Springtime in Back Bay!

Oh my goodness it has been lovely outside all week in Boston, with today as the icing on the cake. 82 degrees outside, bright blue skies and a light breeze, could it get any better? Walking along Back Bay’s Commonwealth Ave the magnolia trees are almost in full bloom lining the street with Crocuses, daffodils, and hydrangeas filling the air with smells of spring. <3

The Downfalls of Ridiculously Delicious Pastries!


Alright folks… after eating approximately 10 pastries from Flour Bakery yesterday I am giving up carbs for a week. Last night I had crazy nightmares and woke up in a sweat and with a belly proportional to a Buddha figurine. I put on a cute “flowy” dress this morning only to realize I would be getting “oh how far along are you?!” comments all day. I ended up changing into the baggiest shirt I own, and somehow managed to get a pair of skinny jeans on (that now look like jeggings because they are so tight). Now I know for those of you who know me, you’re thinking “ya OK, suuuuurrre Sara”, but it’s gonna happen. I know I REALLY like carbs, and this means I won’t be doing any baking this week but this needs to be done. I will document how I’m feeling each day sans bread… I’m figuring it will go something like “OMFG I HATE LIFE” to “I HATE YOU ALL” to “woops I just ate an entire french baguette….” Wish me luck! I’ll need it…

Oh and if you haven’t been to Flour Bakery, it’s amazingly delicious and many people will argue it’s got the best pastries in Boston. Go check them out at one of there 3 locations, or if you’re like me… find a friend who brings in 3 BOXES FULL TO THE BRIM of assorted pastries and places them right next to your desk at work!

Check out their menu here: http://www.flourbakery.com/menus.php
and if you still aren’t convinced you should go and try one of their tasty treats (though just one at a time, since I’ve heard moderation is key…) here are a few more incentives to make a visit…

THIS IS FLOUR BAKERY from Rick Macomber on Vimeo.

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The Original Tremont Tea Room


Bored of going to see another crappy movie on the weekends? Looking to get outside your comfort zone a little bit? Want to prove you’re right that psychics are a bunch of phonies or surprise yourself at how you’re a converted believer? Well this spring, grab some friends and head over to the Original Tremont Tearoom and see just what your future holds!

So back in March I got a Living Social email containing a coupon for a 30 minute psychic reading at the Original Tremont Tearoom. I admit I’ve always been a believer in the supernatural/astrology/everything in between so it wasn’t a difficult sell for me. I purchased my 50% off livingsocial.com, convinced my friend to come along with me and off we went this past rainy Saturday to see what our futures held.

Located right near the Park Street T Stop we made our way up to the 6th floor of 101 Tremont Street, a gorgeous downtown office building, and followed the only voices we heard to the end of a long hallway to a very small, crowded darkened room smelling of incense. A friendly woman greeted us (I’m assuming the owner?) and asked us to wait in the hallway for a minute. After about 5 minutes (in which I made a concerted effort to not talk about too much with my friend in case they were secretly listening in) I was led into the darkened room and introduced to my psychic, Chinoa, a Cherokee Indian Medicine Woman who reads old style using playing cards instead of tarot cards.

Out of three decks of worn out playing cards I was asked to chose one, shuffle and put my thoughts into the cards as I shuffled. Chinoa, was lighthearted and friendly, asking me questions and then calling me “sassy” when I refused to answer or say anything in response except smiling (but I wanted to be as aloof as possible. I mean come on, I had to make sure she wasn’t just playing off what I told her!). Dividing the shuffled deck into 3 piles I selected the first pile to have her read…

Now, I won’t tell you what she told me in the reading, but let’s just say in the first 5 cards she laid out, she told me all the major events that have happened to me in the past few months! Though I didn’t tell her that she was right or wrong, I’m pretty sure my gaped open mouth was a sign that I was totally stunned by her accuracy! Some would argue that psychics are just good at reading people, and that they can say a lot of general things that would apply to everyone but this woman was SPECIFIC AND DETAILED. She talked about my past, my present, and my future. Giving me a paper and pen to write down anything I found particularly poignant, I was a maniac writing throughout the whole appointment. At one point she even yelled at me, telling me I was too focused on writing that she couldn’t read my energy and I had to put the pen down.

