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Good Morning, Southie

Over the weekend I went for an early morning walk near my apartment. Bay or not, I love that I live so close to the water.  Sure there are plenty of things I may not like about living in Southie, but this is high on my list of “likes.” Seeing this is a great way to start a spring day. It seems crazy to think downtown Boston is literally about 2 miles away.

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Valentine’s Day at Tico

Call me cliché but I will always like going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. This year Sean and I decided to try a restaurant we hadn’t been to before, Tico. It’s the sister restaurant of Radius, which we’ve been to a few times and really like.

Tico is tapas restaurant with food that is a delicious mixture of America, Spanish and Mexican. Overall the food was really good. I ordered the BBQ shrimp with mango salad and grilled brussel sprouts with bacon, grilled cumquats and pickled onion. Normally I’m not a bacon fan, but with the rest of the dish it was perfect and not overpowering. Sean ordered calamari and chorizo risotto with pasilla chiles, scallion and parmigiano. Delicious all around. I think the most flavorful calamari I’ve ever had. We also shared mini lobster avocado tacos. Also delicious.

Lobster Avocado Tacos

The service overall was good and the waitstaff attentive. I also appreciated that they didn’t jam too many tables into the dining room considering the holiday, like some places do (I don’t name names…).

After dinner we went to my favorite dessert spot: Max Brenner’s, where I promptly ordered a DELICIOUS chocolate martini. So. Good. We also ordered a dessert, which took a really long time to get to the table, but the bartenders were really proactive and apologized and even comped one of our drinks. That’s always helpful, right? For the record, this was our third or fourth trip to Max Brenner’s and this was the first time there was any sort of issue (which wasn’t even a big deal – I was busy enjoying my drink).

Chocolate Martini at Max Brenner's

Overall it was a fun evening – I would recommend both Tico and Max Brenner’s to anyone. Enjoy. : )

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May Baby

Friday was my birthday!  For whatever reason, this year is the first time I actually felt like I was getting older.  Odd.

I started celebrating on Thursday with coworkers over drinks.  Finally a sunny day!

The forecast for my actual birthday called for rain – but it was actually sunny and 70.  Perfect.

Roses from my mom

I was really excited to get flowers at work on my birthday from my lovely mom.  What girl doesn’t love flowers?  My amazing coworkers also took me to Legal’s Test Kitchen for lunch (delish!) and surprised me with a cake.  Even got to hear their singing skills with a little rendition of Happy Birthday.

Sean took me out to dinner at Taberno de Haro – a restaurant in Brookline we’ve been meaning to try for about 2 years.  I can’t decide whether or not to think it was worth the wait or be upset we didn’t get to enjoy it sooner.  The food was amazing and the wine was perfect.  The wine list was literally 30 pages long.  We chose a red called Aster Reserva. Definitely worth trying!

Then Sean took me on my first trip to Finale.  How is it that I’ve never been there before?  It was delicious.  On the way home, we stopped at a liquor store in Coolidge Corner at found our FAVORITE wine – Evolution.  This was the first time I’ve ever seen it in a liquor store.  Amazing.

Sean and me at La Verdad

Saturday night was drinks (margaritas!) with friends at La Verdad.  Sunday wasmostly relaxing and Sean made me dinner.  All in all a lovely weekend.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Apparently May is National Strawberry Month.  What better way to celebrate than making strawberry shortcake cookies?  I saw the recipe for these on my fellow baking lover’s blog – Fun & Fearless in Beantown.  It was my coworker’s birthday the following week and thought these would be a great way to help celebrate.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh if possible)
  • 9 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (recipe calls for coarse salt, but I used regular table salt)
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used 2% milk, but the recipe actually calls for heavy cream)
  • Optional: Vanilla turbinado sugar or sanding sugar, for sprinkling

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.   Then hull and dice the strawberries and place them into a medium bowl.

diced strawberries

Add the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar into the bowl of strawberries, mix and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and remaining seven tablespoons of granulated sugar.  Cut in the butter, making the dough crumbly in texture.  The original recipe recommended using a pastry cutter – something I have yet to invest in. : )

Right before adding the strawberries

After the texture in the mixture in consistent, stir in the milk.

The cookie dough

Once mixed, add the strawberry mixture.  Note – the original recipe showed a loose cookie dough texture at this point, but mine was somewhat thinner.  This may have been because the strawberries I used were really juicy – but regardless the cookies still came out delicious.

Using a tablespoon, place dollops of the cookie dough on a cookie sheet that’s either greased or lined with parchment paper.  The original recipe showed dough balls similar-ish to chocolate chip cookie dough balls, but mine were not as firm. Again – I think because of the strawberry juice.

Bake cookies between 10 – 20 minutes depending on your oven.  The original recipe actually called for 24 minutes but my cookies were actually done in 10!  Tip: do a “test batch” with one or two cookies on opposite sides of the baking sheet to see how long they take.

The recipe yields about 25 – 30 cookies.

The verdict:  the cookies were a success!  Definitely something I will make again.  Enjoy!

Strawberry shortcake cookies - yum!

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Ice Cream!

It’s finally getting warm out – today was beautiful.  First ice cream of the season!

Mmm....JP Licks!

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Boston Marathon!

I walked through the construction zone that is the finish line for the Boston Marathon on my way to the gym this morning.  Very cool!

The finish line!

I have to admit – it can be challenging to get around Boston the weekend preceding (and the day of) the Boston Marathon.  Nonetheless, it’s still very cool.

Good luck runners!

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Action Kitchen

Today we had a surprise work outing to Action Kitchen at the Seaport Hotel.  I have to admit – it was pretty awesome.  We split up into two teams and competed Top Chef-style with appetizers and entrees.

Action Kitchen dishes

We were given the freedom to use anything we wanted from our team’s fridge – lots of fresh veggies and proteins.  I worked with a partner on the appetizer – scallops provencal made with fresh garlic, shallots and thyme in a white wine sauce and topped off with yellow and red cherry tomatoes.

Scallops Provencal

What tasted even better was WINNING.  Our team won by 1/2 point.

Apple upside down tarts with fresh whipped cream

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