Category: Real Life

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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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 –

 

 

Bike and Roll it Forward

Spring is finally here and spring cleaning is next so when you put away your snow shovels and dust off the bikes, check and see if there are any you aren’t using and give them to someone who can use them. Sounds good, right? But how?

Well, the City of Boston has a program called Boston Bikes. Check out their website here. And Boston Bikes runs a bike donation program that gets your old bike into the hands of someone who could really use it with their Roll It Forward Program.

Roll It Forward began as a project of Boston Bikes and the Boston Public Health Commission. Originally funded by a stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health, the program seeks to make cycling a more accessible transportation option for low-income communities. Roll It Forward collects, repairs, and distributes bikes to low-income Boston residents who might not otherwise have access to a bike. By distributing bicycles and providing bike safety education, the Roll it Forward program promotes a healthier lifestyle of increased physical activity and fewer trips by car. The bikes from the program serve as a family’s first step in adopting cycling as an ongoing activity for health and convenience.

As of January 2015, the program has distributed more than 3,800 bicycles, with a goal of distributing 1,000 total in 2015!

Check out the site for safety tips, a fun quiz and most importantly, how to get your old, unused bikes to someone who could really use them. Roll It Forward partners with local bike shops to refurbish the bikes. Learn more about the process here.

Donate to Roll it Forward

You probably have an old bike in the basement or a few bikes your kids have outgrown. Put them to good use! After you donate your bike, Roll It Forward will repair it and match it up with someone who can use it.

Here’s how:

1. First, check this page to make sure you’re giving us something we can use.

2. Then, choose where to bring the bike. Find the donation collection location nearest you.

  • Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) (offer 20% off one full-price item OR 20% off any bike service!)

Boston/Allston: 1041 Commonwealth Avenue, (617) 254‑4250
Cambridge: Harvard Square, 1 Brattle Square, (617) 864‑2061
Newton: 300 Needham Street, (617) 559‑1575

  • Belmont Wheelworks : 480 Trapelo Road, Belmont (617) 489‑3577
  • Dedham Bike: 403 Washington St, Dedham Square, (781) 326‑1531
  • Giant Cycling World-Boston/The Fenway: 11 Kilmarnock, (617) 424‑6400
  • Back Bay Bicycles — Boston/Back Bay: 366 Commonwealth Ave (corner of Mass Ave), (617) 247‑2336
  • JRA Cycles — Medford: 229 Salem St, Medford, (781) 391‑3636
  • Seaside Cycles — Manchester-by-the-Sea: 23 Elm St, Manchester, (978)526‑1200
  • Sudbury Residents: You can take your bike directly to the town recycling center and request that it be donated to our program. Sudbury Recycling and Refuse Center, 20 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA 01776, (978) 443‑2209 x 1221

3. Optionally, request a reward claim form: While supplies last, Boston Bikes will send you a jersey/t-shirt (size dependent) OR a Perfect Fuel Chocolate Gift Pack in thanks for your donation. To be eligible, request a claim form by contacting rollitforward@gmail.com and bring the claim form with you to the drop off location so they can sign it.

4. Bring your bike in to any of the above locations and let them know it is for Roll it Forward. They’ll receive it and some shops even offer customers a thank-you coupon for bike donations.

Feel like you can do more? Great.

Volunteers needed! Help us strip bikes of viable parts for our Roll it Forward program on Wednesday, March 9 from 4-8p in Dorchester. We need folks who are mechanically inclined. Learn more and sign up here: http://bit.ly/1QPknH7

Or don’t have any old bikes but think you know people who do? Run a bike drive.

To learn more and to find some helpful tools:

Guide to Organizing a Bike Drive

Bike Drive Flyer Template (customize for your event!)

Find Boston Bikes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celebrate Italy at Brothers Marketplace

Celebrate Italy at Brothers Marketplace

Since Brothers in Medfield is one of my all time favorite places to get delicious food anytime, when I was invited to a blogger lunch to celebrate Italy, I was immediately on board. Brothers is running a promotion through March 10th, Amiamo Italy,  focusing on great prepared foods and products from Italy. The Eggplant Parmesan and Chicken Parmesan are wonderful and among their top-sellers. I tested both (again, I’m so nice like that), and it’s easy to see why. Delicious! Brothers also has a great coffee bar, soda shop counter, and some seriously amazing prepared foods – and while they are featuring Italian foods this month, there are always amazing sandwiches, a hot bar with comfort food favorites, and the bakery. Don’t miss grabbing a coffee and sitting at the farmhouse table with some of their delicious baked goods. You’ll thank me later.

 

 

So a group of bloggers and people from the local media got to sample oh-so-much-delicious food! What a lovely group! We learned about how Brothers finds new products and had a lovely lunch with a tour of the store. Absolutely unabashedly love this place. Is there a possibility for a Brothers in Newton? I can only hope – and keep asking the wonderful management team.

 

 

Recipe for the Zucchini Fritters as promised

 

So check out what’s happening at Brothers – it’s always something good!

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