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A Little Bit About a Lot of Things

A lifestyle blog with a focus on my food adventures

Not all my meals as a blogger are glamorous – too be very honest, most days my kids want to eat at Panera. I swear if I have to look at another grilled cheese this week I may scream. So I try and find other places for them to try. We had a special mom and daughter day so I took her out to Smashburger – she loves burgers these days. Not bad for being a chain (and not an every week kind of thing) – the bacon and swiss burger was totally edible. Of course we added on fries and I was pleasantly surprised as how much I liked the shakes – they are made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Join their rewards program to get a point for every dollar spent and when you get 100 points you get a $10 reward. Get a free side or shake with any purchase on your birthday as well.

Lunch is always a hard meal for me – whether it is for school or out at a restaurant. We sometimes get in the chicken fingers, grilled cheese, hot dog, macaroni rut. With school it is even harder as we aren’t allowed to send kids with fruit or veggies cut at home (allergy reasons). What do you do for your kids for lunch? I’d love to have some other new ideas.

Smashburger

1298 Worcester Street, Natick, MA

www.smashburger.com

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I am always looking for a new place to try ice cream. Uhlman’s (pronounced yool-mens) is located in Westborough and they make delicious ice cream in small batches. (They are closed for the season, but keep them in mind for next year.) They are open from March to October, 11am – 8pm daily. So what do they have? Hard ice cream, soft ice cream, frozen yogurt, allergy friendly options, and no sugar added flavors.

Flavors like strawberry cheesecake, Milky Way, Oreo, green tea, ginger, coconut, mint Oreo, bubble gum, m&m, Cookie Monster, cake batter, heavenly hash, chocolate peanut butter cup, cherry vanilla, frozen pudding and pumpkin Oreo will be sure to tempt anyone you bring. Allergy friendly flavors include orange, raspberry, pineapple and lemon dole whip that is nut free, dairy free, gluten free and cholesterol free. No sugar added flavors include vanilla, black raspberry and coffee. Frozen yogurt comes in flavors like cappuccino crunch, coffee, Oreo, chocolate chip, mint chip and black raspberry chocolate chip. Strawberry cheesecake is a winner in my book so keep your eyes open for it next season.

They offer ready made and made to order ice cream cakes – YUM!! Looking forward to next summer already.

There are a few picnic tables to eat your ice cream at, as well as some grassy areas for the kids to burn off some energy before getting back in the car. They have some cows on property that are always fun to look at as well. If you go in the afternoon, they have lunch time hot dog specials!

Uhlman’s is a cash only shop, but there is an ATM on site. Their prices are very reasonable and have appropriate sized kids ice creams 🙂

Uhlman’s Ice Cream

232 East Main Street, Westborough, MA

https://www.uhlmansicecream.com

Uhlman's Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I hadn’t been to Mashpee Commons in a while, and was excited to see that the space where we used to get sandwiches has turned into Washashore Bakery. They have the cutest little desserts that taste good too. We picked up a few teats to bring home for dessert – the lemon tart was just perfectly done and the kids adored the little lobster cookies. The shop offers cinnamon buns, scones, coffee cake, pop tarts, lemon squares, blondies, brownies, cheesecakes, bread puddings, cookies, cupcakes, tea breads and more.

The bakery was opened in 2016 by Sandy McPherson and you can pop in and see them icing cakes or making desserts in their open kitchen.

For Thanksgiving they are offering pies at $23 in the following flavors: pumpkin, pecan, chocolate cream, apple cranberry, apple, cherry and blueberry.

