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    One thing that we don’t do nearly enough is go out with our friends.  We are all too busy somehow.  Newcomer, Hopster’s Brew and Boards will take care of that with their 99 Club. Every 3 months, you will gather … Continue reading

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    Just because beer options have become incredible doesn’t mean that wine disappears in the shadows.  There are beer lovers and there are wine lovers and there are those who are smart enough to appreciate it all.  This one is for … Continue reading

    leahkleinWine clubs membership is a gift that won't go to waste.leahkleinWine clubs membership is a gift that won't go to waste.

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    Beer is not just a passing trend.  Beer in our fair city and country has grown up over the past decade.  From pairings to offerings beer is no longer wine’s plaid wearing, “hoser” like, scraggly bearded younger sibling.  She’s all … Continue reading

    leahkleinHopster's Brew and Board and Craft Beer Cellar have you covered for all the beer lovers in your family.leahkleinHopster's Brew and Board and Craft Beer Cellar have you covered for all the beer lovers in your family.

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    Formaggio kitchen is more than a majestic cheese cave, but I think you know that already. Of course there is a cheese of the month club.  Each month, Formaggio hand selects three cheeses with a special focus on seasonal cheeses, … Continue reading

    leahkleinThe best kind of cheesy gift!  Formaggio Kitchen memberships.leahkleinThe best kind of cheesy gift! Formaggio Kitchen memberships.

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    Formaggio Kitchen‘s Charcuterie Share is like having your very own cellar filled with beautifully hand made meats.  Formaggio’s award-winning charcutière Julie Biggs transforms locally and humanely raised meats into pâtés, sausages, terrines, and cured delicacies. She sources rabbit, pork, duck, … Continue reading

    leahkleinThe gift of charcuterie:  You're such a hamleahkleinThe gift of charcuterie: You're such a ham

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    Once upon a time there were “gift of the month” clubs.  They were expensive, unique, somewhat personal, but the food itself was nothing to write home about.  It was more about the novelty of a monthly gift, and beautiful packaging.  … Continue reading

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    In case you missed Part 1 of 3, begin at the beginning with 30 Days of Comfort and Joy: Boston Dining. I’m a fan of oysters, my father is a fan of oysters, my daughter is a fan of oysters … Continue reading

    leahkleinComfort and Joy when dining out in Boston.leahkleinComfort and Joy when dining out in Boston.

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    Chicken soup, especially in matzoh ball soup form, is Jewish penicillin, but it’s not just for those who are feeling under the weather.  Chicken soup is the cure for just about everything?  Are you feling sick of seeing “elf on … Continue reading

    leahkleinChicken Soup Delivery: Matzoh ball, noodles, or gluten free with rice.leahkleinChicken Soup Delivery: Matzoh ball, noodles, or gluten free with rice.

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    For our cookie takedown recipe, my partner in crime made some slow cooker caramel. It turned out so tasty I wanted to make some more for my cookies for the Flour cookie swap. Flour Bakery and Café is having a … Continue reading

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    Tis the season of excess, from spending to indulging, but my favourite kind of excess is overloading the calendar with so many wonderful holiday, community, seasonal events.  It is fun if you don’t try to have your cake and eat … Continue reading

    leahkleinPencil it in: Holiday EditionleahkleinPencil it in: Holiday Edition

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    As I mentioned before, we don’t celebrate Christmas at our house.  We do celebrate at Grandma and Grandpa’s and my children definitely enjoy both Chanukah and Christmas. When it comes to cards, we definitely don’t send out Christmas Cards. We … Continue reading

    leahkleinHappy New Year:  Holiday Cards beyond Christmas.leahkleinHappy New Year: Holiday Cards beyond Christmas.

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    I love stationery.  I always have.  I think it is a tradition that got passed down from my aunt Kathie.  She has beautiful stationery and even better tiny, perfect handwriting.  I probably have every letter and card she’s sent me … Continue reading

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    I wanted to make a winter sangria that I could enjoy myself after a day of running around, baking, shopping, taxiing the kids here and there, but also fancy enough to serve at a dinner party or a casual gathering … Continue reading

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    Do you say Pesach with a Southern twang?  Apparently Josh Lewin does because his seder has bourbon. On Sunday, April 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Chef Lewin will be doing a demonstration and tasting at the Cambridge School of … Continue reading

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    It is spring in Boston and we all still have our shovels and ice scrapers at the ready lest we jinx the season. We smell the damp spring air. We see the crocuses in bloom, and our hearts sing just … Continue reading

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    The thing about becoming a teacher or parent of a school aged child in the area is that you learn about all the important things.  Important things such as which playground has the best shade on a sunny morning or sun on a cool fall afternoon.  Important things such as which lunch box is sturdy […]

    leahkleinThe Red Velvet cupcake from Lyndell's Bakery in Somerville.  A Somerville institution since 1887.leahkleinThe Red Velvet cupcake from Lyndell's Bakery in Somerville. A Somerville institution since 1887.

