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¡Viva Fiesta!

Fiesta originated 125 years ago when citizens of San Antonio wanted to celebrate the heroes of the Alamo with what they named The Battle of Flowers. It became a tradition and is now ingrained in San Antonio’s culture. And get this, it is the only parade in the country to be planned and directed completely by women! GO GIRLS! When I was a kid, I was in synchronized swimming and our team, The Cygnets (baby swans), got to participate in the parade and had our own float. Being super clumsy, I was never allowed to go on the float so I had to walk. We were told to just throw candy at kids whenever we walked by them, which could be a little dangerous. When you think about it, the parade is a ton of giant piñatas spewing candy all over the place. No baseball bats or blindfolds involved so all the hard work is done.

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Being born and raised in San Antonio, I have a deep respect and appreciation for my city. When Fiesta comes around each year, I am again reminded of the history and culture of this beautiful city. N.I.O.S.A which stands for Night In Old San Antonio is where the party is at. Every year Sarah’s Dad, my uncle, volunteers and usually always asks for help. He works at the “Ranch Steak” tent. Ranch Steaks are a thin slice of chuck on a tortilla. Can’t get much simpler than that!

If a Ranch Steak doesn’t peak your interest, you could also try the infamous Chicken on a stick, or Steer on a stick, Elote (corn on the cob), or anything fried you can think of. Being a volunteer, you get all the sweet perks. Early entry, private bathrooms, air conditioned lobby, and free food. Whenever I had the chance to help out with my cousins, we would always be the ones taking tickets and banging the cow bell saying “RANCH STEAKS! GET YOUR RANCH STEAKS!” Then when 10pm came around (closing time) all the hungry drunks rush to your booth to get their greasy fill. Things can get a little crazy but overall, it’s a grand time.

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The whole month of April has Fiesta-related events going on, but the main events are from April 20th – April 30th. If you plan on making a trip, I would suggest coming for N.I.O.S.A., you will experience everything “Fiesta” in a span of 4-5 hours from good food, drinks, music, and partying. If you plan on bringing kids, I would recommend the Fiesta Carnival or one of the many parades. All information about the events and details can be found here.
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If you’re ever planning to visit San Antonio, come in mid-April and party like a local!

xoxo,
Christina

Coffee Shop Soundtrack

It’s been so difficult to keep this a secret, but….

WE’RE OPENING A COFFEE SHOP! For locals and anyone interested in visiting the ‘Burg in the near future, Cup Of JoeL Is now open in the trendy neighborhood of Lawrenceville! Do you love specialty lattes with pictures of flowers in the cream, European-style espresso, and organic ingredients? If so, this is not the place for you. Are you craving a crappy cup of coffee that you could probably just make yourself at home? Well, crave no longer, Cup Of JoeL totally has that! Here, it’s okay if you want call it “expresso”, because that’s not on our menu anyway!

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Seriously, this April Fools joke has been sitting in my list of drafts for months now. NO, we are not actually opening a coffee shop, but whatever… Joel’s getting really good at photoshop!

Your Chariot Awaits, Princess

Today my daughter turns 3 years old and we celebrated by taking a hill country drive to Floresville, TX on Sunday. The day couldn’t have been more perfect! Clear skies, 75-degree weather, and surprisingly, no traffic for the last day of Spring Break. This wasn’t just any normal drive, we were heading to a party fit for a princess.


My daughter was born 3 years ago and we made the awesome decision to name her Charlotte. We didn’t name her after anyone in particular, I’ve just always loved the name and thought it was beautiful. One year and about a month later, The Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born. I always like to joke around and say that Kate and William called me up before she was born and asked us what would be a good name for their baby. Naturally, I suggested the best name out there, no big deal. But since then, I feel like we’ve had to up our game with party planning since most of Charlotte’s friends refer to her as “the princess”.



