Falling for Italy in the North End: Artú

When we 1st moved to Boston there was still a highway on the horizon between Boston and its North End.  Dan and I enjoyed an occasional romantic date night or late night coffee when we dared try to get ourselves from Cambridge to Boston and back (remember this was the time before GPS and iPhones and…

Splurge Worthy Crab Cakes: Chesapeake Crab Cakes

I live near the ocean and I am very picky about the seafood I eat.  It has to be fresh, it has to be good quality, I’d like it to be as sustaineable as possible, and I don’t want the flavour of the actual fish or seafood to be covered up by any mayonnaise, masked…

Dinner at La Motta

The South End has an interesting dining scene. There are the sought after spots cooking up some of the best bites you will ever put in your mouth. There are the delicious, unfussy, neighborhood spots for regulars and visitors alike. There are the less chef-driven kitchens that just put out good, popular dishes, that are…

10 Reasons to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Suburbs (Boston)

The city (Boston) is known for being vibrant, sleepless, up all night, and hot hot hot but the suburbs get the reputation of being sleepy and void of hipness.  Lately though, while city folks are doing their thing, the suburbs have been quietly upping their game. Gone are the days of a 3 hour wait to…

Dinner Dinner: One Meal, Two Restaurants, Many Dishes

The Leather District is a unique little corner of Boston nestled between Chinatown and the theatre district. It has a historic Boston industrial feeling and actually reminds me a little of NYC with unexpected restaurants, apartments, office buildings, and small independent artists and artisans. When you walk into Bel Ari, you are wrapped up by…

New Mother Hubbard: A Full Pantry in Brookline

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give the poor dog a bone; When she came there, The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none.         -Nursery Rhyme Keeping a well stocked kitchen and pantry can be difficult.  Whether you are a single college student with no time…

A Few New Additions to Your Wine List for Summer: Wines of Tejo Portugal

     I have been a fan of Portugal’s most well known fortified wine for a very long time.  Port was really my first introduction to “spirits”  and I didn’t venture beyond it for a long time because I was perfectly content.  When I was in university, I lived in Montreal’s “little Portugal” and became a…

Mother’s Day on The Vineyard: The Other Vineyard

I love to travel.  I don’t have to travel far to enjoy a trip.  As a parent, sometimes the only way to break away from the routines of daily life that blend from work to parenting and back 24/7 is to pack up the family, shut the door behind you, and get away.  For those…

Brunch: Island Creek Oyster Bar

The thing about brunch on a Sunday afternoon is that you can enjoy a few special treats (even if you made resolutions that say otherwise) and enjoy a leisurely meal because it’s Sunday afternoon and if you don’t slow down now, you’ll never get through the week to come with grace.  Even if you resolved…