The Birds + The Bees

December 9, 2010

I really, really love walking. It is so refreshing! Much easier to do than biking – and much warmer too. Larbs let me borrow her big ole down coat tonight (knee-length with a hood) and I wasn’t the slightest bit cold. I’m telling you, my philosophy that Southerners are actually spend more time cold because we don’t know how to dress for cold stands true!


We dined tonight at The Gallows in the South End, a new place Larbs + Matt had never been too. We were lured by the menu and the hip atmosphere.


Couldn’t wait for a glass of red!


Heh heh – Larbs blogging!


We started the night with a cheese platter of bites. Loved one of the cheeses, loved the duo of compotes – one with fig!!

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I feasted on an arugula salad with smoked cheddar, pears and roasted squash!! [Although my squash was missing and I had to request it. I came to the restaurant FOR the squash so I felt I shouldn’t go without!]


For my main course I ordered soup – Lentil, Kale, Cabbage and Pork Belly. I was hoping for a full bowl, but honestly with all the tastes from the table, this was plenty enough.


Matt shared his dumpling and side of root veggies!


After dinner we put on all of our winter gear and headed over to The Beehive , a local bar M+L like. The place was hopping…er…buzzing!

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We ordered a few Harpoon Munich Darks and called it a festive night.



Did I say how refreshing the walk home was! I think I was just glad to not be biking!

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1 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Ah your food pictures always look so amazing! :)


2 Kath December 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm



3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

It must have been fun dining with Larbs as a food blogger :). Sometimes I like walking in the cold more than the extreme heat. No sweat involved!


4 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Huge puffy coats are a must for cold climates- they’re not as sleek and pretty as pea coats, but they’re so warm!!


5 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) December 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I literally live ( and work ) right around the corner from the Gallows! Glad you got to see the South End.


6 jenna December 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

glad you are enjoying good ole boston!!!



7 Christine December 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Wow! Those pictures look especially amazing! I can hardly believe that you took those in restaurant lighting….STUNNING!

You made me want a glass of red wine and that salad–and I am not a bit hungry.


8 Kath December 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Thanks so much! I held REALLLLY still :)


9 holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I love wearing my big puffy coat — it may not be the most flattering coat I have, but I sure feel warm!

I love the litle bee you put next to The Beehive :) It made me smile!


10 [email protected] December 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Big ol’ coats are awesome. Living in Texas realllly doesn’t warrant owning one, but I love them nevertheless.


11 Hannah December 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

If I could find a single restaurant here in Canberra that served kale and/or smoked cheese, I’d never leave. Sigh! Canberra ain’t New York, clearly!


12 Alaina December 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Too funny! Tonight I was right next door at the Craft Boston in the Calderwood Pavilion. :-) I remember when the Gallows was Sage. They had the best aroncini.


13 Hallie December 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I feel the same way about walking! I think I”m finally coming to terms with that (I think reading blogs made me think I had to run to be healthy, which is silly!) I did the breast cancer 3 day on 2006, in which you walk 60 miles over three days to raise money for the Komen Foundation, and I want to do it again, so I have an excuse to start walking more. I’d recommend checking it out if you’d ever have the time to spend on something like that 😉


14 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

YUM that place sounds amazing! you guys always eat at such fabulous restaurants!!!


15 ilana December 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

Gorgeous pictures, and so fun to see you two sisters walking together. Cute!


16 L December 10, 2010 at 12:15 am

I had a ski coach in high school who claimed there was no such thing as bad weather, just people who didn’t dress properly for it (which was just what we skiers wanted to hear when it was zero degrees outside and we didn’t want to practice!). While I think that’s a little extreme, I definitely see where he’s coming from.


17 joey December 10, 2010 at 12:47 am

i have to admit, i am a little confused. for some reason, i always thought matt and matt were brothers (not realizing their names are/were the same), because you refer to your matt as kanzi when they are together. the fact they have the same name didn’t seem to dawn on me until just now. diiiir, i feel dim. they just look so much alike..


18 Kath December 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

Sisters dating brothers would be pretty cool!


19 Mom December 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

That makes double cousins when the kids are born. I know several families that have them!


20 Eileen December 10, 2010 at 10:01 am

My mom and her sister married two brothers. Crazy big Irish families! :)


21 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 10, 2010 at 1:00 am

I love walking, too! It’s my activity of choice. :) And I love cheese platters. YUM!


