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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.

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Brunch for Dinner- Del Frisco’s Grille

This week I had the opportunity to preview the new Del Frisco’s Grille opening on University Ave in Westwood. I love the Del Frisco’s Grille in Burlington and the Del Frisco’s Steak House in Boston so I was super excited to go try some of the latest menu items in Westwood. We got to hear about all the dishes from Chef Shawn Quinn, trust me the food was as delicious as it looks! We got to try a variety from the new brunch menu, brunch for dinner is fantastic and we should all start doing brunch on Friday nights!

We started with Nonna’s Cinnamon Rolls, these were fresh out of the oven and covered in Bourbon-espresso caramel sauce and toasted pecans. The caramel sauce is made in house and it is to die for! This was hands down my favorite dish of the night, I will literally be dreaming of the cinnamon rolls. 28C69127-2095-40E7-B5F2-3F82F470B279

Along with Nonna’s Cinnamon Rolls we had a smoked Salmon Tower and Bloody Marys! Next up was the Greens and Grains Bowl, filled with Quinoa, Charred Broccoli, Baby Spinach, Edamame, Beets, Avocado, Dried Cranberries, Roasted Almonds, a Poached cage-free egg, and sweet basil dressing. It sounds healthy and normally I would shy away from a salad-ish dish at brunch but this bowl was so flavorful, everything came together perfectly!

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Served with the Greens and Grains Bowl was the Honeymoon in Paris cocktail. Definitely my favorite cocktail of the night! AE57D99A-4B4B-419D-A456-9017BBA04F34 Brunch for Dinner continued with Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Crack Coffee! Chef Shawn was super excited about these pancakes and I immediately understood why, they are amazing! Served with fresh berries and blueberry-maple syrup. BFA3A86E-9330-46F5-A578-3CF3CB231292157FEC63-8CC3-4E73-8F67-97AB33A68791If you’re more of a savory brunch person than a sweet brunch person the next two dishes are right up your alley. Eggs in Purgatory, and Braised Shot Rib Hash. I tend to go for savoy dishes over sweet dishes at brunch, if I was having brunch here for the first time I would probably go for the Eggs in Purgatory. Poached cage-free eggs, roasted tomato pepper sauce, avocado flatbread, baby arugula, feta, and lemon vinaigrette. Whats not to love? The Short Rib Hash had two sunny side up eggs served on top with a Bordelaise sauce.66274CCF-B2C5-4D41-9C6C-CC5754BC382262B49828-E184-4544-A0BB-F08E1AAA2D15

To finish out we had Pan-Seared Scallops with baby zucchini and Filet Mignon with charred honey tahini broccoli. I am normally not a steak person but the Filet was cooked to perfection. And lets be real if you’re going to Del Frisco’s you should get a steak. The honey tahini broccoli was so good! We tried a Chianti and a Cabernet, I definitely preferred the Chianti.A80EF62A-0E83-4E30-8ECA-2162C3C994F58765DFF8-72B9-4194-976E-EDF6C582E08DB8429F62-EB34-45DE-996C-C9A89E040217

Thank you so much to the Del Frisco’s team for having me and my friend Jen in for dinner. I encourage everyone to go try the new Del Frisco’s Grille in Westwood, just a short walk from the commuter rail. Congratulations to Chef Shawn and the whole Del Frisco’s team, you all have put together an incredible menu.

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Be sure to follow Del Frisco’s on Instagram: @dfgrille