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A Big Surprise

Weeks of planning finally led up to this weekend’s big surprise. With the help of my mom and brother, I flew home to Boston from Los Angeles on Friday to surprise my dad. My dad is the master of surprises and he loves nothing more than when our whole family is together, so it was great to be able to turn the tables and surprise him for once.

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I took a red eye from LA on Thursday night and landed in Boston very early Friday morning. My mom picked me up from the airport and drove me into the city where we had plans to surprise my dad. His coworker was in on our surprise, which was very helpful because we never would have known his schedule or whereabouts without her assistance.

My dad was scheduled to be in a meeting for a little while, so my mom took me to my beloved Dunkin’ Donuts to grab a small bite to eat. After not sleeping well on my flight, this large coffee was very needed.

Dunkin Donuts

When we received a text message from my dad’s coworker that his meeting was wrapping up, we hurried over to the building, rode the elevator up to correct floor and snuck up behind my dad.

He was stunned! He said he had no suspicions about my visit, which meant our stealthy planning was a big success. After lots of hugs and laughter, my dad (unfortunately) had to go back to work for the day and my mom drove me home.

Family

Boston readers, I feel for you. There is SO. MUCH. SNOW.

Snow

The picture above was from the day I arrived. We had more snow over the course of my visit that now you can’t even see those patio table and chairs!

More snow

Because of the weather, a majority of the weekend was spent inside by the fire trying to stay warm. I loved eating lots of cold-weather foods such as this root vegetable gratin and balsamic-glazed turkey meatloaf.

Dinner

I was so happy I got to see my BFF, Amanda, for brunch at one of my favorite local breakfast spots, Johnny’s. Leaving Amanda always makes me so sad. If we lived in the same city, I know we would be attached at the hip.

Amanda

I also got to spend some time with two of my favorite four-legged friends.

Diesel, my parents’ yorkie-poo…

Diesel

…and Cooper, my brother and sister-in-law’s black lab.

Cooper

My flight back to LA was cancelled because of all the snow, so I got to spend an extra two days at home with everyone. Many people were probably frustrated with the cancellations, but I didn’t mind because two days (the original duration of my trip) would have been way too short!

We were seriously snowed in. Even after you plow the snow, there is no where to put it! Oy.

More Snow

I finally flew back to Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Boston Logan

After even more flight delays (waaah!) I was thrilled to see Travis AND Bessie in the car to pick me up from LAX. Bessie was so excited to see me, her tail didn’t stop wagging the whole way home. The 70+ degree weather when I landed was also a very welcome surprise!

 

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Vacation in Boston

Hi friends!

The past two weeks I have been home with my family in Boston. I had some time before starting my new job, so I was able to spend a few weeks at home relaxing. I haven’t been home for that amount of time in over two years, so I felt very grateful for the time to relax and catch up with lots of family and friends!

Now that I am back, I am finally catching up on my blog. I decided to take a good detox from social media while I was home, so I could truly embrace every second there. Here are a few pictures from my time in Boston (and Maine) to catch you up:

Recipe Book 1

Recipe Book 2

My mom found this “resepy” book I must have made when I was in preschool. The recipe I chose to include was homemade peanut butter, so clearly nothing has changed.

School Book

The same thing goes for this journal entry I wrote for class when I was in first grade. Guess I’ve always been a good Jewish girl!

Dunkin Donuts

I always know I am home when I see glorious Dunkin’ Donuts everywhere. Dunkin’ is expanding to the west coast and they are opening a new location only a few blocks away from me in LA this month! Wahoooooo!

Farmer's Market

My dad and I took a trip to the farmer’s market in Kennebunk, Maine. Everything was so colorful and fresh. We brought home two big bags of fresh produce to cook with. There is something about farmer’s markets that makes me so darn happy.

Dinner by Dad

My dad turned some of what we purchased into a few delicious meals. It was such a treat to be cooked for and occasionally just play sous-chef.

Rococo Ice Cream

My family stopped at Rococo Ice Cream in Dock Square, Kennebunkport. We heard it was one of top ten ice cream shops in the country, so we had to try it!

Rococo Ice Cream

They had unique flavors such as “Smokey Blueberry,” “Molasses Ginger Snap,” “Strawberry Basil,” and “Speculoos Pretzel” (shown in the cone above). If there hadn’t been a long line behind us, I would have asked to sample every flavor. Everything I tried was outstanding and I can definitely see why it was voted one of the best in the country. If you find yourself in Kennebunkport, Maine you must stop here!

Taza Chocolate Factory

On one of my last days at home, I took a tour of Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, MA with my friend Amanda. My mom found a deal for 2 tickets for only $8 and after reading raving Yelp reviews boasting unlimited chocolate samples, I knew I had to do it.

Taza Chocolate Factory

Amanda (who is such a sport for allowing me to take a picture of her in our required hair nets) and I took the hour-long tour and learned all about how Taza chocolate is made. Taza is stone-ground Mexican chocolate, so we were shown the stones as well as all of the various machines used throughout the chocolate-making process.

My eyes lit up when I saw our tour guide passing out samples within the first five minutes of the tour. This was my first time trying Taza chocolate, and after one bite I was hooked! Taza’s chocolate has a gritty texture that I can best compare to a crunch bar. You can see tiny crystals in the chocolate, which gives it a unique texture and taste.

Taza Chocolate Factory

Taza sells most of it’s chocolate in round disk form, which is very unusual compared to the typical American bars of chocolate. I sampled so many flavors such as coffee, salted almond, orange, cinnamon, ginger, chile, super dark, and more!

Taza Chocolate Factory

I brought home a few samples for my family to try and they loved it, too! None of us are ones to typically reach for a chocolate bar (if I am going to have chocolate, I usually prefer it in cookie or cake form), but we are all big fans now! You can find Taza at any Whole Foods across the country, but if you’re a Boston local you must check out this factory tour!

Bessie

Now I am back in LA with my favorite girl, Bessie. Travis brought her in the car to pick me up from the airport and she went NUTS when she saw (or smelled?) me. She basically hasn’t stopped wagging since. I’m just as happy to be back with her 🙂

 

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