Underground Garden Dinner

I started following Underground by A-Game after an event I attended at Bloomingdales. I was immediately intrigued by the Underground concept. He travels all over Westchester (sometimes Fairfield) County doing pop-up dinners. Each dinner has a unique theme with decor and menu to match- so cool! When I saw he was doing a pop-up at Terrain I knew I needed to be there. Terrain is one of my favorite restaurants and I knew a Chef Jes/Chef Andrew combo would be AMAZING!

My friend Andrew, who writes for CT Bites and runs the account @realfooddudes, asked if I wanted to go so of course I said YES. I waited maybe 5 seconds to answer when I saw his text….lol.

The Setup- The dinner was an Outdoor Garden theme and took place at Terrain, in their beautiful outdoor space in Westport. They cleverly utilized the outdoor space and set up tables throughout the garden. Each table was surrounded by beautiful trees and plants making it seem like a private dinner which made the experience even more unique. Thankfully the rain held out and the weather was perfect.

The night started with everyone enjoying cocktails and some food appetizers. Each chef made their intros and told us some more details about the night. Then we made our way to our seats! (Andrew and I were seated in the Garden Shed. Hello VIP status….obviously thanks to Andrew!)

As the dinner started Chef Andrew walked around with a box of records and every person had the chance to choose a song which made became our playlist for the night. What a cool idea!

The Menu- The dinner started with a Snapper Crudo appetizer with radish, beet juice, and purple potatoes. This was the one dish I was skeptical about since I’m not a big fan of seafood. I reluctantly tried a small piece of the fish eat the fish. I’m still not sure how I feel about it (although it didn’t really taste like anything) but everything else which was delicious! Next was the Pork Tenderloin, and was probably the best things i’ve eaten all year. It resembled a Thanksgiving spread, which happens to be one of my favorite holidays. The dish was served with a sweet potato mash, manioc stuffing, and a pancetta vinaigrette. I had never heard of manioc but it was SO good (and gluten free). Next was an endive salad which I wasn’t a fan of. It was an interesting concept/combo but the endive was too strong for me. Now let’s talk about the dessert…..which honestly needs a whole post dedicated to it. It was a Bread Pudding with HOMEMADE fruity pebbles (OMG!!!!), salted fudge, and cereal milk ice cream (OMG!!!!). I could barely finish it because I was so stuffed but it was so delicious!

Overall, everything was perfect and so well planned. Almost a week later and I’m still thinking about that pork tenderloin dish and the dessert. Make sure to sign up for the Underground mailing list to find out when/where his next pop-up dinner is!

My Favorite Spots in Boston

So…. I figured it was time to actually use the blog on my site. When I was planning the site map for my website, I wanted to make sure to incorporate a blog. I had every intention of using it frequently…..but things don’t always go as planned!

A while back I posted an Instagram story asking for recommendations in Boston. I wanted to branch out since I always go to the same places when I visit Boston. Many people expressed their interest in me sharing Boston recommendations so here we are!

BRUNCH

Tatte- It physically isn’t possible for me to make a trip to Massachusetts without stopping at Tatte, even if its just for a latte. I’ll usually bring my laptop or a book and make myself right at home.

Masa- This spot has some delicious food and a perfect brunch menu that isn’t overwhelming. The best part is the brunch special they do! Great prices, great food, great mimosas; what more can you ask for?

The Friendly Toast- They have everything you could ever imagine and more; including mimosa flights! I’m pretty sure I don’t need to say anything else…. ;)

LUNCH

Faneuil Hall- I love stopping in here for lunch especially when I go to Boston with a group of people. There’s something for everyone and some great shopping in the area!

DINNER

Giacomo’s- Arguably the best Italian food in Boston! You can’t go wrong.

Toscano’s- Another great Italian spot in Boston, with an amazing wine selection! I also love the surrounding area…perfect for a walk after dinner.

Lolita- This place had been on my list for YEARS so I’m glad I was able to make it last time I was in Boston. I am OBSESSED with the decor and vibe at this place. The food and drinks totally lived up to the hype. Every visit is filled with some surprises making the experience even more fun. If you’re planning on going, make sure you have a reservation otherwise you could end up waiting an hour.

DRINKS

Pasta Beach- Last time I was in Boston I stopped here for drinks! I LOVE the decor here and they had some great cocktails.

The Lookout- Boston isn’t exactly the city for rooftops but I did love visiting this spot. They have some amazing cocktails and I love the vibe. In the colder months (about 9 months out of the year) they have the igloos so you can enjoy your drinks without being too cold.

