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A lifestyle blog with a focus on my food adventures

IMG_4920The Deluxe Station Diner is located in a historic train station from 1870 that was designed by HH Richardson. The interior has this really cool Harry Potter/steampunk vibe to it.


I love any place where you can get breakfast all day! And they are open 7am-9pm Sunday – Thursday and 7am-10pm Fridays and Saturdays. Leah and I met for a breakfast meeting one morning and it was so hard to choose just one thing from their extensive menu. We decided not to pick just one thing!! We started off with the apple cinnamon babka French toast ($6.75). Yup, you read that right! Start drooling now. The thick slices of babka are lightly battered and served with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s sweet, but not overly so.


And to balance out the sweet, I had the Western omelette ($11.50) with ham, onion, pepers, tomato and swiss cheese. All the omelettes are served with your choice of toast and either home fries or a mixed green salad. The portions are generous and I seriously had to waddle out of there! As I mentioned before, they have a large menu, so there is something for everyone – whether it’s chicken tenders, hummus, salmon, turkey tips, burgers, salads, sandwiches or omelettes.

Deluxe Station Diner

70 Union Street, Newton, MA

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Meredith and I headed over to the Seaport to grab a bit to eat. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer afternoon/evening. We grabbed a seat on the outdoor patio. The inside decor is pretty cool, from the Edison lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling to the rustic feeling you get from all the wood on the walls.


Gather is located in District Hall, a dedicated civic space where the innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. You walk through the District Hall space to get to the restrooms – the space is pretty cool with open space, classrooms and assembly space.


We had the scallop ravioli ($14) which isn’t really ravioli at all. The scallops are sliced thinly and served topped with rock shrimp, grapes, shallots, corn and cilantro pesto. I loved this dish – there were so many flavors but they all worked perfectly together.


We also had the duck tacos ($15) that came with apple kimchee, salsify root and guacamole. This was a delicious dish as well – although nothing topped the scallop ravioli. There was a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of a bit to this dish and the duck was tender.

Service was excellent, I would definitely go back to get more of the scallop ravioli try other things!


75 Northern Ave., Boston, MA

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What trip to New York is complete without stop at Magnolia Bakery? We were staying in midtown (let’s not talk about it) and so we headed up to the Rockefeller Center location. Not quite as charming as the Bleeker Street location, but hey…let’s not get picky.


Have you checked out their instagram account lately? I dig what they are doing these days!


Of course my go to is the vanilla with buttercream frosting. Still as sweet as I remember with light and fluffy cake. One bite will put you in a diabetic coma, but hey, isn’t that part of the fun? Can’t make it there? Don’t worry, they ship. Not quite the same as walking into the store and getting a fresh one, but when you don’t live in NYC, sometimes you have to make do.

Have you had their banana pudding? Tell me about it! Curious minds want to know…

Magnolia Bakery

1240 Avenue of the Americas at 49th Street, New York, NY

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Guest gathered on Sunday at Grill 23 for a Good Ones celebration featuring some notable guests in the non profit sector. The weather was cool and rainy – the kind of weather that makes you want to stay on your couch under lots of blankets. Despite the weather, there was a great turn out and I’m glad I was able to attend because I left feeling really inspired. I met Nurys early in the evening, she is outgoing, animated and passionate when she talks about her work. She has a full time job in addition to running the Chica Project, and frankly, I wonder when she has the time to sleep! But when you love something so much, it’s worth it. With the holiday season upon us, I encourage everyone to consider volunteering some of your time at a worthy organization.

Scroll down to meet some of the fabulous guests in attendance:

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(L-R) Featured guests Marian Brown, Nurys Camargo, José E. Valenzuela.

Marian Brown is the founder of Arts Connect International, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate & connect leaders in the arts field committed to cultural inclusion and social equity on a global scale. ACI runs a year-long international Artist-in-Residence program for emerging leaders.

