Beantown!

by jenna on August 13, 2009

We made it!!!!

SO excited to finally be in Boston! Even though the weather is chilly and gray, I LOVE IT! I’m a huge history nerd and my favorite thing to do is explore new cities.…there’s so much culture and vibe here…its amazing! Let me back up for a quick second though to give you a recap of the morning’s events. But first, check out the sweet view from my hotel room on the 17th floor!!!!!

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I woke up at 5:15 this morning, grabbed an almond butter and jelly sandwich with a banana and was out the door!

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My flight was perfect. No turbulence and nonstop…the way to go! I actually dozed on and off for the first two hours and we arrived early, only four minutes after Kath! I met her in baggage claim and together we navigated our way through the buses and the T,which was actually quite clean and easy to maneuver. Public transportation is awesome and something Tampa definitely lacks. It really does save a ton of money. I stopped at Starbucks to grab a nonfat mocha on route :)

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We got to the hotel around noon and Tina met us there! I was so excited to finally meet this girl because I have honestly felt like we’ve been good friends for years. Its crazy to finally put a face to a name and Tina is hilarious and super down to earth.

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She led us right to our first Boston stop–-Piattini for lunch!


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This placed screamed Italy! I was in major vacay mode so Tina and I both got glasses of Pinot Grigio with our lunch.


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And to eat, I ordered the Proscuitto de Parma Panini, which was out of this world fabulous. I probably would have eaten my arm at this point since I was starving but I enjoyed every last bite. The panini was stuffed full with fresh buffalo mozzarella, pesto, proscuitto slices and juicy tomato. SO good.

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After we ate we stopped at Banana Republic (of course) because Tina said it was the “best” one in the whole city. ;)

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And then walked back to the hotel to shower and get ready for yet another awesome food stop: JP Licks at 4!

I have to blog from the lobby since the internet does not work in my room….don’t ask. I’ve had the modem replaced and have been on the phone trying to fix it but still nothing. Highly annoying but there’s wifi downstairs so I guess that’s where I will be when I am blogging. Other than that, I’m on twitter and am receiving all my emails on my Blackberry if you need to get in touch! :)

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{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna August 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

welcome to Boston! I’m glad the sprinkles and clouds let up enough for you to have a nice lunch outside. Can’t wait to meet you all tomorrow!

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Whitney August 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I am so excited to be there TOMORROW! ahhhhh…..*doing a crazy dance*

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I love fresh buffalo mozzarella! I’ve been eating it with tomatoes and basil non-stop. Sounds like you’ve had a good day so far :-) p.s. Banana Republic is having a sale from 5-midnight tonight. 25% off $100!

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Megan August 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Oh my goodness! I am so excited for y’all…wish I was there, too. I can’t wait to read all about this weekend. It’s going to be so great :)
Enjoy ice cream tonight!

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Jenna August 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

i hope you enjoy boston jenna :) it is a great and fun city! i say this well because i am from MA!

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats August 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Yay! Looks like you girls are already having a blast :D Have an awesome time together!

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Recipes for Creativity August 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

So jealous. Have a fantastic time!

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Lizzy August 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Ah o my gosh! jenna its only the first day and it already looks like you guys are having fun! Lunhc looked amazing! and you can never go wrong with Banana Republic. did you get anything?

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chipped nails & all August 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I’m loving your blue-ish laptop bag (I’m guessing it’s a laptop bag..)! May I ask where you got such a fabulous thing?

Have fun in Boston and take lots of pics!

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Taylor August 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

That wine looks scrumptious, I could use some right now! I am glad you had a safe flight, my last one was an abundance of turbulence and I couldn’t wait to land. Hopefully they fix your internet pronto! Have fun tonight. :)

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brandi August 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

glad you got there safely and had a good lunch with friends :) i can’t wait to see all the summit action!!!

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Sri August 13, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Hi Jenna!
I would love to hear about how the 6 of you got together to make the summit happen. Maybe describing your experiences organizing, finding sponsors etc.

Maybe something like a collaborative post?

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katey August 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

AAH! you made it! hope you have the best time ever!

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Juicy Jessy August 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

that is soooo cool! i have to admit… i’m really jealous right now!!

it must be such an awesome experience to share your interests with girls alike. i know NOBODY who is interested in health, food, sports, … aaaaaaaargh

live it up girl!!!

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chipped nails & all August 13, 2009 at 3:43 pm

loving the blue-ish laptop bag Jenna! May I ask where you got it? It’s quite gorgeous :)

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Glad you had a great trip there! What an AWESOME view of the city. And loving that lunch… who wouldn’t love a pretty cafe like that?! :)

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Glad you got there safely! Looks like you’re having a great time!

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Maria August 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Boston looks so awesome! I’m a history nerd too and would love to visit that city. The food sounds quite amazing there too, and love that you are in vacation mode ;)

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MyThy as in "Mighty" ;) August 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I’m so excited for all the summit bloggers! I love Boston and wish I were there to meet everyone after following all your blogs for so long! Don’t forget to visit the Little Italy and Quincy Market for some GREAT eats. ;)

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Joelle (The Pancake Girl)) August 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Woooo looks like fun!!

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Bonnie August 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I’ve only spent a day in Boston, but loved it!! We did a bunch of the historical walking tours & toured the harbor. I bet it’s a great place to run too!

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) August 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Looks like you are having such a fabulous time!! Can’t wait to see what else the weekend brings =)

Enjoy!

