Favorites, Takeout, and Updates

Not necessarily in that order. First, some news! As I piece together my employment life, I have added another gig to my About page. I will be working on the social media strategy for go2Boston, so if you are on Facebook or Twitter, give them a follow! I’ll be posting about all sorts of events like concerts, movies, style and celebrity news, food, and hopefully some great Boston area giveaways here and there.

Last night, I curled up with an afghan, a glass of wine, The World Atlas of Wine, my Christmas Pandora station, and food from the first on my favorites list, Shanti, Taste of India. We ordered our favorite, cozy Indian dishes, Chicken Tikka Masala, Veggie Korma, and Paneer Korma with yogurt raita, garlic naan, and Basmati rice. Washed down with a glass of Michel Schlumberger Pinot Noir, the spices and warmth of this meal were perfect for a stormy night.

favorite indian food

I have been thinking a lot about favorite things lately, from my favorite way to start the morning,  cup of Lyons tea from Ireland to my favorite restaurants, things that just feel good. I love sharing my favorite things every once in awhile not only to give you all ideas for new things to try, but so that I can hear from you what YOUR favorite things are. It’s also fun to see how favorites change or stay the same. For my last “Best of” post, click here. Here are a few of things I can’t stop thinking about at the moment:

Favorite REALLY Fancy Meal Menton, Boston

Favorite Soooo Not Fancy Meal Busters BBQ, Calistoga, CA

Favorite New Restaurants Deuxave & Island Creek Oyster Bar

Favorite White Wine Sheldon La Naris, obsessed, and we only bought one bottle

Favorite Red Wine Plumpjack Syrah

Favorite Sauce of All Time Goya Habanero Sauce

Favorite Workout Dave Farmar Power Yoga Ouch and ommmmm all at once!

Favorite non-wine beverages A gift from my mom during my endless illness this fall, Harney & Sons Decaf Teas absolutely rock. The flavors are fresh and the tea is strong; one bag usually makes several large mugs. Drinking hot tea is one of my favorite afternoon rituals.

Harney & Sons Tea

One of my favorite places to get cocktails this time of year is at the Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley, and I am thrilled to be meeting some other Boston bloggers there tonight for a chat before dinner at the new Met Back Bay restaurant. Getting together with some of my favorite bloggers is definitely one of my favorite things! Rolling on the floor laughing

What are your favorite things at the moment, the things you just can’t stop thinking about, the things that make you happiest?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m loving the holidays – Christmas trees, menorahs, and even gift-purchasing – right now! I’m also really looking forward to heading down to DC this weekend…and your Indian takeout is inspiring me for some yummy takeout tomorrow night while I pack!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    I love favorite lists. Something about making them totally makes you smile.
    I’ve been drinking Long Trail Ale lately, and I might even dedicate a post to it because at the moment, it is my all time fave beer. Dirty martinis will always be a fave and I look forward to sipping one tonight with you and the girls!!


  3. Samantha’s avatar

    I love favorite lists as well, and yours is a great one. The Oak Room has what I consider to be the best vodka martini in the city – enjoy!

    Also wanted to mention that if you haven’t been, the Harney and Sons Shop and Tasting Room in Millerton, New York is a wonderful little place to visit. It’s just across the Connecticut border in New York in a charming little town, and the scenery makes it a wonderful place for a day trip or weekend getaway. Just thought I’d share as I had a wonderful experience there a few years ago!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Oooh thanks for the tip! I seriously can’t get enough of the Harney teas. I think they will be the highlight of my winter!


    2. Elizabeth’s avatar

      Indian food in fact would make me quite happy right now!


    3. Megan’s avatar

      I keep thinking about heading to Portland and Freeport tomorrow with my mom. It’s our annual Christmas shopping trip, and I look forward to it every year.

      I’m also looking forward to some cocktails tonight!!

      Congrats on the new gig!!


    4. Cynthia’s avatar

      Those teas look amazing! I can only drink decaf and sometimes it’s hard to find a good decaf tea.

      The holiday season is making me happy right now. I love shopping for presents!


    5. Shannon’s avatar

      ooh, fun new gig! those teas sound good, i need to keep my eye out for them!


    6. Enrico’s avatar

      great list and I added my own.
      Favorite REALLY Fancy Meal – Mortons
      Favorite Soooo Not Fancy Meal – MAOZ in Amsterdam – just goooood
      Favorite New Restaurants – its been awhile
      Favorite White Wine – non-oaked Chardonnary from Trevessia (per an earlier blog post)
      Favorite Red Wine – 1997 Chateau Neuf-du-Pape – yum
      Favorite Sauce of All Time – tikka
      Favorite NON-Wine beverages – belgian or german beers.
      favourite non-alcoholic beers – french press coffee or fresh from the farm ice-cold milk.


    7. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      Congrats on the new gig! Have fun at the meetup! My favorite thing this time of year is extra days off at work.


    8. Julie’s avatar

      Congratulations on your new work!! I’m not sure I could pick a single favorite in each category, but I enjoy reading everyone else’s!


    9. Susan’s avatar

      Congrats on your new gig!

      Right this second my favorite is a Sam Adams Winter lager.


    10. Sues’s avatar

      Congrats on the new gig! And Harney & Sons tea is my absolute favorite tea in the WORLD! The hot cinnamon spice is soooo good :)


    11. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

      Yay, congrats on adding another gig to the list. I love that vanilla tea as well. They used to have it at the Barnes N Noble Starbucks and I stocked up :)
      Hope last night was fun. I want to hear about that place!


    12. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

      Christmas is my favourite thing right now – all things Christmas. And bacon.


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