Trident Booksellers and Cafe: Cozy Brunch in Boston’s Back Bay

Boston’s Back Bay is one of the most comforting part’s of Boston, with its charming boutiques, brownstone apartments, and abundance of restaurants it’s hard not to feel at home.

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If you’re in the mood for a cozy dining experience then head to Trident Cafe located at 338 Newbury Street. Its popularity among college kids and locals has this breakfast joint packed every weekend offering foodies alike a truly unique experience.

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Trident is the perfect place to catch up with friends and browse their wide selection of books, magazines, and cards. Its outstanding food and quick service adds to the list of reasons Trident is a must try restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay. Pro tip: go before 10am as the restaurant fills up fast. Be prepared to wait!

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Offering fresh juice, smoothies, dessert, brunch, lunch, and dinner guest can look forward to trying something new each time they come. Check out their full menu here!

 

Trident is open daily 8am to midnight.

 

Wine Tour: Cape Cod Winery

Located in the town of Falmouth, MA sits a fairly young winery growing light savory wines perfect to give as a gift or drink by the beach.

Opened in 2013 (at their current location), Cape Cod Winery is owned and operated by the Orlandella family who is growing some of the best grapes on Cape. The winery was originally founded in 1994 by Lazzari family to create premium wines for residents and tourist to enjoy with the finest seafood Cape Cod has to offer, and the Orlandella family is sure carrying on that tradition.

Grown with sandy gravel soil, which is ideal for grape growing has been compared to vineyards of Southern France and Italy. However, the carefully produced wines from Cape Cod Winery reflect the character of the Cape Cod soil and climate that embody a light, crisp, savory flavor which can be perfectly paired with the seasons freshest fish. (Did I hear perfect for a raw bar?)

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Must try: 

Chardonnay – Rich with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla & butter. It has a rich creaminess that surrounds you at each ship.

Nobska Light White – Semi-dry light wine has a wonderful fruity aroma with hints of citrus, peach & tropical fruits.

Vineyard Sound White Sauvignon Blanc – Crisp citrus with hints of tropical fruits perfect pairing with seafood!

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We had a lovely time at Cape Cod Winey! We can’t wait to go back during the summer season.

Open daily April – December, and January – March by appointment.

Address: 4 Ox Bow Rd. East Falmouth, MA 023536

 

 

4 Makeup Products I Swear By!!!

Makeup has been part of my daily routine since I could remember. From a young age all the way through my high school career I was always required to wear makeup at dance performances and recitals. (Meaning I’ve tried A LOT of different brands in my almost 25 years of life.) Not to mention my mom sold Mary-Kay products as a part-time job. So, some people may ask, “with makeup consuming most of my life what are my favorites?” Keep reading to find out!

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Smashbox Cover Shot: Eye Palettes, $29, available at Sephora.

With a variety of palettes to choose from go from classy to club seek all in one eye kit. Smashbox eye palettes are great for creating different looks from natural to bold at an affordable cost!

MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, $23, available at MAC.

If Va Voom lashes are your end game – look no further than to MAC’s Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash mascara. Perfect for day or night! I first discovered this particular MAC mascara in college and I’m not going back to anything else it leaves lashes full, flattering and dark.

REVLON ColorStay Brow Pencil, $7, available at Target.

Who says being beautiful has to cost a lot of money? Head over to your nearest Target to pick up REVELON’s ColorSay Brow Pencil great for adding an extra pop to your makeup routine! With contouring brows being a popular trend in beauty, this is an affordable way to keep up with the celebrities.

NARS Blush, $30, available at Sephora.

Looking for that Kardashian glow? Stop by Sephora for the NARS blush available in over 10 colors; leaving your skin simmering and glowing all day long!

 

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Clean, Fresh, Nail Salon Experience

When I first moved to Boston it was hard to find a clean nail studio with great customer service and a clean atmosphere. However, four years ago I stumbled upon MiniLuxe on Newbury street and instantly became obsessed with the brand.

At MiniLuxe, clean is their culture. That means clean business, clean ethics, and clean methodologies. It’s how they care for the team, the products, and their customers.

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With over 10 locations in four states no wonder MiniLuxe is taking the beauty industry by storm. I know when I want a manicure or pedicure I want a clean, relaxing experience with above and beyond customer service; and that’s just what clients will find at every MiniLuxe location.

