Fenway Park Jim Beam Dugout Suite Experience

Red Sox Fenway Park Jim Beam Dugout Suite
This past Sunday, my company had access to the Red Sox's new Jim Beam Dugout Suite at Fenway Park. #workperks We were the 3rd group to experience this new luxury suite that is "dug out" right next to the Red Sox dugout and the photographers section. The view on the field was unlike anything I have ever experienced at a sporting event!

The full Jim Beam Dugout Suite experience starts with on-field access to watch batting practice and continues with a tour of Fenway Park. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, taking us through the history of the park while visiting the Green Monster seats and up to the new Samuel Adams deck.
On field at Fenway Park
 Fenway Park

Included in the suite experience is lunch + drinks at the Royal Rooters Club then we were escorted down to the dugout for the first pitch.
lunch at Fenway Park

The suite is outfitted with seats (capacity is 25 people) looking right on to the field with unique access + view of the players.
View from Jim Beam Dugout Suite Red Sox Fenway Park

It's all you can drink with beer, wine, + Jim Beam canned drinks (which as a non-whiskey drinker, I actually really liked). Classic baseball snacks - Cracker Jacks, peanuts, + cotton candy - are all you can eat as well!

We got some great views of the players in their dugout - hi, Pedroia and Price!
Red Sox Fenway Park Jim Beam Dugout Suite

At one point the first base coaches for both teams came over and were talking to us! Here is the Rays coach.
Red Sox Fenway Park Jim Beam Dugout Suite

One of our guides let us try on his World Series rings - wow, wow!
Boston Red Sox World Series Rings

Thanks, Red Sox, for hosting us for an amazing experience checking out the new Jim Beam Dugout Suite + go Sox!
Red Sox Fenway Park Jim Beam Dugout Suite

PS: See more photos here.

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3 podcasts I am loving right now

Skimm'd from the Couch podcast
Until recently, I had never been much of a podcast listener. For some reason, the ever popular This American Life or Serial (or similar) never interested me. In the morning when I drive to work, I listen to our local radio station Kiss 108's Matty in the Morning (and have been since high school!) and on the way home, I usually listen to country music and sports talk radio or chat with my mom.

In February after the Patriots Super Bowl loss, I needed a sports break(!) and my bestie mentioned a few of her favorite podcasts. Cue me subscribing to several and now I am hooked on podcasts! I gravitate towards funny + light podcasts, rooted in celebrity and pop culture as I seek to laugh and have a little escape when driving.

Here are 3 podcasts I am loving lately:

Armchair Expert: Dax Shepard launched his podcast earlier this year with excellent first guests (wife Kristen Bell, TV wife Joy Bryant and bestie Ashton Kutcher). His most recent interview is with Zach Braff. It's mostly talk on the guests' lives but they also comment on deeper topics like parenthood, society, some politics, etc.

Watch What Crappens: I am a Bravoholic so this one is right up my alley. The two hosts are absolutely hilarious with their commentary on all the Bravo shows and is a must listen for any Bravo fan. I cannot wait for their episodes once RHONY comes back this week!

Skimm'd from the Couch: I read my morning Skimm every now + then but have eagerly listened to the episodes of this podcast from Skimm co-founders as they interview women CEOs/business leaders. Being in the magazine/media industry, I especially liked listening to the second episode with former Vanity Fair editor in chief, Tina Brown.

Other podcasts I listen to include Bitch Sesh, Modern Love, and Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe (for all the dirt in #Bachelornation).

What podcasts do you listen to and love?

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2 cookbooks I can't stop cooking from

Dining in and Healthyish cookbooks
I was in a dinner/food rut earlier this year so ordered 2 new cookbooks to add to my collection:

The hubby and I try to eat healthy the majority of the week, so I do make some swaps or changes to some recipes. I love both these cookbooks because they have unique food pairings, the recipes inspire me to create my own meal, and they are relatively easy recipes for a weeknight (and an average cook like me!).

What I've made so far from Healthyish:
  • Salty watermelon, feta, mint, and avocado salad (added shrimp)
  • Sausage, potato, white bean, and kale soup (did chicken sausage)
  • Chicken and greens sauté with peanut sauce (this peanut sauce is soooo good)
  • Banh mi rice bowls with spicy pork and sriracha mayo (we skipped the sriracha mayo + just did hot sauce of our choice)
  • Baked swordfish with tomatoes, corn, and green beans 

What I've made so far from Dining In:
  • Spelt with crispy sausage, flowering broccoli, and green garlic (I used farro)
  • Crispy chickpeas and lamb with greens and garlicky yogurt
  • Baked eggs with crushed chickpeas, chorizo, and bread crumbs (breakfast for dinner!)
  • Cumin-roasted cauliflower and dates with tahini and pine nuts (had store-bought rotisserie chicken on the side)

Do you have these cookbooks? What are some of your favorite cookbooks?

PS: A few other of my go-to, favorite cookbooks are Cravings and both Skinnytaste cookbooks.

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Color crush: Blush

I am crushing on blush for this spring. I bought this dusty pink cape from Lululemon and have my eye on this blush crossbody bag for our May trip to Greece(!).  Here are a few other items to inspire us for spring.
Spring color crush: blush


Sunday brunch at Grato in West Palm Beach

Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch

I escaped winter this past weekend and enjoyed some sunshine + 70s weather in south Florida. My dad and step mom live in West Palm Beach during the winter, so I always take advantage of a little getaway

Sunday brunch at Grato Restaurant & Bar just a couple miles from downtown West Palm Beach was the perfect ending to my long weekend.

Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch

Entering Grato, you're welcomed by a fun, fresh vibe and a menu that highlights bottomless bevis for $19. I opted for a frosé that was so good - the perfect slushiness consistency. Dad had the bloody Mary which I tasted - great mix that was peppery + spicy, just as I like it!
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch frosé

To start, we split the fennel + citrus salad that was light and yummy. The salty pistachio and green olives were the perfect addition for texture and taste.
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch fennel & citrus salad

The brunch menu had so many good options. I decided on the bucatini carbonara with bacon, ham, peas, and a oozy egg yolk. I can't turn down a good (what I call) "breakfast pasta" and the smokiness of the bacon was so good. I also loved the bucatini noodles. 
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch bucatini carbonara

My step mom had the breakfast pizza that had slightly runny eggs, spinach, fontina cheese, ham  + bacon AND sausage. I didn't have a bite but it looked amazing. There is a huge pizza oven at the restaurant so you know Grato is making pizza right!
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch breakfast pizza

Dad got the mushroom + fontina omelette with perfect looking crunchy home fries. I didn't get a pic but he liked it!

If we hadn't been heading to the airport, I would've loved to hang there and get more of the bottomless bevis - next time!

If you are in the West Palm Beach and/or Palm Beach area, here are few of my favorite things to do:
  • Walk around the grounds of The Breakers then grab a pre-dinner drink at HMF at The Breakers 
  • Lunch at BrickTop's in Palm Beach then walking + shopping on Worth Avenue
  • Italian dinner at Cucina dell'Arte then stay for the dancing - this place is recently renovated!
  • Have delicious cocktails and sushi dinner at Echo 
  • Treat yourself to a massage at Anushka Spa & Salon 
  • Spend an hour (or more) perusing the new Restoration Hardware on Okeechobee Boulevard while you wait for a table for lunch at their gorgeous rooftop restaurant. 
  • Find a beach or a poolpick book, read + relax!

'Til next time, West Palm Beach!

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