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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…)


Local Small Batch Goods at Olives & Grace

Before we dive in here, can I just say — I cannot believe it’s September. As I was writing this post shortly after 7pm, I couldn’t believe I needed to turn on my couch-side lamp to see my computer screen! Where did the summer go?! Every year I vow to make the most of the gorgeous weather, and then in the blink of an eye it’s over. I did have some great outdoor experiences this summer — got to take some boat trips, visit some beaches, ride my bike a lot, and spend plenty of quality time outside, but it still didn’t feel like enough. Never does! Good thing fall is the best season of the year, and we’ve still got that to look forward to. (more…)


A Sweet Time at Chestnut Hill Square

Given everything that’s been going on lately, I have been doing my damnedest to stay super, duper busy. Sometimes its really exhausting, but other times pretty fun. I’ve always been a bit of a homebody, so its been an interesting change to be constantly on-the-go. Fortunately, it has forced me to take part in more activities than I normally would, and this recent Boston Brunchers event was one such experience. Normally, as the name so aptly describes, we bloggers get together and we brunch, but this particular event was something totally different — and totally up my alley. (more…)


Whale Watching with Boston Harbor Cruises + Giveaway

Last summer was a total dud as far as spending time outdoors is concerned. I think I made it to the beach a grand total of 2 times, even though I lived in South Boston mere steps from the beach, and had a car which made accessing coastal areas easy. So this summer, I vowed to change that. I still haven’t made it to the beach nearly as many times as I’d like, but I have been making a point to get outside more often, and even took my first trip out to the Harbor Islands recently. As luck would have it, the very week after I visited Spectacle Island for the day, Boston Harbor Cruises reached out and offered the opportunity to take part in their Boston Harbor Cruises Blogger Day Out. Given my great first experience, and desire to be on the water as much as possible, I eagerly agreed. (more…)


Brunching at Boston Chops

Ever since moving out of the South End a couple of years ago, I jump on basically any chance I get to go back. If money and parking were no object, I would move back in a heartbeat — I get very attached to places and the feelings they elicit, and the South End always just made me feel so good. Maybe it has something to do with the million dogs that inhabit the neighborhood, or the gorgeous brownstones shaded by old, wise trees. The uneven sidewalks, awesome coffee shops, and countless food options. It’s a wonderful place. (more…)


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