Stuffed to the Gills at the Border Cafe

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Last night, I met my friends, Blain, Stephanie, and Dean, at the Border Cafe in Harvard Square for dinner. I love, love, love Border because the food is delicious, the service is fast, and the price is right, but it’s one of those places that you can definitely over-do-it in the calorie department!

As always, shots of the decor…

We sat downstairs, which is dimly lit, quaint, and cozy.

So, here’s where I really over-did-it…

Within minutes of sitting down at our table, our server brought us a basket of warm, greasy, salty tortilla chips. Of course, they were heaven served in a basket, and I ate about a million of them! 😳  Once I started, I just couldn’t stop! GAH!

You’d think after mowing-down on tortilla chips, I had ruined my dinner. But, somehow, I managed to eat half of a huge veggie quesadilla as my entree.

Needless to say, I left Border feeling stuffed to the gills and a little disappointed in myself. Ugh, I hate that feeling! I suppose over-eating happens every now and then, so there’s no point in getting down on myself, right? I have a hot date with the gym tonight, so hopefully, that will make me feel better.

Minus the pigging-out part, seeing my old coworkers was such a fun time! I loved hearing about all of the office drama that I am missing. I am so happy that I no longer have to deal with it! 😀



  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself!! You’re a great model with your exercise and overall eating patterns. I find your blog to be so true-to-self- squeezing in gym time among work and errands; hanging out with friends; just skipping the gym sometime to hang with your man (like me!); and when you get home from work, eating something that doesn’t take 40 minutes to bake. Also, taking full advantage of all good eats Boston has to offer. Basically, a REAL person. It’s so refreshing.

  2. Oh man, seeing that brought me back to my years at BC! I miss Harvard Square.

    I think the amount of fun you had last night made up for a little indulgence. Everyone has a food weakness, but for a person like you who eats healthy, it’s worth it!

  3. oh man, baskets of chips can be dangerous for me! i just can’t stoppppp. especially if theyre bottomless. but sometimes you gotta eat what you crave! that veggie quesadilla looks awesome too! i am REALLY lovin those cookies i made last night girl! they are Wonderful 🙂

  4. oh i love border cafe- the tortilla chips there are impossible to resist! i always end up eating a million of them too and leave with the same feeling 😛

  5. Tina I live in Boston and I love the Border Cafe… The have the BEST taco salad filled with veggies. I actually checked out Grendel’s Den last night for the first time because of your reviews! Veryy yummy and cheap! Thanks girl!

  6. Tortilla chips are my absolute weakness, whether they’re on the table or in my pantry they don’t stand a chance!

  7. Restaurant tortilla chips are SO hard to resist, but hey you probably won’t be craving them for a while right?? 🙂 And hot dates at the gym always rock!!

  8. that quesadilla looks sooo good! I hate when I eat past satiety too…but it will all even out for you my dear!

    There was cake at the office today and I thought of how you said the one thing you can’t resist is cake! So I indulged in a piece with that thought in mind 😉 worth every sugary morsle.

  9. I got my V-Day scavenger hunt package today in the mail. It couldn’t have come on a better day. Thank you so much Tina! I really appreciate your generosity!

    That restaurant looks awesome!

  10. I love reading your blog because it really inspires me to make my meals more healthy!

    I’m a Texan but I lived in Boston for a couple of years. I went to HGSE and then I worked in educational publishing in Cambridge. I used to go to Border Cafe to satisfy my Tex-Mex cravings, and it brings back great memories to see your pictures of it!

  11. Tina,
    Don’t feel bad – we’re ALL powerless to the charms of the Border Cafe chips/salsa – they’re just so thin and crispy and yummy! (ok, I might have to go this weekend).

    Try the Cajun food next time – Eggplant Royale is AMAZING!

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