Brunch at Beat Brasserie with Boston Brunchers

I’ve heard of the Boston Brunchers for a while now, a group that connects bloggers with businesses during my favorite meal of the week! However, typically, my Sundays have been reserved for one thing and that one thing is either a trail run or a long run that makes it hard for me to make it to brunch on time. However, this year with well the 84 inches of snow we have and my heel drama, I’ve found myself with nothing but time.

And that’s how I found myself jumping into a Lyft ride to go to Harvard Square. With all the snow, I almost missed Beat Brasserie (formerly Beat Hotel) as it’s almost a hidden gem below the Gap smacked in the middle of Harvard Square.  If you’re familiar with the Beehive in the South End, the vibe is very similar in a chic bohemian style if those two words could go together.

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At the front there is a stage that has Jazz on Sunday 10AM-2PM and every evening as well.  The sound works well with the background ambiance, and yet still being able to have conversations without screaming.

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The girls and I at my table decided to go a la carte and share all our dishes.

But first things first… Since a long run was out the snow covered window…

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This bloody Mary may not be the largest, but it packed quite the punch needed to wake me up.

The girls and I then moved onto the Pumpkin Crumble Coffee Cake. We split this gem four ways which was perfectly satisfying.

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Next we each picked out a few entrees to share. We started with the Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Omelette, a solid choice

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Next came the Bowl Azteca with Adobo-Spiced Quinoa, Tomatillo Salsa, Fresh Corn, Squash, Green Beans, Avocado, Baby Spinach & salmon.

The Salmon was cooked perfectly, but I’m not sure if this is a dish I would order again.

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These Wild Flower Honey & Lemon Pancakes were some of the most addictive pancake I’ve had in a while.  Fluffy but packed with a ton of flavor. Beat Brasserie Brunch (7)

We also added a side of lamb sausage!

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I saved the best for last, this Braised short rib eggs Benedict is reason alone to visit the Beat Brassiere for brunch!

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My only regrets in these  brunches is that my stomach isn’t big enough to fit in more food.  There’s so many more dishes that I hope to try next time I’m in the square, such as Buffalo cauliflower or the smoked salmon Benedict! O well, always great to save something for next time!

Running with Deena Kastor

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Okay so correction, I am running and Deena Kastor is doing her jogging pace…

Yes, the other day I got to do one of the pretty much coolest things I could think of. Run a fun 5K with America’s all star runner Deena Kastor…

Last week Asics hosted a party in their spankin’ new story on Newbury and they invited Deena Kastor and me to it, cause you know I’m as cool as Deena.

Deena just shattered the masters half marathon record as the 41-year-old clocked in a 1:09:36 to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. She is also the American Record Holder in the marathon (2:19.36) and half marathon (1:07.34). And the list goes on and on.

The night started with a 5K around Back Bay, starting from 328 Newbury (Asics’ store) going up Mass Ave to the Charles, down the Charles to the Arlington bridge with a little dip into the gardens and return up the Commonwealth Ave Mall. Not my typical route that I take, but I liked it!

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(Dan, I tried to take a photo of you & Deena running but that was about as good as a broken Iphone can do)

I’m not quite sure what pace we ran but I would say somewhere between 8:30-9 minute miles that seemed to keep everyone engaged. I didn’t wear a watch and I was already sweating profusely from running to get to the event in time, so my normal pacing clock was all out of whack and in a different pace zone. I really need to start adding events to my calender 15 minutes earlier to make up for lack of timeliness!

On the run we chatted a little about marathons and running and how the most memorable races are the tough ones that you battle and grind your way through.

After the run we regrouped back in the ASICS store with a nice Boloco spread.

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Me and Deena, being BFFs

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I am still glowing red from my four minute mile adventure earlier.

After parting with Deena and letting others make friends, I went to get my feet analyzed.

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Basically they put these sensor stickers on me and I stuck one foot at a time into this machine (one of 18 in all of Massachusetts) that I think measured my foot from every dimension possible and basically told me I have two different feet.

After the getting my feet measured, I ran on a treadmill for about 20 seconds in neutral shoes.

