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Twice this holiday season I have driven west to Worcester, MA to go treasure hunting at the Crompton Collective. If you haven't been, it is one of my absolute favorite places to find unique, handmade and vintage gifts. Normally, after a successful outing at Crompton, I head to Armsby Abbey for brunch or lunch.
I have just returned from six days in San Francisco for work. Each year, in the first week of December, my company hosts a week-long retreat for all employees. It's an amazing chance to explore the city, which happens to have some of the best food in the country.
In December 2013 Upstairs on the Square closed its doors after 31 years. I was in complete denial and spent months mourning the loss of a place that was so special to me, and also where I had hoped to one day host my bridal shower (yes, after I meet someone). You can read about my farewell meal here. Parsnip is the name of the restaurant that has moved into that space.
I have been on the road for most of October and November, traveling for work. Last week I spent three days in Los Angeles and was lucky to sneak in one dining out adventure in between meetings and events.
I was staying at The Standard in West Hollywood, which is just steps from Chateau Marmont, a huge celebrity hangout. I did not see anyone famous during my stay, though my eyes were peeled the entire time.
Only in New York City can you find an entire bakery dedicated to Rice Krispie treats! As I walked toward the storefront I felt a magnetic pull drawing me toward the front window.
Like a child, I pressed both hands (and my nose) against the glass to get a closer look.
On my most recent trip to New York City I took the subway from Chelsea to the Upper West Side to meet one of my oldest, dearest friends for dinner. She and her fiancé recently moved to the Upper West Side and we've been having a great time exploring the neighborhood together.
We decided to check out Parm for dinner. The restaurant has five locations, including an outpost at Yankee Stadium.
I have been in New York for the last six days on business. Though most of my time has been with my client, I have been able to share a few meals with friends in between meetings.
On Saturday morning I took the subway to the Upper West Side to meet two family friends for brunch. They let me pick the location and after some quick Google research, I suggested Jacob's Pickles. The restaurant is known for its Southern-style comfort food.
I have been on a marathon business trip for the past few days. Four days in San Francisco, followed by six days in New York. Though I have been working pretty much every minute of every day (or flying back and forth across the country) I have managed to sneak in a few meals out.
A few years ago I started going to the Hard Rock Cafe in Faneuil Hall to see some of my favorite local bands perform. Now I know what you are thinking, isn't that place a tourist trap? I used to feel that way too until I started visiting regularly. Not only is it a great place to see live music (you can stand as close to the stage as you can push), but Hard Rock has a pretty killer food menu.
Last week I was in New York City for three days for work. While I was busy with my client 99.99% of the time, I was able to squeeze in one meal with a friend. When deciding where we would dine, we had two requirements - one, the restaurant had to be near my hotel and two, it had to be walking distance to Penn Station (so she could head to the NJ Transit afterward).
I have been wanting to go to Yvonne's since it opened. Now that I work in Cambridge, I don't dine out downtown as much anymore, especially during the week. When I made plans with a friend to see a concert at the Orpheum Theater, she asked if I had any ideas for where we should have dinner beforehand and I knew exactly what to suggest!
Yvonne's is located on Winter Place, a quiet, almost secretive off shoot of Winter Street.
On my most recent trip to Mystic, CT I was dining with one of my best friends at MBAR, the new wine bar owned by the team that runs Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT. Two women sat down at the table next to us and asked how we were enjoying our meal. They both lived locally and had become huge fans of MBAR since its opening over the summer.