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Crawl In Newburyport

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We decided to take advantage of the MBTA $10 weekend pass as Saturday was just beautiful. We hadn’t been to Newburyport in years so decided on that destination. The trip from North Station took just over an hour. Once we arrived at the station, we were surprised to find no taxi stands and a requested Uber was 17 minutes away. The walk would have been around 25 minutes according to Google Maps.

IMG_20190518_124633_372Luckily there’s a Mexican bar, Metzy’s Cantina, right outside the station. So a quick margarita did the trick as we waited for the Uber to arrive.

IMG_20190518_131549_234IMG_20190518_134126_017IMG_20190518_140410_779We got dropped off a Brick & Ash for a quick snack and drink. Unfortunately service left a bit to be desired. The food was good, but despite there being very few other patrons, it took almost an hour to receive our order.

IMG_20190518_141442_676Now a little behind schedule, we headed across the street for some cocktails at The Poynt. Once more, we were surprised by the service, but the drinks were good.

IMG_20190518_144206_555IMG_20190518_145735_214IMG_20190518_150524It was time for a snack. So we headed over to Brine for a selection of caviar and oysters. The service was, again, a little slow, but at this point we realized that perhaps Newburyport is just a little slower going than Boston.  But the oysters were great, and we enjoyed sampling the caviar flight, which was a good deal.

IMG_20190518_151505IMG_20190518_153013_173Next we headed next door to The Paddle Inn. They had a fun selection of tiki inspired drinks.  We met a very delightful bartender with whom we swapped stories about visiting Mexico.

IMG_20190518_155157We were starting to get low on time. We rushed across the street for margaritas at the very lively Agave. Mr. Mobray recommends the Pink Cadillac margarita.

IMG_20190518_164425_258Next was Port Tavern.  A nice space with a local tavern vibe, this place was fondly recommended and we can see why this would be a local favorite.  They had good cocktails and and nice beer selection. IMG_20190518_170922_985We still had some time left before our train was leaving back to Boston. So we ran over to the famous Michael’s Harborside. Unfortunately they were having a private party upstairs and downstairs was packed so we didn’t get anything here. They do have an awesome patio which usually has a bar, but apparently we were a little too early in the season and it wasn’t set up. IMG_20190518_173547_224So we grabbed an Uber (10 minute wait this time) and headed back to Metzy’s next to the train station to have our last drinks of the day. Overall, this is a great day trip from Boston with lots of great options.  The service may be a little slower than usual, but it’s a beautiful town with great places to go. 

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National Doughnut Day

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doughIt’s National Doughnut Day. Plenty of specials to be had in Boston today.

Tickets for the Boston Donut Fest on July 28th go on sale today at noon.

Have a great weekend

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This Weekend: Liam’s Lucky Charms and Roars and Pours

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llcToday is World MS Day. Help us spread awareness to the invisible side of MS and it’s unseen impact on quality of life. #ThisIsMS

Want to do more? Sign up for the Liam’s Lucky Charms Cornhole Tournament this Saturday. Proceeds fund MS research.

roarsRaise a toast to Franklin Park Zoo’s annual wine and beer tasting event! Throughout the evening, guests have the opportunity to sample wines while strolling among the animals in the Zoo’s signature Tropical Forest Pavilion. Here, guests can see western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippo, ring-tailed-lemurs, a giant anteater and many other fascinating species.

Bounce

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This summer, you can bounce in the largest inflatable castle this world has to offer.

The Big Bounce America, which holds the Guinness World record for largest inflatable castle, will stop in Revere this July. Inside, the castle includes ball pits, a basketball court, climbing towers, confetti blasts, and a jumbo slide, all centered around a DJ spinning tunes and “nightclub quality sound and lights,” according to a press release.

Much more info here

Cabernet Cranberry Blueberry Sauce

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Last year for Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving, I experimented with a Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce. This year I tried my hand at a Cabernet Cranberry Blueberry Sauce.  I found the original recipe here but made a couple of small changes after doing a few batches.

Ingredients:

One 8-ounce bag fresh cranberries

8-ounces frozen blueberries

3/4 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon or your favorite red wine

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a large kettle. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring intermittently. Make sure kettle has room for sauce to at least triple in volume. The juices from the berries release and as the mixture boils rapidly, it will foam and a too-small pot will easily overflow.

Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until reduced and thickened slightly, and most of the cranberries have burst. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.

Transfer to heat-safe jars or containers with lids. Allow sauce to cool at room temperature before refrigerating. Sauce will keep airtight in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.

Burnin’ by Ray pop up

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We certainly know how to party of Crawl in Boston, but we also believe in moderation, so we also do some healthy things too!  We recently went to the Burnin’ by Ray popup in the Seaport.  The classes are a mix of  weights and motor-less cardio.  You switch between stations and do 40 seconds of cardio, 20 seconds of rest (or really, to get to the weights) and 40 seconds of a weight exercise.  You do each of these stations four times before moving to the next cardio machine/move, for twelve rounds. You can go at your own pace, but the instructors are there to motivate you and help with your form on the weighted moves.  In the popup, they have treadmills, air bikes, and ski machines for cardio, but the original location in Belmont has lots of different kinds of machines.

They are offering four free classes at the popup, ahead of the actual studio space opening in August. The pop up space is a little bare bones for now, but it’s still a great way to try out the workout. We recommend checking it out!