Monthly Archives: June 2013

Brunch at Lineage with Boston Brunchers

I was able to do it again – get a spot at a brunch with Boston Brunchers. This time, it was at Lineage in Brookline, MA. It’s always a good time when a sweltering summer day is cut with good company, good conversation, and great food. Lineage provided all of the above.

Lineage Menu

 

We were first brought out a round of Bloody Marys, which are a staple at brunch (at least for me). The drinks were well blended, with a spicy kick, but also a sweet finish. We were then told we would be brought out family-style servings of pancakes and French toast, and individual plates of Huevos Rancheros. We also ordered some spicy lobster tacos for the table.

I’m definitely not a seafood person, lobster especially (if those things were on land, they would be bugs), but the presentation was really awesome.

Spicy Lobster Tacos - avocado mousse, mango salsa

Spicy Lobster Tacos – avocado mousse, mango salsa

Lineage Bloody Mary

Lineage Bloody Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next came our pancakes and French toast. The pancakes were made with ricotta, and had pockets of the cheese throughout, and were topped with fresh strawberries and cherries. The Pullman French toast was topped with white peaches and Thai basil. Smoked maple syrup came with both. I wish I could cook something that tasted (and looked) this good:

Buttermilk Pancakes - ricotta, strawberries

Buttermilk Pancakes – ricotta, strawberries

Pullman French Toast - smoked maple syrup, white peach, Thai basil

Pullman French Toast – smoked maple syrup, white peach, Thai basil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They even look cute on my plate! Wait – did I just call food cute? I just called food cute.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

 

Pullman French Toast

Pullman French Toast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last, but by far not the least, was our Huevos Rancheros. As The Boyfriend will tell you, I am not a very adventurous eater. Part of why I like these things is because I’m forced to try things I wouldn’t otherwise order – and also socialize. Food + Bloggers = Fun

But I digress. Anyway, I don’t normally (read: EVER) eat beans, of any kind. And I always order my eggs scrambled. So I was a little nervous when a huge plate of black beans and an over easy egg was put in front of me. However, there was enough steak on the plate to balance it out, so I gave it a whirl. And what a whirl it was. SO. MUCH. DELICIOUS.

Huevos Rancheros - steak, black beans, cotija cheese, cholula aioli

Huevos Rancheros – steak, black beans, cotija cheese, cholula aioli

I had a really great time, met some really cool girls (women? I still say girls), and ate some terrific food. I want to give a big shout out to Lineage for providing an amazing complimentary brunch spread, and to the Boston Brunchers for letting me have another opportunity to expand my food horizons!

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Take That Thing Off Your Head

I’m an opinionated person (which you know if you’ve read any portion of this blog). So, it’s needless to say that I tend to have strong thoughts about fashion – see Leggings Are Not Pants. Well, this weekend The Boyfriend and I took a trip to the beach. As he was rifling around his car for his wallet to bring with us, he pulled out an accessory he hasn’t worn since…well ever, that I’ve seen. What was this accessory, you ask?

A fedora.

Yep, a fedora. And not the cool, 1920s John Dillinger-type fedora. A douchey, straw Jason Mraz-style fedora. I gave him the old “You’re really not wearing THAT, are you?” And of course he laughed, made some comment about it being badass, and we made our way to the beach.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I’ve noticed that I’ve seen a ton of fedoras this summer. I think the number may be approaching double digits. In my book, one fedora is too many.

I was thinking about it to much that when I was in Dunkin Donuts, breaking a $20 for parking at the beach, I Instagram’d a picture of him, fedora and all, and sent it out to into the social medias. I got three responses (which for me is a lot), and I completely agree with one of them. Guess which:

Mike Brian Facebook

Hat by hat basis, indeed.

Mike Tweet

For reference, he was wearing a pair of Vineyard Vines swim trunks with limes and pink margaritas all over them.

What I really want to know is how fedoras went from being this:

Bogart FedoraTo this:

Douchey Fedora

The world may never know. Anyhoo, if you see someone wearing a fedora, do them a favor and tell them: Take that thing off your head.

Realigning My Goals…Again.

Every Wednesday at my office we have a “Team Lunch”, where we all sit together in one big room (where most of us work – the bullpen) and discuss a topic of interest. Today, we went around to everyone and finished this sentence “By the end of the summer, I will ____________.” Everyone had varying degrees of ambition, and some people aim to do multiple things. Some were work related, some were not.

My goal for the end of the summer is to move out of my parents house and get an apartment with The Boyfriend. This goal is kind of resting on a lot of variables though, and right now a lot of unknowns. It’s kind of on the back-burner for the near future. Am I planning on moving out by the end of the summer? Hell yes. Will it definitely happen? I’m not entirely sure.

