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Leah's Life

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    This year is coming to a close and Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all fast approaching.  Before we crash full speed into the year ahead, I am pulling on the breaks.  Over the last few years, I have learned to appreciate what a night away (it doesn’t have to be far) does for … Continue reading Slow Down Santa: Holiday Hotel Stays in Boston & Beyond

    leahkleinRiding the pedi-cab from The Wellfleet Oysterfest to the pier.Breakfast with Santa at the Royal Sonesta. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Sonesta Boston)Skating under the rotunda.  WInter in the city at its best.The French room is the opulent setting for Tea at the Taj. (Photo courtesy of Taj Boston)The Study at The Hotel Portsmouth (Photo by: Philip Case Cohen)leahkleinRiding the pedi-cab from The Wellfleet Oysterfest to the pier.Breakfast with Santa at the Royal Sonesta. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Sonesta Boston)Skating under the rotunda. WInter in the city at its best.The French room is the opulent setting for Tea at the Taj. (Photo courtesy of Taj Boston)The Study at The Hotel Portsmouth (Photo by: Philip Case Cohen)

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    Sparklefest is in full swing in Harvard Square. Artisan and craft fairs and holiday pop up shops are popping up rapidly like the bubbles in that New Year’s eve glass of Champagne.   And, the kids might be seeing double, triple and quadruple as Santa finds his way all over town.  This weekend is the weekend … Continue reading Weekend Guide: Santa Brunches & Beyond

    leahkleinSanta reading at the Royal Sonesta Santa breakfast.  Photo courtesy of the Royal Sonesta Boston1781139_10154936522330113_1774023711237425603_oRun, don't walk from the craziness of a mall. Shop local fairs, shop squares, even shop The Street and get a little fresh air.leahkleinSanta reading at the Royal Sonesta Santa breakfast. Photo courtesy of the Royal Sonesta Boston1781139_10154936522330113_1774023711237425603_oRun, don't walk from the craziness of a mall. Shop local fairs, shop squares, even shop The Street and get a little fresh air.

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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 stashed away in various places. “So what?” you think.  “What does stationery have to do … Continue reading Keeping Kosher for the Holidays: Stationery Quandries

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    When I refer to “hostess” I use the broad definition.  What I mean by that is if you are attending a party you bring a hostess gift, and if you are hosting a party you deserve to treat yourself.  We’ve all joined our summer and fall CSAs and some brave souls have also signed up … Continue reading 5 Local Hostess Gifts: Drink Local

    DSC_3554leahkleinIMG_4310Bedell Cellars, a winery on the North Fork of Long Island, is releasing their new vintage of First Crush Red 2013, which features a limited edition label collaboration with artist and filmmaker, Mickalene Thomas. IMG_4311greylock gin lsckIMG_4293IMG_4312IMG_4313IMG_4314DSC_3554leahkleinIMG_4310Bedell Cellars, a winery on the North Fork of Long Island, is releasing their new vintage of First Crush Red 2013, which features a limited edition label collaboration with artist and filmmaker, Mickalene Thomas. IMG_4311greylock gin lsckIMG_4293IMG_4312IMG_4313IMG_4314

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    Eggs are a symbolic part of both Passover and Easter.  As a lover of anything crafty and fun, of course I had to adopt the practice of decorating eggs.  I can do without the bunny (that’s just totally confusing- I mean where does a bunny even get eggs?) I can skip all the sugar too … Continue reading Spring Eggs: Passover or Easter The Chicken Doesn’t Care

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       I love to cook, so our Thanksgiving is prepared by me and my entire family with a few exceptions. We always have a selection of Fastachi nuts, seeds, and mixes for guests to nibble on while the turkey is cooking. I also love the ooey gooey deliciousness of Petsi Pies pecan pie so I … Continue reading Fantasy Thanksgiving Menu: Boston Area Thanksgiving To Go

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    I enjoy shopping, whether I’m window shopping, going to a few favourite stores at the mall (Nordstrom, Kiehls, Polarn O. Pyret, Victoria’s Secret (they have the best pyjamas), Williams Sonoma) or popping into local stores I love (Half Crown, Didriks, Hatched, Magic Beans, Henry Bear’s Park, Porter Square Books, Crate Escape/Raining Cats & Dogs, Polka … Continue reading Unusual Places to Shop for the Holidays: A Breath of Fresh Air

