Harvard and Habaneros

Ready for some more Boston adventures? I see a diet in my future….I’ve been enjoying a lot of good eats here!

Sunday for lunch we picked up food from The Cheesecake Factory to eat in our hotel room. I went with the lunch size pizza and salad. My favorite salad dressing from a restaurant is their balsamic vinaigrette.

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We got dressed for a Passover dinner at my mother in law’s cousin’s house. I wore one of my new pairs of shoes. :)

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I didn’t take any pictures at dinner (didn’t want to have to explain a food blog to a bunch of older folk) but it was delicious and we all had a great time. I indulged in some homemade chocolate macaroons. :)

Yesterday morning I was a good girl. As soon as I got out of bed I went to the hotel gym to do my half marathon training for the day: 4 miles of rolling hills.

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I’m not going to lie, that was hard. That’s the longest distance I’ve ever run on a treadmill. I did a five minute warm up and a five minute cool down. I was a sweaty mess afterwards.

I came back to the room to make some coffee and eat some bread with some Teddie peanut butter.

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I showered and got dressed and the whole family decided to head on over to Harvard Square for the day. We took the kids on their first subway ride on the “T”.

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We had to switch lines in the middle and managed to get there without getting lost. Nice! We were told to go to lunch at Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers.

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I mean, check out their burger menu! It’s extensive!

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Every burger had a name….either for a celebrity or a politician. We ordered onion rings for the table. They rocked my face off.

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I ordered the Guy Fieri Burger: Muenster cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion and Russian dressing.

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I dominated it. I love cheeseburgers.  Now I have to run 4 more miles of rolling hills.

We walked through Harvard (gorgeous school!!) and took the kids to the Curious George Bookstore. Then it was time to head back to the hotel. I ordered my first Dunkin Donuts coffee at the station.

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Latte light. It was good but I think I’ll order an iced coffee next time.  I was just too full to drink that much liquid. :)

We chilled at the hotel for a bit and then went on a trolley ride around the city. We came back to the hotel to get ready for dinner with my aunt and uncle. We took a cab to their apartment and then walked to dinner at Toscano. Toscano is a classic Northern Italian restaurant located on Beacon Hill.

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It was so nice walking to dinner. In San Diego, there’s no way I could walk to dinner. Well, I guess I could but it would take way longer than would be fun.

I ordered a glass of wine.

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And a Caesar salad to start.

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For my entree I rolled with their linguine with lobster. The chunks of lobster were big!

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I asked for red pepper flakes and not only did they bring those but also dried habanero flakes!

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The habanero flakes are on the left. Holy Spicy Batman! WOW! I’m glad I only put a little bit on my pasta, I would have blown my head off otherwise. My husband and mother in law tried them too. By the end we were all sniffling and drinking a lot of water. :)

I think today may be another shopping day with my aunt. Do you think we can manage free tequila shots again? :)

Have you ever had dried Habanero flakes? I didn’t even know these existed.

Can you walk to stores/restaurants from where you live?


  1. Are those shoes Tory Burch? I want them!!!
    lol I could walk to a restaurant from my house but I think it is a Village Inn or McDonalds

  2. 4 miles of rolling hills on a treadmill is tough so good job! It's amazing how much more challenging treadmill running can be over outdoor sometimes just due to seeing the same things the whole time- it gets boring!

  3. That is why I love city life - walking everywhere. Sometimes it sucks to pay a lot for a small place but it's what's outside the place that we pay for. I'm definitely a city mouse. Glad you are having fun on vacay.

  4. I wish I lived in a walking friendly city! I mean, I can walk around my neighborhood, but I'm not going to "get" anywhere.

    And I just commented on another blog that I think a little vacation weight gain is totally worth it! I love food :)

  5. I didnt know they existed either! and now I must find them!!!

    go your for working out on vacation! you're so my hero. I know I say it all the time -- but its true!

    run melissa ruuuun! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  6. All those eats are looking delicious! I don't live somewhere where I can walk and I think I'd love to live in a city like that for at least a small time in my life! I loved walked all over DC when I visited!

  7. yum habanero flakes! i need some of that! :D

  8. We can't walk to anything either - we live in the "sticks." :D

    "They rocked my face off" my favorite line of this post after habanero flakes, WTF? I've never heard of those either, but I know I want some! :D

    Glad you are having so much fun!

  9. Love the new shoes! And great hilly/treadmill workout! I can't walk to stores any more - sad. I've never heard of these flakes either - double sad - they sound like something I could use to spice up dishes!

  10. Victoria Elizabeth...yes they are Tory Burch. :)


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