A Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

Month: July 2017

J.P. Licks in Jamaica Plain Neighborhood of Boston, MA

I stray from J.P. Licks from time to time, but I always return. They have super fun flavors and the ice cream itself is rich, thick and creamy. After experiencing ice-y ice cream the other week, I now appreciate J.P Licks even more.

Homemade ice cream and coffee cafe with 13 locations in and around Boston

Here are July flavors of the month…

Nano Black Soft Serve
It’s vanilla and activated charcoal soft serve. I like that it’s black and super emo/anti-mermaid, but in terms of flavor, I didn’t really get that hit of vanilla. Or maybe the color was throwing me off? I wonder tho what it could’ve tasted like if they had given it a black sesame flavor instead. Still, it’s fun, but you better wipe your mouth when you’re done eating it.

Fruity Pebbles Cereal Milk
Ummm…please make this a forever flavor! I haven’t had Fruity Pebbles cereal since I was a kid so this definitely brought back happy memories. I absolutely loved it. So, question is; would I rather have this or Milkbar’s famed cereal milk soft serve ice cream? I’m gonna have to go with Fruity Pebbles Cereal Milk. (Note: you can also get it in frappe form).

Fiore’s Bakery in Jamaica Plain Neighborhood of Boston, MA

Today’s all-day breakfast special, heuvos rancheros plate.

This local, neighborhood bakery has become our Sunday go-to spot.

They’ve got delicious food for vegans and non-vegans – sandwiches, soups, bagels, smoothies, and pastries. Also, the coffee is on point. (Note, if you’re staying to work, which is what we do, coffee refills are just $1)

Traditional American/Italian Bakery and Bistro Specializing in Vegan and Vegetarian Offerings

I’ve only had a few things from the menu, but they were all tasty:

Jamaica Pond Sandwich

chicken or eggplant with red peppers, cartelized onions, provolone, pesto and tomato spread) with a side of roasted potatoes and salad greens

This is a tasty sandwich but a challenge to eat because it’s stuffed with so much goodness and the bread is pretty hearty. Everything ended up squirting out and so I had to use a fork and knife.

Italian Combo Sandwich

ham, salami, tomato, provolone, lettuce, olive oil

This was very tasty. The bread was perfect and it was pressed which made it even better because it tasted pretty much like a grilled cheese but with italian meats!

Blueberry Pie

Ummm…best. pie. ever! I loved the crust and the fruit was candy-tastic. I like my fruit pies sweet – not tart. And, I like my fruit pies to not be a runny mess. This was everything I hoped for and then some.

Tiramisu…s

The original was light, fluffy and airy. I’m a sucker for tiramisu…

but the almond version had a beautiful crunch from the almond toppings to the almond crust on the bottom.


Everything is amazing and I can’t wait to try all the other sandwiches and baked goods they have. Seating is a little limiting and it may take a minute or more for your sandwich to be ready, but it’s worth it. Plus, free wifi!

(Note: If you order a sandwich and eat in, you’ll get the side of potatoes and salad. If you do a take-out, then you’ll miss out on that)

Fiore’s Bakery
55 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-524-9200
Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm, Sunday 8am-6pm

 

Face Sunscreen Skincare by Glossier Review

I was super excited when Glossier released a sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen. And, they hit it out of the ballpark because for the past few months, I have been applying sunscreen every day religiously.

Usually, sunscreen is thick and greasy. It’s not fun to slather on – especially on the face. But, this clear gel formula that Glossier created applies so comfortably like a lotion. It’s not heavy or greasy at all. Another bonus: it has a hint of a citrus scent.

Priced at $34 for 1 fl oz, it is on the expensive end, but it’s worth every penny. So now it’s been added to my favorite every day products – Glossier Invisible Shield for my face and regular, greasy sunblock for the rest of my body (especially for my tattoos).

If you’re a new Glossier customer, you can use this link to save 20% on your first order.

Introducing sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen—a clear watergel formula filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbs into skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast. It helps prevent sun damage and skin cancer, but also works to neutralize harmful free radicals inside your skin, and keeps pollutant junk from getting in there in the first place—that’s the “+”.

Chili Square in Quincy, MA

We decided to switch it up from our usual fave, go-to weekend lunch spot Falafel King and try out Chili Square across the street the other week after our AM workout.

Ummm…Chili Square is really, really good – I’m still thinking about one of the noodle bowls weeks later.

spicy beef noodle soup

I ordered the spicy beef noodle soup. It had a really nice heat and punchy flavor, but it wasn’t heavy. The beef slices were super tender and flavorful. My only complaint is there weren’t enough beef slices. The beef to noodle ratio was ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong. The noodles were delicious, but I didn’t order just noodles and soup. If it hadn’t been for that this would be tops on my noodle soup list.

spicy cumin-spiced lamb noodles

I thought my noodle soup was amazing until I tried out the Mister’s cumin-spiced lamb with the flat noodles. It was out of this world. The lamb to noodle ratio was on point. This dish was rich – there was just enough fat to help the heat and cumin spice stick to the noodles.

I actually wanted to switch bowls with the Mister.

The space is pretty small, but worth the wait…or take-out. One bowl can easily feed two people. Next time, we just might split the cumin-spiced lamb noodle soup.

We are definitely returning.


Chili Square
666 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02170
617-472-8888
open daily from 11AM-9:30PM

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