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House, Harpoon & H-Italian

by Alaina on March 9, 2012 · 5 comments

Yeah, I was going for the alliteration, but didn’t know what H-word would go with the Italian dinner I had at Aragosta.

Yesterday, David and I slept in a little bit later than we had hoped. But as soon as we finally woke up (around 9:45), we headed to the house to work on cutting down some trees and clearing some stumps. It’s all we can do since we can’t really “touch” the house right now! Baring teeth smile For breakfast, I had a coupon for a free oatmeal from Starbucks. I had mine with brown sugar and nuts.


For lunch, before we even got to the house, David decided to stop at Wendy’s for some burgers and chicken fingers. I ordered the baked potato with broccoli and a side salad. There aren’t a whole lot of “fast dining” options in that area but since we were going to be out there for a few hours, felt it was good to get at least something. It kept me full for the most part.


My job for the afternoon was to dig around one of the stumps so that the stump grinder could come in and do its thing. It was quite the upper body workout, that’s for sure. I’m still sore today. I realized that the potato and the salad did not do enough to satiate me too, so when we left, we stopped at Dunks where I got an egg and cheese on English muffin. It was inhaled and totally hit the spot.


Old running sneakers are the best for house work. Smile

For our evening fun, David and I went to an Endicott reunion at Harpoon Brewery. I was all for some complimentary beer and pizza. Unfortunately, I knew only one person there. Endicott itself isn’t a huge school but when there’s a reunion that invites all alumni, it’s a toss up whether or not you see someone that you know. The person I knew was a girl that graduated two years behind me and we went to Mexico together for a cultural and community service trip. I had a couple of slices of cheese/margarita pizza and 2 sample glasses of Harpoon Chocolate Stout. And this was the lone picture that I took.


After spending about half an hour at the brewery, I went to Aragosta at the Fairmont Battery Wharf for a concierge dinner. I was discouraged from taking pictures, so here is the only one taken: the gorgeous fire pit outside. It was so nice out, albeit very windy.


We had quite a bit of food to share and then had a chance to order our own starters and appetizers. What I had to eat was:

  • Baby beet salad, sweet and sour pine nuts, warm Vermont goat cheese, pomegranate reductions: Love beet salad. I wanted this all to myself.
  • Truffle rigatoni, warm goat cheese fondue: This dish was amazing. It was delicately cheesy but had the great goat cheese flavor. Easily could have been for my entire meal.
  • Untraditional carbonara, ricotta cavatelli, soy peas, porcetta: I ate around the porcetta and this dish was so so good. It was lightly prepared and the peas tasted crisp and fresh.
  • Lot’s of warm, soft Italian bread
  • Mixed green salad, Barolo vinaigrette, toasted pumpkin seeds, parmesan: Yet another great salad with just the right amount of dressing and light on the cheese.
  • Whole grain spaghetti with tomato, chili and parsley: This was my main entrée and it was perfect. The size was great, the spaghetti had a nuttiness to it and it had just the right amount of sauce.
  • Warm chocolate bread pudding (vanilla sorbetto, prosecco crema), Olive oil cake (limoncello sorbetto, orange almond salad), Fried zeppoles (caramel & chocolate sauce), and a light raspberry sorbet: These were the four desserts that we all shared. I loved the bread pudding and the zeppoles. The zeppoles are just like little fried dough balls.
  • For a cocktail I had a cucumber infused vodka with passion tea and some other ingredients that I can’t quite remember. I loved how fresh it tasted. I’m on such a cucumber kick. Brings be back to my beloved Gin Somethin.’

Overall, another enjoyable concierge evening. The restaurant has a fabulous location on the waterfront and a very inventive cocktail list and ever changing menu. I look forward to having other meals at Aragosta!

All concierge dinners are complimentary but these opinions are that of my own.

Aragosta Bar & Bistro is located at the Fairmont Battery Wharf at 3 Battery Wharf, Boston.

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It’s official: I like Starbucks way too much.


Yeah for 1 free coffee for every 15 that I buy! And since my birthday is coming up in 9 days, free birthday coffee! Hmm, what should I get?

I’ve also been getting some great Daily Tips from Fitness.com since signing up for their online magazine. (And being nominated for a Fitterati! Thank you to those who already voted!!) Here’s some information that has peaked my interest!

  1. 9 Ways to Wake Up Your Workout
  2. 8 Beginner Running Tips – I’m not a beginner runner, but even I’ve got so much to learn! Especially the importance of cross training. I’m still weak in that department. This article goes right on to explain all about that too!
  3. 8 Healthy Morning Breakfasts – Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! These are some great recipes to get your day off to a delicious start!

Phew, lots to talk about today! Tomorrow I’ll be running the 4th Annual (and 4th year for me!) St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Providence. My PR for that race is 28:20 and I plan on crushing that tomorrow! Smile

Oh, and I have taken pictures for the #marchphotoaday, but this post is long enough as it is. You can follow me on Instagram at Laina384!

What are your weekend plans? Do you enjoy doing housework? For me, housework: yes; yard work? Not so much.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle March 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Why were you discouraged from taking photos of the concierge dinner?


2 Alaina March 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The guy running the dinners didn’t say, but I think he prefers that I keep my concierge dinners and my blog separate? I’m not sure. Right as I was taking that picture he asked that I not do that during the dinner. It kind of bummed me out because I have fun documenting the dinners!


3 Adam March 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

That’s too bad that you are being discouraged from taking pictures at the concierge dinners. Seems like all you are doing is giving the restaurant some additional excellent pr.


4 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

Don’t you just love free stuff! I have loads of house work to do, but not today, today I am relaxing! Bummed we didn’t get to see all those lovely food pics, but what can you do.


5 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

This sounds like an excellent meal :)


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