food

A Sparkling Afternoon in Boston

It was like returning to France and Italy, via Boston, but without having to go through Logan Airport. Carolina Wine & Spirits last Tuesday sponsored its Season’s Best Sparkling Wine and Totally Tuscany wine tasting at Lucca Back Bay restaurant.  The event blended the highlights of both countries, with around 200 wines to sample and generous amounts… Read More A Sparkling Afternoon in Boston

travel

Walking Boston

Spring travel season is here in New England!  If you’re planning a visit to Boston and looking to stretch your legs, you’re in luck, because Boston is a great walking city.  Here’s a route I took with some family a few weeks ago: Start at South Station.  If the T isn’t your thing, parking is only $9 max on… Read More Walking Boston

travel

Two Days in Boston

With my home renovations underway on a much less consuming schedule than the demolition, I was able to Uber into Boston for a weekend stay-cation with a friend.  I was delighted when the InterContinental let us check in mid-morning, and it was a relief to get away from a house with no habitable living areas… Read More Two Days in Boston

travel

Road Trip: Maryland to New Hampshire

The Diamond Lounge at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino was hopping for happy hour, but the bartender quickly served me the 2-for-1 special of the peach moscato that always lures me in.  My companion and I had substantial FreePlay, and blew through some at Horseshoe’s not-as-ample-as-it-used-to-be-but-still-good video poker before heading to happy hour, part two, at Binion’s,… Read More Road Trip: Maryland to New Hampshire

culture

April in Massachusetts

The wild daffodils are blooming in the back woods! April in Massachusetts is a time when life re-emerges, picks up pace, moves forward.  The snow has melted.  Flowers bud.  The trees whose bare branches were coated with snow only weeks earlier are turning lush green again.  For baseball fans, our long winter of despair comes… Read More April in Massachusetts