{WIAW} Haru Sushi Boston

a few weeks ago i was lucky enough to be invited to taste the new seasonal spring delights menu at haru and was super excited. (fun fact: haru means spring in japanese! well, at least i think so. hope im not pulling a lohan here...) a while back i attended their sushi class and had such a great time (and great eats!) so i was def pumped to head back.

bruce and i arrived at six and we were seated in their back private room. this room had fun chandeliers, a big table and would be perfect for a birthday party or private celebration (shower, bachelorette party, etc.) i unfortunately forgot to snap a picture, but was able to find one here. at each seat was our menu for the night:

IMG_0751after a quick glance, i knew we were in for quite a treat! traffic was tres miz (damn sox game), but we were greeted with the strawberry margarita (avion tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, fresh strawberries and basil) which def improved our moods!

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these. were. goooood. definitely on the sweeter side, but the basil gave it a little savory flavor. im not usually a margarita fan but i had three of these. as mentioned in my previous post, im trying to be better about my diet, so in preparation of stuffing my face a meal out,  i tried not to eat too much during the day- a greek yogurt, some carrots and cucumbers, and a chicken breast- so i was starvedddd. thankfully the first course did not disappoint.

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(octopus, shrimp, bay scallops, citrus ginger marinade.)

im a HUGE octopus fan these days (if you follow me on instagram you’ll see a few ladies called me out on the it. its literally almost all i ate in miami. so good!) this was very light, a bit tart, but very fresh tasting. perfect start to the meal!

next up was the cockles (saltwater clams in spring garlic dashi broth)

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the only complaint we had about this dish was that there wasnt bread (or a straw) to soak up the dashi with because it was ahhh-mazing. seriously. i was drinking it out of a clam shell. classy b, classy. right after this dish came out the head chef, who came up from NYC for the event, came out to greet us and someone else mentioned the same thing to him! great minds think alike… so hopefully if you go and order this dish youll get bread. (if not, seriously ask for a spoon.)

at this point we were ready to test out the next drink, the black sapphire (bombay sapphire gin, domaine de canton ginger liqueur, shaken with crushed blackberries and yuzu.)

DSCN1055im not usually a huge gin fan (nor is bruce) but the christmas tree taste was minimal in this and you really got a strong hint of fruit/freshness. (my first time having gin was my sophomore year in college and i thought it was water and chugged an entire glass of it, so ive been anti-gin since then. mother- if youre reading this, that last sentence didnt happen.) anyways, it was good! (although the rita is still the winner of the night.)

next up was the charred beef tenderloin (mizuna, daikon, togarashi vinigarette.)

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(sorry this guys a little dark)

the acidity in the slaw (and the sauce served with it) paired really well with the beef. the pieces were a bit on the larger side to not have knives, but brodie and i clearly had no problem devouring. (but maybe not an ideal dish for a first date? or, just ask for a knife when you get your spoon for the dashi.)

while i probably had hit my calorie count for the day at this point, the grilled lamb sirloin (with pickled cucumber salad) was up next and what respectable greek could say no to that?!

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again, we probably could have used a knife, but it was cooked perfectly and surprising paired well with the other asian flavors/sauces. def a big fan. plate. cleared. 

and last but not least, probably my favorite dish of the night (and sadly the dish i got the worst picture of) was served. meet the oscar roll (beef tataki, snow crab, asparagus, lemon dressing.)

FullSizeRender_1this roll was literally everything you could ask for! meat. seafood. veg. spicy mayo-ey dressing on the side. YUM. was seriously impressed by this bad boy. they nailed the whole “land meats sea” thing (i realized when proof reading i wrote meats instead of meets, but i think it works so im leaving it haha.) would 100% go back just for this dish!

seriously stuffed (and over my calorie count by like double) brodie and i headed back to the north end for a little celebratory nightcap (hes moving back! hooray!!) and now im off to bed so i can get up and attempt to stick to my workout plan for the day. just say no to snooze brittany.*

again, thanks to the chef and staff at haru for hosting brodie and i. and thanks to jenn for hosting {WIAW!}

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* edit: i snoozed from 6:20am to 7:40 this morning so  my workout did NOT happen. fail. guess i know what im doing tonight!

truthful tuesday.

alternate titles:

  • i need to sew my mouth shut tuesday
  • stop ordering sides of mayonnaise tuesday
  • go for a run, netflix will be there when you get back tuesday

but instead, im going to go with truthful tuesday. back in 2009/2010 i was definitely at my lowest adult weight (and was clearly psychotic, because i wanted to lose at least 10-15lbs more…) while shopping was infinitely more fun and less resembled sausage making, going to the gym to do the stairmill on a friday night and then eating lettuce and cucumbers after with my cat was not.

