Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar – Legacy Place, Dedham

Stil Studio is great for yoga, but the location in Legacy Place is even better for Starving Yogi’s other favorite pastime… dinner! There’s usually a coin toss between our two favorites, Legal Seafood or Wicked Pizza, and today’s stop was Wicked.

The restaurant is located in the back end of the plaza, near the movie theater and a couple other restaurants. The biggest draw for us (besides the pizza) is the spacious, shaded patio where it’s usually relatively easy to score a table given our typically early dinner time. The restaurant itself is pretty big and includes a large bar area with a few TVs for sports fans. Despite the large bar area, the atmosphere is relatively tame, especially in comparison to its more bumpin’ neighboring restaurants. Unlike some of our other favorite restaurants in this blog, Wicked is slightly more casual given the mall location.

Ok, now let’s talk about the good stuff… Wicked is both a restaurant and wine bar and as you might imagine, the wine list doesn’t disappoint. There’s a wide selection of wines available by the glass, decanter or bottle, with bottle prices ranging from $20-$50. Starving Yogis typically default to a glass of sauvignon blanc, because that’s the classy pairing for pizza… obv.

A few notes about the menu before we get into the specifics: There is an extensive gluten free menu, including the option to make any pizza gluten free. Wicked also uses organic and/or locally sourced produce, cheese and meat as available. Starving Yogis have tried a number of appetizers including the falafel fritters (6.95) and buttermilk ranch wings ($10.50), but we most often start by splitting one of the entrée salads as an appetizer. Our favorite is the organic salmon and citrus salad ($17.65). The salad comes with a large salmon fillet over organic greens with oranges, candied pecans and dried cherries. There’s also slice of warm breaded goat cheese (so, so good) and small fried potatoes (a little random, but also so, so good!). The dressing is a citrus yogurt in just the right amount to add some flavor without leaving dressing puddles in the bowl.

Wicked pizza

It’s somewhat embarrassing to admit, but we have only tried one pizza here… This is not to say we don’t always order pizza – because we do – we just can’t manage to try something besides the fig and prosciutto pizza ($18.50). The pizza comes on the typical soft, semi-thin crust and is made with Prosciutto de Parma, Fontina cheese, fig puree, baby arugula, diced apricots and a balsamic glaze. It’s amazing, and since there’s arugula on the pizza, it’s practically a salad! =) Leftovers are pretty tasty so if you’re torn between options it might just be worth it to try two pizzas (we saw a couple do it last time we were there – it happens).

Wicked Pizza

It’s tough to go wrong with dessert here. Starving Yogis love the house made mini donuts with crème anglaise and chocolate dipping sauces ($6.95).  Another option (which we’ve done a few times) is to hit up JP Licks if you are feeling fro yo or ice cream.  A bonus to this is you can pose with a life-like cow statue while holding your frozen treat.


JP Licks Legacy Place Dedham
JP Licks Legacy Place

Finally, once you’re full of pizza and donuts (or JP Licks), we recommend a couple laps around Legacy Place to help digest before trying to sit down in your car… the elastic waistband on those yoga pants will really come in handy on a Wicked night.

 

Tips:

  • Parking can be a little bit of a pain – if it’s a busy night you might want to head for the garage as there’s an exit/stairway on the corner right across the street from the restaurant.

 

Location:

Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar

660 Legacy Place

Dedham, MA 02026

Ph: (781) 326-9100

www.wickedrestaurant.com

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Stil Studio – All Level Basic Flow – Legacy Place, Dedham

Class: All Level Basic Flow, Sunday 11AM with Tracy

Studio: This studio is tucked away in the Legacy Place shopping plaza, next to the Make Meaning store, it’s easy to miss from the outside so it helps to scan with your eyes for the parking garage/elevators sign. When you walk into Stil you enter a lovely retail shop with scarfs, jewelry, yoga attire, candles, incense, and other lovely items. If your wallet can stay strong and shut as you walk up to the register/front desk area, then you are stronger than us Starving Yogis usually are! The aroma of incense burning fills the air. Once you check in for class you walk past the register area and you will see some lockers on the left and two restrooms on the right. Then you proceed down a pleasantly lit corridor into the studio. To the right of the studio before you enter there are hooks to hang jackets/bags up and you can leave your shoes under the bench that is located here.

