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While in Boston during President’s Day, we had to check out the next nearest presidential library of course. This sun filled atrium was designed by IM Pei (who did the World Trade Center and the glass pyramid at the Louvre – is still alive and working at age 100, and his son’s office is upstairs from where I work.) Aside from the amazing view and architecture, the library is filled with letters and political cartoons as well as Jacqueline’s elegant things. Zoe very quickly got hooked to Jackie as you can see ..

Have a great weekend everyone!

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During the last 2 days of Hanukkah we visited family in the Boston area – and after another session of gift-opening we got outside to do what Bostonians do: bump into history everywhere! We went to see the Wayside Inn while the weather was temperate and we could do a short hike around outdoors. Ezra loved seeing a musket loaded by a minuteman. And we visited a small schoolhouse where the poem ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was written!

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One of my great regrets in life may be that I never was able to have a house with a large enough yard to accommodate Ezra’s undying love for these kid ATVs. His friend had one years ago, and Ezra got hooked on driving it around and around a large yard. He came home to the city and I think he fantasized about driving it to school — picking up friends as he rode along. Now he’s almost too large – note his knees coming up so high – yet he loves riding. While we were in Boston for cousin Paul’s birthday even Zoe and Sophia got hooked! And I love how well the girls play with each other – cousins born just 6 months apart.

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In the South End of Boston there’s a cute little bakery that makes the yummiest little sugary scones and muffins… it’s going to be my new go-to breakfast joint when I’m back in Massachusetts!

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My dad has been unwell, and things have been stressful. I had to leave “my littles” behind in NYC and go ahead to Boston for a few days. Coincidentally an old friend lives nearby and offered me a room to stay in. Her company and her inspiring house kept my mind off of hospital stress; offering a reprieve from it all.

Efharis Alepedis is an old friend and a phenomenal jewelry designer. Her sister Betty Alepedis-Stoukides makes gorgeous paintings and leather jewelry from Greece – where she lives fulltime. And Effy curates all these amazing things in her home in such a sunny way, I had to photograph it all. I do love her ongoing collection of jewelry by new designers… so inspiring! The cut leather necklaces and paintings on the wall are Betty’s. The sea urchins and silk worm cocoons are Effy’s favorite materials to work with. And all the other pieces labeled with pencil on the wall (and cut wood necklaces and bee/honeycomb ring on the table) are work by young designers that Effy and Betty find and enjoy. One of my all time favorites is the white china plate that she hangs in her kitchen. With perfect disks cut out of it, the resulting necklace hangs next to it.

I couldn’t help but include a shot of the streets and houses around her home… so ‘New England’ .. I felt like a kid in my old neighborhood again.

See some of Effy’s beautiful finished pieces here

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Despite all the rain in NYC, we did manage to get a bright sunny day in the Boston area this past Sunday. We were back in Harvard Square romping around and getting some more good eats at Clover. The kids got to see Papa again, which they love because he cracks out the harmonica from time to time and gets them excited and dancing.

We found a new Curious George Store in Harvard Square and finally got to take a peek inside! Needless to say the theme alone had the kids psyched to take a ‘shopping break’ — and we hung out in the reading nook for awhile before buying some books.
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Some time ago my husband and I saw an episode of Best Food Ever and discovered this restaurant that started as a mobile food truck. When we heard that Clover was started by vegetarians who wanted to ‘show the world that vegetarian food could taste good’ – my curiosity was definitely piqued. (Oh, had I mentioned I’ve gone from being a life-long carnivore to a vegetarian in the last couple months, due to some revelations by Mark Bittman of the New York Times ? More on that later.)
Clover didn’t disappoint. Not only is the stationary food lab located on the cutest street in Harvard Square – but everything is fresh and prepared in front of you. (Their trucks usually hit all the weekday lunch spots around offices in Boston.) My husband was pretty nuts about all the new technology involved in ordering (waiter with an iphone keys in your order and swipes your credit card, and live menus on LCD tvs that update in minutes how quickly you’ll get your food.) The kids loved making drawings for the walls and checking out the veg and herb garden on the second floor. The chickpea fritter platter was so yummy that we returned the next morning for their pop-overs and breakfast sandwiches. And Zoe loved the peanutbutter, honey and banana pockets. Yum!




mmmm super fresh coffee in the morning!

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