TRADE Boston


I love Fall. The promise of a revamped routine after a more laid back summer is just the best. But seriously, Fall is a completely new experience when you have a kiddo in school. The promise of Fall is still there, but out of nowhere there’s a freight train of forms, open house nights, sports practices, and more. By the end of September moving into October, I am DONE. And totally ready for a night out.

So it was great timing when an invitation came in for a Parents Night Out Tasting at TRADE in Boston. Trade is Jody Adams’ restaurant in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. Adams, of Rialto fame, is also the James Beard award winning chef/owner of Porto and Saloniki Greek.

The hosted dinner was attended by a group of parents who are bloggers and started with a drink, and it did not disappoint. Behold the “Fish Tank” (meant to be shared). The menu sums it up, “It’s blue. It’s delicious. That’s all you need to know.” I also sampled “Beets By Trade,” which was a combo of Bullboy vodka, beet and cucumber simple syrup, lime, and pineapple. If you love beets, you’ll love this. This drink was my friend Leah’s favorite. LINK In addition to the inventive cocktails with awesome names (”Last Train to Braintree”), TRADE offers a selection of beer both on draft and in bottles as well as a nice selection of wines by the glass.

Come for the fun cocktails, but stay for the amazing food. We sampled a variety of small bites that would be great to share with a table including the Falafel pancakes, which was one of my favorites, served with tzatziki, serrano, and scallion. Another favorite was the chicken meatballs with tomato, garlic cream, and pine nuts.

TRADE also serves a selection of delicious flatbreads that would be great to share for an appetizer or would also make a great meal. One of my favorites was the Lamb Sausage Flatbread with eggplant, the most delicious manchego ever, peppers, and garlic yogurt.

Lamb sausage flatbread with eggplant, manchego, peppers, and garlic yogurt. Mmmm. So delish.

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We tried a few of the entrees including the Seared Salmon with shredded kale, lemon tahini dressing, and pistachio and the Baked Rigatoni with spicy lamb ragu and provolone. I’m not a fish person, so this was very surprising, but my favorite entree was the Pan Roasted Halibut with arugula pesto and roasted corn succotash. The fish was cooked PERFECTLY and the arugula pesto was uber fresh and wonderful. I highly recommend it.

This was my first time at TRADE, but it won’t be my last. I’m already thinking up a reason to get my girlfriends together for a mom’s night out.

If you go:

540 Atlantic Avenue (Corner of Congress St.)
Valet Parking Available (on Congress Street) $16 at the time of publication


Looking for Boston’s Best Breakfast Sandwich? Head to Forge Baking Company.

I had a group working session at Forge Baking Company in Somerville (free wifi and most gorgeous community table) but FIRST I had one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Greater Boston. It’s called The Hearth and it’s eggs with maple butter, gruyere and bacon on a housemade english muffin. Served until 2pm.

Tip: Save some room for an ice cream on the way out at their cute as a button ice cream shop located off to the side near the main entrance.

If you go:

Forge Baking Company
626 Somerville Ave


Oak Long Bar and Kitchen at The Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston

I met a group of friends from business school at the ahhh-mazing Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. We got or favorite waiter along our favorite meal beginning (Charcuterie Board) and ending (sampler) and filled in with lots of a selections off their menu. None disappointed.

Afterwards, we took a walk through the lobby of the Copley Plaza Hotel where the restaurant is located. The hotel is so old world in a great, Boston way. If you’re visiting Boston or staycating, you really can’t beat the location of the Copley Plaza. They’re also pet friendly.

Here’s a quick peek down the corridor to the Copley Square entrance.

If you go:

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen located at The Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue


Mr. Sushi in Arlington

The Swede and I had a mid day appointment in Arlington without the child in tow. We both hadn’t had a chance for lunch and we only had about a thirty minutes to spare before our appointment.

We were so happy to see that our appointment ended up being on the same block as Mr. Sushi. We knew we could super fresh and delicious food super quick, so we popped inside.

It was also a lovely little trip down memory lane. We had frequented that location when our little guy, now 8, was a baby because it was a few miles from our house at that point. And even further back down memory lane, before the kiddo (aka a verrrry long time ago), one our favorite date nights involved dinner at Mr. Sushi in Coolidge Corner in Brookline followed by an evening perusing books at the Barnes & Noble down the street. Such good times!

We both got a luncheon special — maki special for me and bento box for him.

We also had a little gyoza to start. Just as awesome as we remembered!

If you go:
Mr. Sushi
693 Massachusetts Ave


Boston Red Sox Kids Nation Kids’ Press Conference at Fenway Park

As a #RedSoxMom, I had an opportunity to take my kiddo to the Boston Red Sox Kids Nation Kids’ Press Conference.

Here’s a photo of the kids asking all the questions to Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright press conference.