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Valentine’s Day in Boston

by Alaina on February 12, 2015 · 2 comments

Even though we’re due for MORE snow this Saturday in to Sunday (Baring teeth smile) hopefully you’ll be able to get out and enjoy your Valentine’s Day. Below are just a sample of restaurants that will be offering special menus for the holiday. All information and ways to book are available through OpenTable

This information was solicited by OpenTable, however I was not compensated for this post.

Beehive | It’s Three Days of Lovin’ the Beehive way with lovely live music and superb food & libations ($65 prix fixe menu on Feb 14) & (regular menu with specials on Feb 13 & 15).

Bistro du Midi | For Valentines Day they are only offering Chef Sisca’s five course tasting menu with options for each course for $125 per person. An optional wine pairing is available for $75.

Da Vinci | They will be offering a $95 per person prix fixe menu ONLY. Please note that they will NOT have their regular menu available on this day. Cancellation policy applies.

Gather | Gather will be featuring a special menu Thursday-Sunday. Specials include Tuna Poke, Oxtail Agnolotti, Crispy Pig Ear Salad, Scallop Ravioli, Duck Cassoulet, & Bison Sirloin.

Post 390 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Post 390! They will be serving a 4-course prix fixe menu for $88 per person, including a toast with sparkling wine. Optional wine pairing is $32.

Tavern Road | Tavern Road will be offering a 3 course Prix Fix menu at $58.00 per person and an optional Vitner Pairing for $35.00 per person.

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In addition to dining, there are also several events taking place in and around Boston to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These events are catered towards the lovers, the haters and all of those in between. Hopefully ol’ Mother Nature won’t get in the way!

Boston Wine Expo | I was able to attend this event last year which was a lot of fun. Grab some tickets for Sunday and drink your way around the world.

Boston Center for Adult Education | The Boston Center for Adult Education is offering a a “welcome respite” from the holiday of love. It’s called “Single Awareness Day with Booze, Chocolate and Desserts.”

Children’s Museum of NH | They will host an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, complete with Alice in Wonderland characters, tasty Valentine’s Day treats, tea or apple juice, and selected readings from the classic Lewis Carroll book.

The full list of events can be found here at Boston.com.

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? David and I “celebrated” (we don’t really celebrate; it’s our least favorite holiday) this past Sunday by going to the movies to see Mockingjay Part 1 and having dinner at 111 Chop House (review coming soon) in Worcester.

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I don’t know about any other New Englanders but I am SO over this winter. It’s amazing how much snow we’ve accumulated in just the last week alone and more is expected over the weekend. They’re predicting another foot! I haven’t been running at all, but I have been doing my best to stay active in the house. I’m even doing some extra workouts for my abs to get ready for Florida. Winking smile Only 34 more days until warmth and sunshine!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015

Remixes rule in this month’s workout music round-up. Exactly half of the songs voted into the top 10 appear in re-worked versions. As always, this is a blessing for folks in search of musical inspiration, since these up-tempo updates take existing gym favorites and accentuate their beats and momentum. Songs getting a makeover include the latest from from Gwen Stefani, a club anthem from David Guetta, and the three way collaboration between Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Pitbull. Meanwhile, the other half of this month’s list includes a Taylor Swift song you might recognize from a Target commercial, a Fall Out Boy track that pays tribute to a scene from Pulp Fiction, and the follow-up to Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s breakthrough hit "Rather Be." By combining new music from Top 40 regulars and updated versions of recent hits, this month’s list strikes a fine balance between fresh and familiar sounds–both of which will come in handy when you’re ready to get moving.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (Kaskade & KillaGraham Remix) – 100 BPM
Taylor Swift – Style – 95 BPM
Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & Pitbull – Booty (Bali Bandits Remix) – 129 BPM
Robin Schulz, Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – 123 BPM
Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman – 149 BPM
Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up (Aero Chord Remix) – 100 BPM
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song – 74 BPM
Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love – 125 BPM
David Guetta & Sam Martin – Dangerous (David Guetta’s Banging Remix) – 128 BPM
Pitbull & Ne-Yo – Time of our Lives – 124 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release; RunHundred.com is always free to use.

How’s the weather where you are??

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Winter on the Wharf

by Alaina on February 4, 2015 · 0 comments

One of the things that I love about Boston in the winter is the fact that all around the city, little ice skating rinks are popping up. In addition to the famous Frog Pond in the Boston Common, you can also find rinks in Kendall Square (Cambridge), the Charles Hotel (which I worked at for two winters) and my new favorite location, the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda.

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Winter on the Wharf is the ideal event for those cold days and nights during the Boston winters. The rink is 80’ by 30’ and can accommodate up to 75 skaters. Hours are 10AM and 8PM with admission of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Skates and lockers are also available for rent. And the best part about this rink? When you pay admission you receive a wrist band that allows you access to the rink throughout the whole day. What better way to spend the day then skating, having lunch by the waterfront, some more skating, and then topping it off with a drink and delicious food at the Rowes Wharf Bar.

Dinner at Rowes Wharf

We started our evening with the food, of course! We had seafood, pizza, wings, calamari, ribs, French fries, aroncini and SO much more. For a libation, I started out with the Black Currant & Ginger Gimlet (Hendrick’s Gin, Lejay Original, Fresh Squeezed Lime & Ginger flakes). It was very strong but also refreshing. I only had one since I wanted to be able to maintain my balance on the ice. Winking smile

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And maintain I did! I haven’t skated in about 4 years but it felt just like riding a bike. I was able to skate backwards, do a forward cross over and turn pretty quickly, all without falling. I had so much fun and cannot wait to get back out there.

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After about 40 minutes on the ice, we went back to the bar and I ended the evening with a Nutty Irishman (coffee with Baileys and Frangelico).

It ended up being the perfect ending to a loooong 3 days for me. I worked on Sunday from 3 to 11 and ended up staying overnight since I had to work the next morning at 6. Since we had another snowstorm on Monday, I ended up with a 12 hour shift PLUS I picked up another shift for yesterday. That meant two nights were spent at “Sheradice”. I’m glad I was able to help out during the bad weather but I was more than ready to climb in to my own bed last night. Oh and it took me an hour to get from my hotel to the Boston Harbor Hotel, for the event. The distance is only 2.4 miles but the snow piles were making traffic unbearable. And normally I’m a calm person during traffic but it bugs me to NO end when people block the intersection.

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Now I get to enjoy the next three days off and I can’t wait to just relax…and wait for more snow. Annoyed Seriously, we have about 4 feet here at home. I cannot wait for Spring.

But until those months arrive, there’s no place better to spend a winter day than skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

This event was complimentary for concierge, however I was not solicited to write this post. I just wanted to share a great evening in Boston!

Are you a fan of ice skating? And if you’re in New England, are you SO over this winter already??

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