Category: Day in the Life

The Power Lunch at Ocean Prime

Working from home and being a stay at home mom have two major things in common. You have to pass the dirty laundry or unmade beds all day unless you deal with them, and neither one usually includes glamorous lunches, or heck, sometimes lunch at all – do grilled cheese crusts or a yogurt eaten at your desk really count as lunch?

So, back in the 90s (BK – before kids) when I had an office job, we went out to lunch. Sure, it was usually to grab a sandwich but sometimes, we ate at nice places. You know, tablecloths, good service, yummy food. And as it was the decade of the Power Lunch, and while I mostly booked lunches for others, it means that I know a good lunch.  Ocean Prime is a great place for a power lunch, or a fun, out-with-friends lunch.

 

Recently Ocean Prime Boston on Seaport Boulevard hosted three super bloggers and me, to a power lunch of our own. Some of us dressed for it (Debbie, I am looking at you) and some accessorized – I wore big earrings- for our big lunch.

Okay, to start with the Prime Lunch menu is wonderfully curated:

First Course: Point Judith Calamari, Creamy Clam Chowder or Ocean Prime House Salad

Entrée: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Caesar, Teriyaki Salmon served with Shiitake Sticky Rice and Soy Butter Sauce or Petite Filet served with Whipped Potatoes, Haricots Verts and Cabernet Jus

Dessert “Indulgences”: Chef’s Selection of Hand Spun Sorbet or Five Layer Carrot Cake 

I had the calamari, the petite fillet and the carrot cake, and I’d order it again, too. Don’t see anything you like? Not to worry, check out this expansive menu, and that’s just lunch. Ocean Prime boasts a made from scratch kitchen and can happily make substitutions. There is even a gluten free menu and they do have options for vegetarian and vegan diners, including salads, pasta with vegetables and quinoa cakes.

This is a great place for a work meeting (now that’s what I call a working lunch), a work party (great private rooms) or place for a family dinner. My family is trying to find a place for a great 50th birthday party for my sister and this would fit the bill. Fantastic food, gorgeous atmosphere, super friendly staff. So if you’re out and about in the Seaport District, at either the ICA  which is just around the corner, or at the Seaport Trade Center, Ocean Prime is a great place to recharge.

 

Ocean Prime in the Seaport District
140 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
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Trade Up Your Night at Trade Boston

img_7392Happily, I was invited to a hosted Parent’s Night Out at Trade (Boston), a wonderful restaurant on Atlantic Ave, and since the chef/owner is Jody Adams, I knew I was in for a treat, actually, many delicious treats. And we, the parents, star researchers that we all are, sampled most of the items on the menu. You are welcome. I also had a stint at their lively Patio Party with Dave Dudek and had snacks before dinner (and even some dessert – hand made oreos that were too good to pass up) where I imagined I still worked in town and got to stop for drinks on my way home. I don’t but, hey, it could happen. If I did work in town, Trade would be at least a weekly stop in. This food is seriously wonderful. What did we try? It would be easier to list what we didn’t try. But I’m up for the challenge.

The brushetta – just dig in, worth the small mess you might make. And I did make a mess but the architect and landscape architect I befriended – partially because they were charming and friendly and maybe a little bit because they were standing in front of all the food – covered for me and then we ate some kind of puffed up fried shrimp that were incredible. Sadly I didn’t get as far as the oyster bar…there’s always next time though! Then Dave and I saw our group and moved inside for more food!

And more starters – all exceptional – a perfect buttermilk fried quail, squash and sweet potato pancakes (two separate dishes in case you were wondering), and falafel pancakes, and chicken meatballs in a tomato vinaigrette. Yes, all that and more. As in a few flat breads like the mushroom and fig, the Tasso ham and smoked gouda, and the lamb sausage with eggplant.

Not yet daunted and excited to try more of this beautifully prepared and presented food, we pressed on to the entrees: a perfectly prepared salmon with shredded kale salad, an wonderful roasted half chicken with fried potatoes, lemon aioli and charred romaine, and steak with arugula, french fries and baked rigatoni with spicy lamb ragu.

The menu is fantastic, and the entire staff is charming. We were seated next to the cool wine vault and we got to chat with Chef de Cuisine Cory Seeker. Great place with a great atmosphere and a perfect place for any get together – date night, a private party or just drinks (and apps!) after work, or parents night out! Valet parking available or there is a garage right next door – super easy, super fun night out.

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#momsnightout at TRADE. Babysitters across the board…bartender, keep ’em comin!!

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The July Adventures Continue with Mudderella

We spent the Fourth of July weekend in western Massachusetts with the first stop at The Clark which was gorgeous and calm. We visited for the Splendor, Myth, and Vision exhibit (on view through October 10th) as well as the stunning permanent collection of Impressionist paintings. A lovely afternoon in the museum followed by a short hike through the grounds.

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View from the terrace

Then it was on to Charlemont and the Warfield House Inn, a lovely bed and breakfast on a picturesque farm. Good thing we warmed up with a hike on Friday because Saturday and Sunday were action packed. Since we’ve been white water rafting a few times, I knew what to expect, we had a terrific guide – no one even came close to falling out of the raft -and we made new friends, too. But zip-lining was a new experience for me, and while the rest of my family LOVED it, I liked a little bit of it – the brief, fleeting moments when I forgot to be afraid –  but those moments were only sparsely interspersed throughout the rest of my mostly anxiety fueled day. I don’t like heights or high speed anything, so, yeah, not really my thing. And I do have to give Berkshire East a huge shout out for having well-trained, professional, patient and kind staff members, and a wonderfully well-run program.  Thanks for the adventure weekend, dear family, but next time let’s do something a little more my speed, like…going to a bookstore or another museum…okay?

