I am sorry for missing a post last night! It was my family’s last night in town, and we stayed out at dinner until 10, and when we got back home I hung out with mom for a bit. They are back in NJ now, and I miss them so much already! Hubs and I are having a relaxing evening at home.
Overall it was such a fantastic weekend, full of fun and good food. Sunday night’s dinner was at the Legal Seafood’s in Kendall Square. Now, some may think Legal’s is a bit cliche and touristy, but to me, it is consistent, yummy food with a menu large enough to please pretty much any group. The Kendall Square location is a minimally decorated, sleek and chic spot that is super comfortable and family friendly. It is incredibly difficult to choose off of the huge menu, and on Sunday I decided on the Legal Experience, a sampler that combined shrimp dumplings, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, and tuna sashimi with seaweed salad.
Legal’s sashimi is definitely my favorite thing on the menu. The tuna is always top notch, and they serve it with a nice drizzle of wasabi and seaweed salad that is crunchy and salty with a nice sesame flavor. I could eat this stuff every day; I should really look into making my own!
On Monday, I took my brother in law on the Sam Adams Brewery tour. It is a pretty interesting and entertaining tour that ends with several tastes of Sam Adams’ many beers, and best of all it is free! In lieu of charging, they suggest making a donation, which they in turn give to local charities. I got to try Sam’s new beer, Boston Brick Red, which is only going to be served in Boston. For every beer that is purchased, Sam Adams will make a donation to the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Fund. The beer is worth coming to Boston to try. It is a beautiful deep red color with a caramel-like taste, and for some reason I tasted a hint of red Twizzler, a kind of sweetness that was very good.
For our last dinner together on this trip, I chose Amelia’s Trattoria. Their website is really cute, for starters, and I had heard great things from friends. I can not wait to go back!
Amelia’s is the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, near the fabulous Marriott where my sister and co stayed. It is a tiny place with maybe a dozen tables, and is surrounded by windows that look like they open up out to the street in the nicer weather.
I didn’t order any starters, but our super friendly server brought out bread with a slightly curry flavored chickpea spread. The spread’s flavor reminded me of the Matter Paneer that we get at the Galway Market, so of course I loved it! I also had a couple of bites of my sister’s Ceasar salad which was one of the best I have ever had. It had a delish lemony flavor and very fresh, crisp lettuce.
The hubs ordered the antipasti for one:
Luckily, I was able to help him eat some of it I helped myself to all of the olives, a cornichon, some roasted red peppers, and a bit of peppercorn cheese. I just love the bite that peppercorns have!
For my meal I went simple; I just wanted spaghetti with tomato sauce, and their homemade pasta was cooked to al dente perfection and topped with a roasted tomato ragu and shaved parmesan.
Amelia’s was adorable, the service was fantastic, and the menu offered many things that I wanted to try, a surefire trifecta for bringing me back! It was a really wonderful evening.
Today I started a little bit of detox from the weekend. It has been a CRAZY weather day. On my walk in this morning, I could barely breathe due to the heat and humidity. I didn’t get to leave the office all day, and when I stepped outside at 5 for my run, I was chilly in a short sleeved shirt! It is now really dark, super chilly, and foggy out. I love this weather. Its the perfect temp to open all the windows and a bottle of red from our Bin Ends wine sale purchase stash.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, my official half-marathon training starts today. I have been running, walking, and lifting weights fairly consistently for months, so I am hoping that upping my mileage over the next 1.5 months and adding in more hilly runs will get me prepped to have fun in Newport. Today I took a longer route home, running about 4.5 miles in about 38 minutes. Out of that time, I had stop for a few traffic lights, and also walked for about 3 minutes overall to stretch my legs. When I got home, I did 25 squats with 5 lb weights, then walked to the Newmarket produce market to stock up. Dinner is going to be some Legals’ leftovers, fresh carrots, and Dr. Praeger’s broccoli bites, a new product in our house which I will be sure to review.
FINALLY in this neverending post, I wanted to mention that I arrived home from my run to a fabulously big box of samples from Tim at Good Health Natural Products. I am so excited to try all of the snacks and natural soaps that they sent for me to try, and I will be writing about them over the next week or so. Definitely check out their website; it really is full of yummy looking things!
I am off to catch up on the bad tv that I have DVR’ed over the last few days and to just do some vegging. I LOVE having visitors, but we were busy bees and I am tired.