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    When we dine in Concord it is usually summer and a trip to Bedford Farms is included.  We spent a lot of summer time out in Concord at our Farm Share (dining on barely washed organic carrots, and still warm from the sun raspberries or strawberries) in nearby Lincoln.  We rush to Donelan’s, the grocery … Continue reading Lunch in Concord: Saltbox Kitchen

    IMG_6715leahkleinI had a scrumptious roasted squash sandwich with mozzarella, caramelized onions and kale pesto.These Brussels Sprouts were incredible. Perhaps a tad on the greasy side, but the lamb bacon and crispy leaves allowed me to overlook that.Pappardelle with a lamb Bolognese.From the prepared foods counter.  There were beautiful dishes laid out on pottery bowls.  This is a serving of the monkfish and roasted carrots and to drink a cider.One of the best carrot cakes I have had and I love carrot cake.  No nuts (that worked for me but I also like nuts) and it was not too sweet with a perfect dollop of cream cheese frosting.IMG_6715leahkleinI had a scrumptious roasted squash sandwich with mozzarella, caramelized onions and kale pesto.These Brussels Sprouts were incredible. Perhaps a tad on the greasy side, but the lamb bacon and crispy leaves allowed me to overlook that.Pappardelle with a lamb Bolognese.From the prepared foods counter. There were beautiful dishes laid out on pottery bowls. This is a serving of the monkfish and roasted carrots and to drink a cider.One of the best carrot cakes I have had and I love carrot cake. No nuts (that worked for me but I also like nuts) and it was not too sweet with a perfect dollop of cream cheese frosting.

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    The Burlington Marriott is in the suburbs but perfectly situated so that there is plenty to do within minutes of stepping outside the door. The Marriott has a great space if you want to just hibernate and not leave the property.  The lounge area is spacious and has a sleek, long, modern gas fireplace there … Continue reading Family Fun at the Marriott Burlington

    leahkleinLooking out towards Boston.Boston at dusk in the distance.The pool is spacious and there is a gym and full locker room just off the pool area.Burlington Marriott-9-2Burlington Marriott-27Burlington Marriott-3-2Burlington Marriott-25Lounging by the fire before heading out to Barnes and Nobles for a little reading and shoppingThis rosemary bread hot out of the oven is addictive.Fresh omelets for breakfast.Slider.Beautiful plates of seafood available for those who are not steak eaters.We all enjoyed this Guacamame made with edamame and avocado.A trio of gelato all vanilla for my picky eater.Chicken and French fries.The most beautiful potatoes I have seen at a breakfast buffet.Perfectly crisp bacon.Toppings for your eggs.blintzes for breakfastleahkleinLooking out towards Boston.Boston at dusk in the distance.The pool is spacious and there is a gym and full locker room just off the pool area.Burlington Marriott-9-2Burlington Marriott-27Burlington Marriott-3-2Burlington Marriott-25Lounging by the fire before heading out to Barnes and Nobles for a little reading and shoppingThis rosemary bread hot out of the oven is addictive.Fresh omelets for breakfast.Slider.Beautiful plates of seafood available for those who are not steak eaters.We all enjoyed this Guacamame made with edamame and avocado.A trio of gelato all vanilla for my picky eater.Chicken and French fries.The most beautiful potatoes I have seen at a breakfast buffet.Perfectly crisp bacon.Toppings for your eggs.blintzes for breakfast

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  • 06/02/16--04:19: The Porches Inn: North Adams
  •    North Adams is an interesting little spot in Western MA.  We like to go there in the Fall for a little hike, a little art, and a little r & r.  We also love going there in the Winter for some outdoor winter swimming, some small beans family resort downhill skiing and a little … Continue reading The Porches Inn: North Adams

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    Brands shift and change over years and new ones replace the others, but there are a few that have staying power.  Remember when Pottery Barn literally just sold chunky pottery?  There are some catalogs that I have been shopping with for as long as I can remember.  One of those shops, which I now order from...


