blue skies smiling at me.

monday again, already? sigh. at least the weekend ended like this:

photoone of my favorite parts about living in the north end is being so close to the water! especially on warm summer nights (finallyyyy). nothing beats the smell of the water on a walk at dusk. nada.

speaking of the north end, this week they were filming a new johnny depp movie, black mass, right down the street from me!

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was super cool to see all the film crews (and spy a few stars!) on my walk home from work. not as cool- filming went late into the night.  i didn’t hear it at first, but my friend brittany who lives across the street texted me asking if i heard gun shots. i didn’t think they’d still be filming so texted her it was probably just someone throwing away trash in a dumpster loudly or something. then it happened again… and again. scary! wish they had posted notices or something. either way- will be cool to see the movie when it comes out!

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 late night filming

my weekend started out at the merchant, a new restaurant/bar downtown.  the space itself is really neat- unfortunately, none of my pictures really captured the room well.

DSCN0453the dining area

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raw bar counter

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initial thoughts on the merchant: good drink list. they had a nice selection of beers and the wines by the glass were reasonably priced. one thing i wasn’t a fan of, the staff was not exactly the friendliest. we had a group of about 20-25 people (20-25 people who like to drink, might i add) and they were a wee bit rude about accommodating us. i also got carded three separate times (which seemed a bit unnecessary….) it could have just been an off night, so not writing this place off just yet! but probably will only go back with a smaller group next time.

lauren had met me and my coworkers out and after a few drinks we ended up heading out to meet up with some of her friends.

DSCN0464we hit up bostonia public house (love!), pit stopped at her apartment, and then headed over to empire.

photo 5this is the new seersucker dress i bought the other day! it’s only been a week since memorial day and I’ve already worn it twice. have a feeling this one is going to end up being a go to. thanks j.simps!

something else new (to me) that i love- these wholly guacamole spicy single serve cups.

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these things def have a kick (fair warning) and it’s the perfect portion to add to a sandwich or put on toast or eat with a spoon.

off to bed- hope you all had a nice weekend as well and were able to enjoy the sunshine. here’s hoping the sun sticks around!

 

 

BrasserieJO Burger Bash!

this probably goes without saying, but when i got an email about a burger tasting at BrasserieJO i was pretty stoked. voting for the 2014 battle of the burger is underway and chef calias invited some of us bloggers to sample his creation.

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after burning off some calories at the gym, i showered up and headed over to back bay. it looked like it was about to pour, but thankfully it held off (although my hair probably would have looked better wet- totally forgot to pack my flat iron in my gym bag. this hair does NOT do muggy days and blow drying only well. )

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the library. also known as a place i haven’t been too in six years.
note to self: get a library card.

first things first: hydrate. i ended up going with a stella and tim got a brooklyn lager. there weren’t a ton of beers on tap, but they did have a decent selection of bottles.  while a couple were temping, i figured stella would pair best with the burger (and i was right). good call, b. 

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lets eat! i will admit when i first got there (and was waiting for slow poke the bear who was held up on the t) i saw the plates of sliders coming out and i immediately thought “I’m going to need more food than this…” and texted tim we’d probably have to grab dinner someplace else after. so you can imagine how excited i was to hear that we could eat as many as we want! challenge: accepted.

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meet the what the fondue (WTF) burger. from the website “perfectly grilled aged prime sirloin topped with gruyere fondue, local mushrooms and crispy slab bacon, served on a toasted brioche roll with house-made pickles and herb aioli.”

she’s a cute little thang, aint she? first bite was super juicy and mine was cooked medium-rare (how i like it. score.) i love pickles on burgers, so was a big fan of that. and bacon? yeah, that never hurts either!

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neither does a big ol’ side of fries

i had three burgers (and then a burger sans bun). i think tim may have had five or six! so clearly, these didn’t suck. i will say i liked my first burger the best- cooked perfectly and had a good amount of the cheese! yum yum. as the night went on, the burgers were a bit more cooked, which just isn’t my style.  i ate them still, obviously, but if the burger makes it to the top 20 to compete, i say go with the medium rare and pour on that cheese chef!

although i was so full my pant button was holding on for dear life, i did take note of the food coming out of the kitchen since id never been there before.  it all looked super tasty! (especially the salade nicoise with seared tuna. mmm.) will have to make my way back there next time I’m hungry (so basically anytime) and am in the back bay!