22 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 10, 2010 at 1:04 am

How do you take such good pictures?!


23 Kath December 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

Good lens, hold very, very still, take lots of them.


24 Susan December 10, 2010 at 1:16 am

I went to college about 10 miles outside of Boston. I have lots of fond memories of the city. I loved Mike’s Pastry in the North End. I’d love to go back some day to see if it’s as good as I remember.


25 Cara Craves... December 10, 2010 at 1:18 am

Does Larbs actually have a blog?


26 Kath December 10, 2010 at 6:57 am

Yes, click her name linked


27 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 10, 2010 at 2:13 am

i love those beer mugs!

one of the things i miss about living in nyc is walking everywhere. it’s really true what they say – nobody walks in LA


28 Heidi - apples under my bed December 10, 2010 at 2:58 am

Walking in the cold while all rugged up is SO refreshing. I love it. I’m looking forward to a glass of red too! Larbs looks a little like January Jones in the last pic, no?
Heidi xo


29 Paige @Running Around Normal December 10, 2010 at 6:11 am

What a fun night! That restaurant sounds pretty cool. Love that it had a fig spread.


30 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

it is so cold in NY right now, i can’t imagine how cold it is in boston!


31 Lauren December 10, 2010 at 6:50 am

I had such a similar lunch today! Weird. Glad you guys are enjoying your time and are able to embrace the cold.


32 Ali December 10, 2010 at 7:38 am

I love Boston! Enjoy your visit, Kath!

Where did your sister get her puffer coat? I love the length. I saw it in yesterday’s pictures, and I think I need it for this Pittsburgh weather!


33 Kath December 10, 2010 at 8:31 am

I think Loehmann’s in Towson, MD near my grandmother – where we get all of our clothes!


34 Kori December 10, 2010 at 7:44 am

I LOVE all of your creative post titles! Your pictures are stunning, and the food looks delicious. I’m so glad you and Matt get to spend time with your sis and Matt. :) Enjoy your Friday!


35 Lee December 10, 2010 at 8:03 am

I totally agree about Southerners being cold because we don’t know how to dress. It’s been pretty cold here in Atlanta and one of my friends was saying that she’s freezing because the heaviest jacket that she owns is a North Face fleece!


36 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

So fun!

Boston is cold right now, but dressing well definitely helps. This morning it was a meer 4 degrees where I live, so I’m well prepared to wrap myself from head to toe on my morning stroll. 😉


37 Allie December 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

I <3 walking as well, it is a lot less punishing on the body versus running! Plus its always fun to walk in the cold cause it keeps ya warm :) Looks like you are having a ton of fun in Boston!


38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

I love walking in the winter, but not as much as I love the feeling of getting back inside after a chilly walk!


39 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

Looks like fun! I’ve never been to Boston but I’m dying to go.


40 Hawley December 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

I LOVE the Bee Hive! Where I went the first night I hung out with my now boyfriend :)

Hope you have an amazing trip, super sad I won’t be around for the meet-up on Sunday!


41 KatieTX December 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

My fiance and I ate dinner at Beehive when we visited Boston. Such a funky place. We went on a Sunday night, so it was pretty dead. I had some type of southern bbq dish, and it was fabulous. Definitely walk around Boston, so much to see!


42 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes December 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

I had to laugh at your comment about why Southerners are always cold…I’m from WI but have friends scattered over the rest of the US..and I’m always amazed out how people have NO clue how to dress for cold weather!! :)
cathy b. @ brightbakes


43 Shannon @ A Better Me December 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

That looks like an awesome place! Oh, the southerner thing is so true 😀


44 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) December 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Isaac always wants to bike places but in cold weather I would much rather walk. The wind chill from biking is intense.

Enjoy your stay in Boston with L + M.


45 Lizzy December 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I love that ya’ll went to the Beehive! My boyfriend and I went there after dinner in February when we were touring the city for the weekend and ever since then, I tell everyone who visits Boston that it’s a must stop. Great jazz music and vibe. Enjoy B-town!


46 Ffion December 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I spent the weekend in Leeds, which is quite a bit further north to where I live. I thought I was dressed adequately in my leather jacket and huge scarf, but I forgot how to wind just cuts right through you! I should of had an extra layer at least, so I definitely commiserate on not being able to dress for the cold!


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