diy :: food skewers out of buttons

I’ve been on the whole lunch box packing thing lately. There is a ton of inspiration out there for fun ways to jazz up what might otherwise be considered a boring meal.  One thing that is pretty common to use are food picks or skewers.  Fast forward to a trip to our local craft store and E eyeing a package of cute mermaid themed buttons.  I snuck them into our shopping basket when she wasn’t looking and decided to try to make my own plastic skewers that could be reused in her lunches.  Because you know me, I’m just crafty like that.  🙂

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mr sushi (arlington)


I love impromptu lunch dates.  I especially love impromptu lunch dates with a good friend and sushi.  Mr. Sushi is one of my favorite places in town to lunch because they have consistently good sushi and because they’re very kid friendly.  On this particular visit I got the tekkadon (tuna over sushi rice) dish and it was both beautiful and delicious.  Oh and who could resist taking a photo of those two adorable jumping bunnies!

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nix’s mate (boston)

We met up with some of our past coworkers for lunch in Boston at the Nix’s Mate restaurant located at the Hilton hotel within the Financial District.  It was the first time any of us had been to this place.  I was a little nervous about them being busy for a Friday lunch outing – especially with a stroller and baby in tow – but it is a nice, big space with an open atmosphere.

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tatte bakery and cafe (cambridge)

There’s a new bakery in Kendall Square called Tatte Bakery and Cafe.  My friend and I went to check it out last week and were blown away by so many aspects of this place.  Not only was it a lot more spacious inside than I had expected, but we just loved the ambiance, decor, and of course the food.

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pretty food :: goat cheese panini

The goat cheese, caramelized onion, arugula panini on foccacia at City Girl Cafe in Inman Square (Cambridge).  Shown here with bacon instead of sliced apples because of my food allergies, and because of my craving for delicious bacon.  🙂


hi-rise bakery in harvard square (cambridge)

Speaking of sunny weather … I was going through some recently taken photos on our computer hard drive and came across this one I snapped of my lunch last month on one of those oddly warm days.  Seeing it again reminds me of those warm days where eating lunch outside makes it so difficult to want to return to the office.

quiche lorraine and fresh lemonade

On this particular day, I was in Cambridge on campus helping a candidate get from interview to interview (he was from out of town) and I realized I’d have a few minutes in between enough to get a bite to eat.  It was abnormally warm that day and I stupidly had worn my long-johns under my pants (yes, I’m one of those winter wimps … I am always cold!) and I had my long black jacket with me, so you know I was sweating as I hustled around the square.  I remembered that Hi-Rise has a small bakery/cafe so I stopped by to see what they had available.  I got a slice of their quiche Lorraine (mmm … bacon!) and a nice big cup of fresh squeezed lemonade.  It certainly hit the spot!  They had their patio furniture set up outside but it was full so I sat upstairs where it’s nice and quiet. The quiche was so deliciously rich but it all washed down nicely with the ice-cold lemonade.

Suddenly mid-bite, I looked down at my cell phone to check the time and realized that I had forgotten about the car parked at a one-hour limit meter!  Mortified by the thought of my husband’s reaction to me getting a parking ticket (notice, I didn’t care about actually getting the parking ticket …) I gulped the rest of the quiche down and practically ran — in the heat! in my stupid long-johns!! — through the square back to the museum and luckily beat the meter cop in time to move the car up one spot.  Whew.

The moral of this post kids is that the next time you’re in Harvard Square and it’s nice outside, go check out Hi-Rise (just a tiny bit down Brattle Street past Burdick’s on the left) and enjoy your lunch outside in their patio area.  They have sandwiches, salads, quiche, and pastries as well as coffee available.  And make sure you park your car at a two-hour meter, or at least remember when you need to go back and feed the meter.

Hi-Rise Bread Company
56 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA

garden at the cellar (cambridge) for lunch

It’s really strange because as many times as I’ve been to the Garden at the Cellar for lunch, I can’t find another blog post about it yet I swear I’ve blogged about eating there before.  Hmmm … well, I guess this is going to be my first blog posting about how much I like to go here for lunch outings.  On this particular occasion, I was excited to be taking my husband there for a lunch date.  Partially due to my food allergies and partially due to the fact that I love both of these dishes equally as much, I generally order either the mini burgers or the roasted mushroom grilled flatbread.

mmmmm ... beefy goodness!

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the indo does lunch now

That’s right folks, you read it here, one of my favorite Somerville hang outs – The Independent – is now doing lunch!  They offer a few brunch options plus a little bit of their regular menu from 11 am to 4 pm daily.  I went there on Wednesday with three coworkers to check it out, and we all agreed that it’s going to be one of our new regular lunch venues.

Lunch at the Indo

I thoroughly enjoyed the egg sandwich which was served with white cheddar and bacon on an Iggy’s croissant.  The eggs were so light and fluffy, and it had a great contrast in texture with the delicious bacon.  It’s normally served with home fries on the side but since I “can’t do potatoes” (<– why I phrased it like that to the waiter instead of saying “I can’t eat potatoes” is beyond me) I asked for a side of Caesar salad instead.  I should ask this the next time I’m there (which, knowing me and my fondness for this place, will probably be sometime very soon) but I’m not sure if their Caesar dressing is housemade (i.e. sans corn syrup).  It’s a little bit heavy on the dressing part so next time I might ask for a side of their brussel sprouts instead. 

Egg croissant sandwich

The other dishes at our table was another egg sandwich (with the home fries), their Croque-monsieur sandwich, and a cheese and tomato omelet with a side order of beans.  It was funny because they brought out a side order of bacon instead of the beans at first, and then luckily let us keep them anyway.  One can never have too much bacon! 

The Independent
75 Union Square
Somerville, MA

spice & rice (cambridge)

What do you do when it’s 96 degrees outside and you didn’t bring a lunch to work? You order in! Yes, that’s right folks, me and a couple of coworkers were too chicken to face the heat and humidity by getting in our cars to seek out food this afternoon so instead we had some delivered from Spice & Rice in Cambridge (Inman Square).

It was funny because after I dropped my husband off at work this morning, I thought to myself, “Hmmm, I could really go for some sushi today,” but then I thought, “Gee, where can I drive to later on this afternoon to get some?” So then I kind of just let that thought pass through my head because I remembered it was going to be 1,000 degrees outside, and there aren’t that many places near our office building that I could just stop in for a take-out order. And then later this morning one of my coworkers stopped me in the hallway and asked if I knew of local restaurants that delivered because she, too, didn’t want to face the sun. Luckily, I convinced her to go with Spice & Rice so that I could [selfishly!] have some sushi. It was definitely worth the $2.00 delivery fee.

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sam’s at louis (boston)

A couple of Saturdays ago, Tony and I were sitting outside on the patio at Sam’s, a restaurant in the Louis building in South Boston. It was one of the first days where the humidity had finally dropped so it was nice and sunny outside without being muggy. We forced ourselves to leave the apartment to do something – anything – outside. I convinced him to drive over to South Boston so that we could walk along the waterfront area near the ICA. We found a metered parking spot and walked over to the ICA and towards the water. It was such a beautifully sunny, summer day.