16 Handles in Boston

Ok, it’s Brookline, but still! Do you love frozen yogurt and the fact that isn’t not unhealthy as ice cream is!?!? There are now 2 locations of 16 Handles in Mass (Brookline and Walpole).

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I checked it out a few weeks ago and wanted to share with you what I learned.

Some are Vegan friendly, Gluten Free, No Fat, Low Fat, and Sugar Free flavors! Lots of choices for some people that may not be used to having many options! Look at all the options. My favorites were fudge brownie, cheesecake, and red velvet cake.

I liked the video screen that rotated between the flavor selection and the nutrition facts.

I loaded up with toppings and probably cancelled out all my calorie savings from having frozen yogurt rather than having a full fat dessert.

The topping selection was pretty good.

I also learned that 16 Handles tries to be as eco-friendly as possible. They use compostable cups and recyclable spoons. They also promote that each day, each store helps to plants 16 tress. They’ve planted more than 150,000 trees so far. That’s kind of cool.

Some stores also do delivery, parties, catering, and cakes!

Location: 16 Handles 1309 Beacon Street Brookline, MA  02466

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary $10 gift card to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

Cruising around the Boston Harbor on a huge ship with a glass of champagne, I felt like royalty.

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This was our Sunday afternoon on the Odyssey. I was offered an afternoon brunch cruise the weekend my mom came to visit and it was perfect! She got to see the city, have brunch, and share in the blogger activities.

This was the view from our table, through the window.

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This was a brunch cruise, but they had lots of different types of food.

I started at the first station: Pastries, Fruit, and Salmon

We then worked our way to the Belgian Waffle Station where the staff prepared waffles for us and then we selected the toppings:  berries, whipped cream, pecans, syrup, chocolate.

They also had more breakfast options of Eggs, Potatoes, Bacon, Sausage

A brand new item added to the cruise is the Bloody Mary Station.

I’m not a big bloody mary fan, but I wanted to try it out. There were lots of choices, including the vodka selection, the tomato juice, and all the pickled vegetables and toppings.

My selections!

Also, remember to take a break and enjoy the scenery.
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Then go back and eat more!

Lunch options were chicken, tilapia, curried vegetables, penne pasta primavera, or a stop at the carving station for sirloin. They also had caesar or garden salads.

Don’t forget dessert. They had a selection of cakes…..

And also a chocolate station where you can pick different chocolates and snacks to dip in the chocolate.

By that time, we were full and wanted to walk around and enjoy more views of the city. The entire cruise was 3 hours, with 2 hours of actual cruising to allow for guests to arrive.

Here’s a view looking back at the ship. After we docked, the crew came out to greet us while disembarking from the ship and gave us a treat! (I’m leaving that a surprise).
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My mom was in Boston for over a week and we did lots of activities, but she said that this was one of her favorite things. I, too, had a blast. The ship and scenery were fantastic!

Disclaimer: I received this cruise and meal for free but these are my own opinions.

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Mid vacation update from Maine

Hi,

I wanted to get a quick post up and share some iPhone pictures from Maine.

One of our first stops was Ogunquit and we took a Lighthouse boat cruise.

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We also stopped at Kittery for shopping and lunch at When Pigs Fly.
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We stayed at the Black Lantern bed and breakfast in Topsham.
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It was off the beaten path a little and backed up to the river. They had a lovely garden and several sitting areas.20140717-070645.jpg
A short drive to Camden is next!

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Hard Rock Cafe Boston

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A few weeks ago, I had lunch (and dessert and dinner and dessert again all in one sitting) at Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. I’ve lived in Boston for over 3 years now, almost 3.5 really (wow, I can’t believe it) and I never thought about going to the Hard Rock. Every major city has one, but it never crossed my mind as a place to go. Well, that’s different now!

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Before I forget, let me tell you about their upcoming free concert celebrating their 25th Anniversary in Boston this week. It’s Wednesday July 9th at 7pm in Government Center and the Spin Doctors are headlining!

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The Hard Rock invited us to learn about their new “Made Fresh” menu. They spent a lot of time researching and reinventing their menu. They bought us a selection of items to try.

We started off with their “Aero/Air Mexico” margarita flight and chips and salsa.

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And then the food started rolling out.  My favorite was the smokehouse sampler

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They gave us a portion of chicken (very tender and moist), ribs, and brisket! The brisket is a staff favorite and it cooked for 14 hours.

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They brought out a dessert cocktail to try, the twist and shout.  See the bacon on top?!?  It had Guinness, spiced rum,  Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream, dark crème de cacao, chocolate syrup, and salted caramel… oh and don’t forget the bacon bits.

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Hard Rock is also famous for its burgers. Each location has a locally inspired burger. We got a sampling of three: veggie, tango (sloppy joe version), and fiesta.

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We also got a sampling of dessert!

Apple cobbler, Oreo cheesecake, and  brownie sundae. I was so full!

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And then we went shopping!
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Consider the Hard Rock Cafe on your next outing. It had so much more to offer than I thought.  The smokehouse items were very good and the desserts were delicious!

Hard Rock Cafe Boston:  It’s on the edge of Faneuil Hall at 22-24 Clinton Street.

Disclaimer: I received this meal for free but these are my own opinions.

 

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Soul cycle and Brio Brunch

A few weeks ago, the Boston Brunchers hit Chestnut Hill to workout and have brunch!
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Soul cycle invited us to a spin class. It was intense! The place was so nice and the instructor was awesome. She was very motivating and inspiring! 20140516-204954.jpg

Then, we went next door to Brio to try their brunch menu.
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We tried several different things, including the French toast!
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One of my favorite items was the turkey and sweet potato hash.
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I also liked the ham and biscuit benedict. The biscuit was great and so much better than an English muffin. The picture below is of the turkey
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Brio serves brunch on both Saturday and Sunday until 3pm.

I’d recommend Brio for brunch or any meal. Also, check out their Bar Brioso specials Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30.

Note: This meal was complementary but these are my own opinions.

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