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Archive for May, 2010

The likes of Jetsetter, RueLaLa and LuxuryLink are all joined by Off & Away, a new site dedicated to auctioning off the world’s best hotel rooms. Wait a minute while I swoon…

Recovered. Anyway, up today is the Pierre Hotel in NYC, with 2 nights in the Tata Presidential Suite, worth an estimated price tag of $40,000 (according to Off & Away). The current high bid is $341.25, and while the price is sure to climb, this is still certainly a deal and a site to watch. It’s worth visiting for the eye-candy alone!

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The only thing that’s better than an absolutely gorgeous Friday in May is when RueLaLa and Zagat pair up to sell once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences at some of NYC’s great restaurants. Personally I’d vote for the dinner in Chef David Bouley’s Private Test Kitchen, but any of the packages would make for a memorable evening. The only thing better is if they teamed up with a few great chefs I can think of in Massachusetts and Maine – here’s to hoping!

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We’re planning a trip to Hotlanta in a few weeks, and so far on the itinerary we’ve got stalking Chef Kevin at Woodfire Grill, stalking beluga whales at the Aquarium, and ogling the “Allure of the Automobile” at the High.

Hello Woodfire.

Hello Giant Grouper. (There was no pic of my beloved belugas so he had to stand in.)

Hello Aston Martin.

More to come!

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Another gloomy day here in New England, but Fly.com is advertising roundtrip fares from Boston to Hawaii for just $578. You can take off tomorrow and return on Monday and no one will have to know 🙂 I think four nights here is just what the doctor ordered:

One can dream!

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Since I stumbled across the Banyan Tree Hotel and Resort group a few years ago I’ve been obsessed. And with rain pending here in Boston, I can’t help but wish I was here today:

Gorgeous, no?

For those that have the vacation time saved up, hop on over to Jetsetter to score a stay at this beauty at a fabulous rate!

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Finally it seems that spring has sprung in New England. Hooray!

To celebrate, there’s no better way to welcome the beautiful weather in with than with pasta primavera. While you can now make this dish all year long, I knew that when Boston Organics delivered fresh asparagus, green beans, and basil to my door last week, it was a sign that it was the perfect time to make spring in a bowl. So off I went to purchase my spaghettini, parmegiano-reggiano, grape tomatoes, and morel mushrooms. How can you go wrong with these ingredients? Indeed you can’t.

The recipe I favor is from the Gourmet cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl herself. This was the first “real” dish that I ever tried to cook (i.e. involved more than three ingredients), and subsequently the first time I’ve ever been impressed with something I actually cooked. It was also the first time that other people were impressed with something I actually cooked! So you can imagine I have a little sentimentality about this recipe 🙂

While it involves a fair amount of prep work, once you have everything ready it moves quite fast.

And the end result? Just as amazing as I remember. It’s beautiful, simple, light, and fresh. Just like spring.

Lucky you, the recipe can be found here.

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On my wish list is getting here some day:

But in the meantime, Taigan has started shipping out many of the Blackberry Farm delicacies. What’s on my list? The Blackberry Farm Cookbook, Singing Brook Pimento cheese, and Peach Preserves. YUM. Perfect for a gift or spending a lazy Sunday afternoon at home 🙂

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