Saturday was all of the fun that I imagined it would be and more!
My sister, Ren, arrived with my Mom in tow late in the morning. Ren had never visited my house before, and I was so pumped to give her the tour! After some essential welcome snackage (coffee and muffins, NOM-NOM), we boarded the bus to Sullivan Station and hopped on the Orange Line to explore Boston.
Our main goal of the day was to check out Newbury Yarns on 164 Newbury Street. What a lovely local yarn store! The owner was friendly and chatty - and made my sister's day by asking her if we were twins!!! Apparently, Renee is a goddess and looks like she's 28, and I am a haggity-hag and look like I'm forty!
Mildly bruised feelings aside - Newbury Yarns was awesome and I would definitely shop there again. It is small enough that the customer isn't overwhelmed by the yarn, but large enough to offer variety and choice. Ren and I both selected beautiful, if slightly pricey, chunky skeins of a hand dyed yarn called "Dips." The yarn is dyed exclusively for the store, and I fell in love with its bright magenta hue. I see a cabled hat in my future. Totally worthy splurge!
It was to my great surprise, and our great fortune, that Newbury Yarns was located next to a LUSH. Cue chorus of angels singing - AHHHHHH! For those of you not in the know, LUSH is a magical handmade international cosmetics company. The staff is always mildy over-attentive, and enthusiastic about their products - though in an endearing not pushy way. It's a fine line, and LUSH walks it well! Upon arrival, we were welcomed by a petite cute salesgirl, who immediately offered us a complimentary hand treatment. This involves your hands being rubbed and scrubbed with four different products that will render your mitts as smooth as a baby's butt! My mom and Renee were sold! Ren gifted me with a bar of soap called "Sexy Peel" which smells like a thousand lemons, and after that we were in dire need of some grub.
We walked for what felt like FOR-EVER to get to one of my favorite Boston restaurants, Petit Robert. Thank goodness the food was worth the walk! We started off with appetizers of escargot and foie gras served with a rhubarb compote on the side. I have never paired a fruit preserve with a pate before, and let me attest...it was freaking awesome! NOM!
The beverages did not disappoint either! This cocktail, called "The Left Bank", is made from Saint Germaine, sauvignon blanc and gin. Three of my very favorite things! I fully intend to experiment and make this one at home!
Lunch was so yummy...
and dessert was even better!
After that - we were stuffed to the gills and it was time to go home! Renee pointed out a T-stop, which I managed to successfully navigate us home from without the help of the internet! (Hurray! I am finally learning how to navigate the T!) The bus back to Everett was extremely crowded and Ren was cracking jokes and making me laugh so hard my stomach hurt! I think it was the best cramped bus ride I ever took!
Sigh - what a day! I love you both so much! Let's do it again soon