Feb 12

Round Up of Boston Indoor Cycling & Spin Studios

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Indoor-cycling Studios are taking over Boston. Indoor-cycling is popular all over the country. Cities like New York and L.A. were swarming with a plethora of studios, while we were lagging behind. Well, the indoor-cycling craze has officially hit Boston. In the past year alone Boston has seen four studios open up, with another —SoulCycle in Chestnut Hill—on its way this spring. Prior to this past fall I had never taken a spinning class. I didn’t know what I was missing out on!! After being invited to Flywheel for my first spinning class, I was hooked! During the past few weeks I’ve been checking out Boston’s indoor cycling studios and wanted to share my experiences with you. I hope this helps you figure out which studio is the right fit for… Read More »

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Feb 03

Kitchensurfing: Bringing Personal Chefs into Your Kitchen & Fine Dining In to your Home {and $100 promo code}

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My girlfriends and I are always looking for any reason or excuse to get together to eat, drink, and have a good time. Rather than go out I decided to invite a few friends over for Girls Night, and hired a chef through Kitchsensurfing, to make us appetizers and dessert.  I love Kitchensurfing, I’ve been using the service for a few months now for private dinners (Valentine’s Day is coming up!) and a cooking lesson (click on the links to read about my other KS experiences). My friends, on the other hand, were newbies, and they were just as excited to try something different, as I was to introduce them to Kitchensurfing. So what is Kitchensurfing? Kitchensurfing is a marketplace for chefs of all kinds. It’s a service that allows… Read More »

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Jan 05

New Holiday Menu & Gluten Free Options at Au Bon Pain

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I was recently invited to attend blogger/media tasting at Au Bon Pain, hosted by Chief Brand Officer, Maria Feicht and Executive Chef/Director of Culinary, Roger Bowles. Unfortunately, I had to work and could not go. But, lucky for me, I was invited to check out the new holiday menu and gluten free options at a later time. When you think of Au Bon Pain what comes to mind? Bagels? Sandwiches? GLUTEN? Yes, they do have a gluten-filled menu, but they also have many gluten free options, including; salads, soups, a chicken harvest rice bowl, oatmeal, hot and cold lunch bar items, and other gluten free snack options. Au Bon Pain strives to create healthier yet flavorful convenient options for everyone. ABP’s website offers nutritional and allergen information for every single… Read More »

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Dec 18

Fly Wheel Sports Soars into Boston

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On October 8th Flywheel Sports opened its first Boston location at the Prudential Center. With stadium-style seating, Flywheel’s take on a standard cycling class offers up something more unique, and everyone can see the instructor. No obstructed views if you happen to site behind someone taller than you! And last week I was invited to experience it myself. Like most spinning classes, you reserve your spot online and select your bike in advance. When you arrive for your class, you check yourself in on a tablet. This is also where you can find your shoes, which will be waiting for you in a cubby with the corresponding number to your bike. So cleaver! And no need to bring a lock, each locker has an electronic keypad, and you set your… Read More »

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Dec 11

Gluten Free Menu Available at Zocalo Back Bay Mexican Bistro

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Margaritas on the patio. Guacamole made fresh as it’s ordered. Authentic Mexican dishes crafted with fresh ingredients from traditional recipes. All that, and more, is what you will find at Zocalo. When I was asked to join owner Ricardo Ramos to try out Zocalo’s menu and learn more about the gluten free processes in place at his restaurant, I couldn’t resist. I love Mexican food and it is one of the best options for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Most Mexican carbs are made from corn (think corn tortillas). Even the chips that they start you off with are usually gluten free friendly. So, what does Zocalo mean exactly? A ‘zocalo’ is a public square, a gathering place for neighbors. And here, you’ll find friends worth toasting and… Read More »

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Dec 03

Our Gluten Free Cooking Lesson with Kitchensurfing & 25% off code

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Kitchensurfing brings a chef into your kitchen for parties, lessons, and so much more. Kitchensurfing (KS) is a marketplace for chefs of all kinds. From hobby chefs to Michelin chefs, you can browse the chefs on the site, view their sample menus, read their reviews, and book any of them. From private cooking lessons in your home, to meal deliveries, to a private dinner party for two or thirty-two, KS allows you to ‘shop’ around based on your own needs, wants, budget, and diet. Last month Jeremy and I had a wonderful, restaurant-quality, 4-course meal with Chef Chris Hallahan. We were blown away not only by his culinary talents, but also by his passion for food and locally sourced ingredients. He was friendly and engaging, and answered all our questions.… Read More »

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Dec 02

Gluten Free Cyber Monday Deals

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Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with these great Gluten Free Deals! Make sure you get something nice for yourself too. Tate’s Bakeshop, seller of Gluten Free cookies and gift baskets. 20% Off everything with code Cyber2013 at Checkout.   Gluten Free Saver always has fabulous deals on gluten-free products, magazines and more! Jules Gluten Free Holiday Bake Set $30 for $99 worth of products for new customers Includes five pounds of flour, cookie mix, cornbread mix, and grahams mix Five e-books featuring 203 gluten-free recipes Use promo code CYBERMONDAY to save an extra $25% off Groupon Go-Picnic Deal. $19 for $40 worth of products Gourmet Nuts 6-pack of Chia and Flax Seeds. 53% off. Only $19.99 for $42.99. Save 50% off a Gluten Free Gift Basket from Gourmet… Read More »

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Nov 30

Review: Gluten Sensitive Menu at City Table Restaurant

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City Table is a casual, yet elegant restaurant located in the Back Bay, where you can enjoy breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner or late night snacks. The cozy space, tucked into the Lenox Hotel, is the perfect place to take refuge after a long day of shopping on Newbury Street, a great option for a date night, or an inviting hangout to have drinks with friends. Owned and operated by The Briar Group, City Table is one of three restaurants within the Group that offer a Gluten Sensitive Menu—the other two are Anthem Kitchen + Bar and MJ O’Connor’s. Click here for my review of MJ O’Connor’s and click here for my review of Anthem. The Gluten Sensitive menu offers a nice selection of appetizers and entrées. It’s always nice… Read More »

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Nov 27

Gluten Free Black Friday Deals Start NOW

Get a Jump start on your holiday shopping and avoid the stores this Friday with these great Gluten Free Deals! Even better- the deals start today so you don’t have to wait until Friday to take advantage of these spectacular savings! Gluten Free Saver always has fabulous deals on gluten-free products, magazines and more! Jules Gluten Free Holiday Bake Set $30 for $99 worth of products for new customers ·      Includes five pounds of flour, cookie mix, cornbread mix, and grahams mix ·      Five e-books featuring 203 gluten-free recipes ·      Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to save an extra $25% off Groupon Go-Picnic Deal. $19 for $40 worth of products Simple Squares Organic Snack Bars 12 pack for $22.99 instead of $29.20 Katz Gluten Free always has great deals Cuisine Cube Gluten… Read More »

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Nov 25

Gluten Free Brunch options at Towne Stove & Spirits

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Amid the constant hum of Back Bay’s shopping hub at the Prudential Center and business activity in its towering office buildings sits Towne Stove and Spirits, Boston’s definitive something for everyone restaurant offering a host of lively experiences from handcrafted cocktails at the street-level bar overlooking Boylston Street, to comfort-focused bites, and refined main dishes in its multiple dining spaces. The atmosphere is both laid back and sophisticated. I loved the open dining room, with big windows that let in lots of light, and the high ceilings. The downstairs bar was much cozier and a bit darker; making it a great spot for a date night or after work drinks. Last Sunday I joined The Boston Brunchers to check out the Towne’s brunch buffet. After talking a walk around with… Read More »

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