Archive | January, 2013

A Day in Valparaiso with the BF

29 Jan

I totally forgot to post pictures about the BF’s and my day trip to Valparaiso when we were in Chile!

Valpo is one of the most beautiful and yet tragic cities I’ve ever been to. It was the most important seaport before the Panama Canal was built, but has since turned into an art hub and a reminder of the wealth that once was. The BF and I look an early morning bus and spent the morning on a wonderful free tour of the city. Highly recommend it! Here are some pics… only a month late

My favorite part of the whole city are the bright colored houses… a product of the residences taking the left over paint from the port and painting their houses with the bright colored boat paint… just in case you came here for a history lesson. This trip reminds me of how much I love traveling–and makes me incredibly, incredibly excited to spend 10 days in Barcelona & Lisbon in April.


KME Book Club: The Paris Wife

27 Jan

I sometimes think I’m a 58 year-old woman living inside the body of a 22 year-old. You remember, KME right? Well as it turns out, 5 of the 6 KME sisters ended up in Boston. And since we’re all a bunch of middle aged women at heart, we naturally decided to start a book club. Anyways, it just about the best thing ever. For the inaugural book club meeting we read the Paris Wife… which long story short: is Midnight in Paris in print version. And if you’ve neither seen nor read either of the two, I highly recommend both. I held the first meeting at my apartment, and had an absolute blast doing all things Parisian… or at least what I can remember of being Parisian 13 years after my only trip to Paris…

(1) Bordeaux wine was an obvious choice (2) Cheeses, Jam and Rosemary… don’t ask why the herb got thrown in there, I thought it looked pretty. (3) Coffee table spread, with fresh cut flowers of course (4) My new favorite picture of KME with our Chicago sister skyping in. We miss you, Erika! Now get your butt to Boston.


And if you stumbled upon this blog for my literary opinion and have been bored to death with my party planning skills, I’m sorry. However, now that we’re on the topic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was a great book club option because everyone had different opinions. And like any group of middle-aged women, we talked about how the characters related to our own lives and then obviously got off topic for 80% of the night. I found it to be a lovely, easy read that provided me with some great historical context and information even though it is technically fiction. Highly recommended to the sappy, romantics out there. Not recommended to the feminist in you.

Boston Favorites: Tapas

21 Jan

I absolutely love going out to eat. I love trying new places and finding new favorites in various neighborhoods. I’m in the process of making an entire page dedicated to restaurants in Boston sorted by both neighborhood and cuisine. Lately, the BF and I have been obsessed with Tapas. I love ordering as many little dishes as we can. It’s perfect for sharing and there is always great Spanish wine to count on. And our love for Tapas is growing exponentially as we plan our trip to Barcelona! As you might remember, one of my new years resolutions was to travel somewhere new… and then two weeks ago, the BF and I made the plunge and bought tickets to Barcelona and Lisbon for April/May! Cannot wait to get my hands on authentic Tapas in just a few months.

 These are my new favorite Tapas places:

  1.  Toro, South End: we first went to South End to celebrate my “new job” which was just my transition from contractor to full-time employee in October. It was one of the best dinner’s I’ve ever had. They had wine on tap, that was just delicious! and the best, home-baked bread I’ve had in a while. The BF and I split Paella Valencia which was was seafood-loaded and absolutely amazing. And to top it all off, we ran into Rob Gronkowski from the Patriots there. It was definitely on the pricier side, but well worth it. 
  2. Tapeo, Back Bay: The BF and I went to Tapeo in early September when the weather was still nice enough to sit outside for dinner. We had the most delicious grilled shrimp and although they had a phenomenal wine list per usual, they had a great selection of beer for the BF who 9 times out of 10 will opt for some local brew rather than some sophisticated wine choice. What a newb, right?
  3. Bar Lola, Back Bay: The BF and I went to Bar Lola on a random week day night in mid-December. I’m a total veggie-lover so was so happy they had a million vegetable based dishes. Unlike Toro, Bar Lola was much more reasonably prices. It was in the basement of a hotel and turned out to be a hot-spot on a week day night. The bar area was totally hopping and we were the lame-os sitting in the outskirts of the restaurant. Next time we go it will be to party, not to eat.

And if you’re in New York City and not in Boston, I highly, highly recommend Pipa Tapas near Gramercy Park. It’s part of ABC Kitchen–the entire ceiling is filled with beautiful, vintage chandeliers that are for sale. So if you’re in the market for either a chandelier or house sangria, definitely go to Pipa.

Atacama, Chile Part III

11 Jan

When life part II just isn’t enough:

(1) T-Rex natural sand sculpture (2) T-Rex and the three Mary’s natural sand sculptures (3) Old school bus I fell in love with at a small miner town (4) Bus (5) My brother hiking through an oasis (6) Hiking through salt flats and rock formations on Christmas day…even in the driest desert in the world, we found a white Christmas for the BF (7) Said BF

Atacama, Chile Part II

7 Jan

Everything, part II. Here are pictures from the rest of our time in Atacama, Chile:

(1-4) Hiking to the natural hot springs (5-6) Hiking Moon Valley (7) Llama skewers, I kid you not. I took no part in the tasting of the Llama, but apparently it was “really good” (8-9) Horseback riding through Valle de La Muerte  the morning before we left Atacama.


5 Jan

For as long as I can remember, I have been adamantly against New Years resolutions. For the main reason that if you are unhappy with something in your life, or wish to do something, why wait until the 31st of December? But for the first time since I don’t know when, I made resolutions. All of which I wanted to do anyways, but somehow putting pen to paper made them more attainable than an empty promise to myself.

1. to limit my soda intake

2. to run a half marathon (the BF and I are training together!)

3. to travel somewhere I’ve never been

See those don’t seem so hard, right?


While I get busy planning my next big trip, here are some photos from my last. My family (+BF) spent 9 days in Chile. Here are some pictures from our time at Tierra Atacama–a resort right outside of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile–the driest desert in the world. It was certainly a nice change from these 7 degree days in Boston


(1-2) Outdoor fire pits at Tierra Atacama overlooking the Andes (3) Fresh Margarita and Bloody Mary; an afternoon staple (4) Old bell tower in Atacama, dating back to the 1500s (5) Sunset at the Atacama Salt Flat (6) Small mining town (population 8) outside El Tatio Geyser field  (7) My brother in his RGIII jersey in la Valle de la Luna

12 Months of 2012

2 Jan

2012 was probably my favorite year so far. There were so many milestones: gradutation, first apartment, traveling to Africa for the first time, starting a new job… it’s been a whirlwind of a year, but I have loved every minute of it–and cannot wait to see what 2013 has to bring. Here’s my highlights of 2012: