Thursday, June 30, 2005

Archie's Island Chairs

I adore Archie’s Island Chairs! The delightful and colorful furniture is perfect for any backyard, garden, or porch. A set of Round Back Chairs would be splendid in my laid-back loft!



Archie’s furniture line includes various brightly colored lounge chairs, dining sets, and tables.



All the furniture is made of solid mahogany. Primed in alkyld enamel and finished with a marine enamel to give the furniture a shiny no-fade gloss.



The extra special wood and paint means Archie's products don't come cheap. The plus side: Your Round Back Chair ($450.00) will last a lifetime. I say, "Worth Every Penny!



Surf Blue, Mango, Bonfire are just a few of the 12 different colors that make Archie’s products so special. Explore Archie’s Island Chairs website to see all the different colors and furniture.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

A little bit of sin? Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village, New York just divulged their top secret recipes. Try Magnolia Bakery’s Cookbook to make extraordinary cakes and pies reminiscent of your Grandma’s kitchen.


Magnolia’s Recipes Are Classics! Iced Molasses Cookies, Coconut Layer Cake, Pecan Pie, and Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie are just a few of Magnolia's splendid treats!

I can’t resist Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcakes (pg.60) with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (pg.83). Making custom colors for your frosting adds the perfect homemade touch! I used a lot of red and just a little yellow foodcoloring to make my perfect shade of pink!



Idea: Make these cute cupcakes for a special party and your guests will be deliriously happy!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Nirvana in a Kurta?


Kristen and her daughter Emma love to show off their hip Mommy and Me Kurtas! Kristen from Fit Pregnancy Magazine, definitely knows how to be a Stylish Mama! Bright colors and embroidered Indian tops are oh so chic this summer!



Kristen loves to wear her tie-dyed Kurta at casual dinner parties paired with jeans and a large hip-slung belt. Mix it up with bangles and gold earrings to be instantly glamorous. Think: Bohemian Style-Icon Sienna Miller!


Check-out local Indian boutiques that specialize in Saris and Kurtas. You will find authentic pieces in beautiful colors and stunning hand-embroidery.



Royal Sari House, located on the corner of 29th Street and 5th Avenue,specialize in Kurtas, Tunics, Fabrics, and Sandals. I grabbed up a pair of purple sparkly shoes for just $18 as long as I paid cash!



Neeras Saree Palace on Lexington between 28th and 29th Street is situated in New York’s Murray Hill famous for Indian stores and restaurants. Neeras’s carries a large number of tunics in cotton and silk, oodles of bangles, and Saris. I got a dozen bangles in all different colors and patterns for just $12.00.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Edamame Salad


Who wants to slave over a hot stove on a summer night? Put down the phone and stop yourself from taking the easy way out and ordering take-out.



This recipe is easy, cheap and fresh. It only takes a few ingredients and about 30 minutes. You will be transported to Yum Heaven in no time.



INGREDIENTS:


1 bag of frozen shelled Edamame


½ cup seasoned rice vinegar


2 T. canola oil


1 T. sugar


Salt and Pepper to Taste


8 ounce bag of radishes (sliced)


3-4 medium sized carrots (sliced)


½ c sliced almond (toast in a small skillet)


1 cup of cilantro (chopped)



Cook Edamame according to directions on bag. Rinse with cool water. Put in a bowl with radishes, carrots, and your toasted almonds. Whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, and S+P. Pour over vegetables and stir till well combined. Stir in cilantro and place in the fridge till cool. Tastes even better the next day.



The Salmon was super easy. Miso Salmon tastes like candied fish. I got about a pound of Salmon at the local fish market and Red Miso Paste (available at most health food stores).



Rinse the fish with cool water, S+P the fillet and then spread in a thin layer the miso on fish. Bake skin side down in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Finish off Broiling the Salmon for 2 minutes longer.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Woodman's Clam Hut



I have been looking for a place to have a possible beach wedding. A friend recommend The Crane Estate, located in Ipswich, Ma (45 minutes north of Boston) The Estate is gorgeous, offering 4 potentials sights on the property, ranging from a Great Gatsby Style home to the more laid-back beach and lawn location.

Woodman’s was listed as a possible vendor for the beach and lawn site. Located in Essex, Ma (short ride from Ipswich.) Woodman’s is the quintessential Clam Hut fully equipped with a guy out front serving lobster’s on ice.



