Belhurst Castle

Birthday in the Finger Lakes

My mom and I like to travel together, so I planned to take her somewhere for her birthday earlier this year. Wanting to find a unique place to stay that wasn’t too far from Rochester, I came upon Belhurst Castle, which is on one of the Finger Lakes. We stayed in a separate building that […]

The Milling Gowns

The Plough & Stars

Well, it took me 20 years to make it to The Plough & Stars pub in Cambridge…but better late than never, right? I’ve heard about this place for probably 20 years, so I blame my late arrival on the fact that I live on the “other side of the [Charles] river.” OK, I really have […]

ice cream cones

Last Ice Cream of the Season

I eat ice cream year-round, but I believe that the experience is heightened in the summertime. Ice cream is meant to be eaten outside with the warmth of the sun on your skin; don’t your agree? Last month, Allen and I enjoyed our last ice cream cone in the sunshine at a place I hadn’t […]

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 […]