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…

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…

Super Bowl Skillet: Potatoes & Buffalo Chicken Dip

This all-in-one Super Bowl Bite stays hot in the cast iron pan and only takes a little prep. I used Willow Tree Farm buffalo chicken dip in this version but you can also make it with the chicken Ceasar dip.  I suggest serving one of the dips on the potato skillet and the other just…

La Chandeleur: Crêpe Day aka Candlemas

February 2nd is La Chandeleur, a French holiday. Some say the holiday celebrates the sun and longer days of sunlight ahead.  As for Candlemas, that refers to February 2nd the date marking when Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem. Before this religious tie in, Chandeleur was rooted in pagan traditions celebrating the fertility…

Best Boston Super Bowl Parties: Bite by Bite

You can make cute football shaped foods, and go all out with the decor for an awesome DIY Super Bowl party but when push comes to tackle, there are only two important things for a successful Super Bowl party:  a big tv & some tasty food and drinks. If you live in the Boston area, you have some…

Super Bowl Party: Chicken Stuffed Avocado 

​​These chicken stuffed avocados are a quick and easy way to keep the party going without missing any of the game.  Make a tray of them for a crowd or a plate for two. Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados with Hot Sauce (serves 2) Ingredients  Prepared chicken salad, 2 scoops, about 4 TBSP 1 ripe avocado…

A Tale of Two Rugelach: Commonwealth Cambridge & Mamaleh’s

Rugelach is a classic New York Jewish treat. It is made with a cream cheese pastry crust.  I have never made rugelach (I don’t think) but I recently did try my hand at a cream cheese crust for this rugelach inspired savoury crostata.   Cream cheese adds to the flavours and textures of the pastry.  Here…

Lunch on the Pier: Pier 6 Boston

There is something comforting about being by the water in the winter.  It’s quiet and peaceful.  The windows are all closed and it feels cosy to be inside overlooking the water.  Something about the clear cool air and the quietness of the water is refreshing.  I met with a few fellow bloggers recently for lunch at…

New Years Eve Fun with Boston Ballet

If you aren’t sure that you can handle the crowds and the cold at First Night in Boston, NYE Nutcracker with Boston Ballet is a great way to ring in the new year. Spend time together in the beautiful, warm and festive Boston Opera House.  You’ll be treated to a brass concert of Holiday songs…