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Alden & Harlow

by Alaina on July 8, 2014 · 5 comments

I’m slowly ticking away at my restaurant bucket list! Yesterday I met my friend Stephanie for dinner at Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square. The restaurant is located at the former location of Casablanca, just below the Brattle Theatre.

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I arrived about 20 minutes before Steph, and I promptly planted myself at the bar and ordered a drink. I was torn between the Ancient Stone and the Kon Tiki Mai Tai; the bartender convinced me to go with the Ancient Stone. I’m a sucker for bubbles. Smile

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I was very happy with the suggestion as the drink was lightly effervescent with a lovely citrus flavor. It went down very easy.

When it came down to choosing what to eat, we decided to get a few dishes and split them. We started out with the Grilled Carrots with House Yogurt, Spicy Honey, Pistachio & Benne Granola and the Burrata with English Pea & Radish, Mint & Peperoncino Honey, Garlic Crostino.

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The burrata was amazingly creamy and paired so well with the crushed English peas and garlic crostini. We ended up getting more bread to finish up the rest. The glazed carrots were also delightfully crispy and paired lovely with the cool yogurt and crushed pistachios.

For our main courses were ordered the Chicken Fried Local Rabbit with Celery, Apple, Blue Cheese, Chili Oil and the House Made Carbonara with Ramp Green Bigoli, Farm Egg, Pork Belly. The rabbit was lightly fried and the apples and blue cheese were a delicious contrast in sweet and salty. The carbonara, to me, was extremely flavorful, mainly of the salty pork belly. I wasn’t able to finish all of it, but it was delicious nonetheless.

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I didn’t take a photo of it, but along with our main dishes we enjoyed a dry, lightly sweet Rose wine. It was the perfect pairing for the light meat and salty pasta dish.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the attention to detail of each dish. The chef, Michael Scelfo, “prepares humble, unpretentious food that honors tradition of place in its quality” and figuratively extends his family’s dining table to the patrons of his first owned and operated restaurant. The subterranean location is modern yet comfortable with leather tufted barstools, a subway-tiled bar and wooden beams extending from the bar to the dining room. (I can see myself using the design as inspiration for my next home. Smile)

Alden & Harlow is located at 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.

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WIAW–Establishing an Identity

by Alaina on July 2, 2014 · 2 comments

During the last 4(ish) years that I have been blogging, I feel like I have never truly embraced a certain identity. When I started out, I was writing about my day to day life; then David returned from Afghanistan and I started writing more sporadically. More recently I’ve tried writing about certain experiences and trying to establish themes for each day. Needless to say, those different phases are just that: phases. I’ve never been one to get on a certain schedule and go with it. Life changes and so does the blog.

But all of that time, there was one thing that I never did, and that was participate in WIAW, put on by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. I found myself photographing (almost) everything that I ate yesterday so I thought I would share that today! Who knows, maybe it’ll become a thing I do…or not. You know my pattern. Winking smile


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Trader Joe’s cinnamon raisin “British” muffins with Earth Balance, one egg with egg whites (scrambled) and Morning Star sausage | Of course with a side of coffee.


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Mixed greens salad topped with carrots, brown rice, and my favorite salad dressing | Lean Cuisine cheese ravioli (I don’t have these very often but I’m actually pleasantly surprised at their quality now. I enjoy them in a pinch.)


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Stir-fry of brown rice, chicken, broccoli and green peppers, tossed in a lite soy sauce | For beverage: diet coke with coconut rum. Smile with tongue out

Snacks (pictured and not pictured)

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A toasted almond coffee from Red Barn Coffee | Club crackers with tzatziki | Not pictured: A handful of peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s | Apple | Mug of vanilla ice cream with walnuts and chocolate chips

And a few pictures of my parents cats. I love going to see them!

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And there’s a day of my eats! Smile

What’s your favorite meal of the day? I love breakfast. I could eat it for every meal.


Race #16 – Take the Lake 5K

by Alaina on June 29, 2014 · 1 comment

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. When I found out I had today off from work I checked New England Runner to see what races were in the area. There were a few that piqued my interest but the Take the Lake 5K in Wakefield worked best for me (namely my budget).

David was kind enough to drive me there since I was able to snooze a bit on the way. I worked until 11:30 last night and then went out for a drink with co-workers. Another night of sleeping for 4 hours. Smile The parking situation was also a bit tight so it helped that David was able to drop me off a the start and then pick me up when I was done.

The race started right at 8:30 and meandered around Lake Quannapowitt. I’ve ran the lake before, when we lived in North Reading, so I knew what to expect. It was extremely flat and even though it was getting hot I was still able to maintain a steady pace for all 3.1 miles. I had a great time!

16th Race

Time: 29:30*
Pace: 9:30
Division: 54/148
Overall: 338/801

Since this was the 15th year of this race, they had some great provisions at the end: water, bananas, apples, Food Should Taste Good, pizza and wings (from Bertucci’s!), tzatziki with pretzels from Cedar, and yogurt. I would definitely do this one again!

*For some reason my gun time and my net time are exactly the same even though I started about 30 seconds after the gun. These are the results on Cool Running.

16 down, 14 to go! And, for real now, my next race will be the Shipyard 5K in Portland!

How was your weekend? I hope you enjoyed this glorious weather!

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