Sues’s Favorite Things #14

I’ve been cooking up a STORM! And have about a billion recipes to post. But since it’s Monday, I want to talk about some of my favorite things instead. Because we need to ease into the week. Plus, some fun was had this weekend and I must talk about it!! What did you guys do?

Brand About Town and Nintendo (and Julie Q!)

On Saturday, Chels and I attended the Nintendo Book Club with Julie Q and Brand About Town at Upstairs on the Square.

In case you haven’t heard us say it enough, we’re obsessed with Brand About Town. They’re the marketing firm that let us throw a Gap party and lets us hold amazing Gap giveaways. They also throw other parties for bloggers and we’ve been lucky enough to attend the Nintendo parties for Julie Q and Susan in the past.

This weekend? We attended another party for Julie Q. But first we were sent brand new DSi XLs! And the Classic Books cartridge. Did you know you can actually read books on DSis now? Yup! And it’s much easier now that they make an XL with a much bigger screen size (93% bigger to be exact). We were told to read Pride and Prejudice for a book club that would take place at Upstairs on the Square.

This is how the brand new DS was sent:


And upon opening:


Yay! Seriously exciting packages.

Have you ever been to Upstairs on the Square in Harvard Square? It’s the cutest restaurant EVER. Not kidding. Even from the outside, you can tell it’s going to be adorable.

Each of the restaurants rooms are so fun and quirky. Ours looked like it came straight out of Alice in Wonderland… Fit for a tea party!

Of course, we dug into the delicious tea sandwiches and desserts.


The egg salad sandwiches and parmesan crisps were personal favorites.


And that round chocolate dessert? It was filled wit nuts and sugar and amazingness. I NEED the recipe.


The table was filled with bloggers and we spent a couple hours sipping tea and chatting about Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It was one of my favorite books from high school, so it was nice to take another (more grown up) look at it. It was also super fun to meet some brand new bloggers!


If I had a bit more time, I would totally start a book club of my own… Maybe we should do an online/Twitter book club? I’m always reading something and would love to chat with friends about books.

Also, I need to go have a real meal at Upstairs on the Square STAT.

Anyway, it was a super nice, sunny day. Hence why I can’t open my eyes, I’m sure.


We are not Martha with Julie Q! Thanks for inviting us to another of your amazing events, Julie 🙂


Brunch at Eastern Standard for Chels’s birthday

On Sunday, a few of us headed to Eastern Standard for lunch to celebrate Chels’s birthday!! Her actual big day isn’t until August 22, but since she’ll be away, we celebrated early.

If you ask me where to get the best cocktails in Boston, I’ll most definitely name Eastern Standard- the bartenders are AMAZING. But, though I’ve been wanting to for the past 2 years, I’ve never had a meal at ES. So, I was super excited to try out their brunch!

They have tons of fabulous-sounding brunch cocktails. But I, of course, opted for the bloody mary. I’m never one to turn a bloody mary down!


We all ordered different drinks and had to line them up because they were all so pretty together! Hey there, birthday girl!


I also cannot turn down eggs benedict if it’s on the menu. It’s probably my goal in life to try it (with a bloody mary) at every brunch spot I go to. Aren’t goals fun to make?

Chels says I got her obsessed with eggs benedict. And she got me into ordering it with bacon instead of ham. I mean, if you have to choose between bacon or ham, what would you choose? Duh.


Eastern Standards eggs benedict was awesome. I loved that it was served on a biscuit instead of a plain old english muffin. I also loved that it was served with some spinach.


Perfect brunch and everyone was happy with their meals! I’ll definitely be back for another brunch (and force myself to try something else!!) and hopefully dinner sometime soon.


After brunch, Chels, Katie, Libby, and I headed back to my apartment. When we arrived, Chris had a pitcher of sangria sitting in the fridge for us! You might say it’s been a very sangria-full summer. Which is exactly how it should be, yes? We’ve been drinking red sangria the past few weeks, but this time, Chris made a delicious white.


It was supposed to be super sunny and nice out but instead was overcast and windy. But still, we sat outside and continued chatting.

It was an absolutely perfect weekend! I also had my parents, sister, and Adam over for bunch on Saturday and I’ll be posting about our feast later. Like I said, I have tons of recipes to share… Get excited!

