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Bostonia Public House

by Alaina on June 26, 2014 · 2 comments

Good afternoon everyone! I’m currently enjoying my “Sunday” just relaxing at home. Yesterday was my errand day and last evening I went to a party hosted by the new Bostonia Public House restaurant in the Financial District. The restaurant has been opened since April but last night they invited concierge, bloggers and pretty much everyone from the District to check out their new offerings. The restaurant is located at the old location of Kitty O’Shea’s on State Street. They also purchased the neighboring flower shop and hair salon and created an expansive, two-floored dining destination.

The restaurant felt like it could go on forever, yet seemed rather intimate. Of course the setting wasn’t typical since it was a large private gathering. However I can definitely see this space filling up after 5PM during the week. The bar extends the length of the restaurant and there is even a bar on the second level, which is about less than half the size of the downstairs.

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For offerings, there was a full bar at our disposal as well as specialty wines and a bloody Mary station. Upon our arrival we were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and as the night progressed I drank a delicious Sauvignon Blanc and my go-to bar drink, a Moscow Mule.

For food, the spread was endless. Along with the charcuterie, cheese, crackers, oysters, and shrimp, they were passing around polenta “tots” (which were delicious!), meatballs and tuna crudo. On the second floor they were showcasing some of their menu items. I sampled the ribs (fall off the bone!) and the farro salad. They were also serving risotto and scallops. And the piece de resistance (which I unfortunately didn’t photograph because I ate it too fast!) were the sweet potato doughnut holes. It was so dense and just the right amount of sweet. Reminded me of the potato donut I had in Maine.

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For entertainment there was a live jazz band and a caricature artist. I was busy mingling for the couple of hours that I was there, and I even ran in to my blogger friend, William! (Picture from his Instagram.)

Me and William

Overall a wonderful evening and I look forward to getting the chance to dine there. The general manager is the former GM of my favorite Irish pub, Mr. Dooley’s, so I’m sure that this establishment will be a hit as well. Smile

Bostonia Public House is located at 131 State Street, Boston.

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What’s the most recent, new restaurant you’ve been to?

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Race #15 – 2014 BAA 10K

by Alaina on June 23, 2014 · 2 comments

15 races down and 15 more to go! I am officially halfway to my 30 races goal!

Yesterday I ran the 4th Annual BAA 10K in Boston. This was also my fourth year running this race. It’s been a favorite of mine since its inception and this year was probably one of the best I’ve ran. That doesn’t mean I was able to obtain a PR (I’m convinced that 2011 was a fluke: overcast weather, coming off of running a half marathon and running with my dad highly contributed to my fastest time yet), BUT I ran a very smart race and I ended up enjoying every step of it. I didn’t get to the end thinking that it was the worst race I ever ran. I was actually very happy with my performance. Smile

The race started a little after 8AM, and we were all let go in waves. My wave started around 8:20 or so.

BAA 10K Scene

I was able to keep my pace very consistent by staying in the high 9’s. I even ran up Commonwealth Avenue near BU without stopping, as well as the hills going under Massachusetts Avenue. The only time that I took steps was through the water stops. Although the weather wasn’t extremely humid, the sun does beat down on you during the stretch on Comm Ave. It’s not fun and I was actually able to keep myself occupied by watching for people I knew coming down the other way. That, along with my music, kept my mind off of the hill.

Overall, I ended up having a really great time out there! The energy of the race is palpable and the crowds are abundant. I think the 10K distance is really tricky and would love to be able to tackle it better. Perhaps that will be my second-half-of-the-year goal and see if I can do any better for the Tufts 10K in October (still have yet to sign up though).

15th Race

Stats
Time: 1:03:16
Pace: 10:03
In Division: 444/742
In Gender: 2344/3864
Overall: 4627/6593

And there we have it! Halfway there and still a smile on my face. Smile

Next up is the Shipyard Old Port 5K in Portland, ME on July 13th! Reminder: I will be raffling off two items (2 Red Sox tickets and a $25 AMEX gift card) for any donations made to my Run to Home Base Fundraiser! Click here to read more about it. (Raffle ends July 14th). And thank you for your support!

What’s your favorite running distance?

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Update: Run to Home Base Fundraising

by Alaina on June 21, 2014 · 1 comment

Happy Saturday everyone! Have you been enjoying this gorgeous weather we’re having? I’m hoping that it stays this way for tomorrow. So far it’s looking pretty good! I’m hoping for low 60s with low humidity. Smile

The race tomorrow will be number 15 which means I am halfway to my 30 races in 2014 goal! And speaking of goals, I am nearly to my goal of raising $750 for the Run to Home Base 9K this July at Fenway Park. I have about $200 left to raise and less than a month to do so. I’ve decided to add a few raffles for anyone who would like to donate! (Existing donations will also be included in the raffle.)

Item #1

Two tickets to the Red Sox vs. Mariners game on Sunday, August 24.

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Seats are located in the Grandstand section by the third base line.

Item #2

A $25 American Express gift card

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Thank you all so much for your support in my fundraising so far. It’s for such a great cause, and I look forward to running in honor and memory of our servicemen and women.

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[Fundraising link in picture]

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