• Good News, Bad News

    May 17, 2011

    Last night, Mal and I enjoyed a birthday celebration for our friend, Kaitlyn, at Foundry on Elm in Davis Square. For months, our friends have raved about this place, so I was really excited to experience it for myself.

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    When we arrived, the bar was hopping! Pretty Things Beer launched their new Field Mouse’s Farewell at Foundry, so there were tons of people crowded around. I thought about trying the new brew, but I went with a Blue Point Toasted Lager instead. I enjoyed this beer— it was medium bodied with sweet, malty flavors— but nothing else really stood out about it. I guess it just didn’t wow me, ya know? It had a nice, clean finish, so I’m sure it would taste wonderful on a hot summer day!

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    Our group ended up getting a table at the back of the restaurant where it was still pretty busy, but much more quiet. I was surprised how crowded Foundry was on a Monday night!

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    To start, the six of us shared a plate of Poutine (French fries with cheddar curds and peppery gravy) as an appetizer. I loved the combo of flavors, but my friend said that traditional Poutine typically has more cheddar curds. I could only imagine how delicious THAT would taste!

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    Our table also shared an order of calamari (really good!) and some freshly baked bread.

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    For my entrée, I ordered a flatbread pizza with sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, pine nuts, and balsamic reduction. I was a little disappointed that there weren’t a ton of toppings on the flatbread, but the dough made up for it. It was perfectly light and chewy. I’m psyched for leftovers this afternoon!

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    During dinner, I enjoyed a Clown Shoes Brown Angel, which had tons of malty flavor, but was a tad too hoppy for me. I tend to like more sweet, smooth brews. It was definitely a good beer– just not my thing.

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    I cuddled with Murphy until about 6:30 this morning, so, while I laid in bed, Mal finished off the iced coffee without me knowing. So, when I walked into the kitchen, he asked if I wanted the good news or the bad news first. I choose the good news first, which was that I could have Marylou’s iced coffee with breakfast! Ha!

    At Marylou’s, I purchased an Almond Joy iced coffee with milk and no sugar.

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    To eat, I whipped up a batch of Good Food Made Simple steel cut oats. I put the oatmeal puck in a bowl, microwaved it for 3 minutes, and viola: warm, chewy steel cut oats in minutes. I added chia seeds and a big scoop of peanut butter to my bowl.

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    CNC Book Signing

    Just a quick reminder that my book signing is THIS Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner! If you’re local, I really hope you can make it! There will be cookies!

    Question of the Day

    When it comes to good news and bad news, which do you want to hear first?

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    { 97 comments… read them below or add one }

    Roz May 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Looks like a fantastic dinner! I’d rather hear bad news first, then finish on a good note. Have a good day Tina.


    Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I have got to try Marylou’s one day when I’m in Boston. I keep hearing such good things about it. I quit coffee but I’d try it there for sure :)

    I like hearing the bad news first so I can let it soak in and then enjoy the good stuff!


    Di May 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Aww, I’m sad you weren’t a fan of the Brown Angel! I loved it when I had it.

    I’d rather get the bad news first.


    kristen May 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I think I usually ask for the bad news first.

    As for the poutine- agreed, where’s the cheese? And ask a true poutine connoisseur about the sauce and he or she will insist that it is not gravy but rather “poutine sauce” :)

    Have a great day!


    Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I always prefer to hear the good news first…I hate when good news becomes not “as good” because the bad news has already set the mood.


    Holley @ Lunges and Lashes May 17, 2011 at 11:52 am

    those french fries are so interesting! i have never heard of that before!!


    Amanda May 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

    mmm Marylou’s Almond Joy!! You dont have to twist my arm! :)


    Amanda @ Cucina Amanda May 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I usually want the bad news first. That way I can cheer up a bit with the good news! Your good news was great though!


    marie May 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    It’s funny that poutine is something new for you :P You need to come to Canada! Also, I prefer to get the bad news first always.


    Katy (The Singing Runner) May 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I prefer to hear the bad news first…. it gets me excited for the good news. ;)


    Noya - gluttonandstudent May 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    That pizza looks so delicious – the combination of toppings sounds like my perfect pizza.


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I always want the bad news first – that way I can end off the news with good news! And the kicker is… did he go get you your iced coffee? :)


    ellalinea May 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Bad news first, then the good news.. for sure! :)


    Alaina May 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I wish I could make the book signing! I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun.