The consensus is that I over pronate on one foot and under another. What that means? The guy wasn’t sure… but I am a unique butterfly for sure. Maybe my fear of injury again is making me run a little funny?

After realizing this must be the reason reason why I will never be epic (I blame my freak of nature feet), the Q & A of the evening started where Deena answered all sorts of questions from the audience.

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She’s been with the ASICS brand for over 14 years and pretty much sees herself running through her 90s and ever. I forget the exact numbers but she mentioned how she went from running 120+ mile weeks in her younger days to 70-80 miles now. And rather than focus on one workout, she tries to get in three solid workouts from mile repeats, to a tempo run and a long run all within her training week.  To be honest, I expected Deena to be very intense after seeing her in the Spirit of the Marathon movie, but she was super easy going and very personable and relatable despite the fact that she can run circles around me while I run my pace. Or maybe it was the fact that she said post races she refuels with a bottle of wine and a chocolate bar. I think that was a joke, but I took it to heart.

After the Q&A, ASICS showcased it’s current line with a fashion show.

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I myself ended up walking away with some stellar new winter gear and lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait long to test it out. It snowed most of Sunday afternoon and since there was no way I was going to run long on a treadmill (since I’m pretty sure that was the cause of my injury), only thing left to to do was zip up and run out.

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Thermo Windblocker Jacket ($125) that has become one of my favorite items and a new pair of tights Thermopolis LT Tight ($60). The tights are soft and have minimal compression which is something I personally look for in tights. Compression tights and extra seam lines make me feel very uncomfortable so I prefer yoga style tights.

ASICS is currently running (no pun intended) a buy one get one free on their website, so if you’re looking for some winter gear, check it out.

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QOTD – Have you ever met an elite runner?

A Spooky World New England Review

‘Twas a dark and dreary night… You know the kind where you could see your breath for seconds before the cold rain beat it down.

Any other time of year and I would shut myself inside and watch reruns of Gilmore girls but it’s October. October, halloween, leaves changing, and scaring myself silly but not really. It’s also where I start mourning the loss of sunlight and warmth for the next 6-8 months. Ugh.

But in the mean time, it’s October and the month of my favorite holiday, Halloween. Did I mention Orange is one my favorite colors?

So when blog and tweet Boston did an event at Spooky World, I signed myself and Tony up unexpectedly. You see, I get scared easily, so while I love, pumpkins, candy, and dressing up for Halloween, I avoid other more bumpy things. I watched the first Saw movie with hands in front of my eyes the whole time and I think that was the last scary movie I watched.

However, after 4 or more years of avoiding scary movies and haunted houses it was time to face my fears. Spooky world on a cold wet night seemed to be the perfect frightful experience.

Spooky world takes place seasonally at Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield, New England. It’s about an hour drive north of Boston. As bloggers we got VIP passes that allowed us to get ahead of the lines. Even on a wet night, where attendance was relatively low, I loved being instantly in the front.  Plus I really hate queuing as it makes me super anxious and claustrophobic! And everyone that attended got a poncho to help with the rain.

Dark, cold, wet, and the mood was set.

There’s 5 haunted attractions and we started with the 3D horror house…

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Neon paint and 3D glasses we set out.. things jumped out, and things glowed and flickered and ended with a spinning room that really left me dizzy. A good and short little scare. I survived!

The next stop was the Carnage. A haunted, outdoor junkyard filled with trucks and cars to navigate your way to freedom. To be honest, this was my least favorite. The concept was interesting but homeless bums and junky sales people don’t scare me too much.

Next up was Bringham Manor

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A haunted house with every horror, natural and supernatural imagined to scare you. This was my second favorite one. I didn’t take photos inside because I think you should all come out and experience it yourself. I don’t want to ruin any surprises.

After three haunted houses we decided it was time for a break. Screaming makes you hungry!

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There was a firepit going and a beer/dancing area to get your freaky party on. However, my mind was on the food. The usual concession stands from fried dough, fried chicken, candy apply, and hot chocolate was there. But my eyes are always on one thing.

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Yes, I visit attractions for one purpose at times and a seasonal turkey legs is all I want.