Charlotte asked for a unicorn themed party this year with ponies and carriage rides and that’s exactly what she got. My old neighbors live on a ranch with miniature ponies and horses so they offered to host the party, we were very blessed to have that opportunity. I whipped out my old cake skills and made a unicorn pull-apart cupcake cake. I was lazy and just bought a box of funfetti cake mix but I did follow the original icing recipe and it did not disappoint. I think I might do cupcake cakes from here on out. You can make pretty much any shape you want in hardly any time! It was super easy and no knives were needed. To wash it all down, we had some refreshingly sweet unicorn punch!





All the kids had a great time and stayed entertained with the pony rides and carriage rides. There was even a 2-hour old baby goat, no seriously, 2 hours old! (rejected by the mother) that was taken in from the owners and the kids fell in love. Overall, everyone had an amazing time and we’re all still talking about it. Perfectly fit for a princess.





 

 

Unicorn Bark

Have you ever felt the need to ingest some magic into your belly? Now you can with this guilt-free SNACK!


I pulled the original recipe from glow by pop sugar. Since trying the original, I’ve made my own revisions that I personally think make it taste a little sweeter. It’s completely sugar-free but is naturally sweet to enjoy.

Recipe

5-6 chopped strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup blackberries

3 cups full-fat plain Greek yogurt (separated into 1 cup portions)

3 tbsp honey (separated into 1 tbsp portions)

2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

3 tbsp chopped sugar-free chocolate, or sugar-free chocolate chips (I used Lily’s Chocolate)

Directions

  1. Microwave each fruit in a separate bowl for 90 seconds
  2. After being microwaved, mash down each fruit with a fork
  3. Add 1 cup of Greek yogurt to each bowl and mix with a fork
  4. Add 1 tbsp of honey to each bowl and stir until combined
  5. Grab a baking sheet and line with parchment paper
  6. Scatter big spoonfuls of each mixture across the baking sheet until full.
  7. With a butter knife, marble the yogurts together
  8. Sprinkle coconut flakes and chocolate on top of the yogurt
  9. Cover with saran wrap and freeze for 4 hours
  10. With knife or a cookie cutter, cut out yougurt into small chunks and serve
  11. If not eating right away, store them in a covered, freezer-safe container.


Enjoy your magical snack, tag me when you make it! @xtinatheunicorn
xoxo,

Christina

P Is For Pizza

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Pizza and Friday go together like, well, pizza and freaking Friday. I double-dog-dare you to name a better combination! Pizza is universally good (so is Friday).

Anyway, we The Blumers have been working very hard and doing a lot of exhausting and extensive research in order to bring this post to the ole blog. We’ve rounded up our top 5 favorite pizza places in Pittsburgh (UM YOU’RE WELCOME!), but first let’s just talk about pizza, K? Our love for this stuff goes deep.

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I didn’t realize until I moved up north that the pizza in Texas kind of…. I HATE TO SAY IT… sucks. Okay, maybe that’s being harsh (Big Lou’s, Ray’s, and Dough are all excellent pizza places in San Antonio), but the pizza I grew up eating can’t hold a candle to the pizza I eat now (that being said, I’m still very much #TexasForever and it’s a fact the north will NEVER, EVER be able to figure out Tex-Mex, in my totally biased un-humble opinion). If you’re reading from my home state with a slice in hand, please carry on. It’s called blissful ignorance.

We spent 4 days in Italy on our honeymoon and we literally ate pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus the occasional midnight snack. You know what they say, “when in Rome… eat pizza as the Romans do…”*

It’s been an unspoken tradition to have pizza in some way, shape, or form on Friday nights here at the Blumer Haus. It’s been especially nice lately because I’m trying to not eat carbs during the week (ya know, gettin’ back to my fighting weight), but on Fridays I go ham on some pepperoni. It’s what I most look forward to during the week!

