It was a great weekend with Momma Coale. Lots of good food, lots of exploring Boston, and lots of rest. It was good.
I saw clients Friday morning, crammed in all the things I needed to finish by 11:30 and then we kicked off the weekend! After having leftovers from the night before for lunch – salmon, broccoli and roasted potatoes – we started the afternoon with a trip to Flour for coffee + baked goods.
We shared the carrot ginger muffin and oatmeal raisin cookie. The muffin was perfect. If you like lots of things in your muffins – shredded carrots, golden raisins, hunks of ginger, walnuts – you’ll love this!
And then we shopped around on Newberry Street. I found a pair of jeans at Anthropologie that fit so well and were 80% off. I was pumped when I found them. Anthro is one of those stores I like to walk around in (and just smell – omggg that place sells amazing) and pretend I’m buying all the lovely clothing. So finding jeans for under $30 felt like the jackpot.
Along the way we got manicures at one of the nail salons and then strolled around Beacon Street and Commonwealth looking at all the beautiful brownstones before making our way back through Boston Common and to Urban Grape for a tasting.
After that, we made our way to Barcelona to snag an early table. I learned fast that if you come after 6:30pm you’ll have to a wait a while, but we got there around 5:30 and were sat right away. We started with wine and their DELICIOUS BREAD. It was hot and steamy and chewy and I died. Fresh bread + olive oil is my happy place.
We also shared the raw goat’s milk cheese before ordering some small plates that I forgot to snap a picture of.
We shared the roasted carrots with ricotta, hanger steak with truffle sauce which was incredible..
Fried brussel sprouts (also incredible) and the bravas…which are always good. I’ve never met a papas bravas I didn’t like. I should try to make these at home for breakfast on the weekend.
We were home before 8 so we could watch the Olympic opening ceremonies. I prefer the summer Olympics since I love watching the gymnastics and running, but still love watching the ice skating and snowboarding. The talent!
Dessert was a cupcake from Flour we had picked up when eating muffins + cookies that afternoon. I got the hummingbird cupcake which reminded me of a banana bread cake with cream cheese frosting. I ate about 1/2…felt a little overly full but it was too good… and saved the rest for Saturday night.
Saturday morning started with coffee + pumpkin oatmeal with peanut butter before I went to a spin class. I rarely enjoy cycle, I just prefer other types of movement but this instructor is awesome.
Came home. Showered. And we headed out for the day. First stop…Tatte for lunch! I was so indecisive with what I wanted because it all sounded SO GOOD. I had heard rave reviews for the avocado tartine so went with that. Does anyone else get overwhelmed when everything sounds good? Then I realized, I could eat at Tatte anytime and just ordered lol.
Sliced avocado, arugula, dill, radish, fried eggs on housemade sourdough bread. It was warm out (in the 50s!) so we ate outside. The arugula has a lemon-y dressing which was so fab and refreshing and the toast was buttered and so crusty. Solid choice.
We walked about Beacon Hill and found this adorable door front. This just looks cheery.
Snacked on a sugar cookie from Tatte but upon first bite I realized this cookie was CRUNCHY. Team chewy 100% and I think a lot of you guys are too 🙂 I gave the cookie to my mom because it was doing nothing for my tastebuds and ate a granola bar instead. I need Tatte baked good redemption.
Then we started the Freedom Trail. This is probably the #1 tourist thing to do, but it was warm and Momma Coale was into it and I am a tourist in this new city right now. I knew Boston was full of tons of history but I don’t think I realized JUST how much. Several of the buildings on the Freedom Trail were ones I’ve walked by before. Including Park Street church Nick and I tried out a few weeks ago.
It was fun to explore Boston with my mom too since I haven’t been to a lot of the neighborhoods. Including Paul Revere’s house and statue in the North End.
And Charlestown where the Freedom Trail ends at Bunker Hill.
Charlestown is a little secluded from central Boston where a lot of the main stuff is, but I was in love with this adorable neighborhood.
It was cloudy but balmy and not too cold and a great way to see so much of Boston.
After being out all day we decided a low key evening at home watching the Olympics and eating nachos sounded awesome. Not gonna lie…these nachos were pretty epic. We bought salsa, guac, cheese, green onions, tomatoes, black beans and corn chips at Trader Joe’s…baked the chips and beans at 375 for 10 minutes and then topped with everything.
Plus margaritas I was in charge of. Because you can’t have nachos without a marg.
I ate the other half of last night’s cupcake and crashed by 10pm.
