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 usually pick the bad news so I end on a good note. I think with that particular news, the good news was better to get first. Who could be at all disappointed after knowing they’d be having Almond Joy iced coffee with breakfast!?

  2. The flatbread does look good, but I agree, more toppings are in order! I’m normally a bad-news-first sort of girl, because I like things to end on a high note. However, depending on how bad the bad news is, sometimes the good news has got to be VERY good to compensate!

  3. Usually I ask for the bad news. Haha it almost always seems, though, that if someone asks that question, neither piece of news is all that earth-shattering.

    That iced coffee looks amazing, by the way. I wish I had some right now.

  4. I think if we had a coffee shop like Marylou’s nearby I would have to start drinking coffee again, the flavors all sound so delicious!

    I like bad news first, I hate waiting for it!

    Congrats on the book signing, that is fantastic! 🙂

  5. I’ve been to Foundry twice now – once for dinner and once for drinks and dessert. The food is pretty tasty! It was packed this past Saturday night. Though the first time I went (in April) they didn’t actually have a lot of the beers on the beer list, which was odd (everything my roommate tried to order they didn’t actually have!). Hopefully they’ve updated the list since then.

    I might be coming to the signing on Thursday – I haven’t made a decision yet. Brookline is so hard to get to from Davis Square when you travel by T.

  6. You had great food at this restaurant. The pizza looks amazing. And the poutine also. Which is true that there is more cheese in Quebec. On your photo, we can’t see the cheese. If you visit the province of Quebec, you have to try a poutine. The best city is Drummondville, which is where the poutine was invented. It’s one hour drive from Montreal. It’s worth it 😉

  7. I’d prefer bad news first just to get it over with. That poutine looks good but your friend is right about the cheese – Canadians know how to get it right there 😉

  8. Bad news first for sure? Did I miss it, or what was your bad news? If you want good poutine, go to Quebec, they are the originators of it….I don’t like poutine but I LOVE it there!

  9. Ahh wish I lived in that area so I could come to the signing! I like to hear bad news first, I’m not of a “save the best for last” kind of person.

  10. I need some Poutine in my life! Also, is it wrong if I just want to go to Boston to get that Almond Joy drink?? Lie, I want to meet the Boston bloggers but I want to have that drink equally as much.

    I would rather get good news first.

  11. You seem to be running out of Iced Coffee a lot lately.

    You should definitely invest in this coffee maker. I have it and LOVE it. On days where I forget to prep for iced coffee the night before, it guarantees that I can have iced coffee within 15 minutes of waking, without it being watered down.

    It brews coffee and then stores it on top where you fill half the top with ice. It honestly works, I was a skeptic at first – thinking it would be luke warm or tasteless but it wasn’t! Pleaseeee check it out! I think you’d love it.

  12. Go to Saus near the Purple Shamrock for french fries and poutine…omg, amazing! Also, they have Belgian waffles there (the lemon creme was fantastic). Just trust me, it may not be good for your waistline, but it’s good for your soul.

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