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Rainy days & New Jersey

Whew! What a day! I shouldn’t complain too much because I have had worse days but I’m pretty exhausted at the moment.  So any-who this past weekend I was in New Jersey to visit my boyfriend. It was a pretty relaxing weekend, he just moved so there was a lot to still do around the house and I didn’t mind helping. So basically we finally got him settled which is always nice!

This was pretty much my first adult visit to New Jersey. When I was a child my family took us to Six Flags before they opened Six Flags New England.  I just remember being in a rental van and driving about 6 hours. Luckily this visit is only a 3 hour drive door-to-door.

I did not make it to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, maybe Columbus Day weekend when I go back down to visit.  I will be REALLY excited when that happens because I enjoy watching the show Cake Boss!! My favorite day from my mini-trip was Saturday night.  We picked up some Raspberry wine and my boyfriend made me a great dinner–it was truly awesome. :)

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So besides my trip and a small case of the stomach bug yesterday things have been pretty mellow.  Today it is raining here and it’s actually pretty chilly.  I am sporting fleece pants and slippers at the moment!

I hope your weekend was great and your week is off to a good start! :)

Pizza and coffee...breakfast of champions

Mondays suck! Weekend Recap

Monday was here again–it is probably the most dreaded day out of the whole week for most people.  At least for me and my fellow Providence teachers, it is only a 3day work week. Knowing I only have to work for 3days REALLY helps get me through the days.

So that being said, how was your weekend? Did you do anything good? It’s pretty rare that I blog about something so general but I figured why not, maybe people will want to share and that is always welcome.

My weekend was pretty mellow but fun at the same time. Some of you know that my boyfriend of 2years and I broke up last March only to get back together around June. Well he has up and moved to New Jersey for work (don’t worry we are still together), needless to say I was a tad lonely but that is when my wonderful girlfriends stepped in.

When I tell you that I vegged out all weekend it is no lie. There were a few productive things that happened, such as helping out at a family yard sale and going with my bestie to buy her wedding dress.  (so exciting!)

Other than that my weekend consisted of watching movies, The Other Woman and Scream 3 (random choices I know).  It also consisted of popcorn and pizza.  I finally introduced my bestie to the best pizza in RI, Twins. It was actually so refreshing to have a night in to talk and catch up, talk about boys like middle schoolers, and lounge in pjs. Every girl needs that once in awhile–I would like to make it on the regular!

So like I said my weekend was fun and very relaxed–my girls are awesome at keeping me distracted when I am missing my man so much. The good news is I will see him in a few days AND I get to do some road tripping to New Jersey twice a month! I’m going to try really hard to get to Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss) this weekend–I’ll report back!

Hope y’all are having a great start to your week–let us know what’s happening and if you had an exciting or relaxing weekend!

Pizza and coffee...breakfast of champions

Pizza and coffee…breakfast of champions


Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

24hrs in Boston, MA {Birthday edition}

Last weekend may have been Labor Day but it was also my 32nd birthday! Yikes, I’m really getting old…

Anyways my awesome boyfriend wanted to take me away and I suggested Boston, because it is only an hour from our home state of RI and I hadn’t been there in quite sometime. My only birthday requirements were to stay in a nice hotel and to be taken out for a steak dinner.

Requesting a nice hotel wasn’t new for me, I LOVE staying in hotels, but the steak dinner was another story.  Most of the time, I crave Italian, this time I wanted something I hardly ever order and that was a nice piece of steak.

I’m getting hungry just thinking about it again but let me start from the beginning with the hotel…

W Hotel‘s are probably my second favorite hotel chain, the first being the Four Seasons. There are many reasons why I love the W and here are a few; modern, PRODUCTS, fashion savvy, and technology friendly.

King size bed

King size bed

Bliss make some of the best beauty products

Bliss make some of the best beauty products

So those two pictures right there are two of my favorite things about the W Boston. Unfortunately during my stay the technology was lacking–there were plugins for iPhones and tablets, however they simply did not work. (sad face)

Another wonderful thing that happened during my stay at the W Boston was the surprise from my boyfriend…

Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

Yep, he’s a keeper!

So lets talk about that steak dinner I enjoyed. Originally we had planned on dinning at Top of the Hub in Boston but after reading the reviews it seemed like more of a place to get drinks at instead of food.  After a bit of digging I found the restaurant Smith & Wollensky.  A chain restaurant I know but a 5 star chain restaurant. We decided to give it a go. Now while I would have loved to photograph my entire meal, all I got was a picture of the steak (I was trying not to be on my phone).

Gorgonzola crusted filet mignon

Gorgonzola crusted filet mignon

It was quite possibly the best piece of food I have ever eaten.  Now as far as the actual restaurant goes, I would probably not go back, mainly because of decor and parts of my steak were undercooked. I understand it was a huge filet BUT for $50 it should be cooked to my liking. Don’t get me wrong, I still ate 80% of it, so it wasn’t terrible.

So as you can see my 24hrs in Boston were well spent. I had a great birthday weekend with my boyfriend and couldn’t have asked for anything more. I hope your Labor Day weekend was great too!

 

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Mini-Weekender: Portland, Maine

I love going away for the weekend and I really love when it’s a spontaneous trip! Well this past weekend I headed up to Portland, Maine for a little beer and some good eats. (ok a lot of beer) Portland is one of those cities that I’ve been to so many times yet find something new to do everytime I am there. If you love to eat and drink, Portland is the place for you.

So where should you stay? I was fortunate enough to stay at The Westin Portland Harborview hotel. Gorgeous views and mouth-watering food is what keeps this place at the top of my list for future places to stay.  A small room with a king size bed is just what was needed to get my min-vacation off to a good start. A view of the harbor on the 7th floor was just what I needed after a long week of work.

Not only does The Westin have spectacular views but it also houses TWO bars, one of them being rooftop. Upstairs you will find a fantastic drink menu, an awesome bartender Diana, and appetizers for that late night snacking. Downstairs in C2 is home to a great drink menu, but an even better cuisine across the board. I was lucky enough to enjoy an amazing breakfast, complete with a mimosa and stuffed french toast!

Stuffed blueberry french toast

Stuffed blueberry french toast

Blueberry mojito

Blueberry mojito

Lets talk about food! My favorite!! There are some great places to eat and drink in Portland. One of them being The Great Lost Bear. I’ve been there before, many years ago, this time was a tad different, I only drank there BUT their food is out of this world. This bar features a great bar food selection and also 69 taps with over 50 craft beers! This girl LOVES craft beer.

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Seadog Blueberry

 

Another place to eat, which wasn’t one of my favorites BUT they did have something on the menu I thoroughly enjoyed, Buck’s Naked BBQ. If you like poutine then stopping here is a must. The other items on the menu were subpar at best but drinks and poutine, you’ll be alright.

Poutine!

Poutine!

Another restaurant that I visited was DiMillio’s on the Water. If you like great views and good seafood, I would recommend it. There were two other restaurants that I wanted to try but desperately needed reservations for were Street & Co. and Fore Street. If you plan on visiting Portland I highly recommend making reservations.

Overall it was a really great mini-vacation in Portland, Maine. I always have such a great time, eating, drinking and exploring the city. I hope your weekend was great too!

My face sums it all up

My face sums it all up