I feel all over the place right now. It’s difficult to feel organized after being gone for the majority of the week, and I feel like I have a million things going on in different directions. But, staying busy is good, right?
So, if you follow me on Instagram or snapchat (name: thehurdbird), you probably know I was in Boston last weekend and the early part of this week. I was there for the Food and Nutrition Conference Expo (FNCE), for nutrition brands, companies, dietitians, and RD’s to be! It was an amazing, yet overwhelming experience, to say the least. I am planning on doing a separate recap post because there is so much to say, and otherwise, this post would be way too long for a Friday.
I arrived in Boston around 6pm on Friday. My sister and her boyfriend scooped me from the airport, we headed straight to the Southend Buttery for dinner. We had high hopes of eating at Toro, a tapas place, but it was a 90 minute wait and we were hungry!
The downstairs had a cozy speakeasy feel to it. We enjoyed some bacon wrapped dates and mussles for appetizers, and I got the falafel veggie burger for dinner (just okay). I did enjoy a moscow mule and we split a bottle of red, while enjoying good conversation. For dessert, we opted for Fomu, vegan ice cream, on the way home. After trying numerous flavors, I settled on the roasted caramelized parsnip, salted caramel and dried cherry. Not a flavor I would generally order, but it was actually pretty darn good! We then went back the next night and I tried the cookies and cream.
Saturday morning, we got donuts from Blackbird Donuts, and split three flavors – the pumpkin cream cheese (I couldn’t not get this!), funfetti, and mint chocolate. If you’re in the Boston area, you’ve got to try the funfetti – I think that won me over! But, that was only our appetizer.
We then headed to a place my sister told me I couldn’t miss in Boston: Flour Bakery. It was a cute little café with pastries, sandwiches, salads and coffee. I went with the Americano and egg breakfast sandwich.
How can you not love a bakery with this message?
Apparently, they are also known for their sticky buns. But, there are pecans on it so I couldn’t eat it, sadly. I then spent most of Saturday at a smaller recipe writing seminar. Saturday night, my parents came up from Rhode Island and we got dinner at the Little Donkey. This was by far my favorite meal of the trip. If you’re in Boston, check it out! It’s in Cambridge, and is owned by the same owners as Toro. Every tapa we tried was amazing – favorites included the BLT Lettuce Wraps, Vietnamese Bologna, Manti Ravioli, and Silver Queen Corn. The corn was so amazing. I wish I took more pictures but it was really dark in there.
I went to bed semi early on Saturday because I had to be up bright and early for a 6:30 breakfast session. Sunday was a long one, and after feeling drained the entire day, I learned to now overbook myself the rest of the week. I took it a little easier on Monday and Tuesday. I didn’t put pressure on myself to attend the early 6:30 am breakfast session, but instead, slept in and went for a run along the Charles River esplanade. After a more restful night sleep, I felt so much better and peppier both days.
Plus, Boston is gawwwgeous and is just asking to be explored.
I also stopped in Wayfair and got to see their fancy corporate office!
We stayed in and made pizza one night – a ricotta, sweet potato, caramelized onion pizza. It was very good!
I’ll post my official FNCE recap next week about new food trends, things I learned, and what I wish I knew for all you studying RD’s to be out there, or even dietitians who are looking to go for the first time next year!
How do you bounce back to the real life after travel?
If you’re local to Boston, favorite food spot?