Washashore Bakery

14 Central Square, Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, MA

www.washashorebakery.com

Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

washashore bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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So my dad loves the Muffin House Cafe’s muffins. We used to have to drive out to Medway to get him some, but now we don’t have to anymore. They just opened up another location in Natick, right next to Dairy Queen. The shop is small, there is one little table, so plan on getting these to go or eating them at Dairy Queen’s picnic benches. The parking lot is also small, but the muffins are worth it. They are baked fresh daily and come in more flavors than you know what to do with. Muffin flavors include blueberry, corn, coffee cake, chocolate chip, banana nut, blueberry banana nut, double chocolate chip, pistachio, morning glory, white chocolate chip, cranberry orange, Pina colada and more. Muffins are $2.79 each, $6.74 for 6 and $30 for a dozen. They have Red Barn coffee available as well as some other baked goodies (cupcakes, danish etc.). Muffins are generous in size and super tasty – I happen to like the morning glory and the coffee cake ones the best

They are opening a fourth location soon in Hopkington at 43 Main Street.

Muffin House Cafe

325 North Main Street, Natick MA

www.muffinhousecafe.com

Monday – Saturday 5am – 6pm and Sunday 5am -2pm

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This summer was all about picking our own fruit. The kids loved it – we did everything from strawberries to peaches and blueberries. One of the places that we like to go is Sunshine Farm in Sherborn. If you go when they first open in the morning you pretty much have the place to yourselves, even on the weekends. It’s not a huge place, but they have good fruit and plenty of it. You can park by the stand and walk down to the fields/orchards or you can drive down and park on the grass. You do have to walk a bit to get to the peaches, so make sure to wear appropriate shoes 🙂 (Flip flops might not be the best option if it has rained recently)

They do offer pick your own apples, 9am – 4pm daily. The cost is $25 per peck and $35 for a half bushel. There is a $2 per person entry charge as well. While we haven’t done apples here, we loved the blueberry picking (we did it this year and last year) and the peach picking. The peaches were enormous and they were the sweetest ones we have had in a long time.

They have an ice cream stand on site that is open 12pm – 8pm April thru October.

Where is your favorite you pick fruit spot?

Sunshine Farm

41 Kendall Ave., Sherborn, MA

www.sunshinefarmma.com

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I can’t remember when I first heard about Mom and Pops Burgers, but I knew I wanted to try them out. When we were down at the Cape we took a day trip down to Chatham and we stopped here for a bite to eat. The weather was iffy – so sitting on the patio was going to be a gamble with the kiddos, so we waited for a table inside (your order at the counter and they call your number – you bring it to your table). It was fairly crowded, but we lucked out. Let me tell you that the burgers were DELICIOUS! I had the cheeseburger with lettuce, onions, pickles and “pops sauce” (ketchup and mayo based sauce) – all the burgers are made to order and you can call in your order if you are in a rush for time. The kids had hot dogs and they were completely happy – and of course we had the fries and frappes.

What other kinds of burgers do they have on the menu?

CALIFORNIA BURGER
Pepper Jack Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Mom’s Sauce

CHILI CHEESEBURGER
Chili, Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeño Peppers, Onion, Mom’s Sauce

EL DYABLO BURGER (HOT!!)
Hot Habanero Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Shishito Peppers, Mom’s Sauce

NAUGHTY DYABLO BURGER (HOTTER!!!)
Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Pickled Jalapeño Peppers, Shishito Peppers, Mom’s Sauce

BACON AND BLUE CHEESEBURGER
Blue Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Mayo, Tomato

STEAMED CHEESEBURGER
Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Onion, Pickles. Please allow 15 minutes of cooking time.

Next time we go we will have to bring my dad, I’m betting he would LOVE the steamed burger!!

What else do they have besides burgers and dogs?

BLT
Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo

CHILI
Chili, Cheese Sauce, Onion

FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
Lettuce, Tomato, Chipotle Mayonnaise, Mom’s Sauce

FRIED CHICKEN TENDERS

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
American Cheese

MOM’S HOMEMADE LUMPIA
Hand-rolled Filipino Pork Eggrolls served with Sweet Chili Sauce

PLANTAIN + BLACK BEAN VEGETARIAN BURGER
Lettuce, Onion, Avocado, Sweet Chili Sauce – contains dairy

SALA
Avocado, Black Beans, Tomato, Monterey Jack Cheese, served with choice of Balsamic Vinaigrette, BBQ Sauce, Chipotle Mayo, Honey Mustard, Mom’s Sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce – For additional charge, add Beef, Chicken, or Veggie Patty

FILIPINO PORK BURGER
Adobo seasoned pork patty, house-made Papaya Slaw, Chili Garlic Mayo

Mom and Pops Burgers

1603 Main Street, Chatham, MA

http://www.momandpopschatham.com

Open 7 days a week 11:30am – 8pm

Parking located in front of the restaurant, along the right side and in the back – look for the marked spots.

