Wedding Weekend in Boston

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You guys, this month has been insane. Four weddings in three weekends, all of them out of town—somehow I survived.

Even though Chris’ sister got married in Chicago on September 10, the reception was held in Boston this past weekend at the Harvard Club.

Our hotel was across the street, which was pretty awesome. There was a little chaos because a movie was being filmed in the neighborhood, but hey, nothing says Mazel Tov like simulated explosions and stunt car crashes, right?

I spent the morning in Cambridge drinking coffee and having brunch with my friend Jade at Veggie Galaxy, a new vegetarian diner in Central Square. My chickpea burger with roasted eggplant & tomato and goat cheese was amazing. After getting in late the night before and having to be up early, I was in need of something restorative and delicious. 

It gave me the energy boost I needed to work on decorations with Chris’ mom that afternoon. I was also in charge of arranging the ladies room goods. I’d been told to make the panty liners out of the box and make them look pretty. I tried. 

The reception was a lot of fun. As the brother of the bride, Chris had a lot of familial obligations to attend to, so I spent a lot of time floating around catching up with people I usually only see at Thanksgiving and other holidays. Chris’ family and friends are all very nice, and it’s also a good thing I’m comfortable flying solo, though a glass or two of sauvingon blanc always helps! I had a great time dancing and goofing around in the photo booth. He joined me for a few shots too : )

The food was really good. To start with, there was a polenta mushroom appetizer…

…followed by a salad with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.

For my main dish, I ended up with the fish option, which was stuffed shrimp served with Brussels sprouts and rice. 

Dessert was lovely. After all the tiered cake last weekend, it was a welcome change to be presented with this mousse thing. 

I don’t know if anyone else ever has this problem, but I get really confused when there are lots of speeches and performances going on during fancy meals. It seems weird to eat while people are doing their thing, but I guess you’re supposed to do that? Several times last night, my plate got taken away before I was done because I’d been trying to steal bites between toasts and whatnot. To look at it another way, though, I still ate enough to feel satisfied but not too full, so that’s actually good. I enjoyed every bite and had a great time. I guess I’ll learn how to navigate formal meals as more of my friends and family get married.

Here’s to hoping those future weddings take place a little closer to where I live! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ecstatic not to have any more weddings until late October. By then I should be all recharged : )

What did you do over the weekend? 

2 Weddings, 1 Weekend: Part 2

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Sunday morning I was up bright and early to hit the gym and hop on a train to Boston for the nuptials of Shug and Bug—aka Jenn and Brent.

Though Jenn is technically my aunt, we’re only ten years apart, and we used to hang a lot more when I lived in Boston. I miss her a lot, so I was super-excited to see her and Brent and get my dancing shoes on.

The trip up was nice and uneventful. I ate my pumpkin overnight oats (in an almost-empty sun butter jar) and worked on a few papers. I also took a 15-minute upright accidental catnap—super-sexy.

After dropping out stuff at the hotel, Chris and I walked around Harvard Square in search of food. We ended up at Clover, a newish (at least to us) vegetarian place. He got a BBQ seitan sandwich and I ordered the chickpea platter—little falafel-like fritters with tahini, hummus, pickled cabbage and carrots, and a few kinds of salad. Not too shabby for $6.

The wedding was held at Boston’s Museum of Science. In college, I used to go to the midnight Pink Floyd laser light shows with friends on the weekends here, but this was a decidedly more grown-up event!

Jenn and Brent were married at sunset by their friend Emily. It was the sweetest, cutest ceremony ever. I totally cried. Again.

After a cocktail hour outside, we all gathered in a big tent. I didn’t take a ton of food pictures because I was too busy talking and dancing, but everything was delicious. The catering was done by Wolfgang Puck. It was definitely a cut above your typical party fare. In addition the beet and goat cheese salad, I enjoyed salmon with bok choy and what I think was mashed butternut squash. I was kind of envious of Chris’ vegetarian Napoleon though. It was a carefully constructed pile of roasted veggies with goat cheese—gorgeous. Between courses there was passionfruit sorbet. So cute!

The cake was also adorable—I loved that it was in keeping with the orange color scheme. One layer was chocolate, which is what I had, but later in the night, they put out a layer of white cake with strawberry filling. 

Chris had to leave early to catch a bus back to NYC (he had work Monday morning), so after seeing him off, I spent the next few hours dancing. Once I get started, I can’t stop! Dancing when all your family is around can be awkward, but everyone was on the floor and the music was great.

