Boston Local Food Festival: Makomas

Today I am featuring another awesome vendor who will be at the 2015 Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, September 20th!

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Makomas are 100% natural teas that are inspired by creator Magbè Savané West African family traditions. Magbè used to sell these teas to the people of her home country of Côte d’Ivoire with her mother out of small plastic bags.

The name Makomas comes from the first two letters of her name Magbè, her husbands name, Kolo, their sons name, Malick, and their family name, Savané.

Makomas teas are 100% natural made using sustainably grown premium organic West African fruits, flowers and roots. The recipes have been passed down through the generations of Magbè’s family and are crafted in small batches to ensure they are the highest quality.

Flavors include ginger, Hibiscus and Baobab.

Don’t know what Baobab is? Neither did I! Baobab is a a fruit of the Baobab tree found in Africa, The Baobab tree is also known as the “tree of life”.

 

Sample Pack Teas

 

Make sure to check out Makomas at the Boston Local Food Festival on September 20th!

 

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Old Silver Beach Shore Dinners

 

Every Tuesday night during the months of  July and August you can head over to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth and enjoy a Shore Dinner while digging your feet right into the sand and watching the sun set over the ocean. On a warm summer night nothing sounds better than that!
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It was raining earlier in the day I was going to the Shore Dinner (even hailing home in Boston) but by the time I arrived the rain had cleared up! Unfortunately there were still really strong winds and the dinner had to be moved inside. I was disappointed not to sit right on the sand but with many large windows we still had a great view of the ocean and the sunset.

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Although the Sea Crest Beach Hotel has been a popular vacation destination for over 50 years, this is only the second annual Old Silver Shore Dinner Series. Every Shore Dinner includes a 1 ½ pound Maine lobster, ½ pound of local steamer clams, ½ pound of East Coast mussels, Chorizo sausage, and native sweet corn on the cob with poached baby potatoes served with drawn butter, lemon and hot sauce. Tickets to the dinner cost $52 per person.  For children ages 12 and under or for those who do not eat shellfish there is a $36 per person menu without lobster, clams and mussels that includes Angus burgers, jumbo beef hot dogs, BBQ-roasted free-range chicken, salads, cornbread, Cape clam chowder, sliced summer watermelon, iced tea, lemonade, and cookies.

There is a full bar available at an additional cost and ticket prices include tax and gratuity.

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How amazing is this?! Each portion is just full of fresh, local seafood!

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I brought my Mom with me since she loves seafood just as much as I do. This is right before we were about to dig in :)

We were seated at a table with some great people that we chatted with throughout the entire meal. There was even a trio of musicians playing live music for the crowd.

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Look at the size of this steamer!!!!

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And this lobster claw! This dinner is definitely worth the $52 ticket price.

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We had so much fun at dinner and I look forward to making this a tradition that we go to every summer!

The remaining Shore Dinners will take place on August 11, 18 and 25. Reservations are required and include a full-day parking pass so feel free to head over early and enjoy a nice beach day or dip in the pool.

Make your reservations here:                                                                                                          Online: Shore Dinner Tickets                                                                                                                     Phone: (508) 356-2111                                                      Email: shoredinner [at] seacrestbeachotel [dot] com

For more information, visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com

 

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556

 

Boston Public Market

Last week I was invited to a special blogger tour of the Boston Public Market just one day before it opened it’s doors to the public! I have been waiting for the opening of this market for quite a few months and excitedly made my way into downtown Boston for my tour!

Located at 100 Hanover Street above Haymarket Station, the Boston Public Market is a 28,000 square foot permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh, locally sourced food from 37 unique vendors.

This is the only locally sourced market of it’s kind in the entire United States and it is considered a civic resource  with a mission to “provide fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels, nourish our community, and educate the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation”.

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The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market is a 3,200 square food space that is going to offer year-round programming and feature hands-on cooking demos, lectures, family activities, exercise classes, training and community events.

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Check out some photos from some of the awesome vendors who have set up shop within the market:

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Wolf Meadow Farm – Amesbury, MA

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Stillman’s Farm

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Lilac Hedge Farm

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Mother Juice

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Union Square Donuts

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Silverbrook Farm

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Silverbrook Farm

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Sweet Lydia’s

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Boston Honey Company

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Boston Honey Company bee hive

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Nella Pasta – made fresh onsite!

