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Spring has finally sprung, and when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the blue sea is sparkling, there is no better time to be in New England. There are so many day and weekend trips to take within three hours from Boston, and we satisfying our New England wanderlust with a few trips this season. This past weekend we had the chance to spend time in Newport with great friends in an amazing seaside house. Here are just a few favorite photos from a weekend in Newport.

Newport Sunset

Sunset in Newport on a clear, chilly Spring night

Eastons Beach Newport

 Dunking the toes in the Atlantic for the first time this season, at Easton’s Beach in Newport


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Al fresco drinks at a beautiful Newport home

making fudge

Fudge and saltwater taffy in one of Newport’s adorable shops


saltwater taffy

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Nautical touches everywhere – I am obsessed with coastal/nautical style and could outfit myself and my home solely from stores in Newport.


41 North

A beautiful “man cave” and gorgeous views at 41 North – click here for a recap of one of my past 41 North visits

41 North   Thames Street Newport

As I mentioned above, the shopping in Newport is really great, and Thames Street is a fun wander, with its lovely shops and old New England architecture. I love classic New England, and Newport is one of those places that embodies this. Our friends introduced us to a new-to-us oyster bar, which I will be sharing in another post. Our next coastal New England getaway is Mystic. I haven’t been since I was little and would love any recommendations!

Newport, RI

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Warm weather makes everything better.  Since the temperatures started to creep above freezing, we have done a good job of moving more and eating healthier dinners like big salads topped with lean meat and bowls of roasted veggies and whole grains. We’ve also been marveling at all of the flowers that are popping up in our new yard and the restaurants that have popped up in Boston. This is the time of year I start to fall fully head over heels in love with Boston again. Our relationship is complicated, but right now, things are good, as long as this dear city makes up for winter with a spring and summer that are weather perfection. This past weekend was a pretty epic one, filled with time outside, great friends, and food. Below are just a few things I have been loving this week.

Now that we have our own back yard, we decided to see if one of our cats would be interested in taking a walk. With a little help from The Pooped Pooch in Lower Mills, we had Smuckers out and about this weekend. Walking a cat on a leash results in a lot of laughing, but she absolutely loved it.

duck eggsEarlier in the week we followed up a sunny walk in the Seaport with polenta fries at MC Spiedo. The service was so fantastic, and while we barely scraped the surface of the menu, the impression we got was really great. The cocktails were pretty amazing too.

polenta fries



We did about as much eating this week as we did walking and playing in the sun.  The duck eggs at Steel and Rye are like everything else at this Milton favorite, perfection. Steel and Rye’s brunch is as good as it gets, especially their cocktails, and it is the ideal place for a leisurely Sunday.


imageAnother of our walks took us to Ashmont Grill, another favorite, where we fought over Korean BBQ Chicken and Waffles. We couldn’t get enough of the sauce on the chicken, and we were literally gnawing every last drop off the chicken bones.

Korean BBQ chicken and wafflesAnother stop on our weekend travels was ester, the brand new eatery in Lower Mills. It replaced neighborhood favorite The Ledge, and from the looks of things, it will be a great addition to the neighborhood once they settle in.

The DotI could eat shishito peppers for days. ester was only serving small snacks at the bar, and we enjoyed these and some nicely salted chips. The vibe was really wonderful; the restaurant was filled with locals from the second the door opened. I love Lower Mills so much.

shishito peppersIn addition to walking, we spent a lot of time in our yard, raking, examining new growth, and swinging. When the seller asked if we wanted the swing set, it was a no brainer. There’s nothing like being a kid again while getting a nice little workout in!

swing set

To fuel up for a busy day, I have been absolutely loving Suja drinks like this Macachino. It has a serious coffee kick but doesn’t make me jittery like coffee sometimes does. I also love the Suja master cleanse juice; it is simply delicious.

