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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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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panko crusted salmon (a recipe)

One might think that after having a baby recently enter our lives that my husband and I would jump on the take-out [dinner] train.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite: I don’t think we’ve done take-out once since our little one has arrived.  And as crazy as it might sound, I actually still enjoy cooking dinner almost every night.  Yes, sometimes with baby in one arm too.  🙂

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sportello (boston)

There are very few things that are better than the combination of beautiful summer weather (think 82 degrees), delicious food, and good company.  I was lucky to have all three today in a lunch outing to Sportello with three lovely coworkers on the last day of Boston’s restaurant week.  One of them, Tara, has a husband (Greg) who just recently got a job there so it was a great reason to escape the office to dine at one of my favorite restaurants.

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good airport food

the food court area at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle, WA ... love the big wall of windows overlooking the runways

I’m obviously *not* referring to Boston’s Logan airport (sorry folks).  My last post relating to my recent Seattle trip is about how different other airports are (or can be) from what I’m used to in Boston.  I mean, just the architecture and traffic flow alone of Sea-Tac and SFO are so much nicer and welcoming.  And to top it off, the food options are so much better at these two airports.

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ivar’s (seattle, wa)


Another highlight from our Seattle trip was dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams on the waterfront.  As touristy or hokey as it seemed, we decided to try it out because our duck tour guide highly recommended it and they just recently celebrated their 100th anniversary, so they’ve got to be doing something right, right?

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daedalus for dinner

We had dinner with our friends, Sara and Jeff, tonight at a restaurant called Daedalus in Harvard Square. They recently (not sure exactly when but like within the past couple of years?) added on a nice outdoor patio area on their rooftop. Normally, it’s very difficult to get a table on the patio for dinner but we lucked out (with a parking spot too actually) and managed to get a table right away. Tony and I like to go there for drinks once in a while but it has been a while (like 3 or 4 years?) since we last ate there and we were both really impressed with how good the food was.

Tony had the Blackened Haddock Fillet which was topped with a cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and mango salsa; served with black beans, rice, and chorizo.

Sara had the Stuffed Pork Medallions which were stuffed with blue cheese, baby spinach, and portobello mushrooms; served with mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and a shallot peppercorn sauce.

Jeff had the Flank Steak cooked medium rare (my kind of guy!) with a Madeira wine sauce; served with mashed potatoes and grill asparagus.

I had the Salmon dish which was a pan seared fillet with white wine cream sauce; served with mashed potatoes and sauteed broccolini.

I was so tickled at how the mashed potatoes were piped onto our plates and couldn’t resist getting a close up shot for ya’ll to see. Plus, I think this is the first restaurant that I’ve had broccolini as a side dish at. Too fricken cool. The whole world needs to discover broccolini!

Anyway, it was such a beautiful summer night. What a great way to spend time with friends, enjoy good food, and share some laughs.