One of many things I learned as a result of stepping into Boston Shaker, Davis Square. First of all, bitters. Bitters are the joy and the flavor code to grasp for a truly remarkable cocktail experience.
Ginger beer. You either love it, hate it or like really really really really love it! I am that third category, which I hope is why I went way overboard and spent $16 on this highly recommended brand, Blenheim, from South Carolina. I’m sure it costs far less in it’s native land. But, if you’re a yankee and you want some spice, what are you gonna do? Oh. I just answered that. A true yankee would make her own. Sorry Dad.
And here’s the book that revealed to me why we might shake a cocktail vs. why we might stir. Home Bar Basics, By Dave Stolte. Appreciate this guide. It’s concise, informative, useful and rewarding. Dave Stolte, had an outstanding Manhattan last night. At this rate I’m headed for drinking at home on a fairly exclusive basis (unless it’s wine).
Barker and Mills cocktail cherries. Vanilla and bourbon. It’s dessert.
Lady in the shop, along with a familiar customer, made sure I understood to not only enjoy the cherries, but to use every last drop of the juice!
Now I just need to find a fun crowd, happy to sparsely sip. Most of us seem to know the glutinous glug. I’m a glutton. In this exact moment, I vow to explore the sip.
Shopping at The Davis Flea, I found this practical beauty from the I Want A Pony booth. Jen Kniff, a Flea founder, was kind enough to snap my pic. This piece, is not only homemade, it’s an upcycle by a local crafts woman! Pretty important Shiz, right?
Nicely coordinates with my “vintage” paneling.
Added some string ties to the rails, just to have more places to hang. More I Want A Pony finds on Etsy.
It’s Sunday! A gorgeous-blue-skied non-90-degree Sunday. I went to The Davis Flea again. Ed Quinn, Renewed Home has rapidly become one of my favorite dealers. He picked up all sorts of cool stuff at Brimfield this week. Among the batch, springs! I never knew I needed or wanted springs. Ed knew. These things are great. Hold pens, letters, notes . . . a kitchen utensil as you cook. Get a branch and some clothes pins, make a crazy message center. Or, just leave them sitting around. They’re pretty engaging.
Mimosa (up). Watermelon, cucumber, mint & cheese (below). I’d like to add that the goat cheese was good, but this salad really didn’t need it. The dressing was perfect on it’s own!
I also had a big waffle with butter good enough to drink by the glassful and berries as fresh as ever. Go here. It is delicious and warm, yet minimal. The decor plays with the charm of practicality and a light-filled space on a sunny corner. It showcases a beauty from chalkboard paint on every wall and every table. Some orange accents from chairs and wood tones too.
After weeks of not posting I’m finally moved to shop again. (I guess I’ve just been loving my new job that much, so back off retail therapy). Premier The Davis Flea last Sunday and with a pocket of cash, there I am. This Sunday I return with a camera. Are you near Somerville? Check it out. It’s very cool. It’s well curated so the ratio of cool stuff is quite high. It brings the discovery of the rural fleas to the urban realm. Convenient. Alluring. Brilliant idea! Glad it’s here. Hope it stays.
Other event treasures include live music and fresh apple-cider donuts.
The Davis Flea, founded by Greg Ghazil, Jennifer Kniff and Maureen Nuccitelli
About an hour ago I got home from a class: Crafter’s Night Out at the Paper Source in Porter Sq. in a jam-packed two hours we made cards, envelopes and a toggle-tie portfolio to store them all in. The theme: new life for old calendars! Oh time. . .
Also shown is an inspiring book about taking your old mail pieces and spinning them into a whole new level, the art of the upcycle.
Shopping spree at Barismo yesterday yields ideal Sunday morn–complete with the sun part and a napping cat!
The Barismo folks have been telling me for a while that those common home grinders are actually bruising my beans. Buying into this strange detail (seemingly based on sensitivities), I imagine the flavors of bruised fruit vs. fresh fruit. Suddenly I’m horrified at my coffee-making process and I find it’s time to buy my own burr grinder. One pot in and I’m 100% thrilled with my choice. No bruised beans, yes, but furthermore more it’s a one button-automated system with convenient storage chamber and 40 degrees of grind control!
