Instacart Amazingness

A friend first told me about Instacart, a grocery delivery service, a few months ago but I had yet to try it until TODAY. I can't believe I had waited so long. Let me just tell you about this service...and all of the amazing reasons why you should try it too! First, the website is super easy to navigate.  All you do is type in your zip code and a list of area grocery stores will come up. You can choose to order from any or all of these places if you like! I did my shopping at Shaw's and Market Basket...but Whole Foods was an option as well! The delivery service comes between 1-2 hours from the time of payment. I have been home from work the last couple of days and can't really leave the house. My mom and sister are on their way to take care of me while Chris is gone, and I needed some things for the house. I ordered a variety of foods like fresh produce, meat, yogurt, veggies - and they all look perfect. You can add little notes on each item when you order if you want, for example, I wanted "ripe bananas only." 

The cost is about $8-10 more (for the entire order) than you would get in store but to have the benefit of not leaving your home - I would pay that any day! I will definitely be using this service again in the future!  



Best Cupcakes in Boston

I'm totally a cupcake girl. I dream of opening a cute little boutique cupcake spot and taste testing everything ... doesn't that sound divine? In the meantime, I'll just keep taste testing at Georgetown Cupcake...easily, the best of Boston! It's conveniently located right on Newbury...so anytime you stroll down the street for some shopping, you're bound to take a detour if you pass. I've included my top 5 favorites below, although you really can't go wrong with anything you choose! 

strawberry

caramel

cookies

Carrot

keylime

 

Date Night: Aquitaine Boston

My husband and I decided to have a little dinner date night, and we finally were able to get reservations at Aquitaine Boston in the South End. Aquitaine is a "modern Parisian bistro" and you walk in instantly feeling welcome and "at home." The dishes are traditional and delightful, the atmosphere is romantic but lively. It was my favorite (yes, my favorite) restaurant we have eaten at so far in Boston! The menu has a large variety of dishes, and also offers a "prix fixe menu" before 6:30, which we were able to order from; three courses for $29.95...such a fantastic deal! For my 3 courses I chose the "Soupe a L'Oignon", Steak Frites, and Chocolate Mousse. Chris went with the Warm Beet Salade, Roasted Half Chicken, and Creme Brûlée! 
To start, the french onion soup was AMAZING, complete with truffled braised short rib and melted aged gruyere. For me, it would be difficult to order any other appetizer, because it was THAT good. Chris's appetizer was super yummy also...the beets were sliced thin and topped with a sherry vinaigrette and toasted walnuts. He did think there would be more greens, but he was still happy with the dish and thought it was very tasty.
Next, the entrees. I ordered my steak medium and it was so perfectly cooked and seasoned with a black truffle vinaigrette that it basically melted in your mouth! (I think Chris was a little jealous) The frites were amazing dipped in a garlic aoili! My dish was also served with a large side of greens which was a nice addition to the plate as well. The roasted half chicken was served over a parsnip puree that was to-die-for! Wow...the chicken was falling off the bone and the skin was perfectly crisped. We shared a little of each, and were extremely happy with the flavor of both dishes. Desserts were pretty off the charts as well, especially the creme brûlée! I'm a chocolate girl (even more so with this pregnancy) but the brûlée was pretty spectacular. The mousse was extremely rich and served with homemade (yes, homemade) whipped cream...which makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it? LOVE!
We were so thoroughly impressed with our meal, that we cannot wait to return! They also serve brunch on the weekends - which I'd love to try! I highly HIGHLY suggest visiting this restaurant...you will not be disappointed! 

Boston Eats: "Lolita"

Chris and I are huge fans of Mexican food, and have been hearing about a restaurant downtown called Lolita. We decided to try it last night before Chris's road trip to Virginia. It's walking distance from our apartment, so I foresee a lot of dinners here in our future! The atmosphere is really cool...very dim lights and red light accents. It was pretty busy for a Monday, and was glad that Chris had made a reservation. The bar/lounge area was packed...and according to Chris, they have amazing margaritas, so I can see why :) They bring the standard basket of chips to the table, but I love that they also bring three different kinds of salsa to try! (All were very yummy!) They also brought shaved ice to the table as well (which they offered to top with tequila, but we declined for obvious reasons) but I thought it was a cool touch!  Our food was great! We ordered the beef chimichangas to start which we REALLY liked. Great flavor. For dinner I had the ancho chile chicken quesadilla and Chris went with the chicken tacos. They have a large selection of tacos to choose from...swordfish, fried chicken, steak, marinated chicken, pork, and more! By far, the coolest part of the evening, was when they brought our check, they brought green apple cotton candy with it! OH. MY. GOSH. Best thing ever. I haven't had cotton candy in a longgg time, and I'm not sure why! I LOVE IT! They also give you fake tattoos with a wet cloth and everything (my idea of a good time!) Of course, I put it on right away, as you can see from the photo :) 

There are so many amazing places to eat in Boston, that if the restaurant doesn't blow us away, there's no need to return. Happy to report that we will definitely be returning, and can't wait to bring our friends! 

Picco! Best Pizza in Boston!

Like any foodie moving to a new city...I've been doing my research on the top places to eat! Phrases like "best donuts in Boston" or "best ice cream in Boston" have been taking over my Google search bar. Recently, "best pizza in Boston" produced results hailing Picco, a small pizzeria less than a half mile from our apartment, home of the best pizza in the city! I couldn't believe our luck! Last Friday, Chris and I went over without reservations for an early dinner and actually got a table. I was super impressed with the menu and it's variety, having more than just pizza and salads. The appetizers included things like meatballs, carnitas tacos, and roasted cauliflower gorditas (which I had, and LOVED!) Chris and I shared a mushroom and pepperoni pizza and were not disappointed. We told our server to "lightly cook" the dough because they like to bake them well done with some "char." A "must go to" spot if looking for some great homemade pizza in the city!