It’s February in New England. It’s cold and dark and it’s hard not to allow this time of year to get you down. My best advice for those that don’t care for the cold ? Embrace the season in all its chilliness. A long weekend away really can be a wonderful reset. Here are some … Continue reading Five Thrifty New England Winter Weekend Get-Aways
This week, No Name, has shuttered, ending a more than 100 year-old run as one of Boston's classic, old-timey seafood restaurants . My first visit to No Name was as a college freshmen at Northeastern- a dormitory floor outing to get to know the city. Boston was a mystery to me and I had never … Continue reading So Long “No Name”. A look at Boston’s Vintage Restaurants
In December, Boston is at its festive best. With its cobblestone streets and trees strung with twinkling lights, the city takes on a fairy-tale quality that evokes images of both Christmas past and Christmas present. There is a real timeless appeal to Boston at this time of year. Among Boston's holiday traditions are ice skating … Continue reading “No Access Boston”- The Holiday Edition!
It's 8:30 on Tuesday morning and I hear the sound of a time gone by, the clink of glass milk bottles being placed in the aluminum cooler box on my front porch. My milk delivery brings me great joy. Every week since last spring, the blue Thatcher Farm truck delivers milk right to my doorstep. This is … Continue reading The Milk Man Cometh
True fact. I write about New England to travel elsewhere. And my favorite place to travel? Most definitely Europe. I first visited Spain and Italy with my family at the age of 14. As soon as I returned from that trip, I planned my next- to visit my German pen pal Sabine. And the pattern … Continue reading This Year’s Family Summer Holiday: England
Every book I write is a journey with lots of research -and loads of alone time. It wasn't until I had written my fourth book (Discovering Vintage Boston) that it occurred to me to have a book launch party to celebrate the end of months of self-imposed exile. I'm food and wine obsessed anyway- so hosting … Continue reading Recap: “No Access Boston’s” Book Launch Party at the Waterworks Museum
I am so excited to announce the book launch for my newest title, No Access Boston, (Globe Pequot) at the Waterworks Museum (2450 Beacon St., Boston) on Wednesday, June 19th at 7PM. No Access Boston is my 6th book- and I loved it when my daughter Leda compared its publication to Tom Brady and his Super Bowl wins. … Continue reading Book Launch Party for “No Access Boston”!
After nearly 9 months I can finally say that “No Access Boston” is finished. Not that I don’t have some things to do- like get a few more photographs, track down a couple of photo permission forms and proof the editor’s corrections. But in terms of actual writing- I’m done ! Some thoughts on the … Continue reading “No Access Boston” Submitted !
I am excited to share the news that I am writing No Access Boston: Beantown's Hidden Treasures, Haunts and Forgotten Places (Globe Pequot) for publication in December 2018. No Access Boston is all about places in the city that are unknown and or/have a hidden history. Did you know that Boston has a Puppet Library? Sara … Continue reading Writing a New Travel Book!
As a teenager, I liked nothing better than taking over my mother's kitchen to make dinner. I made dishes like chicken paprika with homemade spaetzle, beef Wellington and baklava. This was in the 1970's—long before the Food Network and the cult of the celebrity chef. We did, however, have Julia Child! When I first started writing … Continue reading I Always Wanted to Write a Cookbook