Brunch Time: Bees Knees Supply Company

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First of all, major props to anyone who can make Allston look this classy and trendy. Bees Knees is a cafe and mini-grocery located in Allston, MA that serves great food, keeps up with the latest coffee culture and supports local businesses. It makes for a great casual brunch spot on the weekends, or a cool study place during the week.

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My friends and I take our breakfast sandwiches very seriously, and Bees Knees didn’t disappoint. I had the Lobster McMuffin, which had lobster, egg, arugula and lemon malaise on an english muffin. My friends had the bacon egg and cheese McMuffin, which had exactly that. While both were great, we did all decide that the bacon egg and cheese was our favorite. The three of us also got pumpkin lattes (because fall, duh), which were absolutely amazing. They were a perfect balance of pumpkin and espresso, and surprisingly were not overbearingly sweet.

Overall: I recommend coming here at least once. I definitely want to come again and try their other brunch items and drinks. (Tip: they have cold-brew nitro coffee!) If not for the food, come for the atmosphere. I am obsessed with West Village in New York, and this shop definitely made me feel like a cool New Yorker.

New England Fall

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As much as I complain about Boston’s weather (one day it’s too hot and humid, another day it’s too cold and frigid), I can agree that they do autumn right. From the perfectly crisp air to beautiful leaves and fun fall activities, times like this make me wish I grew up in New England. Everything in the area during fall looks like it came out of a movie!

Every year, my sorority goes apple picking in Stow, Massachusetts, a small suburb outside of Boston. Prior to college, I had never gone apple picking before, so I go a little nuts each time I’m at the orchard.

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I also forgot to eat breakfast, so I ate the first five apples I picked.

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The Boston Marathon

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.32.15 PMLiving in Boston this year has definitely been a challenge for me. As a native Californian who is used to 50-80 degree weather, 108 inches of snow really put a damper on my attitude towards the city. To be honest, I even considered transferring for a little bit.

But yesterday was Patriots’ Day, also known as Marathon Monday. It’s one day every year that Boston comes together to support thousands of marathon runners who are running for hundreds of different causes. In recent years, it has also become a day to celebrate the resiliency and strength of this city. I don’t know why, but something about Marathon Monday gets to me every year (I hate running). Last year, I volunteered at Mile 25, handing water to the runners. This year, I guess I got into the spirit and ran down Boylston from Newbury Street to the finish line (on the sidewalks, of course)! Watching the wheelchair contestants, military, elite and recreational runners cross that blue and yellow finish line gave me chills, and experiencing Boston’s love and community made me feel #BostonStrong.

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.26.10 PMMy big, my little and I got together at 8am on a Monday to power up with brunch before the marathon.

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.49.32 PMI wanted to proudly show off the Filipino flag, but the wind just would not agree with me. 

xo, FMB

Spring Break Adventures: Indian Springs Spa, Calistoga

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(Written while back in Boston, begging for warmth and procrastinating on homework)

Here’s to remembering sunnier, happier days, such as the one spent in Calistoga. While on spring break, my friends wanted to visit Wine Country. With only one of them being 21, I figured a spa would be a fun way to spend the day in addition to seeing all the gorgeous vineyards.

My friends and I drove up to Indian Springs in Calistoga for mud baths and pool time. We all had pretty mixed opinions, so I’ll go through the highlights.

Mud Baths: 

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.30.45 AMDefinitely an interesting experience. The mud is a lot more dense than you’d expect. It’s actually so dense that you don’t really sink into it. You lay over the mud, and then the spa attendant layers piles of mud on top of you. You can also opt to get some mud on your face (to be honest, I regret opting out of that…the effects of the mud bath reminded me of a Glam Glow mask).

PSA: mud gets everywhere (all crevices included).

The Pool

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.31.44 AMWhile not all of us loved the mud baths, we all loved the pool. The main pool is a huge pool that goes from 2 ft to 8 ft deep and is heated to 92 degrees. The spa also provides free pool loungers and noodles, which we all loved (I fell asleep on one).

Buddha Pond

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.33.09 AMThis was probably one of our favorite parts of Indian Springs. It’s a relaxing pond hidden behind the spa area. With lush greenery, bridges, statues and art, it was a perfect backdrop for an impromptu photoshoot. There was also a fireplace and lounging area where they had free almonds and orange slices.

BOTTOM LINE

We all enjoyed the day spa experience. For just the mud bath process, I thought the prices were a little steep. But because of the service and all day access to the rest of Indian Springs’ amenities, I would say pricing is reasonable and competitive to the rest of Calistoga/Napa Valley. While I enjoyed the mud bath, I don’t think I would do it again. Next time, I would probably try one of the massages.

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xo, FMB