Stil Legacy Place

The studio is beautiful and large. There is a really cool wooden barn-like door to the far side of the studio. It is clean and the lighting is a perfect blend of relaxing dim yet bright enough to keep your senses awake and present. The room is not heated like many of the power yoga studios we’ve visited. Temperature is between 80-85 degrees and is comfortable (i.e., no goose bumps and no sweat drippage). Mats are available to rent, towels are free and they have water and juice available for purchase.

 

Class:

(This write up is about the All Level Basic Flow, Sunday 11AM with Tracy)

Starving Yogis decided to check out this class on a last minute whim during a shopping trip. As we write this blog, we’re really encouraged to try new classes, which in this case was an unheated All Level Flow. This was probably the most diverse class we’ve seen yet – there were men and women of varying ages and skill levels all together in the same room – truly an All Level class.

The class is unheated, but the flow was fast moving and we ended up working into a good sweat after about 10 minutes anyway. While the class was fast moving, the movements were common enough that no one appeared to be left behind at any point. Tracy did an excellent job of demonstrating the different asanas/modifications while talking through the class, which was helpful for us too (everyone needs a demonstration from time to time to check in on good form).  At one point, I looked across the room and there were about 5 or 6 variations of half moon pose happening – everything from the most basic to the most advanced was covered.

The flow itself followed a typical form and used relatively basic movements. We started with some cat/cow and down dogs to high planks to get warmed up, then moved through some standing folds until we were ready for the full chaturanga (again, all modifications were in use…). We then moved through standard sun salutations but with the quick transitions in and out of different poses (think Warrior 2 to Reverse Warrior to Warrior 2 to Reverse Warrior, etc). As the class neared the end, the pace slowed for some twists and mat work, until we finally settled into my favorite part of class… Shavasana.

While this class was great just in and of itself – great studio, great instructor, great variety, great flow – what really made the class most memorable was the music. While we certainly enjoy more traditional yoga tunes, this class was a real mix up with some upbeat Top 40 happening. I know maybe not everyone shares in our (my?) excitement over the latest Enrique song (although everyone should because that is one sweet, sweet jam), but it was really fun to get your heart rate up along with some legit workout music. The cool thing about yoga is that It can be whatever you want it to be – it can be relaxing and cleansing, or therapeutic, or a physical/mental challenge to overcome – or maybe sometimes (like today) it’s a fun workout with some sweet tunes.

Is this class for me?

Yes. Demonstration and modification makes this class a true All Level class. Beginners won’t feel overwhelmed and those with more experience will still find the class challenging. Definitely check it out!

Tips: This is Legacy Place and the parking lot can get crazy busy depending on the time of year and week (i.e., holidays are crazy and also weekends can get very busy). If you can’t find a spot in the parking lots, there is a parking garage and also our back up parking area is in the Costco parking lot which is off to the side of Legacy Place and a two minute walk.

There are many restaurant options at Legacy Place for post-yoga dining. Many have outdoor seating options for the Summer time. Here are some of your options: Wicked, PF Changs, Aquitaine, Legal’s C Bar, The Met Bar, Genki Ya Sushi, Yard House, not to mention there is a Lululemon and a Lucy store as well, so not only can you spend your hard earned dough on yoga/ food and cocktails, but you can also be sure you look fab in yoga-wear as well.

There are A LOT of class offerings and a wide array of class times.

Price point: $17 per class

Studio Information:

Stil Studio

227 Legacy Place

(Enter in the middle Parking Structure and follow the sign to Stil Studio)

Dedham, MA 02023

Phone: 781.407.yoga (9642)

http://stilstudio.com

 

Stil Studio – Spa Yoga – Legacy Place, Dedham

This write up is about the Friday 5:15pm Spa Yoga class with Betty, who is also the co-creator of the studio.

Studio: This studio is tucked away in the Legacy Place shopping plaza, next to the Make Meaning store, it’s easy to miss from the outside so it helps to scan with your eyes for the parking garage/elevators sign. When you walk into Stil you enter a lovely retail shop with scarfs, jewelry, yoga attire, candles, incense, and other lovely items. If your wallet can stay strong and shut as you walk up to the register/front desk area, then you are stronger than us Starving Yogis usually are! The aroma of incense burning fills the air. Once you check in for class you walk past the register area and you will see some lockers on the left and two restrooms on the right. Then you proceed down a pleasantly lit corridor into the studio. To the right of the studio before you enter there are hooks to hang jackets/bags up and you can leave your shoes under the bench that is located here.

