I am collaborating with my Italian penpal on my menu for the Italian Sunday dinner I will be hostessing next month because I want it to be fairly traditional. I will be serving antipasti (appetizers), a primo piatto (or first course of pasta) and a secondo piatto (small second course of a meat and vegetable or potato). With wine of course. Once decided, I will post the menu here. Grazie to B for helping me out so far! I can hardly wait for the day!
I have also decided how I would like to celebrate my all-important birthday in April. There's nothing like being out-of-town for the occasion ...and I have settled on Boston, a place I've been dying to visit for years. I've been all around it but never to the actual city. For budget reasons, I am only visiting for two days one night, a weekend, but, nonetheless, it should be fabulous. I'm flying up with one of my favorite travel buddies, J. My friend F, who I visited in New Haven last July, is meeting us there.
I have already devoured an entire guidebook! I really want to have a cappuccino and pastry in the very Italian part of town, along Hanover and Salem Streets in the North End, perhaps on my birthday morning. The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum will be another stop. The favorite place of this well-traveled patron of the arts was Venice. In fact, she designed her museum to resemble a Venetian palazzo. And art history was my major in college; I love a good art museum.
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