My Life in Boston

mostly about food, but also about sneakers and make-up too

Month: February 2018

Nike Air Max 90

My new favorite shoes – the Nike Air Max 90 – arrived the other day. They look so pretty! And even though I already have a bajillion pairs of black & white sneakers, I couldn’t resist adding another pair to the “collection.”

I love walking around the city in these things.

Imma basic bitch, what can I say?

Lebanese Food at Shawarma Falafel

My go-to spot for falafel, shawarma and/or roll-ups when in the Downtown Crossing area has to be Shawarma Falafel, which also happens to be a shop or two down from Sam LaGrassa’s sandwich shop.

The people are super nice and the food is delicious. I usually order a plate special, but since I’m under strict orders to chill it with the rice, I opted for a chicken shawarma roll-up combo instead.

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The combo came with French fries and a drink and was under $10. Had I known that they stuffed French fries into the roll-up, I would’ve skipped the fries.

It was super yummy especially with the addition of garlic butter and pickles.


Shawarma Falafel
26 Province Street
Boston, MA 02108
857-265-3017

World Famous Sandwiches at Sam LaGrassa’s

I have lived in Boston all my life and it wasn’t until the other day that I experienced the sandwich deliciousness of Sam LaGrassa’s.

The Mister and I happened to be in the area and decided to give Sam LaGrassa’s a shot. I’ve only every heard amazing things about the place as well as the fact that it gets jam-packed.

We got there a little before noon and already there was a line. We chose to split the Pastrami Corned Beef Combo which has Rumanian pastrami and “fresh from the pot” corned beef with swiss cheese, russian dressing and cole slaw served on light rye with a pickle for $13.95.

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It’s a great sandwich, tender and mild. I’d probably opt for the coleslaw on the side next time only because the coleslaw did overpower the flavor of the meats a bit.

I would definitely try to hit them up before the noon lunch crowd because the line can get long and you might not be able to find a seat.


Sam LaGrassa’s
44 Province St.
Boston, MA 02108
(right in Downtown Crossing)

I Heart E.L.F. Lipsticks

Ever since I came back from my Arizona trip, my lips have needed some serious moisturizing. I don’t even know if wearing matte liquid lipsticks in Arizona is even possible. The few times I put it on it felt as if the dry Arizona air just sucked everything out of my lips. I’ve never had lips that chapped before.

Anyhow, since then, I’ve been wearing more regular lipsticks. The ones that I’ve been wearing on the daily? E.L.F. Velvet Matte lipsticks. They ARE amazing and cost only $3 – I even got one of them for $1 when it went on clearance at Target the other day!

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My favorite colors? Blushing Brown and Ruby Red. I still haven’t tried out the Moisturizing lipstick in Ravishing Rose because I’ve just been wearing the other two day in and day out.

My only one complaint is that there is a sweet taste to them, which can be off-putting when you’re eating something savory. Other than that, these are the ones I have on my person at all times.

How I Manage Gestational Diabetes: The Diet (Part 1)

Up until I failed my blood glucose tests, I thought I had free reign to indulge in carbs. So, I started eating more bread, baked goods, chocolate – a lot of hot chocolate with marshmallows – and even started baking bread.

I cut all that out as soon as I found out I’d failed. It wasn’t too hard for me since I’d limited my carb intake prior to pregnancy. And, it worked. My blood glucose levels came out well below the recommended max number of 140 mg/dL – except for my fasting blood sugar level before breakfast. For some reason, I kept testing in the high 90s when it should be no more than 90 mg/dL.

Enter my date with the nutritionist.

I just wasn’t eating enough and/or the right combination of foods for my bedtime snack, which I needed to eat whether I was hungry or not. She also instructed me that I needed some carbs for each meal and showed me the best choices and, most importantly, the appropriate serving size and amount.

For example, I can still eat that banana, but I can only eat half at one time. And, if I do eat that banana then I need to pair it with some protein to slow down the impact of the sugar being released.

Since then, I’ve figured out my ideal bedtime snack – absolutely no carbs, but a mixture of raw nuts and protein. By keeping a log of my numbers and what foods I was eating at specific meals, it was easy to figure out what was working and what wasn’t.

Feel free to download my Gestational Diabetes Log Google Sheet I created to keep track of everything including carb counts to hit (although, yours may be different from mine so definitely check with your nutritionist).

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