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LONDON LIFE, RESTAURANTS, TRAVEL

London: Incredible Small Plates At The Providores

Please allow me to introduce you to a delightful small plates place called The Providores on Marylebone High Street. Specializing in innovative fusion food, The Providores also apparently serves London’s largest range of New Zealand premium wines – aka a homerun in my book.

The Providores has two levels, with the upstairs a more formal dining room and the downstairs a casual walk-in spot that doesn’t take reservations. As a result, you’ll often see people lingering around outside, especially on the weekends for their legendary brunch.

On this visit, we opted for a few of my favorites to share. The first was Laksa, a smoked coconut, a prawn and lemongrass dumpling soup with green tea noodles, crispy shallots and coriander. The restaurant was nice enough to split the portion for us to share.

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LONDON LIFE, RESTAURANTS, TRAVEL

London: Dunkin’ Donuts Opens By Baker Street!

Today was an amazing day – Dunkin’ Donuts opened a central London location adjacent to the Baker Street underground!

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As a former employee and huge fan, having a taste of home is pretty exciting. Dunkin’ even has a proper Iced Coffee with Splenda. None of this Iced Americano or hot coffee poured over ice – the real deal!

And yes, there are donuts. Lots and lots of decadent donuts – I was impressed by the flavor options!

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NIGHTLIFE, RESTAURANTS, TRAVEL

Travel: An Epic Girls Weekend In Paris

Ah, Paris. Always a good idea, especially when it’s the setting for an epic girls weekend. Between the warm weather, incredible food, sightseeing and a few surprise encounters, the magic of Paris made this trip memorable. Here are my tips and recommendations on how to spend a girls weekend in Paris.

Where To Stay

I absolutely adore Hotel Le Bellechasse in St. Germain. Decorated by Christian Lacroix, the hotel is in a fantastic location blocks from Musée d’Orsay. The hotel only has 33 guest rooms, free wi-fi and the service is great.

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EVENTS, LONDON LIFE, RESTAURANTS, TRAVEL

London: A Divine Pre-Fixe Meal At Baltic

Corporate dinners can often be heavy and unimaginative. Thankfully, this is not true when it comes to Baltic, a restaurant in Southwark specializing in the cuisines of Eastern and Central Europe.

While the restaurant offers 70+ different types of vodka, I played it safe and instead opted for a Spiced Pear Mojito, made from house infused Pear Vodka churned with fresh Lime, Mint, Cinnamon syrup, Pressed Apple Juice and Angostura bitters topped with soda water.

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BOSTON, RESTAURANTS, TRAVEL

Travel: The SavvyBostonian Returns to Boston

It’s always interesting returning to a place that you lived in for 13 years. No longer a resident, but not quite a tourist, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for a Boston and a desire to visit a few times annually. Here are highlights from my weekend back in Beantown.

The Arrival I took a daytime flight from Virgin Atlantic. As I settled into my seat, it was one of those amazing traveler moments where I had a row of three seats all to myself. Oh, and as we took off, the crew announced that we also had in-flight wi-fi (for a fee). A brilliant flight on so many levels, thank you Virgin Atlantic!

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