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    Over the years I’ve hosted cookie swaps, dinner parties, cocktail parties, and holiday brunches.  I enjoy hosting and I like to take the creativity and methodical ways of Martha Stewart, some recipes and the joie de vivre of Ina Garten, design and style from the world around me, my mother’s clever approach of making nothing … Continue reading Hosting for The Holidays (Sponsored by ShoeBuy)

    leahkleinOne of our favourite parties was a cocktail party and class with Adam Lantheaume of The Boston Shaker. Here, Megin of Labels are for Jars is expertly muddling.Leah1Leah2Leah3Leah4Leah5leahkleinOne of our favourite parties was a cocktail party and class with Adam Lantheaume of The Boston Shaker. Here, Megin of Labels are for Jars is expertly muddling.Leah1Leah2Leah3Leah4Leah5

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    The Langham Boston’s Chocolate Bar is an annual outing for some and others save it for special milestones.  I’ve brought pregnant friends out for this chocolate feast.  I’ve come for a mother-daughter outing with my 7 year old.  This year, I brought the whole family.  When we have guests in town who are true chocolate … Continue reading Chocolate Lovers Guide to Boston: The Langham Boston Chocolate Bar

    leahkleinThe chocolate soup is one of my favorites.The Chocolate Bar at The Langham Boston is a feast for the eyes, a treat for your taste buds, and there is live music for your ears.From white chocolate crunchy pearls to soft flans, spongey cakes, and melt in your mouth chocolate sticks, each pastry has more elements than meets the eye.Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are like a warm hug on a cold day, but sweeter.Plan plenty of time to savour all the treats. The hardest part is picking and choosing just the right plate full.There is plenty of fruit at the crêpe station and chocolate fountain to help you balance out the sweetness of the pastries.Perfect little chocolate cakes.They didn't even forget the bacon.A chocolate fountain is like waking up and finding yourself in the middle of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.This Caramelia choux is inspired by The Langham Hong Kong.My husband eats dairy free, and he had plenty of options.Trays full of truffles.Cupcakes don't take center stage here, but they are not forgotten.Perfect raspberries dusted with confectioners sugar sit atop these flourless chocolate cakes.Fruit tarts are made with white chocolate instead of pastry cream.Chocolate cotton candy.Salty and sweet.The salted caramel on these was so delicious.S'mores in a glass - the most elegant s'mores I've ever seen.There is popcorn to leahkleinThe chocolate soup is one of my favorites.The Chocolate Bar at The Langham Boston is a feast for the eyes, a treat for your taste buds, and there is live music for your ears.From white chocolate crunchy pearls to soft flans, spongey cakes, and melt in your mouth chocolate sticks, each pastry has more elements than meets the eye.Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are like a warm hug on a cold day, but sweeter.Plan plenty of time to savour all the treats. The hardest part is picking and choosing just the right plate full.There is plenty of fruit at the crêpe station and chocolate fountain to help you balance out the sweetness of the pastries.Perfect little chocolate cakes.They didn't even forget the bacon.A chocolate fountain is like waking up and finding yourself in the middle of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.This Caramelia choux is inspired by The Langham Hong Kong.My husband eats dairy free, and he had plenty of options.Trays full of truffles.Cupcakes don't take center stage here, but they are not forgotten.Perfect raspberries dusted with confectioners sugar sit atop these flourless chocolate cakes.Fruit tarts are made with white chocolate instead of pastry cream.Chocolate cotton candy.Salty and sweet.The salted caramel on these was so delicious.S'mores in a glass - the most elegant s'mores I've ever seen.There is popcorn to "cleanse" the palate and some fresh potato chips as well.Little dishes of crème brulée - chocolate of courseThese little treats are made with milk chocolate and a honey ale.Chocolate as far as the eye can see.White chocolate lemon verinne. I loved these desserts because they were nice light, flavorful layers of creams, custards, puddings, and curds.At the crêpe station you could choose chocolate or vanilla crêpes and stuff them with chocolate, bananas, strawberries, and more. Finish them flambéed or top them with whipped creamChocolate sculptures.Even the cake pops have chocolate sticks.Red Velvet - a nod to the South.South American flavors and beautiful brilliant colors.I loved this version of Eton Mess. The raspberry layer was a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Not to mention, it was beautiful to look at too.The iconic Boston cream pie of course!Spiced dark chocolate soup warmed you from the inside. If you want something a little stronger though, there are plenty of cocktails to pair with this chocolate extravaganza as well.

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    It is true that for the holidays (or let’s face it any time) no one wants a gym membership or a gift basket of aluminum-free deodorant because it might be interpreted the wrong way.  On the other hand, so many people have too much stuff they don’t really need or use, so gifts that help … Continue reading Gift Guide: The Gift of Health & Beauty

    leahkleingift of health nourishNourish Your Soul - The gift of feeling good.Hanging out at dusk at Community Ice Skating @Kendall.room beach plum spaunnamedleahkleingift of health nourishNourish Your Soul - The gift of feeling good.Hanging out at dusk at Community Ice Skating @Kendall.room beach plum spaunnamed

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  • 12/09/14--13:10: Gift Guide: Shopping Local
  • If you’re sitting by your computer shopping online, there may be someone bringing you a cocktail, and good cheer, but I bet it’s much easier to find by bundling up and skipping out your door to head to some of the local craft fairs, holiday strolls and some of my favorite little boutiques. We use Amazon.com … Continue reading Gift Guide: Shopping Local

    leahkleinholiday_stroll_11.19.14Gather Here Handmade Holiday Market.Didriks, Observatory Hill/ Cambridge, MAHipstitch, Newton, MAL'Aroma Café, West Newton, MATokai, Porter Square/Cambridge, MAleahkleinholiday_stroll_11.19.14Gather Here Handmade Holiday Market.Didriks, Observatory Hill/ Cambridge, MAHipstitch, Newton, MAL'Aroma Café, West Newton, MATokai, Porter Square/Cambridge, MA

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