In Boston’s arguably most charming neighborhood of Brookline, the favorite past time of the residents (or maybe just my handful of friends there) is brunch. Zaftig’s is a big name in that area (and perennial favorite), but after one too many matzo balls, I decided to branch out and met up with friends at The Regal Beagle for brunch…and proceeded to revisit the Beagle the following week with a certain man friend, thereby converting him into a Beagle Brunch person as well. As I’m sitting here writing this post, all I can think about is the pumpkin pancakes and stuffed berries and cream French toast croissant (a mouthful, literally…I know). And if the fact that the restaurant was a full house exactly eight minutes after opening on a Sunday isn’t enough to convince you, the menu definitely will.
What to get here: I’m always a fan of the eggs Benedict (they can make the eggs anyway you like), but keep your eyes out for the weekly special. More often than not, they have been the source of major food envy/satisfaction depending the position I happen to be in.
What to drink: A classic cup of java, but their mimosas sound delicious.
What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Boston?
It had been a while since I was in Boston, and I had forgotten what a beautiful city it is. You could put it in a snow globe. It is a beautiful, compact, and, of course, watery city.
I like the manageability of Boston: its size. I thought of an expression I heard about Florence, years ago. The expression is an Italian one: ‘within the hand of man.’ Florence is a city within the hand of man — walkable and all that — and so is Boston. I don’t mean to call it dinky. It’s just — manageable, a city on a human scale.
--Jay Nordlinger, “Boston Souvenirs”
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current (Connecticut food!) favorites.
On travel jobs, the only thing more important than the work at the client site is the food you’ll be eating for lunch and dinner. Despite the fact that our hotel in Milford, Connecticut the past week was fully equipped with a kitchen and fridge, it was considerably easier to just
pig out explore the local cuisine, which included these favorites of mine that I plan on revisiting once I’m out there again for the audit in March…
- Soup + chicken Caesar wrap at Bobette’s, all too conveniently located from my Milford client and a crowd favorite.
- A hot panini from Napoli’s, an overwhelmingly Italian shack with delicious hot sandwiches and pastas.
- The Dogwood Blossom salad and A Tisket A Tasket bread basket from Rainbow Gardens…I seldom order just a salad but this was so much more than “just a salad”…it was basically a work of art. Observe:
- Lobster tempura sushi from Tengda…I’ve never had such a thing and it was delicious.
- Tropical drinks and delicious Mexican food at Geronimo’s Southwest Grill in nearby New Haven…Hugo will tell you all about the hidden gems on the menu, and go for his advice…he knows.
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites
I’ve had a busy but exciting week in the office and working (for real!…not training or going to orientation). On Monday, I’ll be heading out to New Haven, Connecticut for my first travel job and—like the company has been apt to do—I’m looking forward to exploring another new city. This weekend will be full of preparation for the business trip, pampering, and spending quality time with friends. Hope you all have a relaxing weekend!
From top left:
1. I’m in love with the gold sheen on my new Fig. 2 Design stationery, a little souvenir from my Chicago trip and acquired at the most charming and beautiful stationery shop I’ve had a chance to visit: GREER.
2. A beautifully lit-up TD Garden and Zakim Bridge, on my walk from the office to the train station.
It’s a small, small world.
In the aftermath of the devastating Boston Marathon bombings, there was a piece in GQ Magazine titled “The Finish Line.” In it, writer Sean Flynn profiles several individuals whose paths crossed while being involved with the Marathon, directly and indirectly, varying from spectator to medical tent nurse to Associated Press photographer. In a touching twist, Flynn reveals towards the end that, unbeknownst to these people at the time of the bombings, their paths have crossed under far more fortuitous and ordinary daily circumstances before the Marathon—a testament (be it intentional or unintentional) to the very spirit of the small-town city Boston is. What sets this GQ piece apart from the countless repetitive Marathon stories then, can be attributed to both coincidence and great story-telling.
Today at work, I was helping a partner at the office I had just met with a project. Through some small talk, I found out that he not only graduated from the same university I graduated from, but his daughter graduated at the same time I did from Boston College, and he is a good friend of a former professor of mine. Even beyond that, I later found out I had indirectly worked for him on several clients the summer before when I was an intern.
