Brush With Celebrity

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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When I arrived in the North End to meet Giada, things were pretty quiet. The vendors were set up for St. Anthony’s Feast, but hardly anyone was around.

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Maybe the impending hurricane scared people off? 


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The crowds weren’t the only ones scared off by the hurricane– Giada was too.

On her way to the North End, Giada heard that the bridges in New York City were closing this afternoon because of Hurricane Irene, so she canceled her appearance and headed straight home.

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I’m bummed that I didn’t meet Giada today, but the folks from Bella Sera said they’d arrange a phone call so I can still ask her my questions. Of course, a phone call isn’t meeting Giada in person, but I’ll take it. I mean, a hurricane is a hurricane. I don’t blame Giada at all for wanting to be home with her family. I would have done the exact same thing. Plus, chatting with Giada on the phone is still a really neat opportunity! 

My trip to the North End wasn’t a total waste though because I hit up Haymarket on my way home. Haymarket is a huge fruit and vegetable market in downtown Boston.

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The prices at Haymarket are insanely cheap. When I lived closer to the city, my roommate and I would go almost every Saturday morning. We’d each chip-in $5 and buy a ton of produce to share for the week. It was awesome.

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Having all of that fresh produce in the house definitely encouraged me to eat better.


Check out what I got for just $10:

  • 2 pounds of sweet potatoes – $2.00
  • 1 pint of blueberries – $1.50
  • 8 plums – $1.00
  • 1 pound of cherries – $1.00
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce – $0.50
  • 2 blocks of cheese – $4

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Pretty sweet, right? I just wish Haymarket was closer so I could go every week. What a deal!

It just started raining here. Here comes Irene!



  1. i know YOU didn’t say so in your post but some commenters did (and I completely understand the confusion) but Haymarket is not a farmers market! it’s left over wholesale / grocery store products as well as international goods. i feel as though there’s a big difference. I shop here too since I live in the North End, just wanted to note that 🙂

  2. I LOVE Haymarket! When I was little, we used to get up early on Saturday mornings and go to Haymarket as a family. My sister and I were allowed to have pizza for breakfast and it was so much fun.

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