FNCE 2016 in Boston – Pt. I

by Her Happy Balance on October 20, 2016

Hello there, friends – greetings from Connecticut! Did you think I had forgotten about you? I promise I have not. In fact, I have been eagerly awaiting a free moment to put my fingers to the keyboard to update my blog buddies on life!

New Haven

In case you are a new HHB reader, let me bring you up to speed. I finished graduate school, where I had studied nutrition, this past June. Go Drexel Dragons! I found out in April I had matched at my first choice dietetic internship, located a hop, skip, and a four hour car ride away from my home in PA . So, as of September, I officially moved into a studio in CT. I am growing more and more accustomed to the solo life, but I do miss Philadelphia and my family dearly. And I cannot wait to head home for Thanksgiving – only a few more weeks! But the time is truly flying by and I am already six weeks into my internship. It has been a whirlwind! Last weekend I traveled with my fellow interns to Boston, MA to attend the 2016 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo better known as FNCE.

Spoiler alert – FNCE was so much fun but completely exhausting!

We arrived by glamorous Greyhound bus in Boston on Saturday morning. After registering for the conference, we decided to bide our time before we could check into our hotels by brunching it up. You know what they say, the interns who brunch together, stay together…I am pretty sure that’s how the saying goes.

Funny brunch sign

We walked from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar in the south end. I opted for the Zen Diego cocktail – Jose Cuervo Traditional Silver, Coconut Water, Lemonade, and Jalapeno. Spicy and refreshing! I added a few extra dashes of Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce for good measure.

Loco Taqueria

For my entree I chose the Brunch Burger – Grilled Beef Burger, Black Beans, Pickled Serranos, Cilantro, Bacon, and Sunny-Side Duck Egg. My burger was served with deliciously crispy breakfast potatoes, and I subbed out mixed greens for the burger bun. Straight up best burger I have had in the longest time. I am not a huge burger eater, but this one was 100% worth it.

Brunch Burger

After lunch all the interns hung out at the Lawn On D, a fun little park with funky swings, corn hole and picnic areas. I spent a little time monkeying around before checking into my hotel.

Boston Convention Center

Outfit: Sweater/Pants/Scarf (similar)/Hat (similar)/Heels (Similar)/Glasses

The night was still young,  so I convinced a fellow intern to do a free tour of a micro distillery with me. GrandTen Distilling gave us the lowdown on the Wire Works brand of spirits. They had North County Apply Brandy fermenting at the time and it smelled so good I had to help myself to a cocktail post-tour. The Side Bet was a refreshing mix of North County Apple Brandy, Lemon and Amandine.

Micro Distillery

From there, my friend {Hi, Holly!} and I headed over to Harpoon Brewery. Hey, when in Baaaahston, do as the Baaaahstonian’s do. We had to wait in a line outside Harpoon because the bar was at max capacity when we arrived. Luckily the line moved along pretty quickly, and we were inside the beer-hall within 30 minutes. I was hoping to get in on the brewery tour action, but it was sold out. Whomp! So, logically, we moseyed up to the bar instead. Harpoon has so many beers to choose from, including some special batches only available at the brewery site. I am not a huge fan of beer, but Flannel Friday was a a tempting hoppy amber ale that tasted just like fall in a glass. I could not resist the adorable flannel-patterned mason jar it was served in either. No visit to Harpoon would be complete without a huge soft pretzel dipped into beer cheese.

Harpoon Brewery

After my beer and pretzel – dinner of champs – I was exhausted! Uber shuttled me back to home sweet hotel room for a good night’s sleep before the FNCE conference festivities began. Stay tuned for a recap of the Sunday through Tuesday FNCE fun in Pt. II coming soon!

Thank you for reading! Have you ever attended FNCE or visited Boston before? Share your experience in the comments! 

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