Thursday, October 27, 2011


There's a new burger joint in Hingham. If you live in the area, you know what I'm talking about. Wahlburgers. Co-owned by the Wahlberg brothers, Donnie, Mark(aka Mahhky Mahhk), chef Paul and family friend Ed St. Croix.

Wahlburgers has been getting a lot of attention lately. They just opened this week with a star-studded event to benefit The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Hingham turned into Hollywood for a night. Sadly, I was not invited to the event, but judging from the photos in the media, a good time was had by all.

I went for lunch today with my friend Melanie and her friend Cindy. I was excited to try one of their burgers and I was hoping to go at a time when it wouldn't be too crowded. We walked right in and got a seat in the bar area. There are a couple of long tables there and it's communal seating. Some people might be turned off by that. I actually like it. It gives you a chance to interact with people. I enjoyed chatting with the couple that was at our table. I looked at the end of our table and I saw a girl that I went to high school with (Hi CJ!). It's such a small world.

Okay, down to the nitty gritty. I had the Original Burger. It was really good. The meat was fresh as were the toppings. It was cooked to perfection. The burgers are the perfect size for me. Sometimes when I order a burger in other restaurants I get the "meat sweats" halfway through. It's just too big to finish. Some men with a big appetite might find their burgers a little small though.

I wasn't super hungry, so I didn't order any fries or tots. Melanie had the sweet potato tots and Cindy had the regular tots. I sampled both and they were yummy!

I was pleasantly surprised by the prices. I expected it to be well over $10 for a burger, however, the burger that I ordered was $6.50.

The decor of Wahlburgers is very cool, hip and contemporary. They have several large screen televisions above the bar. A couple are tuned into sports channels and one plays clips from the movies that Donnie and Mark have starred in. On the ceiling in another section of the restaurant is written all of the names of the movies that they've been in.
They also have a beautiful outdoor seating area with a fireplace. I can't wait to go back and sit outside near the fire.

Wahlburgers has a full liquor license and they have some specialty drinks that sounded yummy (Mississippi Mud Pie Frappe). I only wish that I liked alcohol.

I will definitely be going back to Wahlburgers. I can't wait to try some other burgers on their menu.

Have you been? Let me know what you thought?

This was not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Conversations with Kids

Yesterday was one of those days where I wish I recorded my conversations with my 6 and 7 year old nephews. Here are some snippets of what was said:

Brennan (age 6): "Auntie Laura, was Grampy (my 74 year old father) on the Titanic?"

Me: "No."

Brennan: "Oh. Were you?"

Harry (age 7): "Auntie Laura, did you put butter on this roll?"

Me: "Yes, I did."

Harry: "Mom doesn't put butter on our rolls."

Me: "Well, I guess that means that she doesn't love you."

Harry: "Yes she does. Mom said that she would love us even if we went to juvie."

Me: "Guys, I have to leave a little early tonight. I have to go to an event in Boston."

Harry: "Why are you leaving early? You should have told them that you have to babysit us and that you'd be late."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Wedding of the Century

No, I'm not talking about Kate and Will or Kim and Kris. This was a different wedding. And I do mean different.

Take a stroll with me down memory lane.

You might want to grab a glass of wine and get comfy. This is a bit of a long story.

The year was 2002. I was working at a firm in Boston and I loved my job. I was making some new friends and loving life. One of my coworkers, we'll call her "Nadine", was getting married. Now, she was in the close knit circle of friends that I had, but she didn't totally fit in. She had a bit of a chip on her shoulder and she was always negative. We didn't love that about her.

Nadine and her fiancee were young, in their 20's. They were also from another country. They had both been here for many years and had completely adapted to the American lifestyle.

The invitation:

One day, I came into work to find a wedding invitation in my inbox. Yes, my inbox. I thought, "Hmmm, that's curious. Don't people usually mail those?"

When I opened the invitation I noticed that there was no stamp on the reply card. My friend Shannon had a great idea. She said, "Let's leave the reply envelopes in HER inbox." Brilliant. Just brilliant. That Shannon is always thinking.

The days leading up to the wedding Nadine kept asking me if I'd like to bring a date to the wedding, even a friend. I told her that it wasn't necessary, I'd go with our coworkers. She told me again, two days before the wedding that I was welcome to bring anyone that I want. I asked her if that would screw up her head count. She said, "No, my uncle is making all the food. It's fine."

The church:

The day of the wedding was a hot summer day. My friends and I got to the church a few minutes before the ceremony was set to start. We took our seats and waited. And waited. And waited. The bride was an HOUR late getting to her own wedding. Thanks to the church with no air conditioning, I sweat through my silk dress. I was looking (and feeling) great.

She looked stunning in her white dress. Her bridesmaids and maid of honor walked down the aisle. Then it was time for the bride and her dad to make their way down the aisle. He walked her to the end of the aisle, where her groom was waiting. Then, as is almost always the case, her dad kissed her. This was no ordinary kiss though. This kiss went on. And on. And on. Several uncomfortable seconds ticked by. My friends and I started shifting in our seats. We exchanged horrified looks with each other. The kiss was STILL going on. The horrified looks turned to nervous giggles. We were sure that we weren't seeing what we were seeing. In fact, we were.

The reception:

After telling my friends that the food was going to be homemade, we decided to stop at Wendy's on our way from the church to the reception. We were so glad we did.

When we got to the reception hall we looked for place cards that would tell us what table we were at. Someone in the wedding party saw us lingering at the entrance and said, "Just sit anywhere you'd like." Huh? Isn't this a wedding?

After getting settled in our seats, we noticed that the toasts were about to start. One of the bridesmaids started handing out white styrofoam cups for us to toast with. Another bridesmaid came behind her and put a splash of wine in our new coffee cups, oops, I mean wine glasses.

Apparently it is tradition in their culture to have every person in the wedding party, plus parents give a toast. That's a lot of people.

When everyone was done speaking, it was chow time. We lined up at the buffet table, grabbed our paper plate (I kid you not), and walked through the buffet line, where the bridesmaids served the food. There they were, in their long, formal(ish) dresses serving food to the guests.

After dinner it was time to dance. Unfortunately, we couldn't understand the music. It was really loud and it didn't have any words to it, just a lot of yelling.

After the reception, my friends and I looked at each other as if to say, "Uh, who's taking that centerpiece home?" I believe that I called "not it" first. Not that it was a bad centerpiece. Okay, it was. It was this statue type thing. It had these birds and mirrors on it and it was just awful.
In the end, Kim (clearly the nicest of the group) took it home.

You're probably wondering what happened with Nadine and her husband. Well, they got divorced a few years later. And we phased her out of our group. I hear she's remarried with a couple of kids.

It's all good though. We'll always have the memory of that day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

5 Things I Love About Fall

It's official: fall is here. Relax, I know it was officially here on September 23. I'm talking weather-wise.
Here are some things I like about it.

1. The cool, crisp air
2. The smell of fire burning in a fireplace
3. The vibrant colors of the trees
4. Wearing the color orange
5. Wearing long pants again
5a. Not shaving my legs

Happy fall everyone.

TMI Tuesday

It's TMI Tuesday. I'm warning you now, it's not for the faint of heart. Don't blame me if you can't handle it. You've been warned.

When I don't have pockets, I keep my cell phone in my cleavage.

TMI Tuesday. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay.