Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Tasting of the North End

But first I'll start with this morning. This was the first morning I've woken up in my apartment all to myself since my "Christmas break" began!! I was so excited to go to the gym and then come back and have Oatmeal!! I've missed it so much!

I woke up around 8am (early enough for a non-work day), had a snack then headed to the gym...I was curious to use my new HRM on the treadmill.

A few things I learned:
  • I am still getting the hang of the HRM, I guess I didn't hit the button that one last time before I began because it never started my "workout" and therefore when I looked down I would see my HR but it wasn't recording! Dammit!! So I missed my first 1.5miles and it was definitely the most rigorous part of the whole workout so I am estimating based on the rest of my workout that I would of burned about 200calories. I did 40min total...about 3.4-3.6 miles? Can't remember, it was mostly running with a little walking. I recorded 256 cals, so total probably should of been 456!
  • I run faster/harder outside. When I first used my HRM for an outdoors run, as soon as I went from walking to running my HR went quickly up to the 170's, where as on the treadmill it stayed more in the 160's until I was running for a longer period of time. I'll have to start pushing the speed up on the treadmill a little.
I quickly stopped at Wholefoods after for some fruit...Had a few pieces from this, while working on my stovetop oats!

This morning my oats contained:
  • 1/3 c. oats, 1/3 c. water, 1/3 c. milk
  • salt
  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter (stirred in at end)
  • 1 T ricotta cheese (stirred in at end)
  • sliced almonds and a few pieces of dried fruit (stirred in at end)
Topped with:
  • some chopped toffee leftover from Christmas
  • low fat simple cranberry granola from WF's bins
  • spoon of White Chocolate PB!
Food From Yesterday

My mom took off yesterday from work, and we decided to pop into the North End (Boston) for lunch. The North End is like Boston's Little Italy...and it's amazing.

I was CRAVING this particular salad from one of my Favorite restaurants...Antico Forno

I love this place, it's cozy (well they just expanded so there's more room now!), delicious, and the prices are reasonable!

Not to mention they make the most AMAZING salad EVER!!


Flat aromatic bread topped with mixed green salad, goat cheese, fresh roasted cherry tomatoes and grilled zucchini

Mom and I shared's big. The flat bread underneath is incredible, the goat cheese is the creamiest, most flavorful I've ever eaten, and everything about it just blends so well together. It was actually this salad that made me discover my obsession with goat cheese...thank you Antico Forno.

We both could of been completely satisfied after that...but we had more food on the way.

We were going to share both items...the appetizer of:


Rolled eggplant stuffed with ricotta cheese and basil, baked in brick oven with plum tomato sauce and parmigiano

And a pasta dish...


Homemade style rigatoni pasta with Italian sausage and sweet onions, in plum tomato sauce
topped with ricotta cheese

Seriously though...these dishes are incredible! We only ate a little of each (yay leftovers!), but the flavor is just absolutely delicious. My mouth is actually watering right now looking at the pictures...I wish I still had some!!

After our leftovers were packed up, we walked over to another North End Institution for dessert...Mikes Pastry. This places is always jam packed...and a lot of times its with tourists, but there's a reason for that. HOLY YUM DESSERTS!! Now I know many people have opinions on what the best place for pastries in the North End is...and to each his/her own, but they make my favorite cannoli and that's why we come here!

I had a cappuccino (served with an adorable rock candy stirrer) and mom had tea, and we both ordered a pistachio macaroon for dessert

Of course we got some goodies to go as well

More on those later :)

Now it's time to run errands and do all the wonderful things that you do when your home on a weekday...clean, organize, cook...etc.


  1. LOVE the north end! So many great little places. All of your food is making my tummy growl at work! Enjoy your break!

  2. I too run faster/harder outside - I'm not a fan of the indoor stuff for running, for sure, haha.

    Hooray for fruit from Whole Foods and MORE deliciousness!!

  3. love the north end! That is where I stayed the few times I was there with my ex - his sister lives there. I definitely hit up Mike's pastry since I was a tourist. ;) your food looks unreal - so good.

  4. HOLY MOLY - all those dishes look incredible! Yum!!

    I hope you figure out more of your HRM soon :)

  5. those oats, mmm :)

    and that salad looks AMAZING! so so scrumptious, im absolutely jealous!

  6. Those oats look delicious! I miss stove top oats - I think I'm over the microwave kind...

    That flatbread salad looks amazing! I'm definitely going to check out this place. Thanks!

  7. We love the North End - it is full if wonderful eats. You can't go down there without stopping at Mike's or Modern. My huz is obsessed with the cannoli from Modern Pastry. Happy New Year!!

  8. ooh, that place looks awesome!! it's on my list :) now i just need to get out!

    happy new year!

  9. Glad the HRM is helping you figure out your workout patterns! Happy New Year honey!