Where I’m Eating in Boston this Summer

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Ah yes, one of my favorite things: eating. I’ve been doing a lot of that around Boston this summer, especially since RPR (my marketing and public relations firm) has been working with Dining Playbook on NESN. Below is a round up of a few of my favorites – including ones that have been in my dining-out repertoire for quite some time.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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Did someone say brunch seven days a week?! Yep! I actually made a brief TV appearance on Dining Playbook last weekend scoping out the epic brunch menu from Lincoln. The peaches & cream pancakes are my new favorite thing!! Now if only they were calorie free… Bonus, they have a rotating ‘test’ brunch menu where they are trying new items every week, like this smoked salmon pizza – with a tasty everything bagel crust – pictured above. If you have an idea or love one of their concoctions, make sure to let your server know. P.S. Don’t leave without trying the warm goat cheese dip with fig jam. You can thank me later ;).

Reelhouse

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This new Eastie hot spot has so much to offer, I don’t even know where to start. Between an amazing ambiance with their super luxe patio with prime views of the Boston skyline, to a creative cocktail program, to creative nibbles like their seafood charcuterie, I’m in heaven. Yes, the trip to East Boston is a little bit of a trek – but so worth it. Pro tip: You can now take a free boat ride from Pier 6 in Charlestown across the water for the quickest way to get from one summer hot spot to another.

UNI

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Special occasion? Book a table at the sushi bar at UNI. If you’re a fan of sushi, seafood, or just Japanese cuisine in general, your palette will be happy you grabbed a seat at this Back Bay staple. Their summer menu is a selection of local fare – including refreshing dishes, like grilled peaches with burrata and a sophisticated watermelon salad. I always recommend settling in with the omakase tasting menu if you aren’t sure what to get. The chef will put together a selection of all of their favorite, fresh flavors of the day.

Davio’s

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Stop in for brunch at any of the Davio’s locations for a sophisticated take on this Sunday tradition. Whether you’re a steak and eggs lover or looking for a pasta dish that is sure to knock your socks off, you’ll be happy with the big portions, friendly service, and thoughtfully prepared dishes from their team. I happen to be a huge fan of the fact that they have a whole section devoted to spring rolls, and without fail will order a plate or two for the table. My personal favorite? The chicken parm spring rolls. It’s like a whole Italian dinner in one bite. I’ve also had the pleasure of checking out their lunch menu when on-set with the Dining Playbook team. This is the perfect place to take a working lunch meeting, or catch up with a co-worker during the week!

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One word: oysters. Yes, every raw bar item (and every item for that matter) is tasty at this Fort Point seafood locale, but I just cant get enough of their oyster selection. If I’m feeling the need for a refreshing Saturday afternoon with girlfriends – there’s no better way to do it than with some bubbles and bivalves. Not a fan of raw oysters? They have fried oyster lettuce cups that will knock your socks off, and satisfy evening the pickiest foodies at your table. If you happen to be up in Portsmouth, NH, their sister restaurant is a great option for an early summer dinner with friends and family as well.

So, that’s where I’ve been eating as of late. Where are your go-to’s this summer?! Comment with your faves.

 

Lift off with Lufthansa: Day 2

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My god did jet lag get the best of me on day two. You know when you fall asleep and wake up in the same position? Yeah, that happened. And, I was wide awake at 5:30 in the morning… aka 11:30PM my time. Instead of falling back asleep, I worked from my window seat at the Ruby Lilly hotel. Yes, worked (#entrepreneurship). My room was on the top floor, so I got the best view of the sunrise over the city and the snow coming down. Yes, you read that correctly, snow. Being from Boston, I’m used to all sorts of crazy antics from Mother Nature, so naturally I came prepared on my trip with a winter coat and waterproof shoes. This is an affirmation to always, always, always check the weather before you hop on a plane.

Luckily, most of our day would be spent inside, and the parts that were outside were totally worth being a little chilly. First stop (after copious amounts of breakfast down in the lobby) was Magic City – a formal ode to street art in Olympic Park. As someone who was there on the first day that the Jeff Koons exhibit opened at The Whitney in New York, I knew this exhibit would be right up my alley. I like art that pushes the boundaries and invades our life a bit. This exhibit highlighted everything from graffiti on subway cars in NYC to fun optical illusions, and even had a few Banksy pieces thrown in for good measure.

