Elevated Living: Joos Day 6 (11.23.13)

Day 6: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Today was uneventful. I’ve never been so thankful for that. I’ve entered into a wonderfully developed routine, of ease and simplicity, grounded and sustained in my very own “Om” and relaxation. I will live in this place forever!

Woke up to blog, drink my warm lemon water and get ready for the day. I started off with “Vitality” chia for breakfast. My stomach had been upset the last day or two, so I upped my intake of water to maintain my hydration, and continue it’s, ‘self-clean,’ if you will. I think I’m fighting whatever is going around, and Joos is The General in this war. Thankfully, we’re winning. Or, it could be my body getting rid of more than just the day to day, but hardcore muck I’ve accumulated over the days, months, and years prior to this cleanse.

I’ve never felt this light?! Fresh, and clean, on the¬†inside! Yes, I have lost a few pounds, and it’s exciting. It wasn’t a goal, but an unexpected side effect. Not just for vanity’s sake, but on a health tip that my body is letting go of what it doesn’t need. A lesson that I am sure my body is telling me to carry on into other ways of my life ūüôā

Furthermore, I’ve developed long term habits and knowledge to maintain this style.¬†Do I plan to be vegan for life? Probably not. But who knows. I know foods and such that I craved just days ago, I have no desire for. Things I thought I needed, are now questions of, ‘where does this come from?’ and ‘how will this actually benefit me?’

My snacking has stopped. Yes, you read that right! A grazer for life, I give my body a break between meals now. Aware and alert, and in becoming so, I’m more conscious of things that I say and do. Less reactive, and more intentional. I’ve shifted priorities, and perspectives, taking time and giving time to myself in quiet ways.

Lunch was another delicious meal of spinach, pinto beans, mushrooms, carrots, avocado and all kinds of goodness. Smaller now, which isn’t too surprising. I was always the one that would have an appetizer for a meal, or only finish half of my entree and take the rest home. They sure are healthier meals now though!

I brought my “Antioxidant” Joos for dinner to the Faneuil Hall tree lighting. Part of me wishes I had taken a cup of my new “Le Digestif” tea from at David’s Tea to keep me warm, as it was colder than I anticipated. However, having dinner on the go, while taking in the twinkling lights was quite festive and wonderful. I loved being outdoors, drinking in the excitement of the holidays around me, while drinking in the goodness of Joos on the inside.

Leaving before the actual tree lighting, as it was just too cold and crowded for my taste, I went back home feeling festive, and alive, and thankful; and it was more than any holiday gift could aspire to be.

Joos Day 6: Tree Lighting

 

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Joos Day 5 (Friday 11.22.13)

Day 5: Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Today was the perfect day with my Joos cleanse. I woke up feeling rested, even though I had interrupted sleep as I was on-call. I didn’t feel hungry, and my morning “pre-breakfast warm-lemon-water” was the perfect temperature. Then I read the email for Joos Day 5 focusing on the “What” and “How” of the cleanse.

“2. The HOW to eat: That requires waiting approximately 4 hours in between meals so that, simply put, your metabolism works more efficiently. We do not emphasize this on the shorter Reboot programs, but if you feel like you’re getting the hang of this, you may want to give it a try. Typically, though, the HOW is more challenging than the WHAT.”
Whoops! I have been grazing all throughout the past 4 days, so thought I’d give it a try today, Friday, Day 5, to curb my snacking. I started off with “Antioxidant” with chia for breakfast. I drank it in a reasonable time around 9:30am-10am. I think my focus and determination was on my side today, as I didn’t even feel hungry until around 11:45am. At this point I had more than 1/3 of my daily water requirement and was sipping on “Joos Elixir Pinapple.”
With no snacking at all, I made myself a vegetable and protein rich lunch, around 1:30pm/2pm. I tried my new black bean soup by Dr. McDougall’s. Unreal!!! Another ‘where-has-this-been-all-my-life’ moment?! Oh- I know, probably hidden somewhere under the vegan and/or gluten free stereotype.
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Thank God for the freedom to go beyond ideas and images of what being vegan is and means; to just simply enjoy good healthy food. I’m not trying to downplay any doctrine here. I’m just stating that I know there’s much, that even a daring and open person like myself, has avoided in context of labeling. Alas, here I was, slightly unaware this world of goodness, richness and bounty! I say slightly, because I’ve explored areas of vegetarianism, but never Vegan until this cleanse in June and now.

