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Being a Boston food and travel blogger as well as  a publicist/social media consultant has always been an interesting combo for me. It’s definitely helped me to grow my circle of blogger friends and contacts, allowed me to stay in the loop on local media and events, and it’s helped me craft how I want to interact with (and how I DON’T want to interact) other bloggers.

It’s always fun when the two come together in one place, and on Monday that’s exactly what happened. A bunch of Boston bloggers came together at the Olive Connection Brookline ( client of mine since summer 2015) to taste Nautical Gin cocktails and an array of wines that a colleague of mine works with.

Olive Connection Brookline

The event was a casual get-together that allowed bloggers to check out the beautiful gift items that the Olive Connection has for the holidays and to mingle in a festive setting. It was fun!

cheese and charcuterie

Olive Connection is a beautiful store offering so many different artisan food items like charcuterie, pastas, sauces, coffee, tea, and of course olives, olive oil, and vinegar,

rainbow pasta gift  

pasta and sauce They put out a delicious spread of snacks that featured ingredients from the store such as bruschetta, shrimp with amazing artisan cocktail sauce, crudite with a beet horseradish dip, and more.

holiday food spread

And my favorite, brownies made with their blood orange olive oil.

blood orange olive oil brownies

Nautical Gin was on hand with their beautiful bottles of craft American gin, making their signature Gimlet cocktail as well as a festive Gin and Jam cocktail made with local Doves and Figs jam.

For the cocktail recipe, visit the Nautical Gin Instagram page.


gin and jam Nautical Gin cocktail

Nautical Gin makes a great holiday gift! Find it in a store near you:


Nautical Gin cocktails

All of the wines we tasted were delicious and perfect for holiday entertaining.

Don Melchor

Trivento Golden Reserve

Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

Peter Zemmer Pinot Noir

St Urbans-Hof Wiltinger

Ferraton Pere et Fils Samorens White

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio

Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes

Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc

Grazing on small bites, cocktails, and sips of wine while mingling with really interesting and fun bloggers was a wonderful way to spend a chilly December evening!

Thank you to all of the Boston bloggers who attended and to our hosts the Olive Connection, the wineries, and of course Nautical Gin for the cocktail gin-spiration.

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New restaurants seem to be popping up everywhere in Boston, but especially in the Back Bay area. I might just be a little bitter that when I worked in the area we definitely did not have such a selection, but I will have to get over it and make the trek to the area to check out all of the new spots.

This past Sunday night, I got together with monthly dinner dates Megan, Emily, Daisy, and Amy to try The Brahmin, situated in the space that 33 Restaurant occupied for years. After a fairly unimpressive and slightly suspect experience at 33, I was hoping that our experience at the address’s new occupant would be better, and I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

The Brahmin, Boston

I arrived first, naturally, and was immediately smitten with the swanky décor inside The Brahmin. It coupled perfectly with my weekend in Newport, luxe lighting and leather couches filling the expansive space, making an ideal cocktail lounge.

The Brahmin

The Brahmin

Speaking of cocktails, their selection of classic and handcrafted drinks, along with a small but interesting wine list, definitely make The Brahmin a place for sipping with friends. I went the handcrafted route and ordered the Saltonstall, a mix of Maker’s Mark, fresh raspberry puree, lime, simple syrup, and soda water. The drink was delicious, slightly sweet with a hint of bourbon in the back. The fresh raspberry really was the highlight of the drink, and this delightful concoction made me excited to try their other creative cocktails.


Once we were settled with drinks, we put our order in. Our waitress was awesome in timing the food, many small plates, into courses for us so that we didn’t end up with 10 dishes all at once. That is something I , as a slow eater, appreciate immensely. We got to savor each round, and when we were nearing the end, she brought more.

arugula salad

First up, we had the arugula and goat cheese salad, topped with crispy prosciutto, green apples, and lemon vinaigrette. The arugula was fresh and peppery, but the standout of this dish for me was the prosciutto. It was deliciously crisped and salty and provided a nice contrast to the other ingredients. Our healthy salad was accompanied by an old favorite, fried pickles with a sweet pepper sauce. The pickles were nicely fried and hot but could use a little bit of salt.  The sauce could definitely have used a little more flavor. While the dish needs a bit of work, I still liked it and would probably order it again.


fried pickles

We decided to also throw in the fritatta, for $3.50 we figured why not? We were all pleasantly surprised by a heaping wedge of fritatta topped with a flavorful salsa, definitely an unexpected favorite.



Other small plates included white asparagus wrapped in Serrano ham and topped with lemon vinaigrette. I don’t recall any dressing, but I did like the combination of the ham and asparagus, again nicely salty.

white asparagus

When there is truffle mac and cheese on the menu, it just has to be ordered. I have to say, though, I wasn’t very impressed with this one. The sauce was inconsistent throughout. Some bites offered a delicate, earthy truffle flavor while others came up bland.  I did enjoy the crunchy topping though!

truffle mac and cheese

Another dish that ended up being a favorite for me were the short ribs with cauliflower-parsnip puree. The spices were very Autumnal and slightly sweet, and the meat was rich and hearty. A little bit definitely went a long way.

short ribs

Tomatoes and mozzarella, prawns with chipotle sauce, and tuna two ways rounded out the meal. None of these three dishes was very exciting or memorable. The tomatoes and mozzarella (ordered simply due to the fleeting nature of the tomato season!), were standard and good while my shrimp was pretty dry, tough, and flavorless. The tuna was paired with watermelon, a creative, refreshing option and a solid choice.

tomato and mozzarella


tuna two ways

Overall, everything at The Brahmin was good, but I was most excited about my cocktail. It’s definitely a place I would return to for drinks, and since we sat outside to enjoy the warm weather, I look forward to cozying up on their couches this fall.

Have you been to any new restaurants lately?

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