Suja Elements MacachinoWell, there you have some of the sips and bites and fun we enjoyed this weekend as we started to emerge from our wintry hibernation. I am exhausted and have a tiny bit of sunburn, and it feels so good.

How did you enjoy the nice weather this weekend? Loving any restaurants or products lately?


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Lots to talk about on this lovely Friday. First, my CSN Stores giveaway. Get ready for fall with some new stuff for your kitchen or maybe even new      dining room furniture. Click here to enter the giveaway now; it ends on Monday!

Today’s featured foodie comes at the most perfect time as this weekend Boston is celebrating the Ice Cream Showdown! Sponsored by Stonyfield, the showdown can be found here:

On Saturday, August 21, in Union Square, Somerville, Ice Cream Showdown North will take place with Stonyfield, Chilly Cow Custard, JP Licks, Christina’s, Toscanini’s, Picco. This will be in the parking lot next to Grand at 374 Somerville Ave from 2-4 PM. (Participants subject to change.)

On Sunday, August 22, in SoWa, Boston, Ice Cream Showdown South will take place with Stonyfield, Toscanini’s, Picco, Batch, Coop’s MicroCreamery, Chilly Cow Custard and Christina’s. This will be on Harrison Ave as part of the SoWa Art Market from 2-4 PM. (Participants subject to change.)

This weekend I am also going to the Newport Winefest and Turner Fisheries’ Bloodypalooza brunch. Busy, busy.

I am ALSO looking for foodies to feature for the next 8 Fridays so if you are interested, please email me!



Now, without further adieu, and speaking of ice cream, I bring you the writer behind the drool-worthy blog, Scoop Adventures.

Hello, everyone! My name is Lindsay and I write the blog Scoop Adventures. Scoop Adventures is a blog chronicling my journey towards finding the perfect scoop of frozen dessert. I decided to start this blog shortly after acquiring a new ice cream maker. I had so much fun being creative in the kitchen that I decided to share my ideas with the world. I was never sure how many people would be interested in reading about my ice cream adventures, but I figured there had to be other people who love ice cream as much as I do. I just celebrated my one year “blog-iversary” and still enjoy making new and exciting scoops. Despite moving across country, starting a new job, and working on house renovations, I have somehow managed to find continual inspiration for exciting scoops throughout the year.  My husband, Keith, has willingly become the guinea pig for several new flavors.  One day I plan to fulfill my dream of opening my own ice cream shop.

Here are some answers to a few questions I am often asked:

What is your favorite part about blogging?

One of my favorite parts about blogging is sharing the recipes that I create. Unless you are lactose intolerant, I have found few people that hate ice cream. Ice cream makes people happy! So if I can make people happy by helping them make ice cream, then I am all for it! I also love the friends I have made through the blogging community.

How do you decide on what flavors to make?

I am most often inspired by the food that I eat. Living in New Orleans, I have the opportunity to eat food at some of the finest and creative restaurants and chefs are always experimenting with new flavors. When I eat a new dish, I often think to myself, “Could this be an ice cream flavor?” I have been surprised with the results of some of my experiments, including Basil Ice Cream and Lemon Beet Yogurt. I am also inspired by creative ice cream artisans including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in Columbus, Ohio and Creole Creamery here in New Orleans.

What is your favorite recipe?

Some of my favorite scoop recipes are surprisingly sorbet recipes – Pear Champagne Sorbet and Blueberry Mojito Sorbet (picture in the banner on my blog). My favorite milky scoops are Basil Ice Cream, Lemon Blueberry Yogurt, and White Nectarine Sherbet.

If you love ice cream as much as I do, I would love to hear from you! E-mail me any with recipe ideas, suggestions, your own reviews, or other helpful information.  You can contact me at scoopadventures@gmail.com or follow me on twitter @ScoopAdventurer.

I have my own guest post out there today on the blog for the travel deals and cheap flights site  One Travel. It’s on eating in wine country, of course. ;) Check it out if you get the chance!

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