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The Day of Moms for Moms

Mother’s Day is NOT just another typical holiday.  It is the day in which we show our moms just how much they mean to us, and just how much we appreciate them.  It’s a day that is significant to the person who is significant to us which means that we have to make it special.  For some of us that can be easy, for others it can be a challenge.  One thing is certain: we have to do our best for our mothers on this day in order for them to know just how much we care.

The Origin

Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the United States in 1914. But did you know that the idea of Mother’s Day actually traces all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans?  It all began with festivals dedicated to the mother goddesses named Rhea and Cybele.  A few other events occurred that led to thousands of years later when a woman named Ann Jarvis officially made Mother’s Day a U.S. holiday.  From there it has grown into the day that we know and love. 

The Things Our Moms Put Up With

Although I’m not one to throw a festival for my mom on this day, I do want to give her the world.  Thinking of what she’s done for me brings me back to the day I was born.  Of course I have zero memories from this day, however I have been told the horror story from those who were there.  It was November 26, 1994 when I first graced the world with my presence. My sister did not have the same outlook as I did.  Once I was born and she saw how I was getting presents and most of the attention, so she had a huge temper tantrum.  And by huge, I mean my dad had to leave the hospital out of the side entrance to cause as little a scene as possible.  But that’s not all.  On the drive home from the hospital, my sister was so upset at the fact that I was born that she actually threw up in the back seat of my dad’s car.  So, in honor of that memory, I try to remember everything my mom went through when I was first born.  Before I could defend myself from my sister’s wrath. Mother’s day is the day to thank my mom for her support from day one, literally. 

Thank You to our Moms

She’s there for you from day one.  She’s one of the few people in this world that will love you unconditionally no matter what, and probably has done so for the longest period of time.  She sacrifices so many things for you, things that you wouldn’t even begin to think of.  Be sure to take the time this Mother’s Day to show her how much she means to you as well.  Shower her in flowers, gifts, and chocolates.  But even more importantly, don’t let the material things do all the talking.  Tell her how much you love her and how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you and given up for you.  Make her breakfast in bed.  Or if she wakes up at 4 a.m. like my mom does, take her to a nice lunch.  This is the day to do it, however let this be a lesson to all of us.  Take every day to appreciate your mothers.  Just tell them Thank You; it will mean the world to them.

Taste Your City!

Growing up, I enjoyed small-town perks. I lived in a no-name town literally in the woods, while also being near one of the restaurant capitals of the country (okay, this title may not be technically verified… But my town is deserving of it, I promise).  Because of this, we always had plenty of dining options when going out to eat…sometimes too many! There are still plenty of restaurants to this day that I haven’t tried.

To avoid this dilemma for many people, every summer my hometown hosted a festival in which each restaurant could showcase their delicious food to festival-goers! I was thinking about this festival the other day, and was curious if something similar existed in my new home base. Thus I present to you, the Taste of Anaheim.

On May 12th, 2016, the Anaheim Garden Walk will be hosting yet another Taste of Anaheim. Those who love food as much as I do, buy your tickets to the Taste of Anaheim ASAP! You’ll get to walk around and sample food and booze all day, along with participate in a Silent Auction, and appreciate live entertainment on top of it all. Naturally, we’ll be posted up and dishing you some of your favorite FiCE food straight from our grill. In fact, we’ll be keeping the fun going all night! Come by when you’re done for the day, and stop by our bar for the ViP after party.

Needless to say, you won’t want to miss this event. The only question that remains is this: How many plates of food can you hold in one hand?

Transportation in Boston made easy!

To those traveling from near or from far, via plane, train, or automobile… This is something seriously worth reading.  Don’t let my username fool you—Some might say that I was once (and, if I’m being honest—still am) directionally challenged. Luckily for me, transportation in Boston isn’t so difficult to utilize, as it turns out. Believe me, it is not something that you’ll get over night. In fact, it has taken me many times to get lost and confused and panicked before I actually became accustomed to traveling around the city via MBTA directions. However, with the right directions to Boston, it can! I have decided to pass on some directions to provide all you fellow travelers some guidance and confidence when in town!

