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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last night Colin and I finally got the chance to use our Capital Grille gift certificate. We’ve been waiting to use it for a special occasion and we figured Valentine’s Day was perfect. We got all dolled up for one another and headed to the Newbury Street location. It was packed with lovebirds!

This was our first time visiting the Capital Grille and it most definitely wasn’t the last. From the beautiful, warm decor – to the excellent service from our waiter Dan – to the amazing food and wine, we had such a wonderful evening. We felt like fancy grownups the whole time (in a good way).

We started with the fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil appetizer – it tasted like summertime – it was so fresh! Then I had the bone-in Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter and the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese as a side. Does that not sound like the best meal ever? Pretty sure if I had to choose my last meal I would probably choose this. It would at least be in the top three choices.

 

I was nervous to use my flash!

AMAZING

Soooooooooo good

Great Date!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all had a wonderful day. :)

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Jack Johnson is amazing. So is Cafeteria Boston & Healthworks (while we’re at it…)

First week back from vacation in one word: busy.

Saturday night we had the Jack Johnson concert, in one word: amazing. ALO played (great band. Their song “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” is one of my all time favorites) and Glove played as well, so it was a perfect line-up.

I’ve been a huge Jack Johnson fan forever, yet this was my first concert of his and it was just so damn good. He is one of the bests live performers I’ve ever seen. We started our evening out with some sandwiches, chips and beers. :)

ALO

Glove

Secondly, you all know how much I love a good deal. And if you read my guest post over at the Foodies at Work you probably know that I love a delicious burger even more {there’s just nothing more satisfying than a good burger.} Last night I found a fabulous combo of the two; a good deal and a delicious burger. Now, you know I was in heaven, right?!

I met Nicole (my work best friend from my last job) for dinner at Cafeteria Boston on Newbury Street. They have perfect outdoor seating, but it was raining on and off so we sat inside at the bar. We started off with some sangria which was so good, very refreshing. Neither of us knew if we wanted red sangria or white sangria, so the bartender (I am a jerk and am forgetting his name which I’m sorry for because he was so friendly and we really liked him!) let us taste a little of each to help us decide. Ultimately, I chose the white (although they were both very nice) and Nicole chose the red.

Mmmm sangria

Lucky for us, they had $5 burger special! You know I had me some of that. It.was.perfection. The burger was cooked just the way I like it – it wasn’t too small, wasn’t too big or overwhelming, and it had the special Cafeteria sauce on top which was a tasty little surprise. It was honestly so good (and I was insanely hungry) I wanted to order another burger but I had to control myself/didn’t want to embarrass myself…

We also ordered a side of Parmesan fries which was big enough to split between the both of us (I mean I could have finished a whole side by myself, but we were being good.) All their dishes are created using organic grass-fed beef and lamb along with local, organic produce – you gotta love/appreciate that.

I’d like to send a HUGE thank you out to Demetri from Cafeteria, he was so great to us! I’m definitely going back!

Tomorrow I’m hosting a dinner party for Christine’s birthday (I missed it while I was in Ireland) so I’m really pumped about it. Hopefully all goes well – more details to come! I can’t wait for the weekend. You?

And last but not least…I hope you took advantage of Healthworks Free Workout Day today – it’s the best gym ever! And on Friday Healthworks Back Bay is hosting a Les Mills launch for Body Jam and Body Pump, you should check it out. They’ll have prizes from Redbones and City Sports as well as refreshments from the Healthworks cafe!

Rock, Paper, Scissors

You need to trust him or her. He or she needs to know how to make you feel beautiful, make you feel good. They need to know what’s best for you. They can not be selfish. They need to take care of you as if you were as fragile as a baby bird. They need to talk to you, and in turn really listen to what you have to say. Communication is key with this person. They are one of the most important people in your life.

No, not your significant other.

Your hair stylist!

I recently visited the gang over at Rock, Paper, Scissors Salon on Newbury Street courtesy of the amazing ladies at Healthworks (thanks again!) They very wonderfully squeezed me in after work on a Friday evening so my hair could look gorgeous for a Friday night out on the town for a Friday night watching the Celts play in my apartment. Hey Colin and some of the girls came over so at least they could appreciate it!

