Grab a Bite Before a Play: Abby Lane (Theater District)

A friend was in town and we needed a quick snack before waiting in line for dinner at the North End (more on that later) and we were both pleasantly surprised by Abby Lane. Great atmosphere, affordable apps and drinks, and the food was delish! Pictured below is the shaved asparagus and arugula salad with a crispy egg, red wine (Merlot, if you’re curious), and homemade buffalo chips with a blue cheese dipping sauce. Delish!


Portsmouth, NH Adventures!

Hi Everyone (my whole 11 readers out there), I know, I’ve been a little lax on the posts lately but I’ve been a busy, busy little bee. You’ll see a ton of updates in the next few days…Ok, who am I kidding…tonight. Ha! I’ve been squirreling away the photo’s and posts, so get ready for a fun ride!

A few weeks ago, (Hey, I said I was behind!), I went to Portsmouth, NH to visit a dear old friend. It’s a long story, and I won’t bore you with the details, but she was my tutor in first grade, and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be able to pronounce my vowels or identify a combined word (Example: doghouse. See, still got it.). Fast forward, 25 years, and after a quick Facebook search (thank you, Zuckerberg, I found my dear old friend and re-connected.) We decided to meet in Portsmouth, NH, which is a little over an hour away, for all you local Bostonians.

Portsmouth is a quaint seaside New England town, great for lazy Sundays (or Saturdays in our case) that boasts tons of cute little shops, concerts in the summer, and was once an Air Force Base (there is even a submarine you can tour). For more of the history on Portsmouth, go here. We went to a cute little bakery called Popovers on the Square for lunch. Each meal comes with mini or full sized popovers. What is a popover, you ask? (It’s OK, I had never heard of one either.) A popover is a light and airy baked treat (picture a cross between a croissant and a muffin). READ: Yummy.

We didn’t get to walk around too much as we had other plans (hel-lo, Kittery Outlets in Maine!) but it was a nice and relaxing afternoon, regardless. I would love to check it out when the weather is warmer.

So, dear reader, have you been to Portsmouth before? If so, what hotspots should I check out?


Sunday Funday Hot Spot: Tryst–Arlington Center, MA




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Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, hands down. I’m always up for a Sunday brunch and always looking for a new spot. A few weeks ago, I met a girl friend for brunch at Tryst, in downtown Arlington. It reminds of Biscotti’s (for all of my Jax-villians out there). Yummy food, good menu, good cocktails.

I took a friend there last weekend, and we both loved our meals. We got lucky, and they were doing the Eat Up Boston deal, so we were able to get an appetizer and entree for a fixed price of $15. I got the brussels sprout and kale salad with lemon vinaigrette and steak and eggs (pictured below). So yummy. Check it out next time you’re in town.