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Nibbles and Sips in Portland, Maine

I love Portland Maine. It’s such a lovely little city with wonderful New England charm — cobblestone streets, waterfront properties, great eateries, and some adorable shops. I am fortunate to have a good friend that lives just north of the city, so I have an “excuse” to visit more frequently than I otherwise might. I’ve been visiting the city and surrounding towns since I was a little kid, and as a result have had the good fortune to visit, and more importantly eat at, a lot of different places. But every visit, I try to seek out a few new-t0-me spots to try, and during my most recent visit, I finally got a chance to try Eventide Oyster Co. But first, the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club! (more…)

Brunch at Beat Hotel

The Beat Hotel is a fairly new (fall 2013) Harvard Square establishment, and I’ve been wanting to check it out ever since it opened. Their live music and funky decor were always intriguing, as was the menu which changes seasonally, something I always appreciate. This was the brunch that almost didn’t happen, thanks to a ski accident on my first EVER ski trip (trees and skiers don’t exactly mix, I learned), but I was able to hobble in at a snail’s pace for a delicious, lazy Sunday brunch. (more…)

Besito Mexican

A few months ago I shared my surprisingly pleasant experience at Margaritas, and then as luck would have it, I got invited to try out another Mexican spot — this time, Besito Mexican. My first introduction was actually over the summer, when their new Burlington location opened, but I wasn’t able to make the trek up to Burlington at the time. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to check it out when their Chestnut Hill location opened up this fall, and jumped at the chance. The restaurant is a hop, skip and a jump from my new office in Burlington, which could definitely prove to be dangerous! (more…)

Making Truffles with Boston Chocolate Tours

The weekend before Christmas, my Mom and I checked out a chocolate making class put on by Boston Chocolate Tours. I’d taken a similar chocolate making class at the same location before (Elephant and Castle), and another one with Lee Napoli from Chocolee and Bread + Butter, but this was my first experience with Boston Chocolate Tours. Mid-day on that Saturday, we joined a group of other chocolate lovers for an afternoon of chocolate education and truffle making. (more…)

Family Fall on the Vineyard

My family has been going to Martha’s Vineyard nearly every year since I was a toddler. My Dad’s sister lived there when I was much younger, giving us an excuse to start visiting, and after a couple of seasons it just stuck. We started visiting annually, typically in the fall to miss all of the crazy summer congestion, and to have a chance to more intimately experience the Island without all the people. Last year we didn’t make it, so this year’s trip was an especially wonderful treat. (more…)

A Week In Portland Oregon, Part I

Like many people out there, I’ve racked up a pretty long list of places I’d like to see in my lifetime. Many are international, but plenty are domestic too, and Portland, Oregon had been on my list for as long as I can remember. I’d always heard such great things about the people, the place, the culture, and the food, and as someone who places a lot of value in each of those things, I figured it would be right up my alley. In mid-September, my Mom and I jetted off for a quick week on the other coast, where I quickly discovered Portland was even more than I’d hoped. (more…)

Pumpkin Sangria and Two-Pound Tacos at Margaritas

If I could only eat one type of ethnic cuisine for the rest of my life, it would very likely be Mexican. I’m a sucker for really good Italian food, a novice (but very curious) Indian food eater, I enjoy Japanese cuisine and the occasional unhealthy dish of Chinese food, and I love what the Greek have going on, but there is just something about Mexican dishes that has totally won my heart. I think it stems from many childhood visits to see my Aunt in the heart of Mexico, where I was treated to the most authentic Mexican dishes, and the most authentic Mexican people. Something about the people and the place always made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and as a (very novice) Spanish speaker, I always got a kick out of trying to fit in there, make conversation with the locals, and find our way through the city. (more…)

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