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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(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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{WIAW} simple snow day salmon.

know what the only redeeming part of being surrounded by ten foot snow piles is?

snow days.

working from home. in bed. in pajamas. staying out a little later than you should on a school night because, hello, you get to work from home. in bed. in pajamas.

and another perk of a¬†snow day: cooking lunch in an oven that does not use microwaves. (something about snow makes me want to eat. nonstop. my stomach apparently missed the memo that my body already has enough blubber to get through winter…)

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mary grace had sent me a recipe a bit ago for salmon and spinach in parchment paper and let me tell you, it’s a keeper.¬†(i had originally planned on making this for dinner, but because of the snow and flight delays, dinner got rainchecked and turned into one heck of a snow day lunchtime feast!)

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i followed the recipe exactly with a few exceptions.

  • i cut the recipe in half
  • i added in a clove of crushed/minced garlic
  • i used this method of folding the parchment paper instead of the one they used in the video. honestly- folding the parchment is the most difficult part of the entire recipe. everything else (including clean up!) is easy peasy.
  • i cooked for 20 minutes because my salmon was pretty thick at parts

oh and i¬†think plain ol’ navel oranges work best in the recipe, but i have also made it with cara cara oranges and mg uses grapefruits- so pick the citrus fruit you like (or have!)

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finished product right outta the oven.

seriously. so good. we had caprese and potatoes (that i didnt quite cook long enough, dang) so i didnt make another veggie. but its worth noting that the spinach does shrink down a lot, so you might want to make some extra spinach or another veggie on the side!

also worth noting if you live in or near the north end- i get my salmon from the north end fish market. not only are they super helpful and friendly, their fresh salmon is always delicious! (i think its leaps and bounds better than whole foods salmon.) oh, and monicas mercato has the best buffalo mozzarella. if you are planning on making caprese, definitely make a point to swing by there and grab a ball or two! (youll never buy the shrink wrapped balls of mozz again!)

i probably should have called it quits on the food intake for the day after this meal, but that would have been healthy and responsible of me. so instead, i met up with victoria and we trekked through the snow to vitos were we split mozz sticks, truffle fries, and the best invention ever: the parm dog.

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meet the parm dog:
breaded and fried hot dog.

sauce & melted fresh mozz.
heavenly.

…and¬†keeping with tradition, we headed over to the corner cafe for cosmos and scratchies to finish up the night.

IMG_8390so much read: too much fun!

after consuming 5,309 calories, i was determined to eat healthy the rest of the week. had a greek yogurt for breakfast. a salad for lunch. and then kp surprised t and i with valentines day cupcakes from crumbs….

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how can you say no to that?!
‚̧ thanks jana ‚̧

…and thanks to jenn for hosting {WIAW}! going to watch the top chef finale and then hit the hay. talk to you soon!

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