Stil Legacy Place

The studio is beautiful and large. There is a really cool wooden barn-like door to the far side of the studio. It is clean and the lighting is a perfect blend of relaxing dim yet bright enough to keep your senses awake and present. The room is not heated like many of the power yoga studios we’ve visited. Temperature is between 80-85 degrees and is comfortable (i.e., no goose bumps and no sweat drippage). Mats are available to rent, towels are free and they have water and juice available for purchase.

 

Class:

(This write up is about the 5:15pm Spa Yoga class with Betty)

We will start with the online description of the Spa Yoga class, as this really gave us an insight on what to expect: “SPA Yoga is a great way to end the long work week.

Spa yoga is 75 min slow flow floor based yoga class that is based on the Fluid Yoga Sequencing. This class flows through the body’s senses to discover a deeper awareness. The physical practice spends time opening all energetic points of the body to leave the practitioner with a blissed out feeling.  We will end with a relaxing 15 minute guided meditation. During SPA, you may discover extra hands on assists and massages, a calming candlelit room atmosphere, delightful scents and beautiful music in the background. Be prepared to feel like you just walked out of a SPA!”

And guess what?!, we did leave this class feeling like we had just spent 75 glorious minutes at a spa.

The “mood lighting” in the space was absolutely glorious. Small candles were spread all around the perimeter of the room. The lighting is very dim like in spa. There were also candles placed in a Buddha that is affixed to the wall a bit above by where the instructor is seated in the front of the room, they flicker light flecks that dance around on the wall. Incense burns and there is no smell of sweat or smelly feet like in some yoga studios.

Is this class for me?

This class is really for anyone. This class is all about relaxation, breathing, and imagery. Betty’s voice is calming with a true rhythmic quality to it. We found ourselves feeling so relaxed at times that we could perhaps drift off into a mini nap. A great thing on a Friday evening after the work week. What this class is not about is hard work and a major sweatfest and calorie burn. And that’s A ok every once in a while. It’s nice to take it down a few notches and try something new. We still got some great stretching in, along with working on honing our breath and truly relaxing our minds and slowing things down.

Tips: This is Legacy Place and the parking lot can get crazy busy depending on the time of year and week (i.e., holidays are crazy and also weekends can get very busy). If you can’t find a spot in the parking lots, there is a parking garage and also our back up parking area is in the Costco parking lot which is off to the side of Legacy Place and a two minute walk.

There are many restaurant options at Legacy Place for post-yoga dining. Many have outdoor seating options for the Summer time. Here are some of your options: Wicked, PF Changs, Aquitaine, Legal’s C Bar, The Met Bar, Genki Ya Sushi, Yard House, not to mention there is a Lululemon and a Lucy store as well, so not only can you spend your hard earned dough on yoga/ food and cocktails, but you can also be sure you look fab in yoga-wear as well.

There are A LOT of class offerings and a wide array of class times.

Price point: $17 per class

Studio Information:

Stil Studio

227 Legacy Place

(Enter in the middle Parking Structure and follow the sign to Stil Studio)

Dedham, MA 02023

Phone: 781.407.yoga (9642)

http://stilstudio.com

Pure Barre – Hingham

Barre studios will always have a special place in my heart. While I don’t have any experience as a dancer, or any experience in the class as a form of exercise, or own any studio socks or Pure Barre apparel, I do so love the enthusiasm that a new studio can create among my co-workers… until they realize that bar and barre are not the same thing. The humor I find in this situation is only slightly diminished by the inevitable follow up question of, “Is that one of those places where women dance on a pole?” (which I’m still not entirely sure how to answer, because there IS technically a pole… and I feel like arguing the semantics of pole vs bar with someone who was just blind-sided by the arguably unfair bar/barre issue is just mean). Thoughts welcome.

Anyway, Starving Yogis decided to give barre a try. For any of you who aren’t already aware, Lululemon stores help advertise local studios by hosting both in store and studio classes. Starving yogis got to check out Pure Barre – Hingham through one of these great events (ask in your local store or check out the web/facebook page of your local store for more detail – it’s really a pretty neat thing).

 The Studio:

The reception area of the studio is a small boutique, check in area and shoe drop. Pure Barre has its own line of apparel for sale at the studio along with a small sampling of jewelry, socks, water bottles, and other small workout-esq needs. One thing I really liked about this reception area is that it wasn’t a purse drop – there was a separate area in the back of the studio with shelving for purses/personal items. Aside from the added security of having your belongings in the back of the studio as opposed to the street side/front of the studio, it was really nice that to have space to organize yourself both before and after class without blocking people trying to get in and out of the front door. The studio itself was a small, carpeted space with a bar/barre?/pole that wrapped the walls. The front wall was a floor to ceiling mirror.

