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    June 3, 2011

    Yesterday ended up being a much busier day than expected!

    I had an appointment at the Boston Running Center, so I drove into the city to meet with my new coach. (Our meeting went really well! More on that later!) Our appointed ended up going longer than I planned, so I needed to rush to my second meeting of the day.

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    I met Megan, a local CNC reader, at Starbucks to chat about blogging and writing. We talked for about an hour before she needed to leave. I brought my laptop, so I hung out at Starbucks and did about 30 minutes of work.

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    Then, I did a quick outfit change in the Starbuck’s bathroom (classy) and headed to my final meeting of the day.

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    The Lower Depths!!! I’ve wanted to go there for months now!

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    The Lower Depths is a tap room, located near Kenmore, that serves all sort of wonderful beers. Their selection was mostly local, but they had plenty of domestic and international brews too.

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    The food menu at The Lower Depths was also pretty decent, offering a variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers, tater tots, and hot dogs.

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    FYI: The Lower Depths is a cash-only establishment. Make sure you hit up an ATM before you go!

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    The reason for my visit to the The Lower Depths was a special Smuttynose event. I [heart] Smuttynose!

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    I arrived about 15 minutes before my dates, so I ordered a BBC Coffeehouse Porter and a glass of water while I waited.

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    A little while later, my new internet friends, Stephanie and Casey, arrived. I met them last week at the Cookie CAREavan, and we talked about beer, so a beer event seemed like the perfect second date for us.

    To eat, I ordered the Hummus Plate, which was served with garlic hummus (<— really good), pita chips, broccoli, carrots, and celery.

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    We thought the Smuttynose event was a beer tasting, but it was actually just a featured Smuttynose night, so The Lower Depths had a bunch of newly tapped Smuttynose kegs, which patrons could pay to try. In Massachusetts, you can’t offer deals on booze, so the pints were still full price. Bummer.

    But, I did get to try a new Smuttynose brew: Maibock! I loved it!

    Bock beer is a broad stylistic category describing a wide range of malty, lightly-hopped German lager beers, ranging in color from light straw to dark brown, from medium to full body. Maibocks, typically released in the springtime, tend to be light in color and medium to full-bodied bodied and usually feature German “noble” hop varieties. As is the case with other traditional styles, American brewers have taken some creative liberties with bock beers, often with outstanding results.

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    For every Smuttynose beer that we ordered, we got a raffle ticket to win some fun prizes, but, sadly, no one at our table won anything.

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    Ali and her friend also met us for a couple of beers.

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    Good times! I’m so glad that I met some new beer buddies!

    Healthy Living Summit 2011

    Thanks to our fearless leader, Meghann, the Healthy Living Summit it ON!!!


    The 3rd annual Healthy Living Summit will take place in Philadelphia from August 19 – 20th. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 6th at 8:00 PM. Mark your calendars! We sold out in twenty minutes last year, so expect them to go fast! Bloggers and readers are welcome to attend!

    BIC Bands Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway! Here’s your winner:


    I LOOOOVE love the skinny pink sparkle band! I’m about to start training for my first half marathon and cannot wait to wear these while I run.

    Congrats, Kelly! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

    P.S. It’s National Donut Day, which means Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts! On June 3, participating Dunkin’ Donuts will offer customers a free donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage. I’m getting’ me a donut!

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    { 65 comments… read them below or add one }

    Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Woo! I am so going to grab a donut today!


    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Free donuts today? I have been back on American soil for 10 hours and I think it’s a great day to be back and score me a donut. Thanks for the heads up!


    Lauren June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    It made my year to know the healthy limit summit will be in Philadelphia!!!! I hope I can score a ticket!!! I have been reading all of your blogs since the begining!


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I always change in bathrooms – I figure it’s better than a car! Although, I’ve been known to do that one too. :)

    I wish I could go to HLS this year, but my first day back at teaching is on the 19th!


    LS June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Wanted to tell you THANKS in advance for the treadmill workout I’m trying tonight !! Temps have officially surpassed 100 here in Houston so I decided today is the day to take it back to the “dreadmill”. I’ve been spending the past hour or so reading any and all of your treadmill tips and workouts…if anyone can make it fun, its you! thankyou!


    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Oh wow, looks like a fun event!


    Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner June 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I’m really interested in the Healthy Living Summit. Hopefully I can swing a trip to Philly in August!


    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble June 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Awww I miss Smuttynose!! I use to drink it when I lived on the East coast! Back when I could eat gluten and drink beer….. sigh.


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I hope I can snag tickets to the HLS this year! I was so bummed when I didn’t go last year.


    Hilary June 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Wow…busy day! And SO want to go to the Healthy living Summit!


    Mac June 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    That’s such a clever way to get people to keep buying beer… not that anyone in WI would ever need a reason to keep buying beer, but very cool!


    Stephanie June 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I would love to join you guys next time for a blogger meet up:)


    Jocelyn June 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    any chance you’ll be running at the Smuttynose Rockfest in New Hampshire? It’s October 2. I’m training for the marathon, if I don’t get injured, it will be my first full marathon!


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