Surviving Night Market

Oops, I did it again… Went to Night Market, that is! Last week I braved the crowds and potential heat at Night Market South Street West! With a few Night Markets under my belt at this point, and a handful more coming up this Summer, here are a few tips to help you actually enjoy yourself…

Stick with your buddy! Definitely bring a friend who is as much of an adventurous eater as you are! With so many options, you’ll want to try as much as you possibly can- a feat made easier if you have someone to split all that food with!

Three’s a crowd. Having told pretty much everyone I know about the South Street West date, I ended up going with only 3 other people. And thank God for that, because It was difficult enough to find everyone at the start, and I can only imagine how much worse it would have been with the large group that was originally planning to attend! Splitting off in pairs is perfect- 2 people for a beer run, and 2 people waiting for food. Pro tip: Designate a meeting place a few blocks outside of the food truck zone and, if at all possible, wait to all go into the chaos as a group.

Early bird gets the worm. The earlier you can get there, the better. We got there right at 6 pm (which was the official start time) while some of the trucks were still opening up. The crowds hadn’t descended yet, so we were able to walk the entire row and see the majority of trucks before picking the ones we definitely wanted to try. We even had time for an early bite at a truck that didn’t have a line yet (the “Patio Daddy-o” sandwich from Scratch Biscuits, which is opening up a storefront on 13th and Chestnut and is brought to you by the people behind Supper… Also the only food I didn’t snap a picture of that night! Whoops.)

Choose your battles. The lines were manageable until about 2 hours in, when you could no longer tell where the lines ended and the crowd started. Knowing that it will continue to get more and more crowded, pick out a few trucks you definitely want to try and be ready to wait. All of the lines we stood in seemed to move fairly quickly, but that’s not to say we didn’t do our fair share of waiting! If some of the long lines turn you off, know that you really can’t go wrong with any of the trucks, and you can try the others at the next Night Market!

Be sure to check out The Cow and The Curd, Mom Mom’s and Undrgrnd Donuts on twitter!

Goodbye, 2014

I can’t say I’m sad to see 2014 go.

Don’t get me wrong, some really great things happened this past year.

I read some really great books.

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I saw some really great movies.

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I watched some really great TV.

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My brother graduated from high school and started college. I got a new job. I fell in love. I fell out of love.  I moved out of an apartment with a roommate and moved into an apartment with a boyfriend. And then moved out of that apartment and into a place of my very own… And then had to get a new second job in order to afford said place of my very own. I joined a gym. I made new friends. I lost some along the way, too.

2014 has been a roller coaster of year. It has taught me a lot about life and a lot about myself.

In 2014 I learned…

Love really does make you do crazy things. Like stick around for longer than you should and put up with things that you shouldn’t have to. It’s easy to sit there and say what you would do if you were in someone’s shoes, but it’s a whole other thing to actually be that someone in the thick of things. You never know what someone is going through, so can we all just start being nice to each other?

There is always a way out if you want there to be. I was the first person to tell people how bad of an idea I thought moving in with a boyfriend/girlfriend was, and then I did the very thing I used to preach against! So when it wasn’t working out, I felt like such an idiot. I’m lucky to have supportive friends who would always let me vent and parents who offered to help me even before I asked.

Don’t ignore your intuition. That little voice inside your head that’s whispering to you? Accept the fact that it knows better than you do and listen to what it’s saying.

Nothing is as important as your own health and happiness.

Someone who sees the glass half empty all the time is not someone you want to be around.

Just because you post copious amounts of cat pictures on your instagram and no longer have a boyfriend does NOT mean you are a crazy cat lady. (Saying this for a friend.)

Not wearing makeup isn’t the end of the world. In fact, no one even said I looked tired/awful/insert unflattering adjective here. Instead, someone commented on my “healthy skin” and said they were jealous of my long eyelashes. I think I’m on to something here, ladies…

On the flip side… Makeup is fun! This past year, I discovered my interest in nice makeup and Sephora and I’m not looking back. Maybe in 2015 I will finally attempt to try some of Amber Rae’s makeup tutorials!

Sometimes you just have to stay in and watch 90s TV marathons on Netflix. And that’s totally ok.

I still don’t have it all figured out, but instead of letting that scare me, I’m meeting the new year with arms wide open and ready for change. Bring on 2015!