Bobby’s Red Sangria

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Our wedding is in 103 days.  OMG!  Can you believe it?!

This past weekend, I was showered with lots of love and amazing presents at my bridal shower.  It was so much fun!  I was able to be joined by all of my bridesmaids, lots of friends and family, and had a wonderful time.  (there was lots of good food too of course!)

Since the shower is really for the gals… Dave and I decided to have a really fun night out before the shower with all of our friends.  We decided to go to our absolute favorite restaurant in Philly- which happens to be a BYO.  I made an awesome Sangria recipe (my first!) and wanted to share it with you today.  It was delish!

Dave and I at our dinner :)

Dave and I at our dinner 🙂

Bobby’s Red Sangria

Ingredients:

2 bottles Spanish Red Table Wine

1 cup Apricot Brandy (or other)

1/2 cup Triple Sec

1/2 cup Raspberry Liquor (I used Framboise)

1 cup Orange Juice

1 cup Pomegranate Juice

3/4 cup Simple Syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)

Orange slices, Apple slices, Blackberries, One Cinnamon Stick

Directions:

1.  Mix the brandy, triple sec, and raspberry liquor in a large pitcher.  Cut half of the fruit and add to the boozy mixture.  Add juices and simple syrup.  Add the two bottles of wine and seal the container.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving.  

2.  Before serving, remove the old fruit and cinnamon stick and add the remaining chopped fruit.  
Recipe adapted from:  Bobby Flay’s Red Wine Sangria

This is the wine I used

This is the wine I used

Lots of booze, ready to rock and roll!

Lots of booze, ready to rock and roll!

I was confident that I couldn’t go wrong with a Bobby Flay recipe and started there.  With a few suggestions from friends, I added the raspberry and cinnamon which worked out great.  A great piece of advice is that the Sangria gets better with time… don’t try it right away and expect it to be good!  It has to sit with the fruit for a good amount of time before it is just right.  ENJOY!

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Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, Philadelphia

Rant #2:  Wifi.  What the F?  Why does it never ever work?  I always roll my eyes at work when the gym-goers complain to my co-workers and sometimes myself about our Wifi… here’s how it always goes:

Q:  What’s the password?  A:  There is none.

Q:  Why can’t I connect?  A:  I have no idea, I’m not an IT person.

Q:  Well, how can we fix it?  A:  You can shut the F up because I DON’T KNOW!

 Okay, so I would obviously never talk that way… but that’s how it goes in my head.  Well, I’m sitting here after dropping Dave off to coach hockey at World Café Live in University City Philly.  This is the closest and first place that came up on my Yelp when I searched “wifi”, and of course… their Wifi DOES NOT WORK.  WTF!  Here, I think I’m going to get a ton of stuff done since I’m stuck here, I lug my laptop to and from work, I order a beer (more on that later), get all plugged in and set up… for it to not work!  UGH!  So what happens?  I ask my server.  Here’s how it goes:

Q:  What’s the Wifi name here?  A:  World Café Life.  No password.

Q:  Hm, well I can’t find it, why can’t I connect?  A:  Um… I don’t really know

Q:  Is there any way to fix it?  A:  Um… I don’t really know…

 HA.  Of course.  I’m sure she was thinking the same thing I do at work.  I decided to stop bothering her and get some other stuff done (writing all of my blog posts on Word Documents with NO research capabilities or Facebook distractions… this could be a good idea after all).  And, not to mention, I tried my very first Samuel Adams Octoberfest Beer… omg.  I like it.  Yay!

 END RANT.

If you didn’t believe that I drank Oktoberfest beer. 🙂 I really liked it!

One restaurant I’ve been itching to try for a few years now is Bobby’s BurgerPalace.  This is Bobby Flay’s burger joint in (again) University City Philly, where the smarty-pants Penn students hang out.  While I didn’t feel smarter eating here, I sure as hell felt satisfied!

Looooove him! Especially his role as himself dating Mrs. Ari in Entourage 🙂

Dave and I tried out Bobby’s Burgers with my friend Sam and all three of us ordered a Burger and Fries.  Okay, so we definitely should not have all gotten fries.  They were way too big, but they were so good.  OMG.  Sam ordered the Sweet Potato fries and a Burger with Avocado Relish, Goat Cheese, and some kind of Meyer Lemon Honey Mustard.  Wow.

Her burger looks ridic. It was.

Both the boyfriend and I picked the Dallas Burger which was Spice Crusted and served with Cole Slaw, Monterey Jack Cheese, BBQ Sauce, and Pickles.  Wow.  The spice crusting of the burger was awesome and super flavorful.

WOW, almost forgot to mention, um… my burger was “crunchified”.  If you watch Food Network, you probably know what this means.  Yup, my burger had POTATO CHIPS smushed on top between the burger and the bun.  It was so. Good.  Wow.

There she is! My Crunchified Dallas Burger

This burger is crunchified!!!

The most exciting thing about BBP would have to be the the different sauces available at your fingertips, ready to smother your burger and fries.  There was your regular Ketchup and Yellow Mustard, of course… but there was also a “Burger Sauce”, a green bottle called “Hot Sauce” and two others too.  I am a big big fan of sauces, so I loved this part, of picking which bite to eat with which sauce.  For this reason and this reason only, I would order a regular burger next time instead of having the extra spices on there with the Dallas Burger.

MMM ready for another delicious bite!

The verdict:
I really liked Bobby’s BurgerPalace.  I’d like to say that I would come back in a flash, but in all reality, who can eat an entire serving of fries and a crunchified burger more than once or twice a year?  I can’t!  Although I probably won’t be back any time soon (just because of my fat-girl-guilt) you should totally go.  It’s delish.