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This Week in Boston (Road Trip)

We just got back from a nine day road trip around New England and Canada. We have been meaning to do this for a long time, and the perfect opportunity came up so we took it! We drove through Portland, Montreal, Toronto, NYC, Westport, and then back to Boston. We have an unofficial tradition of finding a photo booth in each city, and we were successful everywhere except Portland. We got back to Boston on Wednesday, pretty exhausted. It goes without saying that we had a very needy kitten, and that “needy” turned into cranky (for leaving her that long). Don’t worry though, we had a very capable and great kittysitter while we were gone. Eames is actually in Houston, and we are joining him soon (more on that later). For now, some photos from the road trip.

maine

We started out in Maine. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck in Portland. Most of the shops we wanted to visit closed early; it was a Monday after all. We started out the next day with coffee and donuts from Holy Donut. They make delicious potato donuts; we highly recommend them. Spent the rest of the day in Acadia National Park hiking around. It was a little foggy, but very beautiful. Finished the day right with some lobster rolls from Thurston’s Lobster Pound (thanks Rachel for the recommendation).

Montreal

Besides being a French-speaking city, we had no idea what to expect from Montreal. After a cash only fail/a guy poking fun at Boston accents (we didn’t tell him we were originally from Houston), we lucked into a really great place called Art Cafe. We had our fill of really great cappuccinos, and spent the rest of the day wandering around a part of the city called Mile End. They had a ton of great shops we wanted to check out including Style Labo, Drawn and Quarterly, and Phonopolis. We did make a couple stops in downtown too: A Table Tout Le Monde and Rooney. Montreal would have definitely exceeded our expectations, if we had any.

Toronto

Toronto was probably our favorite part of the trip. We love big cities, and it is the largest in Canada. We arrived on Friday and headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a relaxing evening. The ROM not only stays open late on Friday, it’s only $10! We had a late dinner at 7 West before heading back to the hotel. The next morning we had brunch at The Drake Hotel and then spent the rest of the day walking up an down Dundas and Queen stopping in at a bunch of great shops. We made a point to stop by Mjolk and Bookhou, a couple my favorite online stores. We also stopped in Magic Pony and Cosmos West Records. If you are in to Brazillian Jazz, you need to go to that record shop. The owner Aki, was super helpful. He made me a list of artists to check out. Really nice guy! Actually, everyone we chatted with in Toronto was really nice. We had a great experience in the city, if you ever get the chance, go!

NYC/Westport

We spent the last leg of our trip back in NY with our friend Jeremy. He had work, so we entertained ourselves most of the time. The first day, we slept. The second day we casually headed into town for some donuts, and the spent a little time in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. A couple of shops in Manhattan later, we headed back to Brooklyn where we parked and walked around Williamsburg. Catbird and Mast Brother’s Chocolate were among our stops. The next day, we started our drive back to Boston, making a stop in Westport to see Terrain. It was amazing. We aimlessly walked around with our coffee and soaked it all in. The store is huge, and quite beautiful. After that it was home to our kitty, and now we have to get back to packing up the house.

Design Curiosities: Myth + Symbol

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Even though we don’t live in Houston any more, I love seeing shops like Myth + Symbol pop up there. Great logo, great photographs, and a great collection of brands. Can’t wait to stop in on our next visit!

Boston City Guide: Pod

Boston City Guide

Boston City Guide

Boston City Guide

Boston City Guide

We finally made the (3 mile round-trip) walk to Pod this past weekend. Worth it! It was gorgeous, and perfectly curated. Fresh flowers, books, soap (you know I’m a sucker), and a little bit of everything else. If you’re in Boston, I definitely recommend heading to Brookline Village for this shop. Don’t worry, if your not in town, they have an online store too.

Houston City Guide on Show + Tell



Show + Tell

I’m over at Show + Tell today sharing a few of my favorite spots in Houston. Since we live in Boston now, these places are a must when we go back to visit family and friends. I wish I could have included some more of our go-to stops, but Houston is huge. Even the short list is a mile long! Check it out, here.

Thanks for letting me do a Houston City Guide, Allison!

Design Curiosities: Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina



It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything motorcycle related on the blog. I figure what better way to get back into the swing of things than with the mighty Deus (pronounced “day-us ex mack-ena”, or god from the machine). Plus, they just recently launched a killer new site (I highly recommend checking it out). This is not your run-of-the-mill custom motorcycle shop, these guys have their hands in a little bit of everything.