Happening all the time

Exploring what is at your fingertips sometimes takes a bit of motivation.  Most often you are not disappointed when you break from your normal routine.  The Institute Of Contemporary Art/Boston is located along the waterfront.  It showcases visual art exhibits, music, film, video and performances.  They also offer fun kid/family activities and First Fridays for an evening of art and music.  Yesterday, isostilo wanted to explore and it’s been a while since visiting the ICA.  It was a fun outing with an unexpected Winter Harbor Market which included local vendors and yummy pop-ups topped off with holiday caroling from the Boston City Singers Children’s Choir.  Meandering about the exhibits and enjoying the beautiful views of the harbor was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.  Check out their website and see what interests you.  By the way, the ICA store is fantastic.  A well curated selection of items as one would hope for.  I was particularly impressed with the children’s selection. I’m thinking holiday gifts for my nieces and nephews.  Enjoy your next outing to wherever you decide to explore.

Friendship

Do you have a friend that just makes you giddy with excitement?  That true gal pal that makes you laugh until tears run down your cheeks?  A friend that loves who you are and as crazy as you are?  Well I most certainly do!  I feel beyond grateful for this beautiful lady to be in my life and for her to consider me her friend.  She is honest, brilliantly funny, driven, and comes with a heart of gold.  Her humor slays me. In fact I have abs to prove it.  That’s a joke.  Well maybe if she lived here then this could be achievable.  Our agenda is simple: Drink loads of coffee or wine while chatting about food, health, fashion, and places we have been and places we need to go.

We met twelve years ago in Amsterdam and she is one of the true gifts that Amsterdam gave me while living abroad. She is so good for my soul!  In fact she is the one who has inspired me to take this leap into blogging.  This won’t be the last time you hear about this gal pal or a few more special ladies that are in my life.   xo

Stay tuned for a future post on her Viking husband.

Darling Friends

Donna and her darling husband, Espen

Karhu Concept Store hits Harvard Square

Karhu’s only US store can be found in my neighborhood, Harvard Square.  Can you say jackpot?!  The Finnish sneaker brand that offers nothing short of cool kicks in a wide array of colors.  The old school color combos have me going places. I love the calm and understated presence of their style.  Perhaps a nice alternative to the white sneaker as you head into the cooler seasons of the year.  Yup, I do see a pair in my future! Besides being super cool, they are super comfortable.

Fun fact for ya: Where do you think Adidas found their stripes?  Know your isostilo style.

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A special place to have a mani in Boston

Love at first brush with Jeanne 20 years ago! She is the one treat that I can’t live without. She is located on the 4th floor off Newbury Street but you feel miles away in a quiet and peaceful setting. You will fall in love with Jeanne the moment she brings on the magic that leaves you with shiny fingers and glowing toes. Our relationship has grown along the way and I consider Jeanne a dear friend.  I hope you get to experience Jeanne Lee when you are in the hood.

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Sneak Peek into Montreal

Montreal is a hip, cool, stylish city with a European flare. It is rich in history, trendy shops, galleries, museums, and a ridiculous food scene. Amazing little neighborhoods to wander through with hidden little gems along the way.

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Boucherie Grinder
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Outdoor terrace @ Vin Papillon
Olive et Gourmandeau

Neighborhoods to explore: Old Montreal, Griffintown, and Mile End

Eat: Foxy’s Joe Beef, Vin Papillon, Olive et Gourmandeau, Fairmount Bagel, (the list can go on!)

Stay: Hotel Nelligan, Hotel Gault, Hotel Germain, Westin

Check out: La Grande rou de Montreal, Labryinthe du Hangar 16 , Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rue Sherbrooke

Jean Paul Gaultier @ Musée des Beaux – Arts
La Grande Roue de Montreal
We all have been there!
Need I say more?!

One Free Sunday

Doesn’t always happen but sometimes you simply make it so! It’s up to you to decide how to spend it.  For me it was easy and I was in count down mode till the Dutchies arrived.  My boys were off skiing and I love a reason to cook.  So I decided to do some monster cooking.  I rolled up my sleeves, poured a coffee, cranked some John Mayor and fired up the stove.

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Menu: Baked Mama Pasta inspired by Glada De Laurentis.  The best Damn Chili which I have found to be true along with a new recipe to test out, Sweet Potato soup.  Three meals are complete!  Thanks Cook’s Illustrated.