• Celebrating Two Years

    July 11, 2010

    Mal and I had a blast celebrating our 2-year wedding anniversary last night. I must say, I really have the best husband ever. He’s kind and caring, handsome, and he constantly makes me laugh. Plus, we always have so much fun together! :mrgreen:

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    Mal and I were invited to spend the night at Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square. The hotel’s Guest Services Manager, Sarah, is an avid Carrots ‘N’ Cake reader and offered to put us up for the night.

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    Hotel Veritas is a 30-room independent hotel located in Harvard Square. The exterior of the hotel is a reconstruction of a car repair shop and a house built in the 1880’s. Kinda cool, right?

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    The hotel has an awesome patio outside. Mal and I did some serious people-watching from it last night! ;-)

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    Inside, the entire look and feel of the hotel is both elegant and modern.

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    Our room was gorgeous! :-D

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    And it had fresh flowers and fancy bath products. Score! :-D

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    After getting settled in our room, Mal and I headed downstairs to the lounge, which is called Simple Truth. It was a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy some good conversation.

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    The lounge is absolutely stunning and featured a “white Belgium limestone fireplace, thirteen-foot-high windows, and a French limestone floor quarried in the 19th century.” It was fancy, but also very laid-back and relaxing.

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    The lounge is open to the public and serves beer, wine, and cocktails as well as artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the Formaggio Kitchen. Mal and I hung out there for a little while before we went to dinner in Harvard Sqaure.

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    While we looked over the menu, Mal and I munched on some honey roasted peanuts.

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    We started with a round of drinks. I ordered a glass of Chardonnay; he ordered a beer.

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    Hi, Mal! :-D

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    Mal was really impressed with the beer list at Simple Truth. He had a tough time deciding what to chose, but, in the end, he went with the Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse Porter.

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    We also ordered a cheese plate with a selection of three Vermont cheeses, organic strawberries, nuts, cornichons, and a locally-made black and blueberry jam– all of which was so delicious. I <3 cheese plates.

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    The cheese plate also included crackers and marinated olives on the side.

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    After eating some small bites in the lounge, we walked over to the Russell House Tavern for dinner.

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    We ordered another round of drinks.

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    And munched on fresh bread with olive oil and rosemary.

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    Since we had already enjoyed an appetizer at Hotel Veritas, Mal and I shared the The Farmer’s Pie, which was made with an herb purée (pesto) and seasonal vegetables. It was to die for!! I tasted a hit of nutmeg, which was an amazing flavor combination with the bold pesto and cheese flavors.

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    Mal and I got a little silly at dinner! :lol:

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    I was STUFFED after eating a cheese plate and half of a pizza, but when our server brought the dessert menu to our table, I knew that I could make room for the Carrot Cake Bread Pudding. (Remember my extra dessert stomach? ;-) ) Mal and I ate every last morsel of the Carrot Cake Bread Pudding.

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    After dinner, Mal and I returned to the Hotel Veritas. We were having such a great time, we didn’t want to go to bed just yet, so ordered a couple of glasses of wine and sipped them while chatting outside on the patio.

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    Sarah came outside to say goodbye before her shift finished for the night. We ended up chatting with her and one of the concierges for quite a while. Everyone we met on staff at the hotel was super friendly.

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    The silliness continued well into the night! :lol:

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    When Mal and I returned to our room a couple of hours later, we found a special something waiting for us. The hotel staff surprised us with a bottle of champagne and some treats to celebrate our anniversary!

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    We cracked opened the bottle and continued our anniversary celebration.

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    Spending the night at a local hotel was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. It felt like a mini vacation, but we were just a few miles from home. Thanks, Sarah, for inviting us! :-D

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    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) July 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    what a beautiful evening at a beautiful place! Happy Anniversary!

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Looks like SUCH a fun time! I love nights like that with the hubby. :-D Wishing you many more happy years to come!!

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    Shanna July 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Happy 2yrs!!!! I would love the look of that hotel :)

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    Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat July 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Totally called the champagne! Hotels are good with that stuff :).

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    Kristen July 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Tina! That hotel looks incredible! You are getting quite spoiled this week :)

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    Serena July 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

    What a wonderful day you guys had! Happy anniversary :D

    That pizza you ordered looks soooo good. I´m gonna make me one this week.

    And Tina I´m also upsessed with the hotels. All the small things like the flowers make me so happy :D

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 12, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Happy anniversary! It looks like you guys had a great day! :) What a pretty hotel!

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    Wei-Wei July 12, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Happy anniversary! You and Mal look so cute and happy together. I’m so happy for you :)

    Wei-Wei

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    Alison July 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Happy anniversary Tina! That hotel looks FABULOUS.

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    Kelsey Geist July 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

    You two are adorable! What a wonderful couple! Happy Anniversary.

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    Karen July 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Happy anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful evening, and what a beautiful hotel. speaking of beautiful, I love the colour of your cardigan – it makes your skin glow :)

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    Lauren @ Amateur Gastronomist July 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! The BBC Coffeehouse Porter is one of my favorites. If Mal is ever craving it they had it at Houston’s on tap the last time I was there. It goes great with their barbecue pork ribs!

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    Michelle July 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for posting this review, I’m always looking for nice places in the area for a mini-getaway!

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    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Happy, happy, happy anniversary!! :)

    That hotel is GORGEOUS! Love all of your eats, especially the cheeeeeeeeeeeese plate. :)

    Jenn

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    This looks like such an amazing and fun day!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

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    Pudding&pie February 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Nice pics!
    Celebration cakes & wedding cakes

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