Scenes from Nantucket

Scenes from Nantucket

Late yesterday, I returned home from a few relaxing days in Nantucket. My mom treated me to the trip for my birthday. We had a wonderful time playing tourists. Nantucket isn’t just for summer travel! It’s beautiful in the fall too.

I have some eating destinations to share with you soon. Some shopping destinations too! But for now, I thought I’d share a few pictures. Have a lovely Friday!

This Weekend: The Big Tiny House Festival

the BIG tiny house Festival

More people are starting to become aware of the tiny house movement. I wrote a magazine article about it a few years ago. This summer I watched a movie on Netfix called TINY: A Story About Living Small. It’s a great movie by the way.

If you don’t have Netflix and you live near Somerville, Massachusetts, you can see a screening of the film on Saturday, September 20th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

The screening is taking place at The BIG tiny house festival this weekend. People of all kinds who are involved in the creation of tiny homes to those just interested in finding out more will be gathering to discuss this more simple lifestyle. On Sunday, there will be workshops. Learn more about the festival by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

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Photo Credit: Somerville Arts Council

Park(ing) Day 2014 ~ Wollaston Theatre

parking day 2014

Have you heard of Park(ing) Day? It’s an annual event that takes place all over the world, where “citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.”

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

I think it’s the coolest thing and have seen pictures from events in different cities. Yesterday on Twitter, I saw that there was going to be an event in my neighborhood. So today, I took a break and walked down to the Wollaston Theatre.

On my old blog, I’ve written about how it’s such a shame that the Wollaston Theatre has not been open for many years. When I first moved to Quincy in the early 90s, it was open and I saw a movie there.

While I was at the Wolly Park-(In), I spoke to Kara from the Quincy Planning Department. She said that the event was a way for them to get into the community and talk to people about what they would like to see in Quincy. She gave me a slip of paper to write my wish for Quincy and to hang it on the Wishing Tree, which she said was a Chinese tradition.

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to share my wish, but it did have to do with the Wollaston Theatre opening up again. The current owner is Michael Fang. I hope that he considers it, because it’s a beautiful place and they don’t make theaters like that anymore.

Above are scenes from Park(ing) Day 2014 here in Quincy. Enjoy the pictures!

A Stroll in Brookline: Clear Flour Bread + Dorado Tacos

Clear Flour Bread storefront

At least once a year, I make my way over to Brookline to get my car detailed. Your car looks brand new after and I highly recommend it. ScrubaDub is right on Harvard Street, which is in the middle of everything.

Since it takes about four hours for the detail, it’s the perfect time to walk around the area without worrying about paying for parking. For a while, I have been hearing about Clear Flour Bread and wanted to go there. After I dropped my car off, it was just a mile walk away.

The night before, I read that their croissant was voted the Best of Boston for 2014 by Boston Magazine. So I took a stroll in shortly after noon expecting to be able to get a croissant. Ha! Not even close! You have to get to Clear Flour Bread very early in the morning. Apparently the croissants sell out soon after they open at 8am.

I’ll have to go back another time. I ended up getting a fruit tart, which I took home and shared with G. So good!

Since I was hungry at this point, on my walk back to get my car, I stopped at Dorado Tacos for something quick. My pictures didn’t come out great, so I haven’t put them on this post. I had a salmon taco, which was on a soft corn tortilla. There was more salmon than I expected and it was very good.

It was particularly hot that day. After walking, I was really thirsty. I had a Jarritos Mandarin flavored soda. The sodas are from Mexico, which goes along with the theme of the restaurant, which is that they sell Mexican street food.

After eating my quick meal, I picked up my nice shiny clean car and drove home.