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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is amazing! Really, that is all I have to say. I have heard many many good things about this place and it sure does live up the hype. They are known for their delicious cupcakes and I not only ate 1, but 2 of them today. Unfortunately I only have a picture of the second. I ate a vanilla cupcake with green vanilla frosting and white jimmies.

The second was a red velvet cupcake with vanilla frosting.

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YUM!

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The Heartland Brewery

Derek and I headed out on a double date with our friends Kelly and Cory to The Heartland Brewery. There are 5 or 6 locations around the city and I fell upon one the other day while doing something for work. We decided to hit up the one in Union Sq.

On a side note, I’ve decided to start giving restaurant reviews, with this being my first official one.

It’s a large place with plenty of seating up and down stairs. They also hold events quite frequently, which is a plus because in my opinion it is hard to find a great food and beer place to hold any kind of event. The menu is great, the only downside is that it’s a little pricey. Even the sandwiches were $10+ which is sort of a let down for me right now because I have no job so I had to make sure I didn’t get something super expensive. Otherwise I usually don’t mind spending a little bit of money on good food.

I decided on the Pulled Pork sandwich just like the rest of the table. Yes, we all got the same thing. Before the food though, I had to figure out my beer selection. I was very happy to see that they had a sampler available. There were 6 house beers and they also had 4 or 5 seasonal selections. Of course all the beer was brewed inside the premises. I went with the sampler that included the 6 house beers + 1 seasonal selection, in which I chose the Smiling Pumpkin Ale.

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It was great to try 75 % of their beer all in one sitting. I honestly can’t wait to go back to try the rest of the seasonal beer.

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The house beers are in order from the first one pictured here in the bottom left hand corner then around to the right and the Pumpkin Seasonal is in the middle. My favorite was probably the pumpkin, it had a strong flavor and wasn’t too sweet. After that I enjoyed the Indian River Light second best. I couldn’t believe how much flavor it had for being a light beer.

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The pulled pork sandwich was excellent! The fries were good, they were labeled as spicy fries, but really they didn’t have much flavor in the spicy department. I finished the whole thing though. I especially liked that it came with a pickle.

Because it was a little pricey…

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Okay I’m a little late posting this, but what else is new right? Derek and I have been dating for 6 years since this past Wednesday, the 23rd. I can’t believe it’s been so long, time really does fly. We had an amazing anniversary. On Wednesday we had our first paid job. We helped film a live webcast of a business conference that was based on electric transporation. It was pretty interesting, but a pretty long day overall. The conference was over around 230 and after that we packed up all the equipment and ended up going out for a drink with some of the ‘business’ people who put the conference on. We went to a place called The Algonquin, which is a hotel and they had a really nice bar inside. We both had Hemingways, which was a pretty girl drink, but they were damn good. It was the suggested drink of the afternoon. The woman in charge paid for every one’s drink!

We came home, got changed and did some research on where we should go out to eat. We couldn’t find anything that really sparked our interest. We were really hoping to find a place with good food and even better beer. We decided to just stay in the area and walk around until we fell upon a good place to go. We ended up walking for a lot longer than I had expected, well what seemed a lot longer because my feet were absolutely killing me. I wore shoes that were apparently too small for my feet.

Anyways, we finally decided on this place called Sanford’s.

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It was a small place and pretty dark inside, but the menu looked fantastic. They did have a great beer selection, but unfortunately nothing was on tap. It was our anniversary though and we knew we had to go all out with everything we ordered.

First up, the appetizer; it was a special for the night: Mussels

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And beer, OF COURSE!

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The Oktoberfest was my first beer.

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The Jenlain was Derek’s first, which was REALLY GOOD! I don’t know why I didn’t order one.

The mussels were good, definitely some of the best I’ve had, but nothing has yet to live up to the mussels from the Portsmouth Brewery. I was really impressed with this place, we will definitely be going back! The atmosphere was great and the service even better. The manager/owner came over to our table towards the end of the night and introduced himself to us. We had a good little chat and he said that he is a wine guy and his brother is the beer guy  (They also have a HUGE selection of wine). He gave us his card and when the waitress gave us our check she said  ‘The dessert is on Chris (the owners name), Welcome to Sanfords. We couldn’t believe he gave us free dessert. We were totally high rollers that night!

Here is the rest of our food!

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This is what I ordered, a medium steak with cajun fries.

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Derek got this mountain of pork that literally fell of the bone and was so delicious with garlic mashed potatoes. He always manages to order the most extravagant thing on the menu.

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Derek and I both ordered this beer for our second round. It won the ‘Best Beer in the World’ award from Beer Advocate in 2008. GOOD!

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A Belgian style waffle with pecans, bananas, and caramel. YUM! This is what we got for free.

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We split this bottle for our dessert beverage. It was really good, but I was STUFFED by the time we left.

It was a great anniversary! I love Derek so much and we really are perfect for each other! 🙂

Oh yeah, we FINALLY have internet in our apartment so you can expect a lot more posts more frequently! I’m going out to the Heartland Brewery tonight in Union Sq. Be back later with a recap on that.

Edited to add:

Because there was absolutely no beer on tap:

Rating: 4 out of 5

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I’m Back

Okay I know I haven’t posted in like FOREVER, but I’m sorry I’ve been extremely busy and I don’t have internet in the new place yet! Once I get internet, I promise I will post at least once a day.

So, like I said I’ve been busy, but lets start from the top. The big move was quite successful. We arrived at our new apt at around 330 or 4 on Saturday evening. All of our friends were there to help  us unload, which was awesome! It was done in no time and I appreciate everyone’s help SO much! Our room was filled with boxes and we had a lot of work to do.

