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Fitness in Boston: Healthy Noshing at Cocoanuts Boston in the North End


When I heard about a chocolate tasting at local candy shop, Cocoanuts Boston, I was not expecting it to be a very healthy evening. Turns out that Tara, the shop's owner, had three vendors lined up (two were Boston-based, one was from Brooklyn) who each had different healthier approaches to their candy-making. All three companies boasted handcrafted, chemical-free products and brought lots of samples to prove that candy can be just as delicious (if not more so!) without the junk.
Brooklyn-based Raaka is certified organic, certified fair trade, soy free, nut free, and vegan. A great gift for the sustainability-conscious or people with food allergies.
Pure 7 just started less than two months ago! Even at 87%, their dark chocolate was surprisingly not overly bitter which owner Carrie attributed to the fact that it is sweetened with local honey as opposed to granulated sugar. 


McCrea's Candies creator and "Caramel Scientist," Jason McCrea, was interested in creating a caramel that had no high-fructose corn syrup and used all USA-made (locally sourced when possible) products, including the cellophane the candies are wrapped in!


All three had a passion for their products and mission statements I could really appreciate. 

Another thing I loved about the shop is how they put up bios of their vendors next to their product displays! It's a great personal touch and I always enjoy learning about the stories behind the goods.

Thanks to Tara from Cocoanuts for hosting and Jen from Blog & Tweet Boston for organizing a delicious evening!
28 Parmenter Street
Boston, MA 02113

Fitness in Boston: Barre to Bar at Exhale Battery Wharf

 When I found out that Exhale Battery Wharf Spa was offering a "Barre to Bar" deal where you take a core fusion class then head to the Fairmont's restaurant, Aragosta, for drinks and apps, I was immediately intrigued. Exercise followed by cocktails? Sign me up!
Living down the street from Exhale, I've been meaning to get over there for a class so this was the perfect excuse. I had been once before but that was for a photo shoot with one of their instructors, Meg Scannell (post coming soon). As luck would have it, Meg was our teacher for the class too.

First the workout- what a burn! Core fusion is ballet-inspired and designed to tone every part of the body. I left feeling tighter and thoroughly worked but also relaxed- the class is all about focus and "targeted mindful muscle movements." It was one of the hardest classes I've taken and I really enjoyed it.
After the class, we headed over to Aragosta where we were treated to several hot appetizers and a "deep cleanse" cocktail which consisted of aloe, muddled mint, and gin. Ahhh! Everything was delicious and the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. They even made gluten-free apps for some of the women in our group (which were excellent as well).

What better way to spend an afternoon? For more information about Barre to Bar (offered Monday through Friday) contact Exhale at 617-603-3100 or sign-up online at exhalespa.com/batterywharf. I'm already looking forward to doing it again! Thanks to Sam and Meg from Exhale for taking such good care of us and to Blog & Tweet Boston for organizing!