• Twice in 24 Hours

    January 24, 2009

    Mal and I have visited the Grendel’s Den in Harvard Square two times now in the past 24 hours: once to enjoy a Friday Happy Hour cocktail together, and once to rescue my camera that I forgot at the bar after our Happy Hour drink. Doh! :oops:  

    My first review of the Grendel’s Den.

    Friday Night

    Around 4:15 PM on Friday, while I was at work, Mal called to tell me that he was in Harvard Square, and he wondered if I would meet him at the nearby Grendel’s Den for a drink. It being Friday afternoon and all, I practically sprinted out of work as soon as the clock turned to 4:30 PM!  

    Mal and I sat at the bar while we enjoyed a couple of drinks. He ordered a beer; I ordered a mulled wine, which was steamed red wine with cloves, cinnamon, and a slice of orange. In the winter, it’s my favorite Grendel’s Den beverage. 

    After sipping our drinks and chatting for about an hour, Mal and I hit the road to drive to our hometown for dinner with my family. In the shuffle of paying the check and gathering my various bags (purse, lunch bag, and Ann Taylor bag), I left my camera on the bar! I didn’t realize it was missing until I arrived at my grandparents’ house ready to photograph our fondue and raclette dinner. I was so bummed! :-|

    Saturday Afternoon

    This afternoon, Mal and I headed back to the Grendel’s Den to rescue my camera. I am SO happy that my camera was kept safe and sound behind the bar!

    Instead of just traveling to Cambridge for an errand, we decided to make an afternoon out of the trip and had lunch at the Grendel’s Den, followed by some window shopping in Harvard Square. 

    I love the atmosphere inside the Grendel’s Den! It’s basically a laid-back and relaxing basement tavern with a cozy fireplace, quaint/old-fashioned decor, and well-worn furniture and floors. 

    (Mal and I sat here at the bar on Friday night.)

    When you enter the Grendel’s Den, a sign welcomes you and invites you to seat yourself, which usually works out just fine, but can become a little chaotic when a lot of people are waiting for a table (like on a Friday or Saturday night). On a Saturday afternoon, however, we had our choice of a table. 

    Despite the sunny skies, it was freeeeezing in Cambridge this afternoon! I ordered a pot of peppermint tea to warm up.

    For lunch, I ordered the Homemade Vegan Chili, which was a hearty bean chili served with tortilla chips, topped with a spoonful of cilantro pesto. I chose to add the optional shredded cheese and chopped red onions to my chili, which made my vegan chili vegetarian

    The cheese and red onions added a ton of flavor to the chili! They were an awe-some addition, and with the help of the tea, it warmed me right up for shopping in Harvard Square. Mal and I shopped for about an hour before I got too cold, and then we headed home. 

    After a busy week, Mal and I are laying low tonight. We had plans to go out with friends, but we thought it would beneficial for us to relax at home. We’re becoming such an old married couple


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    allijag January 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Glad you got your camera back safe and sound! Grendel’s Den looks really cool – the mulled wine sound FAB!

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    Trust, Hope, Believe January 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Hey Tina!
    I am new to the blog world! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and I find it very inspiring. I am going to school in RI now and I definately want to venture to Boston probably when then weather gets warm again.. Whats a good touristy place to go?

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    Kath January 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Ooooohhh the onions!!!

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    Meg January 24, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Relaxing at home is the best. That chili looks yummy!

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    Tina January 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    @Trust, Hope, Believe: Boston is SO FUN in the summer! You will love it! Check out these “must-see” sights for some ideas: http://gonewengland.about.com/od/bostonattractions/tp/aabostonmustsee.htm

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    Megan January 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    mmm vegan chili! i can never ever find a good vegan chili! *jealous*

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    Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    mmmm, perfect food for a *chilly* day! :-). saturday nights in are so underrated … they’re one of my favorite things to “plan” whenever i have the chance!

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    Lindsey (Mrs. LC) January 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I love chili for chilly days. And hooray for old married couples hahaha.

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    Missy (Missy Maintains) January 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    That chilli looks so good! You are so lucky you found your camera!!

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    Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) January 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    what a cute bar! you look great! so does the tea & chili!

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    HangryPants January 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

    The chilli looks great – especially the cilantro pesto!

    Heather

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 25, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Glad you got your camera back…phew! Mulled wine sounds wonderful. I like your scarf =)

    I’m all for staying in as an old married couple!

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    Leah January 25, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I’ll have to check this place out – that wine looks amazing!

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    Lara January 25, 2009 at 8:01 am

    That chili looks so amazing with the cheese and raw red onions on top! Must try that!
    Isn’t it funny how “old married couple” nights start creeping up on you? Haha…yikes…I totally know what you mean. Still looks like a fun night though ;)

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    Andrea (Off Her Cork) January 25, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Oh that place looks so nice and relaxing! Love the mulled wine. We’re an old married couple too, our weekend nights usually involve us laid out on the couch. :D

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    VeggieGirl January 25, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Mmm, chili!!

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    Brandi January 25, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Mm…I love red onions on chili!

    Looks like a fun place – glad you got your camera back!

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    rebecca January 25, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Oooo looks like fun! And yummy eats!

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    bobbi January 25, 2009 at 8:42 am

    thats place looks so nice, I can’t wait to go to Boston in April!

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    Nicole January 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

    That place looks so cute and cosy!

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    Michelle January 25, 2009 at 9:14 am

    What fun you had! Love the atmosphere! I think every couple needs a nice relaxing night together!

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    Sarah January 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

    yum on that vegan chili! I would have kept it vegan! hehehe.!!

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    joyful January 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Mmm chili and yay that they kept your camera safe and sound! Your afternoon sounds lovely.

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    K January 25, 2009 at 9:35 am

    So glad your camera is safe and sound! That chili and bar both sound fabulous :)

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    Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

    What a fun time! Glad they kept your camera safe and sound, losing your camera would be a food blogger nightmare!

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    FoodsThatFit January 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Yum, your chili looks awesome. That cilantro pesto would be a fun recipe to try to duplicate!

    Abbie

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    Lora January 25, 2009 at 9:59 am

    rachael ray went there on 40 dollars a day like 5 years ago when she didnt have her own show and when she was even more awkward than she is now and when she was an incredibly awkward dresser.

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    Lee (seelivelee) January 25, 2009 at 10:07 am

    hey tina- in my eyes, ther’s nothing wrong with hanging home with the hub-i have a feeling my hubs and i will be doing a lot of that!! its all about balance- you guys have so much fun together!!!!

    i love chili! vegan and vegetarian strands are the best. great choice!

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    Jennifer January 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Def thumbs up to the “old married couple” nights! My bf and I ALWAYS do this and LOVE it esp. when it is cold outside.

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    Marianne January 25, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Good thinks you got your camera back!

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    Alexia January 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Glad they kept your camera safe and sound for you!!!

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    Kari January 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for coming, your nice comments, and for putting up all those beautiful pictures of our place. I’m glad we found your camera and were able to get it back to you!
    Sincerely,
    Kari
    Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar

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