Friday Faves {Volume 7}

by Kristine on February 27, 2015

I’m currently en route back to SFO and I’m pretty sure I’m just beginning to thaw out from the freezing cold temps in Boston. Seriously you guys. Yesterday a co-worker and I had to walk to grab some last-minute supplies for the TechCrunch Meetup in Boston and we probably walked… a mile. By the time we got to our destination I was so cold I physically couldn’t talk because I think my face was numb. By think, I mean I’m certain it was. And I had on 19 layers. And a beanie. Also – just me or is the static cling EXCESSIVE? My hair has been standing on edge since I arrived.

That said – I love Boston, I love the East Coast and the city was as great to me this trip as it always is. Several times a year, my job sends me to multiple cities in a week for Pitch-Offs and Meetups (think Shark Tank on a less scary scale and no Mr. Wonderful telling you you’re a nothing-burger) or to one city for a week-long stay for a multiple-day event. Event planning life. Gotta love it.

With all that travel and flying and lack of sleep, making sure I stay in my healthy routines is crucial to me not burning out, getting sick, or checking myself into treatment for “exhaustion”.

Which would be why this weekend includes no set plans, lots of sleeping and relaxing, some cooking… and some workouts. Hoping the sun is shining because I would love a nice drive down the the coast to the beach.

So let’s hit this Friday with Friday Faves – Boston Edition.

1) Pressed Boston - I want to live here. Blair recommended it to me and I can’t thank her enough. I had breakfast here Thursday and Friday (the Coconut Yogurt with Housemade Granola and fruit with a Manganese Green Juice and then the Charge Smoothie + Kale this morning en-route to the airport. I also grabbed the Mango and Chili Buckwheat Soba Bowl for an airplane lunch. For as great as the Virgin Terminal is in SF, it’s that’s bad in Boston. There’s absolutely nothing (literally), so come prepared. Pressed is decorated beautifully, they have made-to-order smoothies, bottled juice (in glass bottles), and fresh food. An absolute must-visit.

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2) The Bar Method Boston - The thing about missing a few days at Bar? It’s that much harder when you return home and back into your routines. Thus I made sure to take a couple of classes at Bar Method Boston. Everyone at the studio was beyond welcoming, the actual studio is gorgeous (and above a DryBar!) and the classes were excellent. I love getting a taste of home when I’m on the road. Bonus: Drybar downstairs.

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3) Thinking Cup Coffee – A fellow-Bar Methoder recommended this spot to me when I asked her how exactly to track down an Almond Milk Latte. It’s the cutest spot – dark wood floors, bar stools and tables, delicious coffee and lots of gluten-free baked goods. Also the latte art – ON POINT.

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4) Nordstrom Rack – Um it started snowing yesterday so I had no choice but to pop in. NO CHOICE. And Helmut Lang t-shirts were at a SERIOUS steal. So was a certain DVF dress I’ve been eyeing. Just saying.

5) Sweetgreen - I LIVE for this place and I’m a repeat eater whenever I’m in NYC or Boston. The seasonal salads and rice bowls are always on point. I had the Organic Wild Rice and Portobello Bowl (no beets, add tofu) and the Detox Salad (add tofu and sweet potato) and both were fantastic. The day Sweetgreen opens in SF, my salad life will be complete.

Screenshot 2015-02-27 10.40.196) Boston - This city holds a serious place in my heart. I was born here, my entire family is from here and I absolutely love (almost) everything about it. Weather in the winter aside. When we arrived the sun was shining, the sky was blue and I took myself for a long walk to stretch my legs and explore a bit. Back Bay will always be my favorite neighborhood but Beacon Hill you come in at a close second.

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7) Recipes! I’ve been craving warm breakfast foods all week (I blame the fact that I’ve been freezing all week) and both this recipe and this recipe are probably happening at some point this weekend.

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Lastly – you may find these of interest:

2015’s Dirty Dozen – Your guide to the produce with the most (and least!) pesticides

Is this new ingredient the new superfood? (Someone report back because I refuse to try it.)

With that – I’m back to my Friends Marathon via Virgin America. Have a great weekend friends!

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DetoxFIT @ Athleta SF – March 7

by Kristine on February 26, 2015

Popping in quickly from the frozen tundra that is Boston (I’ve been all SFO – ATL – BOS this week for work events) and I’m currently freezing my face off. I was born in Boston, my dad has a thick Boston accent (he and my mom grew up and lived here for 30 years – the more you know…) and I always love coming back to visit. IN THE SUMMERTIME. Not cut out for this. Not without the Canada Goose Down Jacket that every single person is wearing here. I feel so left out.

ANYWAY – if you’re local, wanted to get this on your radar ASAP because it’s not to be missed. My friends Aimee and Tricia are hosting a free Event at Athleta SF (2226 Fillmore Street) on Saturday March 7. You’ll get a great Pilates session with Tricia (literally the reason I became a Pilates instructor), some time to shop, some healthy treats… and be ready to take on the weekend, and also brunch. Because… food.

You also get the chance to shop which is always a good thing. I have my eye on these and okay fine, also these tights.

I also love the print on these capris.

DetoxFIT with The Ohio Transplant and SunshineFIT

Your host:

The Ohio Transplant is a San Francisco-based blog by Aimee Rancer. Aimee started her blog in 2012 after moving to San Francisco as a way to account her daily activities in the city she now calls home. Her blog features fashion, food, places in San Francisco, and a little everything in between.

Your Instructor:

Just named one of San Francisco’s “Most Spirited” instructors in 2014 by ClassPass, Tricia’s mission at Sunshine Fitness is to empower women to live a healthier, more energetic, and fun filled lifestyle. SunshineFIT Programs contain unique programming based on her 15 years in the fitness business. Her programs encourage and empower clients to strive for good health, well-being, body awareness, and fun!

For more information check out

Your Class:

Pilates is a great low-impact way to detox the body! Join Tricia from SunshineFIT as we sweat, breathe, and stretch your way to feeling fabulous! Tricia will combine Pilates, Yoga, and Barre exercises that help detox the body after a vigorous run or a week of indulgence! Class is suitable for all levels.

And delicious snacks will be waiting for you after class!

Shikha la Mode is a food, lifestyle, and travel blog centered around eating life to its fullest no matter what city you’re in.

The Menu:

Sesame Banana Cake

Oatmeal-Hazelnut Cookies

Mark it in your calendars – not to be missed!

And with that I’m off to venture through the multiple feet of snow in an attempt to locate an almond milk latte.

I’m also wearing a beanie. I look ridiculous.




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