Monthly Archives: June 2013

Friday Fralo’s Family Night

Who doesn’t love a little bit of alliteration?

Last Friday, Wrigley was treated like a king. It was National Take Your Dog to Work day, so after spending the morning with me at Bromley, we came home for the afternoon (hooray summer Fridays!) to finish some last emails and get some laundry done after our trip to Nantucket. Since we hadn’t seen the pup in almost a week, Chip and I thought it would be fun to take him out to dinner with us. One of our favorite spots to take Wrigs is Fralo’s. We love this place as it is, but there’s something extra special during the times we take Wrigley with us. Sure he begs for our pizza crusts like it’s his job, but we love it.

Here are a few pictures from our family night at Fralo’s last Friday. Still getting a feel for our new camera, so Wrigley got to be the model for the evening. He’s a looker, right?

Knowing Friday is just a few hours away, TGIF everyone.

Patiently waiting for some pizza

Patiently waiting for some pizza

Can't have pizza at Fralo's without some wine

Can’t have pizza at Fralo’s without some wine

Cheers, y'all

Cheers, y’all

Friday night music

Friday night music

Love this pup

Love this pup

Some of the best pizza in town

Some of the best pizza in town

Hope everyone has had a good week!

Nantucket: The land of flowers

This is it, the final post on our trip to Nantucket (if you missed the others, they’re here, here, and here). One thing that I wasn’t expecting prior to our trip to this little island was the amount of vegetation we would see. In hindsight, I really shouldn’t have been surprised; Nantucket is so cute that even their weeds and overgrown fields are adorable. If only that worked here in San Antonio…

I loved walking around Nantucket and looking at all of the flowers, especially the hydrangeas which are one of my favorites. Sadly those don’t survive here in SA (trust me, I’ve tried twice and failed twice), so I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the hydrangeas everywhere. All these flowers also gave me the opportunity to test out our new Canon Rebel camera! Note: I still have a lot to learn.

Thanks, Nantucket, for a great trip!

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

If only these grew in SA, too

If only these grew in SA, too

Hydrangeas everywhere

Hydrangeas everywhere

Can this be my garden?

Can this be my garden?

This one would be fine, too.

This one would be fine, too.

The roses were in full bloom, too

The roses were in full bloom, too

More roses

More roses

Last few days in Nantucket

After our great, easy-going weekend in Nantucket, our last few days flew by a bit quicker. Between Chip being out during the day as well as a couple of the evenings for his conference and my work schedule working from the hotel, I’m really glad we flew in early and had Saturday and Sunday to fully explore the island.

We went and had breakfast at a new place Monday morning. As much as we loved Black Eyed Susans on Sunday, we thought we should try a different spot. We had seen Fog Island Cafe while walking around throughout the weekend and thought their window display looked pretty good so we made this our spot Monday morning. The breakfast was great, but our hearts were still at Black Eyed Susans, so we decided to try to go there again before we left.

I spent the rest of the day working while Chip got checked in for the conference and did some reading to get ready for the next couple of days. I have to say, The Century House was a pretty good spot to work from. Check out the view I had while answering emails on the patio!

My temporary office

My temporary office

Plus, they make fresh chocolate chip cookies every afternoon. If you know me, you know a good cookie is pretty much all I need to be happy.

More cookies, please

More cookies, please

Tuesday, I went to Black Eyed Susans by myself while Chip had an early start to the conference. I felt a little bad for going without Chip, but then I had a great vegetarian scramble that made me forget all about that guilt. Sorry, Chip, but that food was really good! After breakfast, I made a quick stop at Petticoat Row Bakery before heading back to The Century House to work for the day. After all the reviews I had read online about this bakery, I was ready to be impressed… and all I can say is that the double chocolate chip cookie I got there was one of the best cookies I’ve ever had (and trust me, I’ve had a lot of cookies in my life).

Talk about a cute bakery

Talk about a cute bakery

When will cookies be as healthy as fruits and veggies?

When will cookies be as healthy as fruits and veggies?

Tuesday evening, we went to the conference’s clam bake over at Jetties Beach. Unfortunately it started to rain during the afternoon, so the clam bake got moved to under a tent. It was a great atmosphere despite the weather and we had a really good time getting to know some of the other analysts also at the conference and their wives. We had to leave the clam bake a little early for some dinner reservations we had at Corazón del Mar, so we only had time for some clam chowder before it was time to head out. We thought about canceling our reservations, but I’m so glad we didn’t because it turned out to be our best dinner in Nantucket.

