Drinking Buddies

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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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Not these guys:

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But, how fun would THAT be!?!

After the Party Ready event, I headed over to The Ginger Man to meet a few drinking buddies.

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I first fell in love with The Ginger Man back in April when Theordora and I spent the afternoon carb-loading for the More|Fitness Women’s Half Marathon. It’s a chill, laid-back place with a ton of amazing beers on the menu””what’s not to like about it?

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Within seconds of arriving at The Ginger Man, Gracie walked in the door to join me for a beer. She works right around the corner, so our timing worked out perfectly.

My first beer of the afternoon was a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Style Ale, which was rich and malty with aromas of caramel, toffee, and a little bit of citrus. The flavor was really interesting. I guess bittersweet is the best way to describe it. At first, the flavor was sweet and malty, but then hoppy and somewhat bitter at the end.

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Gracie and I talked non-stop for about an hour until she needed to go back to work. I drank alone (for about 5 minutes) until my friend, Matthew, joined me for a beer.

My second beer was a Pretty Things December 6, 1855, which was malty, hoppy, and delicious.

As some of you know, or don’t know at all, we here at Pretty Things enjoy our history. Yes folks, and we like our history and we like it weeds and all. This is why when we were faced with the option of teaming up with Ron Pattinson (our very favorite brewing Historian), we jumped at the chance. After all, Ron’s “afflict the comfortable” brewing research style takes assumed beer styles and flips them on their heads. This time around Ron’s taken us back to colonial India of the 1850s where the rum-drinking troops (or “squaddies”) are dying at alarming rates. A beer figured into their survival but it isn’t what you’re thinking. The recipe that we’re using dates back to a brewsheet from December 6th, 1855. To be specific, this was a beer brewed at Barclay Perkins in London. 4.5 pounds of hops per barrel! That’s a double IPA people. That’s more than some of the hoppiest MODERN IPAs out there. Our Once Upon a Time 1855 EIP is dry, malty good with a substantial pipe-tobacco bitterness, dark garnet colour and 6% abv.

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A little while later, Ali joined us for a beer. I love that I had so many drinking buddies in NYC! I had a great time chatting with Matt and Ali, but, before I knew it, it was time to head back to Boston.

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On my walk to Penn Station, I stopped by Pret to buy a toasted ham and cheese sandwich, which was actually really good. I’m still surprised by its amazingness. I didn’t expect a to-go sandwich to taste so delicious.

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Now, I’m on the train headed home. I’ll write a full recap of the Party Ready event tomorrow. After a busy day and drinking two beers, I don’t think I could do it the justice it deserves!



  1. So great catching up with you (and lovely meeting Matt ”” you know, in case he’s reading this). Glad you loved the sandwich, too! Have a safe trip back and see you in June!

  2. Just started reading your book! I ordered it right away, but haven’t had a chance to sit down and read! My husband and I are also thinking of taking a trip to Boston this summer, so I am definitely going to look at your previous posts for restaurant ideas!

  3. can’t wait to read the full recap. PS I put a link to your blog in my post today, I hope you don’t mind. After just discovering your blog I’ve found it to be not only inspirational but… really enjoyable, like catching up with a yoga class friend or a fellow running buddy. ha! Cheers!

  4. Ginger Man sounds like a very interesting place. I love places that offer a range of different beers, especially ones from microbreweries or breweruies that aren’t that well-known. Although the company I’m with will always be the most important thing, it only make it better when I can discover some new, amazing beers at the same time!

  5. I LOVE Pret – totally reminds me of England! I’ve been to the DC location once since it arrived but it was a bit lackluster unfortunately. Perhaps I’ll have to give it another shot with the ham and cheese :).

  6. Living 20 minutes from NYC over the border in NJ, I quickly learned that NYC’s “to go” food is actually REALLY good. I’ve never had Pret but it’s on my list to try, as is The Ginger Man. Looks like you had a fun day! Also- this is really kind of random, but my boyfriend just moved out of Quincy and we used to go to the Mary Lou’s there often – the Hawaiian chocolate nut is FABULOUS!

  7. Ahhh It’s Tom Colicchio! Have you gotten a chance to eat at any of his restaurants? Next time you’re in the city you definitely have to.

    The Ginger Man rocks, good bar choice! They always have a fun crowd and even I enjoy beer there (I usually hate beer).

    Can’t wait to hear the recap!

  8. Hope you had a wonderful time!

    I used to work right around the corner for Ginger Man, so I know it well. Such a great beer selection.

  9. I love reading about the different beers you try! I’m always looking to try something new.

    I went to Pret when I visited my sister in London — it was surprisingly delicious. I wish they had them up in Boston!

  10. The Ginger Man is a great spot! It has been far too long since I’ve been, but you’ve just ignited a flame…that I’ll have to put out with a beer at happy hour sometime in the near future.

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