The Friday Five 6.22.15

1. Reading:

2. Watching: Did you know…

“Disney animators frequently used to recycle footage from older animated films,” YouTube poster Movie Munchies explains. “They would draw over existing animation cells to make new scenes with characters with similar designs, characteristics, and movements. This is also known as rotoscoping.”

3. Eating: I told you to watch for more burgers on the blog. I wasn’t kidding. This week Boston Burger Co debuted their special “The Sophie” and it is insanely good. They’re known for piling a crazy amount of toppings on their burgers and this one does not disappoint. Sophie’s got goat cheese, prosciutto, fig jam, candied pecans, and arugula tossed in lemon vinaigrette. It’s intense…ly good.

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Shameless plug: BBC is in the running for Battle of the Burger. We’d love for you to vote for us here! And if you’re a local, get in touch with me via christina.orso@bostonburgerco.com. I may or may not have a surprise for you. <3

4. Bookmarking: For our wine date, Caroline might these delicious Coconut Peanut Butter Bites from her Purple Carrot delivery box. They were so good that I can’t wait to make them myself.

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5. GIFs!

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have a lovely weekend!!

Fab Fit Friends Do Wine Night In!

When I first moved to Boston, I quickly made friends with my girl Caroline. Not only is she an amazing spin instructor at Turnstyle Cycle, she’s an awesome girl overall. She teaches spin, is a personal trainer/writer/blogger, and has family in Charleston. Her aunt introduced her to my blog before I moved up here so the seeds of our friendship were planted long ago. Our lives are both pretty hectic but last night we finally made room in our schedule for some girl time. Wine time!

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Thanks to Ribera Y Rueda Wine , I was able to bring over a bottle of red and a bottle of white to Caroline’s house. The Rueda Verdejos (white grape varietal) is bright and crisp. The Ribera del Duero Tempranillo (red grape varietal) is bold and rugged.

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Ribera and Rueda is located in northwest Spain – about an hour away from Madrid – where winemakers have cultivated wines for over 2,000 years. They’re fun, approachable wines that are perfect for an outdoor soiree or a night on the couch. It was a bit chilly last night, so Caroline and I chose the latter option. Nothing better than some good ol’ couch time catching up on food, fitness, and boys. Our favorite things!

I noticed the label right away. Such a clean, bold label. Just black and white with a pop of red. So fun. IMG 8648 e1432251687691 500x500 Fab Fit Friends Do Wine Night In!

A nice full glass. Just what the doctor ordered after a long day of work. 😉

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And look at how pretty the color of the wine is. Just a beautiful berry hue.

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We also had a nice spread Caroline prepared. Jalapeno hummus, fresh salsa, tortilla chips, fruit, and yummy energy bites. The perfect amount of apps to balance out our wine.

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Girl time is the best time! After a long day at work, I love catching up with my girlfriends, but hitting the bar scene isn’t always my fave. Showing up to your friends house in yoga pants with a couple of bottles? THAT’s more my style. So glad we got to hang and am looking forward to the next one! <3

Wine nights for you: out on the town or in on the couch?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Weekend Things

Happy Monday! I feel like I did so much stuff this weekend. I’m taking advantage of this weather as much as possible. Must.soak.up.the.sunshine.

I kicked off Friday with a delicious lunch at a little wine store I found. The Spirited Gourmet in Belmont is an adorable little shop with wine & specialty food. They’ve got fresh meats and cheeses that make for some great sandwiches. I got the Caprese and added mortadella. I can’t get enough of it lately. Fancy bologna, right? Ha.

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Fresh mozzarella, mortadella, basil, and Italian vinaigrette on crusty bread. It was awesome! I’m going back next month for a wine tasting and I’ll be sure to grab another sammy.

Friday night I met my friend Sarah for The Lawn on D opening in Southie. This is one of the coolest parks I’ve ever been to. It was full of food trucks, several bars, lawn games, live music, dancing, and best of all…these glow in the dark swings! Everyone wanted a pic with one.

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On Saturday I met my Grammy for a mall + lunch date. We had been wanting to try Besito in Burlington and since it’s attached to the mall, it was a perfect pre-shopping fuel. This place is super pretty inside and the first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone was. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. I had the grilled fish tacos that were topped with a pumpkinseed -jalapeno & cilantro salsa. The salsa was great but the fish was a little dry.

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Grammy had the enchiladas mixtas with steak, chicken, and chorizo. We thought that each of the enchiladas would be filled with a different meat, but instead all three had a mix of the fillings. We both though that was odd, but not necessarily a bad thing. I would’ve preferred the meats to be separated so you could taste the difference. The sauce was so good though!

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Rice & beans for the table were included.

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At the end we got delicious churros and Mexican worry dolls. I thought that was a really nice touch. besito mexican restaurant mexican worry dolls e1431996237977 500x500 Weekend Things

Saturday night Lindsay and I went out to the bar early. And by early I mean like 9pm when barely anyone was there. So we sat by ourselves and took model shots. This was a joke, clearly. ;P Because instagram filters + a dimlit bar can make anyone model material, am I right!?

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I was in bed by midnight (YAY) because I had an early Sunday morning beauty class at Sephora. They occasionally offer classes so when I saw one on eyes & brows, I immediately booked it! During the 2-hour session we learned all about how to apply shadow and mascara and how to shape our brows. I loved learning little tricks and meeting the other girls.

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After my class I met some friends back at The Lawn on D. It was just as fun in the sunshine. We enjoyed an adult beverage on lawn and then…you guessed it, got back on the swings. I might come back every weekend.

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Have a great week!

My Relationship with Running

 My Relationship with Running

Over the years, I’ve had an on and off relationship with running. It’s like the boyfriend I keep taking back. Except it’s healthy for me. 😉

My last big race was my half marathon in January 2013. Immediately after the race I was pumped about this accomplishment and eager to sign up for another half. But then I took a break from running…for way too long. Over the next two years I only ran once in a while, a casual 3-6 miles here and there. I totally lost interest in running as a hobby and since I didn’t have anything to train for, I just let my love go.

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Until a couple weeks ago. Along with a bunch of my family members, I ran the Brain Tumor Alliance 5K. I hadn’t run in months (aside from sprints on the treadmill) and didn’t train for the race at all. Whoops. I thought I’d be fine, but to be honest, it was tough! And very humbling. But mostly it just made me realize that I do still like running and though the first mile sucks, it’s always worth the initial struggle. It’s a great form of stress relief and I love being out in the fresh air.

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I’m not terribly picky about what I wear for my runs, but I do know what I like. I like very fitting, yet breathable attire. I can’t stand when my clothing rides up, causing me to stop and adjust. The worst! I do a lot of online shopping (who doesn’t?) and lately I’ve been using Zappos a ton. They’ve got over 150,000 styles to choose from. And free shipping both ways? Yes, please! And their return policy can’t be beat. Free returns for up to 365 days. That’s loyalty.

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This summer I’d love to sign up for a few more 5Ks. The Boston area has tons to choose from. I swear there’s at least one every weekend, most of which are for charity. There are also some really cool foodie-based races — something I’ve never done but would love! Will I do another half marathon? I’ll never say never. I actually enjoyed the training aspect of it. It kept me on a regular exercise schedule and feeling my body adjust to each longer run was really inspiring.

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What’s your relationship with running like? Are you signed up for any upcoming races?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.