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April 19th, 2010 · 18 Comments · baking, Boston, restaurant reviews

Before we begin – good luck to all the Boston marathon runners today. You are such an inspiration!!!

Now let’s dive into it. This weekend was action packed that’s for sure. I was up at 8am on Saturday and then it was go-go-go after that. The good news is that it was all fun! 😀

So my morning started with a smallish breakfast before a bootcamp class + a little blogging. :)

Ww toast with Maranatha almond butter & 1/2 banana + coffee



The bootcamp class was tough. I almost always feel super out of shape during my workouts but then I realize that it’s because I actually push myself to my limit. I try to use 12lb weights for all exercises and except for the instructor (who is in an incredible shape and really is a machine and does the same), most girls use 5, 8 or at most 10 lbs. That makes a huge difference! So after reminding myself this, I felt a little better. 😉

A crazy quick shower and then it was time to meet my friend Kathy for brunch at Brasserie JO. It’s about a 2 minute walk from my place and it was time we checked it out. I am usually a sweet breakfast kind of girl but I had some drinking to do in the very near future (see below) so I decided to get something a little more “lunchy.”

Coffee with skim milk and REAL sugar – all of you who are still using artificial sweeteners in your coffee to save on calories, I promise you that you CAN afford 15 calories/tsp. Train yourself to use only that much, and you will not gain weight from 15 calories and you will also not be injecting your bodies with chemicals or substances with unknown long term effects! That’s all I have to say. 😎


Open faced crepe with ham, cheese and egg



I asked that they go light on butter/oil (whatever they use) – not sure if they did but this was not greasy at all, in fact it was pretty fantastic. You can’t see all the ham and cheese inside but it was there. I ate 3/4 of the crepe and stayed away from the home fries (I think they had a little onion in them). Delicious, delicious brunch and even better company. Kathy, I wished you lived in Boston!!!!!

Then it was time to Wine Riot! :mrgreen:


I attended the event last year (whoa, my hair was so dark then) and it was a blast so we definitely made sure to buy tickets for this one. I was a little apprehensive about starting to drink at 1pm (we went to the first wave) but once I got there, it was all good. I took tiny sips and enjoyed the sun that was beaming through the windows. It was actually a pretty awesome way to spend an afternoon. 😀



Hi, Adam! :)


Hi, Emily and Judie!


Judie really got into the Wine Riot spirit and got a pretty classy tattoo 😉


I started with a sweet sip of a sparkling Moscato.


And then many little sips followed…

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… you get the idea 😉

At 2:30, we went into a side room to take a “crash course” on Mendocino wines – sustainable and/or organic wines.

Side note: up until now – my favorite wine was the Terra Andina Reserva Carmenere – it was full bodied and almost smoky. I really enjoyed it.


Back to the crash course… Bob Swain, Mendocino’s wine maker, talked about the sustainable and organic practices at the winery. Sustainable wines mean that the farms are carbon-neutral. Organic wines are of course taken further – no pesticides and synthetic fertilizers can be used in the growing of the grapes.

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Parducci is Mendocino’s sustainable brand; Paul Dolan is the organic brand. We started with a tasting of the sustainable white


[classy, I know 😉 ]


… which was delicious! It was subtly sweet and super smooth. We all LOVED it!

Next up was the organic Paul Dolan zinfandel.


Fantastic! It was complex and definitely had that “expensive wine” taste. At $18 it’s a little more than an every-day bottle but definitely worth the splurge on occasion. Plus, you can feel good about drinking an organic product! 😀

So we loved the two wines so much, that the next stop was the Paul Dolan/Parducci booth. I tried every single wine and every single one of them was great! I’ll be looking for it at our liquor store (and Whole Foods)!!

Aside from wine, there was also some free Cabot cheese. Obviously everyone loves Cabot cheese but I took this opportunity to try something new – horseradish cheese. Have you had ever had it? OMG, I’m obsessed! It has this spicy wasabi (or horseradish, duh) taste to it – lingering heat. I love love love it. Must find more in the grocery store and put it on everything. 😆



A few other favorites from the Wine Nose booth.


My favorite was the O’Reilly’s pinot gris from Oregon. I usually like sweeter white wines but this one was a bit more dry but so complex (I find that hard to find in whites). At $12, definitely a great buy! I love discovering new delicious wines! 😀 Oh and I chatted up the guy behind the booth and he shocked me with his Trader Joe’s stories. Apparently they really don’t want to waste their time talking to the “small guys.” Oh TJ’s, I love you so, but what’s up with that?!!! 👿

So yeah, a bit of wine drinking was definitely had by all. What are we looking at here?


