Cruise, Lunch, and Shopping at Cambridgeside Galleria

A few weeks ago, I attended the “Fall into fashion” Cruise & Lunch organized by the Cambridgeside Galleria.

We met behind the Cambridgeside Galleria, boarded a Charles Riverboat cruise boat, saw some fall fashion, ate at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, got dessert at The Cheesecake Factory, and did some shopping at the Cambridgeside Galleria.

We took a cruise with the Charles Riverboat company.
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Our captain gave us an introduction and also pointed out sights on both the Cambridge and Boston side of the Charles River. Between May and October, they offer a 60 minute narrated tour.

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It was a beautiful day in Cambridge. We really lucked out!

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We took advantage of great photo opportunities at the front of the boat.
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View of the Back Bay
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Some fall fashion items on display. Some trends that I noticed that I’d like to try to incorporate into my fall wardrobe:  wool, plaid, shearling, fringe, shiny textures, and embellishments.  Some things that I noticed but probably don’t match my style are: red, floral prints, and midi skirts (skirts that fall below the knee to the mid-calf).
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My favorite piece was this wool cape from Anne Taylor.
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After docking back at the Cambridgeside Gallery, we went to P.F. Chang’s for appetizers.

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We sampled the lettuce wraps and spring rolls.
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And the handmade dumplings. We also had crab wontons, but I’m pretty sure that we ate all of them before I remembered to take a pictures. Those were my favorite. They had real crab.

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And we did some shopping!  My favorites were francesca’s, Roster, and Banana Republic.
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Then we went to the Cheesecake Factory and selected a slice.  It was difficult to decide which!

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I picked chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake!

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This was a great event! Thank you Cambridgeside Galleria and Boston Brunchers.

Note: I received the cruise, lunch, and dessert free of charge, but these are my opinions!

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King Richard’s Faire

A few weeks ago we headed to Carver, MA for King Richard’s Faire. This is not like anything I’ve ever attended before.

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Part entertainment, animal show, carnival, concert, magic show, comedy show, and horse show all in 1 wooded area! And I can’t forget about the food options! And the people watching!

Entertainers were dressed up in Renaissance-era costumes, along with other guests.

This is an annual faire and in 2014 it runs weekends until October 19th, including Columbus Day Monday October 13th. It opens at 10:30am and closes at 6:00pm.  We pulled into the huge open field to park just after 10:45 and stayed until 2pm.

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There were lots of entertainment stages.

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Food and shopping area
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Another thing that is so neat about it, is that you are really walking around in a wooded area.  You can’t see streets, cars, or other buildings.

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The Mud Show was hilarious
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The jousting challenge was fun to watch!
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The field
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Each area of the audience cheers for a particular Knight battling.
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The Tiger stage was a popular event. We saw the Tale of the Tiger Big Cat Show
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There were also entertainment acts on the path. This was near the front and caught everyone’s attention.

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And Garbanzo the Fire Breathing and Juggling guy was awesome!
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I tried a video

I didn’t get a picture of the food, but they had anything from turkey legs, chicken fingers, chowder, and pizza.

It really was an interesting and entertaining afternoon! You have 2 more weekends to attend this year!

I was given free tickets to attend, but these are my opinions.

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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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