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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Del Frisco’s Grill

Last weekend, I attended a Blog and Tweet Event at Del Frisco’s Grill in Chestnut Hill.
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The entrance is to the side of the building from Route 9.
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The restaurant is open to the pond behind the shopping center.

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There is a bar area, main dining room, and a private dinner room in the back.
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We were welcomed and offered a VIP drink.
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Entrance to the private dining room.
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We had several of the appetizers and shared some of the entrees.

My 3 top favorites were the tuna tacos…
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….. the cheese steak egg rolls,
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, and the crab cake
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I was surprised that I loved the tuna tacos so much because I don’t normally like tuna.  The egg rolls were fantastic! And the crab cake had so much crab to it!

Deviled eggs
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Another view of the private dining room.
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A few of the entrees were next. The filet thinly sliced.
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Seared asian tuna salad:
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Steak with potato cake
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And then they brought out lemon cake balls. These are only for special events. It is based on their recipe for the 6 layer lemon cake with buttercream icing and lemon glaze.
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This was one my plates of a sampling.
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They also brought out their May Burger called The New England Burger. It’s a prime beef patty with lobster (do you see the claw?) and a fried egg.
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I liked this sign: Do Right and Feed Every Man
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Del Frisco’s is open for lunch and dinner and also offer a brunch menu on Sundays.

 

Disclaimer: I attended this complimentary lunch as a guest of Blog and Tweet Boston and Del Frisco’s. I was not compensated write this post. All opinions are my own!

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Lunch at Del Frisco’s with Blog and Tweet Boston

Last Weekend, I went to Del Frisco’s in the Boston Seaport area with Blog and Tweet Boston. We were treated to a private lunch dining experience. They are open during the week for lunch.

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Main dining area facing the harbor.

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I’m not a big seafood fan (mainly like crab, lobster, and shrimp), but I tried the tuna tartare and it was very good.

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The best crab cake I’ve ever had. A quote from Del Frisco’s: “All crab, no cake.”
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Some examples of salads, steak tips, and in the background, chips.

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They brought out full size items for us to see and pass around and we also got smaller portions ourselves.
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Now, granted, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves, but this was one of the best service experiences I’ve ever had. They were fantastic.
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We had 3 large tables, here was my table.
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They brought out different cuts of meat, along with family style sides. I loved the mashed potatoes and corn the most.
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I felt like we tried everything from their menu.
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Kerrie’s plate of different cuts of meat
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A tower of onion rings.
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Another view of our table
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The view from the private room was perfect!
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I loved the chandelier
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And to end the afternoon, cake!

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This was a 6 layer lemon cake with buttercream icing. Definitely sharable!

My favorites were the crab cake, mashed potatoes, and lemon cake!

Disclaimer:  I attended this complimentary lunch as a guest of Blog and Tweet Boston and Del Frisco’s.  I was not compensated write this post.  All opinions are my own! 

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