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Race #7: Day One 5K

by Alaina on April 5, 2014 · 4 comments

This morning my parents and I ran yet another inaugural race. This time it was the Day One 5K that took place at Brown Stadium in Providence, RI. (The course is the same as the Ronald McDonald race that my mother and I have run a couple of times.)

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We got there around 9:30 and had no trouble finding parking. The race didn’t start until 10 so we had a bit of time to wait around. The weather was not too bad, although the wind brought a little chill to the air. We started just after 10AM and there were about 430 runners total. The course itself is great as it winds through the neighborhoods around Brown University. It’s fairly flat with a little bit of an incline right around the 1 mile mark. The wind was a little bit of a nuisance but I was able to make it through the race without stopping.

My legs felt like lead almost the entire race, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw the clock and it was around 29:30! I booked it across the finish line and finished my 7th race of the year with my fastest time yet! (Of the year of course.) Smile

Time: 29:42
Pace: 9:34
Overall: 161/433

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Seven races down and only 23 to go! Next up is the Energize the Earth 5K in Beverly on April 27. Smile

Have you ever run a race where you felt sluggish but ended up surprising yourself?


Brunch at Puritan & Company

by Alaina on April 4, 2014 · 7 comments

A few weekend’s ago I had the absolute pleasure of being chosen to join the Boston Brunchers to one of their many delicious destinations. The restaurant this month was at Puritan & Company in Inman Square, Cambridge. It’s the location of the former Bosphorus restaurant that my sister in law, Grace, and I went to years ago. It took a bit for me to register that it was the same place. The décor was modern country, with comfortable tables and banquettes, and a bar that looked like it was straight out of a country kitchen. I loved what the new owners did with the space. (The bathroom situation was slightly improved as well.)

They serve modern American cuisine with an emphasis on traditional New England dishes. When all possible, their ingredients are sourced locally and from farms that they are familiar with. They boast that the environment of the restaurant is that of being casual and fun, as if you’re dining at home. I can certainly attest to the fact that our server, Dave, was both causal and fun.

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In the middle of the restaurant there was a table adorned with different types of pastries. Thankfully we were able to try them all at our table.

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The pastries we were offered were:

  • Boston Cream Donut
  • Dulce de Leche + Coconut Danish
  • Banana Bread
  • Preserved Lemon Corn Muffin
  • Chocolate-Cherry Almond Blondie
  • Bacon + Cheese Pinwheels

I think it’s safe to say that my favorite was the lemon corn muffin. Anything with lemon is the way to my heart. Smile I was told that the Danish was to die for but I didn’t get a chance to sample that one.

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In addition to having the whole menu to choose from for brunch, we were also able to choose one of the Sunday Sippers to enjoy. I’ve never been a bloody Mary fan and I’ve had my share of mimosa’s, so the Park Avenue cocktail it was! It’s a good thing that it came in such a small glass, too, because it was a strong, and sweet, drink. And very delicious.

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There were so many great options to choose from, ranging from eggs to pancakes to steak to quiches. I decided on the broccoli and cheddar scramble with a side of applewood smoked bacon. Alongside were an arugula salad and a piece of toast. The meal was simple yet delicious. I dare say that everything was prepared perfectly. The salad was crisp and peppery; the eggs had just the right amount of cheddar and the broccoli was abundant; the bacon was cooked just right: crispy and fatty.

Of course we couldn’t help but take pictures of the griddled pancakes and the corned beef hash around us. Everyone seemed to be enjoying their meal. I know I was!

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The brunch at Puritan and Company was my first with the Boston Brunchers. I feel extremely fortunate to have been chosen to dine with these wonderful bloggers and I can see why it’s such a popular event. I certainly hope to join in on more in the coming months!

This brunch was complimentary but all opinions are my own.

Puritan and Company is located at 1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

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Where’s your favorite place for brunch?


Events in New England – April

by Alaina on April 3, 2014 · 1 comment

It always seems like the city of Boston really comes alive when April arrives. It certainly helps that the historic Boston Marathon takes place this month, and after last year’s events it will certainly be a month of strength and remembrance.

Over the past couple of weeks I was provided information about a few events that were taking place around the city and I am very excited to share it with you all! I hope to be able to attend some of these wonderful events.

City Sports Bootcamp Series

City Sports Bootcamp


On every weekend in April, City Sports will be hosting a bootcamp series in both Boston and Providence. The bootcamp is free but you must RSVP if you’ll be attending.

Boston/Porter Square
Session located in Cambridge Common
10AM on Sundays (Except for Easter Sunday)


Providence/Thayer Street
Session located in Park behind store
Instructor from Gold’s Gym
10AM Every Saturday


Sessions last one hour, are held outdoors and you’ll also receive great tips from a certified personal trainer.