After feeding, drinking and warming we continued with our night. Next up:

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Ravenclaw is your usual haunted scary walk in a cemetery. Crypts, ghosts, ghouls, zombies immediately try to befriend you.

And final stop was called the Colony. My favorite out of the five. And where I fully excelled my screaming skills. It was set in the woods and was a mix of scary witch woods style walks with chain saws, and cabins. It was probably the longest attraction as well. Every time I thought we were done, I found something new to scream at.

Overall, we had a blast at Spooky World and if you love Halloween fun, check it out!

 

QOTD – Do you like to be scared? What are your favorite Halloween things to do?

CitySports Outdoor Reebok CrossFit Series

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

So, I won’t lie to you guys, I am not a Crossfit addict. In fact, I have technically never officially tried “crossfit.” However, I’ve been enjoying all things fitness that aren’t running lately so Crossfit seemed to just be a natural progression. And last week I finally got to try a class thanks to  City Sports and CrossFit Back Bay. Every Thursday night from now until August 21st, you can participate in a free CrossFit workout on the Greenway (North End entrance, near the intersection of Cross and Hanover). The event says 6-7 but we ended around 6:45 so you have plenty of time to stretch and cool down afterwards. To participate in one of these workouts, you just need to register online and show up. Some parts of the workouts are done with partners so having a buddy or 10 around you would make it more fun. Or you can do as I do and make a new friend! Nothing like doing burpees with Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake. P.S. for someone who just had a baby, she is in ridiculous shape! 

It’s about 2 miles from my office and since Boston’s public transit is slower than the average runner, I decided to just jog my way there. Plus, I really wanted to test out my new Nano 4.0 that Reebok sent me.  They’re all the rage in the crossfit world for their shock absorption and traction. I can’t wait to try them in my Tabata class where I’m sliding all over the place in my running shoes. 

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So I got to the Greenway about 5 minutes to 6, because I forgot there’s a giant hill, called Beacon Hill, on the route I picked. And lucky for me, they had some water bottles for those of us who don’t always come prepared. I was quite thirsty by the time I got there.

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The workout of the day was simple and easy for a Crossfit newbie like me to follow. We started with Tabata style warm up, learned some new moves and ended with a partner workout that I’ll explain more.

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The tabata warm up was 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 16 times of squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.  After learning the hard sore way, I focused more on my form vs. how many reps I could do in 20 seconds. 

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After our warm up, we went over the moves we would be doing with a partner. Between the two of us, we would do 100 squats or squat jumps, 100 sit ups and 100 alternating jump lunges. And to keep things from getting too stale, we had to do 3 burpees every minute on the minute. Since all the moves besides the burpees are broken up between you and a partner, you end up doing only 50 of each in increments of 10 with a rest between each while your partner does their set. Similar to tabata in a way but less pressure it fitting it all into 20 seconds. 

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And our reward for the workout was more exercise! We finished the evening off with some core work of planks and V-ups.

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It may look easy, but try holding this for 3 minutes straight and you will feel everything shake. 

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Overall had a great workout and if the weather continues to be this gorgeous, I’ll be showing up weekly! Loved this cross-training alternative to all the cardio I’ve been doing for my 70.3!

QOTD

Have you ever tried Crossfit?

Does your city have any free outdoor workouts that you participate in?

Ferry Street Food & Drink – Malden Date Night

Tony and I like to try to keep up with all the new dining options that are opening up in Malden. It used to be easy, since quite frankly, there were little to none options. It’s pizza or pizza. However, it seems that now amazing restaurants are opening up all over the place in our own backyard. Last night we decided to check out Ferry Street Food & Drink.

We heard there’s free bar snacks from 5-7. Since the MBTA has been awful lately, I decided that I’ll have better luck running home. So runmute it was! It’s about 7.3 miles to my house and I like to end on a round mileage, 8.1 miles in under 64 minutes, proceeded by the fastest shower know to women kind.

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From the office to a dress in under 70 minutes! Take that orange line, I know you can’t beat me. Don’t worry, I didn’t run in Toms haha.

