Tour guide for the day?

I am so excited for the Healthy Living Summit I can barely contain myself! I don’t know how much “face time” I’ll get with my favorite bloggers but the great thing about events like this is that they provide an opportunity to meet all sorts of new bloggers and readers! I am also trying to get out of work a little early to show Chandra around Boston before the cocktail party tonight. The sun is shining and I am SO ready for the weekend to begin! 😎

Here are yesterday’s eats. I’m a little tired right now to write anything too inspirational or informative, so hopefully some of these pics will at least make you hungry 😉

Breakfast: banana/cranberry oatmeal in a Barney Butter jar + coffee

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Lunch: roasted veggies (orange peppers, eggplant, zucchini) with goat cheese on sourdough bread + grape tomatoes and rainbow carrots

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I guess one of the zucchini pieces wanted to come out and play. 😆

Mid-afternoon “snack”: JP Licks oatmeal cookie and chocolate chip cookie hard frozen yogurt

This was a hard decision… there are so many options!

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Mmm… I <3 ice cream (or froyo :) )

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Guess who happened to be at JP Licks at the same time?

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Haha, I love Sammie’s son in this pic… he was very excited! 😀 This little get together was a little rushed (the girls are busy setting up for the main event!) but it was still good to see everyone.

After a little bloggie break, I went back to work for a bit. My motivation to work was not very strong at this point as most everyone was already at Vox – drinking… so I stopped pretending to be productive and followed suit 😀

I started with (an unpictured) glass of cabernet, which was making me nice and sweaty. Seriously I felt like I was going through menopause or something. I switched to a cold Magners cider after that. This is a 22oz bottle. Oh yeah, this was going to be a long night… :)

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After maybe an hour and a half, we sat down for dinner. I was hoping I could order from their a la carte menu, but they presented us with a special restaurant week 3-course menu only. It was customized for our group so I just ordered like I was supposed to :)

I started with the Vox summer salad: field of greens with tri-color peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, crumbled goat cheese and fresh herbs, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

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There was a lot of oil on this salad, so I just basically picked off the grape tomatoes which seemed to absorb the least amount of oil. Oh yeah, I also got another glass of wine at some point during this first course.

I thought the chicken was going to be the lighter option for my entree so I went with the Statler chicken rosemary: oven roasted Statler chicken breast with citrus and organic heirloom tomato risotto, drizzle of white truffle rosemary oil

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The “drizzle” of oil clearly was more than a drizzle. I was a little put off by the bath of oil my entree was swimming in, but I worked around it for the most part and this dish was actually incredibly delicious. The citrus risotto was very creamy (loved the lemon!) and the rosemary aroma was prominent but not overwhelming. Delish! I ate most of the chicken and maybe 1/2 of the risotto.

I skipped the chocolate mousse cake and again chose a slightly lighter dessert option – the summer crepe: traditional crepe filled with lemon mascarpone cheese and topped with fresh berry marmalade

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Actually this was quite small. It was just okay. I ate the crepe, without the whipped cream, mostly because it was in front of me and the wine (hmm, there may have been another pour into my glass at some point) was certainly not helping with the whole “eating mindfully” thing. I had a really great time, though! There were 16 of us at this dinner (even more people at drinks at the beginning) and we were all just laughing and chatting… this was exactly what I needed – just good old fun! I came home around 10pm a little tipsy, and my husband was there happy to greet me. What could be better?! :)

The idea of drinks tonight is not too exciting right now, so I’m off to sweat it all out at spin class! Hope you have a great weekend… maybe I’ll see some of you tonight! 😀

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