Sunday, I reallyyyy wanted a good stretch after all the walking Saturday so after coffee + reading in the morning I ate a piece of chocolate chip banana bread with cashew butter and walked to yoga.
It was bendy and calming and just what I needed.
We checked out Reunion church after a lot of you guys recommended it. Both my mom and I really enjoyed it. The sermon resonated with me a lot yesterday.
We originally had plans for the afternoon but then it was cold and rainy and wet and Momma Coale voted we have a cozy day inside and I wasn’t going to argue. We ate leftover nachos for lunch.
And watched a documentary on Netflix about Princess Diana. Drank some kombucha out of a wine glass because that feels more fun.
And snacked on crackers + cheese + jam.
Because it was just blahhhhh out we voted for dinner in because my mom wanted to cook for us. Again, HOW CAN I SAY NO? I tried. She insisted. Love that woman.
I picked up Nick from the airport while Momma Coale cooked up a feast.
Meatballs, salad, pasta and bread with olive oil.
Oatmeal raisin cookies and vanilla ice cream while Olympic watching capped off the weekend.
Feeling really thankful to have her here this weekend. <3
Whether you had a low key restful weekend or an adventurous one, I’d love to hear in the comments!
Meah Konstanzer says
What a fun weekend! I definitely need to make plans to explore Boston this summer. I’ve totally gotten overwhelmed by menu options too. But, I love what you said about always being able to go back. So true! Plus, you’ll probably be happy with whatever option if they’re all good. This weekend I took my drivers test. I’m honestly most excited to be able to go get food whenever now haha! I also hung out with my friends Saturday and we ate, played Monopoly, and watched the Olympics. So much for working on physics lol, but it was rainy so we all just wanted to chill out. I also baked this amazing banana date crumble bread yesterday. SO GOOD! Have an amazing week 🙂 .
Sounds like it was restful and the better option over studying 🙂 Congrats on your drivers test!
Send the banana recipe! 🙂
Hannah MacLeod says
Aww, this makes me wat a visit from my mum whom I also took to Flour & Tatte!
If you’relooking For a chewy baked good from Tatte, the flourless brownies are so good. I think my fave pastry is the ginger morning bun(insiders knowledge!!)
I spotted that so will have to try next time!
This sounds like the perfect weekend! We had our engagement pics this saturday. I was hoping for some nice wintery pics but ended up having them on a 50 degree day! Oh well I’m sure they’ll still be great! Yesterday was definitely a good day to stay inside and get cozy!
I’m sure they will be beautiful! It’s all about the joy 🙂
Megan @ A Continual Feast says
So much delicious food!!! I am totally team chewy cookies too. And team kombucha-out-of-wine-glasses 🙂
yes yes yes!!
Elise Gahan says
I loved Looking for Lovely (saw it on your coffee table). If you have time – Annie spoke at If Gathering this weekend and the recording is available until 6:00 CST today! She was in the middle of session 2 I think but really, they were all so good!
I just started it! I’ll have to check it out – thank you!
Loved to hear about you fun weekend with your mom <3. Reading about your fun adventures always inspires me to create some of my own (:
oh I’m so glad! hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂
Emily Swanson says
I love how kombucha in a wine glass makes it look super fancy! And it’s so fun reading about how you spent time with your mama and all the fun foods you ate, the places you went, and i think I died over the description of that bread you got at the restaurant. Hot, steamy, and chewy = BREAD PERFECTION! 🙂 I love the crackers and cheese and jam idea too; it’s that salty, sweet, crunchy combo that’s just one of the best ever.
We had a pretty low key weekend. Sometimes I feel bad saying that weekend after weekend, but I’ve realized that low key and restful are so needed to refresh me for the week ahead.
I hope you feel so refreshed after that wonderful time with your mama.
Trista Johnson says
i always love the posts after you’ve been with your mom! Gives me a warm & fuzzy feeling 🙂
Trista Johnson says
And I totally get that decision-overwhelm… I was in NYC this weekend and had a very hard time choosing from the menu at Hu Kitchen on Saturday. So may good options!
Love all of this! Moms are the best!
Barcelona is soooo good, I need to go back there (I’ve only been once!) Team chewy all. day.
This weekend was really low key (a lot of baking and cooking, some yoga, lot of quality time with my hubby) and that’s all I’m really craving lately <3
Ummmm can I have that oatmeal recipe!? Holy yum!
What a great weekend– all that food had me drooling! 😉 I also drink kombucha out of a wine glass because it’s more fun!