Anyway, I walked into the stylish salon and immediately felt ‘cool’ (surprisingly I don’t always feel cool – I know I know, it’s very surprising.) The vibe you get from the exposed brick walls, to the interesting photographs that decorate the walls, is ‘effortlessly hip.’ The salon manager Tracey was so friendly and made me felt at ease right away (it’s always nerve-wracking trying out a new salon!) My hair stylist was Mia, and not only was she talented and extremely nice (she even got me a coffee from Starbucks when I was waiting for my color to finish – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! SO friggin nice. I loved it) she was also cute, bubbly and made nice but not forced conversation. I appreciate that when I’m getting my hair done!

And now…the hair. I loved it! It came out great. Subtle highlights, a great cut and a perfect blowout. Mia was thebomb.com. And, I also bought some fabulous products before I left. I NEVER do this. I actually always make fun of my sister Meg for doing this. However, I am a big girl now and hardly own anything to put in my hair, so I bought some hair clay and hair tonic (all their products are made with SPF, so I thought this would be good for the summer!) Overall, I highly suggest RPS.

RPS is dedicated to ‘making you the best version of you’ with very reasonable prices along with open arms welcoming everyone and anyone. ‘There are no judgements here’ their website says.

From their website:

“Rock Paper Scissors takes the idea of a luxury salon and molds it into something that feels comfortable and easy going.
We like to laugh and smile and want our customers to feel like they are at a chill Sunday afternoon at their best friend’s place.
Bring an instrument, an iPod, a new band’s demo to listen to in the salon or a concert dvd to watch on our flatscreen.
Come on in and make yourself at home.”

They are located at 163 Newbury Street, Boston. Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 8pm and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm. (617) 236.6300

Check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. :)

Rock Paper Scissors

Before front

Before back

Before side

After front!

After back!

After side!

The lovely ladies at RPS

Thanks RPS! See you soon!

Healthworks Blogger Bash!

Last night I attended the Healthworks Blogger Bash and it was awesome! I had such a great time mixing and mingling with all the fabulous women in attendance (there were about twenty of us.) Since I’m a relatively new blogger to the scene it was great to ask questions and get some answers from the more experienced bloggoddesses (just made that word up woopwoop.)

We started with a spin class at Healthworks Back Bay (I was so late! but snuck in a pretty decent workout for those 25 minutes!) The instructor Eden Kessler was amazing, she played such good music. I wanted to hop off the bike and dance. After the class we showered and got ready in the beautiful locker rooms (I had some Vita Coco coconut water as well – very refreshing.) We met back in the lobby once everyone was beautified and headed to the T. All twenty bloggers plus the wonderful Healthworks ladies – Hannah and Judith – hopped on the T with all our swag. I felt like a kid again on a school field trip! :) The only thing we were missing were those leash things to hold everyone together!

Healthworks YOU ARE THE BOMB.COM!

Blogger bunch making our way to Alibi...

Next stop was Alibi in the Liberty Hotel – which was once the Charles Street Jail. I had never been before so I was very excited! I’ve heard great things about Alibi and I must say, they are all true. The decor is fun, playing on the jail theme – celebrity mug shots line the walls which is really funny. There is an awesome outdoor patio – which was packed (so obviously the place is good!), the couches are comfy, the lighting is perfect, the food provided for us from Scampo = SO delicious.

The Liberty Hotel

Such a glam mug shot

Bloggers mingling

Introductions :)

We were provided with amazing cocktails (thanks to Ripe drink mixers and Double Cross Vodka!) They were perfection- I started off with the strawberry Tom Collins drink they had going on (including some basil in there which was such a pleasant surprise – probably going to be my new summer drink) and then I moved on to a Bloody Mary (nice little kick to it) and even had a shrimp and a (green – my fave) olive on top. YUM!

Strawberry deliciousness

I heart Bloody Mary's

Some food pictures… (Coincidentally I am starving right now and these pics arent helping!) -

I think I had dreams about this last night...

