Binge watching on Verizon Fios

We have had Verizon Fios since forever – okay, 11 years. I remember when we got it because during one particularity sad technology week here, we had only one antenna for two TVs. So when my oldest asked for the rabbit ears so they could watch PBS downstairs, I laughed, gave them to her, and went out that day for another set. And then I called Verizon.

Really. When we renovated our house – mostly the kitchen – all my husband wanted was a comfy chair and some sports channels. And we definitely have that covered with Fios.  Me and the kids? We like movies and some long running shows; binge watching is kind of a thing in our the family. How about you? Ever finish a show and wonder what to watch next? Me, too. But then I talk to some friends (or the kids) for suggestions. yes, I will share.

This Is Us

If you aren’t already watching this (no, you’re crying) then catch up here.  I promise not to talk about the upcoming episode until you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane the Virgin has been a family favorite for a while but we can’t talk about it – we’re all in different places – No spoilers!

Also a huge fans of Crazy Ex Girlfriend – trust me, dark, witty, funny, sweet and with musical numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t gotten into Big Little Lies but I think it’s only a matter of time. Or Game of Thrones. That’s on my list. Definitely caught up and enjoying this season of Girls.

Need to watch those Oscar nominated movies you missed? Start with these available now on Fios.

And we have a family movie night planned to watch this:

Check to see if Verizon Fios is in your area here. Locally, Fios is rolling out in newly wired areas: Dorchester, West Roxbury, Roxbury and Roslindale.

And there’s a new way to get Fios, too.

 

Disclosure: I am working with a Verizon Fios team of bloggers to help get the word out about Fios coming to Boston. While I am being compensated for sharing, all opinions are, as always, my own. And yes, yes I do, watch a lot of tv. No judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brunch Test Kitchen at Lincoln Tavern

 

Yes, I did brunch again. This time a group of bloggers headed to the Brunch Test Kitchen of the Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in South Boston. Why, yes, I do get around, thank you. What exactly is a Brunch Test Kitchen? Well, Lincoln Tavern and Executive Chef Nicholas Dixon are behind this great idea – Fridays are test days for their brunch menu. It’s a rotating menu offered in addition to lunch menu (in case you’re not feeling the brunch, but it’s really good, so you just might), from 10 am to 3 pm, and essentially “winners” go on to star at the Sunday Brunch. Here are some who have made the leap: Nutella S’mores Pancakes, Fruity Pebble Pancakes, Fried Chicken & Cheddar Biscuits, and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake with rum – definitely grownup. So they give you three possible days to brunch.

What was our brunch like? Creative offerings, beautifully executed and presented. Brunch done well!

We ordered a Mionetto Prosecco adorably called a Bucket of Bubbles served with three juices – orange, grapefruit and apple cider. Our waitress suggested a mix of all three. Great choice.

I ordered the Chef’s Fruit Salad and it is a wonderful combination of fruits that left me feeling virtuous, and ready to dive into the short rib grilled cheese which I also ordered and immediately had to share with others because it was too good to keep all for myself.

The fun part about blogger get-togethers (aside from the open exchange of ideas, great conversations, laughter, and networking) is the unbelievable patience of the other diners to move, shift light, and photograph food. Some of these photos were taken on the bar or on the stage. We didn’t let anything get cold but we were pretty thorough.

We all ordered off the menu, and tried, well, really almost everything. Luckily, bloggers share which is part and parcel of a great meal for me, almost always. And for you, we tried both savory and sweet.

Savory: super crisp and pretty darn perfect fried calamari, a Philly cheese steak hot pocket (seriously great hot pocket), shrimp and grits skewers (we fought a little over this), and several of the yummy wood fired pizzas – smoked salmon pizza, breakfast pizza, and my favorite, the roasted onion and goat cheese pizza.

Sweet: Fruity Pebbles Pancakes (which are incredible and so pretty), also practically perfect butternut squash pancakes, and a seriously adorable and yummy Fluffernutter parfait. The coffee is wonderful, the cool water bottles stay on the table, and the service is warm, friendly and just the right amount of attentive.

 

Lincoln Tavern is absolutely enormous – a great space for large groups, and they have more private booths for a cozier experience, too.

 

Located at 425 West Broadway in South Boston. Street parking is available and there is also a good-sized lot across the street with 2-hour parking. I was lucky and snagged a spot right out front. This area has adorable stores nearby, too. Take a postprandial walk. It’s good for you and you’ll explore a really fun neighborhood. Happy Brunching!

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Latest Brunch Test Kitchen Menu PDF

Disclaimer: I was invited to this hosted blogger brunch at Lincoln Tavern. The meal and beverages were complimentary. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

Brunching like a boss at Il Casale

Brunching like a millennial and a boomer boss.

I brunched. Back in the day, when it was a huge thing, you know, in the 80s, when I had disposable income and all weekend to myself. Then, the 90s and the aughts and babies, and brunch was not an option, heck, hot food was barely an option.

So now, my college aged daughter brunches with friends and I am charmed. I love the idea of it and it makes me smile to myself that she has a group of friends who brunch. And I was not even remotely jealous that she was brunching, because, I could, too, technically. In recent years, we were at far flung volleyball tournaments or, sleeping in. But then the season ended, and I was asked if I wanted to go to brunch. Yes, please. And with great group of friends who blog – this is great because we all take food pics and no one minds if you need more light or another minute to get the shot. This definitely would not have worked with babies.

So, where do grown-ups brunch? Il Casale in Belmont is a perfect balance of grownup but casual. Live music, special drinks and fantastic food. Pick a good friend group who likes to share food so you can taste everything. The menu is expansive and wonderful, and, yes, I had a digestif, and it was delicious.

 

This is a great local find – and there are Belmont and Lexington locations.

Brunch is great, but you need to eat the rest of the week, too. The full menu is available for take out, and they have a party planner menu that has everything from house made pasta (gluten free available,too) to lasagnes and whole roasted Sicilian chickens.

Enjoy!

 

What a Treat – Muji on Newbury Street

When visiting NYC, I stumbled upon the Muji Store in Times Square and I was transfixed. The quiet, tidy and calm interior was in such stark contrast to the street outside. And everything was so well curated – all super practical, yet beautiful items. Household goods, clothing, no brand names. Just gorgeous, functional items. I was smitten. And I’m not alone. There are legions of loyal Muji fans, and luckily for us, they just opened a shop on Newbury Street in Boston. So whether you already love Muji or have never heard of it, check it out.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Schindler (@SchindlerPhotos), who I talked into going to the opening, and who takes much better photos than I do. Thanks, Sharon!

 

Muji Website

Sharon Schindler Photography

 

 

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