We got up earlier this morning to enjoy a wonderful run along the Charles. About 45 minutes before we left I had a small bowl of fruit, Kashi Golean Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios with a dollop of HRPB to quench my growling stomach
Matt A. (Larbs’) is super athletic and a superb running tour guide. We completed about 5.5 miles in beautiful fall sunshine running weather
After getting dressed, we headed to Otherside Cafe for an early lunch.
What to get!?!?!!? The menu was amazing. I decided on the Nature Boy salad, a sampler plate of three different salads:
- Raw Foodist’s Chips And Dip (Raw, Vegan) the "chips" are slices of beet, and carrot; the "dip" is a blend of macadamia & cashew with garlic, lemon and bragg’s
- Spicy Lettuce Wraps (Raw, Vegan) ground peanuts, carrots, cilantro & garlic in lettuce wrapping, bragg’s sauce on the side
- Mock Chicken Salad (Raw, Vegan) ground pecans, cashews & sunflower seeds mixed with cucumber, celery and tart green apples, served over our simple green salad with lemon wedge
WOW – this was my first time trying a completely raw meal and I have to say the blend of nuts and seeds was absolutely delicious. TOTALLY flavorful!!! I love the beet + carrot chips for dipping And surprisingly, it kept me full all day long. (Although I’m sure this was very calorie dense with nuts and oils – all healthy, but still…) I ate about 75% of this and shared the rest.
No one was in the mood for beer today 😉
After lunch we headed downtown to explore. We ended up taking a water taxi to Charlestown
Here’s me Twittering you all an update!
When we landed we went to the U.S.S. Constitution Museum and watched a historical film on the ship. Cool!
Then we walked allll the way back (probably did close to 3 hours of walking today, but luckily I wore my clunky tennis shoes for maximum comfort)
We toured Beacon Hill –
And the public gardens –
And then went back to freshen up before the meeting I had for the summit cocktail party with Tina. Matt held me legs so they would re-charge on the subway
After a rest, a change of clothes, another subway ride + walk, and the meeting, we made our way to Masa for our dinner.
From 5-7PM every night they have 50 cent tapas – a whole tasting plate for $5! We decided it would be a great light dinner, esp. with their creative cocktails.
We started with a $5 pitcher of sangria
Round II included a few interesting selections, such as Matt’s jalapeno cucumber cocktail!
I had a glass of malbec
And then we ordered our dinner bites!
Here is a list of what we sampled –
They were incredible!!!! My favorite was the bacon-wrapped date and the goat cheese empanada. I loved taking tiny bites and savoring each one. This was such a great idea for dinner because we ate slowly and it was satisfying, yet not expensive or too filling.
After dinner we began another walk to the North End for dessert.
I passed this beautiful piece of art –
We passed the Granary Burial Ground with all the famous old graves –
Like Sam Adams, Mother Goose and the first mayor of Boston
Then we arrived in Little Italy
And shortly after – MIKE’S PASTRY!!! (Remember last year??!!)
It was SO hard to decide, but we each picked out a dessert and packaged them to take to a park bench. Would you believe that we got 5 huge desserts for only $16!?
I picked the Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake for mine –
Larbs got the Carrot Cake
Kanz got a Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brownie and a giant Peanut Butter Cup, and Matt got an Oreo cake.
Of course everything was a free-for-all of sharing. I ate my share, but I don’t feel sickly – thank goodness! I tried to eat slowly with a purpose to savor each bite.
We walked back to the T to head home. So sad our trip is over!
We fly out at noon tomorrow and both of our hosts have to be up early for work. Matt and I are planning a light run/walk along the Charles before we say goodbye to another Boston summer.