It was so great to meet a whole new group of people! All the bloggers were there – Meghan, Chelsee, Leslie, Jean, Julie, Alicia, Elina, Tina, the Healthworks bloggers, and a bunch of other fabulous ladies. Nice to chat with everyone!

When I got home I was blown away by the wonderful swag bags we received – can’t thank Hannah, Judith and all of Healthworks enough! So generous. :)

Siggi's bag!

Swag!

We got popchips, Mad Hectic Oatmeal, Healthworks hat, Luna bars, Eversave.com gift cards, City Sports Boston t-shirt, NUX sportsbra, 50-minute massage at Healthworks, Siggis coupons, a gift card to SkinHealth Centers for a spray tan, complimentary cut and color from Rock, Paper, Scissors hair salon on Newbury Street, a free task from Task Rabbit, and MORE. Like seriously, outrageously good swag! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Healthworks is also giving the daily craic readers a free trial! Get your 3-day pass here!

The blogger bash was such a success and I am so happy I got to be apart of it! I love hanging out with other smart, interesting ladies (cause obviously I’m smart and interesting too – toot toot – that’s me tooting my own horn.)

OK I’m out – have a great weekend! HAPPY FRIDAY!

Peace and quiet

I’m in the house by myself. I’m currently sitting in my room in peace and quiet. It’s honestly a miracle after the past few days I have had. I’ve been going non-stop and let me tell you – it is draining. Do you ever feel like all the energy is just sucked right out of you? Or that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Ugh, why can’t I be a superhero? They can do everything…

Anyway, I am SO SORRY for not posting yesterday and all of today! I’m not following the rules of ‘no excuses, blog like a champion.’ I’m ashamed of myself and will strive to be a better blogger everyday. Especially for you Jean!

So tonight I helped judge the science fair at Meg’s school (Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, all boys grades 5-8.) At first I felt stupid, ‘Wait what is the variable? The thing that stays the same or the thing that changes?’ ‘And the control is the opposite, right?’ Ugh, I was never good at science.

I learned a thing or two which was nice. The judging part was hard, they all did a nice job so I was throwing 5′s out left and right (scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest score.) I didn’t want the people tallying up the points to think my scoring was fishy, so I threw in a few 4′s and one or two 3′s – it was stressful. Oh, I also think it’s worth mentioning that the boys at Meg’s school all think Meg and I are twins – mainly because we’re white, tall and have blond hair. They get a reeeal kick out of saying ‘Miss Mescall ‘and having both of us turn around to respond. Oh adolescent boys!

Apparently today was National Beer Day. You have 2 hours left – go grab yourself a cold one!

http://mysecretboston.com/events/national-beer-day

Groupon of the day – hurry! -$25 for $50 worth of food + drinks at the Ashmont Grill

*Side deal, $8 for 2 tickets to The Comedy Studio

http://www.groupon.com/boston

The Save of the day – hurry! – $35 for a $75 haircut at The Salon at 10 Newbury Street

*5% of proceeds go toward Wigs for Well-Being!

http://www.eversave.com/boston

Coupme deal – $30 for a photography sitting ($285 value!)

http://www.coupme.com/

From Boston Restaurant Talk – 5 restaurants with outdoor dining on the water for the beautiful, summer like weather we had today (I’m sorry, but I just don’t think it’s OK for it to reach 90 degrees in Boston in April. Anybody with me here?)

http://www.bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2010/03/five-boston-restaurants-with-outdoor.html

The Russell House Tavern opens in Harvard Square tomorrow. They are now taking reservations (617) 500-3055

http://russellhouse.wordpress.com/

Round 1 Celtics playoff tickets are now available -

http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/805903?camefrom=CFC_NBACELTICS_BEAT&brand=celtics

Here are the ‘Beats by Dre’ Red Sox headphones I blogged about the other day -

http://www.thrillist.com/links/122054

Are you an old Italian man trapped inside a young 20somethings body? This might be just for you -

http://www.thrillist.com/links/122055

Wanna win a trip to the Valentin Imperial Maya Resort? I do! Tweet and you could win. Details here -

http://www.gadling.com/2010/04/06/tweet-and-win-with-the-valentin-imperial-maya-resort/

