Week of August 25 - 31, 2014

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Looking for free yoga classes in Boston? See the Summer 2014 listing here!

Massachusetts Farmers Markets and food trucks are everywhere. Plus, look at this handy guide to the Boston Public Market!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote Of The Week: Lao Tzu



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

A New Boston Coffee Shop: Farmer Horse Coffee

This delicious looking sandwich is not mine. I did not eat it. Nor did I take the picture. I have to credit my friend with that.

However a few minutes before, I had hungrily chowed down on a similar looking sandwich, when I realized that I hadn't taken a picture.

My friend and I met for lunch a few weeks ago, so we could brainstorm a project that we're interested in collaborating on together. She has no fear and is one of the most interesting people that I know.

When I realized that I forgot to take a picture, she saw a couple getting ready to sit down and one of them had this sandwich. She asked if she could take a picture of the sandwich for her friend, pointing to me, who is a food blogger. Gulp.

I couldn't believe she did that, but I'm glad she did. I can't tell if the sandwich pictured above has bacon in it, but I had the vegetarian version. It was filling and delicious too! I didn't even have room for dessert!

The bread was fresh and the red onion, spinach, sweet potatoes and goat cheese were such a wonderful combination of flavors.
On the day that we were there, we learned that Farmer Horse Coffee was celebrating its three month anniversary. A pretty big deal!

I suggested Farmer Horse Coffee, because a few months ago I had received an email inviting me to the opening celebration. I didn't get to go, but was intrigued by the idea of a new coffee shop opening up specializing in Ethiopian coffee and with an owner who is from Ethiopia.

While I loved the food, the coffee was my main reason for wanting to try the place. I had the cold brewed iced coffee, which was just perfect! Not too strong and not too weak. But I do like very strong coffee.

The interior is bright and cheerful and much larger than I had expected. The location is great too -- on Mass. Ave, not too far away from Northeastern University. I imagine they should get a nice share of the college crowd that is now filling up the city again.

When we visited it was early Saturday afternoon, but we were both able to get nearby metered parking. If you're taking the T, the Mass. Ave. stop is right there too.

I definitely recommend Farmer Horse Coffee and hope to return soon!

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Sandwich Photo Credit: Jennie Sandberg, who also sells the most amazing soaps at her new Etsy shop, SkyDancerBotanicals.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get Discounted Tickets: The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival


The Taste of WGBH is back for 2014! The Food & Wine Festival begins with a Chef's Gala Reception on Thursday, September 11th and there area number of additional tasty events over the following days.

On Saturday, there are two Artisan Taste sessions where you can experience a wide variety of artisanal foods featuring New England’s renowned restaurants, chefs, and local producers. Tickets need to be purchased to attend.

There will also be a Farmer's Market that is free and open to the public. It will take place on Saturday, September 13th, 11am - 5:30pm and Sunday, September 14th, 10am - 3pm.

The Farmer's Market will feature 15-20 farmers/vendors with a wide assortment of fresh produce, spices, herbs and baked goods. Check the website for updates in the coming weeks ahead with a complete list of participating vendors. It will be located in the front parking lot by Newbury Comics and the parking garage.

Sunday, September 14th will offer a Brunch Bar with more than 100 different restaurants, artisan food producers and wines serving up tasting-sized portions of foods from the exotic to down-home. Tickets must be purchased for this event featuring chef demos and live music.

On Sunday, you can also attend two educational seminars. One will be on the honored tradition of pickling and the other will teach the art and history of the cocktail. Tickets are required for these two seminars as well.

I've written about this event before and as a sustaining member, I wholeheartedly support WGBH and all of its efforts.

You wonderful readers have allowed me to do this, by supporting this blog. I donate a portion of the money that I receive from sponsored posts and advertising to organizations that I believe in, including WGBH. Thank you!

The events requiring tickets are limited to small numbers of people and tend to sell out quickly. If you want to go, purchase them soon!

Because you readers are so special, you can get a 20% discount on your tickets by purchasing them online and using the promotional code FOODBLOG.

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Disclosure: I was offered a free ticket to attend the Chef's Gala Reception. However, I cannot attend, because that day is my birthday!


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#TBT Whole Living Magazine: The Saga Continues


If you haven't read my previous two posts about this magazine, you might like to take a look here and here. Believe me. It's too much to catch you up briefly here.

Now that you're caught up, I figured I would share my most recent news relating to this long ago Whole Living subscription.

So as of last spring, I received a refund and then started receiving free issues of Family Circle. Nothing like Whole Living, but whatever.

Then those stopped and I started receiving Ladies Home Journal. Again, nothing like Whole Living, and not a choice that I would make, but they were free, so I read them. I was sick of calling about the magazines, so I just went with it and assumed they would stop sending me free magazines eventually.

Well, I received LHJ every month up until about a few months ago. I'm always behind in my magazine reading and finally caught up on the last issue. Which was really the last issue.

LHJ stopped publishing the monthly edition of the magazine. Well, that was a surprise. I'm glad they at least announced it in the magazine, so that subscribers would know what was going on.

I figured that was the end of these unwanted free magazines. When a couple of weeks ago Every Day with Rachel Ray appeared in my mailbox. Seriously??!! I could not believe it.

I did read the magazine and it wasn't as bad as I expected. But I don't watch her show and after my dinner club's experience with her recipes, I'm still not a fan. I admire all that she's done, she's living the foodie dream, but I really don't want to receive her magazine every month. Even for free!

So I called the publisher Meredith, spoke to customer service (888-616-7679) and explained my dilemma. I said that if it was somehow required that I keep receiving free magazines, I'd like to receive one that I enjoy and want to read.

The woman that I spoke to was very polite. I asked for the Rachel Ray magazines to stop and wondered if I could get MORE, which I have read and thought was pretty good.

She said that I'd get a couple more issues of Rachel Ray's magazine, then I'll get close to another year free of MORE. I'm looking forward to it!


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