Current Obsessions, Chocolate, and Health

photo-19 photo-14 photo-13 photo-12This morning I had the lovely opportunity of not having to go to work, but rather partake in an interview as it’s that time of year when I’m due to get that dreaded 3-letter word known as a

J-O-B. I rather enjoy interviews though as I have the chance to express who I am for an hour or so with the hopes that my personality and credentials will be well received. And so it seemed to go well, with the only question left hanging in the air to be one of “what to do with the rest of this marvelous day? There’s been a few places in mind that I’ve been dying to visit due to suggestions from the Boston Brunchers as well as other bloggers and so it only seemed fitting to explore. As I was on Boylston, which felt kind of odd and somewhat eery considering the last time I was there the marathon bombing occurred, I decided I would check out a place known as “Juice.” It has the reputation for offering fresh, healthy, and delicious fare and I was in the mood for a good ol clean and light lunch and hence, embarked on my journey to find JUICE! I..absolutely..adore..this..place. Located right next to Back Bay station, this place not only provides fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, but also organic snacks, salads, chia seed pudding, and acai bowls. I opted for the acai bowl ( who could resist blended acai, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, topped with season fresh berries and granola?). Of course, my main reason for visiting was the juice, so I got the #1. Can you tell I made it far down the menu? the #1 sounded too good to pass up (kale, cucumber, lemon, ginger, and green apple) that I didn’t even bother to read the others.

Needless to say, totally met my expectations and this is a place I plan on frequenting often if you ever want to try some awesome juice with me. This might turn into an expensive habit as do most Boston obsessions of mine….

The PIRLO- SPINACH CUCUMBER PINEAPPLE BANANA STRAWBERRY AND APPLE CIDER also seemed to be a popular item. So swing by and check this place out!

I topped this wonderfully healthy lunch off with a rice cake topped with PB +frozen bananas+chocolate. YUMMY!

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Super Cool Event Coming your Way!- Wellness Retreat: Boston

Hey friends!

Expect a short post, but I just had to share this super cool event I just signed up for! It’s called Wellness by the Water Retreat (they offer it here in Boston a few times a year). Basically get ready for yoga, relaxation, and a day of HEALTH, by the water of course!

It’s MAY 19TH and I believe it’s an all day event committed to fitness and health (yoga, spa service, nutrition). What more could you ask for?

 

Think:

  • Bootcamp
  • Yoga
  • Stretch & Breath Work
  • Nutrition
  • Spa Services
  • Wellness Services
  • Catered nutritious meals and snacks
  • Health & Wellness companies providing information and samples of their products!

Be sure to sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and if you sign up let me know! I’d love to see you there and I would love for you to join me in this day of relax and renewing the body, mind, and spirt. 

Just click here to sign up! Price is usually around $200. Yay hope to see you there!

Boston Brunchers Heat it Up at The Fireplace

Anyone who knows me knows I am a) a huge foodie and b) I adore breakfast/brunch. Back home, in Rochester, NY we have this AWESOME diner known as Billy’s that during the summers my family and friends pretty much frequent this hopping joint daily. Breakfast/brunch is a great time to jump start the metabolism and get us ready for the day’s activities. Therefore, logically, when I came across the group “BostonBrunchers” I knew we would be like two peas in a pod and just had to join this wonderful group! For those of you unfamiliar with Boston Brunchers, they are a group of (you guessed it) people who come together for convo+delicious food and then blog about it! You sort of have to win a spot for their events as you don’t always get to attend each and every event. So, when I was selected to attend my first ever brunch event last sunday OF COURSE I was ecstatic and knew I couldn’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. What a great way to network, make new friends, and engage in conversation and delectable food.

And let me say my expectations were met. On Sunday, April 14th, I had the pleasure of joining I believe 8 other ladies for a delicious Brunch in Brookline at a restaurant called “The Fireplace. According to the BostonBrunchers description: ” It is  a New England grill and barbeque, with an emphasis on wood-smoked and rotisserie  dishes that utilize the freshest ingredients” with a focus on clean, healthy, locally sourced, seasonal food. Of course there is a fireplace right as you walk in and the place embraces you with a sense of warmth and homeyness.

