cross your fingers.

so tonight i had planned on telling you all about the fun (and delicious eats) I had at julie’s bridal shower this weekend in connecticut.

and i had planned on telling you about the new book im starting to read thanks to the nice folks at runners world Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner. 

oh, and I planned on telling you about two awesome gym classes I’m taking this week- my first barry’s boot camp tomorrow and a boxing class at title boxing club wednesday.

…but then my laptop wouldn’t turn on

the screen won’t turn on. and when I plug it into my tv you can see it’s in an endless reset/reboot loop. until it gets stuck and wigs out and asks me to reset my password over. and over. and over…

there were no genius Bar appointments til thursday, so now I just have to cry wait and see if they can fix it…. fingers crossed

(if they can’t, expect me to be in a very depressed/bad mood… fair warning…)

last weeks eats: kitchen!

restaurant week and i def have a love hate relationship. typically i love it for the lunch deals (im looking at you mooo) but am not a huge fan of the dinner deals. the RW menus at the restaurants i want to try are usually extremely limited and honestly id just rather go and spend the $38 towards the one entree i want rather than one i kinda want paired with a house salad and scoop of sorbet. pass.

kitchen, however, had a killer restaurant week menu and i was pumped when t suggested we head over there for a jana night! kitchen has been open for two years now (i think) and focuses on vintage american recipes (their tagline, per their website, is old is new.) its a super cute spot tucked away garden level on tremont (560 to be exact) and its one of those places ive been wanting to try since it opened but just always kindaaa forget it exists! forget no more.

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view from our booth by the window.
early bird special for us per usual!
but dont let the sun fool you, it was freezing…

first things first, t and i started with a bottle of chardonnay. per dans recommendation, i was drawn to the russian river valley bottle- and it turns out t and jt had actually visited that vineyard when they were in cali! sold. #smalldeliciousworld

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first up was our apps. i was torn between the six fried oysters (salsa verde, tartar sauce, lemon) the french onion soup (oxtail, crouton, comte cheese) which ive been craving since vegas and the mushrooms under glass (ricotta cheese, toast). i ended up going with the oysters and was VERY pleased with my choice. check these bad boys outttt

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seriously so good. and so big! after the six of these and the bread & oil they started us off with, i probably could have (should have?) stopped here and called it a night. my waistline agrees. the part i wasnt sure about when making my decision was the salsa verde, but it was more of a pesto consistency/taste than salsa to me. like. (you cant really see it in these pics, sorry.) while i inhaled those, t worked on her arugula salad (burrata cheese, parma prosciutto, lemon) that was actually more burrata than arugula <- no complaints there. kp got the boston bibb lettuce salad (vinaigrette, herbs, cheese cracker) that also looked tasty!

up next was the entrees, which brings me to my one complaint about kitchen. the food (if you havent guessed already) was all wonderful, and the servers were super friendly, but the timing of the courses was super rushed. our entrees came out before teresa was even halfway finished with her app. i can understand if its slammed and peak dinner hours, but it was 5:30 at this point with plenty of open seats… (this happened again with entree to dessert… grrr…) anways, moving on! back to ze food.

steak1i dont typically cook a lot of red meat for myself, so if it sounds appealing to me on a menu i usually will opt for it over say the salmon or chicken. my waistline disagrees with this. kp and i were on the same page and went for the beef tenderloin (asparagus, caramelized onion & gorgonzola, polenta, black truffle, madeira.) really good. my tenderloin was a little over cooked, but thats my fault for going with her suggestion of medium rare- i should always go with rare (slash still mooing.) t pointed out i used to eat a lot of polenta, and shes right! i kinda forgot about it over the past few years, but def need to add it back into my rotation. yum.

t went with the other entree i was eyeing, the lobster thermidor (spinach, cheese, cream, parisian gnocchi.) it looked creamy and delicious and im pretty sure based on her finishing it all she’d recommend it! (note: we all cleaned plate every course. that doesnt say much for me, but for normal humans who consume normal portions i think that does!)

next up: dessert!

cheesecakewe had a few options to chose from and although the ice cream came highly recommended by both servers that came by our table, t and i opted to go with the cheesecake (butterscotch & caramel sauces) and kp went with the chocolate pudding (cocoa nibs & whipped cream).

random fact: in college mary grace told me i make a smacking sound when i eat pudding and because of that she hated when id get a bowl in the dining hall. over ten years later i am still kinda pudding conscious. dont worry mg, it doesnt stop me from actually ordering/eating it, but i think about it every time i see it on a menu. loveyouuuu.

anyways, the cheesecake was super rich and hit the spot. usually i instantly regret not getting the chocolate thing (and i usually dont even like cheesecake all that much) but there was something about this one that i really liked. i actually think i liked it because it had lumps of cream cheese in it (you can kinda see them in the pics) which i dont think is how its supposed to actually be made (?), but i totally digged it.

so was this a good deal? you betcha! the six oysters usually go for $12, the beef tenderloin $30 and the cheesecake $8. for you non-math majors (ha! i still used a calculator), thats a grand total of $50- and we paid $38! sweeeet.

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verdict: this place is a restaurant week must go-to spot, hands down! non restaurant week (aka 95% of the year)- its a little above my price point to make it a regular spot, but i def suggest trying it out if you are looking for someplace new!

on my way back to CT now for a friends bridal shower and im so hungry its not even funny. i purposefully ate a late lunch, so in reality im probably only just a little hungry, but writing this did not help. if only i still had my leftovers from maggianos (i left them in the cab… shocker…)

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TGIF!

