Get SatisFi’d at BurgerFi!

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With attempts to bring some sunshine and warmth to the cold Boston University area BurgerFi – the new burger-joint on campus – hails from Delray Beach Florida serving up a mix of meals, desserts, and libations in an environment suitable for both students and families.

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Opened Monday thru Wednesday 11AM to 11PM and Thursday thru Sunday 11AM to 1AM BurgerFi pumps out healthier food options for their guest in an earth friendly environment much like a Shake Shack from the south with, “chairs that are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66% less electricity”. In addition they also maintain a low carbon footprint through other sustainable practices.

Prices for this new eatery vary from $5.57 to $9.97 for one of their signature burgers, including a veggie!  If your more creative they have a “Build Your Best Burger” option starting at $3.97 for a single-stack with toppings costing extra.  Next up are the Hot Dogs between $3.67 and $4.97.  Sides or “accessories” range from fries or onion  rings OR Both from $2.97 to $4.97.  Desserts consist of Frozen custards or Frozen Concretes.  You can have them in multiple ways starting with shakes at $4.47 to concretes at $5.57.  Beer prices vary, but wine is served by the glass at $4.97 or by the bottle at $19.97.

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To be health conscious the restaurant listed clearly it’s calorie content for their guest on their menu.  I love it! No guessing here.

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This new addition the Commonwealth Ave line of restaurants in Brighton was a refreshing burst of change for the area, giving customers more options on where they’d like to dine, and also making it possible to grab a beer without being in a bar atmosphere.

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Wanting to start with the basics I ordered the BurgerFi Cheeseburger and Vanilla Frozen Custard with Carmel on top.  To step on the ‘wild side’ I tried out the Crispy Onion Rings with, get this, Parmesan Cheese and Herbs!

There was bit of a wait for my meal, but once out I wasted no time.  My double-decker Angus burger containing two slices of American Cheese, Lettuce, and BurgerFi Sauce was satisfying.  I LOVE the grill branding atop the bun.  I was able to eat the entire burger with ease, and that left me happy.  Next time I go I’m getting the Brisket Burger (double natural 28 day Dry Aged Ground Brisket, Swiss Cheese, Blue Cheese, Lettuce Pickles and BurgerFi® Sauce) or maybe a Chicago Style Dog (All-Natural Dog topped with Mustard, Neon Relish, Diced Onion, Tomato slices, Sport Peppers, Celery Salt, and a Pickle spear served on a Poppy Seed Bun) to remind me of my favorite city in America.

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My frozen vanilla custard was quite yummy.  Smooth and creamy.

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My FAVORITE takeaway from this meal however was indeed the crispy onion rings!  O.M.Gee!!!  True to it’s name, these crispy delights tasted like Funyuns Onion Flavored Ring Chips!  The Amazing difference being that I was eating REAL onions with massive flavor!  Heaven!  I MUST get a LARGE order next, even if it’s 980 calories in a serving.

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Maybe next time I’ll get the Urban Fries from the “Secret Menu” that contains Parmesan and Herb Fries topped with Garlic Aioli.  The secret will be OUT if they top the onion rings and they might get swarmed and have to give up all their secrets.  But hey, it’s good for business, right? Xo!

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BurgerFi

961 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

617-254-4200

http://burgerfi.com

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Being Philanthropic at Blue State Coffee!

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So I’m not gonna lie, I’m not a huge coffee drinker.  BUT I am into latte’s!

The older I get the more interested I become in coffee shops and café’s.  Something about the idea of relaxing in an upgraded library with food, drinks, and studies seems genius!  I mean how could student not stay engaged in their studies in this atmosphere?  Along the Boston University campus lies one of the coolest location for such delights, Blue State Coffee.  Mixed with coffee art, a lively staff, and library table style seating both students and locals can enjoy this space from 7am to 11pm Monday thru Friday and 8am to 11pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Philanthropist

noun

a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes.”

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Founded in September 2006 Blue State set out a mission, “to offer environmentally sustainable, fairly trade coffee; to donate 2% of sales to local non-profit organizations voted on by our customer; to become a “zero” waste business, and to achieve positive change in our communities.”  I must say they are right on track.   The Boston location always has a busy dining area and constant foot track, proving to me their able to compete just fine against their corporate competitors.  And as far as donations go, “Since 2006, we (Blue State Coffee) have opened six stores and donated over $355,000 to local and national non-profit organizations that share our values.”  That’s awesome!  This list goes on for all the fantastic things this company so far achieved.

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I love how this enterprise is able to still offer common value for their product. Prices here are that of a traditional coffee house.  Pastries are under $3 while sandwiches range between $4 to $7.50 with your choice of bread (Multigrain, Cranberry Walnut, Olive Rosemary, and Country White).  Coffee is between $2 and $4.75 and are “classics” such as macchiato, cappuccino, pour-over, and espresso to name a few.  You can also just get a large iced or hot coffee if your keeping it simple.

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Craving a snack I thought why not try out a couple of pastries and a random beverage.  I ordered a Pecan Sticky Bun and Vegan Blueberry Tea Bread.  I washed down my num nums with a ginger beer Blue States carries from Maine Root.  Very satisfying for my ginger needs.

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First I tried the bun.  Sooooo sticky awesome!  This sugary pecan delight was so good!  Flaky and sweet.  A must have if your into sticky buns.

