I signed up for my 15th race this morning! So, 15 have been signed up for and 2 have been raced. Can’t wait for the next one on February 21st! I’ve also started my NEW Jogging Concierge Facebook page. Come on over and LIKE the page to keep up with what’s going on in Boston!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Boston Globe Travel Show at the Seaport World Trade Center. I’ve always enjoyed travel, ever since I took my first plane trip at 5 years old to California. And it was intensified when I took my first trip across the ocean, to Ireland. I was hoping that the travel show would give me some ideas on what new destinations I would like to discover, as well as rediscover those I had already been to.
I tend to gravitate to traveling within the US, Canada and parts of Europe. I did not explore the booths for tropical destinations, China/Japan area, or Africa.
The places that I were interested in:
- Long Island (wineries!)
- Nova Scotia
- Bar Harbor, Maine
- Captiva Island, Florida
- Charlestown, South Carolina
- Walking tour through Italy
Amongst the travel booths and various cooking demonstrations, there were also food offerings and some furry friends! From Fort Kent, Maine (the furthest point north before you reach Canada) there was a representative from Bouchard Family Farm and they were giving out Ployes which are fat free, lactose free, cholesterol free and sugar free “crepes” made from buckwheat. I had mine with a little bit of butter and jam. It was delicious. I would have loved about a dozen more.
And the furry friends? This adorable, full grown screech owl. I wanted to put it in my pocket and take it home!
After a few hours of perusing through the aisles and booths, I bought my entrance ticket in to the New England Craft Beer Pavilion. As much as I love travel, I love beer just as much. A few of the breweries I tried were Cape Ann Brewery, Baxter Brewing, Oskar Blues, Battle Road Brewing, Goose Island, Woodstock Inn and many others. They were also offering Food Should Taste Good chips, KIND bars and Terra Blue potato chips.
I favored the Cape Ann Pumpkin Stout and the Oskar Blues scotch ale the most. Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon, especially since I ran in to my friend Adam and met his friend Max. I love running in to likeminded individuals who love traveling and beer just as much as I do.
The Boston Wine Expo
This coming weekend, at the Seaport World Trade Center, will be the Boston Wine Expo. For the past couple of years I have always regretted not getting a ticket in. But after attending the Mohegan Wine Fest a couple of weekends ago, I was hooked on the Wine festivals. And thankfully the Wine Expo has a blogger ambassador program that they so kindly let me a part of. I cannot wait to try new and exciting wines and cuisines. There are also some interesting seminars to take note of. Seminar prices range from $30 to $50
- ‘The One Hour Wine Expert’ with Kevin Zraly
- Noted wine expert and educator Kevin Zraly leads his highly acclaimed one-hour, fast-paced, action-packed wine seminar. Zraly, often called the ‘one man Cirque du Soleil’ takes you on a tasting tour of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the world. With his characteristic high-octane, witty style, Kevin’s approach to teaching wine is to strip away the snobbery and intimidation, making it a fun and approachable voyage of discovery for the senses.
- Oregon Cool Whites
- Oregon’s Willamette Valley has a cool climate that helps determine the style of their white wines. Winemaker, Thomas Houseman of Anne Amie Vineyards, will discuss what makes Oregon unique, pulling the curtain back on the people, the grape growing, and the winemaking decisions that help them take advantage of their climate. This will be illustrated by a tasting of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, as well as other exhilarating whites.
- Zuccardi – Mendoza Masters Malbec Series
- Malbec is one of the most popular red wine varietals in the US. The primary source of Malbec is the Mendoza region of Argentina. Join Lee Schlesinger as he takes you through their Mendoza Masters Series, a seminar, tasting and exploration of the Mendoza through vineyard sites, soil types and the varietals planted. The seminar will demonstrate the differences within the sub regions of greater Mendoza. Guests will taste 11 wines, using Malbec and Bonarda grown in different terroir within Mendoza.
Stay in touch at the Expo:
The Boston Wine Expo will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16. Tickets are on sale and start at $75.
I was given two complimentary tickets to the Expo, however I was not additionally compensated for my write ups.
I may have already asked, but I’m going to ask again because I love discovering new wines: What’s your favorite wine?