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When we got to Ferry street, we had the option of sitting at the Bar or table. We decided that since it was fairly slow and it was just me and Tony that we would grab a seat at the bar. The place was going for a gastropub type of vibe with exposed beautiful woodwork and license plates from the owner’s grandfather’s house.

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The restaurant was opened by a husband and wife team that graduated from Johnson & Wales and wanted to create an establishment that felt like they were entertaining guests in their own home. When we got there at 6:50, the place was a bit empty, but definitely picked up by 7:30.

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Our bartender/waitress was a delight! She was friendly and patient with all my beer questions. They had a ton of draft, can and bottle options ranging from local to the region, to domestic and I think a few international. Tony and I started with some free bar snacks that reminded me of Granada and free tapas back in Spain.

Tony got a Mystic Saison Renaud and I got Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union as we split some olives and house pate. 

The one thing about the menu was that there was no light options or vegetable sides. So Tony and I decided to split an appetizer and entrée.

We started with the meatballs glazed with Texas style BBQ over cheddar grits. OMG, why has this never been done on the east coast before?

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It was absolutely delicious and I probably would have eaten the whole portion on my own if I didn’t have to share.

The dinner menu is short, but all of the options looked good. I think it’s seasonal and will probably change, but right now you could get a burger, braised rabbit, roasted chicken, pork sandwich, fish of the day and steak. For our entree with chose that fish of the day which was fried trout.

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The steak fries were made fresh of course and had a nice little kick to it. The trout was fried up. Unfortunately the pickles were sweet and I prefer kosher dills only but the coleslaw more than made up for the pickle disappointment.

There was a dessert menu, but we were stuffed enough that I couldn’t imagine eating any more.

Overall, we had a great time at Ferry Street. I do wish they had a vegetarian option because as much as I love my fried food, I like to try to get some nutrients on the side. However, we’ll definitely be returning there for the meatballs and grits app! Or maybe just some beers and dessert next time.

QOTD

Can you keep up with all the local restaurants in your area? Try any place new recently?

Race Against Extinction 5K Race Report

As racing season is in full spring (pun intended), I’m slowly trying to catch up on all the race recaps. I got through Boston, and the TARC 50K, now I just owe you a Spring Classic 5K, a MEA 5K, Providence marathon and a small little race called the Georgia Marathon from way back in March.

The Boston Race Against Extinction 5K was held on Saturday, 11AM, on April 19th in Artesani Park just off the Charles River in the Boston/Brighton/Cambridge area. Proceeds will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. I don’t recall what race registration was because I was lucky enough to win an entry from The Perfect Fuel Chocolate, a local Boston company!

The 5K welcomed everyone from Cheetahs (experienced and first-time runners), Tortoises (walkers), Gazelles (inline skaters), Kangaroos (parents with strollers), Wolf Packs (runners or walkers with their pets)! and Sloths (those who cannot or will not be running, skating, walking or moving in general on April 19th but would like to support and help protect their fellow species!).

I wasn’t too sure how I would get there from Malden, but I found a bus that went from Sullivan square to Cleveland circle passing by Artseani Park (just a little tip for my fellow Northbound orange line friends). I gave myself about an hour to get there, but it only took about 30 minutes so after getting my bib number I met Miles and Nicholas (whom I actually met the week before at Yukan races) and fueled up on some chocolate pre-race.

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and before I knew it, it was race time! The course was flat along the paved path around the river. I started out in my usual pattern way too fast and started to feel like lead by mile 3. It’s a good thing 5Ks are only 3 miles because if I had to run another mile, I would have thrown up.

photo 1 (14)As I was wrapping up the final mile, I saw Miles leaping forward as the green man. Having someone dash by you, only reminds you just how relative speed is. Luckily, only gender that dashed past me, was male and I got to win first place female! No tape to break sadly but I got to take this wonderful present home.

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My time for the 3.1 miles was 21:28 with a 7th place overall finish.

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I did feel a little disappointed about being 15 seconds slower per mile than my more recent 5Ks but I think a part of me tried to keep the race a little easy because I didn’t want to burn myself out in 3 miles, 2 days before the Boston Marathon.