And the adventures continue! At first I was only cautiously optimistic about completing the upcoming Mudderella event. Now? Not a worry. If I can fling myself across a canyon on a cable, I can tackle any obstacle, mud included. What is Mudderella?

Mudderella, what is it?

  • A unique, 5-mile obstacle mud run where women are able to come together and celebrate strength, teamwork and everything that makes them feel like an empowered woman. The course, designed by women for women, promotes working together, having fun and owning your strong. We never refer to the event as a race or talk about participants in terms of competing –it’s more about taking on a challenge together!

When/Where

  • It’s taking place in Epping, NH on Saturday, July 30th.

What’s the course like?

  • The course features 12-15 obstacles. You can check out our 2016 obstacles here – including completely new obstacles Stunt Double (a 10’ leap onto a crash pad below in front of cheering teammates and spectators) and Charlie’s Angles (a steeply sloped A-Frame structure). It helps to be a good runner, but you don’t have to be a trained marathon runner in order to be a Mudderella. You can go through the course at your own speed and can skip an obstacle if you’re not comfortable with it. Remember, you’re stronger than you think you are.

Why?

  • Mudderella was created as an opportunity for women to experience new challenges alongside other women – whether these women are our friends, family, or someone else running next to us on event day. The courses are designed to not only challenge you, but to bring you closer together.

And I have a discount code (15% off) for you, too. It’s MUDMOM – go to this page to learn more. Sign up with some friends and have fun!

There are tons of things to like about this event – celebrating teamwork, strength, women’s empowerment, fun, mud, and laughs, and what I also love about it is that Mudderella partners with Futures without Violence, a national nonprofit that is working to prevent and end domestic violence. You can donate through this page or build a team to raise money for this wonderful nonprofit organization. FYI – Mudderella New England events have raised over $90k for local chapters of the organization over the last two years.

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Mudderella also has great training tips and workouts to help get you on track. Check them out – I’ve only just started The Basics and am working on my cardio, too! I signed up to do this for my daughter and her friends – it looks as if I am both the chaperone and the person they will have to help over every obstacle. It’s about team building!

I’ll keep you posted on my workout progress and share pics of the team shirts we’re making. Go team!

Follow Mudderella on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram. And check out their blog and Youtube channel.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post but am being provided with admission to the event.

A Summer of Volunteering with a Side of Adventure

IMG_1436While I hadn’t planned on doing anything particularly adventurous this summer (I really never do plan for adventures as I really do prefer to grab a good book and read), it turns out that I will be white water rafting, zip-lining and running (or maybe just observing), a fun obstacle course run in July – Mudderella. I’m most nervous about the zip-lining and will let you know if it actually happens. Maybe that’s enough. Maybe it’s too much.

I am also going to continue to work, and to volunteer for some great local organizations which is more my usual speed, and if you or your teens need volunteer ideas, here are a few – (italics indicate text from website of the organization featured).

NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service at Newton North High School – ask to join the Facebook Group here. We connect you with volunteer and intern opportunities!

Cradles to Crayons  provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.

Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged children around the Greater Philadelphia region. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”.

Anyone age six and above can volunteer at the Giving Factory. Activities are appropriate and engaging for individuals, families, student and community groups and corporate groups. Our warehouse space allows us to accomodate large numbers of volunteers, so it provides an exceptional team-building experience for companies. Sign up for a 2-hour shift on our website. You will work at a volunteer station such as Clothing Sort, Outfits, School Supplies, Shoes, Toys, or Shopping.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
People volunteer for many different reasons. They may wish to become actively involved in the community, meet new people, explore career possibilities, develop skills and experience or share their special touch when people are sick. Whatever the reason, volunteers do make a difference. Volunteers make it happen.

Newton Free Library

Grad Bag 

A green initiative to reuse college dorm supplies. We collect and redistribute lightly-used dorm room items that too often end up in landfills and give them to incoming college freshmen from low-income households.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Donation Drives – Small Gestures, Enormous Impact

Our patients face the unimaginable challenges of life in shelters, on the streets and in temporary housing, while struggling to maintain their health. Acquiring basic necessities can be difficult, and we welcome the help of corporations, faith-based groups, schools, colleges and individuals to organize donation drives to meet these needs.

The seemingly small, practical items gathered in these drives can have a tremendous impact. Distributed by our doctors, nurses and case managers, they not only improve the quality of care we deliver, these items help us develop and maintain the trusting relationships that are such an essential part of our work.

Futures without Violence

(through a partnership with Mudderella) is a national nonprofit that is working to prevent and end domestic violence by developing innovative programs and policies that:

  • support victims, survivors, and their families and help them get to safety
  • educate individuals about the critical roles that we all have to play in promoting healthy relationships
  • promote mutual respect as the foundation of healthy relationships
  • support children who are exposed to violence at home and in school
  • enlist health care providers and health systems to improve domestic violence responses
  • and much more

And don’t forget to register to vote –