Sweet Eats: Green & Tonic: Westport, CT | Review

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

I recently took a trip back home to Connecticut to visit family and friends and to get some suburban relaxation. I know people always hate on Connecticut due to the fact our highway, I-95, is so long (93 exits to be exact) and boring. While I can’t argue that fact, I can argue that Connecticut is far from boring. I grew up there, I had my first boyfriend there, met all of my best friends there (who 18 years later are still my best friends) and I had the time of my life growing up there. Not everyone has a deep connection like I do with this quaint state, I get that, but hopefully I can get a few of you to see the beautiful state of Connecticut the way I’ve seen it growing up, and how I still see it when I go back and visit.

Now this isn’t a PBS special on all the ways Connecticut is worth visiting, rather, this is a post about an amazing green juice place I found during my last visit. I try and eat healthy as often as I can, you know, balance. It’s so easy to do so when I’m home in the city of Boston, but when I go back to Connecticut to visit family, the green juice places (I’m talking organic, non-GMO type places) are hard to find.

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

So, I found myself driving down the winding, tree-lined roads of the gorgeous town of Westport, the colors of autumn dancing in front of my eyes and the crisp New England air whipping through my hair. The destination: this bright and inspiring shop called: Green and Tonic. Why inspiring? Well, as soon as you walk into the door and take a look to your right, you see a wall filled with catchy sayings and words (“food should taste good naturally” or “consider how your food dollars shape the future of our food system”) that make leading a life filled with organic, plant-based and whole foods even more desirable. Looking around the shop you see merchandise, books, green juice (obvs) that they make, cold-pressed and ready to serve, vegan salad bowls, vegan soups, vegan wraps and much more (check out their menu, here). They also have have local honey, body oils and scrubs, boosters for brain & memory, sinuses and digestive health. I was in clean-eating heaven.

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

The staff was very knowledgable as to what I should add to my smoothie and acai bowls, which they have an array of smoothie and acai combinations to choose. I got the Zenergy superfood smoothie, which has Matcha Green Tea, Banana, Spinach, Almond Butter, Coconut Mylk, Cinnamon, Bee Pollen. I also got an acai bowl topped with granola, banana, goji berries (my favorite!) and blueberries. Sooooo good!

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

Besides the juices and smoothies, I’d also recommend the lemon miso soup, the spicy avocado wrap and the delicious (tastes like the real thing) taco salad. All of the things I’ve mentioned are vegan and gluten-free!

So, ladies and gentleman (especially those who say “CT is boring”), take a pit stop in Westport and visit the folks at Green and Tonic; eat in, or take your healthy bites to go, you won’t be sorry. It’s time to take back your health.

Check out their other locations as well:

        Cos Cob, CT

 7 Strickland Road

Cos Cob, CT 06807
203.869.1376

Greenwich

 85 Railroad Ave

Greenwich, CT 06830
203-622-1479

Darien

 1098 Boston Post Road

Darien, CT 06820
203-656-1036

New Canaan

 5 Burtis Avenue

New Canaan, CT
203-920-1395

Westport

 17 Jesup Road

Westport, CT
203-557-6392

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own. 

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Sweet Review: Italy in Medford | Real Gusto

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Picture it, Italy, 1943…..Well, not exactly, but it very well could be, and if you got that Golden Girls reference then you’re my new bestie.

Francesca and Matteo Ronzio, natives of Italy, came to visit Boston on vacation years ago and decided to never leave. While here, they had the idea to open up a restaurant that brought a little piece of their beloved Italy to the Northeast, and I am happy they did. Thanks Francesca and Matteo!

One of my close friends has parents who are from Italy, and when they invite you over for dinner, you know to 1. not eat that day and 2. wear your stretchy pants. The Italians know how to throw down in the kitchen and at the table. Plate after plate, after meat, after pasta dish is brought out steadily as you stuff yourself with the magical flavors of the mother land.

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Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life | Kayte of Mass Musings

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

You probably recognize her from her beaming, bright and wide smile, or perhaps her infectious laugh and soothing spirit…or the fact that she’s always so lit! Kayte, Mass Musings on Instagram, was the first person I reached out to when I was trying to make my way into the Boston blogging community about 2 years ago. She responded to my email with such zeal that I was definitely taken aback in a happy and relieved way. We met for drinks and had such a passionate and genuine conversation about blogging and what we wanted to do in life that I was astounded to learn she was 2 years younger than me! Not that people younger than me can’t have dreams and passions, but Kayte definitely carries herself with authority and confidence. She’s awesome, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting her, I’m sure you feel that way too. Check out her Balanced Life post below!

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via @massmusings

 

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Sweet Eats: Brunch So Hard | Top 5 Reasons

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taken at Lincoln Tavern in Southie, Boston MA
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taken at Lincoln Tavern in Southie, Boston MA

When it comes to cultural phenomenons, brunch is at the forefront. The Saturday and Sunday morning routine of dragging your hungover body from bed to throw on your best brunch outfit, rounding up the crew and spending the hours between 10am and 2pm at your neighborhood cafe or bar is the new norm.

What is it about brunch that brings out the masses so much so that even high end restaurants can be seen advertising “boozy brunch” events on their menus? Below I have listed the top five reasons brunching is always a good idea.

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ONE: It is a good excuse to drink early in the morning and not have to preface your first sip with: “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”

TWO: It’s an Instagram feed upgrade. Posting a picture of your tablescape filled with chicken and waffles or your friend’s hand reaching for a mimosa or bloody will surely rank you at the top with the best #foodporn photogs out there. Afterall, it didn’t really happen if it wasn’t ‘grammed, right?

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THREE: You get to kill two birds with one stone. Let’s be honest, you’re probably too hungover to wake up early enough to make breakfast; and we’re not supposed to skip the most important meal of the day, right? Why not combine your breakfast AND lunch into one meal! At brunch it is socially acceptable to order a serving of tacos in the same breath of ordering Texas or challah French toast piled high with whipped cream, strawberries and a side of bacon (ALWAYS get the side of bacon). This is your opportunity to try a little bit of everything on the menu.

FOUR: Bloody Marys

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via @onehungryjew

FIVE: There’s no better way to avoid thinking about the Sunday scaries than to bring the crew together and laugh about the antics that transpired the night before. Doing it over bottomless bellinis is just icing on the cake.

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via @coffeeandchampagne

Go forth and Brunch hard my friends!

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