A Day of Dining Out

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I was exhausted when I got home last night, so I skipped blogging and went straight to bed. I’m sure you guys understand!

I had taken lots of photos while dining out for lunch, dinner, and dessert yesterday, so I figured that I might as well blog about my experience today. It’s better late than never, right? 😉

Lunch

I met my friend, Marie, at Veggie Planet in Harvard Square for lunch. I’ve been meaning to try Veggie Planet for months now, so I was psyched to finally have a chance to go.

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Veggie Planet is a funky, little vegetarian restaurant that serves healthy salads, soups, meat-free pizzas, and rice dishes.

In addition to delicious food, Veggie Planet benefits the community. Their pizza dough is baked locally at a non-profit bakery in Boston’s South End, and Veggie Planet donates 2% of their food profits and 100% of its t-shirt profits to Food For Free, a non-profit organization helping to feed the hungry in Cambridge and surrounding areas. As you can see, Veggie Planet is a pretty awesome dining establishment!

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I started with a lemonade mixed with Crimson Berry iced tea. The self-serve option encouraged me to mix flavors! 😀

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For lunch, I ordered the Open Face Grilled Cheese, which was not at all a traditional grilled cheese sandwich. It was made with Cabot Vermont cheddar, diced tomatoes, broccoli, basil, and scallions, and placed on top of coconut white rice. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was excellent! 😀

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I basically ate all of the cheese-y goodness off the top! 😀

The portion was surprisingly huge! I could have easily shared it with someone.

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After work, I met my hubby for a cocktail at The Beehive in the South End.

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I love The Beehive’s outdoor dining space! Inside the eatery/bar is really funky too. I already want to go back! What a cool place! 😀

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I took a recommendation from our server and ordered the “Marani” white wine. It was light, crisp, and fruity.

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Perfect for a warm summer evening!

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After our cocktail, Mal and I said goodbye and headed to our respective dinner dates. Mal headed to Maggiano’s, and I met Shannon, Elina, Lauren, and Mary Kate for dinner and drinks at Scoozi on Newbury Street. (There may or may not have been a Barney Butter exchange! 😉 )

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We started with a pitcher of sangria.

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Mmmmm! It was wonderful! 😀

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Cheers! :mrgreen:

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For dinner, I ordered the Hearts of Palm Salad with arugula, avocado, and hearts of palm with a vinaigrette on the side.

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Light and summery!

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After dinner, we considered the dessert menu at Scoozi, but decided that we’d enjoy JP Licks a lot more! 😀

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Bloggers! :mrgreen:

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I had a tough time deciding which flavor to get, but eventually picked Oreo Cookie. As always, it was heaven!

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After eating ice cream at JP Licks, I had planned to meet up with Mal and our friends, but I was pooped from my long day. I ended up heading home and passing out.

What a day! At least it was filled with delicious food! 😀

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