Our Favorite Things #4

Our Favorite Things #4

August 21, 2009

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And we’re back with our favorite things! Sorry about the delay. We actually haven’t really liked much of anything the past few weeks. kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰ Things have just been craaaaazy recently here in Boston for the both of us, so we took a little break, but now we’re back in business! Enjoy!

Chels’ Favorite Things

The Summer Air

Nothing cures a blah mood more than the Summer and beach air! Last Sunday I took a drive down to Winthrop, which is a little oceanside town right outside of Boston, by Logan Airport. Our friend Kate’s boyfriend lives there so I’ve made quite a few visits this Summer since it’s right on the water. I was having one of those “whatever” kinda days so Kate invited me down to take a stroll along the beach and grab some Mexican food for dinner at La Siesta in Winthrop… best Margaritas and Chicken Poblano in town, JUST in case you’re ever looking… more to come about this at a later date and time. As we were walking the beach, we noticed a bunch of people starring up at the sky. We looked up and found this:

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Doesn’t it look like Heaven?? As we passed one lady I heard her say rather loudly, “I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE!!!”… and then I felt like I was in the movie Twister and the world was about to end.

As we continued our walk…

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Who knew just minutes from Boston you could find thisย loveliness?? Granted there are planes flying above, and rather low, every few minutes, Winthrop is still a really cool and interesting little town to spend time in… with lots of hidden gems! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nikon P90

I just can’t get enough of this thang and I feel like it will be my favorite thing for many many weeks to come. I’ve had so much fun fiddling around with this camera and the quality of the photos are, in the words of our friend Molly, tremazing!ย 

P90

Ohhh, just a photo I took with the P90 of a garlic mojo hot dogย with avocado and pineapple that I had for dinner the other night. Quite tasty if you enjoy flavorful hot dogs!

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Rembrandt Intense Stain Toothpaste

I’ve been a fan of this toothpaste all summer actually, but figured it was finally time to share it and all of it’s glory with you. I wouldn’t go as far to say I have “intensely stained” teeth, like the name of the toothpaste, but you know how sometimes you wish your pearly whites were actually… pearly white? Well, this toothpaste whitens like no other and leaves my teeth feeling so so clean! Apparently it has micro-polishing particles and fluoride so it helps to whiten and protect the teeth. Who knew? It can be found in the teeth whitening section of the toothpaste aisle (not with the regular toothpaste) and it runs about $7.50 a tube, which considering how well it works isn’t too expensive, especially when compared to other whitening products. Now I’m not a dentist [read: if your teeth fall out, you experience sensitivity, or your teeth actually begin to form stains, don’t blame me! ;)] but this stuff hasn’t let me down yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Rembrandt

I also highly recommend Rembrandt Whitening Rinse too (which I had the hardest time finding in stores, but Sues recently told me they sell it on drugstore.com!) Gotta stock up!

Sues’s Favorite Things

Bruegger’s Bagels

I know, I know. There’s nothing really fancy about Bruegger’s. But it’s totally one of my favorite things this week and I’m not ashamed! For one, their bagels are pretty amazing. And their coffee? Green Mountain, which I love more than anything (pumpkin spice is glorious).

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Also, they have free WiFi. And they probably want to kill me because I spend basically all my days here (what? My apt. is way too hot right now). But the best thing about Bruegger’s (or my local one at least) is that the people who work here are all SO nice. I swear, they refuse to hire anyone who’s not happy and friendly. They make me feel like I’m at home (well, a different sort of home, I suppose). And since I work alone all day, I feel like I have some friends (OK, not really, but it is nice to have real-life conversations!). Plus, back in high school, my sister was a bagel baker for Bruegger’s. Ha! I think she lasted about 2 weeks, but we still like to laugh about her coming home with flour all over her face.

Mini golfing

Do you know the last time I played mini-golf? Probably in college. NH had lots of fun courses. And all though high school, my main hangout spot was Richardson’s in Middleton. Mini golf and ice cream. That was totally how I rolled in high school (Chels too!). But while on the Cape last week, Chris and I were looking for something to do for an hour before dinner (At Clancy’s in Dennisport. Go! It’s delicious!) and we found a mini golf spot.

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And I’m really not going to lie here. I kicked Chris’s butt. Majorly.

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He was a good sport though (fairly) and I’m sure he’ll demand a rematch soon. If he’s not too scared. And I know my mom is reading this thinking, “I’ll kick both your butts.” But, Mom, I learned all my skills from you! Now I really want to start a mini golf team. Anyone else in? And where’s the best spot close to Boston?

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Dinner at My Parents’ House

Clearly, I talk about them all time. And their amazing culinary skills. That’s just part of why I love going back to where I grew up. The other part is just hanging out with them. This summer has been especially fun because we’re getting ready for my sister and Adam’s wedding and there’s lots to do and talk about.

But dinner the other night was pretty fabulous.

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I don’t think I’ve ever had dinner with my parents and not said that (except maybe when I was a kid and didn’t totally appreciate good food).

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My mom and I made my avocado soup too! It tasted better in the pretty bowls.

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Now you see why I enjoy visiting so much?

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9 Responses to "Our Favorite Things #4"

  1. Sara says:

    YES to Brueggers! That is by far the best place to work in Coolidge Corner. So glad we randomly discovered that!

    Have you ever been to the trampoline place on the Cape? I went when I was a kid. SO MUCH FUN!

  2. Chris says:

    About the mini golf… I blame my “epic”, and painful, defeat on the club ๐Ÿ™‚ We will need to have a rematch. I’ll bring my Callaways to the mini greens!

  3. Tom O'Brien says:

    That’s my house in the picture you have of the sky. Could you please send me a copy of that?

  4. Beth says:

    I have a few things to say. First, I worked at Bruegger’s from the middle of my senior year of high school until I left for college at the end of September. I had to get there a 5am, which is probably why you don’t remember bc you were ASLEEP! – more than 2 weeks – so I demand a reprint! Second, I will join your mini golf team but I think we should put Chris and Adam together on a separate team so we can really kick their butts! Mom, we definitely want you on our team too!

  5. Adam says:

    I am the Tiger Woods of mini-golf. Chris and I vs. the world!! Bring it on.

  6. steven says:

    mini golf is one of my favorite things too…there are a few mini golf places a little closer than middleton, but not much closer and definitely not next to richardsons…there is one in braintree, by the movie theatre, there is also one on the dedham/west roxbury border, and one in revere with a big orange dinosaur…that’s all i can think of right now.

  7. Sara says:

    There’s a minigolf place on Route 1!

  8. Julie Q says:

    I love ‘favorite things’ posts!!! Can’t wait til you start doing this oprah style and sending your blog readers all of these things ๐Ÿ™‚ And yeah, I LOVE playing mini golf on vaca. Me and gus have a life talley of mini golf games against each other (3-1 me).. little competition never hurt, right?

  9. ttfn300 says:

    ooh, i used to go mini golfing all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ awesome picture from winthrop–guess i’ll be needing to check it out!

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