Blogger Bash at M.J. O’Connor’s

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Last night, I attended a Blogger Bash hosted by at M.J. O’Connor’s in downtown Boston.

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Blogger Bash invite from

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a really big blogger bash, n’est-ce pas? Well, hold on to your hats – our friends at M.J. O’Connor’s would like to invite 100 bloggers for some spectacular food, drinks, and gifts!

There was quite a turn out for the event. I arrived only a couple of minutes late to it, and M.J. O’Connor’s was already packed with bloggers!

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At the event, the bar offered a bunch of specialty drinks, but I opted for a pumpkin beer (obviously).

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I enjoyed a Saranac Pumpkin Ale with a sugar rim. Ooh, yes, it was delicious.

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I was psyched to see that M.J. O’Connor’s had Saranac Pumpkin on draft. It was my first time trying it, and I liked it a lot. (FYI: I have a pumpkin beer post in the works with all of my reviews. Hopefully, I’ll finish it today!)

A bunch of passed appetizers were also served at the event: pulled pork sliders, shrimp cocktail, Arancini (fried rice balls), chicken teriyaki skewers, and pizza with mushrooms and mashed potatoes.

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I pretty much tried one (or two) of each. The appetizers were your typical bar food””greasy and fried, but still delicious.


The pizza, in particular, was especially awesome. I mean, mashed potatoes on pizza? Yes, please! I also loved the extra sharp cheese on it. Man, I love cheese so much.

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The event also included a great raffle to benefit Friends of Boston’s Homeless. I bought a bunch of tickets, but I didn’t win anything (because Ali‘s friend, Lisa, won everything).

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Blog friends: Bridget, Elizabeth, Ali, and Melissa!

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It was so nice to see these ladies (as well as other blog friends). I also enjoyed meeting some new blog friends last night.

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Each blogger left the event with a goodie bag. Inside were gift cards to M.J. O’Connor’s and other restaurants in the Briar Group. Sa-weet! What a perfect gift for Boston-area food bloggers.

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Thanks for a fun event, and M.J. O’Connor’s!



  1. Looks like a fun night! I wish the food blogger community was as big here as it is in Boston. I’m interested to see your beer post – I’m not a beer drinker at all but I do consider pumpkin a food group so if I’m ever going to try beer again, it’ll be a pumpkin one!

  2. Pizzeria Uno has an appetizer on their menu that is their deep dish pizza crust filled with mashed potatoes, cheese, & bacon. I am both ashamed & proud to say I tried it & loved it! Mashed potatoes & pizza are two of my favorite foods! 🙂

  3. I’m going to my first blogger meet-up next Sunday, sponsored by Dove. It’s not just for food/healthy living bloggers but I am excited to finally meet up with people who know what it’s like to be a blogger!

  4. Sounds like a fun night! I’m looking forward to seeing your pumpkin beer reviews! I never know how to choose one.

  5. Just got some Saranac Pumkin the other night! Glad to hear its good. Can’t wait to try one. Hope NYCM training is going well!

  6. Fun!! PS If you end up doing a blog post about pumpkin beer, can you please do a follow-up blog post about all your favorite pumpkin-y items? FYI, Trader Joe’s has this pumpkin bread mix that is to. die. for. Just saying 🙂

  7. It was such a fun night! Towards the end I went to say ‘HI!’ to you but you had already left!

    I really loved meeting more fellow Boston bloggers! It really made me feel more a part of the community 🙂 Hope to see you next time!

    1. @Cait’s Plate: PS – my boyfriend is obsessed with Murphy and I sent him the latest fireplace post and he was literally laughing out loud while reading it. Haha. I’m telling you – Murphy could have a significant following with his own blog!!

        1. @Tina: Haha – “Murphy,” “Mal” – they’re basically right next to each other on the keyboard, OBVIOUSLY you meant Mal 😉

          And yes – we’re big fans of Murphy in our household…he’s stolen our hearts as well so you’re definitely not alone 🙂

    1. I know, right!? I swear the sugar rim just makes the beer taste so much better. It was so nice to see you! We need to get together again SOON!

  8. Have you tried the Wachusett Pumpkin? It tastes like Pumpkin Pie! They have an awesome Fall beer flight at Sunset Tap right now…every Boston beer lover needs to go there at least (at least!!!) one time in their life!

  9. That Fool’s Gold drink sounds awesome and I love pizza with mashed potatoes on it (I’ve had a loaded baked potato deep dish pizza that had mashed potatoes, cheese & bacon on it, topped with sour cream)! The party looks like it was a great night out with blogger friends new & old 😉

  10. Have you tried the Wasatch Pumpkin Beer? One of my favorites! It has a more prominent pumpkin taste that I love!

    1. @lauren:
      I was just going to comment on this too. I thought maybe the “Yogurt and Berries” was a joke or a second blog I never knew Tina had!

  11. I was both excited AND horrified and I won THREE of those raffles. I get way too embarassed walking up in front of large groups of people so I don’t usually even buy raffle tickets out of fear of acutally winning something. Guess I should try my luck with some scratch tickets tonight 🙂 It was great to hang out with all you girls!

  12. I never knew that boston food blogger website existed, pretty cool! I have plans to move back to the Boston area next year, so hopefully one day I can attend something like this. It looks like a blast meeting people in person!

  13. Hi Tina! I LOVE pumpkin beer! I’m looking forward to the post 🙂 Can you also include, if you know, where you can find pumpkin beer on draft (especially shipyard pumpkin) with a cinnamon sugar rim? That rim makes it that much more amazing! I am looking forward to trying Saranac sometime soon.

  14. OoooO what a fun time, Tina! A bash like this would surely rock my socks off. Wah! There’s an LA blogger picnic this saturday which I can’t attend, and now this post is making me really want to go even more. Next time! 😛 Have a great day~

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