good luck to BrasserieJO in the burger battle
and a big thanks for having us at your burger bash! 

piggy pig pig.

i dont know about you, but i am SUPER excited to have a long weekend. im also super excited to bust out my white jeans/shorts. ooo, and my new seersucker dress! i cant find a picture of it online (odd) but planning on wearing it this weekend- will snap a pic then.

my other favorite new item? this.

hot dogs

brodie picked it up for me at the christmas tree shop and i am in love. (in case you are a new reader- i have a mild obsession with hot dogs. and by mild i mean im an addict.) considering i recently bought a hot dog cooker, this will get plenty of use.

speaking of food: ive been ravenous this week. like, its bad. im not exercising more or going through a growth spurt (im still holding out hope) so it doesnt make sense. my scale agrees.

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i bought these to eat as a snack at work since i love cheese, lots of bloggers post them as their “what i ate wednesday” snack,  and they are only 50 calories (i think).  guess what? they taste gross. dont get me wrong, i ate the whole sachel of them (leave no cheese behind) but they will not be making an appearance in my peapod cart again.

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this wrap, however, tasted like heaven. my new go-to at paulis is the killer bee. breaded chicken cutlet, bacon, lettuce, tomato, provolone & honey mustard on a whole wheat wrap. seriously, so good. i could eat this every day….

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tuesday was my assistants birthday so i decided to get a cake to celebrate! im a mikes girl, but (besides the rum cake) i think modern makes much better cakes! alex is a chocolate lover as well, so went with the chocolate mousse cake.

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everyone else was good and took little slivers. i took a ginormous piece. and let me tell you, it was totally worth every calorie.  despite looking like a sugar bomb, it wasn’t overly sweet (more cocoa-y), which was nice because i didnt feel like death after eating it. i just felt like the zipper on my skirt was going to break. reasonably priced too, in case youre curious- decent sized cake and only set me back $28!

wednesday was a going away party for my sorority sistah cecily.  her and her husband billy are moving across the pond to london at the end of the month! to bid them farewell, we all ate like pigs ate a pig.

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i had been wanting to try the pig roast at citizen public house for a few years now but never had a reason to plan one/got invited to one. for $45 a person you get some seafood (a shrimp, a clam and an oyster)

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(sorry for crappy camera pic)

unpictured salad, sides of mashed potatoes, spicy kale and roasted brussel sprouts and, well, pig. LOTs of pig.

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this was the portion cecily put on allis plate. #chowdown

i really enjoyed the salad and all of the sides were delicious! and definitely plenty to go around (family style scares me sometimes. i do not like to share food. all mineeee.) the pig itself was ok. it was hard to tell what you were eating and some pieces i liked, and some errr not so much.

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nose anyone?

victoria actually ate a piece of the nose! cecily & billy both had bites of the brain. me, i stuck to my glass of wine (this wine was really really good by the way- and reasonably priced!)

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sadly, i sat at the other side of the huge table, so i didnt get to really chat with cecily & billy, but had a blast chatting with these lovely ladies! must do it again soon. (drink and gossip that is. i think im good on pork for awhile.)

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feeling a wee bit hungover tired on thursday i decided to (you guessed it) keep eating. fail. knew i was going to a burger tasting later that night (more to come on that soon!) so i made the wise decision to hit the gym right after work.

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i dont think i actually burned that many calories (i never trust the machines) but based on my heart rate and time, i think i probably burned off about 850 calories. no where near what i’ve consumed, but hey, somethings better than nothing amiright.

after the burger tasting, we hit up wind & nod, a new speak easy in the south end. seriously, walked right by this place. its def hidden! once you get in the door you need to walk down a flight of stairs and then it opens into a really awesome space!

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i couldnt get a good pic since it was so dark and didnt want to be that girl using flash, so photo cred from here. ended up snagging two seats at the bar (there are high tops and loungey couch seats as well) and checked out the cocktail list.

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i decided upon the madonna. (strike a pose.) i cant remember everything thats in it, but it was gin, grapefruit, egg white….and a whole lotta other stuff. tasted like a fluffy creamsicle- i was a fan! i ended up switching to an old fashioned, but would order this guy again. (im such a sucker for egg drinks.) overall, reallllllly want to go back there again soon!

will be back soon with a burger tasting post, but for now im off to enjoy the long weekend! you do the same, k?

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