Conference clam bake

Conference clam bake

Corazón del Mar is another restaurant we had found on TripAdvisor and the reviews did not disappoint. The vibe at the restaurant is extremely fun, with a ceviche bar on the first floor and a tequila bar on the second. We had a table on the second floor and had our best dinner in Nantucket, thanks to our great server Kendra. She walked us through the menu and pointed out all her favorite dishes. We started dinner off with an appetizer of cured pork shoulder with goat cheese and some drinks (pisco sour for me! Viva Chile!). Our appetizer was delicious, so we knew the rest of the meal was going to be a treat. I ordered a paella dish, Chip got carnitas, and we split a side of grilled Mexican street corn which was ah-mazing. Seriously. Pretty sure that corn was my favorite part of the meal. Since dinner had been so good, we decided to finish the meal off with some churros and chocolate for dessert. #winning.

We’re pretty convinced that everything from the Corazón del Mar tastes great. What we loved most about this place the most was how extremely flavorful all of their food was. While we had great dinners the other nights, these dishes were pretty complex and each had really bold taste (but in a good way!). Thanks again to Kendra for all of her great recommendations and for treating us to some free sampler drinks!

Corazón del Mar

Corazón del Mar

Pisco sour at Corazón del Mar

Pisco sour at Corazón del Mar

Drinks from our server, Kendra

Drinks from our server, Kendra

After dinner at Corazón del Mar

After dinner at Corazón del Mar

Wednesday was our last full day in Nantucket. Chip was pretty jealous about my solo trip to Black Eyed Susans the day before, so we went there together early Wednesday morning and had our Portuguese scrambler one last time. I went back to the hotel to work and Chip went to the conference for the rest of the day. He had a dinner to go to later in the evening, so we quickly met for drinks and appetizers at Dune. While the food there was flavorful and light, I would have liked a bigger menu to select from. But maybe I had just become a food snob throughout our time in Nantucket.

Thursday morning we were off to an early start with a full travel day ahead of us: a 7:45 ferry to Hyannis, a 9:30 bus to Boston and then a couple of flights before getting back home to San Antonio late in the evening, just in time to catch the end of the Spurs game. Again, I won’t go into detail on the game results… maybe next year?

We had such a great time in Nantucket! If anyone is looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation with the opportunity to spend lots of time outside, you really can’t beat this spot.

Our weekend in Nantucket

Picking up where we last left off, we took the ferry to Nantucket Saturday afternoon after enjoying some great clam chowder for lunch. We spent most of the one hour ride looking at all of the dogs on board and then spent the last ten minutes out on the back observation deck to take in the view. Here are some of the pictures we took as we got into Nantucket.

Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse

Our view from the ferry

Our view from the ferry

Welcome to Nantucket

Welcome to Nantucket

Once we got on the island, we grabbed our suitcases and walked over to The Century House where we would be staying for the next several days. While walking away from the docks, we were blown away by the perfect weather (it was approaching 70 degrees) and how adorable everything was. Okay, Chip probably wouldn’t use the word adorable, but really, everything was ridiculously charming.

Our super cute bed & breakfast

Our super cute bed & breakfast

Once we got our stuff unpacked and situated in our room, we hit the first item on our Nantucket to-do list: The Whaling Museum. This might sound a little boring, but we promise it was really interesting. The museum had plenty of information to read along the walls, little models of the different ships and whaling boats, and even the skeleton of a sperm whale.

Model of a whaleship

Model of a whaleship

Model of a whaling boat

Model of a whaling boat

Thar she blows!

Thar she blows!

Artwork on whale teeth

Artwork on whale teeth

I love me some Nantucket reds

I love me some Nantucket reds

The view of Nantucket from the top of The Whaling Museum

The view of Nantucket from the top of The Whaling Museum

The museum closed at 5:00, so we had just enough time to look everything over and decide that it was absolute madness to try to hunt a sperm whale from those little boats.

We had 6:00 dinner reservations, so we spent the next hour wandering around the streets of downtown Nantucket and checking out all the cute little boutiques (Mom, we would have done some serious shopping damage).

Oh, Nantucket, you sure are cute

Oh, Nantucket, you sure are cute

We had dinner at The Club Car, which I had read about online on TripAdvisor. Turns out some pretty famous people like this place, too. Our waiter informed us that we were sitting at a table that Uma Thurman typically sits at when she’s in town. I know, we’re so VIP, right? I spent the rest of dinner eye-ing everyone who came in the restaurant to see if we would be sitting alongside someone famous. No such thing happened, but we definitely enjoyed our dinner of salmon and swordfish.