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After a substantial amount of time goofing around and checking out the artwork, it was time for lunch! Right around the corner from the Magic City exhibit is the city’s highest restaurant – Restaurant 181. And yes, it rotates. Because of it’s location in Olympic park, you get a unique point of view on the different arenas, forward thinking architecture, and some must-see structures in the city. For those looking for a little more of an upscale lunch experience, I would definitely recommending heading here mid-day. It was asparagus season, so I started with the asparagus soup. Lunch was meatballs, and, oh boy, were they tasty. I was actually way too full for dessert, but luckily, our lunch date for the day, a team member from the City of Munich, ordered the three-course lunch, and got the most beautiful dessert. I, of course, stole it and took many pictures before he could enjoy it himself. NO SHAME!

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After lunch, we made our way to The Eisbach, which in English translates to “ice brook.” For those of you who don’t know, it is a man-made tributary of the Isar River which flows through the city of Munich and the English Garden (which is a must-visit as well). While the river alone isn’t special, what residents of the city have done with it is. It’s a surf spot! As someone who has been to many a surf spot in my day, I was super stoked to learn about this unique “wave” in the heart of the city. While I’m comfortable paddling in on a wave in Hawaii, or even my home state, Maine (yes, they have waves there), I don’t know how successful I would be on this particular “swell”. Side note: I particularly liked the camaraderie between everyone whether they are a spectator or surfer. Lots of good vibes in this spot.

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After a quick reprieve back at the hotel – who am I kidding? I did more work – we got dressed up to head out to one of the premier vegetarian restaurants in Germany. Now, I am no vegetarian, but if veggies were like this everyday, I absolutely could be. We ended up enjoying an 8-course dinner at TIAN; this restaurant is included in the Michelin guide, so you know it’s going to knock your socks off. You literally had to roll me out of the restaurant at the end of the meal, but it was such a nice evening surrounded by good company, filled with really tasty food, and topped off with an excellent selection of cocktails and wine. Robbin made fun of me for being picky about the wine list, rightfully so. How can one not sound snobby AF while trying to ask about the particular region in Germany that this bottle of wine came from? You can’t , you just can’t. BUT! You didn’t hear anyone complaining about the wine at the dinner table, so, small victories. We ended up getting back to our hotel a little after midnight. I immediately crashed because the next morning we were going to take advantage of the good weather and shoot all around the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the next post with all of my fave shots from that early morning in Munich!

 

Lift off with Lufthansa: Day 1

While I have flown through Germany many times – specifically Frankfurt and Munich, I hadn’t explored much of the country. That’s why I was pumped when Lufthansa reached out to myself and my business partner Robbin (of the New England Life) to check out their BOS – MUC flight on their fancy new A350. How can a girl turn down a trip to Munich?! Short answer, you can’t. So, I packed my bags and put my traveling duds on for a whirlwind 48 hours in Bavaria.

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First things first, Robbin and I had the privilege of hanging out in the newly opened Lufthansa lounge at Boston Logan. While lounge access is typically reserved for business and first class customers, most people don’t know that you can actually buy lounge passes  at most airports. So, if you’re stuck on a long layover or get slammed with a hefty delay, this may be the best way to grab some shut-eye, reliable WiFi, and some nosh. You can’t currently do this at the Lufthansa Boston Lounge location, but you can purchase access in Munich, which I have done in the past when I’m stuck on a long layover. Trust me, it’s a game changer.

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After cranking out some work and enjoying some bubbly, Robbin and I hopped on our red eye and immediately passed the f— out. We’re business owners, can you blame us? We landed in Munich some hours later, and knew we had to hit the ground running to get in everything. We skipped over to the Munich Airport Hilton for a hot minute, got a spa pass, and showered up. Thank god because Robbin was stinky; I kid, I kid.  Soon after, we took a tour of the airport – they have all sorts of fancy things like nap pods, tennis courts, and even a brewery. With news of the brewery, you better believe we hit that up. After some sausages, sauerkraut, and a Weißbier we were on our way into Munich.

The drive is about 45 minutes, so make sure you either arrange a driver ahead of time like we did, or you can hop on the train. We lucked out with our driver, who ended up singing traditional Bavarian tunes and not minding us as we crawled over the back seat to try to plug our phones into our Raden suitcases (which have USB ports, a battery, GPS tracking, and weigh themselves.. every traveler’s dream) because we had killed our phone batteries on Instagram stories and Snapchat. Such is life.

For our two nights in Munich, we were scheduled to stay at the Ruby Lilly Hotel, which happened to be next to every mode of public transit you could want, and more importantly, a pretty big biergarten. But, if you’re down for a cooler vibe, the bar in the lobby of the hotel fills up with Munich’s most fashionable starting at 6PM most nights. And, it’s no surprise why, their lobby/bar area is super cool, with a bit of a Brooklyn feel, and they are rumored to serve up some strong cocktails to boot.

