my week with mealpass!

guys, im NOT ready for winter. dont tell summer, but i actually kinda like the snow… its pretty! i do not, however, enjoy commuting in it. ¬†thankfully uber had a special for 50% off uberpool during commuter hours this past week, which worked out perfectly! $3 to get to work? im in. i was going to take one on the way home too, but it was somewhat starting to stop snowing and it looked pretty (plus i was just going home to eat mac and cheese and be a bum aka didnt care if my hair got messed up) so i decided to walk. good. choice.

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thats my building behind that tree!

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wintry wonderland
and some nicely shoveled sidewalks. good work beanie.

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i stopped to take one too many pictures (lovingggg my new camera!) so by the time i got home the sun was setting. and WOW. seriously. the entire sky went from white and grey to pink and purple in a matter of minutes. so glad i skipped that uber!

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sunsetthe prettiest! hard to beat a view like that…

whats better than a pretty pink sunset? food, duh ūüôā a couple of weeks ago i got an email asking if id like to¬†attend the launch party for¬†MealPass. for those familiar with ClassPass- it’s kinda similar, except for food! you pay $99 a month (~$5 a meal) and get to pick a lunch every business day from one of ~50 restaurants in the city (primarily downtown.) and, unlike ClassPass, there are no restrictions on how many times you can go to the same place! sweeeet.

the folks at MealPass not only hosted a fun launch with lots of food samples and drinks, but they were also super generous and gave the attendees of the party a free week of their service! i typically bring my lunch during the week (and eat the same. darn. thing. for four days in a row…blah…) so i was pretty stoked about it! lets dive in, shall we?

how it works.

every night at 7pm you get an email from MealPass letting you know your options for tomorrows lunch are available and that you have until 9:30am to make your selection. i really liked that they provided pictures of the items as well- sometimes something can sound super delish on the menu but then when you get it…womp womp… not what you expected. ¬†knowing exactly what i was in for ahead of time was a big pro for me.

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once you log in, you click on the picture of the item you want for lunch and then select your pickup time (intervals of 15minutes from 11-3ish). ¬†i will say pick up varied at each place- some asked for my name, some made me sign for my lunch, some didn’t seem to really check anything and just handed me stuff- but either way, i was in and out within a few minutes every time.

the food.

friday: tossed. black forest ham & swiss sandwich.

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i was super tempted by the zucchini pesto pasta from cocobeet (seen in the email above), but it was kind of far away and gross out. I was going out for drinks that night too so decided to get something healthy but still hearty-¬†sandwich me. i had been to tossed once before (throwback!) and really liked my salad, so was hopeful the sandwich would be good too. ¬†the sandwich was pretty basic, but i liked the grainy bread and that the woman gave me some extra honey dijon on the side (one can never have enough condiments. at least not in my book ūüôā )

would i suggest getting it if you were at tossed? yes!
should you go out of your way to get it? no.
was it a good deal? normal cost: $8.99- yes.

monday: jm curley. curley burger with fries.

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ah, jm curley. how do i love thee. let me count the ways. im a BIG fan of this spot. great food. great drinks. especially their burger- 5 oz. natural beef patty, griddled onions, cheddar, pop’s russian dressing, pickles. and those fries. YUM. this was an AGGRESSIVE start to the week, but since the options at every restaurant change daily, i couldnt risk not having this one pop up again. devoured.

would i get it again if i was at jm curley? yes!
should you go out of your way to get it? yes. yes. yes.
was it a good deal? normal cost: $13- yes!

tuesday: genes chinese flatbread. handpull noodles.

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do you like doughy noodles? do you like garlic? if you answered no to either of these, we probably will never be friends. if you answered yes- you must try these noodles.  again, another aggressive lunch pick for a tuesday (note: i refrained from getting on the scale this week) but i didnt want to miss out on these bad boys. so good. warning- they are oily. and it will kinda stick with you for the rest of the day after eating them. but oh, so worth it. plus- you can see them making the noodles right in front of you, which is pretty awesome in my book.

would i get it again if i was at jm genes? yes! (although want to try the lamb curry noodle)
should you go out of your way to get it? yes.
was it a good deal? normal cost: $6- not as great of a deal, but yes!

wednesday: freshii. fiesta salad.

