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Lovers of great Irish whiskey and the Boston Red Sox (or visiting teams) are in luck this year, with the arrival of Tullamore D.E.W. as the official whiskey of the Boston Red Sox,  now being poured at the recently unveiled Tully Tavern.

Tully Tavern at Fenway Park

Tullamore D.E.W. Monster Mule

About Tully Tavern:

Located in the Right Field Grandstand section, the 2,450 square feet bar features a magnificent view where fans can gather to cheer on the Sox while enjoying the convivial atmosphere of a good Irish pub. Created with the look and feel of the legendary Irish whiskey distillery, Tully Tavern will give ticket holders the opportunity to enjoy Tullamore D.E.W., a triple-blended, triple distilled Irish whiskey in signature cocktails such as the Monster Mule.


Boston Red Sox

The team from Tullamore D.E.W. kindly hosted us at a game earlier in the week, sharing plenty of delicious, easy-to-drink Monster Mules paired with Fenway’s favorite snacks. We’re whiskey fans in our house, and it’s well-worth noting how smooth Tullamore D.E.W. is, whether mixed in a cocktail or on its own. Fenway can’t pour it on its own because, Boston, but having a bottle on hand at home for a chilly spring/never-ending winter night is definitely a necessity here!

drinks at Fenway Park

Red Sox game

Despite the cold, we warmed up nicely after a couple of Monster Mules! Tully Tavern and Tullamore D.E.W. are great additions to the time-honored Boston ballpark.

Interested in visiting Tully Tavern?

Seats are sold through group sales ( and tickets range from $35 to 75 a seat depending on the game.


Can’t get to a Red Sox game? You can still enjoy a Monster Mule at home! You’ll find me mixing these up for boat days this summer!


The Tullamore D.E.W. “Monster Mule”

Created by Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador Tim Herlihy for the Tully Tavern at Fenway Park


1 part Tullamore D.E.W.

4 parts Ginger Beer

Juice from one fresh lime


Combine all ingredients and pour into an ice-filled mule mug. Raise your glass in a toast to the Boston Red Sox!

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That’s Massachusetts for you. Just when you think you’ve discovered all of your favorite MA beaches, seaside towns, and waterside watering holes, friends have suggestions for more, and locals lead you in new directions. The possibilities of summer in Massachusetts are endless; why is the season so short?! Next year, we are taking a week off for a staycation. I long to have extra days to sip and linger at Westport Rivers Sunset Music Series and trips to Horseneck Beach and to camp at Spectacle Island or hike at World’s Endto take the ferry to Provincetown, not to mention to indulge in the bounty of the sea and local farms. It is summer, and I am in my annual love affair with Massachusetts.


Our July 3 truly felt like a holiday. We got together with friends and headed North to the sweet town of Ipswich where we were introduced to Salt Kitchen & Rum Bar and instantly saw why it is a local favorite. And it’s not just because they offer so many different types of rums, including local option Privateer. The interior is adorably  coastal and rustic, staff is friendly and warm, and the food was delicious.

Salt Rum Bar

I loved my Big Foot cocktail, which included Ragged Mountain Rum, Chipotle Maple Syrup, and Lime, for a sweet and spicy kick.


Big Foot rum cocktail For lunch I indulged in the Lobster Wellington, which was amazing, with its tender sweet lobster and corn in a flaky puff pastry, served with a salad to balance it out.

Lobster Wellington During lunch we learned that our destination, Crane Beach, was at capacity, which 1) made it impossible to go there but 2) made us not really want to even attempt it if it was that crowded. Luckily, bartenders and bar patrons always have the best knowledge, and we were on our way to a hidden gem of a beach nearby that turned out to be even better than our first choice. The water and sky were perfectly blue, and it felt so good to be on the hot sand. The water, on the other hand, was a little chilly, as you can see from my bracing below. Still, it was all so perfect, the quintessential New England summer day, so very welcome after a hellish winter.

beach in Ipswich

Since laying at the beach works up quite an appetite, we stopped at CK Pearl on our way home. This was another new-to-us spot, and it is a new favorite. The deck is right on the water, providing great views of beautiful nature and boats.

CK Pearl

CK Pearl The filter for this photo is sunscreen. I love it.


Our waterside feast included Octopus Carpaccio and oysters, paired with bubbly, of course. CK Pearl is an amazing spot to relax, and it’s right across the street from the famous Woodman’s if you also need a fried clam fix. We’ll definitely be back this summer.

Octopus Carpaccio    oysters  I took a little over a week off from blogging to visit family, get lots of work done, and enjoy a holiday weekend, and I am now excited and refreshed and looking forward to catching up on all of your blogs and updating my own.

Cheers to the best month of the year!

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Congratulations to our winner Carolsue, and thank you to Gourmesso for their generous giveaway! And thanks to all of you for sharing your favorite way to drink coffee. Happy holidays!


Chillier temps call for warm drinks, and whether you’re relaxing alone with a good book or entertaining a group, the holiday season calls for a little extra deliciousness. Coffee is a constant in our household. We always, always consume it on work day mornings (On weekends we often linger over cups of Irish tea.), and coffee also often pops up as part of dessert, after dinner, or even in dinner recipes.

chocolate orange coffee Recently Gourmesso reached out to me to see if I wanted to try some of their Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules. I love my Nespresso machine and am always on the lookout for less expensive capsule options, so of course I said yes!

Gourmesso sent me a ton of different samples, and in addition to making a roast with a Gourmesso espresso marinade, I also decided to craft a cozy hot coffee drink for the holidays.

One of our favorite snacks when we are in Ireland is Jaffa Cakes, delicious little sponge cookie discs topped with an orange jelly and covered in chocolate. Chocolate and orange go so well together, and I knew that the Gourmesso Soffio Cioccolato would be the perfect base for a Jaffa Cake coffee drink.


Gourmesso Coffee

I started by brewing full cups of the Gourmesso coffee in my Nespresso machine. To each Irish coffee glass I added a half shot of Godiva liqueur and Grand Marnier. . . maybe a little more than half a shot. Experiment with measurements until your coffee is just right for you. You might also want to add a splash of Bailey’s Vanilla to stand in for the cookie part of the Jaffa Cake. As you can probably tell, the options for customizing your own festive coffee drink are endless, but you should definitely start with a quality coffee base.

Godiva and Grand Marnier

chocolate orange coffee drinks We bundled up and sipped our coffee drinks out in our yard, still loving the space in the cold (and despite all of the leaves). I loved the citrusy note of orange as a refreshing counterpart to the sweetness of the Godiva and the richness of the coffee. These coffee drinks are certainly a fun way to warm up this winter.

Gourmesso Coffee

Thanks to Gourmesso, one lucky reader can enjoy five different Gourmesso roasts or flavors. They’re allowing me to host a giveaway for 50 capsules. They have 20 different coffee blends at the moment and are expanding that line every year.

A few of my favorites include the Colombia Arabica Mezzo and Bolivia Pura Mezzo. I love a good dark roast coffee, and these are smooth and just lovely.

Interested in winning your own Gourmesso? Just leave a comment on this post letting me know your favorite way to drink coffee or how you would doctor up a cup of Gourmesso for fun coffee drink. I will choose a winner on Friday.

Good luck!

Gourmesso Coffee



Looking for some delicious coffee recipes for your holiday entertaining? I love this Irish Whiskey Chocolate Cake and these Godiva Coffee Martinis.

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