Pre-order the new Jack Johnson album, ‘To the Sea’ now!

http://bit.ly/tothesea

Daily Candy makes curling your hair look easy -

http://www.dailycandy.com/all-cities/video/82091/Teach-Your-Old-Do-New-Tricks?refcd=email:435623:11

More tickets WILL be available tomorrow for the Boston Bacon and Beer fest!

http://wheretoeat.in/boston/baconandbeer/

This Saturday, April 10th, the Phantom Gourmet Wine and Food Phest is coming to the Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester from 3:00 – 8:00 pm – tickets are $30 in advance.

http://wine.phantomgourmet.com/Home.aspx

Fashionably Late at the Liberty Hotel is tomorrow from 8:00 pm – 2:00 am. This event will benefit Ray Allen’s Ray of Hope Foundation as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Interested in fashion + music for a good cause? RSVP to Fashion@LibertyHotel.com. More info – http://twitpic.com/1coi5b

Are you a blogger in New York? This could be a perfect job for you! Check it out -

http://ow.ly/1vQop

Well, I’m pooped! Time for bed. Goodnight! :)

PS – I hope you caught the cast of Glee on Oprah today! I DVRed it so will have to watch it within the next few days!

‘Num nums?’ Really?

First and foremost - I am pretttty sure he doesn’t read my famous blog, but in any case I’d like to give a shout out to an amazing man, Fr. Jim! Happy Birthday!!

Ok, so my singing co-worker is at it again! Although it’s ridiculous work behavior, maybe it’s good for me to hear about ‘praising Him’ in order to get in the Easter spirit?

Another lady in the cube right around the corner from me (I won’t go into detail too much on this one, that would take a while…) was just on the phone and said the word ‘num nums’ in reference to her food. I have a major problem with a grown woman using this word/phrase (whatever it is!) Understandable if a cute little five-year-old is saying it, it’s even understandable when parents use ‘baby-talk’ around their kids (although, that can quickly spiral out of control) but it is 150% not understandable when a grown woman says ‘num-nums’ at work, out loud, on the phone, with no children in sight.

In other news, today is April Fool’s Day, so for all you fools out there – have a happy one! I don’t currently have any plans to trick anyone today, but hey ya never know. Ideas are welcome.

Gadling.com has a great prank on their site – Virgin America and American Apparel are merging into ‘Virgin Apparel’ and passengers are required to wear leotards, oh the horror!

http://www.gadling.com/2010/04/01/virgin-america-and-american-apparel-to-merge-passengers-require/

Also – Google, Starbucks and The Food Network are getting in on the foolish fun!

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/04/01/google_and_starbucks_are_fooling_around_today/?camp=localsearch:on:twit:hp

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/couldrsquove-fooled-me-april-foolsrsquo-day-recipes/pictures/index.html

*Free* wine tasting + discounted Wine Riot tickets at Huntington Wine and Spirits tonight from 5pm-7pm tonight

http://www.thewineriot.com/2010/03/wine-riot-warm-up-wine-tastings/

Today’s Buywithme is $15 for $30 at the new Boston Wine Exchange downtown

http://www.buywithme.com/bostondotcom/deals/505-boston-wine-exchange?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Today’s Groupon is $15 for $30 worth of pizza and drinks a la Cafe 47 – 47 Mass Ave, Boston (617) 536-1577

http://www.cafe47.net/

http://www.groupon.com/boston

New search engine helps you find new restaurants, bars, clubs, places, people, etc. all based on what you already like!

Check it out – www.sortuv.com

Tonight at Bombay Club from 6pm-10pm they have a $10 all-you-can-eat special! 1415 Washington St (617) 247-2500

http://www.bombayclub.com/

Night wine bar at Central Bottle – 195 Mass Ave, Central Square (617) 225-0040 – $1 wine bar! Today from 5pm-9pm

http://www.centralbottle.com/index.php/wine/thursday-wine-bar/wine-bar6/

Today is ‘Thrifty Fifty Tuesday’ at the GSpa - 35 Newbury Street, Boston – Receive 50% of all colors and cuts. If you mention their new esthetician Caitlin, you can receive 50% of all facials/waxing as well! Only valid today. www.gspa.com *Call for an appointment (617) 267-4772, mention facebook while booking.