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i go out to lunch once a week with t & kp and freshii used to be one of our regular spots (they also have great management!) but we kinda stopped going there.  i cant exactly say why? it just fell out of our rotation.  after eating a burger and noodles, i decided to try something a bit healthier and go with the fiesta salad.  i wasnt sold on the cilantro lime vinaigrette- so was glad to see it on the side (although, there was barely a tablespoon in there, so for those who were using it, kind of a bummer! i just doused it in sriracha.) i liked the flavors in the salad a lot, but it was kinda small and barely any lettuce underneath all the goodies. maybe my stomach was stretched out from the other two meals, but i was hungry again by like 3:30.

would i get it again if i was at freshii? probably not. unless i added a protein.
should you go out of your way to get it? no.
was it a good deal? normal cost: $8.49- yes.

thursday: freshii (again.) spicy lemongrass soup.

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you didnt really like your lunch there wendesday, why would you go back? because i do loveeee this soup. especially on a cold day. (although, oddly, it was not. it was like 55. typical boston to go from 55 to snow overnight… but i digress…) this soup is comprised of a spicy lemongrass broth (i added in more sriracha- its not normally THAT red), rice noodles, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, and cilantro. ¬†it definitely fills you up without making you feel disgusting. as a bulk eater, thats always a pro. i will say i barely got any noodles this time (freshii had all the noodle containers filled up and waiting for the mealpassers sans broth… i almost asked for a different one but felt fat doing that… so got stuck with less stuff more broth… dang) but still enjoyed it!

would i get it again if i was at freshii? yes!
should you go out of your way to get it? maybe not, but if youre in the area, try it!
was it a good deal? normal cost: $6.99- not as great a deal, but yes.

overall thoughts.

did i enjoy my week on mealpass? for sure! like i said, i usually make all my lunches for the week on sunday and eat the same thing. every. day. it can get a bit boring by the end of the week. plus, it does require a bit of prep on sunday.  i also liked that most of the 50 places were within a 10 minute walk from my office.

…there were definitely some things i didnt love though. although there were some healthy options, they were usually the smallest options and not usually the best deal (a plain garden or caesar salad with no protein) or just not filling (a smoothie or one california roll.) also, although i totally understand that allowing people to make substitutions would create chaos, i feel like for salads, dressing on the side should be an option when you reserve (or just standard!) i was thankful freshii did that- but it kept me from ordering some of the other salads.

do i think im going to switch over to mealpass? probably not, or ill end up being 500lbs.  but if there were more healthy options, its something i would totally consider.

…phew that was a long one! if you have any questions about my MealPass experience I didn’t answer, you can leave a comment and I’ll (hopefully) be able to answer it for you!¬†and a big thanks again to MealPass for my tasty week of treats!

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#TBT new years eve (while i wait for comcast.)

i should have known when comcast told me theyd be here between 8-9am there was no way that would actually happen. (my¬†just recently swapped out cable box decided to die yesterday morning. joy.) so since i have no idea when they’ll be here, i figured id do a little #tbt to new years eve!

im not a huge fan of new years. theres always so much hype/pressure to have OMGthebest plans. personally, im totally content with a house party or a low key dinner! so thats what we did.

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joce was a doll and had us all over for a little new year pregame. being the amaze hostess that she is, she had tons of snacks and drinks for us. cheers!

i tried not to snack too much because busa and i had dinner reservations at 9pm at bostonia public house. i failed at that miserably but always have room for more food. id been here a few times for drinks before, but somehow never actually ate there.

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we decided to start off with our favorite- a dozen oysters.
im pretty sure we got duxbury…
maybe wellfleet (but i could be wrong.) 

deeeelicious as always. for my entree, i decided on the george banks scallops (saffron ricotta dumplings, merguez sausage, zucchini, tomato confit.) granted im a total sucker for scallops, but these were seriously SO good.

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check out the sear on those puppies! the ricotta dumplings were also super tasty- definitely cleaned plate. totally recommend this dish if you go!

busa opted to get two starters instead of an entree. her choices were the fork tender meatballs (parmesan cheese, basil oil) and the clam chowder (leek, celery, bacon, local new potatoes.) i didnt try either (was too busy woofing down my own meal) but they looked delicious.