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skip forward three years and about 85,000 busch lattes and burgers later and i had gained a good twenty pounds. WOOF. not ok. (especially since im a midge at 5’3.) granted my weight before was not realistically maintainable, i knew i needed to loose ten, ideally fifteen, of those bad boys.

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i removed the numbers because you realllly dont need to know that,
sorry interweb friends

as you can see my weight fluctuates ALOT on a daily basis… but after about a year and a half, i got off almost all of the lbs i wanted…. anddddd then i put them all back on again in the past six months….

WHY IS  FOOD (and beer) SO DELICIOUS

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SO i’m back where i was two years ago and i’m officially (re)starting up a workout routine and going to try and make healthier choices. there’s no way in h-e-doublehockeysticks im going to stop going out to eat/drink (helloooo, its my favorite) but i need to step up my running and gym visits majorly and opt for more healthy selections when i am out (more 80/20 than the current 60/40). also maybe need to cut out the late night trips to 7-11 for funyons. and chipwiches. and pizza. with ranch. <-#OMGfatkid

i signed up for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 5K in June through work and my goal is to beat my fastest 5K time (which was 28:07.) i prefer running longer distances so i can eat more after, and was always content if i kept my pace in between nine and ten minute miles.  but considering this is the first year i dont have a half marathon (SAD- no new metals :( ) im going to try and focus the next few weeks on getting my 5k time down. we’ll see how that goes…

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dragged my butt out of bed this morning even though it was drizzling, windy, and gross and went for a run around mah ‘hood. (the perimeter of the north end is almost exactly 1.5 miles, which is pretty convenient when you’re aiming for three!)

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clearlyyyyyyyyyy we have some work to do here… BUT considering i havent run outside since, oh, i dont know…. (no really, i dont know) ill take it! my legs started feeling better towards the end (the first four miles are always the hardest for me!) so im confident in the next month or so i can get my time down. mission sub 28: accepted.

oh and this is exactly how i felt when i walked outside this morning. anyone else obsessed with marnie as much as me?! i die.

when i got back from the run i did day 2 of the core fusion 30 day sculpt. i really love that each video is only about twenty minutes long- so its really easy to squeeze in in the morning. (granted, i did snooze through day one and had to do it last night… but in theory its really easy to do in the morning… im so lazy slash addicted to snooze. mission stop snoozing: accepted.)

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the core fusion set up.
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of course day two is thigh tone- exactly what i wanted to do after running for the first time in forever. gah. thankfully there was only a few tough(er) pulsing segments so i was able to make it through- but really hoping tomorrow incorporates more arms again- they need some work!

i usually am a BIT more accountable exercise wise when i (b)log about it, but don’t want to bore you all the time- so maybe will just do little updates on tuesday about the weeks workouts, whats working (and whats not.)

this weeks the plan is:

  • Monday: CF Sculpt (done!)
  • Tuesday: Run + CF Sculpt (done!)
  • Wednesday: CF Sculpt
  • Thursday: Run + CF Sculpt
  • Friday: Barre class with MG in Atlantaaaaa
  • Saturday: Off (but with LOTS of dancing at the wedding!)
  • Sunday: Off (traveling)

oh, and im desperately in need of a new pair of sneakers and am leaning towards these bad boys:

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i tend to bounce back and forth between brooks and asics, but always end up loving my brooks. i usually wear the adrenalines, but based on my foot type i can wear either (and letssssbehonest those transcends are right up my color alley!)

anywho, now im off to, you guessed it, eat! <- the struggle is real.

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but like, seriously, probably.

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(b)ack in (b)usiness!

guess who has a functioning laptop again !!!