This got me thinking – I’ve stopped doing a lot of stuff I was enjoying, mostly because I’m letting work (and stress) get in the way. And it’s affecting me physically: I’m eating awful, I feel gross, and I’m sure I don’t look too hot either. All because I’m letting stress get the best of me. Well, today I decided that’s a big pile of bull.

How I feel most of the time lately.

I wanted to make a list of things that I can 100% do, and make them more near-term goals, otherwise I’ll procrastinate. So, here’s my list of stuff I will do by the end of this month:

1. Get back into my routine of going to the gym (or just running) at least 3 times a week.

I stopped doing this partly because I started working late every night, and partly because I just got lazy. As I said already, I’m a procrastinator. And I hate GOING to the gym, even though I know I’ll feel great while I’m working out, and that I’ll love the sense of accomplishment I’ll have when I’m done. I think I can stand to leave work a little earlier two or three days a week to hit the gym at a decent hour, and work late on my off days. Oh, and there’s the matter of my 5k next month. So. That.

2. Stop buying lunch every day (which means eat healthier)

So, part of the reason I was buying my lunch every day was because my parents were away, and I just didn’t have time for grocery shopping. Now I have a dad at home who cooks every day, so I’ll take advantage for the time being. When I move out, I’ll just have to start planning meals and grocery shop for reals.

3. Make a budget. And actually stick to it. No really this time.

I’ve made budgets before, and I’ve been okay at following them. But if I’m going to be moving out, I need to make sure I can manage my money and be able to pay rent every month. I was using one before when I *thought* we were moving on June 1st, but since that hasn’t happened I’ve been all LOL EFF YOU WALLET. So cutting down on spending is key right now.

So that’s my list of the top three things I want to do by the end of the month. Think I can handle it? I’m sure as hell going to give it my best try. Oh, don’t worry – there will be another post letting you all know if I stuck to this. Because I’m sure you’ll be on the edge of your seat until then.

The Vine Brook Tavern With Boston Brunchers

On June 2nd, the Vine Brook Tavern was awesome enough to host a group of food-loving, blog-writing ladies from the Boston area: the Boston Brunchers. And guess what? I was one of those ladies! Refreshing cocktails, delicious food, and a serenade by one of the waitstaff made for a really amazing experience. I apologize in advance for the cell phone photos – I was clearly underprepared, but I think they get the point across!

Vine Brook Menu

The Cocktails

Brunch (or “Blunch” as they call it at the Tavern) is one of my favorite meals, because it’s acceptable to drink at 11:30 in the morning while having French toast. We were presented with a selection of six cocktails, all of which were unique from one another. Of course, I would have to say the Bloody Mary was my favorite. My two runners up were the Moscato Mist, which had a nice grape flavor, and the Latin Lebowski, which was an adult version of chocolate milk. Yum.

The Caipirinha - lots of lime!

The Caipirinha – lots of lime!

The Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary

The Latin Lebowski, Elderberry Cocktail, and the Hemingway Daiquiri.

The Latin Lebowski, Elderberry Cocktail, and the Hemingway Daiquiri.

The First Course

After we had sufficiently sampled the drinks, out came the first course. Yes, we had courses. Three dishes came to our table: the Sopressata Flatbread, Smoked Salmon Club, and the Crispy Challah French Toast. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, although I will note the smoked salmon was definitely my favorite.

Sopressata Flatbread - cherry bomb pepper, aged provolone

Sopressata Flatbread – cherry bomb pepper, aged provolone

Crispy Challah French Toast - maple pecan butter, blueberries, maple syrup, maple bacon

Crispy Challah French Toast – maple pecan butter, blueberries, maple syrup, maple bacon

Smoked Salmon Club - everything bagel, scallion cream cheese

Smoked Salmon Club – everything bagel, scallion cream cheese

 

The Second Course

After we had finished with the first course, it was time for the second course. They get the name “Blunch” because of what they served to us next – burgers and steak sandwiches!

Pressed Shaved Steak Sandwich - horseradish Dijon, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, house chips, sharp American

Pressed Shaved Steak Sandwich – horseradish Dijon, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, house chips, sharp American

Turkey Burger

Turkey Burger – avocado, house mayo, munster, LTO, Idaho fries

A Boston Brunchers special. the Farmhouse Pizza - included local ingredients from Wilson Farm in Lexington

A Boston Brunchers special. the Farmhouse Pizza – included local ingredients from Wilson Farm in Lexington

Oh, and that serenade? Let me present to you Joel Edwards, a classically trained opera singer who sang a piece from Tosca:

Joel Edwards, ladies and gentlemen.

Joel Edwards, ladies and gentlemen.

The entire experience was amazing, and I would definitely visit again. The restaurant space was quirky, historical and interesting, it’s big enough to provide several different dining experiences, and the waitstaff was super friendly. Thanks to the Vine Brook Tavern for providing this outstanding complementary brunch, and the Boston Brunchers for letting me be a part of this!

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