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Alright, alright, alright. I’ll quit my jibber jabbering and get down to business. Without further ado, our favorite pizza in Pittsburgh:

  1. Mama Lucia’s NUMBER FREAKING ONE FOR A REASON. THIS PIZZA IS SO GOOD I HAVE TO WRITE THIS IN ALL CAPS TO GET MY POINT ACROSS. WE DON’T CARE THAT IT’S A PAIN IN THE ASS TO DRIVE TO EITHER. THEIR PEPPERONI WINS AT LIFE.
  2. Luciano’s  I can’t believe there was a time in my life when I hadn’t experienced Buffalo Chicken Pizza! Luciano’s makes the best! And they’ll make you a heart shaped pizza if you ask nicely enough!
  3. Pizza Grande the pepperonis are all like little pools filled with grease that I just want to dive into. Sound gross? It’s not, YOU’RE GROSS.
  4. Italian Village Pizza best, most convenient pizza by the slice.
  5. Two-way pizza tie between LaNova Pizza because they provided the pizza for our wedding after reception after party (we had leftovers for days too!) and Pizza Perfecta because their pizza is, um, perfecta?

If you’re a local and you’re reading this and you’re thinking “hey this b-word left out S___ Bro__” well, I did it on purpose. Broaden your horizons. Also, their service sucks. K BYEEE.

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Pizza Tank/TATY, Pizza Float/Ban.do (sold out, similar)

*funny, we actually did not go to Rome.

Buy Us Brunch

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Is brunch still cool? It is, right? Trick questions! It’s basically the quintessential cool meal. Whoever said “dinner is the new brunch” was seriously disturbed…

Since I have so much family/friends traveling to Pittsburgh for the first time for this whole wedding thing, I figured I should tell people where to eat, you know- to make sure they don’t end up getting food poisoning from Subway again. Consider the hostess duty of me recommending the best brunch places accomplished! No need to thank me, it’s literally the least I can do.

Now, I have only tried a handful of these places. Trust me, though, I had every intention of having brunch at all of the following, but 1. I have to be able to fit into my wedding dress, and 2. I have a Brunch Blog post deadline to meet, which is right now. Contrary to popular belief, I am not “so into myself” that I don’t hold the opinions of others in high regard; hence why I asked some of my favorite Pittburghers (both transplants and locals alike) to help me compile the Best Brunch List. Let’s dig in!

  1. Kelly O’s Diner– I’ve never been because they’re already closed every time I remember they’re down the street from us, but Annie and Jess approve! They say it’s everything you’d want in a good cheap diner. And just look at how cute it is! Think of the ‘grams, people!
  2. The Vandal– I’m kicking myself for not having been here yet, but once again, Annie loves it. It’s in a very hip part of town, so you know they do a good brunch.
  3. Lili Cafe– It’s actually a coffee shop that serves surprise brunch on Sundays. It’s Vegan/Vegetarian and my friend Sarah named it her favorite. You can always trust a Sarah.
  4. Coca Cafe– Finally, somewhere I’ve been. Two words for you: Avocado Toast.
  5. Kaya– I’ve been here for dinner, but my friend Alisha says their brunch is grrrreat!
  6. Union Pig & Chicken– Jess and I went here when we were really hungover once, and it did not disappoint! All of their drinks are named after famous moments from The Simpsons. I had the “Lisa Shot Mr. Burns” as a little hair of the dog before we gorged ourselves on tasty BBQ.
  7. Social– Here is a direct quote about what Jess has to say about Social: “When challenged with choosing my favorite brunch spot, I found myself scrolling through my mental Rolodex of mediocre dates. Don’t hate me! A girl has to eat, and most of the time doesn’t want to pay. My favorite brunch spot (but if I’m perfectly honest, my general favorite place to get a good breakfast at 2 in the afternoon) is Social at Bakery Square. It allows me to have my bacon and eat it too.”
  8. THE WINNER of the best brunch in all of Pittsburgh is Pamela’s, of course. Not only do all of my friends love Pamela’s, but Obama (you know, the freaking president of the U.S.) loved Pamela’s so much after visiting that he flew the chef to the White House to cook him their famous hotcakes. SO FREAKING GOOD. I already have plans of going to Pamela’s with Joel the morning after our wedding, still wearing my wedding dress, to see if anyone will buy us brunch.

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Photo by Jamie Pearson

 

Thank you to all of my friends who texted me back when I asked them to help me with this list (Annie, Jess, Jamie, Surzy, Lishy)! AND THANKS, OBAMA!

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Alternate title for this post: Bitches Who Brunch.