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kay (eating machine) August 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm

aw, you guys look super pumped!
and i love that tina knows the “best” br in the city! that’s a useful fact!

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Rose August 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Haha. I love that last pic!

I can’t wait to meet you!

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Amy (www.weliveneon.com) August 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I love those sunglasses! Where did you get them?

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Amelia August 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Glad you got to Boston safe! Can’t wait to get there myself!!! :)
Btw, your laptop bag is totally adorable. Is it Vera Bradley?

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Sana August 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

wow, it looks like yor having so mch fun!!!

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Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) August 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Looks like you are already having fun! I have never been to Boston! Have a great time!

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Andee (Runtolive) August 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Sandwich looks amazing! Looks like a great weekend

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Jessica August 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

ah the side pic of you is cute!!! you look so fit!

those sunglasses are perfecto for your face!

-muffy

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Christie @ Quit Your Diet August 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

So glad you arrived safely!!! Have a fantastic time!

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sue August 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

woohoo! welcome to boston :)

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Ahh…fun, fun, fun!!! :D You’ll love Boston. It’s my absolute favorite city ever. :D

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Quisha August 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm

it’s so strange to see you girls in my city. well it’s not mine but it’s just exciting! can’t wait to meet you all tomorrow night!! :)

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Kelly August 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

How cool to see you, Tina and Kath all in the same photo! I’m a meeting planner so I wish I was at the summit! I will be watching online!!

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Naina August 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Jenna, I know ur blog is about healthy eating, but , are you naturally that thin anyways cause most people can’t get away with eating like that without atleast being normal weight. You are like hollywood thin!

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Meghan@traveleatlove August 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Welcome to Boston! I think you can see my office from your room lol. Looking forward to tomorrow!

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Lizzie August 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm

How funny to see pics of you in the city!! Kicking myself that I didn’t get a ticket for this!! Hope you have a good time and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures! If you need some restaurant suggestions in your free time (not that you’ll have any!) and want to treat yourself, highly recommend Via Matta near the Park Plaza, Toro in the South End (won’t take reservations but the tapas is very good), Sibling Rivalry also in the South End, West Side Lounge (just outside Harvard Sq, across the river from downtown), Ivy at Downtown Crossing. You’ve picked the best time to come – it’s supposed to be sunny and warm the rest of the week and it’s Restaurant Week, so $33.09 dinners at quite a few places (and all of the ones above). Have fun!

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M August 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm

You are soooooooo adorable!

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Susan August 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

That is such a cute pic of you at Banana Republic! Can’t wait to see all of the weekend’s happenings – wish I coulda made it!

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Nicole August 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Welcome to New England! I only wish I were up there right now :( Have a great time!

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Nina August 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Yo, public tran is totally the way to go until you have to do it every.single.day. I DESPISE it now. Probably also though because I work until late and Boston decided that it doesn’t need public tran after 12:30am. WTF?

I agree that it is weird to see pictures of you in Boston; I was walking to work today at 4 and I kept thinking I was seeing all you girls every where I looked. ahhaha; tomorrow though!!

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Daria (Summer of the CSAs) August 13, 2009 at 8:20 pm

It’s so fun to see you guys chronicling Boston at the same time. :)

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Glittearti August 13, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Ahhh…. I love Boston so much it’s ridiculous. And I totally get the love of the T — it opened my eyes to how public transit *should* be! :) Hope you have a blast at the summit!

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Rebekah August 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

If you have time the freedom trail is really nice! A little history, a little walk (and a place to get drinks/lunch in the middle!) Highly recommended!

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Tay August 13, 2009 at 9:16 pm

AHHHH it looks like sooo much fun! It’s really weird to see all 3 of you in one picture :-) haha. Can’t wait to see EVERYONE together!

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emily - eatventures August 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm

This is random but that picture of you in your kitchen is really really pretty! Good luck with the Summit!

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Jenni August 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Yay! You made it! I, like others, am also dying to know about your cute blue bag! You must divulge the details…

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Nicole August 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Glad you like Boston! What did you think about all those stairs at the BR on Newbury Street? Those always kill me! It was nice meeting you at JP Licks. Hope you enjoyed your dinner tonight. See you tomorrow :)

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Cait (Cait's Plate) August 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Aw yay! It looks like you guys are already having a blast!! :) Yay for Beantown love! Give Boston a huge hug for me. I miss it so much!!

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Cyndi August 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Welcome to Boston!

Explore and enjoy.

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Rebecca August 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I love Boston so much!! Looks like you had a great day!

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Cyndi August 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Welcome to Boston!

Enjoy our town. Look around it’s a great place to walk.

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Tammy (Defining Wellness) August 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm

How exciting! Hope you’re all having a blast!

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Caroline August 14, 2009 at 12:21 am

Love your Vera Bradley laptop bag! I’ve been looking for one in a pattern I like forever!
See you tomorrow:)

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shelley August 14, 2009 at 1:08 am

I love your sunglasses! and your goofy pic in the clothes rack lol

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Jenny August 14, 2009 at 2:41 am

hey jenna! i dont know if im commented before but i love your blog ;)
you look like youre having a blastt

super random question: are your eyebrows natrally that dark or do you do them? hahah okay now that i’ve sufficiently creeped you out..

have fun at the summit!

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Sarah August 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

I had that same problem when I went to New York, our internet wasn’t working in our room, sometimes it is the location of the room rather than the computer itself. Hope you get it worked out!

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britt August 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

that sandwich looks amazing! i’m so glad you made it there safely. you girls are going to have an amazing time :)

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