The world is small, yes. That notion certainly isn’t a novel one. What was new to me were the daily interactions with people whom I don’t have the chance to pause for small talk. Or maybe just the tiniest little interaction like AP photographer Charles Krupa had with Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo before, during, and after the Marathon—three now-heroic faces. When I’m sprinting for the train, walking through a hallway, or attending an event, anonymous faces don’t typically occur to me as familiar ones. But at the same time, so much of my greatest friendships in life have been defined by people whose acquaintance I was a hair away from missing, and I can only imagine what I might still be missing…and the stories I might be missing as well. Thinking about it in that way, the brushes whooshing passes down a city street, the accidental “sorry, ‘xcuse me" bumps on the T, feels a little more close to heart.
If you haven’t read the GQ article mentioned here, you definitely should.
I was introduced to this Canadian boutique, Aritzia, over the summer by a friend while out shopping in New York City. Her and I both ended up purchasing the Talula Kent Blazer (though my purchase was a gift for my sister). I’m not a typical “blazer person” (I’ve never been a huge fan of the J. Crew schoolboy ones that everyone raves about) but the Aritzia blazer makes me into one. It is a buttery soft fabric, comes in various classic and trendy colors, and is inexpensive and transitions easily from one purpose to another—basically perfect for my office’s business casual environment. Because of it’s light weight, it can work as easily under coats and over sweaters for winter (without the awkward tussle of switching the two out) as it does for warmer weather. I’ve been looking to add a few quality work-appropriate pieces to my wardrobe and this is one of them.
What are your go-to, borderline-obsessive, favorite articles of clothing?
Sticks and stones.
I think of myself as a positive person. I rely on vibes to gauge unfamiliar situations. Humor is a coping mechanism as much as it is a form of entertainment. I am my best self in supportive and encouraging environment and I’m inspired by the people who can consistently see the best in other people or situations, even if it is not always deserved.
But as we all know, negativity is not always avoidable. Inevitably, people and circumstances disappoint. Words are thrown out into open air that hurt, whether they are meant to or not. Hurt is a festering breeding ground for things like regret, sadness, blame, and basically everything I try so hard to avoid. Even just typing those words out weighs me down. Growing up, I was taught to find the reason for failures and negativity within the self. While that often leads to self-improvement, casting blame on myself for everything isn’t always a healthy way to live or think but ignoring failures is hardly a better idea. So I ask: what are some ways you beat the negativity in your life and pick yourself up from failures? Do you meditate? Read an inspirational book?
Some Sunday words of wisdom. Let this help jump-start another week. (via Pinterest)
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current (Chicago) favorites!
Chicago training was a phenomenal time. With all the new audit associate hires at McGladrey (from all over the country!) filling up the Hyatt O’Hare hotel for the week, it was akin to being at college again, or summer camp. And in four days, the entire Boston office of new hires bonded in a rather special way. Sure we had our long, packed days of information overload, but off duty, we were able to explore the local offerings, ending with a big night out in the city. I opted to arrive in Chicago a couple hours early and depart a couple hours later to be able to explore this new city on my own. All in all, it has been a wonderful, relaxing, and comforting way to start a new career and I could not be more thankful to have been a part of it. I have been documenting my adventures on Instagram, but here are some of the highlights from my trip, a Dairly Weekspecial edition report.
From top left:
1. Cloud Gate, Millennium Park at night.
2. A McGladrey evening charity event. We built 76 bicycles for kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. The best part of the evening was seeing all the kids swing by for a visit to pick up and play with their new bikes.
3. Spotted on a walk around the city: the iconic Chicago Theatre.
4. Marc Chagall’s American Windows installation at the Art Institute of Chicago—my favorite piece.
5. A rather indulgent mint chocolate milkshake at Eleven City Diner. The bartender was so kind to leave me a little extra (on the side, not pictured), perhaps upon seeing I was dining alone.
6. Some of the Boston crew at Toby’s Keith bar, a couple blocks away from the hotel.
7. The breathtaking Chicago Riverwalk at night.
8. My last stop: the John Hancock Observatory for a sweeping skyline city view of Chicago.
Chicago from far, far above. (at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD))
Photo from Rifle Paper & Co.’s Travel America Calendar
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.
I’ve had such a great week so far—with the start of my new job and a trip to Chicago early next week and quality time with some friends in the city. The blogging might not be as regular as it has been with the new job starting up, but rest assured, I’m not going anywhere! Have a great weekend, friends!
1. Doodling with the app Paper by Fifty Three on my new work iPad.
2. An adorable little treat from Barbara, in honor of my first day of work yesterday.