My preference to getting to our Boston location would be using the MBTA  (this way you don’t need to worry about FiRE + iCE Boston Parking, crazy traffic, all that gruesome stuff). If this is also your way of choice, do the following:

  1. Take the Green Line to the Arlington T stop. 
  2. Exit towards Park Plaza and St. James. 
  3. Take a RIGHT onto St. James. 
  4. FiRE+iCE is just one block up on the RIGHT! (The corner of St. James and Berkeley)

But are you too far away to take the T, and unable to take advantage of Boston transportation? Maybe you’re a serious train germaphobe (I don’t blame you). No worries! Driving is a breeze too! If you’re coming from the North or South, do the following:

  1. From I-93, take exit 26 “Storrow Drive.” Keep left on the ramp for Storrow.
  2. Continue on Storrow Dr. to the Copley Square exit (second exit, on left side)
  3. Once off Storrow, take a LEFT at the lights and then an immediate RIGHT onto Arlington St.
  4. Follow Arlington, straight through 3 lights (the park will be on your left).
  5. At the 4th light, take a RIGHT onto St. James.
  6. We are on block up on the RIGHT! (The Corner of St. James and Berkeley). 

If you are coming from I-90/Mass Pike, you’ll want to do the following:

  1. Take the Copley Square/Prudential exit.
  2. While on the ramp, keep right for Copley Square, exiting onto Stuart Street.
  3. Keep straight on Stuart until Berkeley St.
  4. Take a LEFT on Berkeley and we are one block up on the RIGHT! (Corner of St. James and Berkeley)

If you will be coming from Storrow Eastbound (NOT from the highway), do the following:

  1. Take Storrow East towards Boston
  2. Take the exit immediately AFTER the Copley Sq. exit (This is the first exit in the underpass and has no name)
  3. Once off Storrow, take a LEFT at the lights and then an immediate RIGHT onto Arlington Street.
  4. Follow Arlington straight through 3 lights (the park will be on your left)
  5. At the 4th light take a RIGHT onto St. James.
  6. We are one block up on the RIGHT! (Corner of St. James and Berkeley)

NOTE: For those of you driving, there are some FiRE+iCE Boston Parking options. If you want the most bang for your buck, park at the Motor Mart Garage. This will cost you $22 for the day, and it is about a five minute walk from the restaurant. If you’d rather get to the food as fast as possible, then park at the St. James Garage. It’s on the pricier side if you come during the day, but after 5PM it’s only $15 to park there!

Yes, I realize that is a lot to take in. But I promise, when you do it once, it becomes so easy. I suggest bringing a buddy along for the trip, I have found that it calms the panic slightly for those of us lacking the direction savvy gene… Travel safe, and see you soon!

Hefty to Healthy Eating in Anaheim

Well folks, here we are.  The school year is wrapping up, and that means we’ve got entire days to be spent at the beach just around the corner. The other day I was thinking about how nice it would be to hit the beach again, without the stress of school to worry about… when I happened to glance at my reflection. No need to beat around the bush here people, I look paler than paper and scrawny as can be. I’m not terribly self-conscious but I sure wouldn’t mind looking fit this summer. For those of you who are in a similar boat and looking to adjust your weight and perhaps get a little healthier in the process, I have some tips that have worked for me.

The first step is eating consciously. I have found that I will sometimes eat junk food without thought in front of the TV, or even keep eating food on my plate long after I am full. Eating consciously means slowing yourself down if you are a fast eater like me. Take a bite, put down the fork and enjoy the food before you take another bite. This way you are giving your brain enough time to send signals to your stomach.

You will find that you are more mindful about the kinds of food you eat once you are eating consciously. I am not suggesting that you have to cut a single thing out of your diet (I know I didn’t). I am suggesting, however, that you adjust your portions so that you are eating less fatty foods and particularly less processed sugars. Cutting down on empty calories like soda and overall junk food and replacing them with naturally sweet snacks like fresh fruits will make your stomach and waistline happy!

Your current eating habits aren’t totally bad if you’re more careful when you’re eating healthy restaurant food. While some of us do love our carbs and some of us love our sweets, a bit of my advice would be to visit healthy restaurants in Anaheim. Consider some personal rules for yourself.  Perhaps you won’t eat in front of the television anymore, because you’ll constantly be eating at healthy restaurants. Try not to push yourself to clear the plate, like I used to.  Maybe exercise can fit into your new healthy lifestyle while you’re consistently going out to eat.  Most importantly, we all know that substituting food can be tough at first, but eventually this will turn into a positive habit.

