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Ward 8

This weekend I got to check out Ward 8’s fabulous brunch menu! They have a little something for everyone from avocado toast to s’mores crepes! They also have my favorite, buckets of bubbles. For those of you that don’t know Boston, tragically, has laws against happy hours and bottomless drinks. It was put in place to try and reduce drunk driving, good intention, but it really puts a damper on things sometimes. Bucket of Bubbles is a great compromise! Buy a bottle Champagne and you get a variety of juices to make your own mimosas. They also have a great cocktail menu if you’re not into mimosas, I would recommend the Aperol Spritz or a Bloody Mar!

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I can never decide between sweet and savory, so we decided to order a few things and share! To satisfy my sweet tooth we got the s’mores crepes. If you love chocolate this dish is for you! Covered in chocolate sauce and crumbled up graham crackers topped with mini marshmallows. It was so good. We also got a brunch classic, eggs Benedict, you can really never go wrong with eggs Benedict. Of course we had to get the avocado toast and the pork hash, both delicious. My favorite was probably the avocado toast, it was topped with poached eggs and spicy mayo, I love anything spicy!!

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Ward 8 is located conveniently near the Haymarket T-stop. They have a great bar and plenty of seating if your planning on a group brunch. It has a really great vibe! Thank you so much to Ward 8 for hosting me, we had such a great time! As always all opinions are my own.

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Xtend Barre Newbury

One of my goals this year is to spend more time taking care of myself. 2018 was a bit crazy between graduation, working on a congressional race, blogging, and working several side jobs. I definitely did not prioritize my health. By the end of campaign season I kept getting really sick, my body was literally rejecting the way I had been treating it. I was eating like crap, not working out, getting just a couple hours of sleep every night, drinking way too much, and the stress was crippling.

The last few months I have been focused on getting healthy, body and mind. I did barre classes my junior year of college and they were always a great workout. I have been going to Xtend Barre for about a month now and I absolutely love it! I go to the Newbury St location, the instructors and staff are all so friendly, upbeat, and positive. Which is exactly what I need and want in a fitness studio! I love walking into a bright positive environment every time I work out.

I am so excited to be Xtend Barre Newbury’s new ambassador! Everyone should have a workout that they love, it makes it so much easier to pull yourself out of bed on Sunday morning and go workout when you love where you go. There are a lot of options for barre in Boston but I love Xtend, each class is different so you don’t feel like you’re doing the same thing every time. And I have definitely noticed a difference in my body after a month, I’m more toned and my clothes are fitting a little better!

The studio is bright, beautiful, and clean. It’s conveniently on the green line, right by June’s convention stop. The studio has plenty of lockers, changing rooms, and water available. If you’re new to Xtend you can get one week unlimited for just $35! I’m there 2-3 times a week and I hope to see everyone at the barre!

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Romantic Valentines Day

V-Day is right around the corner and you are probably trying to figure out how to mark the occasion. Mike and I don’t do gifts, we both have way to much stuff (Marie Kondo we need you!!) and we would rather treat ourselves to a nice dinner or go do something fun together. This week I visited Assaggio’s in the North End and had the most delicious Italian food I have had in a very long time. There are so many options for Italian food in the North End but Assaggio’s really stood out to me. They recently renovated the interior of the restaurant, it is modern, chic, and cozy. The dinning room ambiance is perfect for a Valentines date. Upstairs they have a beautiful new lounge that offers a more casual vibe, perfect for a night out with your “galentines.” Assaggio’s offers old school class and service but with a modern menu.

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We started with some cocktails and appetizers, I can never resist a burrata so we obviously ordered that! We got the charcuterie plate, my friend Maddie got an Italian classic a Negroni and I went with the house specialty mojito. The burrata was perfect, and I firmly believe a charcuterie plate is the perfect way to start an Italian feast! The staff was so lovely, our server made so amazing recommendations for the main course! I got the Veal Chop she recommended, it was stuffed with Parma prosciutto and Italian fontina, and I think it was my favorite thing ever! It can with a side of sweet potatoes slices lightly baked. Maddie went with my normal go-to the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, they were little potato pillows of heaven. We decided to split the Grigliata, an amazing seafood plater that looked as good as it tasted! It consisted of grilled scallops, shrimp, calamari, swordfish, and a grilled lobster tail! If you love seafood you have to get the Grigliata! It is perfect for sharing on date night too!

