Tag Archives: Boston

Lent, Better Late then Never

12 Mar

I’m a little late with this whole lent thing, but better late than never right?

Last night I met up with some of my good friends from high school. We went to Figz on Charles Street in Boston.

Figz has a stylish upscale feel to it. The space is very cramped and every one is on top of each other. If I was on a date with my fiance this would have really bothered me, but since it was a casual evening of catching up with good friends, I didn’t mind. My friends started off with the mussels which smelled great, and got good reviews. For the main course we split a pizza, ½ bianco and ½ fried calamari. I had a slice of the bianco. I’m not a huge pizza person, so I am not the best judge of pizza, however this pizza was pretty good. It was a thin crust pizza loaded with arugula, and tomatoes sprinkled with oil and parmesan cheese. ( I didn’t take any pictures because I still feel awkward snapping pictures of food in public)

After dinner and two glasses of wine later, we headed to the Liberty Hotel for some cocktails.

This was my first time at the Liberty Hotel. I was very excited to check it out. A few years ago I watched a documentary about how they transformed the  Charles Street Jail into this magnificent hotel.

The atmosphere in the bar is great! Dark, trendy, spacious and unique. You would never know it was once a jail. (except for the illuminated cell bars that line the walls in the hall. ((I have bachelors in criminal justice, so I was particularly excited about the jail turned hotel!))

Ok, back to this whole lent thing, after 3 glasses of wine and a steady buzz later, here I am feeling awful. I never use to have such a negative reaction to wine, but in the past several years, even if I have just one glass, I wake up in the middle of the night chugging water like I have crossed the Sahara dessert. Even though my heat is pounding, and I feel awful, I become restless and can’t fall back asleep. So when I woke up at 5am after 4 hours of sleep, I decided no more alcohol until the end of lent. Well, except for April 9th. Our good friends are getting married, I can’t not drink at a wedding, I’m not that good!

But that’s it! No alcohol until the end of lent!

~Nicole

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Pretty Nice Little Saturday

15 May

What a great day! I woke up with a strong craving for carrots, I have no idea why. I came up with surprising great concoctions.

Carrot Concoction:

  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ginger

Bullet-it and watch the magic!

I also had a piece of my failed sweet potato bread.

I was very satisfied with my yummy orange breakfast.

At around 11, P-O double and I enjoyed a glorious  6 mile run.

At around 1, ( once the puppy was fed and wee weed), we headed into Boston to enjoy the beautiful day.  We walked around Faneuil Hall for a while, enjoying the sights.

Can you guess which statue is the fake one?

It’s this one. Yup it was a man! Every couple of minutes he would change positions. Tricky Tricky!

Then we got some $2 drafts at Patty O’s.

Then we headed to Quincy Market!!!

Tones of fresh fruit and veggies!!

I got a pineapple for $2.00, 3 apples for $1.00, 4 oranges for $1.00 and 1 ½ lbs of red grapes for $1.50! (I forgot to take a picture of these delicious buys)

We came home for my very very delayed Cinco de Mayo dinner.

I bought these great tortilla bowls, filled them with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, sautéed peppers and onions, topped with some fake cheese and Joe’s Paradise Island Salsa.

This is Cinco de Mayo done right!

SOOOOOOOO good!

I wish every day were Saturday!

Fresh Peaches

9 Sep

My breakfast this morning was very satisfying. I sliced a peach and mixed it with some cottages cheese, vanilla yogurt and  whole grain cereal. I love this combination. Vanilla and peach go so well together and I love how the cottage cheese ads a different texture.

I also had a cup of coffee.

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I know some people find cottage cheese to be gross, but I love it. Not only is it tasty but it is relatively low in calories (for the low or no fat versions) and very high in protein, which in good to have in the morning.

I am going into Boston today for works so I did have another helping of cereal so I don’t get hungry before  lunch time. I usually end up walking about 3 miles when I am in the city so I didn’t want to feel famished.