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Next up was the Tea Bread.  My only regret: not ordering tea.  This bread would have been great with a nice hot cup of English breakfast.  A perfect morning filler.  I liked the pieces of blueberry throughout and this actually marked my first time having vegan bread!

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Other recommendations I have for Blue State:

–       Turkey and Cabot Cheddar Panini (comes with chips on the side)

–       Pumpkin Pie Latte (so good, it doesn’t need sweetener!)

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Check out my coffee art! Pumpkin Pie Latte

Want to check out Blue State but don’t live in the Boston area?  That’s okay, the company has 5 other locations within Rhode Island and Connecticut.  Still not close enough?  You can order their mind conscious coffee online and have it delivered to your house!

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It’s good to know companies like this still exist where in the end your not only satisfying your hunger craving as a buyer but your also helping to give back to organizations like, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, who need our support.

See you soon! Xo.

Blue State Coffee

957 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

(617) 254-0929

https://www.bluestatecoffee.com

Shake It Out at Shake Shack!

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The EPIC line to get in.

It’s here, it’s Here!

Shake Shack is HERE Boston, we finally have one!  Now I didn’t know much about Shake Shack when my interest was sparked coming back from New York on a Lucky Star bus passing the billboard in November 2012, but I can share a bit now.  It all started 2001 in New York City at Madison Square Park in Manhattan as a hot dog cart for a solid two years before they were able to make a permanent kiosk.  A hot dog cart. Really? I think that’s AWESOME!

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Big Hit in Chestnut Hill!

My friend and I decided on Friday night, March 22nd to give the new Chestnut Hill location a try.  She already tried Shake Shack in Miami and wanted to compare, meanwhile I just wanted to try it since November period.   Although the line was about a 30-45 minute wait to get inside (yes, this is true) I honestly feel this is NOT your average burger joint that you’re waiting for.

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Simple, easy to follow menu.

What I like about the menu is it’s to the point.  There are 5 different kinds of burgers (1 being portabella mushroom), 4 different hot dogs, and 2 types of fries.  Perfect!  No need to worry about bringing your indecisive friends here.  Their price range works perfectly for the hungry Boston University, Boston College, and Pine Manor student being you can get a single patty cheeseburger as cheap as $4.75 and a double for $7.40 before tax.  The highest priced burger would be the Shack Stack which contains BOTH a cheeseburger and ‘shroom burger topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce for $8.95.

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Custard Calendar!!!

For frozen delights you have the choice between Frozen Custard [a dense dessert made from milk and flavors] or a Concrete [custard blended at high speed with a mix-in] from their popular choices or you can try a shake, regular ice cream, or a float. This will cost between $3.25 and $6.50 before tax.   Funny enough I didn’t want a shake on my visit like I thought I would when coming back from New York, but when I return I think I’ll have the Lobstah Shell [vanilla custard, lobster tail pastry shell from Boston’s North End, strawberry puree and ricotta cream] which you can ONLY get in Massachusetts.  Their drink list consists of non-alcoholic options as well as wine and beer (yes!).

My order was quite simple.  I got the ShackBurger, which is a juicy 100%-all natural Angus beef cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce that tasted to me like thousand island with mustard.  Different but Good!  I washed it down with a cup of ShakeMeister Ale, which is an Exclusive Brew for Shake Shack by Brooklyn Brewery.  Very impressive.  Dessert was chosen from the Custard Calendar for March (genius) which was half of a “Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter”.

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I must say, although that was the RAREST meat I’ve EVER eaten in all my life, it was Delicious!  The burger was quite juicy, which surprised me because it wasn’t a big patty.  The ShakeSauce complimented the burger by being not too bold but leaving a nice love tap to your taste buds.  The beer was a good light body beer.  Not too hoppy but still had a bite.  And then, I had the custard.  Umm, custard (insert Homer Simpson Grawl Here!).  The texture of the custard was like a thickened mousse.  Great balance of PB to chocolate with a hint of salty for contrast.

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Yummy Custard

Being that this location just opened up I can see the line to get in remaining long for the next couple of months.  That being said, this REALLY Shouldn’t stop anyone who has a bit of time on their hands from going.  They even have two lines for people who just want something cold from those looking for food which is helpful to the person getting their custard and leaving right away.  The staff is so friendly and helpful.  One of the employee’s who was in charge of handing order’s to customer’s asked me my name.  When I replied, “Potbelly” he laughed and said, “Nice to meet you”.  I told him I’d review this location and he was glad to hear it.  Team members clear your table for you and ask, “how did you enjoy the food?”  A fast food joint with full service restaurant demeanor, love it!

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Yup, that’s Me!

The modern space is clean looking, organized, and makes good use of wood throughout the restaurant.  From the walls to the tables real wood is the theme with a nice natural finish.  Each table has a carving of either the symbolized Shake Shack Burger or a message like, “Handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY this surface was part of a bowling lane” which means, they RECYCLE!!!   The use of magnets for the menu board is very efficient so new products can get added to the space without disturbing much of the structure such as clothes or a new shake.

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Recycled!

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Creative AND Cute!

In the end I was highly impressed with Shake Shack and what they have to offer.  They have me as a customer whenever I can make it out to Chestnut Hill.  When they actually COME to Boston however, I think that’s when I’ll be VERY pleased.

LOVE YOU! – Potbelly Tara, xo.

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We’re Happy Too!

Shake Shack

49 Boylston Street

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

617.651.3406

chestnuthill@shakeshack.com