Chels’s Favorite Things:
Magazines for the plane ride and… beach!
I’m heading down to Florida today and conveniently enough, all of my new magazines for the month arrived this week! I’m thrilled to be able to pack them in my carry on (which is going to be quite heavy, eek) and have some quality time with them! Two issues of Body + Soul, House Beautiful, Food & Wine, and of course, Martha Stewart Living… think I’ll save that one for last! Melis and I want to get a little cooking time in while we’re away so I’m hoping to find some good recipes in at least one of these magazines… shouldn’t be a problem
Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale
Last night after dinner Sues, Chris, and myself stopped into Publick House Provisions, a great little gourmet food and craft beer shop in Brookline. Since fall is here and the weather is getting a little crisp, I decided to get some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale to enjoy once I get back from Florida… something tells me the weather here will not be nearly as warm as the weather down south I needed a little something to look forward to in the fridge for my return home!
For my birthday, Kate literally tracked down and stalked some Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl wine for me. Apparently the wine couldn’t be shipped here to Massachusetts due to some laws and then since it was in the month of August the winery wouldn’t ship anyway since it was too hot. Kate ended up going to a liquor store to have them special order the wine for me! And that is why she has been my best friend since we were 7 years old! Martha Stewart reviewed this recently and Kate thought it was something I would love. She knows me well enough to know I judge wine bottles by how well their labels are designed and umm yeshhh, I’m pretty in love with the Kung Fu Girl packaging, along with the rest of the Charles Smith wine, A+ for great branding! Kate also got me a bottle of ku de ta sauvignon blanc which I’m also looking forward to enjoying and reviewing when I get home! Who wants to enjoy some wine with me?
Sues’s Favorite Things:
I’m going to continue on with Chels’s alcohol talk (clearly this is what we’re into this week) and talk about my love for Autumn beers. Since I’m obviously obsessed with all things pumpkin (!!!!), I’m in absolute love with pumpkin beers and this time of year. Dogfish Head Punkin is also one of my favorites, though I’m also pretty in love with Southern Tier’s Pumking Ale (which I’m pretty sure is the best pumpkin beer in existence. Prove me wrong?). Tomorrow, Sara and I are going to be indulging in flights of pumpkin beer at Sunset Grill and I cannot wait! Maybe I will find some new favorites. Anyway, I love how Dogfish’s says “Punk” on the bottle. Because obviously only punks drink pumpkin beer.
Sam Adams Octoberfest is obviously a staple in Boston at this time of year. I was a bit surprised to see bars switching over from Sam Summer to Octoberfest when it was still August (and hot out!), but now that it feels like fall, I’m loving it.
I had never tried Thomas Hooker’s Octoberfest before this year, but it’s definitely a good one.
It was also my first time trying Magic Hat Autumn Seasonal, but I absolutely love it! It’s really, really hoppy, which I’m always a fan of.
The Red Sox
Obviously. I shouldn’t even need to say that. But I more wanted to show off how completely awesome my Nikon P90 camera was at the couple of Red Sox games I went to last week. I love Fenway Park:
The amazing Jon Lester was pitching:
David Ortiz had a fabulous game:
Hi there Varitek:
Of course, when you’re at Fenway Park, you need to eat a Fenway Frank. I am really not a fan of hotdogs at all, but whenever I’m at Fenway, it just seems like the right thing to do:
I went to the first game with my sister and Adam who treated a whole bunch of their wedding party and friends to an after-wedding game. It was a blast! And the second game Chris and I went to on a Sunday afternoon.
I love the Red Sox and I love my Nikon P90:
The Friendly Toast
I went to college at UNH and right nearby is a lovely town called Portsmouth. There are tons of fun little spots in Portsmouth, but one of my favorites was a breakfast (lunch and dinner too) spot called The Friendly Toast. I’ve been out of college for 4+ years now and was so excited when about 6 months ago, Friendly Toast opened a new location in Cambridge!
For some reason, it took me forever to get there, but I finally went. The Cambridge location is similar to the Portsmouth one (kitschy, but fun) and the food is similar too. I had a really delicious eggs benedict (though it didn’t quite equal The Fireplace’s… Or my dad’s).
But Chris’s meal was definitely the one worth talking about. He got the King Cakes- Two pancakes with bananas & chocolate chips inside & peanut butter in between, encircled by a side of bacon. The picture truly does not do them justice:
Yup, Elvis would have loved these. Since this is pretty much my dream come true as well, it’s a recipe I will be replicating very soon and I cannot wait!
[Chels and Sues]