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We were plagued with some rain for the rest of the day, which put a bit of a damper (yes, pun intended) on our foot tour around the center of the city. Additionally, there were some unforeseeable public transport complications, so we ended up hunkering down in a little cafe until dinner. Robbin and the others we were with had cappuccinos, but I opted for a very large Campari soda. When in Rome (read: hiding from the rain in the middle of Bavaria) – amiright?! Dinner at Spatenhaus ended up more than compensating for the less than savory weather. They have traditional Bavarian cuisine that will knock your socks off, while you simultaneously have a spectacular view of the Opera House. We finished the evening with some bomb dot com Kaiserschmarrm and good stories. If I were a betting woman, I would double down that you would have fun doing the same.

Want to hear more about my time in Munich?! Stay tuned!

GET OUTSIDE: INHOTIM

After a long hiatus from the blog, I thought it was high time to share some of my more recent travels. Late last year, I took a last minute trip to Brazil. My first stop was Rio, and then I made my way to Belo Horizonte. About a two hour bus ride outside of Belo Horizonte is an amazing outdoor museum that is worth seeing if you are in that part of the country, called Inhotim.

Most of the exhibits are outdoors or in open air structures around a massive property. There are golf carts that take you from different sections in the compound, which I highly recommend taking if you want to see the whole museum in one day. The exhibits are from artists all over the world, and challenge every sense — except maybe taste?

If you’re looking for something a little different to do in Brazil, and want to enjoy being outside, this is a must see.

Lawn on D

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 4.05.01 PMEven though I’m technically a grown up, it’s tough to stay away from the playground. Fortunately, the Lawn on D helps Bostonians channel their inner child while still appealing to the ‘adult’ in all of us. With a bar, live entertainment, and food trucks, this patch of green in the middle of South Boston serves as a host to some really cool events all year long.

In the warmer months, you will typically find this lunch-break mecca teeming with good eats and working-types eager to catch a few rays, and on Sundays, you can take in the movies, music and ArtLab collaborations. While most of us anticipated this outdoor venue to shut down for the months where most of us are hibernating from the cold, Lawn on D surprised us again with their ‘Winter on D’ schedule of events. Most notably, this weekend (Jan. 2 – Jan. 4), Lawn on D will be hosting the Fire & Ice Festival featuring a giant ice maze, live music, a stocked bar for the big (and little) kids, and other winter wonderland entertainment. If you’re around the Boston area this weeked, I definitely recommend checking it out!

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Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 11.39.49 PMI was so excited when Second Time Around approached me a couple of weeks ago about collaborating with their 176 Newbury Street location. Not only do they have a ton of new, in-season pieces from designers like Helmut Lang, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Acne, but they also have amazing gently used pieces that never go out of style. When the holidays roll around, I’m a little more cognizant of my spending and make an effort to set aside some money for a few of my favorite causes. With that said, budgets can be a little tight, but my desire for all things high-end far from fades. That’s where STA comes in! With countless holiday parties, a need for layers, and any other excuse you come up with to shop, they make budget friendly shopping chic — meaning you can get that designer New Year’s dress of your dreams and donate to your favorite charity without breaking a sweat!

After being a shopper since 2007, I was stoked when Second Time Around had me come in to pick out some of my favorite finds from the racks for their first “Styled by…” collaboration. While I would have loved to snag everything for myself, I left the goodies for fashionable Bostonians and Newbury Street visitors alike on my own rack! Head there now to see my favorite looks for this season, and to add your own twist on my personal style!

To read my interview with STA and see some of the outfits I put together, check out the scoop on their blog here!

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INDUSTRIAL CHIC

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 7.34.40 PMSkirts have a knack for making an outfit appear girly and ‘dressed-up’, but with the right partners in crime (aka all the other clothes) , your skirt can look chic and industrial. This Helmut Lang tank, army jacket, and tough-girl mules from rag + bone make for a casual combo that can take you from day-to-night. And, while it might not be 9-5 office appropriate, it’s a great weekend warrior uniform.

Although the skirt is a great staple for your wardrobe, my favorite part of this outfit is the accessories. The black cat-eye shades, and vintage broach that I fished out of my mother’s jewelry box crank the look up a notch — giving it that Katniss Everdeen (if she were more stylish and an actual person) appeal. That broach could totally be my token, right? Just goes to show that sometimes the devil, or bad-ass chick, is in the details.

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