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We finished the night with a pair of espresso martinis, a tiramisu, and cannolis. It was all delicious and satisfied my sweet tooth! If you are looking for a beautiful restaurant, with amazing service and food for Valentines Day, Assaggio’s is the place to go! We had such an amazing meal, the next day I couldn’t wait to get home from work to have my left overs! Thank you so much to Assaggio’s for hosting us it was truly impeccable.

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What I’m Watching

Happy 2019!! Post holiday I tend to be a bit of a homebody. January is bitter cold in Boston, so far no snow but still very gray and dreary. In other words it’s the perfect time to binge a new TV show! Between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime I always have something new to watch.

1.The Mindy Project

I know I’m a little late to the party but The Mindy Project on Hulu is hilarious! A young woman in New York struggles through life may be a classic story line but The Mindy Project manages to make it fresh and will keep you laughing the entire time. A solid 6 seasons lets you spread it out a bit.

2. Lucifer

Ever wonder what would happen if the Devil came to Earth? Throw a raging party every night and team up with the LA police to catch criminals, duh! Lucifer is a drama but with a lot of comic relief, Tom Ellis plays the lead Lucifer Morningstar. It originally aired on Fox for its first 3 seasons and Netflix has picked it up and is currently filming season 4, which is expected out sometime in 2019. So if you fall in love there is more coming soon!

3. Dumplin’

I raved about this movie on my story one night after I watched it. Staring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald, it is such a heart warming story. As a former pageant girl I am normally super disappointed by movies and TV shows that involve pageants. They normally play to all the cheap stereotypes, but by the end of Dumplin’ I couldn’t stop smiling! Netflix originals have been very hit or miss for me lately and this one was a hit!

4. The True Cost

For all my sustainability warriors out there! The True Cost examines the environmental impact of “fast fashion”. This documentary was really eye opening for me, if you want to learn more about how the clothes you wear have a ripple effect this is a must watch! The waste, out of control consumerism, and horrible labor practices found at many fast fashion brands will definitely have you re-thinking where you shop. Start 2019 by making a small change for a better world.

5. Below Deck

I really don’t like many reality TV shows, but this one is a must watch! It currently airs on Bravo but I end up watching it via Amazon every week. I would recommend watching all the seasons, they are available for purchase on Amazon! I personally like the original better than the Mediterranean seasons, but they’re all great! See what it’s like to vacation on a super yacht and all the juicy drama among the crew.

 

Tell me what you’re currently binging! I am always looking for new shows, I just finished The Mindy Project and definitely need a new comedy!

 

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Brunch at Five Horses Tavern

Some people do yoga, meditate, and drink healthy smoothies as part of their self care routine. Me? I go to brunch! Last weekend I checked out Five Horses Tavern in Davis square with my friend, and one of my favorite food bloggers Joey of the_Roamingfoodie. The food was all amazing but I have to say my favorite part was the mimosa flight, why have one when you can have four? The apple cider mimosa will definitely be recreated at home!

For my main dish I had the Huevos Rancheros. I loved them! The were just spicy enough without it overwhelming the eggs. I also got an order of the Thyme Biscuit with honey butter, let’s just say honey butter is the only way to go! We also tried the Southern Comfort and the Fried Chicken and Waffles. Five Horses Tavern manages to combine brunch with comfort food, I can’t wait to go back! Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for brunch plans this weekend, make sure you make a reservation because they do get really busy on the weekends.

In addition to amazing food we had amazing service! Thank you so much to Five Horses Tavern for hosting us, as always all opinions are my own.