Nurys is the founder of Chica Project, a social enterprise dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for young Latinas in Boston, Lawrence, Springfield and Holyoke by empowering them with the skills, confidence and network necessary to thrive personally and professionally. Most recently Camargo was recognized by Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, Latina Magazine, Ethnic Media Online and the Red Cross of Eastern MA for her passion to build inter-generational pipelines of woman of color.

José E. Valenzuela works with Boston Youth Wrestling, an organization committed to youth development in Boston through the sport of wrestling. Originally from the Dominican Republic, José has been a proud resident of Boston for more than 20 years. As a classroom teacher in the Boston Public Schools, he has spent the last eight years working with youth, empowering them to think critically about the world we live in today. As the founder of Boston Youth Wrestling, which works to promote youth development in inner city Boston by inspiring personal, academic, and athletic success, José has been able to expand his reach through his work in 15 schools and community centers in Boston, Chelsea, and Lynn, working with over 200 youth in the last year alone.

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(L-R) Janet Wu, Heloisa Fitzgerald.

Janet is a woman who needs no introduction. You have most likely seen her on channel 7 news or emceeing an event around town, she is a talented journalist and an adjunct professor at Emerson College.

Heloisa is a talented jewelry designer and is coming out with a new line called Blingtec that will be debuting next week. I encourage you to check out the Blingtec Facebook page – you can see a preview of the line that personalizes your fitness monitors and makes them fashionable. You can wear the pieces multiple ways and they are designed to work with Jawbone and Fitbit.

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(L-R) Marian Brown, Andrew Sobel, Jennifer Brooke, ​Rachel Friedman​, featured guest Zev Steinmetz.

Featured guest Zev Steinmetz of the Jewish New Fund: Water Renewal, Forestry and Green Innovations, Community Building, Research and Development, Disabilities and Special Needs.

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(L-R) Jed Hammel​, José E. Valenzuela.

Jed is a talented director, producer and editor at Volta Visual. He produced a film, Waiting for you, that won Best Drama Short and Best Woman Filmmaker for October’s Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Fest. Jed directed World Spins Madly On that has received praise. Read what people are saying about the film: “Writer-director Jeremy Jed Hammel taps into that feeling every “hopeless romantic” has had at one point or another that a single meeting can lead to the start of a new path for the rest of your life.” – Sonic Cinema

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(L-R) Jeta Kaziu, ​Adam Parshall​, Sheila Erimez.

Adam is the content manager at Do617, an online comprehensive list of local events that tells you what to do on any given night out: music, nightlife, you name it!

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(L-R) Matthew Tambia, Ryan Wittig.

Ryan was a featured guest at the November 19th Faces of Fashion // Business Media event at Liquid Art House. Ryan was born and raised in rural Indiana. He came to attend school at Boston University’s School of Management and has called Boston home ever since. He started his technology sales career at RICOH cold calling small businesses and was promoted into a major account role in two years selling to large healthcare providers.

For more information or to request a membership, check out the Good One’s website.

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Located at the pier, just under the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is in a prime location. The day was humid and frankly hot as hell. Of course after walking around at the Brooklyn Flea we were sweating and needed something cool, so we waited in the enormous line to get an ice cream.


The line went out the door and around the building. There are a few seats inside but most people tried to catch the shade of the building at the benches outside. Don’t forget your cash kids, this place is cash only!


There are rest rooms located in the back, and if you try to get to them before you have ordered, prepare for lots of dirty looks from the people waiting in line!


While their ice cream looked delicious, we went with the old fashioned ice cream soda, vanilla ice cream with coke. Although, while waiting to pay, the guy behind me ordered strawberry ice cream and sprite, which seems like sacriledge but I’m oddly intrigued. Next time!!

How do you order your ice cream soda?

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

The Corners of Old Fulton and Water Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Little Cupcake Bakeshop was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn. They have expanded to two locations, one in Brooklyn and one in Nolita. We visited Nolita and loved the feel of the bakery (it just feels like a real bakery). They had an amazing assortment of cupcakes, it was hard not to buy one of everything! We got ours to go, but there are a bunch of tables for you to sit at and eat your sweets right away.