Before Class:

As mentioned previously, this starving yogi is a barre newbie. The first thing that seems to be of vital important is socks. Barre is not a barefoot scene… In my preparation for this class, I did extensive reading about sock faux-paus (there are many) before deciding that as long as I had something on my feet, I’d be fine… and I was. The studio (or other stores) sell special barre socks with grips on the bottom that would probably be worth the investment if you’re going to make barre a habit, but my running socks worked just fine for a try out.

Once you’ve got your socks on, it’s time to grab your gear – you need a ball, a resistance band and hand weights (dumb bells) and eventually a mat for abs. Note: you’ve got a lot of gear and you’re going to be moving around a lot between your starting place and the barre/bar/pole, so try to keep track of where your stuff is.

The Class – Instructor: Gabby

Barre is hard. While I suffer no delusion that I’m going to look like a ballerina even if I spend 12 hours a day in a barre class, there is truly something to be said for this workout being different than anything else out there. The small pulsing movements really get your muscles in a different way than the long static holds of yoga, or the more explosive movements of running or weight lifting. The series of exercises follows a pattern of full range of motion followed by a set of pulses. For example, you may do 10 full squats, then you’ll stop at the bottom of the squat and just rise 2-3 inches up and down, pulsing in the low squat position. You’ll then work through a progression of squats that includes pulsing squats on your toes (hello calf cramps… hydrate!) and ends with your legs shaking so badly that you really do need to hold on to the bar/barre/pole for dear life. You’ll use the dumb bells to similarly torture your upper body. The class winds down with ab work and some bridge-type poses (including some neat variations that get in some ab work, like a bridge pose with alternating legs lifts) and twists.

For me, the key to enjoying this class was having an awesome instructor. The class moves quickly and with everything being new to me, I did a lot of things wrong. The class was pretty much packed, but Gabby made her way around and around the room correcting me (mostly me, I think) and others throughout the entire hour without skipping a beat on what was happening in the overall class. So thank you, Gabby, for an enjoyable class and the 3 days of soreness that followed – I would never have been able to achieve that level of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) if you had left me alone. =)

Is this class for me?

Short answer – yes! Classes aren’t broken out for levels of experience and there isn’t any Sanskrit vocab to trip you up. The class is fast paced and tough, but if you’re feeling beat up it’s ok to take a rest (I took a lot of them). As with most things there’s a learning curve, but you’re still going to get a great workout even if your barre skills need some work.

Quick Tips:

  • Parking in the Hingham shipyard is easy.
  • Make sure to bring socks, but no need to bring your own mat.
  • Drop in rate: $23 (check out packages for more favorable pricing).

 

Studio Information:

Pure Barre – Hingham

18 Shipyard Drive, Suite 1C

Hingham, MA 02043

http://purebarre.com/ma-hingham/

Alma Nove – Hingham

The Starving Yogis visited Alma Nove for the second time this summer and it did not disappoint! This is a Wahlberg family restaurant, although we didn’t have any Marky Mark sightings in our visits =( Maybe next time! We would even settle for a Donnie sighting. The restaurant is named after the Wahlberg family matriarch, Alma, and her nine (nove) children. The décor and ambiance of the restaurant is definitely on the side of “I’m so fancy, you already know, I’m in the fast lane from LA to Tokoyo”, so as soon as we enter the front door we tell the hostess we will be headed straight to the ladies room to change out of our booty shorts and tanks into proper attire (usually nice sundresses). The bathroom has ample changing space and a lovely bench to place all of our Starving Yogis bags and stuff. We fix ourselves to look presentable and re-emerge from the ladies room freshly deodorant’d and body sprayed, ready for a fine dining experience on the gorgeous outdoor patio that has a lovely view of the Hingham Shipyard marina.

The menu features Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. We arrived prior to 4pm so the lunch menu was still going. We perused over the cocktail menu, the Starving (and Thirsty) Yogis went with the Sipper Del Sol (from the signature cocktails selection) made with Corzo Watermelon Tequila, Cointreau, watermelon puree, habañero simple syrup, and a splash of sour and the Town Forest seasonal martini made with Pearl Vodka, Prosecco, fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, fresh lime juice, both cocktails were DELIGHTFUL and refreshing on a hot summers’ afternoon.

A breadbasket was brought to our table with olive oil for dipping. We asked for butter instead, and butter with black sea salt was brought over, this was amazing.

