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Boston Views, Food and Favorites

I feel all over the place right now. It’s difficult to feel organized after being gone for the majority of the week, and I feel like I have a million things going on in different directions. But, staying busy is good, right?

So, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I was in Boston last weekend and the early part of this week. I was there for the Food and Nutrition Conference Expo (FNCE), for nutrition brands, companies, dietitians, and RD’s to be!

It was an amazing, yet overwhelming experience, to say the least. I am planning on doing a separate recap post because there is so much to say, and otherwise, this post would be way too long for a Friday.

FNCE recap, Boston recap, RD 2 be, Registered Dietitian

I arrived in Boston around 6pm on Friday. My sister and her boyfriend scooped me from the airport, we headed straight to the Southend Buttery for dinner. We had high hopes of eating at Toro, a tapas place, but it was a 90 minute wait and we were hungry!

Southend Buttery

The downstairs had a cozy speakeasy feel to it. We enjoyed some bacon wrapped dates and mussles for appetizers, and I got the falafel veggie burger for dinner (just okay). I did enjoy a moscow mule and we split a bottle of red, while enjoying good conversation.

For dessert, we opted for Fomu, vegan ice cream, on the way home. After trying numerous flavors, I settled on the roasted caramelized parsnip, salted caramel and dried cherry.

Not a flavor I would generally order, but it was actually pretty darn good! We then went back the next night and I tried the cookies and cream.

Fomu ice cream

Saturday morning, we got donuts from Blackbird Donuts, and split three flavors – the pumpkin cream cheese (I couldn’t not get this!), funfetti, and mint chocolate.  

If you’re in the Boston area, you’ve got to try the funfetti – I think that won me over! But, that was only our appetizer.

Blackbird donuts

We then headed to a place my sister told me I couldn’t miss in Boston: Flour Bakery. It was a cute little café with pastries, sandwiches, salads and coffee. I went with the Americano and egg breakfast sandwich.

How can you not love a bakery with this message?

flour bakery
flour bakery

Apparently, they are also known for their sticky buns. But, there are pecans on it so I couldn’t eat it, sadly. I then spent most of Saturday at a smaller recipe writing seminar.

Saturday night, my parents came up from Rhode Island and we got dinner at the Little Donkey. This was by far my favorite meal of the trip. If you’re in Boston, check it out! It’s in Cambridge, and is owned by the same owners as Toro.

Every tapa we tried was amazing – favorites included the BLT Lettuce Wraps, Vietnamese Bologna, Manti Ravioli, and Silver Queen Corn. The corn was so amazing. I wish I took more pictures but it was really dark in there.

The Little Donkey

I went to bed semi early on Saturday because I had to be up bright and early for a 6:30 breakfast session. Sunday was a long one, and after feeling drained the entire day, I learned to now overbook myself the rest of the week. 

I took it a little easier on Monday and Tuesday. I didn’t put pressure on myself to attend the early 6:30 am breakfast session, but instead, slept in and went for a run along the Charles River esplanade.

After a more restful night sleep, I felt so much better and peppier both days.

Boston run

Plus, Boston is gawwwgeous and is just asking to be explored.

charles river

And, I played hooky from some sessions so I could  grab some yummy lunches (hello Sweetgreen and B Good).

B Good

 We stayed in and made pizza one night – a ricotta, sweet potato, caramelized onion pizza. It was very good!

FNCE recap, Boston recap, RD 2 be, Registered Dietitian

I’ll post my official FNCE recap next week about new food trends, things I learned, and what I wish I knew for all you studying RD’s to be out there, or even dietitians who are looking to go for the first time next year!

How do you bounce back to the real life after travel?

If you’re local to Boston, favorite food spot? 

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  1. Boston is my hometown so I was excited to see that you had the opportunity to travel there 🙂
    So happy to see that you had a good time and enjoyed some yummy food! Some old favorite spots of mine: Rosa Mexicano and Pizzeria Regina.

  2. Boston is such a cool town. I love visiting because everything is so accessible and you can easily get there by foot or public transportation. Plus, the food’s great!

  3. It looks like you had such a fun trip!

    After travel, I’m usually itching to get back into routine – but sometimes I need to give myself a little time to get back into the swing of things! Especially if we’re traveling in different time zones!

  4. Love that you got to go to one of my favorite East Coast cities. That’s wonderful that you had family there and that you got to hang out with them and have some amazing food. That in home pizza looks AMAZEBALLS too! 🙂

  5. So jealous of your trip to Boston! I went to the last FNCE that was there (I think 2010?) and absolutely loved it. Looks like you had some great eats too, obviously the best part of traveling to a new city! Thanks for sharing.

  6. So much good food in this post! Sounds like you had a great trip. Getting back into real life and work after a week in Oregon this past week has been rough. Haha. I am looking forward to catching up on lots of boring things this weekend – like cleaning, groceries, and meal prep! I think the hardest part has been getting back to eating normally (I was living it up post-marathon while on vacation) 😛

  7. Usually after travel, I need a day to just be. To not have anything scheduled and just take my time. I end up doing laundry or getting groceries, but everything is very low key.
    Your trip looked fun!

  8. Its definitely a struggle to bounce back after being away. You just have to accept it and give yourself a week of feeling completely out of it and unfocused. It’ll come back though, and you’ll probably even be able to soak in all that you learned and experienced much better in a couple days.
    You and your family always know the best places to go eat. Wanna be my travel advisor/restaurant specialist?
    Have a great weekend and REST UP.

  9. OH MY GOSH! That pizza! The ice cream! Looks like I need to make a trip to Boston. After being away and when I try to get back on track, I usually clean out the fridge and make a grocery list immediately ha

  10. Ah so much good food! How lucky that your sister ended up living in the city where FNCE was! Family plus nutrition fun sounds great to me. Looking forward to your next post!