Lately: February 2016

Drinking: London Fogs from Square One Coffee.
Eating: Lots of Mexican food — I’ve been to both Cantina Los Caballitos and Cantina Dos Segundos in the last week!
Loving: Quizzo nights.
Hating: That the low this weekend is going to be 4. Fahrenheit.
Listening: To Gilmore Guys. I fell super behind on my podcasts around the holidays!
Reading: 😓😔
Wanting: To watch The Big Short this weekend. Anyone see it?
Watching: Younger. It’s silly and bubbly in the best way!
Wearing: Fleece-lined yoga pants any chance I get.
Wishing: I was home in Florida!

What is everyone up to?

~ Sarah

Philly Pick: Miel Patisserie

Reviving my Philly Picks series, where I highlight my favorite places around the City of Brotherly Love! First up: Miel Patisserie.

Miel Patisserie | Shades of Sarah

I really enjoy working in Center City Philadelphia — it gives me ample time to explore restaurants and cafes, like Miel Patisserie, a French pastry shop in Rittenhouse. I’ve been occasionally stopping by since my first summer in Philadelphia, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ordered anything but their macarons or tea. So don’t trust my word for their sandwiches and other desserts (though those also look delicious!).

The macarons though? The best I’ve tried in the city. My favorite flavor is salted caramel, but the flavors do rotate. Each macaroon is priced just under $2.00, so it’s a bit pricey, but it’s a nice splurge (I spent just under $10 for the five pictured above, and I was stuffed!). Miel Patisserie’s macarons are also a thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, as long you don’t wait until the last minute (been there).

Miel is a nice stop on a rainy day — it’s not a bustling, overcrowded place. It’s a quiet environment that’s perfect for taking a break with some sweet snack and a cup of warm tea. (And don’t forget to take a colorful Insta.)

~ Sarah

Miel Patisserie
204 S. 17th St.
(17th and Walnut)

Lately: December 2015

We spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving exploring the Italian Market in South Philly! The weather was icky, but the pasta and the cannoli were amazing!

♥ Drinking: Tea au laits at La Colombe.
♥ Eating: Lots of zuchinni actually! (Well, compared to other veggies.)
♥ Doing: Some decluttering…but it never seems like enough!
♥ Loving: The mild fall weather!
♥ Hating: The lack of sunlight. (Though the aforementioned warmer weather has made it more bearable.)
♥ Listening: To Revival by Selena Gomez. I have a weakness for pop music, but I’m finding the whole album pretty catchy.
♥ Reading: The Billfold’s “How Gilmore Girls Do Money” series.
♥ Visiting: LOVE Park’s Christmas Village on my lunch break. The perfect destressor (as long as I don’t bring my wallet).
♥ Wanting: To open my Christmas presents!
♥ Watching: Gilmore Girls. Nick has never watched it and ended up getting hooked partway through my Netflix re-watch. We’re on season 7, but then we have to go back to the beginning!
♥ Wearing: These ponte leggings way too often. Also, my new Uniqlo sweater at least once a week. (Can I have all the colors please?)
♥ Wishing: It was Christmas! My mom and brother are coming up, and they’ve never spent Christmas up here. So exciting!

What is everyone up to?

~ Sarah