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How Do You Like Them Apples?

Posted by Mary

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Engand Apple Picking | Nashoba Valley

It’s officially fall, and that means hayrides, bonfires, and—if you’re from the Northeast—apple mania.

Coming from Missouri, I had never really understood the Northeast’s obsession with apples when the calendar strikes October. I’d always loved apples at a a safe, sane, Midwestern level, but when my first collegiate fall rolled around, I got swept up in the apple-picking, cider-drinking madness. Now I am always one of the first to join the apple madness.

There really is nowhere better to celebrate autumn’s favorite fruit than in New England. The weather lends itself perfectly to crisp days spent picking the perfect apple in your favorite sweater, and the gorgeous fall leaves make apple picking perfectly-Instagrammable eye candy. If you also hail from another part of the country and, like me, have been apple picking before, now is certainly the time to go—the US Apple Association says the 2015 harvest in the six-state New England region...

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NYC Food Guide

Posted by Diana

Thursday, October 1, 2015

This past weekend, I took my boyfriend to New York City to celebrate his birthday, see some amazing jazz shows, and eat some pretty swell meals, too.

New York City is chock-full of food options, from streetside vendors, cafes, delis, and diners, to world-famous fine-dining experiences. Where do you start? I’ve put together a mini NYC food guide– where to eat when you’ve got just 36 hours in the city (and how you can make these dishes in your own kitchen!).

For us, the answer was a cafe called Andrew’s Coffee Shop close to Penn Station (perfect for when you’re famished after a long train ride!). Service was quick, helpful, and the food was delicious. My boyfriend went for a classic tuna sandwich, while I opted for the chicken-chipotle wrap.

NYC deli midtown

Looking for that NYC deli experience at home? Here’s a good & cheap Chipotle Turkey Sandwich that’s super easy, not to mention inexpensive, to make...

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National Coffee Day

Posted by Mary

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bourbon Coffee Eye Opener

Thomas Jefferson called it “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” T.S. Eliot measured out his life in it. The Gilmore Girls, Central Perk crew, and Agent Dale Cooper all extolled its virtues.

Coffee has secured its place in the hearts and to-go cups of the world, so much so that September 29th has been recognized as National Coffee Day in at least 16 countries (including the United States) since the early 1980s.

Many nationwide coffee chains get in on the event by offering special one-day deals on their java. Dunkin’ Donuts has already confirmed they’re offering free medium cups of their Dark Roast coffee (hot or iced) to celebrate, and brands such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme are expected to participate again this year.

For all of our local food friends: Boston is a mecca for caffeine seekers (probably due to the massive cotillion of college students) and therefore offers a wide...

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California Cuisine

Posted by Tori

Monday, August 17, 2015

vintage california postcardsimage via

The fusion of the esteemed wine country, the fresh produce of the Central Valley, the close proximity to flavorful Mexico, as well as the thriving foodie hubs of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, have produced a regional food culture unlike any other. California’s cuisine is one that reshapes tradition and sets nationwide trends.

Growing up in Southern California determined my deep appreciation for food. I will always be nostalgic for Friday nights spent with my family at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant, the same one my dad has been frequenting since he was a child. I miss late night In-n-Out trips, picking juicy oranges off the tree in my backyard, and the fresh tortillas that my parents pressed in our kitchen.

As a Californian living in Boston, I’m notorious for encouraging everyone I know to take a vacation in “the greatest state” (so what if I’m a little biased?). While...

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