Friday, August 19, 2016

Boston Staycation: Spectacle Island

Last week I spent a day on Spectacle Island with my adventure bud Hayley. It was nice to get out of the city for a few hours and enjoy nature! We bought our tickets at Long Warf  and jumped on the ferry. Our tickets were discounted,  which cost us $12 instead of $17 (I think we received a senior citizen discount). The ferry ride to the island was brief but lovely. It was a great way to see the city from a different perspective. If you are lucky like us, you will have an entertaining and engaging tour guide. He told us stories of Boston's past, and was extremely knowledgeable regarding the Boston Harbor Islands. After 20 minutes we arrived on the island. We popped into the visitor's center got a map and an amazing "passport" for New England National Parks. You can get a stamp when you visit each park.

On the island we hiked (leisurely walked) around. In all we did about 5 miles! Mid way through we stopped at one of the gazebos and ate our packed picnic lunch. The views from the top of the island are great, Boston is truly breathtaking!



After our hike we strolled along the shore to collect sea glass.  The island is well known for the amount of sea glass that washes up. The park rangers ask you to leave the sea glass on the island for others to enjoy, so please don't ask me what I did with mine (craft coming soon?)



As the day was winding down we took a dip in the water and laid out on the beach. There were a lot of summer camps on the island so we waited until 4ish until the beach was empty.



Once we were packed and ready to go, we sat on adirondack chairs watching the ferry approach. As we were leaving the staff was preparing for their weekly clambake. It looked delicious, but cost $95 to partake.


If you have not explored the Boston Harbor Islands I highly suggest making a day of it! You can find more information here! Enjoy.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Travel Essentials: La Vie Jaime


Today on the blog my very close friend Jaime from La Vie Jaime is sharing her travel essentials. We first met in High School and  14 years later we are still bffs. In May we will be traveling to Austin , Texas for her bachelorette and you can bet these essentials will be packed! Enjoy.
-Sara

I am excited to share my top 5 travel essentials on The Nomadic Fork today! Whether traveling by plane or train, for an overnight or week-long vacation, here are my must-haves for any trip.
-Jaime


1 Evian mini face spray- I especially love this for flights to give my face a refresh after landing. (Leave it to Jaime to list something I have never heard of. I will be buying this is bulk. I hate the "plane feeling" after a long flight.)


2 Portable steamer - This mini steamer is a Godsend and works to get your clothes in tip-top shape after unpacking.


3 Kindle - I can't leave home without my current read.


4 Face mask - I need a new face mask to help catch some Zs and this luxe version is on my list. (I am loving these eye masks. There are so many hilarious options, I am having trouble picking the one I want!)



5 Portable charger - It's good for all your tech needs and it's cute! (This charger is so darling! I wish I had it on my trip to Cuba, my phone died way too much!)



-Jaime



Friday, March 4, 2016

Portugal- My home away from home

Bon Dia!


Portugal is a stunning country full of culture and life.  While in Portugal I went to Lagos, Lisbon, and Cascais.  Cobblestone streets, colorful houses, historic squares galore.
Lisbon Rooftops

Lagos was beautiful, white beaches and crystal blue water. We happened to be there during a cold front so the water was a bit chilly, but that didn't stop us from kayaking, swimming, and exploring.



There are a couple of places to eat right on the beach, but my favorite was Bahia Bar and Restaurant.




By far, Lisbon was my favorite spot in Portugal. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and ready to party!









Did I mention the insanely delicious food? Oh the food! My favorite thing to eat in Portugal was a Prego aka bifana. It is basically a dessert sandwich, which let's face it, is the best kind of sandwich. The fish was fresh, and commonly served whole. This is the place to try sardines! You heard me, sardines.

First of many Pregos


Wine Tasting 
charcuterie 



If you have not been to Portugal, you need to get going. My flight was $700 round trip! How can you beat that?

-Sara

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Travel Essentials: Sara Mac


No matter the trip or the destination, these essential are always coming with me!

Essential #1: Crossbody bag

In my experience, a crossbody bag is a MUST when traveling. They are perfect for crowded subways and cities or just exploring a new destination. When "window shopping" at Nordstrom with LavieJaime I saw this Rebecca Minkoff and HAD-TO-GET-IT!  I love the color, size, and style.

                  

Essential #2: Pillow
Photo Credit: Yogibo.com

I am often stuck in a middle seat when I travel so a neck pillow is a must! I have tried a lot of different varieties and the neck pillow from Yogibo is favorite so far. However, I am always on the hunt for a better product so stay tuned...



Essential # 3: Sunglasses
Photo Credit: Loft.com

20Twelve glasses from Dicks Cotton
I don't like to spend a lot of money of sunglasses, because somehow I always lose them. One summer I went through 4 pairs.  Loft was having a 40% off  sale, so obviously I HAD to pop in. These sunglasses were a last minute impulse buy and for $8 I could not be more thrilled! You can buy them on sale here!



