9/30/2009

What the Fluff.


This past weekend we made it to the Fluff Festival, for the first time in three years.

Fluff is simply a marshmallow paste that was invented in Somerville sometime in the 13oos. And it still brings out folks in the thousands.

We had some Fluffernutter sandwiches with the Fischvoght's (say that five times fast) and soaked up the afternoon sun.







9/22/2009

Pretty sure it's after Labor Day.




But it's now before Labor Day 2010, so I'm really just ahead of the fashion police by one step.

9/21/2009

Snow in Boston.

I went to see Miike Snow last night.

Miike Snow - "Animal" from Downtown Music on Vimeo.



It was good. Really small venue. Relatively cheap. Pretty spontaneous.

I am, however, mildly concerned about the young people of this country.

They are too busy Texting, Tweeting, Status Updating, Digital Photographing, Blogging, Sharing, Liking, Poking, Superwalling, Remembering experiences as opposed to experiencing them.

9/20/2009

I'm sleeping with my tailor.

It's funny cause it's true.



Marianna got a sewing machine a few weeks back. And because of her diligence and skills and love for me I'm now the sharpest looking tack in the, er, tack, tack-le box (?).

I'm amazing at the hours she's spent making my legs look at least two inches longer.





And, if you remember from last year, I've had to continue to watch Ole Miss on ESPN360.com. But this year, my Rebels have improved their rank (as of this morning, #4 in the land) and I've improved my setup.



I can now stream the boys from Oxford straight into my television, and by straight I mean though a relatively complex fire-threat tangle of cords.




Other than that, we hopped back on the volunteer train and went to weed and cut onions at a farm that serves both the local community and the local food banks. It's called Waltham Fields Community Farm and it's nary 6 miles away. But feels like it's in Pennsylvania because of the abundance, expanse and quietness.

Also, the neighborhood is starting it's transition into haunted. Halloween is only a month and a half away, and the fake blood is already being applied to houses.

Weird.

9/18/2009

Angels.



We went to the old ball park last night on some free (unbelievable) tickets from friends who had to go out of town.

And the Sox lost in the top of the 9th to the LA Angles.

We must be bad luck for the boys of summer, as they lost last year to the Angles when we were in attendance.

What're you gonna do about it?

9/15/2009

Antiquing.



Until I came across Heir Antiques, in Providence, I'd pretty much written off antiques across the board. Mainly because they are old and you can't use them and they cost a lot and unless the Antiques Roadshow shows up, they aren't worth a lot of money.

And everyone who is "into" antiques is also into clutter, or cats, or the Civil War.

Which are all not my things.

But again, after Heir, I thought You know what? If you curate and have sparse inventory, antiques aren't bad. As a matter of fact, they are pretty amazing. I could get into Antiquing.

To prove it, we drove last Saturday, a gloomy, rainy, you-want-to-do-nary-a-thing-especially-go-outside, to Brimfield, MA to the Antique Show.

Brimfield is the grandaddy. Largest show in the US. 6,000 dealers. One of a handful of items that made it into the MA section of 1000 Things To Do Before You Die.


Every hip blog lost their editors for the week because they were looking for sweet finds. I was looking for them, but since they blog and don't model, I didn't know if I was looking at a refined blogger or a crazy local with a pushcart.



After scoring (between our group) a tie bar, vintage beer (still in the six pack of cans), a trophy, other unnameables, we drove down to Eastford, CT for dinner at the Still River Cafe.



Can not say enough good things about it - small space in the middle of nowhere that grows most all the food it serves, sources locally what they don't have on their 27 acres (think: cows, winepress), and makes up into tons of unbelievable food for a fair price.

The best meal we've had in New England, hands down.



And all day, as we spotted yellowed bits of foliage and the occasional red bust amongst the green, we realized that fall isn't just around the corner.

It's already arrived.

9/13/2009

Burling. Tons.

For Labor Day weekend and for a belated first anniversary trip, we headed to Burlington, VT for the weekend. We left Boston on Saturday morning and drove the long way, going through some scenic areas and pretty countryside.


We got to Burlington famished, so we headed to a brunch-y place a friend had recommended, Penny Cluse. We had some really tasty brunch, which is my favorite meal of the day. Even if a place has pretty amazing lunch food, if there's brunch on the menu, I can't resist. I had french toast and Micah had juevos rancheros.


After lunch we walked around the shopping area, Church Street I think, and browsed around some. We walked down to the lakefront and spent some time wandering the path along the water and talking. It was a really beautiful, sunny day, and there were a lot of newly-returned students lounging in the sun and getting some reading done. We headed to a small cafe that had a deck overlooking the lake and had a beer and enjoyed the sunshine together.


We headed back up to the shopping district and strolled around some more, stopping in a chocolate shop and grabbing a chocolate caramel apple for later. We had a really tasty dinner at American Flatrbread. They had amazing wood-oven pizza and a really great salad. We then headed out to the bead and breakfast we were staying at which was just north of the city. The Inn at Grace Farm was so cute and had very simple, clean decor. It's a farm house (family's home) and barn (the b&b) that was recently built based on the old farm plans from long ago. We watched some college football and then went to sleep.



The next morning, we had a really tasty breakfast at the inn and then headed to Shelburne Farms. It's a massive 1400 acre farm that was built long ago. It has really amazing buildings around the grounds that are HUGE. We went to one of the barns where they had cheesemaking facilities, bread making facilities and tons of animals. There were cute 4-day old cows (twins!), roosters everywhere (free-range), donkeys, horses and pigs.




We also took a short hike around the property which has woods and a hill with a view of the lake and then great views of the surrounding areas.



That afternoon we headed back to the B&B and watched the first football game of the Ole Miss season. Along the way, we stopped at an orchard, on the hunt for cider donuts. Alas, they had just sold out, so we decided to pick a bag of apples - the first of the season.
We had reservations at the Essex which is near by and is supposed to be quite tasty. Unfortunately, we had a really long wait and the food and service were mediocre. But that's OK. It was a good throught. We had some wine and dessert when we got back to the inn and then turned in for the night.

Monday, we headed back to Boston. But we had some things planned along the way. We went to BEN & JERRY'S! Hooray! We had a factory tour and then a free sample (Oatmeal chocolate chip or something - it was really really yummy). We also stopped down the road at a cider mill and saw how they press the cider. We had a cider sample and some really tasty cider donuts. Then we stopped in at the Cabot Cheese store and had more samples there. They had some cheddar cheese with sage in it, so we bought a block of that since it was unique and really tasty.


And then, it was back on the road home.