Keeping up with my water intake, I had a side of spinach, onions and mushrooms sauteed in seasoned oil, and kiwi for dessert. Without even feigning snacks this afternoon, by my “Citrus” Joos dinner I had consumed more than my suggested daily amount of H2O. Being the weekend, and in relaxation mode, I consumed even more in my spa like evening, having the apartment to myself.

Candles lit, “Cafe Del Mar” playing on my Pandora “Yoga Station” I am just¬†so¬†there.¬†That wonderful place we all strive to reach that seems outside of ourselves and our grasp. The positive vibrations we are all too distracted to hear.¬†So please, do yourselves a favor over this weekend. Make the time, to take the time, to find¬†this place. Invest in yourself.¬†Be aware of not only what you put inside of your body, but what –and whom– you surround yourself with. Ask yourself; in what ways can you enhance, and ‘Elevate,’ your environment? It could be as simple as buying a scented candle, drinking more water, or taking 10 mins out of your day for quiet, private, YOU time. That, my friends, is¬†Elevated Living.

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Joos Day 4 (11.21.13)

Day 4: Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Today was the best day to date. I had my routine down packed, my mind was creative and fresh full of ideas, and I kept all forms of hydration handy. I also had the *brilliant* idea to WARM my water for drinking! I used to do it all the time (while working in hospitality), and I often recommend that it’s easier to stay hydrated in the winter by warming up your water. I feel like we’re often reaching for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cider, etc., to keep us warm, all of which will dehydrate us due to sugar, caffeine, etc. Heeding my own advice, I’ve been drinking like a camel all day long ūüôā

I started the day by drinking “Glow” with chia; my new favorite to date. Not too long after breakfast, even while drinking “Joos Elixir” and plenty of water, I keep having the desire to snack. This is nothing new. I’m a snacker, a grazer, and I know this about myself. Now, I’m just more conscious of what I’m snacking on. We can have unlimited fruit and vegetables, about a fistful size of grain at lunch, and there are plenty of recommendations, and resources for substitutions.

Utilizing this info, my boyfriend and I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods last night. I know, I know, ‘Whole Paycheck’ as everyone refers to it. But, I’ve actually found a plethora of things to be *cheaper* at Whole Foods than other supermarkets. That’s not even factoring in the considerably superior quality! Furthermore, my thinking is you can either pay the farmer, or pay the doctor; it’s really up to you.

Of course, I went with the mindset of ‘only getting a few things,’ but fortunately my boyfriend “Squirrel’s” just as much as I do and we had fun just browsing. ¬†[Squirrel: Did you ever see the movie “Up” and the dog always gets distracted mid-sentence and just focuses on “SQUIRREL” no matter WHAT is going on? That’s what we call it in our house.] Needless to say, that in my, um, ‘Squirrel-ing,’ I stayed on the vegan and gluten free course. I decided to pick up some Pina Colada Coconut Yogurt (for post cleanse), picked up an onion and jalapeno for my vegan, gluten free black bean soup, and grabbed some salsa fresca while browsing some new palette options.

Mind you, that salsa fresca had me standing at my kitchen sink, I-can’t-put-it-down, good. I don’t know why it was so amazing??? Maybe my body was just happier to eat¬†fresh salsa¬†and get a break from¬†Tostito’s salsa¬†and¬†queso dip?
Yeah. My body was freak-ing thrilled.

Who knew there were all these healthy options out there?
Besides that which we are led to, in our everyday by day; blinded by comforts and habit.

Part of the journey during this cleanse was to learn about alternatives and inclusions beyond my current habits. Which are pretty healthy for the most part. I tend to follow my cravings whether it’s spinach, or bacon, and do a good job of listening to my body’s needs. I know there are consequences for not investing in one’s health as I have both seen and experienced them first hand!