What did you do this weekend? Also, feel free to share your favorite summer drink recipes!


24 Responses to "Sues’s Favorite Things #14"

  1. Julie Q says:

    Omg, if I google alerted julie Q, it’d be blowing up by the end of this post (i love it, obvs) hahaha so glad you both could come! And just so you know, you two are always the first two i think of for Boston Bloggers 🙂 great pix!

  2. Chris says:

    1st 🙂 – Glad you like the sangria!

  3. Chris says:

    🙁 julie got me

  4. Daisy says:

    I love Upstairs on the Square. I, like you, have never had a legit meal there but I regognize all the goodies on those tiers of plates. I attended a bridal shower / afternoon tea in the zebra room. I concur with the amazingness in the chocolate dessert and so would everyone else at the bridal shower!

    I love the pictures of chels with all the beautiful drinks. We are so alike, Eggs Benny and Bloody Marys have been my go-to brunch for years. Lately I’ve been trying to switch it up, a mimosa here, a french toast there….

  5. It looks like a great weekend! I was down in MV with lots of sun, food, and beer. But it looks like you ladies had a great time. And that eggs Benedict looks AWESOME!

  6. Julie Q says:

    Sorry Chris, you gotta wake up super early to catch this cool cat 🙂

  7. Erica says:

    What a fun weekend! Brunch out is my favorite meal- and a great way to celebrate a birthday : ) Happy Birthday Chels!! And that restaurant does look totally adorable. I love mini foods 😉

  8. Melissa says:

    A book club sounds like an amazing idea! I don’t have the time right now either. But if one of you Martha girls ever sets one up, count me in. 🙂

  9. emily says:

    sounds like a great event! i need to move to boston! 🙂
    happy bday to chels!

  10. What an adorable little cream tea set up! Reminds me of England :).

    I had an awesome weekend, visiting my family in Cleveland.

  11. Emily @ The Happy Home says:

    after so many years of living in boston, i never made it to upstairs on the square, but my friend tyler (of the second glass) swears by it.

    if you want more traditional tea, NOTHING beats the four seasons by the common.

    happy birthday!!!

  12. Lauren says:

    Sounds like such a fun event at Upstairs on the Square – I’ve been wanting to go there for ages! We live right near Eastern Standard and have been a few times – I agree that the drinks are great, as is the food… though I wish there were more options on the brunch menu. You MUST go during the fall when they offer apple cider donuts. Utterly delicious.

  13. Sharlene says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend filled with love! I went to a good friend’s wedding this past weekend and it was definitely a wonderful time. The food, the music, and the ambiance were so perfect for the couple and I love when everything falls into place for the right people 🙂

  14. Simply Life says:

    what a fun weekend in boston!

  15. Juliana says:

    Wow, so much fun! Enjoyed the photos 🙂

  16. Ashley Annie says:

    I’m craving some eggs benedict! Looks fab.

  17. katelin says:

    yay for book club, it seriously looks like it was so much fun. and all that food? i am salivating, haha.

  18. I think those chocolate thingies at Upstairs on the Square are their signature chocolate pecan turtles? I am a big book nerd and I’m also always reading something!

  19. This weekend I was in Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit! It was a total blast!! And I am way jealous of your new DS – I had no idea you could read books on them now?!

  20. Pam says:

    That restaurant looks so cute and the food looked delicious. I am wishing I had eggs benedict for breakfast now.

  21. Kelly says:

    It’s funny because I went to OM on Sunday with a groupon and I was staring at Upstairs on the Square thinking about how I wanted to go haha. Looks like you guys had a great time and I love all the brunch pictures from the next day. I need to get to brunch more often!

  22. Paj says:

    I love Eastern Standard. Only been there for lunch/dinner before. Brunch looks like a must try soon!

  23. Shannon says:

    ooh, i’ve been wanting to try Upstairs on the Square and i don’t think i’ve been to eastern standard yet, either! what a fabulous weekend 🙂

  24. Bridget says:

    Wow you had a fabulous weekend!! I love Upstairs on the Square! It really is like a whimsical place! How have I not been to Eastern Standard for brunch!?? I love brunch and I LOVE eggs bennedict!! THat one looks awesome! I actually tried a really yummy bloody mary a few days ago, and minus the fact that my lips burned for an hour after I thought it was delicious!

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