Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Boston

Hello! I am so sorry to have been MIA for so long ( a week…yikes!). Something you may (or may not) know about me is that I have lived in 8 States. I spent the majority of my Middle & High school years in the Boston area. I left this past Thursday to head back to Boston with my Mom to visit my Sister, BIL & adorable niece. Along the way, I was able to attend an AMAZING blogger meet up, see my best friend, and have lots of great eats. I will let the pictures do most of the talking:

Sweet Bites Bakery & Cafe in Acton. Just adorable with tasty treats. Their menu is written on the wall & they have delicious coffee and awesome looking cupcakes:

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I sampled a few of their coffee blends, but enjoyed their traditional Guatemalan best. I also had their Mueslix (aka a parfait) with a yummy blend of fruits:

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Sweet Bites on Urbanspoon

When in Boston, you must enjoy a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. I swear, the Dunkin Donuts in the Boston area are completely different than they are in other parts of the country (I never stop at Dunkin in SC…ick!):

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I also was lucky enough to attend a blogger meet up at Vlora.

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Bridget of Yogurt and Berries was sweet enough to meet me outside of the city and drive me in. Bridget is so down to earth and just genuinely nice- it was a lot of fun to catch up with her on the way in. Here is a picture of the two of us being blown away by the wind at the end of the night:

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The meet up also included:

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When we first sat down, Vlora sent us out some great crusty rolls and a sampling of dishes to try. Everything was so flavorful, but my two favorites dishes were the feta and watermelon and Greek salads.

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I enjoyed the Greek salad so much, I ordered one for dinner (check out that big hunk of feta!!):

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Yummy food and a great group of ladies! Thank you to Vlora for all of their hospitality.

Vlora on Urbanspoon

I was able to squeeze in an early morning run on my trip. I did about 6.5 miles. It was such a change to run in low humidity!

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I met up with my best friend Kelley who I hadn’t seen in ages.

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And last, but not least, I got to visit one of my favorite stores:

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Such a wonderful trip :). How was your weekend? Look for a Giveaway on Wednesday!!

52 comments:

Miz said...

LOVE that you had such a great trip and actually adored that I keep stopping by your house, errr, blog :) and you werent home.

I knew you were out LIVING NOT BLOGGING ABOUT LIFE.

xo xo

*Naomi* said...

yay! love the recap and it was SO SO SO awesome to meet you! you are so sweet and down to earth, just as I would have thought :) and did I tell you I loved your dress? well I did!

dunkins is a hit or miss for me! sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it, but i have to be in the mood, it is dangerous though because I can down a medium in about 35 seconds! haha

glad you had a nice trip...I am stilld reaming about the watermelon and feta salad!! I am determined to recreate it!!

TiffersRunsTX said...

What a lovely time! Running without humidity...is that like our winter time? *Le sigh...le pout*

On another note: I started wondering where you were on Friday, haha! "WHAAAA?!"

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That is an awesome blogger meetup! Wow!!!

Lauren said...

I had no idea you lived in Boston for so long. I remember you telling me that you did reside in PA for a bit. Please let me know when you come back to visit PA! :)

WOw, Boston looks so wonderful. Glad you had a great trip Erica!

lee@In My Tummy said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

No TJ's in Charleston? If I ever make it down there, I'll bring you some goodies.

Bridget said...

So great to finally meet!! Hope the rest of your weekend was fun, and that you did some major stocking up at TJ's! I've never heard of that cafe in Acton, now I want to scope it out!

Jessica said...

FANTASTIC blogger meet up! You lucky girls! I'm glad you had a great trip, well deserved I'm sure.

Molly said...

Looks like you had a great trip! Running in low humidity sounds heavenly right now!

Pam said...

What a wonderful trip..so many smiles, good times, and yummy food!

Glad you were able to enjoy a real DD coffee...he he! I would like too..ha!

Have fun Sweetie!

Megan D said...

I'm glad you had such a fun trip!! That Sweet Bites Cafe looks awesome. And really, anything ending in a trip to Trader Joe's is going to be great!

Anne Marie said...

Looks like you had a great trip! The blog meet up looked like a lot of fun!

K from ksgoodeats said...

That looks like such a fun trip!! Blogger meet ups are such a blasty! I hope you stocked UP at TJs - that place is so dangerous, good thing that a lot of the stuff is cheap haha! I love your white skirt/tank outfit! So cute!! Where is the tank top from?

How amazing does next week's RHNJ look? I'm so excited! Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week :)

stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Glad you had such a great trip, I've never been to Boston! Your blog layout looks fabulous too by the way girl :) Glad you are back!

Kelsey said...

they serve green eggs and ham there??? omg!!! thats fantastic <3

Jessica said...

I had dissapeared for a while but I am back : )

What a fabulous weekend!!!! I love the Boston area! I grew up in VT and trips to Boston happened very regularly! Such a fun place!

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

Looks like you had a fabulous trip! Boston is one of the places that I'd like to visit some day!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Looks like such a fun trip!! I love how many bloggers there are in the Boston area. Seems like there's a great friend network to take advantage of!

Lori said...

What a fun meet up! I think it is so great that you've experienced so my places around the US. I will admit that I am most jealous of your Trader Joe's stop. Ha, ha! I haven't been able to keep up with blog reading in a while so I'm just now seeing your new look. Looks great!

