Different Strokes

Growing up, I always said I wanted to be an artist. Funny thing is I never took much interest into it post-kindergarten.

Fast forward twenty years later, I awakened this locked-up dream by happenstance of being approached to come in to try a class at The Paint Bar. It began with an Acadia Sunset.


Upon entering, I stood in front of a few tables with blank canvases and brushes. To your left was a wine and beer bar. I love that they had drinks there. That definitely helped me ease into my nervousness of painting my first real canvas.

In addition, there was also Ari. He led the class and was wonderful and charismatic, helping every step of the way. Literally, I’d ask him in every step to critique and or review my canvas.

But seriously, thank goodness for that wine; we knew that things were going to be a bit troublesome when I couldn’t get the paints on my plate.

I mean, how could this not turn it to a masterpiece right?

I’m so artsy, you already know.


Paint Night was so much fun. The class was 3 hours but time flew like crazy. In the background between learning the steps to do the painting, there was some nice music. At one point, Frozen’s Let It Go came on and everyone burst into song. It was magical. I definitely will be heading back in for another paint night.  It was a great way to spend some time in Boston doing something out of the norm. It’s perfect for a first date or weeknight affair.


248 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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Food Finds


My grandmother got me a Veggetti and it was the best purchase ever. I would have never thought I’d eat zucchini, let alone two nights in a row. I am so happy I came across it. Some other things I came across this week were:

America’s Best New Restaurants.

A new venue for restaurants.

Momofuku is heading to DC. Another reason to take a trip there soon!


For a more ordered life, organize like a chef.

WHAT?? Hamersley’s in Boston is closing this fall.

Would you eat jellyfish maki?

Top 10 reasons to go to Portland, ME.

Wouldn’t this be nice?

What food finds have you come across this week?

‘Nacho Friend

Ladies, gentlemen, foodies and gourmands, I introduce you to the workplace Bite Club.


I opened my email to find the below message:

“So here’s how it got started: last week, a coworker started talking some smack about making the best Mexican food. Being a dedicated student of the taco arts, I could not abide by the assertion. Neither could a few others; our gauntlet throwing and posturing could get us only so far.

So here’s how it gets settled: a winner-take-all food fight of corporate proportions to which you are all invited and can participate. The four of us will prepare our best Mexican fare, pack it up and clandestinely smuggle it into the office next Friday. We’ll convene at a secret location, exchange trash talk and then let our food do the talking for us. You are welcome to submit your own dishes to our gastronomical colosseum.

The winner earns unlimited cuisine-based bragging rights for a period of time not exceeding 30 days, whereupon “the gauntlet” may once again be thrown. A secondary prize will be awarded for both quantity and quality of taco, nacho, jalapeño and other food-related puns.

In the immortal words of Bonnie Raitt, ‘let’s give them something to taco’bout’ ”


Have you ever had an office cook off competition? 

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