Race WinnersFinish line photo with Miles (21:11), Ben (20:51) and second place female Rebecca (20:54)

There was no medal for finishing but I couldn’t believe all the finishing swag.

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There was also a cap and a water bottle that I didn’t take because I already have a plenty of each at home.

I wasn’t very hungry post race since I had a fairly large breakfast (not sure why, but I fueled like I was running a marathon, two hefty toasts with a generous cover of peanut butter). However they had plenty of coconut water, protein shakes, bagels, cream cheese, chips, cookies and anything else you want post race.

So to summarize:

Pros

  • Flat Course
  • Best 5K swag ever
  • Great charity and overall vibe
  • Well marked and traffic free
  • 11AM start (I’m really not a morning person)
  • Plenty of parking
  • Plenty post race fuel

Cons

  • On an open bike path so you’re swirling around bikers, joggers, walkers and everyone else since the path is not closed off for race only
  • Limited public transportation to the race start

Overall it was a great race and a great alternative the BAA 5K if you’re looking for a final shake out before the Boston Marathon.

A Workbar party with Popchips & KitchenSurfing

Last week I had an great opportunity to check out another Boston Blog and Tweet event. This time I crossed the bridge (with a very beautiful sunset I might add) into Cambridge for a friendly cooking competition with KitchenSurfing, Popchips at Workbar.

KitchenSurfing needs no great introduction on my blog since I did a review with them a few months ago, but in case you missed that here’s the deal. Its an online service where you pick a chef who will come to your home and cook, or teach you to cook a meal. Aside from the amazing food I’ve experienced, my second favorite part is that they do all the cleaning. Think of it as another option to those $$$$ restaurants, or a great way to cater an event. Every cuisine you can think of is available at various price options.

Popchips are a chip that’s “popped” versus the standard fried options. I think the process is similar to rice cakes (but don’t quote me on it). Regardless of how it’s made, it has lower calories then your standard chip and is so amazing. Little tip, Costco has great pricing on the family size bag!

Workbar offers communal workspaces where freelancers, start-ups, and remote employees of larger enterprises can enjoy high quality office amenities at an affordable price.  The provide an extraordinary workplace for their members; meeting rooms to meet with clients and give presentations; event space; and a wide variety of social and educational programming including happy hours, lunch seminars, workshops, and networking events.

Now that you know all the key players, let’s get to the competition, because you know at the end of the day, I’m there for some food, and maybe some chatting, One of my talents is talking and eating at the same time (even if my mother disapproved).

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First up are the boys of Aprons off Catering,  Mark O’Leary and Justin Hackett serving up loads of delicious Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich with Popchips cured pork, salt & vinegar Popchip mayo, Katy Perry’s Popchip pate, and a Vietnamese style baguette made with pulverized Popchips! I have to say that my favorite part of it all were their bread rolls! I even shamelessly came back for seconds! Check them out on KitchenSurfing and order up some tasty meals!

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Next up for my stomach was Jitti Chaithiraphant of Food Is Love! He prepared a corn and cheddar Popchips soup. I have the recipe and it was so good, that I might have to try it out myself with it’s rich cheddar flavor with Popchips as a base and a crunchy Popchips garnish. Maybe not the most healthiest soup, but absolutely satisfying!

KitchenSurfingComp3And finally last but not least, chef Jen Rogers of Perfect Bite who is absolutely hilarious, was serving up a party! She created a Popchips Chicken and Waffle app using Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips for the “waffle” and Popchips breaded chicken, with a delicious Honey-Hot BBQ sauce. But wait, to make this chicken and waffle combo complete, she added in a Bloody Mary shooter!

As you can see from the description of the chefs, we were absolutely spoiled rotten! Add in a wonderful bartender mixing up some cranberry infused vodka with seltzer drinks and I got nothing to complain about.

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We were asked to pick a favorite and it’s a tough choice but I guess we can’t always all be winners besides my stomach. I would have to pick Jitti Chaithiraphant of Food Is Love and his cheddar Popchips soup. The ingredients just went so naturally together. Now if I could grab one of Mark and Justin’s rolls to have with it, I think it would have been a killer combo!