In fact, I find it quite fascinating that I am surrounded by people who are sick right now. With everything from headaches, to the flu, to strep throat! I have made sure to take my multivitamin, and even thrown back some airborne, but only out of precaution not need. I feel fine, no, excuse me, I feel great, and I think it’s no coincidence that I am on this cleanse.

I capped off the night with “Power” which was a challenge to get down, but once again I’m feeling thankful. That collards, chard, kale combo gets me every time, but Lord I know I need it! I feel grateful, clear, calm, revitalized, energized, relaxed, awake, alert and alive. And now that I have taken care of everyone else today, it’s time to take care of myself, with plenty left to spare.

Oh, and for lunch- I put that salsa on EVERY-THANG! And all was right with the world! Bon Appetit!

 

Joos Day 4: Lunch

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Joos Day 3 (11.20.13)

Day 3: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Today was going to be my turn around day, I knew it. It had to be; I’d found my rhythm! Plus, Joos says that usually by day three any headaches or sluggish feelings dissipate. I was definitely on a roll starting off bright and early today too.¬†(Note: It usually takes your body about three days to adjust to changes with any cleanse or habit.)

I drank my warm lemon water and waited my allotted 30 minutes before having my “Citrus” chia for breakfast. Amazing, I loved it more than the “lemonade.” It was a great Joos progression (::pats self on the back::) and I loved the addition of grapefruit for breakfast. All the families I’m currently working with are coming down with ‘something’ so I’m glad to recharge on all these fresh fruits, vegetables, and extra C too!

I think that’s part of the transition with the cleanse this time around. I knew it would be different, having done 3 days in the mid-June, versus doing 7 days mid-November. It was easier to quench my thirst in the summer, while now, I yearn for heartier and warmer, items. Today though, I had my focus, and realized a huge misstep that probably contributed to being sluggish: PROTEIN!!!

In the summer I could get away with a salad no problem, but where was my protein intake the last two days?! With all that was going on, I decided a bit of exercise would help too. Most people think that when you’re tired you need rest, but sometimes you just need to jumpstart your body! I did some jumping jacks, crunches, and push-ups to get my heart rate up and my blood moving before lunch.

I made myself a wonderful serving of pinto beans, with the addition of avocado to my usual lunch and by now had already consumed about 3/4’s my daily water requirement.

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BOOM BABY! It was like a light went on.
The feeling of sluggish-ness was gone within the hour.
I felt centered and whole again.

That being said, even while I was feeling sluggish, I felt sustained, calm, and relaxed. There’s no caffeine crash or sugar low, it’s more like a plateau. The daily email also said,¬†“Today is usually a transition day. ¬†If you been feeling tired, sluggish or have a bit of a headache today is usually the last day.¬†People start to feel great and more energetic by Day 4!” That, makes me feel very good, thankful, and happy. Three days to see changes right? Three days of goodness so far!

As my awesome day continued as I had the chance to speak with Ms. Lauri Meizler, the CJO aka Chief Joos Officer. (Read more about the amazing and phenomenal Ms. Meizler here!) This is part of what I love about Joos. Every member of the Joos team is available every step of the way. You receive daily emails, recipes, suggestions an overall guide throughout the entire process.

This isn’t just ‘drink our juice’ it’s more ‘grow with us, as you grow yourself.’

Openness, dialogue, support, and customer service are huge characteristics of brand loyalty and my passion towards a product. Furthermore, chatting with Lauri was an excellent highlight to a turn-around day. She reassured the steps I was taking, and provided more insight to the cleanse. I am really looking forward to some amazing opportunities stemming from this wonderful experience and will be sharing them with you soon!

Thank you all for keeping up with my journey,
for ‘growing with me’ as I continue to Elevate My Everyday!

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Preparing Ahead

Recently, one of my favorite pages on facebook:¬†https://www.facebook.com/foodrenegade¬†posed the question, “What are your time saving cooking secrets?” My main secret: Prepare Ahead!