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And the wait staff strove to continue that vibe, as they were all so attentive, friendly, and outgoing, upholding the standards expected of them at such a nice restaurant.

As this was my first event, I was unsure of how the ordering worked. Would we all order separate dishes or a bunch to share? I love sharing! Fortunately, because the menu was so daunting (even though I love having so many choices), the girls thought it best to order a few savory dishes to share as appetizers and then we’d also each order our own.

As the waiter brought out a citrus salad with beets and oranges, vegetable hash, Seared Confit Duck and Arugula Salad with Dried Apricots, and my own lobster eggs benedict, I couldn’t help but gaze at the gorgeous food laid out before me. The colors were incredibly rich and bright and really brought the food to life. Not to mention, my satisfaction with knowing this restaurant’s dedication to regional and season ingredients.

I had originally intended to get the pumpkin pancakes with cranberry apple glaze and whipped cream, and still longed to get that, but also desired to get the lobster eggs benedict as it sounded way too good! Fortunately, one of the other girls said she’d split the pancakes with me! (I love these girls already!), so I was able to get both 🙂 Happy Belly. And, I’m glad we got them, because they were by far the best pancakes I have ever had and the maple syrup was that REAL maple syrup that you just can’t get enough of.

The salads as well were light and fresh, however, covered in just a tad too much dressing for my liking. Additionally, I found lipstick on my spoon which led me to wonder how clean the other plates were :/ I didn’t make a fuss over it just simple wiped it off, but it definitely put a dent in the experience for me. Not to complain too much, but I would have preferred my lobster to be soaked in a tad less butter, I’m a nutrition student after all. This place is definitely for those with rich and hearty appetites who are looking for luxurious comfort food, not for the health conscious.

On a positive note I scored seats next to BostonBachelorette and  tutusandtea who are absolutely the sweetest! We shared tidbits of information on some of our fav Boston hideaway spots (boutiques, cafes, restaurants), dished on some of the hottest workouts around town, and simply engaged in lighthearted conversation. My favorite part about Brunch I think was getting to know this amazing group of individuals who have such a passion for Boston and all it has to offer just like I do!

I can honestly call some of these girls new friends and of course have to thank The Fireplace for their delicious brunch and for bringing us all together!

p.s. Due to dining with BostonBrunchers, I enjoyed this meal free of charge. My thoughts and opinions were in no way influenced by this.

#PrayforBoston: Live the Life you Dream +Donate

Hey Friends! I can’t believe a whole 9 months has gone by since settling into this city (boston) I now call home. With the recent events of this week it’s made me realize how unexpected life turns out to be and how grateful I am to have wonderful family and friends that care about me, are safe, and that matter so much to me. It really makes you realize how each and every day should be seized and not taking for granted. We often get caught up in the day to day mundane tasks and never take the time to appreciate where we are in life or how far we’ve gotten. So, I want to first start this off but saying I am blessed to be safe, happy, healthy, and loved. A quote that comes to mind is this: ” it’s easier to behave in socially accepted ways, however when we live a life circumscribed by the expectations of others .. We live a limited life .” Lois frankel. I often find myself living the life I know others will appreciate and accept and I realize now that life is way too short to do so. When people put us down or do not accept the way we live our lives, I have two words for you: Thank You. Because you’re helping me become the person I need to be…you’re making me stronger and more resilient and even that much more motivated to accomplish all that I have set out to be. I remember when I originally applied to NYU. Many told me “sweetie, NYU is very hard to get into.” Good luck…but what’s your back-up? It was at that moment I set out to prove them wrong..and I did..I got accepted..I ended up transferring but who cares…I proved to myself and others that I am capable of achieving anything and EVERYTHING I set my mind to. It’s my life, not yours..and many people need to step up and start living THEIR life…not the one others laid out for them. 

