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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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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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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.

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Thrive Juice Cafe

Eat better, feel better! If you’re looking to eat better but don’t want to compromise on taste you should check out Thrive Juice Cafe in Arlington. I have personally always struggle with the desire to eat healthy, if you know me you may know that I’m not exactly a gourmet chef (I make a really good grilled cheese though!) I eat out a lot, and it an be hard to find healthy inexpensive options. Thrive Cafe is the perfect solution! It has been so hot out lately and nothing makes me feel better in the heat than a smoothie, I got the Tropical Splash smoothie when I was at Thrive last weekend. Its made with Mango, Banana, Pineapple, and Almond Milk. They have a variety of juices and smoothies for whatever you are in the mood for. 17719F40-1F5E-4F2F-B01D-C7054CC124A43A138DEA-6400-4F13-B951-D0D39B436F81FE19E5DF-7273-45B3-8B1F-B34570211CD6D745D530-177C-4A1F-A768-F450A48163E814980829-F613-41C4-9D42-334DE067610AD69718D1-B9A1-4025-A1C8-5B7D596852D9

To eat I got the Spicy Avocado Toast, and a Mediterranean Salad and my friend got the Loaded PB &J toast. Both were amazing! I will  definitely be back for more spicy avocado toast. Thrive is the perfect spot to grab breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack while you’re out and about. If you are trying to eat better but don’t want to start dropping hundreds at whole foods I definitely reccommend making a stop at Thrive Cafe.

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Late Night Snacks with New England Finest

This month I am super excited to be partnering with New England Finest! They are a fantastic company that does gift and or subscription boxes full of locally made goodies. I am a big fan of shopping local and NE Finest is a great way to discover to brands right here in New England. Shopping local not only supports family owned businesses but it is better for the environment. There is so much waste, food loss, and fuel used shipping products across the country. Buying local is just one small way you can do your part. IMG_2693img_2694.jpg

NE Finest is also giving back to children getting treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. For every 12 boxes purchased they donate one to a family who is currently getting treatment from Boston Children’s Hospital. My mom is an ICU nurse at Boston Children’s and I know how much the little things can make a difference. I love that NE Finest is working so hard to be a catalyst for good in our region!

Last week they sent me the Late Night Snack box which is full of delicious goodies! My favorite was the Jarva Cakes’ Dark Chocolate Velvet Lava Cake from Maine. It was the perfect treat after a long day at work! My other favorite in the box was the Popzup’s Popcorn and Microwave Popper! I love popcorn but those microwavable bags are so bad for you, they are filled with chemicals and they are also really bad for the environment. Popzup’s was super easy to make a so good, I melted some butter on top of mine and I used the Popzup’s Vermont Maple Popcorn Seasoning that was included in the box.

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There are so many subscription boxes or gift box options out there now a days it can be hard to distinguish between all of them. But I was really impressed with New England Finest. Not only was everything in my box amazing but they are supporting local businesses and family’s at Boston Children’s Hospital. If you are looking to buy a fun subscription box or looking to get a gift box for someone special in your life I highly recommend checking out New England Finest!

 

New England Finest gifted me a box in exchange for this post but as always all opinions are my own.