Sunday, April 26, 2009

Summer Weekend

I can't even believe the weather we've had here in Boston this weekend!! I would of been Sooooo pissed if I would of had to study this weekend. It was almost 90 degrees Saturday and in the low 80's today!! Right now its cooled down but the breeze still feels great.

Everything about this weather makes me happy (well except one thing...BUGS!!), I HATE BUGS!! That's the BIGGEST drawback to warm weather :(

Other than that I am in a great mood! We just had a nice little BBQ with my roomies Brother and his gf. We grilled all sorts of stuff, but I'll get to that in a sec.

It started waking up to warm sunshine on Saturday and I made Brian and myself some multi-grain pancakes! I LOVE this's in the classic "Joy of Cooking" cookbook and its the 4-grain pancakes!

They are made with whole wheat flour, corn meal, oats, and a little all purpose flour. There is some honey in the recipe as well which makes them SO delicious, even just plain with nothing on them. I, however, am a Real Maple Syrup LOVER!! I can't get enough!!!

some of the finished product extras that went into the Freezer for another day.

Then we headed into Boston to enjoy our lovely city on a perfect day. We walked all the way down Newbury St, and eventually decided to dine "al fresco" at one of the trendy little restaurants on this street: Cafeteria Boston.
We had a table right along the sidewalk and it made for some great people watching. I ordered an iced tea while Brian went with the Sangria.
I ordered a perfect salad for a hot day: "Buffalo Mozzarella, Marinated Peppers, and arugula".
This was the BEST fresh mozzarella I've ever had!! I made Brian eat some so I wouldn't eat it all :)

The city was jam packed with people, the atmosphere was so energetic!

This morning I got up early and got to cleaning the apartment. Studying always trumped cleaning so I was super excited to clean this place!

I had a pre-breakfast snack of an incredibly juicy pear!! Probably one of the best pears I've ever eatenjust look at that juice!!

A little later I had a Chobani before Brian and I went out for a run at my favorite place: Castle Island in South Boston! Could of used some more of that ocean breeze but it was great to run after a week of not-so-much exercise last week. Plus I burnt 5o0 calories! Yay!

I was STARVING when we got back and so I made a quick little sandwich on Arnold's Double Protein Bread with American Cheese, sliced tomato, and sliced Avocado! The Avocado was perfect!! Mmmm!Then we headed to a couple grocery stores for some grilling supplies...but first got distracted by the Gelato stand INSIDE whole foods.

I got a small with Passion Fruit and Chocolate-Strawberry....crazy delicious!
We had plans to grill so many things but didn't even get to them all.

Brian made some skewers with marinated steak tips and veggies. I made up some "Spanikopita" turkey burgers based off this recipe.

I used:
  • 1 package of lean ground turkey
  • 1 package frozen spinach (drained)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 med red onion
  • about 1/2 package (maybe less) Feta crumbles
  • dried Oregano
  • S&P
These came out AWESOME!! I didn't make the yogurt sauce, but I can guess that it would be a fabulous addition.

We also grilled asparagus, corn, broccoli and a few regular burgers! We were too full once the corn was done so I'm going to take it off its cob for a salad tomorrow.I had 1 skewer and 1 turkey burger on a whole wheat potato bun. I also munched on asparagus and broccoli. Delicious summer dinner.

It feels so great to be back to my non-studying life. Guess I better get back to wedding up I need to pick invitations!!! For someone who loves paper products as much as I do, I am not really looking forward to this part!


  1. I wasn't a fan of doing wedding invites and I used to do graphic much work! I can't wait till I finish school so I can focus on wedding stuff too.

  2. What a great weekend! That little restaurant in Boston sounds awesome! I love being able to people watch during meals :) Castle island is a great place to run! Glad you had such a good one :)

  3. Look at that juicy pear!!! YUM!!!

    Ew, I hate bugs too. Ladybugs get in my room somehow all summer and even those things freak me out =/

  4. Lovely looking weekend! Glad you are done studying too - I want more wedding planning. :D

  5. what an awesome weekend! the good weather puts us in such a good mood!!! I love summer!!!! :D
    that avocado sandwich looks so fresh and yummy, I need to try that! :)

  6. I feel you on the bug hate!! I can't stand them! They're all creepy and crawly - gross!

    Looks like you had a fantastic weekend!!

  7. that burger recipe looks divine, thanks for sharing!

  8. wow, i need to check out castle island!! and that wf with the gelato stand :) that tomato and avocado sammie looks fantastic, and i'm jealous of your grilling!!!

  9. Love the Pancakes, Love the weather and love the Gelato! Sounds like a great weekend :)