2 Books to Keep in Mind for Your Next Read

 

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube – Blair Braverman

People are incredibly interesting – that’s what I took away from this memoir written by a girl at Colby just a few years older than me. She tells her coming of age story through her experiences dogsledding in the Arctic, an area in which I have no knowledge.

The Visitors – Simon Sylvester

 I couldn’t put this book down, and I’ll admit, I chose the book by its cover randomly in the library. It blends mythical folk tales, the Scottish dialect, and a thrilling murder into a story told through the eyes of a young girl.

 

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1 Museum to Visit More Often in Boston

I’ll sound like a broken record to all my friends, but to any 20-something, the Museum of Science is one of the most underrated places to go. When the winter months hit New England, they hit hard: frigid temperature, piles of snow, and a sudden lack of outdoor activities. Do you have a friend visiting? Are you looking to fill some time on a weekend? Tired of meeting a friend at a bar on a weeknight? I highly recommend making the Museum of Science your next stop.

  • National Parks Adventure was one of the most amazing films/documentaries I’ve seen (I’ve been twice). You’ll sit surrounded by an 180° screen, immersed in the whole environment. For those who’ve seen Meru, you’ll enjoy seeing Conrad Anker in a different, less intense, light. Also, there’s showtimes around 7:00 pm, perfect for a happy-hour alternative, or the nerdiest date ever. imax_national-parks-adventure_0.jpg
  • Right now there’s a CHOCOLATE exhibit, need I say more? Okay, I haven’t been to see this yet, but I can only imagine how incredible it will be.
  • The Museum Shop has the cutest and cheapest home accessories. See the tea light holders in the picture below? Those are $6 each at the Museum Shop, which I find a steal compared to what they would cost at Pier 1 or West Elm. Also, each one is different! fullsizerender-4

 

 

1 Week Sample Meal Plan

Last week, I mentioned how I strategically grocery shop. This week, I’ll detail a sample list and meal plan for how I go about 5 days worth of cooking!

I’ve included meat in this week (contrarily to my tip that it’s way cheaper to not buy meat) and I did two grocery runs. I had on hand: peanut butter, salsa, quinoa, oats, frozen peas/corn, chicken stock, canned tomatoes,  other pantry items.

Market Basket

Whole Foods

  1. Bananas
  2. Kale
  3. Chicken Sausage
  4. Eggs – I usually splurge on organic eggs
  5. Onion
  6. Tomato
  7. Sweet Potato
  8. Salad Greens

 

  1. Ground Beef – on SALE!
  2. Avocados – on SALE!
  3. Onion
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Zucchini
  6. Yukon Gold Potato
  7. Mushrooms

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie Frittata Oats w/ Banana & PB Green Smoothie

Frittata & Salad

Frittata & Salad

Bolognese w/ Zucchini Noodles

Frittata & Salad

Shepherd’s Pie

Mexican Bowl w/ Sweet Potato & Quinoa

Bolognese w/ Zucchini Noodles

Dinner Out! 

Shepherd’s Pie 

 Whatever’s Left!

On Sunday before the Super Bowl (woo, Patriots!) I made a frittata that would be a great lunch/breakfast during the week. I paired it with a salad and homemade vinaigrette for lunch at work, but eventually even the yummiest of meals get old. I knew I had plans on Wednesday night, and a friend was coming over Thursday so I wanted to make something special. I purchased ingredients to make a Shepherd’s Pie for some comfort food during the blizzard that’s fast approaching. Between grain bowls, eggs, and avocados I can fill in the meals that I didn’t plan. They’re also mostly balanced with veggies, grains and protein.

I didn’t account for snacks here, which are an essential part of my day as well. Usually I have a couple oranges on hand, or nuts that I can portion out during the work day.  It definitely takes practice, and for someone who thoroughly enjoys grocery shopping I usually end up purchasing extra goodies no matter what.

4 Cambridge Restaurants Worth Crossing the River For

Truth be told, I already live across the river; however, most people view the best restaurants in the city as being located in the South End, Back Bay or Newbury. This is definitely not the case! Next time you’re looking for a night out, consider these options:

  1. Alden & Harlow: Hands down one of my favorite places in the area. Great vibe, diverse menu, and mouth-watering cocktails. Make a reservation for an early dinner (and on a weekday) to ensure you get one of their limited ‘secret’ burgers.
  2. Lone Star Taco: There are two locations of this restaurant, but their East Cambridge joint is the only one I’ve been to. Definitely consider the mug-arita if you’re in the mood, more marg…more fun!
  3. Little Donkey: You have to be a wee bit adventurous here, it’s tapas style and the chefs put an interesting spin on all the classic dishes. Tip: they’ll always try and get you to order more plates (and it’s definitely tempting with the options) but I find I’m usually full after 1.5-2 dishes. And save room for dessert!
  4. Area Four: PIZZA! Need I say more? The Food Network, and even Obama, approves.