Friday, November 29, 2013

Mark and Lynn find respite from the maddening holiday crowd at the New American Cafe in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts....

Lynn is in the Orange

There is much to love about the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston: The artful mix of exhibits both traditional (the current John Singer Sargent watercolor show), playful (the current "Hippie Chic"exhibit), awe inspiring (the recent Samurai exhibit)  and edgy (last years Mario Testino exhibit) . We do love these offerings and the museum manages to be major league without seeming overwhelming such as some of the major museums in New York can be, especially around the holidays.

In addition, over the years we have found other reasons to appreciate the MFA which is their dining.  The MFA has three major dining spots to accommodate any palette and temperament.  We have dined at all the venues the MFA has to offer but we keep coming back to the New American Cafe.  There is much there that we love:  It is perfectly integrated into the museum's environment as it is located in the glass enclosed courtyard which helps it feel like you are still very much in the middle of the museum's artworks.  You can have an authentically high end dining experience there without the fuss and price tag associated with traditional high end dining.  At the same time, it is enclosed in such a deft way that the New American Cafe feels like a respite from the quiet hum of the museum's energy without losing the feeling that you are in a major American art venue.  

A soaring Chihuly sculpture stands guard near the New American Cafe

On our recent trip to Boston, Lynn and I took an afternoon to soak up the museums exhibits and collections.  We made a special point of getting a quick bite at the New American Cafe.  We split a fall inspired pizza and had a glass apiece of a crisp table wine from Spain.  It was a typically perfect experience for us at the MFA one which we hope to repeat many times in the near and distant future. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mark thinks Torso Lingerie Studio in Saratoga is awesome...

Lynn and I love food obviously but for this site we like to write about other interests like tennis, art and fashion.  We went to Saratoga last weekend as part of a whirlwind visit to Upstate New York and ran into one of the sexiest stores around, Torso Lingerie Studio.   We had initially noticed Torso  at its Ballston Spa location where I had bought Lynn a couple of nice things.  Saratoga also has a Torso outpost which we visited as part of our trip.  The store specializes in high end lingerie with a concentration on featuring the newest styles and designers making it a particularly "lingerie forward" store.  The owner, Deborah brings a warm and chic prescence to the Torso experience.  With its racks of beautiful bras, panties, bodysuits and stockings the store's sensuality whips at the senses like no other lingerie store we have seen...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Eat Cake's cupcakes has Lynn hooked...

Lynn was somewhat in mourning for the recent move of Cupcake Nirvana Amanda Oakleaf's from Winthrop, Massachusetts (the same town where our family lives) to nearby Boston according to the company's website.  Boston is next to Winthrop but going into a big city is usually a production and this is definitely the case with Boston.  Lynn considered going into Boston to visit Amanda O's but, as is often the case with Lynn, decided to go in a different direction and seek out other artisan cupcake offerings in Massachusetts.  This effort took us into the charming village of  Newburyport which was particularly quiet when we arrived on a rainy mid week to visit Eat Cake

Eat Cake, like it's Boston brethren Oakleaf's is a breakout media cupcake star with cable appearances on the likes of Food Network.  The interior was sleek yet warm with sweet natured, attentive employees. Lynn loved the flavor of EC but what really impressed her was the combination of the crusty outer texture with the buttery filling.  Lynn and I will be back...

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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