girls on the run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

What is Girls on the Run? Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that's been around since 1996 and founded in Charlotte North Carolina. The organization focuses on using running to help girls in 3rd to 8th grades live a lifelong, healthy lifestyle and inspire and motivate them to build confidence as well. "We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams." Girls on the Run International is the parent organization to 225 councils in 49 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 179,000 girls annually. They served its millionth girl in 2015 and celebrated its 20th birthday in 2016.

Their program is a 24-lesson curricula in which girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor girls. The 10-12 week program concludes with all participants walking or running in celebratory 5k event which gives them a sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. 

The program uses a whole-person approach to elevate emotional, social, mental and physical well-being. Lessons include topics to enable girls to effectively problem solve and remain strong during adolescence. Topics include dealing with self-image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. 

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

When the organization reached out to me and asked me to be a part of their Blogger Social Chair for their upcoming Gala in Boston, I was all about it. Being a runner myself, I didn't even have to think twice about joining on board. I think it's a fantastic organization and now, more than ever, women need to stick and work together and Girls on the Run is a great way to start them while they're young. 

On October 20th of this year, they will be having their 3rd annual Girls on the Run Greater (GOTR) Boston Gala which is held at the beautiful Boston College Club in Boston. All proceeds from the gala will go to the Girls on the Run and will provide scholarships to girls' families who couldn't afford to have their daughters in the program otherwise.

I've partnered up with GOTR to giveaway a pair of tickets to the gala, so please head over to my Instagram page and view the latest post for more details on how to enter. If you'd like to attend and purchase tickets and/or to donate, you may do so by CLICKING HERE.

For more information about Girls on the Run, check out their website at https://www.girlsontherun.org.

I hope to see a lot of you at the gala on October 20th!

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mondays at empire

From the restaurateur behind Red Lantern in the Back Bay and Shrine in Foxwoods comes Empire, another upscale Asian Restaurant and Lounge located in the Seaport District. The space is old-world China with a twist of modern and sleek decor that greets you from the moment you walk up to the door.  

Empire recently launched their new Kasai Monday Menu with mouthwatering bar bites. They also offer unlimited sushi on Mondays starting at 5pm. Of course, Gu and I were there to check it out.  

We started with their Pot Stickers; Traditional Pork Dumpling, Caramelized Shallots, House Made Chili Garlic Sauce. I love pot stickers so I almost refused to share with Gu.

We started with their Pot Stickers; Traditional Pork Dumpling, Caramelized Shallots, House Made Chili Garlic Sauce. I love pot stickers so I almost refused to share with Gu.

Gu went for their Unlimited Sushi.

Gu went for their Unlimited Sushi.

For entree, I tried their Kimchi Steak Fried Rice with Fried Egg because.... I love steak and I love fried egg! This bowl is bigger than it looks and flavors were coming from left and right. 

For entree, I tried their Kimchi Steak Fried Rice with Fried Egg because.... I love steak and I love fried egg! This bowl is bigger than it looks and flavors were coming from left and right. 

Sushi and rice are very filling. Despite all of that, we made sure we saved room for dessert. We ordered the "Campfire" Fried Ice Cream; Torched Marshmallows, Graham Cracker, Caramelized Milk, Chocolate Ice Cream. It was to die for! 

Sushi and rice are very filling. Despite all of that, we made sure we saved room for dessert. We ordered the "Campfire" Fried Ice Cream; Torched Marshmallows, Graham Cracker, Caramelized Milk, Chocolate Ice Cream. It was to die for! 

Located in the Seaport District area, Empire also offers a lively night life on the weekends, with live dj and amazing cocktails to enjoy with friends.

lion's tail

Named as one of the hottest new restaurants in Boston, Lion's Tail is a speakeasy-style spot that opened its doors to the public in December of 2016. The vibe is very chill and the decor is cozy, more like an upscale pub with leather bounded seats and great lighting in their bathroom. A few nights ago, Gu and I had the pleasure of having dinner at Lion's Tail and we can't rave enough about our experience.

I asked Jarek to make me the prettiest cocktail and he made me the New York Streets Swizzle; caramelized pineapple-infused plymouth gin, alessio bianco, quinquina, fino sherry, mint syrup, mint and lemon. It was absolutely delicious and I'm all about light and refreshing drinks in the Summer.

I asked Jarek to make me the prettiest cocktail and he made me the New York Streets Swizzle; caramelized pineapple-infused plymouth gin, alessio bianco, quinquina, fino sherry, mint syrup, mint and lemon. It was absolutely delicious and I'm all about light and refreshing drinks in the Summer.

We started off with the Steamed Littlenecks with crispy pork belly crumbs, tomatoes, corn, arugula, lemon cream and grilled bread that's perfect for dipping in the lemon cream. Great to share or if you don't like sharing, like me, have it all to yourself! (But of  course, I shared with Gu)

We started off with the Steamed Littlenecks with crispy pork belly crumbs, tomatoes, corn, arugula, lemon cream and grilled bread that's perfect for dipping in the lemon cream. Great to share or if you don't like sharing, like me, have it all to yourself! (But of  course, I shared with Gu)

For entree, I originally wanted the salmon but since they get their products fresh early in the morning for the day, they ran out. I decided to go for their Hanger Steak. Served with collard greens, potato salad, crispy onions, and coke-bourbon BBQ sauce. I can't even really begin to the describe how delicious my dish was. Each item complimented each other perfectly and it was the right amount to satisfy this tummy of mine. 

For entree, I originally wanted the salmon but since they get their products fresh early in the morning for the day, they ran out. I decided to go for their Hanger Steak. Served with collard greens, potato salad, crispy onions, and coke-bourbon BBQ sauce. I can't even really begin to the describe how delicious my dish was. Each item complimented each other perfectly and it was the right amount to satisfy this tummy of mine. 

Gu was beyond fulfilled with his Grilled Octopus. Served with warm fennel, quinoa and arugula salad, confit potatoes and lemon. I didn't get to try any of it because he devoured it 2 minutes after the plate touched the table. 

Gu was beyond fulfilled with his Grilled Octopus. Served with warm fennel, quinoa and arugula salad, confit potatoes and lemon. I didn't get to try any of it because he devoured it 2 minutes after the plate touched the table. 

For dessert, I ordered their Vanilla Bean Coconut Flan.I love flan and coconut, I think it's the Filipino in me. It was very smooth and served with strawberries and drizzled with caramel sauce. 

For dessert, I ordered their Vanilla Bean Coconut Flan.I love flan and coconut, I think it's the Filipino in me. It was very smooth and served with strawberries and drizzled with caramel sauce. 

Gu went for their other dessert option, their Ice Cream Sandwich. Fresh vanilla ice cream smacked between 2 chocolate chip cookies and drizzled with chocolate ganache.

Gu went for their other dessert option, their Ice Cream Sandwich. Fresh vanilla ice cream smacked between 2 chocolate chip cookies and drizzled with chocolate ganache.

A restaurant that's super affordable and serves unique dishes, Lion's Tail is spot that I will be sure to dine in again.

Located at the Ink Block area on 300 Harrison Ave. Boston, be sure to ch-ch-check it out!