Kerr said...

looks like a great trip!

no humidity...what is that?!

brandi said...

what a fun trip! That's so cool you got to meet up with everyone

Christina said...

that is a huge blogger meet up! love it.


and um....oh my god. you were in acton? that's where i lived from birth to 13. SO.CRAZY.

homecookedem said...

What a great blogger meet-up!! Glad you had a nice trip and were able to reunite with your BFF! :)

We Are Not Martha said...

That feta was seriously the best ever!! And I'm still dreaming about the watermelon :)

It was awesome seeing you and I'm glad the rest of your trip was fun!!

Hope you come back soon!

Sues

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Guatemalan coffee..hmmmm..I may or may not have an unopened bag that one of my colleagues brought from Guatemala! Add crackin that bad boy open to our date list. I've only had DD coffee from here and I thought I must crazy because it was so gross! Glad to know it's South Carolina and not me. Love your grey tank! I'm going to try to make it tonight..not feeling to well. I'm hoping it was just jitters from this morning! XOXO Miss your face!

Krista said...

I was just thinking that you must be on a trip! Glad to hear it was a blast. Blogger meet ups are so fun. :)

Holly said...

there is NOTHING like a trip home to have fun and refuel the soul...especially when it includes bloggy meet-ups, trader joes and running! glad you had a fabulous week my dear - happy tuesday :)

Jenna said...

What a fantastic trip and blogger meet up, looks like it was a blast! Glad you were out there living life. The blog can always wait, especially during the summertime. :)

tam said...

Looks like you had a fab time, I wish i had bloggers that I could met up with! I haven't posted for a week until today either, I went to a festival which was AMAZING and only got back yesterday x x

*Andrea* said...

acton was my high school's biggest rival ;)

i may need to pay sweet bites a trip very soon for some cupcakes!!

Julie said...

i JUST wrote on naomis post how jealous i was of the meetup!!!! boston is such a fun city so i'm so glad you had such a good time :) new york is next riiiiiight?? we have dunkins here too ;)

kelley said...

I'm famous hehe!!!! As always wonderful to see you :) my turn to visit you next. I miss Frank! Love you!!!! Also will have to try out vlora it looks awesome !!

Holly said...

What an awesome trip!! SO fun that you were able to meet up with so many wonderful bloggies. And that salad....oh, wow. I would never have thought to combine feta + watermelon but it sounds amazing!

I still can't believe you've lived in 8 states....I've lived in one - a sign I need to move? :-)

Shannon said...

love the new look girl! and so bummed I missed you :( summer weekends always fill up so fast... glad you had a fabulous time!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

What an awesome trip! and no, didnt know that you lived in Beantown for that long!

love the pic of you in the white skirt, taupe tank top. LOVE that tank top. That style looks good on me. And clearly on you :) See, it always comes back to fashion on food blogs :)

So glad you've had this time and dont worry about commenting, blogging, the sphere in general..who cares, all of us lame'os will be here when you get back!

xo

Natalie said...

I'm going to Boston in September for a little vaca! Might have to hit you up for some ideas :)

LOVE that shirt you're wearing with the white skirt. You are too cute!

vanillasugar said...

oh fun! boston is a fun place to eat. great restaurants. i can't say that DD has good coffee, so bitter--I'm a Starbucks girl. did you get to go to chinatown?

Esi said...

Sounds like you had a great trip and of course a visit to TJs is a must. Welcome back!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Looks like such a fun trip with awesome company and food! Watermelon and feta go so great together... That sweet and saltiness :)

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Wow. Trader Joes. Yep. I'm headed there now, and it is definitely worth blogging about! I haven't been to one in about 6 months. :)

BroccoliHut said...

Love it when salads come with that big hunk of feta!
Glad you're having fun:)

BroccoliHut said...

Love it when salads come with that big hunk of feta!
Glad you're having fun:)

Heatha said...

Looks like such a great trip! Don't you love getting to see friends you haven't seen in a long time? And you look so pretty in that picture!!!!
Glad you had a nice weekend - I've been busy myself.... :)

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

I love Dunkin Donuts! We don't have them in MN :( I miss them so. I got hooked on their Dunkaccinos.

ktbwood said...

HOW FUN!!
PS I LOVE YOUR LAYOUT!! SO sheeek and pretty! girl dont even worry about not blogging- STORY OF MY LIFE! haha! we REALLY need to meet soon!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Looks like a blast! Boston is a city I have yet to visit!
I am envious of the blog meet up :-) I wish I lived in an area where more bloggers lived- one day :-)\
glad you had a great weekend!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oo I am so jealous--I love Boston. I was actually born, and my dad is from Worcester, which isn't too far away. So I make it out once or twice a year..and yes, I agree that any other Dunkin Donuts pales in comparison to Boston's! It's soo good..helloooo iced coffee :-)

Maria said...

What a fun vacation! Glad you were able to meet up with bloggers. I love We are not Martha:) Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I have missed you:)

Stacey said...

Welcome back, thought you went missing in action.

Tina said...

I'm so sad that I missed you!! Looks like you had a wonderful time in MA!

Jessie -- The Messie Kitchen said...

I found your blog from Christina's and I must say I freaked out a little because my sister lives in Boston (and said the same thing about DD by the way), I teach a group ex class called "Jump and Pump" and I went to Penn State! I love coincidences. Anyway, I'll be following now :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

My husband keeps telling me we need to go to Boston! I've never been!

It looks beautiful. So glad you got to meet with all those lovely ladies!