My dad and nephew, Cody stayed the night. We unpacked, drank beer and ate really good pizza.

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We are yet to be unpacked 100%, but we are pretty damn close. There are only 3 boxes left in the bedroom, filled with ‘junky’ type stuff. Derek and I still had to go back to our old apartment to clean it out. We ran out of time on Friday because packing up the trailer literally took all day. We made it a one day trip and went back to Manchester this past Friday to wrap things up. We literally drove back, cleaned for 3 1/2 hours, then drove back home to NY. It was a long day, but I was glad to get it done and keep the weekend free to finish unpacking and cleaning.

I’ve been interning at my roommate Matt’s work for the past week. I started the first Monday I was here. It’s going well. I have learned a lot! I was basically just shoved out into Manhattan to find my way on my own. I feel very familiar with things now and I am not so scared of the subway anymore. I have to deliver things, pick things up and I’ve been doing some basic office work. I’m really itching to get a paid job though, or at least an internship that has something to do with Art. I would rather be working for free in an area that I want to be working in in the future.

I have someone to run with now and I’m so excited! I’ve already gone on three runs and I love it. Matt didn’t run much before, but he impressed me with his ability to run the 4 miles home from work in one shot. We ran home from work twice and then went for a 5 mile run yesterday. It’s nice that I will be able to keep up with my running here, I was slightly worried about it. I’ve also been eating really well, which surprises me because I figured I would be stressed out and eating anything and everything.

I get 10 bucks everyday for lunch and I’ve been trying new places every day. I work in Rockefellar so there are a lot of places just in the concourse on the bottom floor.

Here are some of my eats:

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Roasted Eggplant Sandwich from ‘Wichcraft

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Three Cheese Quesadilla and Orange flavored Green Tea from the Beach Street Eatery.

This past Saturday night we all went out the the Beer Garden and it was awesome, okay I may have expected something a little different, but I had a really good time. They definitely had good beer on tap and they served HUGE glasses of beer. The options were a half liter, a liter, or a pitcher. I had a half liter and a liter. I can’t remember what the first beer was that I had, but the second I believe was a local beer called Capt. Lawrence Freshchester (pictured).

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Derek and I with our new roommate Matt.

Derek and I absolutely LOVE it here and we are already comfortable and feel like we are really living here now.

Coming Soon: Pictures of the apartment!

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Good Luck to Us!

I had a busy weekend! Derek and I got lots of stuff done though. We made a huge dent in our packing, but there is still more to do! On Sunday afternoon we headed over to Derek’s parents house and had an awesome barbecue with our families. The food was excellent and I really enjoyed being with everyone. Here is my plate…

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Corn on the cob, potato salad, macaroni salad, salad salad, chicken and smoked ribs, mmmm!

My sister Kerri made this amazing cake for us, she worked really hard on it and you can definitely tell.

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I took a piece home and I actually just ate it now for dessert, it tasted even better the second time.

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Monday consisted of LAUNDRY, Laundry, and more laundry! I don’t want to go to NY with any dirty clothes. Derek and I also packed up the kitchen last night.

Since I rocked that 11 mile run on Saturday I am seriously considering running a Half Marthon soon! I was originally going to run one this year, but I kind of gave up because I figured I wouldn’t have enough time to train and fit it in. There is a HM in Hartford and I actually have a friend I could stay with for the weekend so I wouldn’t have to do a ton of driving in one day. It’s on Oct. 10, I think? We’ll see though, I need to see how everything in NY goes first. I REALLY want to do it though! 🙂

3 days left! Ahhh!

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10.8 Miles Baby!

I set out this morning to run a long 8 miles, I was a little nervous because I haven’t done a long distance run in a few weeks. It’s been difficult to keep up with my running because of how busy I’ve been planning this move to NY. The weather was about 60° outside and breezy. It was PERFECT! I felt amazing throughout the whole run. One of my goals was to be able to run 10 miles before I went to NY and I was trying to plan that run for this Friday, but I figured I might as well give it a shot today since I was feeling so good. I felt like the energizer bunny, I literally could’ve kept going and going. It was the most amazing run ever! I was so pumped up and was literally smiling the whole time. My body felt great and even at the end, I wasn’t dying to stop. My knees were definitely starting to feel the pain though, so I am icing them right now to help them recover. I’ve never felt so great after a run, it was so awesome! I broke my last distance record by 1. 7 miles. I’ve decided that I much prefer long distance running over fast paced short distances. The gratitude and satisfaction I feel after running such long distances is amazing and like nothing else.

  • Distance: 10.8 Miles
  • Time: 1 hr. 48 min. 48 sec.
  • Pace: 10:04

Before my run I ate half a carrot cake Clif bar, drank some water, and half a redbull. When I got back I stretched a lot! I also drank an organic chocolate milk and the rest of my Clif bar.

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For breakfast, with much persuasion my awesome boyfriend made me a really yummy waffle! Just a classic waffle with lots of butter and syrup. It was delicious, and huge! There was so much batter in the iron that the lid started to lift up as it was cooking.

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Derek and I are headed to a family going away gathering today at his parents house. There is going to be so much good food and I’m sure I will be starving all day because of my run. I’m excited to see everyone and enjoy some good food.

Have a good rest of your Sunday!

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Update

Just a quick update!

My mom will be coming home for good either Friday night or Saturday morning. She got her birthday wish and I couldn’t be happier for her.

Thursdays ALWAYS feel like Fridays to me and I hate it! I can’t wait for the weekend. There is lots to be done and honestly I feel kind of useless here at work. 3 more work days left, yay!

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