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Friday, April 24, 2009

The Birthday/Marathon Celebration!

Running 26.2 miles and turning the big 27 has been a lifetime experience. Not only did I get to celebrate finishing the Boston Marathon I also got to celebrate my BIRTHDAY and I couldn’t pick a better city to do it in. 

After the big marathon day we headed out downtown to celebrate! We took a bus to the North End, and then waked about a mile. I know a lot of you said that it was funny that I enjoyed Boston's transportation system, but I just love that it’s there and accessible to use!

5  We ate in the “Little Italy” of Boston at a restaurant called Cantina Italiana. 6 


The restaurant was very classy yet casual with a fun atmosphere.We ordered a bottle of Cab to kick of the fun evening.

I had about 2 glasses.


We had some yummy sourdough bread to start the feast going!


For the main course I ordered Bombolotti alla Buongustaia; Homemade Bombolotti pasta, tossed with spicy Italian sausage, fresh basil and marinara sauce, topped with parmigiano and fresh goat cheese, baked to perfection!!! There is nothing like home-made pasta noodles. I felt like an empty machine, I could have eaten two of these!


The Gang(minus Christina and Dan who so graciously hosted us:)).


I was also was serenaded by a man with an accordion, he played the cutest medley of Sinatra’s Hits!


After dinner we went to the “infamous” Mike’s Pastries right next door! I couldn't make up my mind on what I wanted because everything looked so delicious, so we all split three slices of cake and a cappuccino. Three of my favorites, Carrot Cake, German Chocolate Cake, and Oreo Cookie Cheese Cake(these are the only cakes I actually like).  All of these cakes were DEVINE!!!


The stirrer was an old fashion rock candy stick! YUM!  I love capp’s I never have them, I need to bust out the espresso machine when I get back home.


It was late and the crowd were still pouring in, this place is a hit in Boston. My friend Christina told me that people who visit Boston take boxes home full of stuff to share with their families.



After dessert we hit up some of the oldest Pubs in Boston. I may or may not have had an Irish Bomb, but it was a pretty young night because around 11pm this lady was sooooo tired!!! We caught a cab home and called it a night, and a perfect night it was.

Thank you family, friends, and bloggies for making my 27th birthday go down in the books:)

So far on our east coast trip, we have been to Philly, NJ, and D.C.. Lots of eating and walking. Here are a few pics of our fun adventures more of the fun to come soon…

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Were headed to NYC today, I can’t wait to show Hubby the BIG CITY!


Anonymous said...

What an amazing trip!! CONGRATS TO YOU!!! I have had that wine so many times it's a BIG favorite of mine! YUHM :) Secret: you can buy it at Trader Joe's and it's super reasonable there

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

YaY! Glad you are having an amazing time! Hooray!

Leah @ Simply Fabulous said...

I'm so glad you are having such a good time! What a great trip! Enjoy NYC! Can't wait for a recap.

Anonymous said...

Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful birthday. All the food looks delicious!

Have a blast in NYC!

Run Sarah said...

Looks like you had a fun birthday! Have an amazing time in NYC!

Melissa @ For The Love of Health said...

It looks like you had an amazing time in Boston! I have always wanted to visit that city. I hope to run the marathon one day like you! You're an inspiration!

And...those cakes look AMAZING! Carrot cake? I think I may have to make one now...

Pearl said...

i'm so glad you're having a WONDERFUL time! i love your smile, bobbi - it's always so friendly and contagious!

itsawrapteacher said...

What a wonderful way to spend your birthday!

Mica said...

Fun times for your birthday! Whenever I'd visit Harrison during college, we'd trek over to the North End and end at Mike's. Mmmmmm!

As if the marathon itself, weren't incentive enough, Mike's is a good motivation to BQ. :-)

Ashley & Bo said...

Why aren't we having a NYC meet up missy!? I wish you were going to be here longer! Congrats!

RunToFinish said...

what a great vacation and all those big memories!!

Moran said...

Wow Bobbi its all so amazing! That Oreo cake....OMG!! We don't even have Oreos here!

healthy ashley said...

How amazing!!!!

MyRunningJourney said...

What an amazing trip!

Those cakes look amazing!!

Anonymous said...

one of my oldest friend's family owns Cantina Italiana...sooo delicious. Next time you're in Boston head to Fiori's...that's their second family resturant, a little more upscale and unbelivably good! Anddd the owner of Mike's pastry is from my hometown tooooo! fakjfaflkja I love the North End I'm so happy you enjoyed it and Boston all together! congrats on the race and happy birthday

Michelle C.

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Sounds like fun! Glad you had a good time!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip!

Briana said...

Looks like you had some more fun. Those cakes look sooo good too. I'm jealous. :)

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Meg said...

What a fabulous time you had! Thanks for sharing all the pics!

Niki said...

Your trip looks fabulous so far! And those cakes look so yummy!! Can't wait to hear more:)

Tina said...

Looks like you had a great time in Boston! I'm glad that you got to try Sonsie and see Harvard Square! :)

Lance said...

Congrats, happy birthday, have safe travels, and hope you just thoroughly enjoyed your time on the East coast! This is all so awesome!!!