Not only does it save you time; it saves you money too!

1) Cooking- Season Your Oil:

Olive oil; or any oil for that matter, is best seasoned, because it infuses into the food faster. In our home, we generally use grapeseed oil because it has a higher smoke point, and is relatively flavorless. Regardless, whatever I buy, I season it myself. I like to add crushed red pepper, maybe throw a bay leaf in, thyme- add whatever you like. For the most part, I won’t add salt or black pepper. I like to add freshly ground pepper as I cook, and salt to taste when necessary.

In addition, I’ve used seasoned oil when making popcorn, and I get nothing but compliments on the savory flavors it brings out!!! Tip: Use the same pan to melt your butter. The toasted seasonings post popcorn will help double up on the flavor.

Grapeseed oil before & after:

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2) Drinks- Save with Smoothies:

I love, love, love smoothies! That being said, it’s only recently that juicing, juices, and smoothies are becoming easier to find in Boston. Even then, when you do find them, they can add up quickly. To help with unintentional and frivolous spending- albeit for health purposes, I started making my own smoothies at home. You can use anything that will blend, so don’t think you need some fancy pricey blender to be healthy!

I love that I can buy local, farm fresh, and/or organic, straight from the farmer’s markets etc. and even use produce that is ‘extra ripe’ if you will ūüôā You also get to custom your drinks to your particular tastes, and add-ins (seeds, oils, etc.) won’t cost extra!

I make enough to fill my 32 oz container (see photo below), and then divvy it up into smaller 8oz mason jars and freeze them the night before. This way, they defrost throughout the day, and I don’t have to stress if I they’re unrefrigerated in my purse for a bit. (Keep them wrapped in a towel though!) Also, I’ve calculated that making enough for a 32oz bottle can be as little as $2.19 per 8oz serving depending on what you use!!!

Smoothies before & after with flax seed:

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3) Meals- Manage Yourself:

The overall theme is this: make enough to divide into individual servings throughout the week.

On Sunday, chop enough romaine for 2-3 servings. Keep in an individual container. Make enough tuna salad (or whatever you like obviously!) for 2-3 servings and keep it in a separate container (so it doesn’t wilt the lettuce). Morning of, combine add toppings and go; instead of having to prepare an entire lunch.

I do this with oatmeal too. Make enough servings that each morning is a simple, scoop, microwave, and add toppings!

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Whatever plan of action you take, the point is to plan. Make life EASIER on yourself, by giving yourself time and preparing ahead. Don’t be the person that grabs an overpriced coffee and donut. Those are treats, not a way of life. Save your time, save your money, and invest in yourself. You deserve it. Furthermore, it will give you time to Elevate Your Everyday and enjoy all that is around you.

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: A Roseway By Any Other Name

I hope everyone is ending their week on a high note!
Enjoy a fun story that has
Elevated Living coming full circle
and learn what our “icon” is all about ūüôā

A year ago I kicked off Elevated Living with a small but fun “$1 Oyster Crawl.” I wanted to remind people, there are ways to enjoy yourself in any economy. ¬†That just because you need to dine out on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t dine out. That although you can’t afford a vacation, you can still enjoy the unexplored all around you.

People need to come together and enjoy the gathering of friends;
to simply connect and support each other at the same time.

One fine “Elevated Day” August 2012 I snapped this shot of a boat on my way to Boston Harbor Islands.

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The Roseway

On the walk home last night, while ‘Elevating My Day’ at Free Thursday Nights at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), we came upon the photographed boat docking and closing for the evening. While speaking with a representative, I learned that this National Historic Landmark schooner is the called, “‘The Roseway,’ a nonprofit organization providing educational programs and public sails to adults and students worldwide with the World Ocean School.”

Here I’ve chosen this photograph, as an icon, to represent what I felt that day; relaxed, stress free, sailing through life in a cool summer breeze, pure elation. Whether it’s professional organizational tips, health advice, or frugal foodie finds; Elevated Living was created to give sources of information and creative ways to “Elevate Your Everyday.” To help others feel that sense of elation I felt. ¬†Now it means even more that this is what they do at World Ocean School, primarily focusing on educating and informing underserved youth, empowering them with education and elation, those who wouldn’t often have this opportunity to set sail.

