(b)ack in (b)usiness!

guess who has a functioning laptop again !!!

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three cheers for the genius bar getting my computer fixed for a hundred bucks a cheer. ouch, but still less than having to get a brand new computer so… glass half full?

tumblr_mk8746w9cC1ql5yr7o1_400this past month has been full of travel, food, and some fun workouts (although not nearly enough to balance out the food… eek… ) i def want to do posts dedicated to a few of these things, but figured to id do a quick little (b)est of round up to get the week started!

(b)est snack: roasted & salted truffle marcona almonds from trader joes

IMG_9507if youre a fan off truffles if you arent im not sure i trust you then you should walk, no run, to the nearest trader joes and pick up a bag. i seriously had to leave the bag at home in connecticut so i didnt eat it all in one sitting- i dont trust myself around them.

(b)est appetizer: steak tartare from 55 wine bar in fairfield, ct

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(parmesan crostini, truffle vinaigrette, quail egg)

last month, i went to 55 wine bar in fairfield for my friend julie’s bridal shower. i’d never been before but heard great things. almost everyone else started out with the brussels sprout salad (fontina risotto cake, hazelnut, parmesan, truffle vinaigrette) but the tartare just stuck out to me (and im trying to eat more red meat <- for you mother.)

OMG so good. the little quail egg was perfect and the yolk added a great silky richness to the dish. (plus it was so cute and mini!)

IMG_9535runner up (and sadly unpictured): the grilled octopus from casa tua in miami

(b)est value: the salmon complete from irashai sushi in chinatown ($22)

IMG_9924i love sushi. like, im pretty sure i could live off of it (as long as i could sneak in some chocolate every now and then…) which is why i was so excited to discover the salmon complete at irashai sushi. for 22 bucks you get soup & salad, five pieces of sashimi, five pieces of sushi, a maki roll. (oh and you can chose to do tuna if that’s your thing.) i ate the soup and salad, half the roll, and a piece or two of the sushi/sashimi and was full– so saved the leftovers for lunch the next day. perfection!

(b)est salad: buffalo chicken milanese from vitos tavern in the north end

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(romaine, celery, grape tomato, cucumber, sliced hard boiled egg, bacon bits, tossed with ranch, finished with crumbled blue cheese)

so this salad is TOTALLY not healthy for you… but boy oh boy is it good. and, in our defense, the girls and i just got our butts kicked at boxing before- so we totally deserved it. (and we lightened it up by getting the ranch and blue cheese on the side…. sure, we could have got grilled chicken, but aint nobody got time for that.)

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and speaking of boxing:

(b)est workout: power hour boxing at title boxing club at north station

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ive never boxed before (unless you count cardio kickboxing at BSC- which you shouldnt.) i was a little nervous beforehand since i have like negative upper body strength, but the folks at title were super helpful and helped us wrap up our hands and get our gloves so we could set up at a bag. seriously, by the end of the hour i could not move (but in a good way.) i wish they club offered single class passes instead of monthly only since i just resigned my BSC membership and am too poor to do both but i highly recommend doing their free first class if youre interested (just head over to their website and fill out the form- link above!)

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(had to get one cat in here…)

(also- i just started the core fusion 30 day sculpt and will def have to do a review of it once im a little further in, but so far i really like it! a heads up if you plan on buying it, you need hand weights, a yoga mat and an exercise ball to accompany the dvd- but i was able to get all for under $40 on amazon! considering the classes are $25 each… not a bad investment.)

(b)est new fraaaand: lola the puppy

IMG_9762likeeeee could she be any cuter?! found out brodie got a new puppy when i was home last month and was SO excited to get back and snuggle with her smushy little face. we went on a long walk this weekend (4 miles or so!) and it was so fun having a little companion.

(b)est purchase: mini flamingo floats from amazon.com

IMG_9969more to come on mgs bachelorette in miami, but these little guys were so much fun! i only wish i had got like 800 more. with summer parties coming up, i high recommend purchasing some of these little guys!

(b)est new tv show: the royals on e!

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im prettyyyyy obsessed with prince liam this show and i want need to be ophelia. its like gossip girl meets the royal family. theres only five or so episodes i think, and they are all on on demand, so if you ever find yourself in chuck/blair withdrawal (and if you have a mild obsession with the royal family) def check it out!

…ok so there are like 80000 other things i want to talk about but im exhausted so headed to bed! be back soon.

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