Piattini: Newbury Street’s Little Segreto

Newbury Street has grown on me over the years.  It used to be the street I loved to hate.  Cringing at the tourists that came just to shop in the same stores they could find in just about any city anywhere and picking them out from the crowd was something my husband and I did…

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…

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…

Date ‘Night’ in Chelsea

Time and money are often the uninvited guests at the table on date night.  One way to work around both is to have lunchtime dates or find hidden gems.   Ciao Pizza and Pasta is my new found (thanks to Richard of The Passionate Foodie) casual lunch with friends, pizza out with the kids, date…

Pasta to Push you Past the Finish Line: Boston Marathon Dining

Our weather has been so weird that it doesn’t really feel like the Boston Marathon is about to happen any time soon, but it is.  We are less than a fortnight away from the start of the marathon and whether you’re local or visiting, pasta (and lots of it) may be on the menu as…

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…

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…

Girls’ Night In…the Kitchen

We have yet to set one up, but to me girls’ night in involves some cocktails a few appetizers and chocolate of some sort.  Kicking back with our feet up, the children elsewhere, and a non-family related activity:  a movie, an art project, music, shopping from home, a book, or just a good chat.  Cooking…