Much better! 😀


And another one outside. Man, we were distracted a lot 😆


Hi, Healthy and Saners! hehe, that sounds funny. 😎


We all headed to our place with a bit of a buzz. The game plan was to eat some snacks, order dinner in a bit, and watch the Celtics kick ass! 😉

Food Should Taste Good multigrain tortilla chips + organic salsa

TJ’s wild mushroom & truffle flatbread

Brownies I made from a box by adding lots of butter and eggs  – everyone loved them but I wasn’t a fan.

Eventually we ordered lots of Indian food from Mela – that was pretty awesome!!

I had a sampling of everything…

And the next morning discovered a dish I completely missed the night before and it now can go on a favorites list!

Subz panchmael – red, yellow and green peppers, artichokes, asparagus and bean sprouts stir fried with panch phoran flavored tomato and green cardamom sauce

I ate it for breakfast…

… and again for lunch (with a vegetable samosa).

Couldn’t get enough! I’ll leave this super long post with a picture of the raspberry squares I made for my parents yesterday. These were full-fat and super indulgent tasting but everyone loved them. My dad said he’d pay money for that! I’ll take those 2 bottles of wine you brought as payment, dad. 😉

Have a great day, everyone! Feel free to comment on anything in this post. It was definitely information overload (for me too :) ).

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18 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)

    I *totally* agree with you on the real sugar vs. artificial. As long as you’re not dumping in CUPS of the stuff, one teaspoon won’t cause you to gain weight. It’s at least natural vs. the disgusting chemicals in Sweet & Low, etc.

    That Indian food looks delish!

  • #2 - Cara

    Glad you had fun at the Wine Riot! I love going to wine tastings – and Cabot must get around to these because I definitely sampled my share of horseradish cheddar, yum! Glad you enjoyed the raspberry squares too :)

  • #3 - Tiffany

    That Carmenere really was awesome! And the Dolan wines were amazing and super tasty; as much as I love wine, it’s never occured to me to think of it in greener terms. That class was a great eye-opener and I applaud their yummy efforts!

    Also, those raspberry squares are calling my name :)

  • #4 - One Healthy Apple

    Sounds like such a fun weekend!

    I would love to learn more about wine and it’s a shame I’m an hour away from Napa but too busy to go!

    Love the raspberry squares- must make them now!

  • #5 - Kelly

    I think as long as they are fun focused busy weekends are great and yours looks awesome.

  • #6 - Kerstin

    Sounds like you had an amazing weekend! Wine Riot looks like a blast.

    And now I’m craving Indian, mmmm :)

  • #7 - Kendel

    The Wine Riot sounds like a blast. And I’ve got to support a wide variety of post-drinking International eats.

  • #8 - sister inna

    hehe your lips are purple in that photo — a true wino’s badge of honor 😉
    tiffany has new hair — tell her it looks awesome

  • #9 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Agreed on the sugar. My problem though is that I am so used to Splenda, that just the 15 calories worth of sugar doesn’t even make a dent in the sweetness I am used to. That’s why now, 90% of the time, I am having my coffee totally black. Special occasions are Splenda or sugar :)

    I LOVE that TJ’s mushroom truffle pizza flatbread! It’s like heaven in the mouth :)

  • #10 - Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly

    Sounds like you had a great weekend! All your eats looked amazing!!

  • #11 - maria @ Chasing the Now

    I whole-heartedly agree on the coffee and sugar comment you made. Artificial sugars may be free of calories, but the damage they can cause internally make them out of the question for me.

  • #12 - Jolene (

    Your pictures are fabulous girl!! And that food (all of it) has me drooling!!

  • #13 - Kelly

    Looks like an awesome weekend! The wine riot looked fun, I wish I had a chance to check that out.

  • #14 - Simply Life

    Wine tasting, truffle flatbread, crepes?!?!…wow, I think I need to start following you around to get a taste of all those amazing meals!

  • #15 - Emily A

    thanks for introducing me to some amazing indian food!

  • #16 - amanda

    eek, i’m not an artificial sweetener user either. not only does it creep me out, but i think the taste is so fake.

    the wine riot looks like a great time!

  • #17 - MelissaNibbles

    The event looks like it was fun. I don’t know anything about wine nor do I have the desire, but I REALLY enjoy drinking it :)

  • #18 - Megan

    I went to the Wine Riot on Friday night, and it was so much fun. I love that horseradish cheese! I’d actually tried it before (at Cabot in VT), but I definitely took teh opportunity to try more of it! My favorite wine was Rook — did you try that one? I wrote about it on my blog. (I also posted a really good raspberry granola bar recipe not too long ago that you’d probably love!)