From 5 Miles To 5 Desserts!

July 19, 2009

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

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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.

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What to get!?!?!!? The menu was amazing. I decided on the Nature Boy salad, a sampler plate of three different salads:

  1. 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
  2. Spicy Lettuce Wraps (Raw, Vegan) ground peanuts, carrots, cilantro & garlic in lettuce wrapping, bragg’s sauce on the side
  3. 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

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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.

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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

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Here’s me Twittering you all an update!

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When we landed we went to the U.S.S. Constitution Museum and watched a historical film on the ship. Cool!

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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 –

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And the public gardens –

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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 :)

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After a rest, a change of clothes, another subway ride + walk, and the meeting, we made our way to Masa for our dinner.

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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

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Round II included a few interesting selections, such as Matt’s jalapeno cucumber cocktail!

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I had a glass of malbec

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And then we ordered our dinner bites!

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Here is a list of what we sampled –

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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.

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After dinner we began another walk to the North End for dessert.

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I passed this beautiful piece of art –

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We passed the Granary Burial Ground with all the famous old graves –

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Like Sam Adams, Mother Goose and the first mayor of Boston

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Then we arrived in Little Italy

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And shortly after – MIKE’S PASTRY!!! (Remember last year??!!)

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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!?

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I picked the Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake for mine –

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Larbs got the Carrot Cake

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Kanz got a Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brownie and a giant Peanut Butter Cup, and Matt got an Oreo cake.

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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.

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We walked back to the T to head home. So sad our trip is over!

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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.

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1 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Oh my gosh – that Nature’s Boy salad looks AMAZING! That’s definitely my kind of salad :)


Have a safe trip home tomorrow! Glad you had such a blast


2 Tracy July 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Kath those desserts look divine! I want them all right now, especially the peanut butter and chocolate bar and the oreo pie! Yum! Have a safe trip home!


3 Pam July 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Amazing desserts and I’m glad you had a wonderful experience with raw food!


4 Rose July 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Gosh, your weekend looks like SO much fun. And I just love all your outfits – so fun and cute!

I have to say – I think it is so cool that you have friends and family who are ALSO into good health and want to start the day off with exercise! I always feel like the “odd one out” with my friends and end up not doing what I want to do. Any tips?


5 VeggieGirl July 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Those raw meals look great… but those desserts!! Wowza!!


6 Angie July 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

The tapas look amazing!! And love the desserts! Glad you’ve had a fun weekend!!


7 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) July 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this 50 cent tapas place before…amazing!

And I love Mike’s, but I’m loyal to Modern Pastry when it comes to North End sweet shops. Their truffles are ridiculous!


8 Amelia July 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Cute black top in your dinner pics!
Looks like y’all had a lot of fun. :)


9 Amy July 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Larb’s Matt is so hot ;)!


10 Jessica July 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I’ve never had sangria, but im intrigued- it sounds like my kind of thing…
i want to lick the screen looking at those desserts. id eat them all !!! i can’t stop drooling! im so jealous! LOL.


11 Mara @ What's for Dinner? July 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Fly safe!!! It looks like an amazing time, beautiful desserts, and unbelievable samplings of food at Masa!


12 Deva July 19, 2009 at 9:29 pm

The desserts are making my mouth water, and the raw food just looks so so so good! It looks like you and Matt had a wonderful time!


13 leslie July 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

that tapas place looks amazing! such a fun dinner and a great way to try lots of different things. i’d love a meal like that! have a safe trip home tomorrow!


14 Hallie (Healthy Twists) July 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Yikes…must go to that pastry shop if I find myself in Boston! And I like that you loved the bacon-wrapped dates…I tried those at a tapas place too…so good! I need to have a party or something so I can make them :-)


15 Spotty Prep July 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Boston is such a beautiful city!! I am really intrigued by the jalepeno cucumber cocktail…and the desserts looked fabulous :)


16 Andee (Runtolive) July 19, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Those desserts look so good! I love going to tapas places because you can try a bunch of different foods. Enjoy your last day there!


17 Cynthia (It all changes) July 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I’m so jealous of your tapas dinner. I loved going out for tapas all the time when I was in Spain studying. So cheap and so delicious.

Sounds like you had a blast exploring Boston. One of my favorite cities and I can’t wait to go back to look around again.


18 Elizabeth July 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm

OMG, no cannoli from Mike’s? That’s just such a foreign concept to me – I don’t understand!! 😉

You had a great weekend weatherwise for your trip – glad to see you packed so much in!!! You’ve been places in the city I haven’t made it to yet.

Nice to meet both you & Matt the other day. Hope your trip back goes smoothly!


19 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I’m a huge Mikes Pastry fan…they’re SO GOOD! You must try the canolies the next time you visit! 😀


20 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Sounds fabulous! I guess I missed who you were visiting? Friends or family? Looks like you enjoyed yourself. The carrot cake looked the best to me. I love that stuff.


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm

omg those desserts! So yumy looking.

The pic of you tweeting made me laugh 😉


22 Emily July 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I love your black outfit!! You look so great!! :)

I totally would’ve chosen the oreo cake. That looks amazing!!


23 Jenn (www. ) July 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Oh wow, I love that sampling platter! That looks fabulous, as do the desserts. Very nice!!



24 MarathonVal July 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Those desserts looked AMAZING. I hate reading blogs after I’m already done eating for the night because I am always tempted to get up at 10:30pm to bake a cake or something, haha!


