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…

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…

Shop Boston’s Piazza: Eataly at the Prudential

Alright, I’ll admit it.  I was a skeptic when I heard Eataly was coming to Boston.  “We have our very own North End,” I thought “why do we need Eataly here?”  After a tour of Eataly Boston I’m convinced we do need it here and that the North End has one role and Eataly Boston has…

The Perfect Quick Spring Breakfast Sandwich

   Ingredients an English muffin (I used Stone and Skillet) tangy, funky or sharp creamy cheese (goat cheese, Camembert, brie, whatever you feel like) a hard boiled egg (we make a 1/2 dozen or so every week to keep in the fridge using this perfect J. Kenji Alt method) pea shoots black pepper Toast, schmear,…

Leah’s Lunch: Moody’s Deli (Waltham)

Moody’s Deli is not a deli.  Well, it’s not just a deli.  If Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is a Seven Eleven then I suppose Moody’s could be a deli. New England Charcuterie is like Roald Dahl’s fantasy chocolate factory but for cured meats.  Lunch at Moody’s can be a combined deli grocery shopping trip and lunch…

Family Fun at the Marriott Burlington

The Burlington Marriott is in the suburbs but perfectly situated so that there is plenty to do within minutes of stepping outside the door. The Marriott has a great space if you want to just hibernate and not leave the property.  The lounge area is spacious and has a sleek, long, modern gas fireplace there…

Spring Eggs: Passover or Easter The Chicken Doesn’t Care

Eggs are a symbolic part of both Passover and Easter.  As a lover of anything crafty and fun, of course I had to adopt the practice of decorating eggs.  I can do without the bunny (that’s just totally confusing- I mean where does a bunny even get eggs?) I can skip all the sugar too…

Weekend Guide: Slush it Out

Live it up this weekend. No need to beware the ides of March because (a) you are not Caesar and (b) they’re not until the 15th. So here are a few ways to celebrate the weekend. Saturday Blue Man Group Lips are blue, but then again so are their entire faces. Blue Man Group is…

Breakfast for Dinner: Fun Night Out at The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a great little spot just across the river from where I live, nestled in behind The Skating Club of Boston and Harvard Stadium. In addition to a great, huge breakfast menu, there is a perfect little parking lot which this winter is kind of a big deal. Go there for the…