A Marvelous Weekend: Seasons 52, Pure Barre, & MiniLuxe

First things first,THANK YOU to everyone who commented and shared on yesterday’s post, it means the world to Nick and I. Secondly, I have to say Happy Birthday to my dear sister. She is my best friend and I love her to pieces.

456_mandk2012The food and drinks featured in this post were received free of charge. I had no idea that would be happening until I finished my meal, and all opinions of my experience are my own. This post is not sponsored. 

As you have read, the past few months have been extremely difficult, lots of loss, and emotions and it’s just been hard. Through it all I have had amazing support in some of local friends and blends.

This past Friday, Caitlin invited me to Seasons 52 with her to try the new spring menu mini indulgences. I will always jump at the chance to go to Seasons, Cait went with me on first visit (to the Burlington location), Nick and I went once to celebrate a very belated Valentine’s Day, and this past weekend I tried the Chestnut Hill Square location.

Seasons 52 is all about seasonal food. Seasonal usually means the freshest, healthiest options. Caitlin introduced me to this amazing chain restaurant and I am so glad she did, it is now one of my favorites.

source: Cait

source: Cait

I was, of course, running late to our scheduled meet time because of that pesky route 9 traffic. Luckily Lydia, our amazing server for the night, was able to give Cait a few tastes of different types of wine before she decided on her drink while she waited for me.

As soon as I got to the restaurant I ordered my standard prosecco and we were greeted by a few different members of the staff and given suggestions on what they love on the menu.

IMG_8203We started with the special flatbread, Greek of course, it came with lamb, cucumber, tomato and feta. A member of the staff suggested to get some tzatziki on the side and I think the should automatically on the side, it was phenomenal and I am a pretty tough critic.

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For my main meal I had one of the menu staples at Seasons 52, at the urging of Cait and Lydia. It was the cedar-plank salmon with roasted vegetables, crushed potatoes, and a lemon dill sauce. I’ll admit that I am usually very wary of ordering salmon at restaurants because it can be dry and I hate that. But I knew I loved Seasons’ food and I knew Cait wouldn’t steer me wrong. It was of course phenomenal, the salmon was perfectly cooked and the dill sauce was amazing. What really sold me was that there were beets in the roasted veggies.

IMG_8207Peanut Butter Torte Mini-Indulgence

Since we were there to try the new Spring mini-indulgences, I had to have dessert. Honestly, I couldn’t decide between this one, the s’mores, and the key lime… so I went with my standard combo and it was wonderful. The flavors were bold and delicious, a perfect blend of salt and sweet. The dish was also very light and I didn’t feel too stuffed after our meal.

I can’t say enough good things, not just about the food but also about the staff at Seasons 52, if you haven’t been yet, make your reservations ASAP!

The rest of my weekend was just as wonderful. I started Saturday morning at Pure Barre with Jane, then got my first manicure & pedicure at MiniLuxe in Lynnfield. I can’t recommend MiniLuxe enough. It is on the pricier side, but I will always pay more for cleanliness. The staff was extremely nice, and the color selection was large, especially the gel selection. Also, the lemonade lotion is the perfect smell for spring and summer!

IMG_8209Call me crazy, but I prefer the places without the massage chairs

Then Nick, B, and I went to CT for some family time and a bridal shower. It has been awhile since I had such a wonderful weekend. Not that there weren’t wonderful moments, but with all the sadness I needed some uplifting things, and this weekend was perfection. Thank you, ladies <3

Have you ever been to Seasons 52? Thoughts?

 

WIAW: Seasons 52 and a Fall Recipe!

I have a very large backlog of things I want to share with you all. I am not sharing in any particular order, some are just easier to share than others.

Today, I am linking up with Jenn and sharing some recent eats!

Cait and I had planned for her to come up for a weekend in September, long ago, it just so happened to be the weekend after I found out I was miscarrying. For a few days I was on the fence about whether or not I should have her visit, if I am being completely honest it was hard for me to see anyone. Nick convinced me to still have her come, he thought it would do some good to get out for a few hours. That man is so smart.

You can read Cait’s amazing recap too! But I am going to share our experience at Seasons 52 and a recipe I developed for the fall.

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My hair, yikes. Photo courtesy of Cait.

 

 

I had Cait meet me at the restaurant which is in Burlington. I have been waiting for them to open this location, Cait has been a fan for a long time and visited the original in Orlando, as well as many other Florida locations. When I told her the restaurant would be open we knew we HAD to go.

Seasons 52 food is about the season, they change their menu 4 times a year to reflect what food is current, so you can have a fresh and clean meal. They also change their specials weekly. This is a place I can get behind.

I started with a glass of champagne, because I am super fancy, and Cait with wine. We decided to split an appetizer. I let Cait pick, and thankfully picked the flatbread I was eyeing.

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spicy chipotle shrimp flatbread (grilled pineapple, feta cheese, cilantro, roasted poblano peppers).

I was sort of worried that it would be too spicy for me as I can’t even handle fresh salsa. It was perfect! The pineapple and feta cut into the spiciness and made it wonderful. I would order this again in a heartbeat!

I decided to order 3 appetizers off the weekly specials menu for my meal.

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Beef and Bean Chili

This was the warmth I needed as the sun started to fade and our seats on the patio went from perfect to just a bit chilly ( we weren’t under the heat lamps) and the bread was nice and crusty, perfect for dipping.

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Warm mozzarella and Beefsteak tomatoes

This was my favorite dish of the night. I love beefsteak tomatoes and the fried mozzarella was warm and the flavors of the coating paired well with the tomato.

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Lastly, I ordered the brussels sprouts. Neither Cait nor I were big fans. I prefer mine with some char and these were a but too chewy for my liking.

After that meal we were too stuffed to try the deserts, but the tray that they show you kept going past our table, so I am determined to try a few of the mini desserts next visit.

The waiter was patient with our gazillion questions and the atmosphere and food was wonderful. If you are in the greater boston area, I would recommend you try out this new gem.

Now onto the recipe portion of WIAW!


I’ll be honest, I don’t have great pictures, and even if I used my good camera it wouldn’t look that appetizing anyway. This is a warm and filling soup, but it isn’t pretty.

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Cauliflower soup with Bacon

I started by chopping and steaming one large head of cauliflower
Steam for about 25 minutes
Add one chopped onion
Steam onion and cauliflower for 15 minutes
I put 10 oz of milk (I used 2%) in my vitamix then I added the cauliflower
I blended for about 1-2 minutes
Then I added the pre-cooked bacon

Super easy and filling! If you try this and alter the recipe let me know! I’d love to link your recipes or include your ideas in this post!

Nick said it tasted like the broth for a chowder. I call that a win.