At this point I might as well start a series called "Another Reason to Love Somerville." Located right in Davis Square, Magpie is an independently owned shop that features unique products ranging from stationary to skin care. I love that I can pop in here and find a great gift made by local artisans, as well as the perfect card to go with it. As if Magpie weren't great enough, they also have a sister store just for tots, Magpie Kids. With the holidays around the corner, Magpie might be just the place to kick-off your gift list.
Last month, C and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary. We wanted to change it up a bit and do something other than our regular dinner out. After some brainstorming, we thought it might be fun to take a cooking class. Initially, we looked at a well-known cookware supply store. Wanting something a little more intimate, I came across Shiso Kitchen in Somerville. It was the perfect choice. Chef Jessica Roy makes you feel as if she's a friend who's invited you over for a cooking party. The tapas style menu meant that we learned to make multiple dishes while also learning some great kitchen tips and tricks. It was more than we were expecting and have already started planning our next visit.
Once in a while, there are those books that beg to be read. You see them proudly displayed in windows, in every Hudson News, on bus-stop posters, and all over Instagram. I usually try to resist temptation but while packing for London I remembered that I had yet to download anything on my Kindle. I was feeling a little overwhelmed and not in the mood to read reviews so I picked the first title I recognized. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes ended up being the perfect read after long days of sight-seeing. I actually did myself a disservice because even on the nights where I knew we had to go to bed early for the next day's excursions, I could NOT stop reading. While it is a romance, it is intriguing and at times heartbreaking. Go ahead, jump on the band wagon and read it.
Even though we are now officially in fall and leaves have started to change, the sun is just not letting up and I am so OKAY with this! Knowing that temperatures would be in the 80's this past Saturday, we decided to finally make the trip up to Maine to check out the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. C's mom had been talking about this place all summer and how amazing it was. Not only was it the most perfect fall beach day but we happened to go on the day of the Punkin Fiddle. We were able to taste some homemade jams and salsa's and sip on some freshly pressed apple cider. On our way home we stopped in Ogunquit for some lobster rolls and ice cream. What a New England dream! As always, on Sunday I whipped up a breakfast treat (my favorite meal of the day) and then prepped for my first week at my field work site. It was a nice way to finally say goodbye to my summer. Until next year!
Three posts in one week, what a treat! To wrap up, I just need to talk about the Bluebird Cafe. What a ridiculously incredible experience. If you know anything about music and Nashville, you know that most well known artists and songs have made their debuts in this historic (yet tiny) institution. We knew there was a chance that we wouldn't get in but we took a gamble and arrived at the Bluebird 2 hours before the show was scheduled to start. We couldn't believe it when the hostess came out to tell us that we and the four people behind us were the last to get in. While we had to sit separately, we didn't care. For 2 hours we watched and listened as the amazing female songwriters and their guests took turns singing their songs and telling the stories that inspired them. It was like being a fly on the wall during the most amazing jam session. I don't have a lot of spiritual experiences but this was one. I sang along (quietly), laughed, cried, and smiled the biggest smile knowing that my friends and I were able to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with each other. Definitely on my top life moments list.
Finally, my Nashville post is here! After many weeks of putting off going through the many photos I took (and cursing the heavens that I still haven't bought a real camera), I have finally sifted through and picked the ones that make me wish I was still there. Not only was the city as fun as I thought it would be but seeing my friends was just. the. BEST. Arriving last, I walked in to find my four gals, curled up in different spots, watching the show Nashville (gotta love a theme). The next morning, my room was slowly invaded by each girl. Piled onto and around the bed, we attempted to whisper until we just couldn't keep the giggles in anymore. It was very Little Women and I loved it! Our trip was only four days long but if I posted all the photos at once, what fun would that be?
Skip: The Pfunky Griddle. Make your own pancakes sounds great in theory but this restaurant fails in execution. I'd say skip the long line (and the promise of smelling like food for the rest of the day) and head somewhere where brunch includes a mimosa.