After the awesome event we all got to walk away with some Popchips for a chance to compete in a Popchips competition of our own to win a KitchenSurfing giftcard. So you bet that I’ll be entering and I’ll post the recipe later tomorrow! Stay tuned, because you’ll love it! (I hope so you can vote for me!)

In the mean time if you want to learn more about all the parties involved in organizing this awesome event, here are some links.

Popchips – Facebook – @Popchips
Workbar – Facebook – @WorkBar
KitchenSurfing – Facebook – @Kitchensurfing & @KS_Boston
BlogAndTweetBoston – Facebook– @BlogAndTweetBos

QOTD

Have you ever tried Popchips? As I mentioned before, I go through Costco sized bags!

Have you ever cooked anything with chips? No, but it was fun playing around!

Weekend Wrap – Up ` Pintxos, Skiing, and Running

It’s Monday and normally I’d be in my wave of sadness mourning the weekend, but luckily it’s a holiday so I get the day off! Sadly Tony doesn’t so I’m just relaxing alone.

Remember how I mentioned one of the best things about Barcelona was munching on Pintxos? Well I recently learned of a new place that opened up in Woburn, about a 15 minute drive from me, called Pintxo Pincho Tapas Bar. That’s where Tony and I found ourselves this Friday night for Valentine’s day. Although, had it not been “vday,” we would have been there anyways cause I’ve been dying to go.

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Salmon, grilled chorizo, Ceviche and octopus. The grilled octopus dish was the best that I’ve had in the states in a long while! The the ceviche was the first time since Peru that I actually loved the dish!

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We also got the blood Sausage & Chorizo stew, seafood and chicken paella and rabbit cooked in tomatoes. Both very good. I couldn’t find a website for the bar, but there’s a nice write-up in the Boston Globe.

After dinner Tony surprised me with a box of Flake, one of my favorite chocolates. I usually heavily restock in London, but since T-dawg switched jobs we no longer get to go annually so I had a severe Cadbury flake drought.

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Also got surprised with so pretty flowers while I was on the trainer for my long ride. Now I just gotta keep the cats from destroying them. Speaking of cats –

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He put the Meow before the zuno! And if you see this box, it means I got a new pair of shoes!

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My waverider 15s were starting to fall apart, all three pairs, so I jumped on the 16s when I saw them on amazon for $72! Now they’re $70! This led to me busting out a 20 miler on the treadmill, but that’s for the weekly recap post!

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Tony, my friends and I drove up to Sunapee, NH for some skiing, since I don’t know how to ski, and everything scares me when I go downhill, I went cross-country skiing instead with my friend. We took a short lesson and then explored on our own. The place where we went promised groomed/tracked trails but something or other happened to their snowmobile so we had to pave the way on our own which got us stuck is some snowbanks and snowfields. Luckily, it was all fresh powder that as very soft to fall into. I saw Mt. Sunapee and the skiers/snowboarders from our cross country trail 5 miles away!

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And to cap off the weekend of adventure, I won tickets to the wine expo from Pasta Chips on twitter so I took Tony with me. My face and hair is looking a little greasy because when you spend 2 hours playing candy crush instead of your long run, and then decide to go for your long run, you run (no pun intended) out of time to do girlie things like your hair. Priorities, we all pick them!

Anyways, at the wine expo, I’m proud to brag that I did a good job of not getting myself trashed. I tasted 100s of wines making sure to spit and snack and drink water in between. Only at 4:30, 30 minutes before closing, did I allow myself to sip instead of just taste! Other highlights include finally bumping into Dani whom I keep just missing while I was in New Orleans, and met Susan, another Boston Blogger.

I don’t think wine will ever replace my love for beer, but I did from some new favorites!

How was your weekend? 

Are you a beer or wine person? Neither? I prefer a cold IPA over a glass of wine.

Friday Fab – Eating, Spinning, Juicing

It’s been one of the coldest weeks of winter this year, and yet, I’ve managed to do so much this week! Brownie points for staying active and social.

1. Went out to dinner on a triple date with some besties to Tornado – A swank little number that just opened up in Malden. They serve Asian inspired tapas. At first I was worried it would be like an overpriced Dim Sum, but it proved to be anything but.