IMG_7113oh, and since it was new years, bostonia gave us party hats, beads, noisemakers and a glass of ze bubbles at midnight. sweet. love me some free swag.

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a little dark- my bad.

….and perfect timing, comcast just got here! a bit belated- but happy new year ūüôā hope everyone had a great time, has a wonderful thursday, and that you have better luck with your cable box than i did. fingers crossed this one lasts more than six months…

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pizza, pasta and a puffer.

today on a break, i finally decided to bite the bullet and go buy a new winter jacket. ¬†i’ve had my wool jacket for a few years now and although i love it- its pretty worn. and, well, there is so much cat hair embedded in it, it’s beyond being able to lint roll. sexy, huh?

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i figured i would go to city sports first since i got an email that they were having a big winter coat sale, but their selection was pretty awful. not sure if it had just been picked over, but there were only a few styles to chose from. from there i went to tjmaxx and marshals, but same deal. drag.

with only a little time left, i headed over to macys. i remembered i read a post on the financial diet recently and there was a black calvin klein coat on sale at macys i liked. of course when i got there, they only had size XS left and there was no chance in hell getting that zippered after the past few months.

tumblr_mtmzhfDrrg1ql5yr7o2_250macys actually had a huge selection to pick through, so i decided my must haves were for it to be slightly longer, have a built in hood and be warm/waterproof (duh.) my wants were faux fur and for it to have some sort of shape/belt so that i didnt end up looking like this guy…

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i tried on a ralph lauren one that i really loved, but i realized that the “hood” was actually just a detachable piece of fur, bummer. so glad i notice that before i left the store! about 50 more jackets later (and being asked if i worked there, twice) i finally stumbled upon this guy! the kensie hooded faux-fur belted puffer¬†(in black).

pufferthe pictures are kinda dark, but based on the name alone you can tell it had a hood (check) faux fur (check) and a belt (check.) it also came about mid thigh, which is an ok length (would have liked a little longer, but that will do) and it was really warm! i think what i liked the most was even though its a puffer, it doesn’t have those michelin man ribs that most jackets have!¬†sold.

also, the jacket was on sale from $240 to $144 (i believe) in the store.  i had gone online quickly on my phone to make sure it had decent reviews (which it did) and noticed that the website had it priced at $109.99. when i checked out, i showed the cashier who gave me the lower price without any further question. thanks macys!

oh and going back to pizza… a few weeks ago, the jana’s headed over to mast’, a new restaurant downtown, for teresas birthday! i’ll start with the positive first- our pizzas were all really good.

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the wild mushroom pizza
that i ate entirely by myself. oink.

thats kind of where the positives stop though. despite having a reservation, it took about 10 minutes to be seated. and then probably another 10 minutes for someone to even come over and identify themselves as our waiter. once we got water and bread, we had to go up to the bar and ask or salt/pepper and plates ourselves because they never made it back over. our pizzas also took quite some time- although there was a larger party there, so i’ll cut them a little¬†slack on that.

…oh and then i realized about a month later that despite kristin and i both putting in our cards, the waitress just charged both halves of the “split” to mine. oy. no biggie since we are friends (obvi) and it wasn’t that much- but i could see how that could end up being a problem!

J-Walter-Weatherman-e1369445659677…and thats why you always check your bank statements

since they are still new and the pizza was really good, i’d give them another whirl. but definitely not when i have a time constraint again!

when scanning through my archives of pictures from the past few months, another dish that jumped out was a pasta dish i had from bel ari (which some people may know as the old sorriso.)

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rag√Ļ bolognese with pastene mafaldine pasta ($15)

to be honest, i hadn’t realized sorriso closed down and bel ari opened up in its place. after our work holiday party, we were dying needed carbs, and sorisso¬†never disappoints in that arena. saw it had switched over and the lunch menu changed (rather slightly changed) but figured we’d still give it a whirl.

this pasta hit the spot. it was a decent portion for the price and the sauce was on point. t had got the same thing and also enjoyed it. kp got the pizza, which is almost always a winner there. if you’re by south station and looking for a place to sit down and eat lunch, bel ari is always a good choice! really want to try the pici pasta and gnocchi on the dinner menu (and have never been for dinner) so will have to make a stop after work one of these days!

so there’s two meals out of 5,000 i have to recap for you. but for now im off! hope everyone has a great night.

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