To make the circle complete (as would only be appropriate) The Roseway holds, “Sunset Sails and Beer Tastings.” I mean come on- was this meant to be or WHAT!?! “Do Good and Have Fun Doing It,” tickets for the Sunset Sails are $50 for about 2 hours with beer tastings, passed appetizers and sunset on the water. Better yet, half of your ticket is tax-deductible, helping to support the inspirational programs of World Ocean School. ¬†I’ll be heading out on Thursday August 1st, 2013 for the Harpoon Brewery tasting, with friends, food and fun on the horizon.

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Tuesday, August 13th is the Elevated Living Annual Tour.
I’ll be showing you my version of Happy Hour in Boston, aka Frugal Foodie Finds
with good food, great prices, amazing company and awesome times.
Let me know you’re coming by buying tickets here:¬†http://elevatedliving.eventbrite.com/

If you can’t attend any of these events, please continue to find ways to Elevate Your Day, whatever and however that may be. Let those you care about know they are loved. Hold the door open for someone. Drink a nice cold beer, or share wine with friends (non-alcoholic beverages count too :). Donate clothes, or other items, and realize how fortunate you are.

Just remember, only accept the madness only as a welter of opportunities to Elevate Your Everyday. Continue to¬†treat yourself well and make life easy on yourself. It’s ripple effect on others will be both gratifying and magnifying.

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Wagamama

Too often there’s so much focus on lack, or disappointment, or negativity, instead of sharing The Good News. The expression is if you don’t like something you’re more likely to tell 10 people; and when you do like something, only 2. So, I wanted to take a moment to highlight a pleasant experience at Wagamama¬†(Prudential Center)¬†that made me enjoy my meal, and the restaurant, that much more.

While working the Boston Marathon Expo at Hynes Convention Center I had a 40 minute lunch break. Honestly, it was just enough time to grab a bite to eat and briefly relax, after navigating the maze of crowded runners about the aisles.

I was craving more than fast food, particularly a hearty soup, and hoping for something on the healthier side. I opted for Wagamama.  The restaurant had just opened for the day and the server was not only attending to guests at tables, but greeting guests at the door as well. Regardless, I waited only a moment before being approached and welcomed.

“I’m wondering if I can be in and out in about 20 minutes,” I inquired. I was told that because they had just opened, ‘It was a high possibility, although it wasn’t a guarantee, they’d do everything to make it happen.’

This is a great way to let the guest know you understand their needs¬†and you’ll do your best.
Simultaneously, you empower the guest to make their own decision to stay, and make no commitment or promises. *It’s always when you make a guarantee that something happens! (Murphy’s Law!)*

My server pointed out menu items that would be speediest, which was easy enough since I wanted Spicy Chicken Ramen with Spinach and a cup of Green Tea.

The server assistant brought my soup and tea, and only two bites (slurps?) into it the server came back to check that everything was to my satisfaction. She then dropped my check saying take as long as I like, but wanted me to be prepared to leave when I needed to. Honestly, this was all under 8 minutes. I ended up staying about 18 minutes, with the freedom to leave on my time.

Working in the service and hospitality industry, from busser to management,
being a guest has taught me a lot about proactivity and expectations.

Dining out helps hone ones skills to realize what the guests needs and wants are. From a customer perspective, you then learn the difference between meeting and exceeding. An overall example would be; meeting, bringing everything the guest asks for; while exceeding would be, the guest not even needing to ask.

Servers, and experiences like this, are the ones that need to be mentioned and thanked. Yes, it was early in the day, my order was ‘simple,’ and this may not always be the case. But¬†when it is the case it deserves to be acknowledged. Personally, I would rather spread positive experiences rather than negative ones. For it’s always best to make sure the guest leaves with a good taste in their mouth. That way they’ll only be hungry for more.