The studios interior is very sleek with whites and accents of pink and purple making customers feel like they stepped into the nail salon of the future.

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Need your eyebrows done? Get waxed, threaded, or shaped at MiniLuxe’s signature brow bar. Waxers do a great job keeping your natural arch and cleaning up unwanted hairs.

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Personally, I love MiniLuxe signature polishes. Among their own polish line they also offer quick dry polish (performance polish), gel polish and a luxury brand line (for an additional fee).

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Massage chairs are a thing of the past. At the MiniLuxe’s Newbury street location relax in their private pedicure area. The studio offers five pedicure packages ranging anywhere from a simple color change to their signature performance pedicure.

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Looking to book an appointment? Book here to find a location near you!

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Escape to New Hampshire

Situated two hours north of Boston you’ll find Alton, New Hampshire. Home to Lake Winnipesaukee and the popular mountain – Mount Major.

If you’re looking to escape the city, get in a great workout and take in the stellar views than the dive up is 100 percent worth it!

I recommend leaving as early as the lot at the mountain fills up fast! The hike up takes roughly two hours up and two down depending on your skill set. We took the blue trail, which was a moderate hike that had some large boulders to climb towards the top of the mountain.

After completing your hike stop by one of the local ice cream shops on the lake or fuel up with a fish dinner at Pop’s Clam shack.

Pro tip: If you’re new to hiking take the yellow trail. It may take you longer but there are fewer boulders to climb.

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Caffe Nero Opens Another Location in Boston

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London based Caffe Nero has opened yet another location in Boston just in time for college students to cozy up with a coffee and their laptop for the fall semester.

Gerry Ford, founder of Caffe Nero had the vision to create a place that served high-quality coffee and acted as a meeting place for the neighborhood. Since then the iconic blue coffee cup has made its way to the New England area with 10 locations in Boston.

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Their newest location at 1047 Commonwealth Ave. is located right on the Boston University campus and was carefully designed to fit the surrounding neighborhood of Allston-Brighton. With its rustic finishes, cozy atmosphere and beautiful light fixtures this coffee shop without a doubt makes for the perfect study spot. The layout is perfectly designed for large study sessions, an afternoon pick -me -up with a friend or an even spent tackling that English paper due at midnight.

From espressos to lattes to vegan to gluten free; Caffe Nero has everyone in mind with their extensive food & beverage menu. Whether you like your coffee hot or iced this Italian inspired cafe is sure to have student’s acing exams!

Not a student? No worries, stop on by for a cup of freshly brewed coffee on your way to work or enjoy a book and pot of tea during the weekend.

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After recently trying Caffe Nero, myself, I give this British owned coffee shop a 4.5/5. The coffee was fresh and the muffin was the perfect mix of filling but not too sweet! Be prepared to start seeing more blue cups around the Boston area.

Open daily Monday through Friday 6:30 am to midnight and Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am to midnight.

Guide to Eataly

Last fall Eataly opened in the Prudential Center located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Since then tourist and Bostonians alike have flocked to take in the culture of Italy through the Italian market, culinary school, and eatery.

Although the market is incredible, if you been to Eataly, you know it can be hectic! You go in with such high expectations then you walk in and it’s a zoo, their’s pushing, people standing around and literally a line to Italy to get your gelato! So how does one make their Eataly experience enjoyable?

  1. Go early: be one of the first in line to explore the Italian market.
  2. Dine first: if you plan on dining at one of their signature restaurants try and eat as soon as you arrive. If you arrive later in the day and get put on the waitlist, no worries your 45 minutes to hour wait will allow you ample time to walk around and explore the wines, pastas, produce and more!
  3. Postpone purchases: plan to make your purchases on the way out as the registers are at the exit of the market.
  4. Grab a cannolis or gelato around midday: I’ve found more people grab their sweet treats in the evening.
  5. Don’t stand around: my biggest recommendation would be to keep walking! This eliminates traffic and congestion throughout the store.

Can’t make it to Italy but want to experience the culture? No worries, Eataly has 33 locations worldwide with three other locations in the United States (Chicago and NYC).

Open daily from 9 am – 11 pm.

Eataly Boston 3/5 stars

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