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!  

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 will not be disappointed! 

BEST Boston Donuts!

Yesterday was all about Christmas! (and donuts) Chris and I were up early to pick out our tree and buy the decorations...but on the way, we took a little detour :) I had heard about Union Square Donuts in Somerville being the best in Boston, and since we were passing by, we had to stop right?! So happy we did! With flavors like "sea-salted bourbon caramel", "brown butter hazelnut crunch" (which seemed to be a crowd favorite), and "maple bacon" could we go wrong? Chris and I each got a donut and shared them, because they are HUGE! I got the chocolate marble and he chose the pumpkin glazed. We also got a few vanilla glazed donut holes. The donuts were SO yummy! The dough was so "pillow-y" (that's the only way to describe it! Ha!) Like, I could lay my head right down on one and fall asleep! You can certainly tell that they are homemade...served warm with yummy drizzled glaze. Such a divine treat! I also had the best hot apple cider ever - so if you should ever visit this little gem of a place...make sure you treat yourself to the cider as well!  My parents are visiting this weekend, and I know where I'm taking them on Sunday morning! (I think my Dad may be the happiest person alive!) :) 

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