It’s worth a try. It will be a challenge, but only positive results can come from eating healthy restaurant food.  Nobody wants to keep looking into the mirror and feeling unhappy.  Also, nobody wants to feel unhealthy, especially when summertime comes along. Here’s one last tip: Wake up every morning and eat a balanced breakfast to kick off your day. That way, you can make guilt-free, healthy restaurant food choices for your lunch or dinner. Be proud of yourself when you’re full without finishing the plate. Stay mindful of your actions, be sure to visit healthy restaurants in Anaheim and know your eating limits. Don’t ever go back to old habits, and you’ll be just fine.

Concerts in Boston: Make Memories!

Traveling to Boston can be an unforgettable experience. Everyone knows that Boston is the best city to go to when in need of a good night out, but why? Boston’s night life is filled with such great adventure and memories, especially with concerts in Boston!

Experiencing a live show in Boston is memorable. Luckily, being a fan of a wide variety of artists gives me an advantage to get tickets to as many concerts in Boston as I can. When iconic musicians set a date for live shows in Boston, you won’t go far without hearing all about it. Your friends will tell you. Your family will tell you. Your television will tell you, and your teachers will probably even give you a lecture about it too.

Now, this may be a bit biased to say, but I totally get the feeling that most famous artists love performing in Boston more than any other city. I mean, come on. We’re proud and fun-loving Bostonians who live in a such a unique city! I think it’s hilarious when the performers try to imitate our accents. They know that we’re always happy as long as we are not asked to say “park the car in the Harvard yard.” It’s a Boston thing, of course they wouldn’t understand. What they do understand is our passion and love for both our music and sports.

When’s the best season for concerts? You guessed it: summer! The greatest advantage about Summer Concerts in Boston  is getting to see two or three of my favorite artists within the same week. Most of the time they will take place at the Garden, but sometimes the the live shows well be right in the heart of the city… a.k.a. Fenway Park. To fill the void when the Red Sox are on the road, we favorably welcome as many concerts as we can from legendary performers (up for a visit to see Billy Joel, anyone?)!

Before singing your heart out all night, it might not be a bad idea to stop by the North End or somewhere special for dinnahhh! Not to mention, grabbing a drink or two with friends before getting the night started is never really a bad idea.

Trust me. With summer concerts in Boston, there will always be a crowd to share your evening with! It is said that New York City is the city that never sleeps, I couldn’t disagree more. The majority of Bostonians would do anything for their favorite band. Most Boston fans give up their sleep just to be able to stay up all night to support their number one team. We not only fan; we are dedicated, strong, and committed individuals who simply love a good time. Now, the only thing left for you to do is survive the fun ahead!!

Boston Marathon running to the front of our minds!

Just Giving Credit Where It’s Due

A Boston Marathon is unlike any other marathon in the world.  Much like most things in Boston, the Boston Marathon is unique, timeless, and full of history. With the 119th year approaching, this beloved marathon is the oldest city marathon in the world. Just one of many impressing facts related to it.

Paying Respect

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 2.07.44 PMOf course, we cannot talk about the Boston Marathon without first mentioning the bombings that occurred just three years ago.  A shocking and heartbreaking event, many of us may first think about the bombings when we hear “Boston Marathon.” It
not only effected those in New England, but the heartbreak spread to the rest of the world as well, as seen here at the London Marathon just days later. However, through the resilience of everyone involved, we can remember the day and move forward with time to continue to celebrate the tradition of the Boston Marathon.

It’s a Marathon Like No Other

So, you may be thinking what else is there that makes the Boston Marathon so…special?  While we think there are infinite reasons, here are just a few to start off with:

  • It’s part of the World Marathon Majors series, bringing in elite runners from around the world
  • The community comes together with thousands of volunteers and supporters
  • A difficult course with rolling hills making it nearly impossible to qualify
  • Only a selective group can actually qualify to run

 

Ever Heard of Heartbreak Hill?

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The Boston Marathon isn’t for those that are weak at heart. You may be at sea level; however, the Boston Marathon course is one of the most varied in elevation.  Refer to the diagram on the left to see just how much more difficult it is to run in this marathon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Could Be Your Cinderella Story

Picture this: you’re an athlete who’s been training to run marathons your whole life.  You may even have a favorite marathon runner.  You’ve just qualified to run the Boston Marathon, and now you get to run with, or for some of us far behind, the top runners in THE WORLD.  That’s like getting to play guitar with your favorite rock band, or tossing the ball around with a Major League Baseball player. In the world of sports, that never happens.  At the Boston Marathon, you are as much a part of it as the elites.

