Brunch Delights at Towne Stove and Spirits

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When it comes to food, there is nothing I love more than a good Brunch. Though my recent work schedule has prevented me from frequenting brunches with some of my favorite ladies in the #BostonBrunchers group, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the latest gathering. And boy am I glad I did! Boston has quite the hopping Brunch scene, and one of the places on your Go-To list, must include Towne Stove and Spirits.

Located next to the Pru, this classy restaurant boasts quite an exquisite arrangement of dishes to meet your pre and post-shopping fuel needs. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, but their Sunday Brunch Buffet is what really Wow’s the crowd.   Here is an inkling of what they offer

·  Breakfast Breads and Pastries
·  Coffee Cakes
·  Cereals
·  Grilled Vegetable & Salad Station with weekly Salad Specials
·  Raw Bar Including Wellfleet Oysters & Jumbo Shrimp
·  Bagels, Salmon & Other Smoked Fishes
·  Selection of Cheeses, Pates & Terrines
·  Carved Meat of the Day
·  Three Hot Entrees (Fish, Meat or Poultry)
·  Including Vegetarian Pasta
·  Maple Bacon,
·  House Made Sausage
·  Grilled Ham
·  Made -to- Order Omelet Station
·  Made -to- Order Pancake Stations
·  Dessert Display

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Their menu changes weekly, so when we arrived we were first greeted with glasses of prosecco and coffee and a first course of (my fave) Oysters! I should back the story up a bit by saying I actually arrived late because I had to work, so when I was taken upstairs to the table I first saw just a man with a glass of prosecco. I couldn’t see the rest of the brunches behind the curtain so when the hostess insisted that that was our table, I kindly replied ” Um..no..that’s a man..we don’t have men in our group!” Well- in fact we do! Welcome to the group Alex! Anyways, after I was sat and settled with my coffee and libation, we were asked to go indulge.

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The first course arrangement included a cobb salad, shrimp, fruit smoothies, crab, smoked salmon, and a cheese assortment. If you don’t enjoy brunch, at least go for their cheese platter and warm bread pudding. Living with someone who eats paleo, I don’t often get to eat cheese so you can bet I enjoyed every single one of the cheeses they had to offer.

As you can see I kind of went with the unorganized messy approach and just went to town (literally!), as it is an all you can eat buffet.

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The second course consisted of maple glazed pork (yummy!), with a maple syrup glaze. The salmon and kale were also really delicious and cooked to perfection. There was also a carving station, made to order omelets (which I unfortunately did not try), and an entire breads and pastries section. Pacing myself for dessert was a challenge.

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But, between mini red velvet whoopie pies, chocolate mousse in champagne glasses, and of course their famous warm bread pudding with layers of deliciousness, chocolate bits, and topped off with whip cream, how could I say no? I was in dessert heaven.

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Overall, a wonderful time with new friends and old, chatting about Vegas, nutrition, chefs, and of course our blogs! As Towne could put it

“a delightful mingling of international flavors & solid american fare,” was had by all!

Thanks for having us!

On a side note: Fun brunch promo!: The Sunday after Black Friday (Sunday, December 1), Brunch guests will receive a free house-made candy bar (layers of handmade caramel and cookies dipped in milk chocolate) as a way to fuel up before hitting the Pru/Newbury Street for holiday shopping.

Note: Towne Stove and Spirits provided the Boston Brunchers this brunch free of charge. But all opinions expressed here are my own.

Quest Bars +Southie Throwdown

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This past weekend I competed in what is known as the Southie Crossfit Throwdown. Basically a 2 day event with 7 workouts and a very sore body at the end! I arrived on Saturday morning at around 730am with my boyfriend Adam for the athlete’s meeting on a very cold and harsh saturday morning. The workouts were going to be brutal. I could barely stomach anything that morning let alone all day..not very Dietitian of me. I coached my boyfriend on proper fueling both before and during the competition, but could hardly take my own advice! There definitely wasn’t a shortage of fuel for the both of us as you can see below.