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    There are some trends that I could do without (like pet cafés) and others that I hope become tradition (like pop up ski lodges in the city).  In New York City you can “aprés ski” atop rooftops on faux fur lined seats in cute little makeshift cabins. Paris’ Village de Noel is more like a Christmas...


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  • 12/07/16--16:25: From Eaton’s to Macy’s
  • https://www.nfb.ca/film/sweater/embed/player/ The Sweater, Sheldon Cohen, National Film Board of Canada My Macy’s growing up was Eaton’s. The iconic stripes of an Eaton’s gift box always held something special inside. My bubbe used to work at the confection counter at Eaton’s in Winnipeg and would always bring a box of chocolate rosettes as a treat when she...


    img_3155leahkleinHow cute are these salt and pepper shakers?We all know someone who needs this.  Be gracious though and buy it for yourself.I got a set of these for the boys (they have such a sweet tooth)And these are for the girls who just have to dance.This set reminded me of the musical Waitress (a family favourite) so my little chef will be getting these.A good motto all around.Saucy mugs.Pie day will be coming up before you know it.I know a few people who could use this mug.The proof is always in the pudding and I just broke my glass bowl so this could be the perfect replacement.Stonewall Kitchen JamsHot pepper jelly and a cute tree-shaped serving dish.Scents and candles that were not overpowering, but just right.I love these mini utensils and I'm pretty sure my kitchen needs them.How cute are these bowl-shaped measuring spoons?img_3155leahkleinHow cute are these salt and pepper shakers?We all know someone who needs this. Be gracious though and buy it for yourself.I got a set of these for the boys (they have such a sweet tooth)And these are for the girls who just have to dance.This set reminded me of the musical Waitress (a family favourite) so my little chef will be getting these.A good motto all around.Saucy mugs.Pie day will be coming up before you know it.I know a few people who could use this mug.The proof is always in the pudding and I just broke my glass bowl so this could be the perfect replacement.Stonewall Kitchen JamsHot pepper jelly and a cute tree-shaped serving dish.Scents and candles that were not overpowering, but just right.I love these mini utensils and I'm pretty sure my kitchen needs them.How cute are these bowl-shaped measuring spoons?

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    There really is nothing quite as exciting as a really good gift basket.  Some fresh fruit, some cookies, a little of this an a little of that.  It’s a bit like the jackpot of the holiday gifts.  A gift basket doesn’t have to be over the top to be fabulous but you want to avoid...


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    February 2nd is La Chandeleur, a French holiday. Some say the holiday celebrates the sun and longer days of sunlight ahead.  As for Candlemas, that refers to February 2nd the date marking when Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem. Before this religious tie in, Chandeleur was rooted in pagan traditions celebrating the fertility...


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    I love Easter.  Well, we don’t celebrate Easter but I love the memory of Easter brunches in Toronto.  We used to go fairly often to my parents’ friend’s place; they were like family to us.  We would drive a good hour to get there and when we did we were rewarded with a table of...


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    Ideas for what to top your matzoh with for the week of Passover. Passover-friendly sandwiches and tartines. From avocado toast to 'not a pop tart'

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    Henry has been a judge for quite a few years now and as he gets older, he takes the job more and more seriously.  For the past couple of years, he has begged me for a ‘proper’ score card so he could judge more than just kids’ choice.  Instead, since …

    The post Judging the Gingerbread House Competition at Boston Christmas Festival appeared first on City Living (Boston).


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    I get impatient for the flavours of Thanksgiving so I make these croutons for fall salads. Thanksgiving croutons are easy to make. They can be enjoyed before Thanksgiving and for the Thanksgiving feast. I make a huge batch and keep them in the pantry so that I can eat them …

    The post Thanksgiving Croutons For Salad and Stuffing appeared first on City Living (Boston).


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    Leftovers from Thanksgiving do not need to be eaten right away. Instead, make a risotto freezer meal to enjoy later this winter for a quick and easy comfort food meal.

    The post Leftovers From Thanksgiving: Risotto Freezer Meals appeared first on City Living (Boston).


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