Tag Archives: Wine

Life Lately According to My iPhone

16 Jul

Life Lately:

(1) On Friday night the BF surprised me by taking me to a wine tasting at The Urban Grape in the South End (2) I tried my first Vouvray, and absolutely loved it! We also did some gin tasting from a local distillery (3) I spent some quality time on the couch this weekend, reading through some old Do It Yourself magazines my mom had sent me. We’ve been having the hottest summer ever–and to stay hydrated I have been adding mint and blueberries to my water. Totally does the trick (4) Finally tried Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from  How Sweet It Is, and LOVED them (5) Went to the Jason Aldean, Jake Owen & Miranda Lambert concert in Fenway on Saturday. Basically was the best night of my life. (6) The most amazing flag installation at the MFA in honor of the Boston Marathon survivors.

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Barcelona Part III

17 May

Here’s the last round of pictures of Barcelona. Trust me, there are hundreds more but I should really get back to interior decorating, recipe sharing and general Boston-themed-goodness… but just you wait and see, this post has a theme…

Getting accustomed to Spanish culture was a very easy transition. What do you mean, you drink wine at lunch, pre-dinner, dinner and then after dinner? Okay, I can get on that. It will probably come to no surprise to anyone that I came back determined to start my own wine bar. That was until the BF so lovingly asked me if I knew anything about wine… so I might be making a career move and become a Sommelier. Although, I will probably have to stop ordering the cheapest wine on the menu from now on…

(1) I mentioned this in my first post, but I will say it again, we had the most fabulous time at the wine bar La Vinya Del Seyor outside Maria Del Mar where we would eat pre-dinner tapas and sip on cava (2) and red wine (3) Strolling through the Gothic Quarter we stumbled upon this phenomenal wine store where we were able to pick up a bottle of our favorite Cava to bring back to Boston with us. Now, we just have to find the perfect occasion to pop that bad boy (4) For our last night in Barcelona, we decided to splurge and go out for a nice restaurant. The BF picked a little restaurant that we would have easily walked by without thinking twice. Can Valles looks like any old tappas joint from the outside, but is absolutely gorgeous inside. The service and food were just amazing. I’m so glad we went, and highly recommend it! We also had this amazing bottle of wine, that we will forever be searching for (5) My (clean) dish from Can Valles. I got the pistachio shrimp. de-lish. (6) Our fist night in Barca we ate at your run-of-the-mill Tappas place. and of course, with our menu del dia we enjoyed unidentified “house wine” (7) Sangria, done.

Barcelona Part I

10 May

Well specifically, this was day one.  The BF and I woke up super early on our first day to explore the city and do a Runner Bean Walking Tour. If you want my FULL review of this tour, you can check out this TripAdivsor link, to which our phenomenal guide responded to.  The weather the first day was pretty terrible, but hey, how many times are you traveling through Barcelona? So glad we brought our own umbrellas, they totally saved the day!

(1) Plaza Renial, where we started our tour on a very rainy Saturday morning (2) Discovered espresso while we were away. Gosh, American coffee is just so much better and not nearly as strong. I drank espresso every day just so I could get my caffeine intake over with as soon as possible. As you can see from this picture, I really needed it (3) My handy-dandy pink umbrella that saved the day (4) We found some little restaurant that seemed to have a great menu del dia (menu of the day) we were so excited (5) especially because they had really good bread (6) but then one of our appetizers came out and it was an entire crab (7) and then my fish came out… and it was an entire fish. Thankfully there was a lovely Belgium couple sitting next to us who taught me step-by-step how to eat one of those bad boys (8) we stopped by the jewish temple, which was really just ruins of what once might have been a jewish temple (9) and ended the night with some delicious tapas and paella (as seen in my first post)

We’re Back!

5 May

 

BACK FROM VACATION!

The BF and I arrived last night to Logan Airport after 9 days of traveling through Barcelona and Lisbon!

I have so much to share, but am only going to leave a small snapshot of the trip as a whole before delving into the separate cities. And if you’re wondering why someone who loves to sleep as much as I do is posting at eight in the morning, it is because of this silly jet lag that is making us pass out on the couch by 8:30pm and up by 6:00am… no thank you.

(1) Picture from Rossio Square in Lisbon (2) View from our Hotel in El Born, Barcelona… we didn’t realize until the last day that we also had a view of the Iglesia de Maria del Mar from our window… whoops (3) Seafood Paella on the first night in Barcelona (4) Cava tasting at La Vinya del Seyor outside of Maria del Mar (5) Trams in Lisbon (6) We spent my birthday on the beaches of Cascais, about 30 miles west of Lisbon (7) Sunset from Barrio Alto on our last night

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Anyways, there will be much more to come, including all my TripAdvisor ratings and links–because lets be honest, TripAdvisor is basically a godsend when trying to blindly plan a trip

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.

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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.