Go Nuts For the Holidays: Literally

Come fall and winter, we bring out the nuts. I’m not talking election politics or even family members. I am talking literally about nuts. Putting out a dish of nuts when friends stop by for a little visit feels festive and special. For holiday parties we always start with some …

The Francis: Portland Maine

Maine has had a special place in my heart ever since we moved to the United States.  In high school, I went to Maine for summer camp.  More than that though, Maine reminds me of my home and native land.  There are many Canadians in Maine, whether their families emigrated …

Weekend Guide: New Format

There are just so many things going on that putting them all in a blog post doesn’t keep you up to date on all the things!  So, I’m going to try something new.  I’ll mention a few outings, places to explore, dine, shop on my weekend guide here, but I’ll …

The Row Hotel: Assembled to Perfection

You can find me here in the morning with my coffee and the paper. I have been a fan of Assembly Row since the day I stepped foot by the Mystic River.  That chilly fall day by the river, I watched a bucket loader full of Legos ceremoniously pour onto …

Massachusetts Cheese Festival: Curd Lovers Gather

Another Festival Worth Attending The Massachusetts Cheese Festival is fast approaching: November 3rd.  This year tickets must be purchased in advance and last year the event was sold out very early on.  There are still tickets available and it is a great way to head into the season of feasting …

How Much Halloween Candy is the Right Amount?

I’m not a nutritionist. I don’t have the most balanced diet nor am anywhere close to where I should be on the doctor’s charts. I am not a dentist either. My only qualification to tell you how much Halloween candy is the right amount is that I am a parent. …

Head of the Charles Regatta Weekend Guide

Saturday, October 20th and Sunday October 21st It is Head of the Charles Regatta weekend. This is a weekend I look forward to every year.  Head of The Charles weekend has a quintessential New England feel.  As a family, we usually bike down to the river and spend some time …

Newbury Street Must Shops

The reason I like Newbury Street is that it is so very Boston.  Newbury Street is nestled between the gorgeous brownstones of French boulevard style Commonwealth Mall of the Back Bay and the bustling center of Copley Square.  I love to shop even if it just window shopping.  On Newbury …