 

On a side note, I originally started writing this as I am currently in lock down, and hence have nothing better to do than to write. Do I wish I could go for a run right now? Of course, exercise keeps me sane. Unfortunately this sucker has ruined this 70 degree day for us all. SO, instead, I am sitting out on my back porch, a luxury in Boston, writing to you all as I watch the news unfold. I awoke at 630am due to a panicked call from my boss, urging me to stay at home and, logically, get out of bed and turn on the tv. LOL. So, I did. And for the next 3 hours have continued to anxiously await for this bastard to be caught as well as sit disconcerted at the thought of such terror being so close to home and possibly affecting my life. Hence, the reason for sitting outside, enjoying this beautiful weather, and this moment, attempting to be brimful of hope and happiness. 

 

In case you are wondering how you can help donate here are some resources thanks to “sarahfit and BostonBachelorette”

1.C2 Pilates will be offering a complimentary barre class on Monday, April 22nd at 5:30pm at their South Boston location at 844 Summer Street.

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Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!

Boston Marathon+Bombings: Through the eyes of a spectator.

Maybe you scored a spot near the finish line, maybe you were enjoying having your monday off from work, maybe you were drunk at one of the local bars with your buddies, or maybe you were a runner. Whatever the case, I’m sure you were not prepared for the events that were to ensue. 

 

Let me preface this by saying that this year was my very first “marathon monday” event. I started off my morning with a barre class at Sports Club/LA and opted to finally head down to the race around 1:30pm. It wasn’t long before I was stuck between the mass amount of people and all of the gates put up for the runners course. Finally after much bobbing, weaving, and rerouting, I made it to Boylston. I was on my way to meet up with two friends, who would later be spectators of the tragedy to follow, but just HAD to catch a climpse of these amazing individuals who put their sweat, tears, and hours of training into such an accomplishment. See running 26 miles seems kind of unfathomable to me. I don’t think my body could ensure such intensity. But these individuals make it look so easy and blessed with such talent and motivation. 

It was amazing to witness the camaraderie and boisterous crowds as people crossed the finish line. So uplifting. Of course, I couldn’t keep my friends waiting too long, so I continued my journey down boylston, finally crossing over mass ave to meet them at a cute little coffee shop. At this point its roughly 2pm or so. 45 min later we decide its time to head back to the race and just as cross over back to boylston, about 400 meters ahead we see and hear a huge explosion. 5 seconds later another one goes off. “That’s odd I think to myself..maybe its signaling the end of the lead runners?” Caitlin, my friend, is a bit skeptical. Her concerns are that it’s a gun shot..but “No way” I reply, “Guns don’t produce that smoke.” Within seconds, people start heading in our direction and cops start swarming towards the race. That’s when I knew deep in my gut that it was time to run and get out fast. Something was wrong. We quickly evacuated the scene and headed towards the Pru, where more people were evacuating. Finally, Caitlin begs us to sit down for a sec so that she can figure out whats going on. I immediately call my bf who is at work and urge him to turn on the tv and figure out whats going on. Im shaking and scared, but still cool and collected. I next text my mom and tell her Im okay. We sit near mass ave and watch as dozens of cop cars and fire trucks drive by; crowds everywhere, people crying, people of their phones. It’s a state of worry and panic. What happened to the racers? Is everyone okay? Is there more to come? 

As I walked home with the crowds, the sirens seemed to fade into the background as I tried to process what just happened. I felt terrible for family members looking for their runners and trying to get ahold of them. I also felt awful for the runners who were not able to finish. I would be livid! My bf’s boss was one of those who was running for charity who did not get to finish. I felt sick to my stomach and physically exhausted from the emotional exhaustion. Who the hell would bomb a marathon?

Prayers and thoughts go out to everyone in the city in which I now live and to those that were injured and to the family and friends of the runners. It seems we are not safe anywhere and people are evil and crazy. I am so so thankful to have this day and to be safe and to have my bf back in my arms. It really taught me to never take any day for granted. This was truly an act of evil and I will be praying. #prayforboston.

 

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who asked via text or on Facebook if I was ok. I am so thankful to have you guys in my life!

Love, 

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