Dinner at The Club Car

Dinner at The Club Car

The side car for the piano bar

The side car for the piano bar

We left dinner with the plan to come back at 8:00 for the piano bar there at The Club Car. Once we walked outside we realized that while the afternoon had been perfect, the evenings were going to be pretty chilly. And both of us had left our jackets back at The Century House. Oops. So after purchasing a couple of Nantucket sweater souvenirs, we got to walking around downtown again. We eventually made our way to one of the most popular spots on the island: The Juice Bar. I had read about this place on TripAdvisor as well as some blogs I had found online. All of those places were exactly right: you can’t beat The Juice Bar (or Juice Bah as Chip says in his Boston accent). There was pretty much always a line outside the door for this place and for good reason. Still doubtful? Here’s my confession: I went there four times while we were in Nantucket. And we were there for five days. Ice cream addict?

Nantucket in the evening

Nantucket in the evening

Great times at The Juice Bar

Great times at The Juice Bar

Inside The Juice Bar

Inside The Juice Bar

Instant fans of The Juice Bar

Instant fans of The Juice Bar

After our life-changing experience at The Juice Bar, we went back to The Club Car for their piano bar. It was pretty quiet at first, but once 9ish hit, the place was packed. It didn’t take long for people to start requesting (read: shouting) for Sweet Caroline. the piano man eventually gave in, but not after teasing us all saying he would need more money to get to that song. Lucky for him there were many people from Massachusetts that would very easily part with a few dollars for that classic song.

Waiting for Sweet Caroline

Waiting for Sweet Caroline

Sunday was our favorite day in Nantucket. We started the day off with breakfast at Black Eyed Susans. This was another TripAdvisor find, but what really convinced me to go was how many times it came up in Nantucket blog posts (this one in particular made it a must-go-to-place for us). We lucked out and only had a 20 minute wait, but we definitely would have waited longer for this place. While we had some great dinners in Nantucket, this breakfast was near the top of our lists of favorite meals during our trip. Their different scrambles are great (the Portuguese is hands down the best), my love for hashbrowns was reignited, and whoa, talk about some fresh blueberries in those blueberry pancakes. It was wonderful.

Breakfast time

Breakfast time

Waiting for our table

Waiting for our table

Yum

Yum

After breakfast we walked around downtown some more and eventually made it to a bookstore. We were planning on going to the beach in the afternoon and Chip hadn’t brought a book with him. Couldn’t have that! Chip eventually picked a book and after moseying around for an hour or so, we went to go rent some bicycles. The plan was to then go pick up some sandwiches to take with us to the beach, but we both got a bit too excited and went straight for the beach. It wasn’t until we were about a mile or so into our ride that we realized 1: we didn’t buy food and 2: we had half a water bottle left of water. Oops. But hey, it’s Nantucket. We’ll survive.

Browsing for a book

Browsing for a book

We took a bike path for about three miles to Dionis Beach. There weren’t many people there and we had a nice relaxing afternoon picking up seashells, reading, and enjoying the view. We tried putting our feet in the ocean and quickly ran back out. That water was so stinkin cold. About 20 minutes later, we saw some kids running around in the water (I’m sure they caught a cold) and even a grown man dive into the water. Mind you he wasn’t in a wetsuit. Brrrr. We also overheard another man say that the water felt warmer over here. Excuse me, what? Compared to a glacier?

The bike path to Dionis Beach

The bike path to Dionis Beach

Hers and his

Hers and his

No shoes allowed

No shoes allowed

Path to the beach

Path to the beach

Our spot for the afternoon

Our spot for the afternoon

Pre-sunburn

Pre-sunburn

Reading Moby Dick on the beach

Reading Moby Dick on the beach

It started to get a little chilly and some of the other families were packing their things up when we decided to head back. We rode our bikes into town and dropped them back off before going to get a late lunch. I had found Something Natural on TripAdvisor (seeing a pattern?) and after asking the guy at the bike rental place about it, he let us know Something Natural was a must go-to place. Well, twist our arm, why don’t you… it actually turned out to be one of Chip’s favorite meals and was the first time he tried chutney. He’s now obsessed. The sandwiches are simple, but great. And the setting can’t be beat. We sat outside at a cute little picnic table while we slowly ate our food. Turns out it was sunnier than we realized and we both got some sunburns by the end of the afternoon. But I have to say, that was the most pleasant sunburn I’ve ever had. I much prefer getting burnt in 70 degree weather in Nantucket compared to 95 degree heat in SA.

Something Natural

Something Natural

Our view from lunch. Can I live here?

Our view from lunch. Can I live here?

