to tack this onto the end of my Old Forge recap post, but it ended up being way too much info and deserved a post of its own.
My friends and I hosted our fourth annual Feast of St. Pizza event back in May (almost a year ago), which has become a major yearly event. (In fact, I’m in the thick of planning this year’s feast.) If you’ve been following along you know that the first year was in Lebanon, PA (my hometown and current place of residence), the second year was in Philadelphia (my second home, aka where I went to college), last year was in Lancaster, PA (About 45 minutes from Lebanon and where many of my friends live), and this year we went to Old Forge, PA (outside Scranton). Check out the post from year one for a refresher on how this tradition got started. But the gist of the event is that we eat at 10 pizza places in a single city in one day. It usually takes 12-13 hours from start to finish and it’s a blast. [Read more…]
Hi, friends. Let’s catch up. 2017 was a YEAR, am I right? As we neared the end of 2016 and I was doing my super-planning for the blog, I made a conscious decision to slow down in 2017. It turns out that maintaining an illustrated food blog as a “side hustle” while being employed full time, having a social life, keeping up with family time and friendships, traveling, taking care of myself and allowing for some time to relax, etc. is HARD. I don’t know why it took 3-4 years of blogging to figure this out, but it did. I made a point to cut down on the number of posts I was doing in an attempt to make a blogging schedule I could actually keep. (Spoiler alert: I failed.) It turns out I had to slow down EVEN MORE for various reasons. I was planning to do these “Things I’m Loving” posts seasonally, but I haven’t done one since March 2017. A handful of recipes didn’t make it to the blog this year either. But don’t fret – all that and more should hopefully be comin at ya in 2018 (but still at a pretty slow pace because #life). [Read more…]
If you’re new to the Feast of St. Pizza, I suggest going back to check out the posts from year one (Lebanon, PA) and year two (Philadelphia). To quickly fill you in, the Feast of St. Pizza is an event I adopted from these guys after hearing about it on a podcast. The first year I kept it in my hometown of Lebanon, PA, the second year (last year) we did it in Philly, and this year we took it to Lancaster, PA. What happens during the Feast of St. Pizza is you grab a bunch of friends and then eat a slice of pizza at ten different places in one city, all in one day. It’s always a load of fun, it’s a great way to explore a familiar or unfamiliar city in a new way, and we’ve discovered that we always walk away from it with a greater appreciation for the amazing food that is pizza. God bless. [Read more…]
After adopting the Feast of St. Pizza idea from these guys in New York last year and applying it to my hometown, we knew we had to make it an annual event. It was just too much fun. In case you’re not familiar with the pizza feast, the basic idea is that you get a group of people together and eat at 10 of the best pizza shops you can find, all in one day. Some cool dudes did it first in NYC, and last year I gathered a group of friends to experience it in my hometown of Lebanon, PA. While I would love to have the feast return to Lebanon again at some point, we wanted to use this template to explore other nearby cities. Philadelphia came to my mind immediately as our next choice. My parents are from Philly, my brother and other family members live there currently and I went to college there for four years, so Philly is what I call my “other hometown.” A good portion of our faithful pizza feasters live in that area as well, so doing Philly as our second city was essentially a no-brainer. [Read more…]
As I mentioned in my Paris post, the fig pizza we had at Pink Flamingo was one of our favorite meals of our honeymoon. Despite the fact that we were in France, our favorite meals in Paris included that pizza and the sushi at Miss Ko. Honestly, the French probably should have kicked us out of the city. They didn’t, thank goodness. But anyway – our first wedding anniversary is on Sunday, so I thought recreating that pizza would be a great way for me to celebrate on the blog. [Read more…]
Well now that I’ve FINALLY covered that wedding of ours here on the blog, it’s about time for me to tell you about that honeymoon we took. Just one more thing before we actually get to the honeymoon! I still can’t forget the look on his face when I showed him the rings made of wood! I loved it, but I didn’t think he loved it as much as I did. It is such a unique ring and so special that you couldn’t have disliked it. That was a highlight of the big day. Now back to the honeymoon! That sweet, glorious, perfect, unbelievable honeymoon. The one we took A YEAR ago. Woops. It’s not like I didn’t want to tell you about it, it’s just that I wanted to talk about the wedding first (because we need to go in order), and well … because life happens. But here we are! And don’t you worry – I’m the kind of person who takes notes during her travels so she can remember everything she ate, so I’ll be able to pull those memories out of my brain thanks to my trusty iPhone notes. Near the end of our trip we also spent some time during one of our last meals filling in the gaps of my notes to write down what we did between everything we ate (because I guess that stuff is important too). We realized that we could hardly remember what all we had done at the beginning of the trip, so we had to get it all written down before it became totally impossible to remember. It’s a good thing we did, because otherwise this post would not be nearly as thorough. [Read more…]
I recently spent an entire Saturday eating pizza with a bunch of friends (including the lovely Laura of Roam and Golightly, and she’s talking about this today too!). We visited ten of the best pizza shops in my hometown, eating a slice at each one. So over the course of 12 hours we each ate 10 slices of pizza. As we are at these places quite often, we do notice change. The overall customer service was improving as time went on. We didn’t feel like we had to wait as long as we have previously done. As we know the manager, we asked her why this was the case. She mentioned how it was to do with wanting to improve their business as a whole and wanted to see how the use of technology made a difference in a company. After our talk, she advised us to look into a site like https://toppossystem.com/best-pizza-pos-system/, which we were then able to understand how important this was to a business like this and many other pizza parlours.
Some of you may have been following along on Instagram that day, wondering “WTF?! What is she doing?” Well I’m about to explain myself. Back in September I listened to the second episode of the Pizza Party podcast, which was an interview with the man who invented this thing called “The Feast of St. Pizza.” Rich Greco did it first in NYC, visiting ten of the greatest pizza shops of New York in one day with a few friends. He even created a whole web site for it. I was really inspired by the idea (we all know I love pizza …), and I realized that not only could I do this in my hometown (which actually has a large amount of pizza places), but I knew a lot of my friends would be up to the challenge. [Read more…]
Guess what?! I’M ON A PODCAST. (Check that one off the bucket list! Because we all know I love podcasts …) Gabriel from The Dinner Special Podcast was kind enough to invite me to be on his show. We recorded it a few months ago and now it’s out in the world for your listening pleasure. That’s right: you can hear my voice talk about food blogging and whatnot, but also a LOT about pizza, and especially about making pizza at home. Turns out I’m kind of a pizza freak. So today I wanted to celebrate by sharing my fool-proof pizza recipe with you. [Read more…]
Robert and I recently hung out in Brooklyn for the weekend, something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It was our first time in NYC together since late December 2012, so the visit was long overdue. As a Christmas/Anniversary gift to each other this past year, we actually promised ourselves a weekend trip to NYC at some point. Sadly it took us until May to get around to it – we kept turning to each other throughout the weekend saying, “Merry Christmas!” We were struggling with picking a weekend because of wedding planning and my best friend’s wedding and festivities, etc. Luckily we were kind of forced into going during a beautiful weekend in May because Robert’s friend asked him to photograph the premiere of a documentary she had produced and directed. (It was a really interesting film about how women are treated within the gaming industry. You can read more about it here.) [Read more…]