Views from the Roof

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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My Friday night was all about views from the roof! 😎 I started my evening with Happy Hour at Daedalus near Harvard Square and then headed downtown to a roof-deck graduation party. The weather was gorgeous, so spending time outside, over looking the city, was even more of a treat!

Daedalus has the most amazing rooftop deck, which is quite the novelty in Cambridge! We were lucky to score a table within 5 minutes of arriving– it was jam-packed by the time we left!

Mal liked the “better than average” selection of beers at Daedalus! 

Views from the roof…

My drink of choice was a Barton & Guestier Chardonnay, which I enjoyed, but didn’t love. It was a decent “bar” wine, but I wouldn’t buy a bottle of it. 

TGIF! :mrgreen:

My company: Mal and our friend, Ashley… 

For dinner, I ordered the Asparagus Salad, which was grilled garlic-marinated asparagus with roma tomatoes and goat cheese over baby greens. The salad was supposed to be tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette, but I ordered mine without. With the strong flavors of garlic-marinated asparagus and goat cheese, the vinaigrette really wasn’t needed. I think it would have covered-up the natural flavors too much. Plus, I like my veggies “naked”! 😉

The asparagus was jumbo-sized and grilled to perfection. 😀

The salad included lots of fibrous veggies and a good amount of goat cheese that kept me satisfied for the majority of the evening. Love that! 

We were enjoying ourselves so much outside on the roof deck, we decided to order another round of drinks. Glass #2…

After we said goodbye to Ashley, Mal and I headed downtown to a friend’s dental school graduation party, which was held on the roof deck of his apartment building. 

From the roof, we had amazing views of the State House.

Mal noted that you could probably “throw a beer to Governor Patrick” because we were so close! 

Party spread… 

Dental Dali… 

At the party, I sipped on a margarita watered-down with Pellegrino. After two glasses of wine, I knew I didn’t need much more to drink. I nursed my drink for about an hour before switching over to plain Pellegrino with lime. I had a drink in my hand the whole night, so I felt like I was participating in the party, but I wasn’t letting myself over-do-it with the booze. 

I also (obviously) enjoyed a small piece of cake. I ate the frosting off my piece and tossed the rest. What good is cake without frosting?!?

I also munched on a small handful of cashews and peanut M&M’s at the party. Eating dinner before an event (with lots of yummy food) ended up being a good strategy for me. Typically, I would over-do-it with all of the delicious (and tempting) party food, but a stomach full of Asparagus Salad satisfied me and kept my social eating in check. I also kept my tips in mind for navigating social events when making decisions about what to eat or drink. 



  1. your roof views are amaaaaazing! especially #2. dental school, huh? what a life of glamour! and that grilled asparagus salad with all the goat cheese (2 of the most delicious food items ever).

    i love your cake style — frosting is obviously the best part!

  2. Oh my goodness, especially with that sunset, those are SUCH gorgeous pictures. The party looks like it was a blast too. And I think it’s a fantastic idea to just eat the part of the cake that you like. 😉

  3. what a FUN night! Your pics and restaurant choice are, of course, making me MORE obsessed with boston!! You look so cute too, way to rock the hip shades!

  4. Love the rooftop pics. Boston is so pretty.
    The asparagus salad sounds great. And good idea to be full before a party. Of course, I’d probably fill up beforehand and still end up eating too many treats.

  5. hahaha you know what’s so cute? my family (being chinese) doesn’t like frosting. i don’t know if this is applicable to all other asian families, but we SCRAPE the frosting off the cake after we place individual pieces onto our plates.

  6. It’s great to see some of your party tips in action. It does help to have something to drink in your hand even if it’s not alcohol. We’d be a perfect pair because I throw my frosting away and eat the cake part!

  7. I am the total opposite when it comes to cake – I’d rather have the cake and toss any frosting/cream filling it has, because I am really picky about that kind of stuff. I generally hate store bought icing, and leave it all on the side.

  8. The love the atmosphere of that restaurant! Rooftop decks are my favorite and that salad looked sooo delicious! Looks like a fun night!

  9. Too funny, my husband and I have friends that live in that same apartment building. We’ve spent many evenings up there enjoying the view and food and drink in the adjoining “party room.” 🙂

  10. Sounds like you had a fabulous Friday night. The rooftop views are awesome — glad the weather cooperated! Your asparagus salad looks delicious. Grilled asparagus is the only way to go!

  11. I also eat the cake and toss the frosting! I will only eat real whipped cream on a cake, I don’t like that buttercream stuff.

  12. What a stunning view! I have not heard very good things about Boston, but you make it look like such a great city! I’m dying to come visit b/c of all your food reviews!! 🙂 thank you I’ve been enjoying them!!

  13. I didn’t know that bar had a roof deck! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to check it out. Also, the views of the state house are so pretty!

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