Around Town

It has been a busy week! It started Sunday night with The Urban Grape Champagne and oysters event and just kept going with The Urban Grape’s Christmas party at Ted Baker on Newbury Street on Monday.

Ted Baker

Ted Baker Photos courtesy of my party dates, Daisy and Megan

Ted Baker was opened exclusively to Urban Grape party guests, and they even offered 30% off of their fabulous line of clothing and accessories for the occasion. We sipped wine, ate chocolate, and celebrated the season with new friends. What a year it has been!

Ted Baker

Tuesday night I had my Level 2 wine exam at the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center at BU, and I am happy to say that despite my worries, I passed the course. Everyone kind of laughed at a wine exam, but it was HARD. Geography, soil types, grape varietals, classification systems, this course covered a lot of material. It made me realize I have so much more to learn, but I am glad that I am at least off to a start.

Wednesday was a quiet day in for some catching up on freelance work and cooking up a recipe for the Olivia’s Organics recipe contest.

And that brings me to Thursday. It started with some more freelance work followed by a tough hour of spinning at Healthworks, and a walk around Boston.

Something inside of me decided to walk from Back Bay to a Red White Boston event in Kendall Square. . . in four inch heels. Ouch.

All of that aside, Boston is so pretty this time of year.

Boston at Christmas

Cold enough, but the light is just so different than summer, so serene and beautiful.

Boston Public Garden

Taking my time walking through the Public Garden, I took in all of the little details.

Boston Public Garden

Mrs. Mallard and her crew were decked out for the holidays.

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

While these ducks braved the cold for a dip in the pond

Boston Public Garden

And a bunch of scary squirrels swarmed around me as I tried to photograph their friend

Boston Public Garden

I made my way down Charles Street, decorated tastefully and looking more European than ever.

Charles Street

My walk took me across the Longfellow Bridge, providing great views of Boston and Cambridge.

Charles River

Longfellow Bridge

And finally to Kendall Square’s Venture Café where Red White Boston was holding a pre-party for the Mega Tweetup going on later that evening. Red White Boston was the host of the wine part of the event, and though I had to leave early for another event, it was very cool to check out the space at Venture Café.

Red White Boston

This open space can be used for free for various events and is used to foster collaboration on projects, networking, and just as a great meeting place for people from all sorts of places and experiences. A neat idea, no?

Venture Cafe

In addition to the wine, they also had some fresh, fantastic local beers. The space is brightly lit, open, clean, and full of great energy. I am definitely glad that I was able to stop by!

As you can see, it was an exciting week, and there are actually more recaps to come! I love this time of year, especially the multiple opportunities to spend time with lots of great people.

How was your week?

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Tags: Boston, Food, holiday party, Public Garden, Red White Boston, Ted Baker, Urban Grape, Venture Cafe, wine

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    What a fabulous week! I had (and still have) a lot of holiday parties this week(end)…so its been tough on the liver!


  2. Megan’s avatar

    I love all the pictures of your outside journey. Big ouch to those 4-inch heels though! I kind of want to go see the ducklings with their Christmas bows now. :)


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Great pictures. I really like the one of the bridge. Hope your having just as fun of a weekend.


  4. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Your walk sounds lovely! I love love the public garden and it does look serene in the winter light, especially with the dearth of people. I’m digging the shot of the squirrel.


  5. alicia’s avatar

    Great photos! I love the ducklings!
    my week was pretty good. Right now I’m sitting on the couch next to Rafe while he works on his take home exam and I drink a lovely cabernet and eat sea salt caramels… thanks that I’m not in law school :)


  6. Julie’s avatar

    Your week & walk sound & look great!! Hope you had a great finish today!!


  7. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

    Shocked that there’s no snow on the ground in Boston!

    My week was crazy. Christmas parties, baking, resigning……..


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Resigning?! Congratulations! I thought I saw something on Twitter about a new job. Good luck with it!


    2. Daisy’s avatar

      we walked by the ducklings today! I agree with your Boston in the wintertime sentiments. its been such a great week for you. monday was so much fun.


    3. Enrico’s avatar

      festive ducklings – though I agree not seeing snow in boston at this stage in december.


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