Back in da Bean

Has this turned into a travel blog? Where are the recipes? Where are the workouts? Where is all the healthy stuff? I know, I know… But sometimes life gets in the way of the kitchen and the gym :)

I was in Boston this weekend seeing family, friends and watching some bball. It was my first time back since graduation and I had a blast but it made me miss living there, being in college and playing basketball. Oh woe is me. Totally kidding… life is still great!

I landed in Boston on Friday afternoon and after stopping at CVS to get medicine to unblock my ear (omg most annoying thing ever!) I made a stop at the Holy Grail.

Trader Joe's ext

At last.

TJs haul

I wanted so much more but I was limited because I did not check luggage. Still picked up some great items.

I stayed in Brookline with my aunt and uncle and we had a delicious sushi dinner at Mr. Sushi. I’m probably the worst person to go to sushi with. I usually stick to my cucumber avocado rolls but after trying the salmon teriyaki rolls I am totally converted.

Sushi dinner

I worked out with my uncle on Saturday morning and then made breakfast for my wonderful hosts. I was raving about baked oatmeal at dinner so that’s what was on the menu. I tripled my baked cranberry oatmeal but instead of cranberries used bananas, raisins and slivered almonds. I am so glad that they liked it!

Baked Oatmeal

I headed downtown to Beacon Hill for lunch with my old coach, mentor and friend. The restaurant choice was easy: The Paramount… my favorite Beantown spot for my favorite pancakes. Who says you can’t have chocolate chip pancakes for lunch?!

Paramount Pancakes

The last bite was so sad.

Last bite

After lunch, we went to Emerson for the games. It was definitely a weird feeling being a spectator but I am so glad I got to see the men and women in action and both teams pulled off big wins! Congrats Lions :)


Dinner was a delicious Buddhas Feast from PF Chang’s and a glass of wine with my favorite 6-foot-baller. Cheers to legal drinks!

PF Chang Dinner

The rest of the night was a flashback to freshman year: vodka, Allston, tequila, Patriots, Bud Light. Those were the days. Too bad I don’t handle them as well now… pathetic I know.

Kristin Amy Sienna

Yesterday morning I dragged my hungover self to meet Sarah at FlyWheel for 8am spinning. The class nearly killed me but it was so great to meet Sarah. She’s even nicer in person and a huge running inspiration :)

Flywheel feet

Before heading to the airport, we made a family brunch. I chopped veggies, my aunt prepared a fruit salad and my uncle made a perfectly cooked frittata. Everything was delicious… team effort!

Brunch at Ken's

I didn’t want to leave. I had the four best years of my life in that city. Hoping I might be there again soon. This time, for longer.

Questions of the day…

What did you do this weekend?

What’s your sushi order?

56 thoughts on “Back in da Bean

  1. Yay to being back on your blog reading it! I will catch up on your previous posts this week as I feel like I’ve missed out on your travel of late!

    I wish we had a trader joes here in Australia but alas like many other stores we don’t have it.

    Drooling over both the baked oatmeal and those choc chip pancakes.

    I love any sushi but my favourite is a tempura prawn California roll, so so good!!

    Happy new year and happy Monday! Sending you a totally not weird virtual hug too as I missed you!

  2. So glad you had a blast amidst the temporary ear pain….I hear you. its the WORST on the planes too! Sounds like the perfect refreshing dose after Europe and now, probably another vacation just to rest properly ;)

    Stoked you like salmon sushi now- That’s one of my favourites!

    1. I seriously felt like my head was going to explode! And I don’t know why I never gave salmon sushi a chance before. I like all the things in it… weirdo?!

  3. I pass examinations therefore my days off don’t differ from everyday life… Textbooks and abstracts round me… I actually not big fan of land. But my friends love them therefore I usually eat a portion for the company… If only I can’t choose something another ;)

  4. Oh that ear pain from the plane is the worst! Glad you got that taken care of fast. I love all the traveling you are doing. I’m not sure I knew (probably forgot) you went to college in Boston! Love that team effort on breakfast ;) So fun!

  5. Looks like such an awesome weekend! I had so much fun in Boston when I was there for HLS two summers ago. It’s such a great city to explore and there are so many good restaurants!