My hot lunch date

My hot lunch date

Something Natural

Something Natural

We walked back to The Century House after lunch and were both napping pretty soon after. Talk about an exhausting day, right? Thankfully I had set my alarm to wake us up for our dinner reservations. We went over to The SeaGrille, which apart from getting great reviews on TripAdvisor, it also had what Martha Stewart called the best clam chowder. So, of course, we both ordered some clam chowder.

Chowda chowda chowda

Chowda chowda chowda

This was also Chip’s first time to ever eat lobster. He was a little thrown off when they served it to him with its head.

Staring contest

Staring contest

Ready to dominate the lobster

Ready to dominate the lobster

Great dinner at The SeaGrille

Great dinner at The SeaGrille

The SeaGrille

The SeaGrille

We thought about getting dessert there at the Seagrille, but then we remembered our beloved Juice Bah. So we made our second trip there in two days. #winning We tried a different flavor each time we went there, so I’d like to consider it a productive eating experience.

Second flavor at The Juice Bar

Second flavor at The Juice Bar

Can we join The Juice Bar fan club?

Can we join The Juice Bar fan club?

We finished Sunday off by going to a pub a few blocks away to watch the Spurs game. Won’t go into too much detail there, Chip is still mourning how that series ended.

Stay tuned for more on our last few days in Nantucket!!

Getting to Nantucket

It’s time for a geography lesson. Nantucket is an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is 14 miles in length and 3.5 miles wide. While its early history was centered around the whaling industry, it’s now known for charming cobblestone streets, great seafood, preppy clothing, and quiet beaches. And we were somehow lucky enough to experience all of this for ourselves this past week.

The only reason why we got to take this trip to Nantucket was because of a finance conference Chip would be attending. When Chip’s supervisor told him about this conference months ago, she also suggested I go along with him so we could experience that cute little island together. I was really flattered at first that she had suggested this, but then my planning/over-thinker side started to kick in. Would I be able to get that time off work? How about just working from the hotel during the day while Chip was at the conference? Would we be able to afford flying me out with Chip? How the heck do you get to Nantucket? Was this a good excuse to buy some new clothes?

Luckily my supervisor also loves to travel and was really supportive of me tagging along with Chip and working from our hotel during the day. Finding flights was a bit trickier. There are a couple of options when getting to Nantucket:

1. Fly directly onto the island. This kind of freaked me out. The island is 14 miles long. Three and a half miles wide. Where is there even room for an airport? How big would that runway be? Well, it also turned out to be more expensive to fly into Nantucket, and while Chip’s flights would be paid for, I was trying to find the cheapest flights possible so we wouldn’t be spending an arm and a leg on my flights.

2. Fly into Boston, and then take a bus to Hyannis followed by a ferry to get to Nantucket. This was the option we went with!

We were able to find some well-priced flights through Southwest, so we flew out to Boston last Friday night. Since we wouldn’t get in until after midnight on Friday, we decided to save the two hour bus ride to the port city of Hyannis until Saturday morning. Well, that and there are no ferry rides in the middle of the night to get to Nantucket. So this was a pretty easy decision to make.

Waiting for the shuttle to our hotel at around 1AM Friday night… way past my bedtime

Saturday morning we took a cab back to the airport and caught our bus to Hyannis. The ride from Boston to Hyannis is about two hours long, which Chip spent most of the time working on his Boston accent. His favorite quote that morning was “Where you going” which was the greeting our bus driver gave everyone buying their tickets. It was never asked as a question, but a short quick statement. “Where you going.” We couldn’t stop laughing at the Boston brusque-ness, especially when compared to the classic southern hospitality (I imagine a bus driver in the south would have asked where you’re from, where you’re going, how was your flight, etc.).

When in Boston: drink Dunkin' Donuts coffee

When in Boston: drink Dunkin’ Donuts coffee

Our view as we rode through Boston

Our view as we rode through Boston

Once we got to Hyannis, we walked about 15 minutes to the port where we bought our ferry tickets. There are two options for the ferry: either the one hour “high speed” or the regular two hour ferry. We chose the one hour option with The Steamship Authority so we could get into Nantucket by 3:00 that afternoon. We bought our tickets and since we had about an hour until it was time to sail, we went and had some lunch at a nearby restaurant. What do you eat before sailing to Nantucket? Clam chowder, of course.

Lunch time.

Lunch time

Clam chowda

Clam chowda

Ready to go to Nantucket!

Ready to go to Nantucket!

More to come on our time in Nantucket!

Notes for our time in Nantucket

Notes for our time in Nantucket

Hooray for planning

Hooray for planning