Rose Pistachio cupcake ($3.75) Such an interesting flavor – like the adult version of those green pistachio cupcakes. Great frosting to cake ratio.


Carrot Cake ($3.75) Delicious – carrot cake is one of my favorites.

IMG_9023Mini white chocolate raspberry cheesecake ($7) was really dense – and no matter who makes the cheesecake, there is never enough raspberry for me. That being said, this was an excellent after dinner dessert choice!

In addition to selling cupcakes and cheesecakes, they also have cookies, pies, ice cream, bars and breakfast items. They have gluten free and vegan items as well.

Little Cupcake Bakeshop

30 Prince Street, New York, NY

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I’ve put together a list of things that I love – some things I have, and some I’m hoping for this holiday season! Check out my ideas below and let me know what’s on your list this year!

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A coworker of mine has this and I love it. This nautical rope wrap bracelet, royal’s golden fleet wrap bracelet is hand knotted in Rhode Island and comes in sizes x-small to x-large. You can get one at and it retails for $75.Screenshot at Nov 07 08-31-39

Now, the only question is, do I love it in all gold or the gold and navy?

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Life is a little more organized when you have a beautiful planner to keep things in order. This 2015-2016 Lilly Pulitzer Tusk in the Sun planner is available for $28 at Paper Source and features weekly and monthly calendar pages, sticker pages and a dates to remember page. I picked mine up last week and am in love with it!

For Him:

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I always have a hard time with gifts for him because guys never really need/want anything. I love this Benedict weekender bag from Moore and Giles in titan milled honey. It retails at $860 and can be monogrammed for an extra $10. It has 2 interior pockets, an interior zip pocket and a 58″ adjustable padded leather shoulder strap.

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If your guy is anything like mine, and he loses his keys every other minute, Tile is a great little product. For $25 a tile, you can track your lost keys from any cell phone when you log into the app.  If you lose your keys, the app will send a signal to the tile to make a noise for you to easily locate it. Press the button on the tile and it will help locate your phone, even if it’s on vibrate. And a super cool feature is, if you put a tile on your bike and your bike gets stolen, you can mark it as a stolen item in the app. The program sends out a signal to all the other tiles out there and if someone else comes close to it, it sends you a signal and lets you know where the lost/stolen item is.

For the Hostess:

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I love notecards, a handwritten note is just so lovely. These great cards by Felix Doolittle are amazing, they have a variety of image options, but I love the anchor. They are $75 for a set of 24 and can be customized in three different colors with your name.

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The ultimate hostess gift, a Mariposa sailboat twist napkin box retails for $48. It’s made from recycled aluminum and measures 5.75″ x 5.75″.

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I saw these when I was in Falmouth and I fell in love with them. They are called SeaSphere ornaments and this particular one is made with upcycled blue and green bottles with clam shell dust in Maine. I also like the lobster shell ornament, the clam shell seasphere and the mussel shell seasphere ornament. They retail for $20 and are a great gift for your or a friend. Check out their website for a look at all the different options.

For the Kids:

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We love all the Jellycat stuffed animals, but Bartholomew, or as we call him, “Bart” is one of our favorites (we have 2, one medium and one large!!). Each stuffed animal comes in a variety of sizes, but the medium sized one is $22.50. You can pick up Bart on Amazon.

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Great for young children, the Manhattan Toy Winkel rattle and sensory teether is a great option with lots of bright colors and easy to grab tubes for kids to chew on. It retails for $10.27 on Amazon.

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I love good books, so this one only seemed fitting: Foodie Babies Wear Bibs by Michelle Sinclair Colman. It retails for $5.51 on Amazon and comes in other great titles like Urban Babies Wear Black and Artsy Babies Wear Paint.

For the Cook/Baker:

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I went to the launch party for Maggie (the founder of Eat Boutique) and I just love her book – there are tons of great recipes to make and fun ideas on how to gift wrap your home made goodies. The book can be found at Amazon and retails for $13.75.

