The Dab of Donizetti and Celebrations of Spring: Boston Ballet’s Wings of Wax

It is hard to think about flying too close to the sun, when here in New England, the sun is still hiding and playing hard-to-get.  Inside the Boston Opera House, spring is in full bloom.  Boston Ballet’s latest show is a trio of ballets that begins with Balanchine’s spirited Donizetti. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbostonballet%2Fvideos%2F10154520526122607%2F&show_text=0&width=560 Donizetti was originally created…

What Day is it Again?

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “diary -style” post and I kind of miss it.  In a strange sort of way I’ve been floating through the blog and seeing where it will take me.  Sometimes that is perfect and other times it feels a bit directionless. The older the kids get the less…

Lincoln Tavern Brunch: South Boston is Only 5 Miles from Here

Okay, I’ll admit it.  To me South Boston is a bit of a fantastical distant land.  I’ve heard of that particular ‘hood and certainly seen it portrayed in the movies but the reality of Southie didn’t quite seem approachable.  The problem is that in my real life, real world existence, I had a growing list…

I Don’t Celebrate Any Old Day: Pie Day

Pi is a pretty special number.  It is an irrational number (I can be irrational sometimes too, but my love of pie is all reasonable). The date 3/14 is known as Pi Day because it represents the 1st three digits of pi.  It is also the birthday of Albert Einstein, who was born in 1879….

Women’s Day:We Hold Each Other Up

We influence one another for better or worse. Whether we know it or not, we hold each other up.  Sometimes it is calculated and intentional and other times it is done without realising what we have done or who we have had an impact on. I recently went to a documentary preview and the panel spoke…

Beyond the Burbs: Sugaring Season

Last week was all about pancakes.  This week we’re boiling down sap to make syrup.  This weather is throwing all the sugar shacks for a loop. You can travel out to “beyond the ‘burbs” in just about any direction and find a sugar shack.  It just depends how far you want to go, and most…

Shrove Tuesday: An Ode to All the Pancakes In Boston & Beyond

Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day, always falls 47 days before Easter and is always February 3 and March 9. In some English churches at noon on shrove Tuesday the pancake bell is rung signaling that it is time to prepare the pancakes. It signals the first day of lent a day when traditionally…

Boston Hotel Spotlight: Element Seaport

Finding a hotel in any metropolitan city can be a little mind boggling. There are the posh hotels downtown that risk being party central, budget busting, or just too close to the hustle and bustle to be conducive to a good night’s sleep. There are the hotels that claim to be in the city but,…

Brunch a Love Story: Il Casale

il Casale Cucina Italiana in Belmont is a warm, welcoming space.  The dining room is often filled with regulars from around town, the occasional Top Chef film crew, and those who have heard how good the food is. I am a fan of dinner at il Casale and have been in for special occasions and…

New England Super Bowl Wagers

Two years ago, Boston Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet had a fun wager going and were dancing off over the prospective Super Bowl winners because smack talk with a side of saut de chats and sissons is so much fun!   This year the bakeries are getting in on the action.  Somerville’s beloved Lyndell’s…