"We Are One” Bootcamp Fundraiser

Nike event for email

On Saturday, April 12th, Ultimate Bootcamp will be hosting two fundraising workouts to raise money for The One Fund, in support of the Boston Marathon runners and victims. The events will be held on both the Boston Common and in Framingham. Participants will enjoy an hour of heart-pumping bootcamp workouts, all while giving back to those who are running this year’s race, as well as those affected by last year’s tragic events.

Event: We are One Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 9-10am
Location: Boston Common AND Framingham State Fields
Cost: $25 fee – ALL of which is going towards The One Fund
Register: http://ultimatebootcamp.com/onefund

Please consider signing up for this heart warming, and heart pumping, event. If I wasn’t traveling that weekend I would probably be there on the Common myself. I’ve never really participated in any bootcamp style classes, but it’s worth the new experience just knowing that you’re doing it for a great cause.

Brewed for Boston at Harpoon Brewery


On April 15th, the Boston location of Harpoon Brewery will be holding a Brewed for Boston event. From the Friends of Harpoon Events e-mail:

Like most in and around Boston, Harpoon employees immediately felt compelled to “do something” after the tragic events of Marathon Monday in 2013. So we invited our Friends of Harpoon for three "Brewed for Boston" nights in our Beer Hall in Boston. Harpoon employees from every department donated their time to work the events. We donated 100% of the beer and pretzel sales during the nights and raised over $35,000 for The One Fund and victims of the bombings.

On the one-year anniversary of the bombings, and in honor of the great city of Boston, we are hosting another Brewed for Boston night on Tuesday, April 15th from 7:30 – 9:30 PM in our Boston Beer Hall, and we would love for you to join us. All funds raised will be donated to the Stepping Strong Fund, which benefits trauma healing and research on limb regeneration and transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For more information on Stepping Strong, visit www.bwhsteppingstrong.org.

Tickets are first come, first served and are $40 each. 100% ticket proceeds, as well as additional purchases of beer and pretzels, will be donated to the Stepping Strong Fund.

Your ticket includes:

  • Two pints of your favorite Harpoon beer
  • One handmade Harpoon Brewery pretzel served with 2 dipping sauces
  • One raffle ticket to be entered to win Harpoon gear

You may purchase up to four tickets per person. Tickets can only be purchased in advance and will not be available for sale at the door.

Tickets are available NOW at http://brewedforboston.eventbrite.com

We hope you can join us on April 15th to raise a toast to those affected and fundraise for this great cause.

I would LOVE to attend this event. Unfortunately when I went online to buy, there was already a waitlist. And I’m on it! So although the event appears to be sold out, there is still a chance of getting in if a ticket should become available.

Easter Brunch

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The Easter holiday is fast approaching and many of Boston and Cambridge’s best restaurants are offering their delectable menu’s to celebrate. In addition to the restaurants mentioned, you can find participating restaurants, menus, and reviews at OpenTable.com. Easter is just about two weeks away (April 20th)!

MET Restaurant Group

This Easter Sunday, MET Restaurant Group invites guests to hop on in and celebrate with à la carte specials offered at four of its locations during brunch and dinner service including: The Metropolitan Club located in Chestnut Hill, MA, The MET Bar & Grill with two locations in Dedham and Natick, MA and MET Back Bay located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay.

The Metropolitan Club, 1210 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
MET Back Bay, 279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
The MET Bar and Grill, 400 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA 02027
The MET Bar and
Grill, 1245 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760

All menus and reservations can be found at http://metrestaurantgroup.com.

Rialto at the Charles Hotel

Rialto will be offering an elegant 3-course meal guaranteed to satisfy your brunch cravings.

Adults $65 | Children $25

Reservations are from 11am to 2pm.

To peruse their menu and make a reservation, visit the Rialto website at http://www.rialto-restaurant.com.

$1 Oyster Spring Kickoff at Rialto

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In addition to their brunch, Rialto will be hosting another foodie event on Monday, April 28th: $1 Oyster Mondays are back!

Starting at 5:30, the growers will be shucking over 1,000 oysters to order. You can indulge in one type or sample as many as you would like! Varieties will include Moon Shoal, Wellfleet and Island Creek. To wash it all down, the featured beer of the night will be Rising Tide Beer from Portland, ME.

The event is first come, first serve. RSVP does not guarantee entry. Availability while supplies last. Seated and standing room available.


What exciting events do you have planned for April? In addition to two races this month, I’ll be flying down to Florida next weekend to celebrate my grandfather’s 80th birthday. Smile

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