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I’ve been following Dan’s blog, The Food in My Beard, for some time now – I love his recipes. He just came out with a cookbook called Stuffed. It retails on Amazon for $15.29.

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Ok, I know what you’re thinking…who gives pickles for a holiday present? I totally would because my friend Ziggy make some of the best pickles around (and rumor has it, he’s working on carrots, which are MY FAVORITE). But seriously, I love the idea of a bloody mary gift basket using the spicy dill pickles as the centerpiece. You can grab them online for $9 for shipping or find him at stores all around Boston.

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Sprinkles is located in Brookfield Place, on the second floor, in the food court. Sprinkles was the world’s first cupcake bakery, founded in 2005 by Candace Nelson. The first store was opened in 2005 in Beverly Hills and they have expanded to 14 locations across the country. If you can’t make it to a Sprinkles store, you can buy the mix at Williams Sonoma and make them at home! The signature dots on the cupcakes tell you what flavor cupcake you’ve chosen. See the menu here. They have gluten free, sugar free and vegan options in addition to their standard and seasonal flavors.


(Clockwise starting at top left) ($3.75 each) Red Velvet: red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, Key Lime: key lime cake with key lime vanilla frosting, Cuban Coffee: Belgian light chocolate cake with coffee frosting with notes of cinnamon and cocoa, Chocolate Marshmallow: Belgian dark chocolate cake with marshmallow cream and bittersweet chocolate ganache, Carrot: walnut studded cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, Vanilla: vanilla cake with vanilla frosting.

My favorites were the cuban coffee (I loved the flavor), the carrot (for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting) and the classic red velvet (decadent but not overly sweet).


225 Liberty Street, New York, NY

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Good Ones headed out last Thursday to ’47 Brand on Newbury Street, donned in sports gear for a “47 people at ’47 Brand” party. Guest mingled with local professional athletes and checked out some cool sports gear from their favorite teams.

Good Ones 1’47 Brand is a sports lifestyle brand based out of Boston. Started by two twin brothers and a single street cart in 1947, the company has grown to be a licensed partner with the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL, as well as over 650 colleges.

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They have all the latest baseball hats, winter hats and apparel.

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Featured guest ​Erik Smith (left), was the first Air Force player to be drafted to Major League Lacrosse and plays on the Cannons. Featured guest Kelyn Rowe, right, plays for the New England Revolution.

Check out Erik’s highlight reel above. And for more on Keylan, check out this fun interview where he talks about his favorite places to eat around Boston.

Check out the some of the Good Ones below.

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(L-R) ​Curtis Colly, Iman Rezaei, Scott Weiman.

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​Lily Fidea​.

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​Arun Kumar​.

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(L-R) ​Patricia Johnson, ​Antonio Aniello, Kristin Khederian.

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(L-R) ​Amanda Souvannaseng, Steve Tsolakis, ​Muideen Ogunmola, Jenn Studaker.

Featured guest Muideen Ogunmola (aka Blocknation) is a headwear designer for 47 Brand. He has been commissed to do illustrations for NESN, ESPN, New Balance, adidas, Sports Illustrated, and Reebok.

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(L-R) ​​Joe Hunter​, Jennifer Brooke, Peihu Wang​ (model).

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​(L-R) Joe Hunter​, Joe Malaika​ (fashion designer)​.

’47 Brand is located at 286 Newbury Street in Boston. Check out their website here.

For more information about the Good Ones and to inquire about a membership, check out their website.



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Siena is an Italian restaurant located in Mashpee Commons. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating.


Of course I ordered the bolognese. It was served with linguini and the sauce was a combination of beef and pork. The serving size for lunch was generous, but the dish was average.


We also ordered the blue crab cakes that came served with a lemon caper aioli. These were pretty tasty. Service was spotty at best even though it was past lunch hour.

Where is your go-to place in Mashpee Commons? I’m still looking for a good place to eat.

Siena Italian Grill

Mashpee Commons, 17 Steeple Street, Mashpee, MA

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