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate Your Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: $1 Oyster Crawl

“Why then the worlds mine oyster, which I

with sword¬†will open”- William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor¬†Act 2, scene 2, 2‚Äď5

Fortunately for you, no swords necessary. These three joints have shucked all your oysters for you. Now, if that wasn’t enough to draw you in, and the beverages amazing enough to keep you, oysters are all only $1. Yes, you read correctly. $1. Three different establishments and atmospheres, all within walking distance of each other with one common goal: bivalves for a buck. Go forth and enjoy, the world is¬†your¬†oyster.

Legal Seafoods, a chain known throughout Boston and beyond has a special called “6 before 6.” This means you can purchase $1 oysters 6 at a time anytime before 6pm. It’s not exactly advertised and I recommend calling ahead of time to make sure the Legal’s near you participates. Legal Seafoods is a corporate style restaurant and very by the book more often than not. They have a great wine selection with comprable prices considering most alcohol mark-ups are where restaurants make their money. Their oyster selection is also very pleasing. I believe we had 6 different oysters to choose from ranging from Naked Cowboy (New York), Kumamoto (native to Japan) and many from MA. Enjoy at the bar, or in addition to a meal at your table. Service obviously varies, and some servers/bartenders are more knowledgeable than others. So just ask for your receipt and they usually place the oysters in order they’re listed. Some locations also use popsicles with the names of the oysters written on them. So helpful! Especially after a few rounds… Of oysters I mean ūüôā

Marliave, is a place I like to call home away from home every time I go. You walk in and something along the lines of Billie Holiday is probably playing, and the service is outstanding. The third oldest restaurant in Boston, it promotes it’s history without being pompous. Though with the food, cocktails, and service provided, they could be pompous if they wanted to. Marliave serves $1 oysters twice a day, everyday: 4pm-6pm and again 9pm-10pm. I had the pleasure of introducing my mom and my friends to one of my favorite beers, Delirium Tremens. A great belgium beer, a perfect compliment to the oysters. ¬†Though if you’re feigning a cocktail try the Tres Curieux. The staff is knowledgable on everything from food and drink, to oysters and pairings. Alas, if they don’t know- they know to ask, and will find out for you. Again, here at Marliave, the oysters range from around the nation, and beyond, and change daily. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying their French cuisine just yet, but from being associated with Grotto¬†and the newly opened Kitchen on Tremont St., I’m sure it’s nothing short of delectable.

McCormick & Schmick’s is another corporate chain around the nation with a two spots in Boston, MA. Serving $1 oysters only on Tuesdays, McCormick & Schmick’s start serving oysters when they open at 11:30 am, and continue until they run out. Drawing quite a crowd M&S is a known tourist attraction, but many who dine (local and foreign alike) are unaware it’s a $1 destination. M&S serves one kind of oyster for the duration of the special, which pleases some and not others. What pleases all though, is the show performed, as the oysters are shucked in plain sight at one end of the bar. Truly a sight for all to see, their oysters shucked to order. With plenty of cocktails to choose from, there’s also the idea of a white wine flight if you’re feeling fancy.

I chose to end our $1 oyster crawl at McCormick & Schmick’s on purpose. In addition to their $1 oyster special McCormick & Schmick’s run a “Happy Hour Menu” twice a night including a $3.95 half pound burger and an order of wings for $4.95 seen here: Happy Hour Menu¬†This way, if our bellies were requiring more than oysters, we only had to “belly up” to the bar ūüôā

  • Boston Legal Seafoods: Long Wharf: 255 State Street Boston, MA 02109 (617)-742-5300 (3pm-6pm)
  • Marliave: 10 Bosworth St. Boston, MA 02108 (617)-422-0004 (4pm-6pm) & (9pm-10pm)
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Park Plaza: 34 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116

These are only a few spots among the many in Boston serving $1 oysters; including a new favorite: Barracuda Tavern. Barracuda Tavern serves¬†Blue Point oysters for $.75! All day. Everyday. How’s that for Elation? ‘Get Hooked’ will ya?!

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate The Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

Elevated Living: Tips for Restaurant Week!

