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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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Gather Chocolate – A delicious and sustainable treat

Gather Chocolate from Harbor Sweets

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Harbor Sweets, a local chocolate maker, is introducing a small batch chocolate line called Gather that not only features honey but helps to protect honeybees. I recently was sent a sample and have to say I was really impressed. And I know chocolate. So, dark chocolate with a note of local wildflower honey…yum.  Almost better than eating these delectable bites is knowing that a portion of sales will be donated to the Pollinator Partnership, a 501c3 NGO that educates and advocates best beekeeping practices for honeybee protection.
What did I sample? Well, as you can imagine, I did have to share, but managed to secure a fair number for myself. Inside the sweet honeycomb shaped box were three truffles: Caramelized Honey, Pomegranate Molasses, and Sour Cherry, with three covered dark chocolates: Cashew Caramel, Coconut Cluster and Sesame Crunch.
Reports from the chocolate sharing family – you are welcome, family – Delicious and where can we get more?
Lucky for me, two of my favorite shops in Newton carry them – Just Next Door and Marty’s Liquors – hey, they have food, too, you know. There is even a handy store locator on the Harbor Sweets site. Can’t get to the store? That’s okay, it’s easy to order online. These delish Gather chocolates are my new go-to hostess gift. Thanks Harbor Sweets!Gather shot (2)
About Harbor Sweets® – An American chocolate tradition since 1973, Harbor Sweets produces handcrafted artisan chocolates from its original historic red brick building in Salem, Massachusetts. It uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to make its delicious chocolates including its iconic Sweet Sloops®, first created by Founder Ben Strohecker.  It has been recognized for years as one of the top women led businesses in Massachusetts.
From Harbor Sweets:
Gather’s launch with its purpose-driven mission comes on the heels of a USDA Report in which pesticides and parasites are cited as causing an alarming 44% loss of honeybee colonization in just one year. This is the second highest annual loss reported in the past 10 years worldwide. Honeybee pollinators add more than $15 billion to America’s agricultural economy and are critical to the entire agricultural eco-system. 

So, check out a local company making a great product and doing good at the same time.
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I did not receive compensation for this post but did receive a sample of the chocolates to facilitate this review.

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.

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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