Beyond the Basic Boo: Chocolate for Halloween

The basic ‘boo’ is what we had before Pinterest.  If you’re old like me, you might remember the plastic printed masks with the garbage bag printed costume.  Of course, those retro costumes would look pretty fab today as an ‘old school’ kind of thing.  Our family of course was a “we don’t spend money on…

Easter: A Tisket A Tasket A Local Boston Basket

I love Easter.  Well, we don’t celebrate Easter but I love the memory of Easter brunches in Toronto.  We used to go fairly often to my parents’ friend’s place; they were like family to us.  We would drive a good hour to get there and when we did we were rewarded with a table of…

Perfect Hostess Gifts from the Grocery Store: Shop Local at Brothers Marketplace

There really is nothing quite as exciting as a really good gift basket.  Some fresh fruit, some cookies, a little of this an a little of that.  It’s a bit like the jackpot of the holiday gifts.  A gift basket doesn’t have to be over the top to be fabulous but you want to avoid…

Boo-tique Chocolates for your Squad

I don’t know what happened but recently the parenthood novelty of being able to sneak chocolate out of the Halloween stash has lost its luster.  I mean the thrill of the hunt is still pretty awesome, but the actual chocolate tastes like wax to me.  I guess I’ve been spoiled with some pretty fabulous chocolates over…

Lunch in Harvard Square: Beat Brasserie

Whether you’re a parent and have school-aged children, you are on a tight budget this week/month/year, or you are just not a night person, lunch out is the perfect replacement for dinner out.  Sometimes, you are happy with a yoghurt and some granola at your desk, but other times you need to step away from…

Bee Nice: Gather Chocolate from Harbor Sweets

I am not someone who has a sweet tooth, but I do enjoy a well-made chocolate or dessert.  What I mean by “not having a sweet tooth” is that I rarely crave sweets.  It doesn’t mean I don’t like them.  I just crave bread and salty bites more.  That means if I’m sharing a sweet…

Screaming Labor Day Ice Cream Cake Recipe (Sponsored)

We’re screaming because it is a party and every party needs a little noise.  We’re screaming because summer is coming to an end.  We’re screaming for ice cream and we’ll continue enjoying it year-round to remember all those great summer days. This is the perfect dessert for your Labor Day BBQ because it is so…

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer

There comes a time in one’s life. and it isn’t necessarily adulthood, that breast cancer hits close to home.  It may be someone in your family, yourself, or a close friend that is forced to deal with it.  When it comes to fund raising to cure diseases, how does one choose what to support and…

The Art of Wooing with Chocolate: Langham Chocolate Bar

The Langham Boston has so much to offer when it comes to being romantic.  There is the Chuan Body + Soul spa and indoor rooftop pool to the swanky yet relaxed Bond Restaurant and the sparkling chic champagne lounge.  When it comes to aphrodisiacs though, the winner may be chocolate and the ultimate chocolate experience is…

Deux Etoiles at Deuxave: Above and Beyond

Chef Chris Coombs has received many accolades all well deserved and hard-earned. Clearly, Chef Coombs knows what he is doing on more levels than one because he has at least one other star in the kitchen at Deuxave. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Pastry Chef Shaun Velez to chat about his pastry…

A Guide to Chocolate in Boston

Thanksgiving is all fine and good for those who enjoy pie.  While everyone else is hmmming and hawing about which pie they will try after their Thanksgiving feast, the chocolate lovers are quietly pretending to be full because no fruit or nut filled, one layer, pastry encrusted pie plate holds what they really crave: chocolate….

Chocolate Lovers Guide to Boston: The Langham Boston Chocolate Bar

The Langham Boston’s Chocolate Bar is an annual outing for some and others save it for special milestones.  I’ve brought pregnant friends out for this chocolate feast.  I’ve come for a mother-daughter outing with my 7 year old.  This year, I brought the whole family.  When we have guests in town who are true chocolate…