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Nella Pasta – made fresh onsite!

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Nella Pasta

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Freshly made semolina orecchitte with Tuscan vodka sauce sample from Nella Pasta

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Hopsters Alley

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Q’s Nuts

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American Stonecraft

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Red Apple Farm

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Red Apple Farm

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Taza Chocolate

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Taza Chocolate

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Stow Greenhouses

Having Crescent Ridge is a personal favorite of mine. I grew up in Sharon, MA and visited Cresent Ridge often. My sister and her friends worked there for years and were considered part of the “Cridge Crew” and my family had their milk delivered to our door weekly in their famous glass bottles. I am so glad I can get a taste of home in downtown Boston!

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Crescent Ridge

Another fun feature of the Boston Public Market is the Cookbook Exchange:

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The exchange is a place for customers to share their favorite cookbooks and recipes the the community in a one-for-one exchange. Donate a cookbook while picking up a new one to try at home!

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IMG_7869I hope you get a chance to get downtown and check out the Boston Public Market for yourself and support the many amazing local farms and vendors that have set up inside. To see a full list of vendors click here.

Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

Open Wednesday – Sunday
8:00am – 8:00pm

 

 

21 Day Fix: Healthier Hollandaise Sauce

 

 

If you have been following along with me for the past 11 months you know how much the 21 Day Fix and Autumn Calabrese have changed my life.

I have never EVER been able to stick to a workout program from start to finish before and on top of that have seen the pounds and inches just melt away (goodbye 20lbs!!). All from 30 minute a day workouts and simple, clean, portion controlled eating. I am still not at my goal but it is progress, not perfection that I am striving for!

I am never starving because I learned I actually need to eat MORE each day to see results and to fuel my body to perform at it’s best. I have gotten so much inspiration to create new, clean eating recipes and I even still get to eat my favorite food – pasta! I even follow this nutrition plan when I complete other workout programs such as Insanity Max:30, PiYo and CIZE.

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There is no better feeling than having complete strangers reach out to me on social media sharing pictures of my recipes that they have made and love.

 

 

 

And now Autumn has stepped it up another notch with the release of her cookbook FIXATE. Featuring 101 personal recipes that can be used alongside the 21 Day Fix portion control nutrition plan. Even if you are not doing the 21 Day Fix you can enjoy and cook from this cookbook because Autumn writes out each and every recipe, serving size and portion control container equivalents.

These aren’t boring boiled chicken and steamed veggie recipes! Think banana pancakes, stuffed crepes, chicken and waffles, macaroni and cheese, fajitas. There is even whole sections devoted to sauces, dressings and even desserts!

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As you all know I am a huge fan of making poached eggs and when I go out to breakfast and want to splurge eggs benedict is usually high on the list of choices to order. I was so pumped to see that Autumn had a hollandaise recipe and that it used greek yogurt to make it.

I haven’t made hollandaise since college in my cooking class but earlier this week I whipped up a batch and was extremely happy with the results. I can’t believe it can taste just like the real deal you get in a restaurant and it fits within my eating plan!!

Try adding a dash of your favorite hot sauce on top too – game changer!

Brunch at my house just got taken up a notch!

Healthier Hollandaise Sauce

Leave a comment on this post or email me at ejgoodma [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to get your hands on your own copy of FIXATE so you can wow your friends when they come over for brunch!

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Boston Local Food Festival: STEEM Peanut Butter

When I found out that STEEM Peanut Butter was going to be at the Boston Local Food Festival this year I was intrigued. I had never heard of caffeinated peanut butter before but the more research I have done the more I know I need to trying STEEM out!

STEEM Peanut Butter

Made with the athlete in mind, but also perfect for everyone who loves their morning cup of coffee, STEEM is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy due to the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter. I add natural peanut butter a few times a week to my Shakeology and since STEEM is made with natural peanut butter (no artificial sweeteners!) it is definitely something I want try out!

The serving size of 2 tablespoons has as much caffeine as two cups of coffee! Based off reviews I have read all happily reported that they do not get that jittery feeling many feel when drinking caffeine. Check out reviews from PeanutButterPlank and Fit Lexy’s Kitchen if you don’t believe me!

STEEM Peanut Butter ingredients

I know I will be checking out STEEM at the Boston Local Food Festival on September 20th!

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Who else out there is a peanut butter lover? What is your favorite way to eat peanut butter Comment below!