    I totally hear you on not handling hangovers well anymore… we’re getting old! :P

    My go to sushi order is a wakame salad, salmon roll, and a tuna roll, California roll, or cucumber avocado roll.

  6. What a wonderful weekend spent w/ family & meeting a new blogger. I am quite impressed by your uncles fritatta. Is that peas in the mix? That really is quite the genius of addition to an already delicious meal! :)

  7. Haha! I know the feeling about getting back to the store and stockng up on all that goodness! I did the same after my 3 weeks at home, and even though it was painful watching my credit card swipe, it was SO good having all that food!!! You had a wonderful weekend, and deserved a weekend away from your usual healthy life….makes it a treat to enjoy :) Good to have you back!

  8. Soooooo excited you were in boston but super bummed we didn’t get a chance to hang out. You had the recipe for a perfect weekend regardless- good food, solid workout, boston, old friends, everything I try to accomplish in a weekend! I love the paramount- best pancakes for sure! I know the feeling with spectating your sport. I feel that way whenever I go to the swim meets. I want to be the one up on the blocks racing, not watching other people. But it is nice to go back and watch and cheer for your old team. It just means you’ll have to come back to boston soon to see them and hang out with me :)

    1. Make Eric take you! haha No but really, you don’t need to go to Europe for an awesome getaway. Boston is definitely my favorite North American city (although I may be a little biased)

  9. Awwww, I love Boston!! It was my favorite destination when I worked for Swissair and I went back past summer including Cape Cod. I should have asked you for some restaurant tips though, when I look at those pancakes….

  10. Your weekend looks awesome! Especially those pancakes..delicious!! It must have been so nice to be back on your school stomping grounds. We went to Boston once and adored the town. So much to do!! I hope you get some time to relax!! :)

    My sushi order changes but spicy tuna always has a special place in my heart!

  11. Well, you certainly have been busy; although, at least it’s all good busy! ;-) I’ve been dying to go to Trader Joe’s! You know…I’ve only been there one time. I really, really need to go back asap! Those pancakes and that oatmeal are making my stomach growl. Yum!

    1. You must! I promise it won’t disappoint. Just trust in their unique “seating policy” (you’ll know what I mean when you go). It works :)

  12. I had pancakes this weekend too! Pancakes for the WIN. Also, Boston for the win. Love that city! So beautiful and historic. And trendy! I’m a sucker for trendy, as I was telling Erin (the almond eater) today.

  13. OMG, those pancakes & that brunch… yum!!
    I took a mini roadtrip yesterday… I also went to Trader Joes! :)

  14. Returning to your college town and catching up with relatives and old friends seriously sounds like an awesome weekend. Well worth traveling once more after you just returned from Europe. Sorry about your ear! I hope it’s feeling all fine again now.
    Aside from a much needed clean-up session of the apartment this past weekend I also went shopping with my mum coming back with quite the haul. Hello, new boots.

  15. Looks like such a fun trip! I miss my college town and friends too…it’s bittersweet graduating! I’m 3 years out but sometimes still wish I was back at good old WIU…such wonderful times. That baked oatmeal looks fantastic!

  16. Isn’t it crazy how quickly you lose your ability to keep up with the college lifestyle? It’s like you graduate and within months you need a real adult’s nights sleep every night and one or two drinks puts you over the edge. As for sushi, I’m with you on cucumber avocado, it’s my go to and I’ll never change!! :) Anyway it looks like you had a fabulous weekend. I’m liking the sounds of back soon for longer!

    1. You are so lucky! Can I come too?! haha but seriously, you’ll have a blast! I highly recommend the Paramount for brunch — just trust in their unique “seating policy” (you’ll know what I mean when you go). It works :)

  17. Ahh sounds like such a fun trip! I keep forgetting there is no Trader Joe’s in Canada…I’m not sure if I would survive lol! I’ve only been to Boston once but I completely fell in love with that city. Ever since I’ve been telling myself I’m going to live there one day…And as far as sushi goes I always go for the rainbow row or a baked roll. But I’m not hard to please when it comes to sushi, I’m game for anything!

    1. Of course :( It was great to see Mandy but I was so disappointed when she told me you were away — would have loved to catch up as well. Glad to see your health reboot is going well and I definitely needed your post today :)

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