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Mint Julep Recipe by Boston Bar
Posted May 2 at 3:39 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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A trip to Churchill Downs wasn’t in the cards, but we never turn down a reason to stop in to The Backroom at Moody’s in Waltham. Our mission? To get a stellar recipe for the Kentucky Derby’s beverage of choice: the mint julep. The mint julep has been associated with the “Run for the Roses” for nearly a century, and, each year, during Derby Weekend, nearly 120,000 of the spiked quencher are served...
High-end screened porch
Posted Apr 2 at 10:44 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Here’s to screen time you don’t have to limit. Not quite in and not quite out, these picture-perfect porches let us breathe in the fresh air and make the most out of the shoulder season. They bring us closer to the great outdoors yet shelter us from the elements. Here are some of our favorite designs—where we’d happily spend time as the weather grows warmer.  C.M. Ragusa Builders No cold...
High-end indoor basketball court
Posted Mar 23 at 3:02 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Everybody loves March Madness, and its upsets, buzzer beaters and big wins. In the spirit of the NCAA tourney, we bring you six incredible private basketball courts. We’re big fans of these designs; check them out when you’re not updating your brackets. The family is just steps away from a game or a practice session with this indoor basketball court by built by J.W. Construction. J.W....
high-end Boston architect, pool house
Posted Mar 19 at 10:49 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Homeowners are using every inch of their properties and creating specialized structures that enhance the way they live. From amped-up entertainment barns and pool houses to beautiful boathouses, garden structures and chicken coops, these onsite structures are functional, recreational and, often, a mix of both. Carriage House/Pool Cabana Patrick Ahearn Architect, photo by Greg Premru Principal...
High-end Boston landscape architects
Posted Mar 14 at 5:57 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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After the weather we've had, we're longing to see lush landscapes with a wild sort of beauty, outdoor spaces bursting with life, blooms and leaves in every shade of green. Following a long winter slumber, these buoyant gardens truly signal spring. While they may seem a bit unruly next to a manicured English garden, these layered, often rustic, landscapes are, in fact, carefully cultivated. There...
peaceful high-end landscape
Posted Mar 3 at 1:09 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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After a coastal nor’easter with whipping winds and high tides, we thought we'd bring you some visual solace. These projects are the lamb to March’s lion, and some calm after the storm.... Enjoy these soothing spaces and sites—they’re easy on the eye and good for the soul. Architecture by Catalano Architects; construction by JW Construction; landscape architecture by Gregory Lombardi Design;...
Veuve Clicquot Yurt at Park City, Utah
Posted Feb 24 at 11:33 AM in From the Publisher, Lifestyle by Melanie Perillo
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There is après-ski and then there is après-ski. Leave it to champagne makers Veuve Clicquot to design the ultimate yurt at the Montage Hotel in Park City, Utah, where my family and I were thrilled to park our skis for a midday toast. For those of you who may not know, yurts are round, portable structures with a collapsible wood frame and fabric coverings. They have been around for centuries (...
Long Weekend Breakfast Recipe
Posted Jan 12 at 2:51 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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For those of you who didn't resolve to eat healthy or go dry this month, we’ve got just the French toast recipe for you as you head into the weekend. The keys to this indulgent yet easy-enough recipe are the brioche, caramelized bananas and small-batch syrup. We used Fireking Baking Company’s out-of-this-world Cinnamon Bread, out of Braintree, Mass., (We’ve seen it at Brothers Marketplace, Roche...
The Perfect Cheese Board
Posted Dec 21 at 4:16 PM in From the Publisher, Lifestyle by Melanie Perillo
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(photo courtesy of Wasik's Cheese Shop) A well-turned cheeseboard is a go-to for me when I entertain. And I entertain a lot. Whether it’s a planned luncheon for 12, a shared glass of eggnog and snacks with neighbors, or an impromptu cocktail catch-up with guests from out of town—a cheese board is a menu mainstay for me. From about mid-December on, I keep ingredients on hand, so when an...
yuletide cocktail
Posted Dec 15 at 3:46 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Santa can have his milk and cookies; we’d rather sip a soul-stirring seasonal cocktail in the Red Bar at Hyannis’ Pain D’Avignon, the French café-boulangerie, bar and bistro that provides a table for all reasons. Tom Catalano of Catalano Architects first turned us on to this stylish French haunt, and we can’t think of a more festive spot for a little revelry and fortification. As the eatery’s...

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