In It 4 the Long Run: Green Smoothie Popsicles

Finally, now you can have your green smoothie and eat it too!

Summer is winding down for sure, but the temps are totally still popsicle friendly. I whipped up some green smoothie pops for those days when you want a sweet treat but need your greens too.

These pops were inspired by one of Pyknic’s latest tee’s: “Avo-nly Got Eyes For You.” This tee immediately spoke to me, as an avid avocado eater/enthusiast/lover. Rather than stick to the basic (but always amazing) avocado toast recipe, I figured I’d embrace the season and get chilly on ya. This green avocado smoothie pops are a magical hybrid of dessert meets healthy green smoothie.

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Eat Like a Local: New York City

We've featured New York City eats a few times on our blog, and for good reason. You want tasty, unique, and comfort combined into one dish? This is the city to be in. I chatted with blogger and style guru Gabrielle to give you her picks for where to grab a bite in the city that never sleeps. 

TACO BAR

Tacos, salad, enchiladas, and chips...what more does one need in life, TBH. The designer behind the attached sit-down Bowery Bar and Grill, Eric Goode, came up with the laid-back Taco Bar to compliment.

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Drink Like a Local: Coffee Shops in Sacramento, CA

Eating is cool and all, but knowing the best local places to grab a cup o' Joe is just as important when adventuring to new places. I chatted with Nate from @the80sduo to bring you some stellar coffee recommendations. Over Worked and Under Caffeinated? Not for long, Californians. 

IDENTITY COFFEES

 

This independent, family-owned coffee house and roasterie works alongside family farms to bring you the freshest coffee possible. Brewed in 6 to 12 pound batches, this modest cafe brews coffee to boast about.

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Eat Like a Local: Fort Worth, TX

Next stop: Texas, as we make our way through the country one bangin' eatery at a time. Molly, the blogger behind Molly on the Move, showed us her choice spots to chow down in Fort Worth. 

SALSA LIMÓN

This authentic hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant serves up some of the best south of the border food in Texas. The trendy exterior welcomes you inside to their simplistic interior, allowing the food to be the focus of your experience.

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How to Channel 'Harry Potter' in Chester County

In honor of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' being released this past weekend, we were inspired to bring you some local HP recommendations if you feel like stepping in the Wizarding World for a day or two. Break out the Nimbus 2000 from the back of your closet and head to these spots if you're feeling particularly nostalgic. Or I guess driving works too.

For the Leaky Cauldron atmosphere...

The Whip is a enjoyable environment for the muggle in all of us, featuring traditional pub food sourced from right here in Chester County as well as Lancaster County. Menu items include Bangers and Mash, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and Welsh Rarebit. Walking in is pretty much equivalent to teleporting to the English countryside. Dumbledore's Army would approve.

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Serial Killer vs. Cereal Killer: Book Recs from Folded Pages Distillery

For the people like me, who some times have a hard time separating reality and fiction after they put a book down— serial killer novels are the worst. Why? Because serial killers AREN'T fiction. They are one of the scariest and real threats out there (reading these can leave me paranoid for daaaays).

At the same time, researching the psychology and motives that drive serial killers is disturbingly fascinating. Also, reading or watching scary situations allows us to experience emotions and situations in a safe space.

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Recipe: How To Make Maple Almond Butter Donuts (Using Justin's)

If you attended our opening a couple weekends back, then you probably grabbed some Justin's almond butter packets on the way out. Our generous friends over at Justin's sent over a good amount of samples, so I decided to try out one of their own recipes and make some doughnuts. It gave me an excuse to finally buy a doughnut pan, after all.

Check out the recipe here for the full breakdown, but here's what you'll need to get started:

For the doughnuts:

  • Whole Wheat Flour 
  • Coconut sugar 
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder 
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs 
  • Applesauce
  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla 

And, of course: 

Justin's Almond Butter.

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Eat Like a Local: Philadelphia

Ever been to a new city and you're dying for local eats, but haven't a clue where to find those hidden gems? Welcome to a new series, "Eat Like a Local", where we find influencers in cities throughout the country to share with you their picks for local finds. First up is our city next door: Philadelphia. But this isn't just any guide to the best 'City of Brotherly Love' restaurants, rather a look at some of the best food trucks, featuring the expertise of Mollie from @phillyfoodies.

Farm Truck 

For starters, Mollie headed to the all-natural Farm Truck, that serves up eclectic farm fresh foods and a truck to vibe with their mission of bringing farm-to-table to the Philly food truck scene. Featured in Thrillist and Roaming Hunger, the people behind the truck know a thing or two about creating mouth-watering dishes that come straight from the source. In this case, the source being local farms, bakeries, and coffee roasters.

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Pyknic Promo Video

Over our grand opening weekend event, we had our friend  Alyson come in to film a video showcasing the new storefront. If you've stumbled upon our revamped About Us page then you might've already seen it (shameless promo to go check that out as well), but here it is, featuring music by Atlas Genius: 
 
Thanks to Alyson for filming, make sure to check out her YouTube channel. Feelin' the caffeine buzz? Shop our Death Before Decaf products here

A Day with Skyler from NYC Dining: Prince Street Pizza

Last but not least on our foodie expedition with Skyler was to Prince Street Pizza, located conveniently next to Tacombi, home to our favorite tacos. Going in for seconds never tasted so good, or so international. Known for their pepperoni square pizza, this is a slice you can't refuse.

Pizza is offered in 10", 14", or 18" slices, with options such as the Veggimus Maximus, with all the veggie toppings you could want (or fit) on a slice, or if you're a meat eater - The Nashville Hot Chicken, quite the opposite and just as delicious. Go for Skyler's favorite which truly puts our "I Like Pizza More Than I Like People" tee to life: the pepperoni square.

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