At the end she told me to write up all the things she said about my future and hide it away for a year and check back on it to see if anything she said had come to fruition. Then she asked if I had any questions and it was then that I told her that she was dead on and made me a true believer! On a sadder note, while I was completely in awe of Chinoa, my poor friend had a less exciting experience with the psychic she met with. So of course not everyone who claims to be clairvoyant really is… however, Chinoa… you no doubt have a talent!

Either way, my friend and I both agreed that it was well worth the money and a fun “out of the ordinary” way to spend a Saturday! I would 100% recommend everyone going, even if you think your psychic is totally off, the experience itself is enjoyable and it’s great to go with friends and compare stories afterwards. If you do go, I would request Chinoa, because she said things so matter of factly, and there were no generalizations, just specific people, events, and places.

30 minute reading = $55 (Mine was $25 with the Living Social Coupon)
Special deals:
Monday’s are $10 off, and Thursdays offer a 20 minute reading for $20.
The Original Tremont Tearoom
101 Tremont Street
Suite 609, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 11am – 8pm
Saturday – 11am – 7pm
Sunday – 12pm – 6pm

We are The Original Tremont Tearoom, the world’s oldest and most reputable psychic institution, serving Boston and the universe since 1936. Since our humble beginnings during the Great Depression, the Tremont Tearoom has offered spiritual guidance to people from all walks of life by doing what we do best: psychic readings. Our staff is well-versed in many divination techniques. Your choices include tarot cards, tealeaves, palmistry, mediumship etc. The Tremont Tearoom has become a tradition for generations; many clients tell us stories of how they had come for readings long ago with their mothers and grandmothers, making the Tremont Tearoom an institution in Downtown Crossing.

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Local Boston: What to do this weekend?


The weather in Boston this weekend doesn’t look too promising for Saturday but if you are looking for something fun to do anyways here are a few events/places to check out:

Celebrity Style with Maria Menounos (cambridgesidegalleria.com)
Do you watch Access Hollywood? Probably not… but I bet your parents/grandparents do! Anyways, Maria Menounos from Access Hollywood is putting on a fashion show at the Cambridgeside Galleria mall. Saturday, April 16th from 3-6pm. She will be giving fashion advice and signing her new book “The Everygirl’s Guide to Life“. The book signing is free but if you want to get attend the “VIP Hollywood Glam Bash” $25 gets you free cocktails, appetizers, and swagbag full of goodies but you need to RSVP in advance. 
Cambridgeside Galleria,  100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA 02141

25 Things to do Under $25 in Boston this Spring (boston.com)
Along with the obvious (catch a red sox game and visiting the public gardens) this list uncovers a few hidden gems in Boston. Want to relive your youth? Check out SkyZone (a giant room full of trampolines!) only $12 per half hour. Have you been longing to show off your singing ability or lack there of? Head over to Limelight Stage and Studio for drinks and making an ass of yourself singing your heart out! $10 admission.
SkyZone, 91 Sprague Street, Boston, MA 02136
Limelight Stage and Studio, 204 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116

Boston Science Museum offering Segway Tours (bostonherald.com)
The museum’s segway tour officially opens today! After a year in the works, this one-hour guided tour starts across the street from the museum at the North Point Park, where guides point out the plants and wildlife including geese, coots and red-tailed hawks then goes around to MIT. Now I know people on segways often look ridiculous and when they are in a group riding around in matching helmets on bright red segways it’s easy to point and laugh but put your pride behind and give it a try. Segway tours are popping up all over the place and is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon exploring the city. $60 for members, $65 for nonmembers
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114