What the Fluff and Other Fun

Last Saturday was a really fun day.

It started off right, with a workout of course.  I tried a new studio, Boston Body Pilates, with Ashley.  We took a barre class, and it was nice to change things up from my normal routine.  I still have two more classes to use with the Gilt City deal I purchased so I’m looking forward to going again.

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Union Square What the Fluff Festival

Then we completely counteracted our morning workout and headed over to Somerville with Slesh and Katrina for the What the Fluff Festival.  I’ve wanted to go to this festival for a while now, so I’m glad I was finally able to!  The creator of fluff actually invented it right in Union Square, so every year Union Square blocks off its roads and celebrates the fab creation with games, contests, music, and well… fluff!

It was cloudy out, but luckily the rain held off.  Otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy things like fluff pizza.  Yes, I just said fluff pizza.

That slice of za was good, but a bit chewy.  If I go to the fluff festival again, I would opt for a Fluffernutter instead of an entire slice.  I think mini pizza slices/bites would have been ideal.  There were cupcakes too.  Lots of cupcakes.  I’m still thinking about that peanut butter and fluff one and want to recreate it.

Teddie’s Peanut Butter (my favorite!) had a booth set up and were handing out samples of different nut butters spread on crackers.  I tried the chunky with flaxseed, which I can rarely find in my local grocery store so I was excited about that.

Teddie’s also had a “guess the number of roasted peanuts” contest.  I entered and I’m still waiting for the phone call telling me I won.  Junior year of college I won my school’s candy corn count.  Then senior year my roommate Erica won it and we laughed and laughed and laughed.  We like to think that we’re the most excellent estimators out of ALL the people from Providence College that MUST have participated in the student center’s “Things for Thursday” activity… but some like to tell us that probably not many people entered as we think.  I call bull.

Anyways, the girls and I ended up eating so many sweet things that we were craving something a little more substantial with salt by the end.  I split a hot dog with Slesh.  Not just any hot dog.  A jumbo beef.  I told the man, “I’ll have the biggest beef you have.”  I’m awkward.  And I haven’t eaten a hot dog in over a year I want to say.  YUM.

It was a fun day at the festival!

On the way out, I snagged Tim some treats from the cooking contests… I have no idea what this was.   Except delicious.

The fluff festival was definitely fun, but I think it’s something that’s nice to see what it’s all about and then you don’t really need to make a point to go again another year unless you just happen to have nothing to do or you are in the area.  After the festival we headed back to Slesh’s apartment where we hung out for a while, before getting ready to… well.. eat some more.

Saturday was definitely my cheat day, can you tell?

We tried a new restaurant in Davis Square, Five Horses Tavern.

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I immediately loved the vibe in there.  We stood at the bar for a while since we had to wait for a table, but the delicious Doc’s Hard Pumpkin Ciders kept us entertained and they had a ton of beers to choose from.  When we finally did sit down, I decided I was craving GREENS since I had stuffed my face with fluff all afternoon.  I ordered the “Grazing Plate” which consisted of red quinoa with garlic green beans, carrots, baby Bok Choy, Chinese broccoli, and grilled corn with herb vinaigrette.  This completely hit the spot for what I wanted since I was still a little full.

Fun dinner!  After dinner sadly Ashley had to head home, but she dropped Slesh, Katrina, and I off in Central Square where we finished the night dancing to a funk band at Cantab Lounge.  Holy weird people watching there.  I loved it though!  Something different.

We finished out the night with a little slumber party at Slesh’s!  Sunday morning we slept in, then drank coffee and chatted some more before I finally dragged myself out of there.

Was such a nice time… I miss my roommates!

What’s the weirdest fair or festival you’ve ever been to?   Locals — anyone else been to the Fluff Festival before?

Happy Friday all!!

A Chocolately Saturday in Union Square

Morning!

Here’s a little overdue update for your Tuesday morning.

A couple of weekends ago, Tim and I decided to have a little date day in Union Square in Somerville.  We headed over to Taza Chocolate Factory for a chocolate filled afternoon!  If that’s not a great day, I don’t know what is.  🙂

If you live in the Boston area and are looking for a fun and inexpensive daytime idea, I highly recommend checking out what Taza is all about.  The tours are only $5 each, they last 45 minutes, and they run often on Wednesdays – Sundays.  Definitely sign up ahead of time though because there is a maximum number of people allowed on each tour.

We got there a little early, so we spent some time browsing the Taza Chocolate Factory Store.  The store is a great little space where you can look directly into their manufacturing facility while sampling different chocolates.  We learned that every piece of Taza Chocolate is made from bean-to-bar at the Somerville factory.  In fact, the chocolate is roasted, winnowed, grinded, tempered, and molded in-house and by hand!  Pretty cool, huh?

I loved the chocolate because it was all DARK chocolate – yum!

I also appreciated the small pieces for sampling.  Sometimes too much can leave you feeling gross and stuffed, but these were the perfect size to avoid that too full feeling.  We sampled lots of different types of stone ground chocolate, including:

  • Taza Stone Ground Bars — High percentage, single-origin pure dark chocolate bars with intense cacao flavor and an ever-so-slightly gritty texture.
  • Taza Chocolate Mexicano — Rustic, round dark chocolate discs with a distinctively gritty texture, some sweet, some savory, some spicy.
  • Taza Chocolate Covered Treats — Fresh organic nuts and cacao nibs, roasted in-house and covered in rich layer of stone ground dark chocolate.

One of my favorite parts – obviously – was snatching up all the recipe cards they had up for grabs!

Nerd alert…

What?!  I just wanted some for my recipe collection!

The tour itself was fun.  Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and personable, which really does make such a difference.  During the guided 45 minutes, we were able to sample more stone ground dark chocolate, we learned about cocoa beans, and we got to see the machinery used to make the traditional stone ground chocolate in the factory!

One funny part — they made everyone wear hair nets on the tour!  Tim even had to wear a BEARD net – LOL!  Look how funny we look:

We left with a handful of goodies — clearly we couldn’t leave empty-handed!!

That box of chocolate covered almonds?  Already gone!!

After our time at Taza, we strolled around Union Square a bit but eventually started feeling a bit hungry for lunch.  I decided I wanted to go back to Bloc 11 Cafe, the same place I grabbed lunch with the CBC ladies the day of our fitness demonstration a few weeks ago.  I love this place!  It’s such a fun little hangout.

We started out with some massive drinks — all the chocolate made us thirsty!

A lemonade for Tim, and a giant iced coffee for me.

Seriously — it was a HUGE iced coffee!!

Tim and I ended up splitting this sandwich for lunch, “The Clover.”

Locally made fresh moz­zarella, arugula pesto, caramelized onions, tomato & greens on baguette.  Holy moly.  Second amazing sandwich from this place in one month.

That night we were tired from our day of fun, so we decided to have a low-key night in.  That was the night we cooked the zucchini for dinner — and had (yet another) Chopped marathon.

Ever been on a chocolate tour?  Do you guys have any recommendations for cheap “days of fun?” 

Be back later with a new cupcake recipe!!