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…

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…

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…

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…

Summer Wines

When it comes to choosing wine I end up doing the same thing I do with books.  To choose a book I often judge it by it’s cover, I rely on a good librarian to help find something just right, or I recall a little blurb or review I read.  For wines I rarely remember…

Bedell Cellars: North Fork Long Island

I am not a wine snob, a wine connoisseur, or a sommelier in training, but I know what I like and I think I have a pretty good palate when it comes to food and wine.  I navigate the world of wine by relying on those who know it well.  I always ask to talk…

Mother’s Day Treat at Towne

I’m not a huge fan of Mother’s Day and I feel celebrated by my children and husband throughout the year with little unplanned moments of tenderness, caring, and appreciation.  Sometimes the pressure to find the perfect outing, or gathering on Mother’s Day can ruin the moment.  I’m not against celebrating, it’s just not worth stressing…

Boston Wine Festival: Valentine’s Day Continues

I love wine and I love food.  I’m definitely not a connoisseur when it comes to wine, and I rely heavily on a good wine store, or store within a store like Formaggio Kitchen and Hi Rise Bakery, or a good sommelier. The best way to get to know wine is to try several in…

Join the Club: Pining for Wine

Just because beer options have become incredible doesn’t mean that wine disappears in the shadows.  There are beer lovers and there are wine lovers and there are those who are smart enough to appreciate it all.  This one is for those who appreciate wine.  From cocktail hour to night caps there are all sorts of…