Become A Part Of It 

If you have never been to Boston, you’re missing out.  Now of course I may be slightly biased, but it really is one of the best cities around! The Boston Marathon is just one example of the love and the passion that surrounds the city.  Join us one day, whether it be as a runner, a medical volunteer, or even as just a fan.  Because here in Boston, everyone is welcome, and everyone is a part of something that is bigger than themselves. And really, how does it get better than that?

Eat for life, eat for you.

Adapting to change can be hard sometimes. It’s a known fact: fast food is bad, so why do people keep eating it? Is it the lack of motivation? Or is it because they don’t think it’s will taste good? Eat for life lets you explore a fresh clean lifestyle.

Taking steps day by day will result in the best progression. First, start with your eating habit. Make it a daily challenge to strive for better options. Farm fresh foods not only make you feel good about yourself but it makes a huge difference for the community. It’s a win- win situation when you’re supporting local farms and get to enjoy their rich produce.

Healthy eating philosophy: natural food can be the base for dishes that are delicious, easy to make, and satisfying. If experimenting with natural foods is not your area of expertise, then start simple. Later on you can get creative with your meals. Farm fresh foods give you a chance to make unique dishes that taste amazing yet guilt free.  Need some inspiration? Check out the neighborhood farmers market. They provide the best seasonal produce which is freshly harvested.  Cold weather is all about those greens. Tender bok choy, crispy lettuce and juicy limes, yes please. Then again warm weather is coming up sooner than you think, and summer means salads. Say you’re more of a classic cucumber and tomatoes kind of person. Think outside the bowl with more summer vegetables. Try some peppers, edamame or add a southwest kick to it with beans and corn. There’s nothing more refreshing than seasonal produce. The best element of farm fresh food is that it’s guaranteed to leave you feeling full and energized.

Watching what you’re eating is only part of the eat for life equation. The other part is staying fit. Make an effort to continuously seek new ways to improve and stay active. Remember to stick to the basics, keep hydrated (that’s a big one), follow an active routine, and make goals. Only then can you perform to your best ability. No matter what it’s like outside there’s always a way to exercise. By the way, yoga is a great relaxing way to experience exercise on a low key level. A favorite go-to when the weather is not ideal. If you’re still losing that motivation, make an effort to give some kind of reward at the end. It’s hard not to make the reward sweet and sugary but if ice cream is a must then try for a better alternative, frozen yogurt. Less fat but a whole lot of love and delight.

We change our eating habits for a valuable future. We eat for life.  As cliché as it may be, it can be a whole new chapter to your life. It will provide you with the extra energy you need to excel at other day to day actives you have going on.  It’s all up to you. Set a goal for yourself now to start exceptional living.  Make mindful choices today, for a better tomorrow.

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So Much Boston, So Little Time…and a Whole Lotta Bridesmaids!

So it’s almost wedding season, and let’s talk honestly here: we’re all dealing with some seriously beautiful bridezillas…bridezillas that want that perfect Bachelorette Party Boston flair. For those of you who have taken the honorable title of being the maid of honor, this, we’re sure, is no easy task. The word “task” almost doesn’t do the job justice—in all honesty, a sliiightly stressful opportunity may be a more fitting term. So many thoughts have to come into play: Does she want the what-happens-at-the-bachelorette-party-stays-at-the-bachelorette-party theme? What if she wants something more mellow, just to spend time with the girls? Does she even want to drink!? With an abundance of decisions to be made, this blog can (and will!) de-stress your party-planning selves!

Starting at FiRE+iCE is a no-brainer, perfect way to get a Bachelorette Party Boston started…but what else will Boston hold for the remainder of the night? For the rowdier bunch, Liquor Store will be ready for you—mechanical bull and all! If your crew is looking for something a little more grand: a fist-pumping worthy night at Royale could be your alternate destination (and is totally the perfect excuse to dress as extravagantly as you want). Still unsure? For the elite bride-to-be, Emerald would be a great lounge to splurge at.

As for those of you that may not want to dabble with drinks, check out the Blue Man Group! It’s an experience like nothing else, and certainly worth the money. Not to mention, it is definitely an activity that would please a wide range of age groups in the party, so maybe the younger sisters can join along with the fun as well! Still want some different excitement? Reserve a night at Gypsy Rose Dancing for an exhilarating time!! With no age restrictions and a location less than ¼ mile from our grill, its sure to help make your night uniquely AWESOME.

Bottom line: what better city to host a great bachelorette party than a Bachelorette Party Boston style?! Easy transportation, good eats at our grill, and plenty of places to venture to with the girls. What’s your next move?

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