Boston Blogger Meetup + Healthy New Arrangement!

It’s summertime, and for most in Boston that means endless parties, drinks on our roof decks, too many cocktails subsequently, and attempts to escape to the Cape or Nantucket. Fortunately, two weekend ago, I got to enjoy a little roof deck getaway with some of my favorite bloggers (Susan, Georgina, and Vanessa) in Boston’s historic North End. A gorgeous view, delicious food, great company..what more could you ask for?

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Appetizers and drinks were abound, with one of the highlights being the Crudite Creation I brought! Based out of Newton, I touched base with them a week prior to get the scoop on this healthy piece of art, which complemented my summertime attempts at eating more salads and veggies anyways in the hopes of fitting into my minuscule bikini before my first summer vaca. While I am not too sure my efforts are paying off, it helps having a company who makes healthy eating easy. And, I get to show off my skills in “party dish-bringing.” I absolutely cannot cook nor do I have the time to try and make something somewhat edible before parties, hence the Crudite Creation solution.

What is Crudite Creations? Crudite Creations are delicious, healthy arrangements, similar to Edible Arrangements, but with fresh vegetables arranged in an artful way! Instead of selecting candy coatings and chocolate like you would for fruit, the vegetables are prepared with a variety of gourmet dips, such as Caramelized Onion, White Bean, Hummus, and Ranch. Because I am a huge hummus fan, we got to try the gourmet hummus dip, which was hands down the most heavenly dip I have ever tasted. Plus, everything was gluten free 🙂 If you have food allergies, you can let them know and they are more than happy to accommodate.

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To tell you a little more, all the vegetables used in the Creations are from local suppliers and if you check out their Creations page, there are quite an abundance of selections to choose from. I got to talk to David, one of the owners, and he was generous enough to not only provide me with the arrangement but also answer a few questions below:

1) What areas do you deliver to?

a. We deliver to all areas in Eastern Mass.

2) What is the one thing you wish the public knew about your company that they probably do not?

a. Vegetable bouquets are great addition to any event or celebration, but we also work on corporate events. The vegetable bouquets are also great to send as a sympathy or condolence gift.

3) Where do you source from?

a. We source from local suppliers and when available local farm stands.

4) What is your mission?

a. To create a work of art using healthy and delicious vegetables that adds beauty, flavor and health to every occasion.

5) What does a day in the life of your business look like?

a. Creating new designs and finding new vegetables to include on the bouquets

b. Working with customers

c. Creating awareness for our products

Lauren Brooks, the creator of the company, is clearly passionate about sharing healthy food and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have found out about this nutritious venture of hers. The Creation needless to say was a HUGE hit, that looked absolutely beautiful, and could be enjoyed by everyone. As an RD, I will admit, I won’t bring sugar to a party and the typical veggie and fruit platter can get a tad boring. You can bet I will be bringing more of these creations to my summer festivities!

If you want to know more or book a creation you can contact them at:

Crudite Creations
617-416-2609
info@cruditecreations.com

Let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: Although I received an arrangement for free to sample and review for my blog, I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

 

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Dine out Dietitian Review: Bristol Lounge

Have I mentioned that I am a contributor to Dine out Dietitian? A site dedicated to offering YOU, Dietitian approved insider tips to nutritious fare while dining out all over the U.S.! Plus, if you’re a frequent traveler then this site is definitely for you. I can’t tell you how many clients I see that experience anxiety over traveling when trying to be healthy, as travel often involves lack of nutritious fare, long periods of sitting, meals out, and situations out of one’s control. But, to mitigate this anxiety, Dine out Dietitian was created to offer healthy restaurant option in various regions throughout the country. The RD contributors offer ordering suggestions, explanations of the dishes we selected, and insider tips when dining out. So, next time you travel be sure to check out some of the restaurants that made the cut in your visiting city!

My most recent review was on Bristol Lounge (Four Seasons Hotel), in the city of Boston. If you are looking for an upscale, healthy breakfast, look no further.

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Depending upon your mood you can order off of the sweet or savory menu. Of course, if you are trying to be health-conscious, stick to savory. You have a couple of healthy options to choose from on this menu, which I love! Their menu doesn’t leave you scouring for hours trying to find something nutritious to eat and they are more than willing to make modifications, not that much are needed. I went with the eggbeater frittata (so delicious!), served with a plethora of vegetables. I didn’t have to choose from potatoes, sausage, or bacon, but could rather choose from 1) Mixed greens or 2) Fruit.

As if the healthy options aren’t already endless enough, you can wash down your meal with a “Sunrise on the Charles” smoothie, packed with carrots, ginger, and blueberries. Or if you are more of a green goddess, you can opt for the kale, apple, and celery smoothie. What isn’t to love about a place you can feel good about going to!

Click here check out my other inside tips and read my full review.