    I would have to say bad news first, then the good. :-)


    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat May 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    That poutine looks tasty! I love me some cheese curds.


    Heather May 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Good news first, softens the blow of the bad news!


    lynn @ the actor's diet May 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    i always pick bad news. but the good news is never as good as the bad is bad


    LauraJayne May 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I always want the bad news first! I’m a total worrier, and I like to get it out of the way!


    Parita @ myinnershakti May 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I am definitely a good news first kind of person!

    And I wish I lived closer to the city…would definitely have come to the book signing! Have fun!


    Hope May 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a delicious dinner and some great sounding beers! I love trying new beers. :)

    I’d rather hear the bad news first so I can get that out of the way and move on to the good news! :)


    Doc (The Healthy Ph.D) May 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Bad news first, ALWAYS.

    Also, your dinner looks stupendous. Now I can’t wait to go out to eat soon!


    Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    That flatbread does look a bit light on toppings. It still looks delicious, though!


    Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner May 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I always want the bad news first, so I can end on a high note!


    Maria May 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I always ask for the bad news first. What other book signings are you doing??


    Tina May 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    @Maria: None, just this one!


    Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl May 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Those fries look incredible. Wish I had them right now. I feel like they would bring a little sunshine to this cloudy weather. When I go to Boston this summer, Marylous might be my first stop.

    I definitely prefer bad news first. I like to rip off that bandaid.


    Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) May 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I feel the need to weigh-in on the poutine dish because I am Canadian and that is where the dish originated :D

    Imagine TONS more cheese on your fries with gravy… and there you will have poutine. Your picture just looked like fries & gravy… you haven’t experienced poutine yet madamm! ;)

    It’s easily one of the most unhealthy dishes but oh so fantastic anyways.


    Laura @ prettylittlewords May 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I like to hear the bad news first. Get the harsh blow out of the way!

    Question for you: I’ve been finding that we have similar tastes in beer. You say that you like sweeter brews — what are some of your favorites? I’m becoming a huge beer nerd!


    Alexa @ Simple Eats May 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Definitely bad news…it always makes the good news seem ten times better!


    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’d rather get the good news first! :)


    Mona May 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    The dinner looks so good :D

    I always want the bad news first!


    melissa (fitnessnyc) May 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    If you sign in NY, I will be there. The Foundry looks really cool! News, bad first I guess?

    PS I am reading CNC for the second time. I devoured quickly the first time, so I am trying to pace myself on the second time around.

    Also, is there are a reason you decided to run with TFK instead of TNT for the NYC marathon. All right, this comment is getting out of control!


    Tina May 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    @melissa (fitnessnyc): I really like helping people through running (i.e. my experience with BOMF), so TFK seemed like a really good fit for me. (I didn’t realize BOMF had bibs for NYMC until after I registered with TFK.)


    Mary May 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    How were you out of coffee when “make coffee for tomorrow” was one of the things you said you did in your controversial post yesterday?


    Tina May 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    @Mary: I published the post with the hope of getting those things done before I left for dinner. Life got in the way, and I didn’t have time.


    Mary May 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Oh okay. At first I thought Mal had drank the whole new pot in one morning!


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    That flatbread looks fantastic! What a great combination of flavours. :D

    I prefer to get the good news first!


    Ellie@fitforthesoul May 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    so interesting that you want the good first! I like the bad first b/c either way, it ends up with a good note at the end. :)


    Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I always want to bad news first – get that over with! I secretly love when we are out of something and forced to go get it fresh lol!


    Blondy Magee May 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    99% of the time I will take the bad news first. You should always end on a happy note. And I love poutine! It is so delicious…and bad for you. :-) I guess most things that are bad for you taste delicious.


    Katie May 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    That meal sure looks tasty, but being Canadian I can also tell you that, that dish is NOT poutine, not “authentic” poutine anyway :-)


    Abby May 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I would rather get the bad new first. That way the good news is fresh in my mind when I get on with my day!


    Hannah May 18, 2011 at 12:10 am

    One of my clearest goals in life is to eat poutine. Oh, Canada…


    whitney May 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

    You can never go wrong with the flat bread pizzas looks DELICIOUS!!

    I usually like to hear bad news first because it is no fun to get really excited and then be crushed 5 mins later.


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