happy 21st to rialto restaurant

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Twenty one years ago, I was a sophomore in high school.  I was far away from where I am now, on the west coast going through awkward life stages as a teenager.  Did I ever think that so many years later I’d end up near Boston, married with a child, and looking forward to special mama’s-night-outs like this?  Probably not.

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o sushi (cambridge)

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O, sushi!  Yes, it certainly is my all-time favorite food.  I could never get tired of eating it and I’m so happy that my family enjoys it almost as much.  Yup, that includes our 3-year-old daughter who – during the day while at home bored and on the kitchen floor – decided to video call her daddy at work and begged to have sushi for dinner.  Luckily, he agreed.  And that’s when we decided to try out O Sushi in Harvard Square.

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brunch at area four (cambridge)

Wait, didn’t I just write about this place last month?  Back again so soon?  Yes, and this time for brunch!

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mr sushi (arlington)

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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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atwood’s tavern (cambridge)

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This is one of those posts where I don’t want to tell you about this place because I {selfishly} don’t want to lose a seat at the bar to new customers, yet I do want this place to gain more business and be even more successful.  Sigh.  So here goes: there’s a restaurant in Cambridge that has good food, good drinks, and a nice outdoor patio that *isn’t* on a main street where you would inhale car fumes more than anything else.  And what’s better than that?  The people that work there are super nice.  Seriously.

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west bridge (cambridge)

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Having a child affects your lifestyle: that’s pretty obvious.  For my husband and me, it means not really having the freedom to wine and dine like we used to (as can be seen, I’m sure, by the decrease in my blog posts over the past year based on restaurant experiences).  But the cool thing about my husband is that we aren’t afraid to still try to get out once in a while with a baby toddler in tow.  Sometimes our restaurant picks are determined by how baby-friendly they might be: large space, an it’s-okay-if-she-gets-a-little-loud atmosphere, and [most important!] high chair availability.

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giulia (cambridge)

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What a nice way to start off the new year: dinner with a great friend at a new restaurant!  That’s right – you read it here – this mommy was granted another night out, so my friend and I decided to try out a new Italian restaurant in Cambridge called Giulia.  It opened about five weeks ago and replaced Rafiki Bistro.

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firebrand saints (cambridge)

I met up with a friend for a lunch outing last week (the blogosphere knows her as Juniper Disco).  We both wanted to check out a new place, and I came across Firebrand Saints after doing a search on Google maps for restaurants in the Kendall Square area.  Neither of us had even heard of it before which is a little odd considering that we’re both kind of foodies (by our own definitions!).  I’m not exactly sure when it opened but according to their blog, I’d say it was somewhere in early December.

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coda (south boston)

This is a late post about celebrating my husband’s birthday this year at Coda in Boston.  (Trying to play catch up here, folks!)

My husband thought that I forgot his birthday this year because I didn’t wish him a happy one the whole day until we arrived at the restaurant.  I knew that there was no real way of surprising him by taking him out for a nice meal with the baby in tow, so I waited for him to go to the restroom and set the envelope on the table.  Inside was this handmade greeting card and proof that I remembered his special day.  Despite the sleep deprivation!

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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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