I had a friend in town this weekend and wanted to have a healthy combination of wellness oriented fun times mixed with 20 something year old things. We froze, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we danced. Catch the mini weekend guide and a few places to visit organized by neighborhood below!
[one_half]Cryomed Boston: I’ve wanted to try Cryotherapy for awhile now, because I heard of its benefits in a podcast. Exposing your body to short bursts of extremely cold temperatures increases the amount of brown fat in the body, which in turn creates more mitochondria (energy powerhouses). Dr. Winston (who was there for our entire session coaxing us through) also reported its benefits in terms of collagen production, joint pain alleviation for those with arthritis, and a decrease in muscle soreness / lactic acid build up in athletes. I can’t find any direct research on this, but I will say I left the session feeling entirely energized, despite a rude 5am wake up call that day. My friend is an accountant and reported this was the first time she’s felt energized since she can remember. We also had B12 shots, which further enhanced energy levels. That night, I slept like a rock AND was not hungover the next day, despite a solid number of drinks that evening. Typically I am headache prone after just a 2 glasses of wine. No hangover to be found afterwards. 10/10 would recommend and can’t wait to go again. [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Juice Press freeze: This is located on Newbury St. (288 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02215), just a few steps away from Cryomed. Pavement coffee is attached to it. Our sequence was coffee / tea, then Cryomed, then Freeze. I feel good about it. [/one_half_last]
[one_half]Just a mile away is By Chloe, or hit up Dig Inn, which is very very close to Newbury St. My By Chloe favorites: the classic burger, mac and cheese, sweet potato fries, gluten free cookie, beet ketchup. For sure not the healthiest, but for sure the deliciousest. [/one_half][one_half_last]A4CADE: This is located in Cambridge outside the city, but man oh man is it worth it. You walk inside a grilled cheese shop and show your ID to the bouncer (21+). You’re then directed to walk through a restaurant grade refrigerator where you find a bar / room full of arcade games. This was the coolest place to bring a few friends and hang out. [/one_half_last]
other noteworthy spots:
In South Boston / Seaport:
Lawn on D: outdoor place to drink and hang. Sometimes they have special events. Line can be long / super crowded, but many find the swings a fun place to bring friends who are visiting.
Legal Harborside: cool spot for rooftop drinks – walking distance from Lawn on D
Temezcal: Right next to Legal Harborside. Huge portions and amazing Mexican food. The plantains are out of this world, as are the salmon tacos in lettuce wraps. Chips and guac guaranteed crowd pleaser.
In the South End
Follain: I. LOVE. FOLLAIN. All natural beauty products with a staff that is so passionate about spreading the word about non toxic living. To see which products I love from them, head over to my shop page or read this post.
Niche Urban Garden Supply: Plant lyfe. Gorgeous to see, even if only to window shop.
Olives and Grace: Dedicated to supporting small businesses, Olives and & Grace sells only from the makers. I’ve seen some of my favorites on the shelves, including BeeKeeper’s Naturals and Taza Chocolate. The perfect place to get someone a souvenir.
Fomu: Coconut based ice cream. None of the dairy. All of the deliciousness.
Flock Boston: Cards with puns, clothing, and great gifts for babies and newlyweds / newly engaged.
Daedalus: cool spot for rooftop drinks in Cambridge overlooking Harvard Square
Havana Salsa Dancing: The most fun you’ll ever have!!!! This is a really small salsa dancing club in Cambridge. From 9-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, a beginners lesson is offered. Then you can dance the night away. Random strangers ask you to dance in a very non creepy way. I was terrified the first time I danced with someone, for fear I had no idea what I was doing. 99% of the people you dance with will help guide you and give you tips and tell you what to do. It is so incredibly fun. $10 cash to get in with ID – must be 21 or older. Definitely bring gum or a breath mint lololol
Follow the Honey: My favorite, favorite spot in all of Massachusetts. Head in for a honey tasting. All products there are bee centric, and the staff is incredibly passionate and well-informed about bees. They have honey on tap, and even hives behind the shop! So worth popping in to see what the buzz is all about.