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work it out wednesday.

the countdown to miami is ON folks! the fact that i have to be in a bathing suit in one month is terrifying a little intimidating. especially considering this was my breakfast last saturday… whoops

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 um…at least it was light ranch?!…

needless to say i was super excited to find out that flywheel was launching their flybarre program in boston and i was invited to try it out! ive never done a barre class but mary grace had told me how much she loved it, and how effective it was, so i was pretty excited to give it a go.

for those not familiar with barre, the classes range anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. they are high energy and systematically work each muscle group – targeting arm, abdominal, thigh and seat regions through a sequence of focused movements, or “pulses.” (<- description provided by the lovely folks at flybarre.)

IMG_9326i roped alli into coming with me and we headed over to their location in the pru (its located in the belvedere pavilion for you boston folks.) the space itself is bright, well organized and full of energy. there are little computers on the wall you use to check in and lockers to store all your stuff. the lockers have programable locks on them- so no need to bring your own (although i did mine wrong and had to have them open it for me at the end. twice now. fail.)

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once you get there, you grab two sets of weights (they range from 1lb to 5lbs- we chose 2lbs and 3lbs) and then head to your assigned mat that you pick out when you register for the class. waiting for you there are two sets of resistance bands and a ball thingy (<- yes, thats the technical name for it.)

our instructor stephanie started the music, gave us a little rundown on what to expect, and then kicked off the class. granted im not in my best shape ever- i wouldnt say im exactly at my worst either. but HOLY MOLY within five minutes my body was literally shaking. i tried my best to complete each exercise (and stephanie was great and came around and corrected my form a lot when needed) but i probably was only about to complete 85% of the workouts/pulses. that ish is HARD.

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lets just say i dont think ive ever been in so much pain after a workout. rolling over in bed last night literally hurt. two days later my “abs” are still burning. success? as my mother always says… beauty is pain. and because i still need to use quotes around the word “abs”, alli and i are planning on going back next week sometime! here’s hoping ill be able to do a few more pushups and a few more squats…

while we were there i noticed that the spin class seemed bumpin and decided i would head back and try it out as well. i was able to reserve a bike tonight at six and headed over after work!

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similar to the barre class, when you register online you pick out your bike. then when you get there and sign in, you look in a little cubby that has your bikes number on it and they have a pair of spin shoes ready for you to slip on! (you put in your height, weight, age and shoe size online when you create your profile.)

they dont allow phones in the room, so no pics, but there are three tiers of bikes with the instructor front and center.  similar to the recycle class i did two weeks ago, i LOVED that they turned the lights down low so it was pretty dark in the studio with just a light on the instructor.

but what i really loved about this class (and what differentiates it in my mind) is that all the bikes have little screens in the center that tell you the torque (resistance) you are at and your RPMs. when you are doing the workouts, the instructor tells you what range you should be keeping both in- which is super helpful. im always worried im not doing it right!

giphyif youre into competition, you can opt to have your numbers up on a board in the front of the class too where you can try to beat the other people there. (ill let you guess what i opted for…)

so colin our instructor was AMAZING. he had so much energy and was super motivational- sometimes i find all the yelling annoying, but he def got me pumped up. (you could also see like steam rising from his body he was working out so hard. also motivating. i wanna steam tooooo.) despite being sore still from barre, i def pushed myself and it felt good!

are you ready for my FAVORITE part of this class?!
(besides the moment it was over)

IMG_9324after youre done working out, you can log into the app and see your personal statistics that get uploaded straight from your bike right to your phone! remember how i mentioned you put in your stats when you create your profile? they use that to estimate your calories burned- which i love! always good to have a gauge of how much you actually burned. theres another page too that tells you where you ranked in the class (even if you dont opt to have your info on the board) and i ended up smack dab in the middle, which im pretty proud of! i def thought id be more towards the bottom.

so. cool.

tumblr_mo5akcy1qU1sumcjwo1_500it was in the 50’s today, which felt more or less like summer, so i walked home from the spin class- which is a little over two miles. needless to say i was HUNGRY when i got home. wanna guess what i ate first?

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YUP. straight up avocado toast monster these days. while i shoveled this into my mouth as fast as possible, i also baked up a couple eggs in this cute little ramekin i got at the hardware store the other day.

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i greased the little guy with olive oil and then added in two whole eggs and one egg white and topped with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder. this went into a 375 degree oven for about twenty minutes. i ate it a piece of lightly toasted rye on the side to dip into the yolky goodness. it totally hit the spot!

totally unrelated- the other day i found a cd of all pictures from first semester of freshman year and had a BLAST going down memory lane!

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my dorm pre-sorority was a little less pink & blue
and a lot more hippie.
what is up with that fiber optic lamp?! oy….
also- i spy a lamb chop doll. its amazing i made friends.

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i seriously got so emo flipping through some of the pics- we had such a great time! i was so lucky to get put on a floor with some great gals, a few i still consider my best friends today!

Picture 029mmmm pizza.

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in fact, i just got mary graces wedding invitation today! YAY! crawford love <3 now its time to go do a little crafting for her bachelorette…. those sorority paint pen skills are proving themselves to be veryyyyy useful right about now. miami or bust.

hope everyone had a great day (and maybe a great workout!)

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