Girls’ Niiiiiiiight! (woo woo)

PicFrame (2)Last night I hung up my comfy pants and oven mitts and got ready to give my cheers-ing arm a workout. In the words of my girl R, “The only thing better than boozing tonight was removing my nylons when I got home from work.” Amen, sister. πŸ˜‰ (The second best thing was my military-precision execution of breakfast/lunch/gym bag packing last night after gettin’ toasty, so I was organized and ready to rumble when my alarm went off at 5 am, and rolled out of bed like a boss even though it was rainy and cold outside and I was exceptionally warm under the covers: L – 1, Bed – 0: winning!).

Last night, we went to River Bar at Assembly Row in Somerville (a brand spankin’ new dining/retail hot spot along the Mystic River with a newly build T stop, a gigantic movie theater, apartments, etc etc. Three years ago, there were empty lots of gravel and weeds in its place, a really sad looking Kmart and the busiest Home Depot ever – I cannot get over how much is there now!). I had never been before but River Bar’s menu included “elevated street food” (questionable) and an extensive drinks menu. The big draw is their 2,600 square foot outdoor patio with fire pits, couches and heat lamps. Sad for us, it decided to randomly snow (!!) which then turned into pouring rain last night so we were relegated to the much smaller inside dining space.

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I’m a chemist not a photographer, and my iPhone camera is limited, but this image captures the pretty stellar patio area of River Bar that is heated (!), has fire pits (marshmallows anyone?) and couches/lounge-y seating areas! Due to the deluge we were experiencing, we didn’t get to partake in any of its merriment.

Obviously to get things started, we ordered some drinks off their cocktail menu to refresh our palates. Round one: cocktails for all! πŸ˜€

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River Bar’s cocktail menu

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Cocktails, round one (from top left): Rose Tyler (R), Prosecco w/Chamboard (A) & Jungle Cat (L)

The first round of cocktails were pretty delicious, but not perfection. I really liked the spiciness of the rum with the tartness of the lime in my “Jungle Cat” – a combo I will definitely be experimenting with in L’s Test Kitchen. πŸ˜‰ R said that her cocktail tasted like a cough drop at first but was good once you got past that (hence why we all ordered something else for round two, except A who was on the right track all along). As per usual, we were all starving so we ordered some food. There were slim pickings for vegetarian options, but I ordered the Grilled and Sauteed Vegetables (baby eggplant, greens, roasted shallot jelly and fried wontons).

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L’s meal: Grilled and Sauteed Vegetables (baby eggplant, greens, roasted shallot jelly and fried wontons)

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R & A ordered small plates to share: fried sweet potato (with pomegranate molasses and scallions), corned beef and cabbage dumplings (rye dipping sauce) and chicken and brie terrine (picked apples).

Frankly, the best thing we ate were the fried sweet potatoes – that pomegranate molasses was AMAZING, and I will definitely be making my own version in the near future (it was the perfect balance between tart, sweet and bold). Round two of cocktails we all decided to go with B&B’s namesake cocktail: Bubbles!! The gals ordered Prima Perla Prosecco, Veneto, and I ordered a glass of Louis de Grenelle Cremant de Loire β€˜Platine’, France. The bubbles were AMAZING and made me immediately regret ordering a cocktail off the drink menu. Bubbles all the way!! *ding*

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Bubbles: The. Best. Ever. *clink!*

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The fairly impressive bar of River Bar. I was such a tourist/creeper taking phots while people were enjoying their frosty bevs – I just wanted to share with you guys! πŸ˜€

All in all, a fabulous time with the girls. Next door to River Bar is amazing ice cream place (that has PHENOMENAL dairy-free ice cream choices!), J.P. Licks – they are a Boston-area staple. A little dessert was calling our name so we headed over there after our cocktails to assess the dessert situation (/we were all still at starvation station).

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The menu at JP Licks – look at all those vegan options!! Hoorayyyy!! πŸ˜€

I was really stoked on the dairy free scene at JP Licks, and I literally had a sample of every single one of the DF ice cream flavors (I’m pretty sure the guy behind the counter may have wanted to shank me). I ended up choosing half coconut almond and half maple walnut and was exceptionally pumped about life. They were AMAZING – no regrets there. Not gonna lie, I would have been totes happy with champagne and ice cream only for girls night – those were the highlights of my evening! πŸ˜€

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Vegan Ice Cream – YES PLEASE.

All in all, we had a pretty fantastic time out gabbing it up and getting some much needed girl time in. It’s really the company that matters more than anything, and spending time with my girls made up for the sad, miniature dinners we all ate and the “meh” cocktails. We were by far the loudest group in there – sometimes you just need laughter for your ab workout of the day πŸ˜‰

I hope all of your had exceptionally special and fantastic evenings last night, too! Happy Humpday! We made it halfway! Woo woo!!

xo,

L ❀

18 thoughts on “Girls’ Niiiiiiiight! (woo woo)

    • Yayy! Fellow bubble lover! I was feeling good yesterday, I survived. Let’s see how I do this weekend, however – I’m participating in a Santa Bar Crawl with thousands of other people in Boston!! So excited!! πŸ˜€ I definitely appreciated those lentils last night when I finally got home after a long day πŸ™‚

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  1. Hey I happen to come across your blog and saw this post, I am the guy in your picture. If I was the one that you thought was going to shank you, I do great apologize, I can assure you it wasn’t because you wanted to taste all the vegan flavors I remember the 2nd of dec it was a bad night at JP lol so I figured it wouldn’t be the weirdest thing to say sorry and I hope that you consider coming back again, we have a delicious chocolate coconut mand with coconut milk

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    • Ahahaha! I remember you! There is NO need for an apology. I promise I only meant that statement in a funny way, and more of a reflection on how obnoxious I was being wanting to try all the flavors! I’m sorry that was a bad night for you, I definitely did NOT mean to add to it! In all honesty, you guys were extremely patient and accommodating with my demands. You guys were so great, and I will DEFINITELY be back, and I will bring all my peeps too! Can’t wait to try the new flavors. Take care! πŸ™‚

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