Now I get it. Our sweet friend, Hannah Orlansky, warned us before we moved up North that we would tire of winter and the hassle of snow. I didn’t believe her.
This week we got over 16 inches of snow in Cambridge. Now I believe her. The snow is beautiful and exciting when it is coming down fast and furious, but bundling up, stepping in slush and shoveling out your car … not so much. However ,what IS fun is Charlie in the snow, and Charlie wearing booties in the snow. We have gone on many walks, and he has probably ingested more snow that regular dog food over the last few days.
In addition to our snow adventures, we also celebrated Tom’s 27th Birthday! Hooray! We fixed Betty Allin’s red velvet cake, went to one of our favorite cocktail bars, Drink, and had dinner at Sportello with Nick and Becca. Drink (which we’ve written about before) is a really neat spot in Fort Point that sits just underground…though you can still see people walking down the street. Drink does not have a menu, but instead encourages you to share characteristics of drinks you like (‘Whiskey and Citrus’ or ‘I like a Vieux Carre’), and they whip up a lovely, often unfamiliar cocktail for you.
Sportello, which is right above Drink and overseen by the same chef, is a wonderfully yummy place for an Italian dinner full of fresh pastas and soups and…octopus. Nick, Tom and I had gotten the octopus appetizer at Kirkland Tap and Trotter a few weeks before and decided to brave Sportello’s octopus appetizer. We were not disappointed (well, Nick decided one bite was a enough), but it was definitely the first time I’ve eaten something with a suction cup still visible! Tom had a wonderful bowl of bolognese, and I had gnocchi with a cream sauce, mushroom ragou, and peas.
Tom also received two exceptional videos from down South to warm up his birthday – one from many of our friends in Jackson performing their recently composed lyrics to a one-of-a-kind birthday song, and one from our nephew, Maury, and niece, Sarah, performing ‘Happy Birthday’ with a very enthusiastic ‘Ta Da!’ at the end.
Now that the celebrating of Tom’s birth has passed, we are looking forward to our holiday trips to NC and MS even more. Tom has been making nut fingers – a Allin/Biggs winter dessert tradition – and I’ve been painting ceramic Christmas ornaments that have turned out far uglier than I expected. Who knows, maybe I’ll decide to give them to our friends and force them to hang them on their Christmas trees for many years to come.
Happy Holidays everyone! Stay warm out there.