Don’t you love how celebrating with people you love makes you completely unaware of how late it is? I seriously could have kept going until dawn. Because I had to get up early the next morning, though (I had class Monday night), I called it a night around 2.

Do you dance at weddings? 

Weeknight Fun

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Last night, I met up with my sister downtown for a little sushi and shopping. 

If you ever find yourself in the west village and craving sushi, check out Soho Sushi. The food is great, and the servers are so nice! We shared a few rolls: a naruto roll with salmon, tuna, avocado and mango; a “winter roll” that had tuna, cucumber, avocado, scallop and “caviar”; and a “vegetable dragon roll,” which had sweet potato, asparagus, avocado, and a few other veggies.

We’re not really “fashion people,” but we decided to hit up a few stores participating in this year’s Fashion’s Night Out. It was quite the scene, walking down Broadway, but eventually, we arrived at our first destination, Madewell.

I tried on a few things and fell in love with this rust-colored cardigan, which I’m planning to wear over a black dress and a skinny red belt at Chris’ sister’s wedding (part 1) this weekend. It’s hard to tell from this silly picture, but it looks great with this necklace I found in the J. Crew kids’ section. 

I also have a tan vintage handbag from the Hells Kitchen Flea Market packed, and will be wearing my black mary-janes, though maybe with nude fishnets instead of black tights. Need to run to the store and see what I can find…

We’re leaving tonight, and the ceremony is tomorrow afternoon. It should be fun, though I’ve been warned about a scripted sing-a-long to this song…However, I have a feeling it will be in the style of this version. I wonder which part I’ll have to sing. Sorry, no video will be taken to document the epic-ness. You’ll just have to imagine the hilarity ; )

What are you up to this weekend? 

Smooth or Crunchy?

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Last time I went to Trader Joe’s I came home with a jar of crunchy almond butter. After a few years of using the smooth kind, I figured it was time to try something new.

Chris really digs it, but I’m not so sure yet. I used to eat crunchy peanut butter all the time, but there’s something about the texture I’m just not into. That said, it still tastes good—I just don’t think it’ll become a staple.

Do you prefer smooth or crunchy nut butter? What’s your favorite kind? Can you say “nut butter” without giggling to yourself? I can’t. 

What I Ate Wednesday #21

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Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week going?

Today was one of those days where I needed to prioritize chocolate intake. Despite the gorgeous weather and a good morning dose of endorphins, I was a little irritable and out of it. I blame cramps and maybe the fact that my hairdresser found a few grays yesterday. My hair is so light it doesn’t really matter, but I’m so used to looking young (just last week I got asked what year I am in high school) it caught me off guard.

Cheesy haircut photo

I’d always thought I’d feel excited or proud of acquiring my first gray hairs, but um, no. I was more like, “Gray hair? Are you f-ing kidding me?” Guess that’s what Biochem class does to you, my friends.

But back to the chocolate. While it would be easy enough to go down to the corner deli and grab a cheap fix, I prefer to find ways to incorporate high-quality cocoa and little touches of the good stuff in healthier ways. Fortunately, by the time I met up with Chris and a few other people for a dinner meeting, I felt human again. Either it was the chocolate or that fifteen minute face-plant nap I took around 5.

Breakfast: Steel-cut oats with chia seeds, cocoa, banana, lots of cinnamon cottage cheese, and roasted figs

Lunch: Red lentil soup and kale salad; a slice of homemade whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread (cannot believe there’s no oil—nicely done, mom!)

Snack: Greek yogurt with cocoa powder (in keeping with today’s theme), flax, a peach, a chopped roasted fig, and a sprinkle of granola

Dinner (surprisingly chocolate-free): Chris and I shared two seitan entrees at Gobo on the Upper East Side, where we had a meeting with a few other people. 

Snack: Still on a cereal jag—puffins with soymilk 

Visit founder Jenn’s blog, Peas & Crayons to see what others bloggers have on their plates this week!

How was your Wednesday? What was the best thing you ate? 

Weekend in Denver

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I spent this past weekend in Denver with Chris’ family celebrating his grandma’s 90th birthday.

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Shore Things

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Greetings from the Jersey Shore!

For the past few days I’ve been relaxing and enjoying having a few days off.

Does anyone else ever feel extra spaced out when they’re on vacation? My mom always says you get that way because you can. It’s like your body knows you won’t be needing to bring your A-game for a while, so it goes into recharge mode. While that’s not the most scientific explanation for why lying on the beach is so exhausting, it makes sense.  Read the rest of this entry »