Downton Abbey exhibit kitchen

Back to Downton

I’ve missed you, dear readers! I spent the summer packing, moving, unpacking…and we’re still unpacking… I have 10 more things left to do for this year’s birthday list, and at least 10 that I haven’t reported on yet, so let’s begin. The only TV show I’ve watched religiously in years is Downton Abbey. What anglophile […]

Dark Chocolate Chickpeas

Dark Chocolate Chickpeas

I was in CVS the other day looking for a snack. And I came upon dark chocolate chickpeas. I like dark chocolate and I like chickpeas, but I would never dream of melding the two together. I decided to try them. They’re…OK. I’m neutral. The chickpea is pretty tasteless, or maybe it’s just that the […]

Neighborhood Restaurants

Neighborhood Restaurants

I’ve lived in my neighborhood for 10 years and am in the process of moving to a new neighborhood (albeit within walking distance of my current one). I’m glad I made it to two neighborhood restaurants before I left. I’ve walked by both of them countless times, thinking, “I have to try this place someday.” […]

Jackson Homestead and Museum

Jackson Homestead and Museum

Allen and I visited Jackson Homestead and Museum in Newton, MA, recently. It is the first house I’ve been to that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The house was built in 1809 by Timothy Jackson. His son, William, became an abolitionist and was one of two community members who offered his home as […]

Porcini’s and Cornish Pasty Co

Porcini’s and Cornish Pasty Co

I love Italian food; I say it’s in my blood. Ancestry DNA says I’m 13% Italian. So when Allen suggested we go to an Italian restaurant in Watertown that I hadn’t been to before, I was game. Porcini’s is a nice little restaurant with a dark and cozy ambiance. The tables were pretty close together, […]