Woodman’s was budget friendly. I saved a bunch on a tip with their self-serve counter. I ordered lobster, crab cakes, and corn on the cob so I could get an idea of the food.,



I grabbed a catering menu on my way out. The menu consists of 10 different menu options. The “All American Clambake,” includes their Award-Winning Clam Chowder, Mussels, Clams, Lobster, Rack of Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Corn Muffins, Cole Slaw, and Strawberry Shortcake for around $40.00 a person depending on your party’s size.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Todd's Farm Flea Market




Todd’s Farm Antique and Flea Market located in Rowley, Ma (45 minutes north from Boston.) The Flea Market happens every Sunday from 5am - 3pm, 240 vendors clutter the fields to display some extraordinary finds.

Early bird gets the prize. Arrive early with your game face on, comfortable footwear, cash, and coffee. Get ready to bargain for a prized, Bakelite Bangle for $5.00 or $325.00.



Tip: Always bargain. If you find something that you know is really valuable and is priced for, “Oh my god, that must be a mis-marked price!” Don’t let on to the seller how much it’s really worth. You will end up snatching it up at a fraction of the real cost.



This Sunday, I picked up this great yellow lamp for $5.00. I love the color and 60’s modern feel. Not everything is so groovy or kitschy. You can find great antique ulitarian pieces, Vintage tablecloths, antique tables, and Depression Glass.



I check out Todd’s whenever I can. I usually bring about $40 in cash.I search for something that will add a little more pizzazz to my home. I have never left without a huge smile on my face gloating about my new prize.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Sailing in Marblehead, MA


Marblehead, Massachusetts is the birthplace of American Navy and home to one of the most beautiful harbors in New England. Marblehead (located just 20 miles north of Boston) offers a quaint New England Village that wraps around a picturesque harbor.

A Mecca for sailors, Marblehead draws enthusiasts from around the world to its waters. The harbor fills to its capacity in the summertime with upwards of 2,000 sailboats.



On Saturdays, around noon, you can catch a regatta race from one of Marblehead’s great parks. Fort Sewall and Chandler Hovey Park offers the best views to catch these races.



Local tip: Meet up with a local Captain and crew on a sailboat for a day. You will get a front-seat view and a great workout.



Head over to Maddies Sail Loft afterwards to calm your sore muscles with one of their legendary pint-size cocktails. Careful: 2 drinks at this local establishment will transform a scruffy looking sailor into Brad Pitt.

Monday, June 6, 2005

North End, Boston


The North End is a thriving Italian neighborhood in Boston. The best place to go on weekend nights for food and drinking.

I have two favorite restaurants that meet my budget-conscience standards. The North End does have some pretty pricey restaurants. Make sure you check the menus prices before committing to spending big bucks.



Giacomo’s offers large, cheap, and fast entrees. You will get great seafood and pasta dishes. Everything is homemade and aims to please even the most discerning palates.



Regina’s Pizza has the Best Pizza outside of NYC. Try the Meat Lovers, amazing sausage, you won’t regret it. Bring Cash and be prepared to wait in a line outside all-year around.



When you come to The North End you have to indulge in a dessert. Check out local cafes for espresso and gelato.



Modern Pastry on Hanover Street (virtual runway for people-watching in the warmer months) has The Best Cannolis!



Bova’s Bakery offers great warm bread 24 hours a day. Nothing tastes better at 1am when you went past your 2 drink limit at 10pm.

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Swan Boats, Boston


For only $2.50 I took a peaceful fifteen-minute Swan Boat ride around a small pond. Surrounding the pond are these huge old willow trees. The branches of the willow trees gently grace your shoulders and head as you soothingly float around the pond.

Robert Paget first created the Swan Boats in 1877. Paget creation was based on a opera called Lohengrin. A love story where a knight crosses a river in a boat drawn by a Swan to save the Princess Elsa.



The Swan Boats are located in the center of Boston Public Gardens. Twenty-four acres of Public Botanical Garden is an oasis in the center of the city.



You will even catch locals riding the Swan Boats. A Swan Boat ride is a great way to welcome Summer. The sun will lovingly beam down on you as you gently glide around the pond. You can’t help but be relaxed and calmed by the ride.



Great place to bring visitors or dates. The Swan Boats are fun way to welcome them to Boston. Bring your date here before dinner it’s seductive and quiet enough to calm your nerves.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

Richardson's Ice Cream


Richardson's Ice Cream is ton a fun on a smoldering hot Saturday evening. Richardson’s (located in Middleton, Ma) has it all: Natural Homemade Ice Cream, Two 18-hole Miniature Golf Courses, Driving Range, and Batting Cage. The grounds are really clean and not tacky.

My double-scoop Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream satisfied my sweet craving for a good week. My cone was huge and cost just $2.50.



I checked out baby cows and very large dairy cows that were a bit freighting. They were the largest most aggressive dairy cows I have ever encountered. I guess the cow’s moxie is what makes the ice cream so good.

 

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