Whether it be from browsing Etsy, Fab or my local map store (Ward Maps) I’ve seen some great art pieces based on maps. Above are two of my graphical favorites. Each from a place that holds meaning for me as well as pop appeal.
These shoes are vegan. Other than being made with no animal products, I have no idea what that means, politically speaking. Were more toxins generated with the man-made materials than would be with leather processing? How will they age? Do they breath? I guess this varies by brand. There are plenty creating vegan footwear. In fact, there is a store full of gorgeous pieces in Cambridge! Sudo Shoes, on Mass Ave, just a few blocks from the Porter Sq T station. This place has such a nice collection of bags, purses, shoes and accessories that I only realized on my third visit there was no leather. I guess that’s a testament to the lac of plastic outgassing too! Anyhow, I picked these out because the color! It is a gorgeous shade of royal blue. They are cute, practical and comfy.
I got a new job! I start next week. When I told my Mom she asked “does this mean you’re gonna get all new clothes?”. Great idea Mom. “Yes.” I said. I went to Helena’s in Arlington (MA). It was a jacket day! Two jersey blazers and a summery summer-dress shrug. These are each examples of what the right cut can do for you. I’ve tried stuff like this before and the result was instant shrunken shoulders, droopy chest and emphasized tummy. Not the case today! Everything feels soft and cozy like sleepwear, yet looks flattering and structured like casual business wear. Three cheers for lunchtime naps in the car!
Lovebirds to celebrate the coming spring! Created by Miaow, Somerville, MA. Find them at local craft fairs or on Etsy. Made from a variety of of traditional suit materials. Each has a unique personality, wings that can pivot (the “hinge” is a button), and can perch comfortably in the palm of your hand. I fell for the undeniable male/female of this couple. Looks just like me and my hubs.
My skin has been dry, like death and neglect. Yet, I’ve been using a Clarasonic since Jan and I moisturize with Argan oil so I knew it was time to change up my cleanser. Weleda is my new go to brand. Great quality stuff! You’d never know by the price what a value it really is. Since yesterday I’ve been trying out the new Gentle Cleansing Milk formula. It feels reassuringly nourishing as well as calming. 20% off at Cambridge Naturals for a limited time.
Beautiful Sunday to brunch with a good friend. Today we headed in the opposite direction of Boston/Cambridge for outstanding brunch cuisine (yes, seriously it is cuisine in a casual rustic space) A Tavola in Winchester. She ordered us these dessert donuts! Sometimes friends just know.
Another episode of feeling big on small indulgences. I love walking in to Barismo and just asking the barrista for whatever he thinks would taste best. Today’s roast, Reanimator. Recommended in the form of Americano. I had it black to take in all those bright citrus notes.
Pear and goat cheese stuffed French toast at the Ball Square Cafe, Somerville, MA.
I fell asleep on the couch last night (again). I was attempting to complete a six-season How I Met Your Mother Netflix marathon. I’ve been working on it for a few months now. I must’ve fallen asleep around 2am, woke up at 7:30. Perfect for a filling breakfast outing! Now, taking a cup of tea and back to bed for a late morning nap. Today my husband and I have been married for six years. We’re going to one of our favorite places later tonight. Until then, I shall fast.
The first Saturday of each month I get to pick up my two bottles of red from Menotomy in Arlington, MA!
Each wine comes with an insightful overview and recipe pairing. Frequently I’m exposed to varietals I’d never previously heard of. This month it’s Lemberger. According to the write up, it’s a cult classic!
It’s safe to say that I’m slightly obsessed with wall art. I might even have a closet (or two) full of yet-to-hang items…
This is the latest purchase: A custom-made graphic for my sun room, made by one of the lovely owners of the super-adorable shop Bells & Whistles in Belmont, Massachusetts. It’s not framed here, but you can use your imagination! It’s cute, I swear.