Every Thursday at Dbar, the guests get to pick the music. Make sure you bring your iPod or iPhone and your playlist could be featured. (617) 265-4490.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with this – tomorrow is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – here are some good places around Boston to go to in order to get your fix http://www.citysearch.com/list/188441

I have some interesting plans tonight. Will share more later…

Have a great rest of the day! :)

The Celtics were disappointing, but luckily my burrito wasn’t

First and foremost I must tell you about my free burrito from Boloco.

My work BFF, Nicole and I were having trouble deciding whether or not we wanted to commit to the trek all the way from Kendall Square to Newbury Street in order to indulge in the free deliciousness that Boloco was offering. However, we came to the conclusion that pretty much anything free (especially food) is worth trekking anywhere for.

We hopped on the red line, chatting away, when we were interrupted by a woman making an announcement (and no, she wasn’t a conductor.) She gave us her whole schpeal, her pregnant 17-year-old niece was waiting for her at South Station, got her bus money stolen, needed more money, etc etc.. Suddenly the guy sitting in front of where we were standing, pops up in our face and shouts to her that he was on his way to South Station and he could help her out. She shouted back at him, said she wasn’t gonna give him sexual favors in return (mind you, there was a good 20 people squished in between this ‘across the car’ conversation) and he said he didn’t need any at the moment anyway. It got both awkward and inappropriate real quick…

Finally we arrived at Boloco and got our free burritos surprisingly fast! The burrito was perfection. If you don’t like cilantro I would have to recommend ordering one without the salsa because it has a decent amount of cilantro packed in there. I <3 cilantro so I was happy as a clam.

On our way back to Kendall we luckily got on the T where another announcement was made (by a non-conductor.) A guy in his early twenties  requested that we tell him if any of us were sick (oh sure, let’s all start sharing our personal struggles with total strangers on our lunch break on a Wednesday afternoon.) He wanted to know if we were sick because he would pray with us – then and there -  in order to heal us, because Jesus doesn’t like sickness (good to know.) Next his friend, a girl around the same age approached Nicole and I to tell us that when we stepped on the T she could feel the spirit of the Lord with us (must have been the burritos), that the Lord was present with us (she got on the T after us by the way.) She even gave us a comic book about a man going to hell because of all his sins. Score!

After work I met up with Colin for the Celtics/Grizzlies game, all pumped up. We did our usual pre-game ritual of seeing how many slices of pizza/how many beers we can consume before tip-off at Half-time Pizza (it was delicious as per usual.) We headed into the Garden and thus the embarrassment began. The Celtics were down 21 points halfway through the second quarter. It looked like we were gonna turn it around, maybe think about putting in enough energy and effort into making a come back, but no. We ended the first half down by 22 and successfully lost the game by 20.

It was a truly disappointing game. They looked like my CYO basketball team. They were throwing up whatever shots they wanted, their lack of enthusiasm and intensity was visible and the defense was utterly nonexistent. They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies! The Celtics need help asap.

The highlight of the evening – when a man came down to our seats to notify Colin that his bid won. Colin had randomly bid $250 on a huge Bill Russell/Red Auerbach picture, thinking that someone would obviously out bid him because the picture was so awesome. Surprisingly (sarcasm) no one out bid him and he was the lucky winner! The shock on his face was priceless (actually it was about $250.) I didn’t know I was dating such a high rolling big shot! I felt so proud the whole crowded ride home on the green line lugging that big ol’ picture with us, answering peoples questions and smiling when they stared. The Celtics might have lost, but Colin sure did win!

Exhibit A –

Colin lugging his picture through the Garden.

Exhibit B –

Colin proudly posing with his new piece of art.

The burrito was good, the Celtics were bad and tomorrow is Thursday. It’s almost the weekend and that’s always a good thing!

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