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The Best Weekend in Boston

Hi Friends!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend (yes I know it’s already Tuesday/Wednesday)!

I had such a wonderful weekend in my favorite city and former home, Boston!  I hadn’t been in quite a while so it was really nice to see friends, go to my favorite places, and of course be there for Marathon Weekend!

The city was absolutely buzzing all weekend.  It sort of had this powerful energy surrounding it.  It seemed that everyone was honoring the events of last year by coming together and representing the strength and resilience of the city.

On Saturday morning we woke up at about 7AM and hopped on the T to get to the Start Line of the B.A.A. 5k race.

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There were 10,000 runners signed up this year.  More than double than the typical number!

 

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There were a ton of runners wearing shirts in honor of Martin Richards.  

 

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Sauteed Ginger and Garlic Salmon

Happy Friday Lovelies! I completely forgot that today was Good Friday and that a lot of companies have it off.  I did have work but came in to find out we were getting out early…woo hoo!  Perfect, especially since I’m going to Boston for the weekend and leaving tonight.  I still can’t believe it’s been one year since the last Boston Marathon.

Andy and I are running the B.A.A. 5k with two of my bestest friends tomorrow morning.  I am really looking forward to running around the Boston Common and Back Bay. It’s one of the things I miss most about living there. The race starts at 8AM though, so looks like a mellow evening is in store for tonight.

Okay, food talk time!

I’ve really been craving seafood lately.  It’s a great lighter option for the Spring time.  I was really feeling my spring fever coming on last week and then BAM it’s freezing again.  Such a tease that Mother Nature is.

When we did get a glimpse of spring a couple of weeks ago though I made this delicious Sauteed Ginger and Garlic Salmon dish for one.  Thanks to the wonderful man behind the fish counter at Whole Foods for the inspiration.  He had shown me a marinade to saute it with.  It sounded yummy, but of course had way too many ingredients in it that I couldn’t pronounce, so I made my own!

Sauteed Ginger and Garlic Salmon

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One Year Later – The Boston Marathon

It was like every other Marathon Monday.  Living in Boston, it’s a BIG day.  If you don’t have it off from work, you take it off months in advance. You have friends who might be running, the Red Sox are playing at Fenway, the streets are lined with people, the bars and restaurants open their patios, it’s Spring time, it’s warm, it’s one of the best days to live in Boston.

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My girlfriends and I started the day just as we had for the past few years.  We woke up early, put our favorite Sox shirts on, drank some mimosas, and headed to the T to ride to Fenway.  This year we stopped at Cask n’ Flagon, a Fenway landmark, for some lunch and drinks.  We people watched, planned out the rest of our day, and basked in the sun knowing such an iconic event was going on and we were there for it.

We even ended up scoring tickets into the game this year.  And not just any tickets, Green Monster tickets!  It was bittersweet for me.  I was moving back to Connecticut in less than a month and knew this would be my last Marathon Monday as a Boston resident.  I took it all in, and felt so grateful to have lived in such an awesome, exciting, and proud city.

After the game (or maybe a few innings before the end, don’t judge) we headed out on to Landsdowne Street.  Before heading down to Comm Ave to watch the runners, we stopped at another bar.  We squeezed our way in to the shoulder to shoulder bar, we ordered a drink, and we even danced.  That’s the thing about Marathon Monday.  You have people running 26.2 miles accomplishing a lifetime goal, you have families singing Sweet Caroline on the bleachers in Fenway, and you have girls in their twenties on the dance floor at Landsdowne enjoying being in their twenties living in one of the best cities in the world.

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I bumped into an old friend who I hadn’t seen in a while.  She had a terrified look at her face and all she could say was “Did you hear what happened?”  Something about a “car bomb.”  Slowly, and then quickly, people started emptying out of the bar.  Everyone was looking at their phones, trying to get service, asking each other “what happened?”

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