Welcome to Philadelphia

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

I’m lovin’ Philly! What a cool, little city! 😀

So, first things first, THE HOTEL!! As you know, I am a tad obsessed with all things hotels. I can’t help but take photos and blog about them. Maybe my next blog will be a hotel blog?! 😉


We’re staying at the fancy-schmancy Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia. The hotel lobby is swanky, sophisticated, and modern.

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My room is similarly funky and fun.





I LOVE the huge shower in the bathroom!

(Yep, I’m totally obsessed.)



After we checked in to the hotel, Sabrina, Jenna, Anne, and I headed to lunch at Di Bruno’s, an indoor farmers’ market and eatery. The place was basically a foodie’s paradise.



After wandering around for awhile, checking out all of the options, I finally decided on a Cheddar-Jalapeño Bagel.


And, on the side, I had some grilled veggies.


I also drank a can of grapefruit-flavored seltzer with lunch. I really enjoyed eating outside and chatting away with the girls.


Sabrina tricked me into drinking decaf iced coffee this morning, so, by afternoon, I was plagued with a serious caffeine-withdrawal headache. So, I took a pit-stop at the ING Direct Cafe for a caffeinated iced coffee with soy milk. Apparently, I have a caffeine “problem.” 😕


Then, we strolled over to Rittenhouse Square, where we took some fun photos! 😀


Our final destination of the afternoon was Phileo Yogurt for a blogger/reader meet-up.



I’m not sure what I was expecting at Phileo, but I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived. It’s make-your-own fro-yo with toppings. Loved it! :mrgreen:



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I filled my bowl with Cake Batter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and Oreo Cookie-flavored fro-yo and then added peanut butter chips, cookie dough chunks, chocolate spinkles, and white chocolate chips. It was so delicious. I really wished I had filled my cup more!


A fabulous group of women came out for the meet-up this afternoon. I loved chatting with everyone!





Now, Jenna, Anne, and I are enjoying a glass of wine from the hotel’s happy hour while blogging. It’s not a bad way to end the afternoon! 😉


Cocktail party and dinner next!

P.S. Exciting news!!! I’m one of the three winners for the Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour!!! I’m absolutely thrilled! :mrgreen: I can’t wait to share my adventures with all of you! Many thanks for those of you who voted for me!



  1. Congrats on the win! Your fro-yo cup looks delicious – that would be a dangerous place for me!

  2. YAY for you! Congrats!

    What hotel are you at? I go to Philly several times of year for work . . . I may have to check it out! If you have the chance, go to Hummus Restaurant on the Penn Campus. Life changing. Or maybe I was just really hungry when I went, but I don’t think so! 🙂

  3. I love hotel showers because they are always so immaculate! I can’t say the same for my own shower at home :/

    What is with the guy at the ING cafe? He seems pretty stoked to be featured in your photo!

  4. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I voted for you everyday with my two emails and my husbands as well!! Congrats – you must be so happy!

  5. Got to love the Ben Franklin head in the lobby. I just finished the first book in a children’s novel series called The 39 Clues. The first book takes place in Philly and the clues are all related to Benny Boy’s life. It was a great book and I even learned a bit about him and his involvement in Philadelphia.

  6. You got some great pictures at the meet-up! I chose fruity flavors, but everyone raved about the cake batter so I’m kind of disappointed I didn’t try it! It was great meeting you, hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Philly!

  7. I’m glad the meet-up was a success. The make your own fro-yo does look amazingly yummy!
    I love hotels too, I always feel so different when I stay in a hotel, as if I have a secret 2nd life….odd much!
    Enjoy the rest of your day!

  8. If you love hotels, you have to try HOTEL VITALE in SAN FRANCISCO. Its located across the street from the famous FERRY BUILDING and EMBARCADERO Street. The hotel has awesome rooms, but I would recommend either the DELUXE WATERFRONT of the PANORAMIC SUITE. Check out their website. prices are a little hight, but you really do get what you pay for at this hotel. It’s THE only hotel we stay at when we visit SAN FRANCISCO. Check out my blog, I have a couple of pics. non of the room. just outdoors and the rooftop balcanoy…MAY 10 post.

  9. Gah, such a wonderful day!! I can’t believe that we don’t even ahve fro-yo in Australia, and you guys get Cake Batter and Reese’s fro-yo? Argh! That’s it, I’m moving to Philly. Um, except for not having a visa… darn it. Anyone have a nice brother I could marry? 😀 I’ll bring Tim Tams in exchange… 😀 😀

  10. Looks like you had fun! I love the guy in the back of your ING cafe picture:) The Phileo looks a heck of a lot like froyo in St. Louis. I’m guessing they have the same owner. . .hmmm might have to investigate

  11. gorgeous hotel room, i love the chaise lounge! and i wish we had yogurt places here on li…. but im moving to cali soon where they are practically on every corner 🙂

  12. Which hotel are you staying at? The room looks very cute, I would like to know maybe to plan a trip with my bf soon 🙂

  13. I’m curious what hotel you’re staying at too. I’m always looking for nice hotels for when my parents visit. Palomar maybe? If you want to share after your trip that’s ok too. Have fun in Philly and try, if you have time, to get out for some Beer Week events!

  14. Have a blast in Philadelphia! Sabrina is serving as a great host based on your activities thus far. If you have time, ensure that you run down along Boat House Row. It’s gorgeous!

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