Cisco Brewers- Originally from Nantucket, Cisco has an awesome pop-up spot in the Seaport area. It is the perfect spot for weekend day drinking. I loved the ACK Mule!

SWEETS AND SNACKS

I obviously had to find a way to work Georgetown Cupcakes into the list because i am obsessed.

Georgetown Cupcakes- Another spot I ALWAYS have to visit when I’m in Boston.

Ogawa Coffee- Prepare to be mesmerized by their amazing latte art. I also have to give them a shoutout because I was pretty impressed with their matcha latte. Check out their insta: https://www.instagram.com/ogawacoffeeusa/.

Milkbar- Birthday Cake Truffles!! Plus the famous Milkbar cake. SO GOOD!

Blackbird Donuts- I’m not a big donut person but I loved seeing the unique combos and flavors they use at Blackbird!

ON MY LIST

These are some of the places I have been hearing about or have been on my list for a while!

Milkweed- Last time I went to Boston we made a reservation and still had to wait another 45 minutes so we ended up going to a different spot for brunch. However, with all the buzz i’ve heard about this place I know I NEED to go……just have to plan to wait.

Stephanie’s on Newbury- I have been hearing about Stephanie’s for so long and I can’t believe I still haven’t made it.

The Landing- I love the location of this place! Just need to go back and try some of their drinks….which look amazing. They are know for their fishbowls!

Scorpion Bar- I only recently heard about this place from a few people and I knew I needed to add it to my list.

I hope you guys enjoyed this list of recommendations for Boston. Share your favorite spots with me in the comments! And let me know if you try any of the places mentioned above!

Setting Intentions

Last year I decided to forget about setting my regular New Year’s resolutions. For me resolutions started to feel more like pointless, empty promises.

At the beginning of this year, I sat down for a while with just my thoughts in an attempt to figure out what exactly I wanted to do. The previous year (2017), I had gone through so many transitions and felt kind of lost when it came to my career. I was so defeated by the lack of compelling jobs and felt like I was being pulled in 10 different directions.

At the beginning of the year I gave myself the impossible task of 1. figuring out what I wanted to do and 2. coming up with a plan for how I would achieve that. Without even realizing it (until a few months ago) that’s exactly what I did.

I think the idea of setting an intention seems a little less scary than a resolution. Telling yourself you want something to happen and putting that energy into the universe and working towards it. I took the time to do some research about intentions and thought I would take a minute to share what I found, and why everyone should start implementing the practice into their everyday lives.

“While you can set an intention to be productive, you'll find more power in stating an intention to open your mind and heart to the thinking that will result in higher productivity and other desirable states. “ -Marla Tabaka (Setting Goals Isn't Enough: Setting Daily Intentions Will Change Your Life)

Setting intentions is all about being in a mindset to work towards your goals. For example, and intention that I set for myself this year was to work on my content creation and practice my photography, videography, and editing. Already I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to come up with video video concepts and have taken pictures almost every single day. It’s something small but I know that working on this a little bit everyday will definitely help me improve on my skills. Setting that intention is different than me making the resolution that I’ll take pictures every day- which I have done in the past- and personally it just hasn’t worked for me.

Welcome!

 
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Hey! Welcome to my first official blog post on my first official site for my first official company! It’s been such a journey getting here and I know there’s a lot of work to still be done but I’m so excited to get started.

While most of the people reading this will probably be my close friends and family, I thought I’d start with talking about how this all began. When I first graduated college, I took the first job I got at a small agency in my Norwalk and absolutely HATED it. Taking that job may have been one of the best things ever though- yes I’m a hopeless optimist…annoying right? The job had drained me so much it was affecting my personal life. I stopped doing the things I enjoyed like photography, working with animals, visiting my friends, etc. Something in me realized I needed to make a change so I walked into work one day, wrote my resignation letter, and never looked back.

In my time off, I was able to fall in love again with photography and content creation, while I figured out what to do next. And that’s when I started freelancing. At the time I had no clue what the word even meant, but that one word has had such a profound impact on my life and career. With 2 years of freelancing experience under my belt, here we are! Me with my own LLC, now a website, and nothing but excitement for the future.

I know this is a work in progress, but the moment I started working on a website, I knew it would have a blog attached to it. So often I get asked for advice and I figured this would be such a great way to share! Nothing makes me happier than being able to share my experience and knowledge with others- and I hope this blog will inspire and provide guidance to anyone who reads it. I never had a mentor or someone that I could look to far advice when it came to starting my own business, so I hope to be a reference to anyone out there who may be in a similar situation. If you ever have any questions or ideas for blog posts, send them my way! I want this blog to be a resource that people can use, so I want to create content that YOU are interested in.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey and I will be back soon!