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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Impromptu Trip to Marblehead + Passiana Jewelry Review

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Necklace: c/o Passiana | Dress: Target | Sandals: c/o Bearpaw | Bag:c/o Desigual
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This weekend we realized we've been in Boston over 2 years now, and still haven't explored the majority of the New England coastal towns. Sure, we made a point to visit Salem around Halloween like true tourists, and a made a few fun trips to Cape Cod. But we're definitely behind the game in the smaller towns, so today we took a super impromptu Sunday drive up to Lynn, Swampscott, and Marblehead to see the sights! We were blown away by this super scenic view of the Atlantic ocean. There were dogs frolicking on the beach and the crisp smell of sea salt in the air. 

What better place to introduce you to the high-end jewelry line from Passiana! This Gold Branch Bib necklace in particular really caught my eye for nostalgic reasons. I've always been partial to Sleeping Beauty, and any Disney fan knows her common name is Briar Rose, which I think is the prettiest bohemian name. 

This intricate and glam necklace really reminds me of her name and story - the idea is that no matter how many branches and thorns were in the way, perseverance, truth, and virtue will get you through all obstacles. That message always stuck with me and I love having a statement necklace to cherish and give me strength in that way. See? Fashion can be deeper and more meaningful than what's on the surface!

Passiana is high end jewelry so it's a bit on the pricey side, but all you lucky Chow Down readers get 50% off with code Thankyou50!

passiana jewelry review
Necklace: c/o Passiana | Dress: Target | Sandals: c/o Bearpaw | Bag:c/o Desigual
passiana jewelry review
Necklace: c/o Passiana | Dress: Target 


passiana jewelry review
Necklace: c/o Passiana | Dress: Target | Sandals: c/o Bearpaw | Bag:c/o Desigual

passiana jewelry review
Necklace: c/o Passiana | Dress: Target 

passiana jewelry review
Necklace: c/o Passiana | Dress: Target | Sandals: c/o Bearpaw | Bag:c/o Desigual
passiana jewelry review
Sandals: c/o Bearpaw
I really enjoyed our impromptu trip, and I hope we take more soon! It reminded me a lot of our cross country roadtrip adventures moving out from San Francisco to Boston. After all, exploring new places can never get old, right?

Don't forget, there's still time to enter to win a voucher towards your own JORD wooden watch with Swarovski crystals! 


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Scampo Boston Review


Looking for fantastic Italian food in Boston? Scampo could be your first and last stop, that's just how good it is. It's situated within the Liberty Hotel, a former jailhouse-turned-chic-dining destination. You may remember my previous post on Clink Restaurant, which is also in the Liberty Hotel. 

We came with the same foodie friends that brought us to Boston Chops, and Scampo was just as good in it's own right!

Our server was pretty sassy, but the food was so good we didn't even care. The pistachio + pesto paste for the initial breadsticks was incredibly bright and fresh.




You know a restaurant is good when you order something as simple as the gluten free Spaghetti Pomodoro and it makes you feel like you've never truly had this dish until that moment. The basil was so fresh it brightened up every bite, and you could practically taste each tomato in the sauce as if you were biting right into each one. Oh, did I mention that Scampo has a mozzarella bar? So the mozzarella here is obviously the best I've ever had.  


This is the show-stopper, folks. On Saturday nights, the special is Lamb Al Forno (baked in the oven). It may not look Pinterest-worthy, but it's definitely write-home-about-it's-deliciousness-worthy. It literally melts in your mouth, and each piece is packed with way more flavor than you were expecting. It's not like lamb in other restaurants, where it's tough and you have to chew it for 5 straight minutes. It's tender and scrumptious, a must-try.


How pretty is the Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart? With white chocolate zabaglione and salted caramel ice cream, this was said to be spectacular. 


Who doesn't love warm chocolate chip cookies and ice cold milk?


I've saved the best dessert for last! I got the Strawberries N' Cream, with Oven Roasted Strawberries, Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, and Strawberry-Lime Sorbet. That white and black gelatin looking plateau was a wiggly optical illusion. It looks like it would be pretty mild in taste, but when you bite in it tastes like strawberries and cream, in a bold way! I loved the gorgeous presentation too.

All in all, I definitely recommend Scampo for Italian lovers in New England, even if you're gluten-free!

Don't forget - my JORD watch voucher giveaway is still open! Enter to win today!



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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Audubon Boston Review

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I can't stress this enough - service is so important to me when dining out! It's my number one pet peeve, hands down. Patrons leave their house and pay more money to be taken care of at a restaurant. In the past I've served as a barista for Blue Bottle coffee and know how customers should be treated, so I have pretty low tolerance for rudeness from waitstaff. 

This certainly isn't our first time eating here. You may remember my previous post on Audubon Boston, which was filled with pickled veggies and spicy mussels. We've been here a handful of times, and usually the service is knowledgeable and pleasant, so I was surprised when right off the bat, our server was less-than-friendly. 

I'm not a fan of crab, so I asked if the shrimp and crab risotto was pre-made at all. She made a face as if to say "of course not," yet when I asked for it to come without crab she said she didn't think that would be possible. When I started to inquire why it wouldn't be possible since it's not pre-made, she literally cut me off and said "I'll just have to check on that. I don't know, I'll just have to check," and proceeded to walk away. Rude! 

She ended up returning saying it was in fact pre-made (no apologies), so I decided to go with the burger instead (with gluten-free bun, which is a plus at least)! However, when I ordered my burger I asked for it to be cooked medium. Right before she left our table she said "ok great, medium-well!" So I corrected her to have it be cooked medium. It came back well-done. Like, extremely well-done! It was charred on the outside and dark on the inside. 

When I brought this up to her, instead of apologizing or even looking at my plate, she just took the plate and said she'll bring another one. At this point my boyfriend had practically finished his food, and I had to wait for an entirely new burger to be cooked. The fact that she didn't even acknowledge the inconvenience or feign empathy was disappointing from a customer standpoint. Yes, she took the plate without question, but it definitely felt like it was just a bare minimum of effort. It felt like she was having a palpably bad day, and your customers should just not feel that while dining. 

That said, the back patio itself was warm and lovely, the host was extremely friendly. I have not given up on Audubon as our other experiences there were so pleasant.

audubon boston review

To start, we ordered the honey-jalapeno glazed wings with a side of dill dressing. These were delicious and not too spicy.

audubon boston review

The kale salad is always good here, with butternut squash, red onion, almonds, yogurt dressing, and parmesan. Super fresh and healthy, what's not to love?

audubon boston review

Here's where the meal went a bit south. My medium burger came out super well-done, bummer!

audubon boston review

Yes, I was actually able to wear a dress and my Bearpaw sandals on this warm day!

audubon boston review

How pretty are these colorful flowers in full bloom!

audubon boston review

We headed to 16 Handles (which I believe is a play on Sixteen Candles but I can't think of the connection?) for some delish fro-yo! I got Salted Caramel, Chocolate Caramel Crunch, and my ultimate favorite - Cinnamon Rice Pudding! I added chocolate chips, sprinkles, and strawberries, so it's basically a healthy snack, right?

Don't forget - my JORD watch voucher giveaway is still open! Enter to win today!



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