25 Michelle Hisae July 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

What a fun day in the city! So glad you got to go to Otherside Cafe. My boyfriend and I go there probably once a week. It’s delicious, healthy, and affordable!

Have a safe flight back!


26 Jenny July 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Wow Kath!
It all looks delish . . .
I’m actually moving to the cambridge area since im starting college there so im excited to visit Mike’s

BTW: did u happen to notice if they still sell their German Chocolate Cake (???). . . it’s my favorite dessert of all time and i remember u had it on ur last trip . . .


27 Susan @ Nurse on the Run July 19, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I’m super excited for the Summit and for Mike’s Pastries!! I’m hoping Summit goers will want to check it out too. :)


28 sandy July 19, 2009 at 11:26 pm

I love the Otherside Cafe!!! One of the spots I loved going to when I lived there . . . I miss Boston!


29 Rachel July 20, 2009 at 12:20 am

This is a totally non-important comment, but I used to have that purse and I loved it but I broke it! The polka dot interior, ahhh, so cute and I miss it so. Hehe.

Glad you had a good trip!


30 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) July 20, 2009 at 12:50 am

Ah, I am so jealous, I love Boston!! Looks like you had an amazing trip.. and how great is the North End?


31 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 20, 2009 at 4:28 am

Looks like you are having an amazing time!! Those treats look delicious!


32 Susan July 20, 2009 at 6:12 am

Oh wow, too much good looking food in this post!! Every single one of those tapas sounds delicious to me, although the bacon date definitely intrigues me the most 😉

Glad you had a great time!! At least you know you’ll get to head back to Boston soon 😀


33 Lauren July 20, 2009 at 6:24 am

What an incredible day!

Okay I feel really silly asking this, but it’s been driving me crazy!!! Is Larbs and Kanz your sister and bro-in law? I can’t beleive I missed this but I always see you talk about them but don’t think I ever really realized who they are to you.

So sorry for being so ditzy! :(


34 Paige July 20, 2009 at 6:44 am

I love Boston! You’re a lucky girl!


35 Julie July 20, 2009 at 7:06 am

Not one of you got a cannoli?! For shame!!


36 Amanda @ Panda Lunch July 20, 2009 at 7:31 am

Hey Kath, I LOVE your blog. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend, those desserts look amazing!


37 Kristine July 20, 2009 at 7:44 am

YUM! I LOOVE MIKE’S PASTRY! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Boston!


38 katey July 20, 2009 at 7:49 am

looks like a beautiful city! im glad you had fun! that cake looks goooooood :)


39 Lindsey July 20, 2009 at 7:58 am

I’ll have to remember this post with all of your yummy restaurant picks. I’ve still never been to Boston even though my husband was born there, so I’m making him take me next summer. Looks like y’all had so much fun!


40 Eve July 20, 2009 at 8:05 am

Those desserts look heavenly!!!!


41 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 20, 2009 at 8:06 am

desserts looks AMAZING! So decadant! And after you Nature’s Boy Salad (which also looked delish!), you could afford many a tasty treat!


42 Sarah July 20, 2009 at 8:13 am

The Matt’s look like they could be brothers!


43 brandi July 20, 2009 at 8:16 am

oh, I’ve heard so much about Mike’s Pastry! I hope I get to go someday.

All the tapas look great, and what a fun dinner!

glad you guys had a good trip!


44 Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) July 20, 2009 at 8:17 am

you look like you all had SO MUCH FUN! plus all those killer desserts? YES PLEASE!

yay for summer vacay!


45 JENNA July 20, 2009 at 8:41 am

looks like you all had an awesome night!! :)


46 Melissa July 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

I had to laugh because I was at Masa last Thursday for the 50 cent tapas. I enjoyed a glass of the Malbec too! My boyfriend and I also grab a meal at the Other Side every month or so. I live in Boston’s South End. Glad to see you enjoyed the city!!!


47 Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 20, 2009 at 9:31 am

Mmmm, those desserts look really yummy! Glad to see you guys had a really good trip :O)


48 Katie July 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

Those desserts made me drool!

LOVE the black dress with the white embroidery. Very classy.


49 Morgan July 20, 2009 at 10:38 am

It sounds like you had such a great trip to Beantown. Masa is one of my all time favorite restaurants, their tuna is amazing. When you are back for Summit (which I am beyond disappointed I can’t make!) try a habanero watermelon margarita. Also, Moderne Pastry is the North End has amazing cannolis, they pipe the cream in fresh as you order! Have a safe flight back!


50 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Wow, what a fun day! All that food looks amazing! And those desserts definitely sound PERFECT! Loving that black dress too. :)


51 ashley, mom of 3 gets healthy July 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

wow, you just kicked my sweet tooth into full gear!


52 Erin July 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Yay Mikes!

I remember that cemetary from my trip up there in May. I love their little Italy! Such a fabulous city.


53 Tay July 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

OMG those desserts!!!!!!! I am droooooling!!


54 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

dessert, please! how lucky you have friends who are willing to share!


55 Lauren July 21, 2009 at 6:46 am

Awesome food tour of Boston! You were in “my” neighborhood at the Otherside Cafe – a spot I have been meaning to try for months. It sounds fantastic! And those Mike’s Pastry desserts… swooooon.


56 Jess July 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Oh MY GOODNESS, Kath! those desserts! I love both anything cheesecake or anything choco/peanut butter so I am pretty much drooling on my keyboard right now.

So glad you enjoyed your trip!


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