Your Guide to Restaurant Week Boston!

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A few quick things to remember about dining out for restaurant week! (In no particular order) #Boston #Restaurant Week

1) Servers, Bartenders, etc. are STILL working for TIPS

2) Some restaurants have prix-fix lunch and dinner menus available YEAR ROUND. Focus on visiting the restaurants that you’ve always wanted to try. Be it a new type of food, something normally out of your price range, anything. Be daring!

3) Personally, I like to combine my use of #OpenTable Reservations Systems to make reservations and earn points to #FreeFood. No, but seriously… If you’re going to make a reservation, or a few, why not take advantage of some incentives towards going back to a new restaurant find later on?!

4) Important new trends; SOME RESTAURANTS:

-Offer different menus for RW 1 and RW 2

-Offer different menus DAILY

-Offer different menus for lunch and dinner

-Only participate in EITHER LUNCH OR DINNER

-Participate in Restaurant Week on the SATURDAYS.

Otherwise the schedule is: Sunday August 19th- Friday August 24th & Sunday August 26th- Friday August 31st

5) There are three options, Lunch 2- course $15.12, Lunch 3-course $20.12 and Dinner 3-course $33.12

***BE ADVENTUROUS & HAVE FUN… It’s Lunch and Dinner- not Life & Death ūüôā What have you got to lose!***

I will post as I dine, but here are some other links in your quest for deliciousness!

http://www.bostonchefs.com/

http://www.restaurantweekboston.com/

http://boston-restaurant-week.tumblr.com/

http://bostinno.com/2012/08/19/boston-restaurant-week-best-menus-for-restaurant-week/#ss__205104_1_0__ss

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate The Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber

Elevated Living: Elevate The Everyday

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”- Julia Child

And it is love, that brings me to write this blog. It would simply be unfair to label it a labour, as it’s more a passion that excites me. Pouring through my fingertips as wine into a willing glass.

We’ve all seen the economy change and shift through recent years it has come to my attention that many find dining out a luxury. Well I’ll be damned if the necessity of living, (thereby eating) and a livelihood for many friends and loved ones (working in/owning a restaurant/business) should be deemed a luxury. Remember, restaurants and bars are where you fill your bellies and palates.  These are the places that love is exchanged in the experiences or even monetary forms of supporting one another. That therein, it’s own legitimate labour, or passion, of love.

This is why I write this blog; to share with you that luxury as you know it need not end, but transition into a new understanding. You have every right you treat yourself to a beverage and a meal, shared with friends over the exchange of laughter and even sorrows. To come out and meet your neighbors at a local watering hole and find support aside from a screen that blankly stares back. The sources are out there; so take advantage. They have just shifted- not disappeared. Remember it is these in establishments that we support; where relationships are made and fostered. In turn, it’s these relationships that will support us through the loss of a job, or family member. Or be the first place we run to celebrate and cheers. It is these relationships we create that are our security.

What needs to be noted are these experiences are for the every day.

No need to wait until a special occasion to enjoy yourself.

Find a friend, or better make a friend, and find ways to Elevate The Everyday. Experience Elation in any and every form for no other reason than you deserve it.

Food is love. Feed your soul.

The first adventure explored for the ‚ÄúElation Food Blog‚ÄĚ for Elevated Living was a pearl of #Boston, an oyster crawl in which all oysters were only $1. Yes. $1. That is less than your daily cup of coffee. Three different spots along a walkable route that provide $1 oysters, almost every day of the week, sometimes twice a day.

  • Boston Legal Seafoods: Long Wharf: 255 State Street Boston, MA 02109 (617)-742-5300 (3pm-6pm)
  • Marliave: 10 Bosworth St. Boston, MA 02108 (617)-422-0004 (4pm-6pm) & (9pm-10pm)
  • McCormick & Schmick‚Äôs Park Plaza: 34 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116 (617)-482-3999 (Tuesday 11:30am til close)

More details on the adventures- and the specials in the next blog.

Until then, keep finding ways to ‚ÄúElevate The Everyday‚ÄĚ

XO

*DivAmber