Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brunch at the Gallows - South End

I really like the Gallows, so I was excited when my friends decided to go for Sunday brunch. We arrived around 11:30 and were able to get a table immediately for our group of 7. Pretty lucky for a South End brunch!

I started off with the "Simple" bloody mary. I really liked the house mix -- very flavorful, just spicy enough. I typically like to load up my bloody marys with stuff (pepperoni and cheese skewers anyone?) but I did order the simple, so a solo celery stick was fine.

The food menu is made up of a few entrees and a lot of side dishes that can be mixed and matched. All of the entrees sounded amazing, and I came really close to ordering the "Out of Control Deep Dish Pancake" which comes topped with bacon, bananas, peanut butter and maple syrup. Yea...sounds pretty awesome, right? Luckily my friend ordered it and I was able to steal a bite. It was as good as it sounds, and if you typically go sweet for breakfast/brunch, ORDER THIS!

I ended up ordering the burger instead because I have my weird no breakfast after 12 pm thing. It's not like that was a BAD thing -- the brunch burger comes topped with smoked bacon, american cheese and a sunny side egg. The only issue was that they didn't make the burgers to order (the waitress gave me a reason but I couldn't really hear her). Luckily the burger was juicy and cooked well, and honestly, who really cares about the burger when you have a sunny side egg to concentrate on?!


Some other notable dishes of the brunch:

A new menu item -- soft shell crab and waffles that came with a (spicy!) green curry sauce and a tropical fruit chutney. This is something I would have never ordered for myself, but I actually loved the Caribbean flavors and thought this was a really unique dish.


Sunrise Poutine: scrambled eggs, fries, chicken gravy, cheese curds, Canadian bacon AKA the ultimate mish mash to cure a hangover. I didn't get a picture of this, but I think my two friends who ordered this really enjoyed it. Also, you can replace the Canadian bacon with regular bacon if you'd like!

Overall, an awesome brunch and one I will definitely return for!

The Gallows is located at:
1395 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy birthday

Today is my Grandma's first birthday in heaven. She would have been 81. It seems so crazy that it was just a year ago I went to NY for her 80th birthday party. I'm so, so, so happy that my family decided to throw this party for her. She looked happy, healthy and so adorable in her blue and white outfit.



I miss her every day, and I know she's up there celebrating and drinking Baileys despite being pissed about the Mets' 3 streak loss. Love you grams.

In other news, I tried something new last night and knocked off another thing from my Fitness Bucket List: take a free outdoor fitness class.

After work I went to Cardio Pilates on the Rose Kennedy Greenway with a few friends. Ali Baldassare led the class and even had an awesome DJ set up. Around 6:15 we showed up with our yoga mats and set them up on the grass with about 200 others. The weather was perfect and the class was awesome but really tough. Ali was an amazing teacher and I would love to take another class with her. The class was a mixture of pilates and barre moves with cardio bursts mixed in. I could definitely feel the fact that I haven't strength trained in about a month, but it was motivating. Gotta get back to it.

(Not my photo)
Hoping the weather will be nice next Monday so I can go again!

And now, some pretty pictures of flowers, just because.



Can you spot the bumble bee?

Monday, July 21, 2014

M.C. Spiedo - Fort Point

I had some friends visit this weekend, and on Saturday night we all went out for dinner in Fort Point to a new Italian restaurant, M.C. Spiedo. Side note, I was calling this "Mc Speedo" for days (like McLovin) and thought the name was ridiculous. Luckily I was wrong about how it was pronounced.

The restaurant is right off of the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel and is very large. The ceiling are incredibly high and adorned with huge chandeliers, tapestries and curtains. The color scheme was made up of mostly black and reds -- I wasn't crazy about the atmosphere, it was a little too dark and vampire-esque for my taste. Still, they were able to accommodate our group of 13 at a large table in a private section in the back of the restaurant. It was pretty cool!

The menu is fairly small and offers small plates and charcuterie to start, and salads, pasta, fish and meat as entrees. We all started off with wine and cocktails. I ordered a signature cocktail off the menu that was made with gin, prosecco, limoncello and cucumber. It was refreshing but very strong.


A few of us started by ordering the Chef's selection of charcuterie and cheese. The board had 3 tiers and came with a decent amount of food for it's $35 price tag. Unfortunately no one explained to us what was on the board, so we were left guessing for ourselves.


For my entree, I ordered a half portion of pasta: squid ink macaroni with charred octopus and house made sausage. I liked the pasta, but I didn't love it. I felt the pasta itself was cooked a bit inconsistenely, and the octopus was a little tough. The sausage on the other hand was amazing. This dish was very, very filling so I ended up taking most of it home with me.


Some other table favorites were the taglietelle bolognese:


The Salt crusted dorade:


And the ricotta gnudi (no photo).

Besides the lack of charcuterie explanation, the service at the restaurant was pretty spot on. Overall it was a nice dinner and reunion with friends.


M.C. Spiedo is located at:
606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Friday, July 18, 2014

Things

Some things that are making me smile today:

1. Funny things on the internet, particularly this and this and this and this (and all babies doing X compilation vids to follow).

2. Pretty flowers.





3. Long walks by the beach.


5. This insane Groupon that I bought.


6. A few of my friends from college are visiting this weekend!

7. Running a 5K last night, not [really] caring about my time, and just being glad to be running again (and realizing I wore the same shirt at this race last year...I need new clothes).



8. The sky after the run.



9. Spending as much money as I feel like on pre-cut watermelon.


10. The Mindy Project...this show is surprisingly hysterical.

11. Top Chef Duels starting in a few weeks.

12. My new elephant candle.


13. The reminder that I have so many people who love, respect, and care about me. How did I get so lucky?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Liz and Marvin's Engagement Party

Last weekend I had the pleasure of officially celebrating the engagement of my sister and her fiancĂ©!


The BBQ was held at my aunt and uncle's house on Long Island, and I was able to head to New York early to help set up and add some special touches.










That last photo is the wedding countdown board I made for them. I went to Michael's and bought a wood plaque, regular paint and chalkboard paint and used Etsy for some inspiration!

The party was a lot of fun and I think Liz and Marvin were thrilled to have their families all meeting and mingling for the first time. It definitely made me excited for the next year of planning as the maid of honor!

Here are some photos from the day:


Me and Laura with our soon to be brother-in-law!


Adorable cake courtesy of my mom.





Little Laura taking her first bridesmaid shot!
The best piece of cake.
Congratulations again to Liz and Marvin!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Snapshots

Lavender.
Gorgeous.
Gorgeous x2.
A healthiness attempt.
Oyster party.
These are a few of my favorite things.
Rooftop sunset.
Feeling pinteresty.
Victory.
Run on the beach.
Sweat is good.
But pizza is better.
Sweet Cheeks.
The master lobster roll.
The first cherry tomatoes to peek through.
A real live pepper!
Reward for a 12 hour moving day.