Travel Advisory – The Merchant

Rum, pepper and a little bit of mystery. This is the phrase that Lark Hotels, owner and manager of The Merchant in Salem, Mass., uses to describe and promote the visionary 11-room boutique property, which in former lives served as a private home, a tavern, an office building and a warehouse for a dealer of… Read More

Emilie-Noelle Provost

Travel Advisory – Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time on the South Shore. We lived in a suburb bordering Boston’s southernmost neighborhoods, and made frequent visits to beaches, friends and relatives living in towns along Route 3 on the way to Cape Cod. Though it once was like a second home to me,… Read More

Emilie-Noelle Provost

From the Kitchen – Crazy Hot

It is said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing time and again while expecting different results. Have you met me? For example, while recently obsessing over the execution of moonstones’ Cambodian peanuts recipe, I popped one of the roasted whole chili peppers into my mouth. Chomp, chomp. What seemed like a… Read More

Scott Plath

From the Kitchen – Win as One.

During a trailer for a new movie about Steve Jobs, the film’s central figure becomes impatient with actor Seth Rogen’s character as the latter struggles to aptly verbalize a thought. I literally laughed out loud while empathizing with both portrayals — the impatient creative, likely rushing to get back to scheming and obsessing, and the… Read More

Scott Plath
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