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three cheers for the genius bar getting my computer fixed for a hundred bucks a cheer. ouch, but still less than having to get a brand new computer so… glass half full?

tumblr_mk8746w9cC1ql5yr7o1_400this past month has been full of travel, food, and some fun workouts (although not nearly enough to balance out the food… eek… ) i def want to do posts dedicated to a few of these things, but figured to id do a quick little (b)est of round up to get the week started!

(b)est snack: roasted & salted truffle marcona almonds from trader joes

IMG_9507if youre a fan off truffles if you arent im not sure i trust you then you should walk, no run, to the nearest trader joes and pick up a bag. i seriously had to leave the bag at home in connecticut so i didnt eat it all in one sitting- i dont trust myself around them.

(b)est appetizer: steak tartare from 55 wine bar in fairfield, ct

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(parmesan crostini, truffle vinaigrette, quail egg)

last month, i went to 55 wine bar in fairfield for my friend julie’s bridal shower. i’d never been before but heard great things. almost everyone else started out with the brussels sprout salad (fontina risotto cake, hazelnut, parmesan, truffle vinaigrette) but the tartare just stuck out to me (and im trying to eat more red meat <- for you mother.)

OMG so good. the little quail egg was perfect and the yolk added a great silky richness to the dish. (plus it was so cute and mini!)

IMG_9535runner up (and sadly unpictured): the grilled octopus from casa tua in miami

(b)est value: the salmon complete from irashai sushi in chinatown ($22)

IMG_9924i love sushi. like, im pretty sure i could live off of it (as long as i could sneak in some chocolate every now and then…) which is why i was so excited to discover the salmon complete at irashai sushi. for 22 bucks you get soup & salad, five pieces of sashimi, five pieces of sushi, a maki roll. (oh and you can chose to do tuna if that’s your thing.) i ate the soup and salad, half the roll, and a piece or two of the sushi/sashimi and was full– so saved the leftovers for lunch the next day. perfection!

(b)est salad: buffalo chicken milanese from vitos tavern in the north end

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(romaine, celery, grape tomato, cucumber, sliced hard boiled egg, bacon bits, tossed with ranch, finished with crumbled blue cheese)

so this salad is TOTALLY not healthy for you… but boy oh boy is it good. and, in our defense, the girls and i just got our butts kicked at boxing before- so we totally deserved it. (and we lightened it up by getting the ranch and blue cheese on the side…. sure, we could have got grilled chicken, but aint nobody got time for that.)

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and speaking of boxing:

(b)est workout: power hour boxing at title boxing club at north station

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ive never boxed before (unless you count cardio kickboxing at BSC- which you shouldnt.) i was a little nervous beforehand since i have like negative upper body strength, but the folks at title were super helpful and helped us wrap up our hands and get our gloves so we could set up at a bag. seriously, by the end of the hour i could not move (but in a good way.) i wish they club offered single class passes instead of monthly only since i just resigned my BSC membership and am too poor to do both but i highly recommend doing their free first class if youre interested (just head over to their website and fill out the form- link above!)

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(had to get one cat in here…)

(also- i just started the core fusion 30 day sculpt and will def have to do a review of it once im a little further in, but so far i really like it! a heads up if you plan on buying it, you need hand weights, a yoga mat and an exercise ball to accompany the dvd- but i was able to get all for under $40 on amazon! considering the classes are $25 each… not a bad investment.)

(b)est new fraaaand: lola the puppy

IMG_9762likeeeee could she be any cuter?! found out brodie got a new puppy when i was home last month and was SO excited to get back and snuggle with her smushy little face. we went on a long walk this weekend (4 miles or so!) and it was so fun having a little companion.

(b)est purchase: mini flamingo floats from amazon.com

IMG_9969more to come on mgs bachelorette in miami, but these little guys were so much fun! i only wish i had got like 800 more. with summer parties coming up, i high recommend purchasing some of these little guys!

(b)est new tv show: the royals on e!

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im prettyyyyy obsessed with prince liam this show and i want need to be ophelia. its like gossip girl meets the royal family. theres only five or so episodes i think, and they are all on on demand, so if you ever find yourself in chuck/blair withdrawal (and if you have a mild obsession with the royal family) def check it out!

…ok so there are like 80000 other things i want to talk about but im exhausted so headed to bed! be back soon.

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