Mom & Pops Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I saw some posts about how The Dapper Doughnut that was opening in the Natick Collection. Such a cute idea and nice to have something new in suburbia! I had to figure out where they were, and it turns out they are in the food court upstairs in the mall near Sears – as far as I am concerned it feels like no mans land in the mall (sorry!). I kind of even forgot that the food court existed in there…although with all the restaurants going out recently (Au Bon Pain, Paul, NM Cafe), I have to admit, we did eat there one day….

The concept is fun. Pick your quantity (6/9/12+), pick your toppings, pick your sauce. We tried the cinnamon sugar, strawberry Nutella, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate sprinkles and strawberry bella. The mini doughnuts are made fresh while you wait – the kids thought that was pretty fun. They top them as you wait. The flavor combinations were good, but they just didn’t translate to the doughnuts very well – and frankly, when they cooled down they fell a little flat. So if you do decide to stop and get some – I’d recommend eating them while they are hot. Like them on Facebook and let them know when you order for 15% off your order.

The Dapper Doughnut

1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA

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I was excited to be introduced to Ellana’s Kitchen a little while ago. I can’t remember who picked it, but it is definitely a neighborhood gem. I met Leah, Kim and Nancy out with my kids, and late morning we basically had the whole place to ourselves. The restaurant has a handful of two tops and a larger table in the back – just perfect for us!

Located just around the corner from Centre Street, Ellana’s Kitchen offers Venezuelan and Mediterranean cuisine. Let me just say that everything on the menu looked delicious, and we tried to sample everything they had. Their most popular breakfast (breakfast is served all day!!) is the Perico breakfast ($8) that includes two eggs served perico style (sautĂ©ed onions and tomatoes), served with an arepa, quest blanco (Latin American mild tasting white cheese) and turkey bacon (bottom left). Eat in or grab it to go!

Other items on the menu include a variety of arepas. pastelito de queso (baked puff pastry with ricotta and queso blanco), tequenos, empanadas, and a falafel plate. There is something for everyone – my kids even found things they liked!

Service was excellent and friendly. Parking is located at meters out front or nearby.

Ellana’s Kitchen

19 Pelham Street, Newton, MA

www.elanaskitchen.com

Closed Mondays. Tues – Fri 8am – 4pm, Sat + Sun 9-3.

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After apple picking one day we decided to find something casual and quick. I hadn’t been to Hudson Creamery since I was little girl so it was nice to visit with my kiddos. The small shop offers 30 flavors of ice cream (hard ice cream only) and a variety of lunch options. They have a few tables located inside for those wanted to get out of the sun. They offer items such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs and lobster rolls. Portions are generous in size and prices are affordable.  Ice cream is available in flavors such as cotton candy, Oreo cookie, rocky road, toffee crunch, totally turtle, coffee heath bar and cookie dough.

The burgers were tasty and the ice cream was very creamy.

Service was friendly, but a little on the slow side. Parking is available in the lot out front and they accept all major credit cards. Open 7 days a week.

Hudson is really starting to explode – with Medusa Brewing Co., Rail Trail Flatbread Co., New City Microcreamery, and all the cute shops on Main Street. I remember when there was nothing but Bar Lunch on the block (there is a throwback for all you Hudson natives!). If you’re in the neighborhood – stop by and play the piano outside Avidia Bank, stop in for some delicious cheese from Katie at Mullahy’s (63 Main Street), or even visit the Farmers’ market (June – Oct) every Tuesday (4pm-7pm) at the Town Hall (78 Main Street).

Hudson Creamery

418 Main Street, Hudson, MA

www.hudsoncreamery.net 

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