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We pretty much ordered everything off their menu to eat and drink

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Time for Thyme Martini, oysters, quinoa salad, muscles, fried oysters, tuna poke

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Tuna Ceviche, truffle fries, pork confetti, thai wings, duck, seafood pasta

and there was plenty more that was eaten before I remembered to photograph! Not a cheap meal, but quite a mouthgasmic experience.

2. Flywheel – A new spin studio called Fly Wheel opened up in Boston and I got to check it out with some yelpers.

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They provide bike shoes and towels. What’s also really cool are performance metrics! I have to confess I’m not a big fan of spin. It’s hard and I feel like since I have nothing concrete to gauge my effort on, that I have nothing to track. This whole use level 10 effort vs 8 vs 3, makes no sense to me. I’m a CPA with a finance background, so numbers, those make sense. Perceived effort? Useless! Luckily, Flywheel is a leader in giving you performance metrics. You get Torq (which is your resistance), RPM, and a power meter! You can also login later and get more stats like Torq, Speed, Power, Distance and even Calories Burned. I love it, absolutely love how you can track the metrics.

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Love the bikes with the metrics! I did learn a lesson, shorts that are great for running, don’t work well in spin. Thank god the room was dark, cause I’m pretty sure the person behind me saw more than they cared to during position 3.

3. Fruitata – A juice bar (typed bra 4 times before I got it right) at the PRU!

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A few steps away from Fly Wheel is Fruitata, an organic Juice bar that opened up sometime in the summer. We sampled a few different ones as well. To pick my favorite, would be impossible since they’re all insanely good.

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I ended up with a Kirachi Kale (all juices are named after a city!) with a shot of hemp protein so some rebuilding.

4. Did you hear about this guy who tripped over a wire or something at the IRS and sued and won 862K. Keep in mind the IRS is funded by tax payers and the only true losers is each tax paying citizen. Also the guy was meeting with the IRS cause he owed over 60K in taxes that he should have paid. Scumbag what?

5. What’s better than a hot dog?

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QOTD

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Weekend in Review and KitchenSurfing Coupon Code!

Remember how I had that awesome dinner through KitchenSurfing last month? Well my friends from KitchenSurfing are offering 25% off all orders for my readers if you use my referral page. And for full disclosure, although to get the code you need to use my referral link, I am not receiving at commission or compensation from anyone’s order. I just really loved my experience and hope you do too!

The codes expire on 12/31. However, as long as the meal is booked prior to the 31st, it will be fine (even if the event is after the 31st). You can use for a special night, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, as well as drop off meals, hors d’oeuvres for a cocktail party/get together, cooking classes, desserts/pastries, corporate lunches or even fridge stocking.

They’re also doing an event November 20th that’s thanksgiving theme with a delicious meal and cocktails. It’s a great chance to check out some chefs before hiring them for your kitchen.
Speaking of great meals, well taking a small break from running I did some great eating!
On Friday night while being sick, Tony made us a fresh salad. So pretty! We had it with tacos, but I’ve posted enough taco photos on this blog.
Uzbek Salad
On Sunday, I got to check out the amazing Brunch at Towne Stove and Spirits located in Boston’s Back Bay.
We started of the meal right with a wasabi bloody mary.
Towne Brunch
They had 4 stations set up. A cold food station with cheeses, fruits, salads, cereals, and pattes. A hot food with pork, snapper (pictured above with Asian noodles), lobster and other types of eggs benny, an omelette bar. They also had a desert station and the forth station was an oyster/shrimp bar.
Towne Brunch 4
My only regret was not having enough room in my stomach to take a bite of everything! I’ve only ran 35 miles this week so my munching capacity wasn’t at it’s best.
TOwne Brunch 3
Even though you could get up and grab more plates of food, I have this habit of just piling everything on one plate as I work through it.
Towne Brunch 2
I wrapped it up with a few oysters!
What was the best thing you ate this weekend? I think it was the red snapper with the Asian noodles, followed by the shrimp and cucumber salad they had. Soo good!