Good News, Bad News

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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, Mal and I enjoyed a birthday celebration for our friend, Kaitlyn, at Foundry on Elm in Davis Square. For months, our friends have raved about this place, so I was really excited to experience it for myself.

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When we arrived, the bar was hopping! Pretty Things Beer launched their new Field Mouse’s Farewell at Foundry, so there were tons of people crowded around. I thought about trying the new brew, but I went with a Blue Point Toasted Lager instead. I enjoyed this beer”” it was medium bodied with sweet, malty flavors”” but nothing else really stood out about it. I guess it just didn’t wow me, ya know? It had a nice, clean finish, so I’m sure it would taste wonderful on a hot summer day!

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Our group ended up getting a table at the back of the restaurant where it was still pretty busy, but much more quiet. I was surprised how crowded Foundry was on a Monday night!

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To start, the six of us shared a plate of Poutine (French fries with cheddar curds and peppery gravy) as an appetizer. I loved the combo of flavors, but my friend said that traditional Poutine typically has more cheddar curds. I could only imagine how delicious THAT would taste!

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Our table also shared an order of calamari (really good!) and some freshly baked bread.

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For my entrée, I ordered a flatbread pizza with sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, pine nuts, and balsamic reduction. I was a little disappointed that there weren’t a ton of toppings on the flatbread, but the dough made up for it. It was perfectly light and chewy. I’m psyched for leftovers this afternoon!

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During dinner, I enjoyed a Clown Shoes Brown Angel, which had tons of malty flavor, but was a tad too hoppy for me. I tend to like more sweet, smooth brews. It was definitely a good beer– just not my thing.

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I cuddled with Murphy until about 6:30 this morning, so, while I laid in bed, Mal finished off the iced coffee without me knowing. So, when I walked into the kitchen, he asked if I wanted the good news or the bad news first. I choose the good news first, which was that I could have Marylou’s iced coffee with breakfast! Ha!

At Marylou’s, I purchased an Almond Joy iced coffee with milk and no sugar.

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To eat, I whipped up a batch of Good Food Made Simple steel cut oats. I put the oatmeal puck in a bowl, microwaved it for 3 minutes, and viola: warm, chewy steel cut oats in minutes. I added chia seeds and a big scoop of peanut butter to my bowl.

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CNC Book Signing

Just a quick reminder that my book signing is THIS Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner! If you’re local, I really hope you can make it! There will be cookies!

Question of the Day

When it comes to good news and bad news, which do you want to hear first?



  1. I have got to try Marylou’s one day when I’m in Boston. I keep hearing such good things about it. I quit coffee but I’d try it there for sure 🙂

    I like hearing the bad news first so I can let it soak in and then enjoy the good stuff!

  2. Aww, I’m sad you weren’t a fan of the Brown Angel! I loved it when I had it.

    I’d rather get the bad news first.

  3. I think I usually ask for the bad news first.

    As for the poutine- agreed, where’s the cheese? And ask a true poutine connoisseur about the sauce and he or she will insist that it is not gravy but rather “poutine sauce” 🙂

    Have a great day!

  4. It’s funny that poutine is something new for you 😛 You need to come to Canada! Also, I prefer to get the bad news first always.

  5. I wish I could make the book signing! I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun.

    I would have to say bad news first, then the good. 🙂

  6. What a delicious dinner and some great sounding beers! I love trying new beers. 🙂

    I’d rather hear the bad news first so I can get that out of the way and move on to the good news! 🙂

  7. Those fries look incredible. Wish I had them right now. I feel like they would bring a little sunshine to this cloudy weather. When I go to Boston this summer, Marylous might be my first stop.

    I definitely prefer bad news first. I like to rip off that bandaid.

  8. I feel the need to weigh-in on the poutine dish because I am Canadian and that is where the dish originated 😀

    Imagine TONS more cheese on your fries with gravy… and there you will have poutine. Your picture just looked like fries & gravy… you haven’t experienced poutine yet madamm! 😉

    It’s easily one of the most unhealthy dishes but oh so fantastic anyways.

  9. I like to hear the bad news first. Get the harsh blow out of the way!

    Question for you: I’ve been finding that we have similar tastes in beer. You say that you like sweeter brews — what are some of your favorites? I’m becoming a huge beer nerd!

  10. If you sign in NY, I will be there. The Foundry looks really cool! News, bad first I guess?

    PS I am reading CNC for the second time. I devoured quickly the first time, so I am trying to pace myself on the second time around.

    Also, is there are a reason you decided to run with TFK instead of TNT for the NYC marathon. All right, this comment is getting out of control!

    1. @melissa (fitnessnyc): I really like helping people through running (i.e. my experience with BOMF), so TFK seemed like a really good fit for me. (I didn’t realize BOMF had bibs for NYMC until after I registered with TFK.)

  11. How were you out of coffee when “make coffee for tomorrow” was one of the things you said you did in your controversial post yesterday?

    1. @Mary: I published the post with the hope of getting those things done before I left for dinner. Life got in the way, and I didn’t have time.

  12. 99% of the time I will take the bad news first. You should always end on a happy note. And I love poutine! It is so delicious…and bad for you. 🙂 I guess most things that are bad for you taste delicious.

  13. That meal sure looks tasty, but being Canadian I can also tell you that, that dish is NOT poutine, not “authentic” poutine anyway 🙂

  14. I would rather get the bad new first. That way the good news is fresh in my mind when I get on with my day!

  15. You can never go wrong with the flat bread pizzas looks DELICIOUS!!

    I usually like to hear bad news first because it is no fun to get really excited and then be crushed 5 mins later.

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