An Afternoon Wine Tasting Date

On Saturday, DC and I were invited by City Wine Tours to check out one of the tours in Boston. We decided on the South End tour, and it was a perfect day to learn about and sample wine in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Boston. 
We started off at Gaslight, where we were introduced to our wine educator, John, who was celebrating his 100th tour! We were each given a paper to score the wines.

 John started us off with a sparking rose and then we moved on to a Chardonnay. Gaslight provided us with a complementary tasting plate of steak tartare, crab, and ham.
Next it was off to sample some Italian wines at Cinquecento just a few steps away.  There we tried a red and white from Sicily and Orvieto, respectively. Cinquecento is more of a Northern Italian fare restaurant and we were given some antipasto to enjoy with the wine.

Our final stop took us down the road to Masa, and en route, we stood in the sunshine and John talked a bit about the history of the South End.  It was nice to hear about our city and connect it with the restaurants we were visiting.
At Masa, the tapas plate was excellent and had a variety of meat & vegetarian options. The white and red wines we sampled were of Spanish varietals. The red in particular was spicy, just like the food!
I would definitely try another of City Wine Tours in Boston. It was fun, delicious, and informative! 

City Wine Tours hosts weekend wine tasting tours in several Boston neighborhoods, plans corporate and private events, and encourages learned debauchery. Visit City Wine Tours on: www.citywinetours.com, Facebook, or Twitter.
 La vie...J'aime readers can take advantage of an exclusive offer to receive $10 off any City Wine Tour in Boston, using discount code: LAVIE2014

Thanks to City Wine Tours for this fun experience!

City Wine Tours generously comped our tickets for this experience. Thoughts and opinions are my own.



Marathon Monday 2014: #wewillrun

If you haven't already seen this video by JJ Miller, take 2 minutes and check it out. Happy Marathon Monday 2014.



DIY Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Easter weekend is upon us, and for those that are celebrating with kids, or just like to craft in general, here are some fun, unique egg decorating ideas from around the web. The hashtag one is my personal favorite!
DIY Easter Egg Ideas
Chalkboard eggs via Mom.me
Hashtag eggs via Brit & Co.
Floral eggs via The Hunted Interior
Dye-ving eggs via Spoonful
Tattoo eggs via Brit & Co.
Washi tape eggs via Lovely Indeed
Melted Crayon eggs via Spoonful
Lace eggs via Martha Stewart

PS: DIY pumpkin decorating ideas from Halloween that could inspire you!



One year later, still One Boston

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Seems crazy that already 1 year has past, as it feels like yesterday: hearing the "rumor" of a bombing spreading through the pub we were at after the Red Sox game, feeling fear of wondering if more bombs were to come, feeling sadness for the victims and our city, the shutdown a few days later as a manhunt ensued with Boston Strong ending.

There have been many local and national tributes but one of the best I've seen is this Dear World: Boston Marathon, a collection of photos of the survivors at the finish line. Dear World is a larger photography and story-telling project by Robert X. Fogarty.  Take a moment to scroll through and read, if you haven't already, and certainly we will all be thinking of the victims, the survivors, and Boston, my great city today.

PS: you can still donate at The One Fund.




Spring Pastels

My last Houzz Ideabook focused on bringing in spring pastels to the home, in a non-cheesy, non-nursery way.  I guess after such a dreary, cold winter, I was really ready to embrace light, fresh, happy colors. There is a lot out there from candles, pillows, wine glasses, and more. Check out my new Ideabook!