In the past my favorite glasses were the 20twelve glasses from Dicks Cotton. I own 3 pairs, but sadly they are discontinued. Dicks Cotton has a variety of sunglasses, and is always offering a sale. Do not feel like you need to pay full price!


Essential #4: headphone splitter

Photo credit: Fesco

I always download a movie or two for plane rides and since I commonly travel with someone a splitter is great for sharing. Sharing is caring after all! You can find these little gadgets anywhere.




What are some of your travel essentials?

-Sara

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ocean Prime

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of accompanying LavieJaime to Ocean Prime for the Sip and Sea event. From the moment we entered Ocean Prime we knew we were in for a treat. The hostess warmly greeted us at the door, took our coats, and had us escorted to the private event space in the Back Bay Room.




The most amazing Truffle Deviled Egg


Over the course of 2 hours our tastebuds were delighted through four courses. We started off with their signature drink, Bubbles and Berries. The drink was delicious, sweet and contained dry ice. I'm pretty they must get a great deal on dry ice because it was in a few other dishes, including the seafood tower.  The tower contained huge shrimp, lobster tails, immense crab legs, and mussels.  Everything was fantastic.






Next was the fish course. I loved the swordfish and the truffle Halibut. The third course was the entrees. The filet was delicious, but I am always drawn more to  the sides. Their mac and cheese may be my new favorite (sorry Lincoln).


Filet Mignon with garlic shrimp scampi



And lastly were the desserts. I tried the carrot cake and cheese cake and both were amazing.


cheesecake and carrot cake sampler



I highly recommend Ocean Prime for a date, special event, or a night of splurging.



On the Menu:
Truffle Deviled Eggs- Must try
Beef carpaccio Sushi- Try
Calamari- Must Try
Goat cheese ravioli- Must try
Truffle mac and cheese - must try
Jalapeno Au Gratin- Try ( not my favorite, but everyone else raved..)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Interview: Nick Cosky, Photographer

This is the first post in a new series, that focuses on Boston individuals working in the city and making a name for themselves! First up is Nick Cosky, photographer extraordinaire.  I have known Nick for several years, and I am continually impressed with his determination to get the perfect shot. Which is not to be overshadowed by his witty/dry sense of humor. Nicks continues to make great strides in the photography world!


Nick Cosky
Boston Based Photographer: Aerial, Events, Weddings


What inspired you to begin taking pictures?
Most people don't believe me when I tell them I started taking photos with a film camera. They don't think I'm old enough. It's true though. When I was in 8th grade I took a photography class at the Worcester Center for Crafts. We learned the basics of photography and how to develop our images in a darkroom. The whole process of using a light meter to determine exposure settings, snapping the photo, developing the roll of film and then developing the images from that roll was always amazing to me. I absolutely credit that experience as the beginning of my love for photography.  

Where is your favorite location in Boston to take pictures?
There are so many great locations in Boston for picture taking that I don't think I can choose just one. Personally, I'm always drawn to water and a view of the skyline. Memorial Dr and North Point Park in Cambridge both have amazing views of Boston right along the Charles River. Then there is the Harbor Walk in East Boston and the Waterfront. With that being said, if I had to choose a neighborhood it would be the Back Bay. I love to park on Commonwealth Ave and then you can walk to the Common and Public Garden, Newbury St, Copley Square, Boylston St, Storrow Dr Esplanade etc. The city is packed with interesting places to photograph.


 Do you have a favorite photograph? 
Hopefully it's the next one I take but that's very difficult to answer. I don't think I do. I do my best to avoid falling in to a certain style because so many different styles interest me. It's also tough for me to choose because I'm so close to them. They are like my babies and I've always been told parents don't have a favorite. (I'm pretty sure I'm my parent's favorite...)



 What future endeavor are you looking forward to the most?
There is one future and current project that comes to mind immediately. I'm working on a project to help the homeless people of Boston that I encounter while photographing the city. Since November I have been bringing clothes with me when photographing the city and offering them to homeless folks as I see them. I began this with my own clothes that I would have normally donated at a curbside donation bin. When I ran out of those I started collecting donations from friends, family, and co-workers. 

Another project has evolved out of this effort. I have teamed up with writer Matteo Urella to produce a book that features the stories and portraits of Boston's homeless. Once this book is finished, we will be selling it and donating 100% of the proceeds to the Pine Street Inn. They do amazing work in an effort to end homelessness and while I don't personally have the funds to donate to their cause, my hope is that my photography and Matteo's writing will raise funds to be donated and at the same time raise awareness for this serious problem that faces our city. As of now, the project is about 50% completed. More info will be on my website when it's available.


Check out Nick's Photographs at 


Stay tuned for the next edition in the series!