Coming out of Hibernation

Warm weather makes everything better.  Since the temperatures started to creep above freezing, we have done a good job of moving more and eating healthier dinners like big salads topped with lean meat and bowls of roasted veggies and whole grains. We’ve also been marveling at all of the flowers that are popping up in our new yard and the restaurants that have popped up in Boston. This is the time of year I start to fall fully head over heels in love with Boston again. Our relationship is complicated, but right now, things are good, as long as this dear city makes up for winter with a spring and summer that are weather perfection. This past weekend was a pretty epic one, filled with time outside, great friends, and food. Below are just a few things I have been loving this week.

Now that we have our own back yard, we decided to see if one of our cats would be interested in taking a walk. With a little help from The Pooped Pooch in Lower Mills, we had Smuckers out and about this weekend. Walking a cat on a leash results in a lot of laughing, but she absolutely loved it.

duck eggsEarlier in the week we followed up a sunny walk in the Seaport with polenta fries at MC Spiedo. The service was so fantastic, and while we barely scraped the surface of the menu, the impression we got was really great. The cocktails were pretty amazing too.

polenta fries



We did about as much eating this week as we did walking and playing in the sun.  The duck eggs at Steel and Rye are like everything else at this Milton favorite, perfection. Steel and Rye’s brunch is as good as it gets, especially their cocktails, and it is the ideal place for a leisurely Sunday.


imageAnother of our walks took us to Ashmont Grill, another favorite, where we fought over Korean BBQ Chicken and Waffles. We couldn’t get enough of the sauce on the chicken, and we were literally gnawing every last drop off the chicken bones.

Korean BBQ chicken and wafflesAnother stop on our weekend travels was ester, the brand new eatery in Lower Mills. It replaced neighborhood favorite The Ledge, and from the looks of things, it will be a great addition to the neighborhood once they settle in.

The DotI could eat shishito peppers for days. ester was only serving small snacks at the bar, and we enjoyed these and some nicely salted chips. The vibe was really wonderful; the restaurant was filled with locals from the second the door opened. I love Lower Mills so much.

shishito peppersIn addition to walking, we spent a lot of time in our yard, raking, examining new growth, and swinging. When the seller asked if we wanted the swing set, it was a no brainer. There’s nothing like being a kid again while getting a nice little workout in!

swing set

To fuel up for a busy day, I have been absolutely loving Suja drinks like this Macachino. It has a serious coffee kick but doesn’t make me jittery like coffee sometimes does. I also love the Suja master cleanse juice; it is simply delicious.

Suja Elements MacachinoWell, there you have some of the sips and bites and fun we enjoyed this weekend as we started to emerge from our wintry hibernation. I am exhausted and have a tiny bit of sunburn, and it feels so good.

How did you enjoy the nice weather this weekend? Loving any restaurants or products lately?


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  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Loving this warmer weather (i.e. just above freezing!). Love the cat photo – too cute, and if she likes it that is what counts!

    Now I really want a swing set ;)


  2. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    This weekend WAS absolutely perfect, weather-wise! We tried to spend as much time outside as possible…even if that meant doing yard work. ;)


  3. Alaina’s avatar

    I’m glad to see that MC Spiedo was so good! I can’t wait to get there myself.

    Yeah spring! It’s about time. :-)


  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Now I am itching to go back to Steel and Rye! I’ve been curious about the Suja drinks – I’ll have to check that one out!


  5. Daisy’s avatar

    it was a spring skiing weekend for me! It was pretty perfect. I am also loving this weather.

    you guys checked out so many fun spots. hello polenta fries! oh and i love your backyard and the little swing set.


  6. Megan’s avatar

    The polenta fries look great!


  7. Molly Galler’s avatar

    Ashmont Grill has been on my list for at least two years. Everything you snap there always looks so good!


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