• fitness

    blogger flywheel class

    Today was another big post-baby fitness milestone: the first spin class! I took a blogger class via Blog and Tweet Boston, opting for the spin one with Catie Macken. I’d taken Azure Campbell‘s Flybarre class with Jen and my sister the week before, and that kicked my butt just as much as it did when I tried it for the first time earlier this year (with pregnancy modifications). It was great to see familiar faces like Danielle, Jessie, and Elissa when heading into the studio. I chose a bike in the back–was really glad that they let us choose our bikes this time. Spin felt a lot better than I expected it to. It really is…

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    Camille Albane

    Last Wednesday, I went to Camille Albane salon on Newbury Street for #BloggerBeauty, a makeup + hair party provided for Blog and Tweet Boston. Fellow attendees included Amanda, Amy, Emily, Jane, Janelle, Jen, Jessica, Jilian, Katherine, Kelsey, Morgan, Trianna, Victoria, and Whitney. Friendly staff members welcomed us and told us about the history of Camille Albane’s Newbury Street location, which opened last April, and the overall brand history (including its relationship to Dessange). In spite of the impressive salon pedigree, the staff and the atmosphere were both down-to-earth. We chatted more over sparkling water, espresso, macarons, cheese, crackers, bread, and olives while groups of bloggers were taken to the hairstyling…

  • appetite

    PopChips Palabok

    When I arrived home after the PopChips cooking competition, I pondered how to use the original or BBQ PopChips in an inventive way that enhances flavor and texture. Their light, airy nature makes them ideal for a crumb topping, binder for veggie or meat burgers, or as a vehicle for tiny hors d’oeuvres. I thought of incorporating them into arepas, scallion pancakes, or a Filipino caesar salad. I circulated through my mental recipe box for something that would “pop” with crumbled PopChips…and landed on pancit palabok, a favorite Filipino noodle dish from childhood. My mother cooked lots of Filipino food: empanadas, chicken adobo, lumpia (egg rolls), and variations of pancit.…

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    who will be popped?

    Before the Blog and Tweet Boston Kitchensurfing cooking competition on Thursday at WorkBar, I imagined that a Ted Allen-esque character would introduce the chefs and their ultimate cooking challenge: create an appetizer, entree, and dessert using popchips plus ingredients like ras el hanout, quahog clams, and green jello. Alas, there was no “popping” block or fierce battles commentated by Jamie Bissonette, Tiffani Faison, or Joanne Chang, but there was some lively presentation by Aprons Off, Food is Love, and Perfect Bite. While the Kitchensurfing chefs prepared their food on portable cooking stations, we sipped Polar Seltzer and Cran-Cods. Polar Seltzer Erin, Semirah, and Kerrie Polar Seltzer and Cran-Cod The Cooking…

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    Del Frisco’s Steakhouse

    Today I attended a complimentary lunch provided for for Blog and Tweet Boston by Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, an upscale steakhouse located on Liberty Wharf in the Seaport District close to Jerry Remy’s, 75 on Liberty Wharf, and Tezmacal. For more casual occasions, there is a Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff serving samples of the VIP cocktail (clementine-infused vodka with pineapple juice) and pomegranate martini. We ate in the Harbor Room, a sizable room ideal for engagement dinners, rehearsal dinners or private parties. I sat with Jess, Erin, Liz, Jen, Jill, Tali, and Semirah. We got to try a wide variety of the Del…