Anyways, to keep me going I grabbed these Quest bars. At roughly 170 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 17 grams of fiber, these were perfect for the 3 hour wait between heats as well as at the end of the day. Incredibly delicious, natural, and one of the few bars I eat on a daily basis and never travel without!Image

After the athlete’s meeting and check in we had about an hour to wait before our first heat so I grabbed a Gu energy gel for the carbs while sipping on pedialyte. The first workout consisted of a 1000m row followed by a max clean jerk. The second workout of the day was 20 sit ups, 15 overhead squats, 30 pull ups, 15 squat snatches, and lastly 20 sit ups. We also had the rest of the day to par take in a sprint race as well as complete our last workout, which was an ascending ladder of wall balls and double unders. If you don’t know what those are, google cross fit lingo.

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We finally finished around 4pm that day, though it felt like 7pm. When asked if we were going to go out and drink, Adam and I both answered way to quickly NO! I was BEAT from  a VERY LONG and exhausting day. Nevertheless, I couldn’t wait for the next day 🙂

ImageIf you would like to purchase Quest bars, I am an affiliate so head on over to the right side and purchase some! You can microwave the chocolate chip into a cookie for a fantastic, yummy, protein rich treat!

Pan Asian Flair Night with Blog and Tweet Boston

Happy November Boston! It’s been a little over a year since my travels to this now adored city, and so much has happened! When I first moved to the city from my small hometown of Rochester,NY, I daringly joined a group of inspiring, respected, talented, and lovely bloggers. Half introvert, half extrovert, I challenged myself to get involved with as much as the city had to offer, promising myself that I would make the most of my experience here, however long it should last. That led me to of course joining this group of amazing writers, known as Blog and Tweet Boston. I was welcomed with open arms and surprisingly felt comfortable around this group of total strangers pretty immediately.

As winter is now right around the corner, I relish the experiences I have had with this group. I was even lucky enough to get together with them this past Wednesday where we enjoyed a multi course dinner at #MoksaCambridge. The Pan Asian restaurant serves a variety of asian-inspired tapas alongside their famous cocktails and/or wine.

Upon arrival, we chatted and toasted, until we were taken to their back bar where we were served up a warm apple cider with rum and pineapple chunks! We even got to take our mason glasses home! After drinks we were seated at a large table and presented with our own menus of which to choose our meal and accompanying cocktails from. Each course was accompanied with a delicious cocktail or wine of choice 🙂

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We started out with two different dumplings as well as a dish known as Tako Yaki, or the Octopus Ball (sounds really gross but is incredibly delicious!). With this I chose a delightful cocktail to go alongside.

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Our next course was a butternut squash soup with a delectable coconut infused curry drizzle over top. At the bottom of the soup I was greeted with edamame beans, which was a nice surprise and crunch to the otherwise rich and creamy soup. I decided to pair the soup with their Fall Manhattan cocktail, a bourbon drink with cider and honey.

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The following course was a spicy tuna dumpling over guacamole and a thai mango sauce. Yummy! I believe there were little bits of mango atop the dumplings as well, which were cool and refreshing with the spicy tuna. The amount of guacamole served was just right and again Moksa did a nice job pairing smooth textures with crunchy ones. For this, I think I chose a Hungarian wine as my beverage of choice. It’s not often you see a wine from Hungary on the menu, which is just another unique aspect of Moksa!

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We were then presented with three options for the main course. I of course chose the seven spice crusted salmon with bok choy and rice over masaman curry. Salmon is packed with omega-3’s and I couldn’t pass up the sound of this dish! The flavors were so unique, the fish cooked to perfection, and the sauce serving as the perfect accompaniment to the salmon. I adore sauces that are served with food, maybe because I’m a BBQ and ketchup lover, or simply because it can really tie all of the flavors of the dish together. This sauce did just that.

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Alas, after full and happy bellies (part food part due to the 5 cocktails), it was time to end with dessert. A warm coconut rice pudding with pumpkin was the perfect way to end this social gathering. The best cocktail by far was the milk and honey that I chose to pair with this dessert.

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Warm brandy, Boston honey, and roobios, what more could you ask for? AH-MAY-ZING!

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All in all, such a fun night with new friends and old! Moksa was incredibly generous too and even provided us with goody bags to take home! I had a wonderful time and can’t wait to take my boyfriend and friends back for sushi and more cocktails. I’ve been raving about Moksa ever since I left Wednesday night so if you haven’t checked it out already, get your butt over to Cambridge for a meal you’ll never forget.

Moksa provided this meal complementary to the bloggers of #blogandtweetboston, yet my opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by this.