Wednesday, April 22, 2015

El Centro Dos Pt. Dos

el centro dos in brookline

When I was little, we would go to Mexico almost every summer. Now that I'm older, I seriously miss it - the warm beaches, blue sky, and amazing food! Mexican food isn't really Boston's forte when it comes to cuisine. New England-ers are more about their seafood and lobster rolls (which are delicious). But there are a few really great Mexican restaurants, and El Centro Dos in Brookine is one of them. 

el centro dos in brookline

el centro dos in brookline

I ordered the Chicken Enchiladas with salsa verde, which was pretty phenomenal and super filling. No skimping on any ingredients or sauces here!

el centro dos in brookline

This dish consisted of pork in a salsa verde sauce with orange rice. Orange rice is always my favorite!

el centro dos in brookline

I love how El Centro Dos is about more than just the food. They really put in effort to give the feel of Mexico in their entire restaurant. It's a very cozy atmosphere, filled with great artwork, a little bar in the back, and the cutest bathroom I've ever seen, seriously. There's even potpourri along the sink and even more artwork to gaze at. I definitely recommend a meal here, whether for a romantic date night, or a casual night with friends or family.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Barcelona Wine Bar Pt. III

barcelona wine bar

Oh Barcelona, why can't I quit you? You may have noticed that I keep reviewing Barcelona Wine Bar (brunch and dinner), and that's simply because it's amazing. Barcelona is a tapas restaurant (meaning lots of little meals) with the best service I've ever encountered, and some of the best plates too. That's the perfect combination if you ask me. 


barcelona wine bar

We started off the night with one of my favorite tapas of all time (and Barcelona does them best) - Jamon and Chicken Croquettes! These little fried bites are filled with warm, gooey cheese, chicken and ham. They're unbeatable comfort food, and I always want to eat 50 of them.


barcelona wine bar

To offset the fried croquettes, we got a healthy, light plate next: Hamachi Crudo. This raw fish was sprinkled with lovage, orange, and jalapeno. Each bite had such a burst of bright flavor, it was so refreshing! Wish I could have this plate every day.


barcelona wine bar

For our entree we ordered the Mariscos Paella. How can you resist a skillet full of goodness like this? It comes with squid, prawns, clams, and mussels. So tasty and not too heavy.

barcelona wine bar

We finished with these AMAZING Spanish churros and warm chocolate dipping sauce. Even writing about these is making me want to go back for more!


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Your Ultimate List of Linkups for Bloggers!

list of linkups for bloggers

So I recently got into the crazy world of blogger link-ups. For those of you who don't know, a linkup is where one blog will allow tons of other blogs to link to their blog post that day. You simply submit the URL of the post you'd like to link, and choose an image from your post to display. 

In the end, it looks like a long list of images from different bloggers. You are also expected to link to the linkup at the bottom of your blog post. The idea is for everyone to find new blogs and expand their reader base! It also helps your domain authority to have quality blogs linking to your blog in this way.

I quickly realized that there were SO MANY linkups to keep track of, and if I wanted a nice ordered list, maybe you would too! So similar to my Twitter Chat post, here is a list of the linkups I've found, sorted by the day of the week they usually post their linkup. Enjoy!

List of Linkups for Bloggers


Monday


Tuesday


Wednesday


Thursday


Friday
These are the linkups I've found so far. Definitely let me know if I missed any! One note is that the linkup blog images go in chronological order, so it's best to get your link up there early in the morning if possible.

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