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Now onto our appetizer.  We decided on a beet salad, consisting of Roasted red and golden beets, aged goat cheese, endive, blood orange vinaigrette. One of the best beet salads we’ve had, and packed with vitamins from the beets to fuel these Starving Yogis’ post-workout.

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After much deliberation over our main entrees, Andrea went with the sandwich and soup of the day, a roast beef sandwich and mushroom soup at $12.50. Jen went with the Garganelli pasta with Ragu’ Bolognese, herbed ricotta at $17. Note: This pasta dish (along with other menu items) is also on the dinner menu, the difference being portions and cost. The same meal at dinner jumps to $24 but is a larger size. The lunch portions are PLENTY large enough to leave you feeling satisfied while still saving room to share a dessert. Speaking of dessert…. we went with the Mixed Fresh Berries limoncello sabayon, fresh whipped cream, topped with candied lemon rind; and what a delightful summer dessert this was. The berries were some of the freshest (and largest) we’d tasted all season long!

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Tips:

  • If going on a Friday or Saturday evening we recommend making a reservation as Alma Nove is a very popular hot spot
  • Take advantage of the outdoor patio if the weather is nice and there’s available seating
  • After dinner, walk along the marina behind the restaurant to help your delish meal digest
  • The Hingham Shipyard is an outdoor shopping area, (the Starving Yogis are a big fan of shopping too, duh), so you can get some shopping done before or after your meal at Alma Nove, Hingham Pure Barre is a 1 minute walk so you can also get your sweat on as well!

 

Details:

Alma Nove

22 Shipyard Drive

Hingham, MA 02043

(781) 749-3353

http://www.almanovehingham.com

Red Lantern – Boston

Starving yogis spent some time downtown Saturday evening for some outdoor vinyasa flow at Equinox followed by dinner at Red Lantern. The restaurant is located near the Back Bay T station on Stanhope Street. There space is great – the restaurants on Stanhope all seem to have a huge, dual level set up, and Red Lantern was no different. The main floor has high ceilings and an open floor plan, decorated with fun, customized Asia-inspired décor. Starving yogis arrived on the early side (per usual) without a reservation, but we were seated immediately in the main dining room. Early birds are probably ok without a reservation given the size, but there were very few open tables by the time we left so definitely make a reservation if you’re heading in during prime weekend dinner time.

The menu is huge (and includes gluten free options, if that’s your thing). Drinks are always a good place to start… Despite our typical wino-inclinations, we decided to check out the cocktail menu. Andrea had a Pavan Sangria (with cherries… because ordering a Shirley Temple is childish, but asking for cherries in your booze is totally cool) and Jen had a Lychee martini. Both drinks were excellent. Starving yogis are big on food, but if you are ever looking for a fun cocktail destination, Red Lantern will not disappoint. The bar/lounge area is uber trendy and hip.

For dinner, we started with a teriyaki beef skewer appetizer special.

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The presentation of the dish was pretty cool, with the skewers arriving upright on a big slice of grilled pineapple. After stuffing our faces on a giant appetizer, we decided to split the sliced hoisin chicken ($24) and share a side of shrimp fried rice. A word to the wise (or not wise, as we apparently were) – when you see fried rice that costs $16, it is smart to ask how large that particular bowl of fried rice might be. In this case, an order of fried rice can feed approximately 6 people… The chicken dish was very tasty (although that also came over rice, which was not clear when we ordered) and the curry/yogurt sauce was just enough punch to make for great, full flavor without causing a hot sweat. The fried rice was excellent, even on the 3rd day of leftovers. And last but not least, dessert! We tried the warm lemon donuts with blackberries and green tea ice cream ($10). The donuts were mini, but there were plenty of them. The donuts had a blackberry in the middle (an actual blackberry, not a jam) and the combo of sweet and tart made for one tasty dessert.

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Tips:

  • Parking is a serious challenge in this area, but the orange line (Back Bay) stop is a 5 minute walk away.
  • There’s a small bar/lounge area for drinks while you’re waiting, or just to make a night of it. You can reserve a corner area in the funky lounge that’s perfect for 4-6 people for a birthday party or a special occasion, and there’s no required minimum spend for this (which is a rarity in Boston)!
  • While we didn’t have any, the sushi looked fabulous and was popular with the other tables in our area.
  • After you’ve placed your order, be sure to ask how much rice you’re actually getting… there’s so much rice. So much….

 

 

Details:

Red Lantern Boston

39 Stanhope Street

617-262-3900

http://redlanternboston.com/index.html