Weekending: Margarita’s, Sushi, Maine

Good morning! I feel like I’m already on Thanksgiving break… or at least in my mind I feel like I am! Unfortunately, there’s still a little work left this week before I can officially check out… Until then, let’s talk about the weekend!

After work on Friday, I went out for a drink with some co-workers to celebrate Christine’s last day. We went to the new Temazcal in Lynnfield and the margarita’s there did NOT suck. They are made with all fresh juices rather than nasty sour mix so I was a big fan.

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When I got home, RM and I headed to Medford to go to my favorite sushi restaurant: Yoki. It was packed, but luckily we scored a seat quickly. We got a few rolls and some sashimi and everything was awesome. Sushi craving successfully satisfied!

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A little trip to Cold Stone after was the prefect way to end the night 😉

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After an awesome kickboxing class on Saturday morning, RM and I headed north. We stopped off in Kennebunkport for lunch at Hurricane Restaurant before getting to my parent’s house. There were fish tacos on the menu, so obviously I had to get them, but I will say I thought ours were better!

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It felt great to spend the night at my parents house! The stoves were cranking, the wine was flowing and the food was delicious.

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I was able to spend some time working on my Happy, Healthy, Fit challenge, so I was thankful for that! For dinner, we had pork tenderloin, Brussels Sprouts with a  balsamic glaze, dried cranberries, slivered almonds and bacon, mashed carrot & parsnip casserole and roasted potatoes. Everything was SO good.

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To finish off the night, we had some Grand Marnier (well, RM and my mom had some… I can’t handle it!) and sat by the fire. This is one of my favorite parts about being home. Can you blame me?

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Such a great night. RM and I hung around Sunday morning and took our time getting back. I’m always a little sad when I leave to come back to MA, but I’ll be back in Maine tomorrow so it was a little easier on Sunday.

Questions for you: What was the best part of your weekend? Where is your favorite margarita place? do you like after dinner liquors?

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Super Easy & Delicious Fish Tacos

As I mentioned on Instagram, I am a huge fan of fish tacos. Chances are, if they are on the menu, I’ll be ordering them. I love that they are usually pretty light and that they’re always different depending on where you go. Some use flower tortillas, some use corn tortillas… the fish can be fried, grilled or blackened… there can be slaw on them or lettuce… all different salsas and avocado toppings. You get the idea- in my mind, there’s really no wrong way to make a fish taco.

Since RM and I are trying to eat a little more clean when we can, which means eating out less, we decided to try our hand at making fish tacos. The verdict? Super easy and absolutely delicious! We “mmm’d” our way through the whole meal, going back for seconds and thirds. We even talked about it the next morning when we woke up. Can you tell we are foodies?

Super Easy & Delicious Fish Tacos

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Ingredients

Salsa:

  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped in small pieces
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped in small pieces
  • 14-1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1tbsp chopped cilantro
  • salt & pepper to taste

Fish (for 2 fillets- we cut them into smaller pieces when cooking them): RM doesn’t measure… he say’s he’s “creative” and likes to go by taste (I’m sure you can imagine how much I give him a hard time about calling himself “creative”…). With that said, he combined the following ingredients in a bowl and coated the fish fillets with them. I’d love to give you an approximate measurement for each ingredient, but unfortunately I wasn’t watching him and have no idea how much he used! Get “creative” when making these and see where it takes you 😉

  • Coconut oil, melted
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Ground ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Chili powder

Directions

1. Chop up your veggies for the salsa and place in a bowl. Add in about a 1/4-1/2 tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar (go light on this!), lime juice, salt & pepper and chopped cilantro. Let this sit while you make the rest of the meal.

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2. Pre-heat your oven to 200* and wrap your tortillas in aluminum foil. Prepare the seasoning for your fish. Coat eat piece thoroughly. Heat a pan and cook the fish lightly (few minutes each side). While the fish is cooking, heat the tortillas.

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3. Chop up your avocado, spinach and/or lettuce and set everything out. Assemble your tacos as you wish and enjoy!

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We can’t wait to try different variations of this recipe. I want to make an avocado “sauce” maybe using some of RM’s homemade yogurt. We also talked about making a pineapple salsa, too. The possibilities are endless!

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Questions for you: Do you like fish tacos? What’s your “go to” food dish you order when eating out?

Weekending: Local Date Night, Wicked Wine Fest, Homemade Fish Tacos & Sunday Funday

I loved every part of this past weekend! I took Friday off from work so I could attend MANIA. The day, although long, was amazing! I was able to take so many awesome classes and meet some really great fitness professionals. I’ll do a full recap on that soon.

By the time I got home and showered, I was starvingggg, so RM and I headed to Jeveli’s, which is a local favorite of ours. The prices are cheap, service is good (and funny) and the food is absolutely delicious. It’s a no-frills type of place, but we love sitting at the bar and chatting with the locals. I always get the meatballs because they are so good, and after 4 hours of physical activity, a big bowl of carb-y, meat-y deliciousness was just what I needed!

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After class on Saturday, my sister, Kate and I headed to the South End for a wine tasting at Cyclorama. I went in March and loved it, so jumped on the chance to go to the one this past weekend. Some of my SMC friends were also there and we had a blast walking around, trying various wines… and taking silly pics 😉

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Post wine fest, we made the short walk over to Stephi’s on Tremont for lunch. We were lucky and had a whole room just to ourselves… but, the more I think about it, maybe the rest of the restaurant was lucky we had a whole room to ourselves. You try being reasonably quiet with 8 girls after a 2 hour wine tasting…

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I ended up getting a burger because I was still craving red meat- must have been all the working out!

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Once we finished up, I headed back to East Boston to hang out with RM. We had plans to make fish tacos and they did NOT disappoint! The best part was they were super easy- I’m going to share our “recipe” later the week. They were unbelievable, though!

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My movie snack was a half of a paleo pumpkin banana bread muffin that I made last week. Topped with crunchy almond butter and cinnamon, courtesy of RM, it hit the spot!

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Sunday morning started with some cleaning, some breakfast and then some serious shopping. RM made some zucchini fritters… topped with an over easy egg and it made for a delicious breakfast.

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He’s also taking a stab at making his own yogurt, so we worked on that a little.

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To shop, we headed to Assembly Row since we wanted to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond and figured we could have lunch at Legal on the Mystic. I was getting hangry, so a beer and fish sandwich did the trick to fill me up! I regretted the fried food later that day, though, as it gave me a bad stomach ache 😦 Could’ve also been due to the fact I ate a lot more junk this past weekend than I normally do, including greasy, fried food.

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After we finished up, we shopped around a few more stores before calling it a day. I food shopped then had fun being in the kitchen with my sister. She made a pasta bake and I made an amped up Shepherd’s pie. Both were delicious!

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And that’s about it… before I knew it, I was hopping into bed, utterly exhausted! I love weekends like this, I just wish they could last longer 😦

Questions for you: What was the best part of your weekend? Have you been to a wine tasting before?