Gustatory Adventures

I indulged in my bi-/tri-annual three-course meal a few nights ago. My friends and I had dinner at a subterranean Italian restaurant that was so tiny it was almost comical. I lost count of the number of times the waitstaff bumped into my girlfriend as they squeezed by our table. I chose a lightly breaded... Continue Reading →

A Balmy Afternoon

  The definition of balmy, according to Merriam-Webster: a :  having the qualities of balm :  soothing b :  mild  <balmy weather> I wish it were b the other afternoon, but I settled for a. Mary and I made lip balm (#17 on the birthday list). It was easy-peasy because I ordered a kit online at... Continue Reading →

Happy Holi!

  My attendance at a Holi festival might win "most interesting birthday list item" for 2014. Holi is a Hindu tradition in which people gather to celebrate the coming of spring and throw colored power all over each other. Last weekend, Abby and I walked into a dive-y Fenway bar and were handed a pink... Continue Reading →

An Italian State of Mind

  Italy is in my blood—between 10 and 25 percent of my blood, according to's DNA test. My mother's maternal grandparents were Italian. They are my daunting "brick wall" as genealogists like to call situations that are a mystery. I have their birth and death dates but are not sure where they grew up.... Continue Reading →

T Minus Three Months

  Here it is, March 1. I have three months to complete 24 birthday list items. No problemo! In recent list news... I ate at a restaurant called Marliave for the first time last week. It's tucked away in a little historic pocket in downtown Boston. As soon as you walk in, you can tell... Continue Reading →

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