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Attached at the Hip | Ocean House

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A couple weeks ago we made the drive up to Watch Hill, Rhode Island to enjoy a heavenly weekend of peace, quiet and complete indulgence at the famous Ocean House. What we found was an experience that shows us how the other half lives. And we definitely could get used to it. Needless to say when you stay somewhere that anticipates your every desire before you even know what it would be, you begin to understand why people spend the money. It was completely worth it. A hotel stay that has champagne waiting for you upon arrival has our names written all over it.

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We were astounded at the quality of every single detail… The bath and bed linens, memory foam mattress, chenille throws, orchids in the bathroom, Molton Brown bath products, robes with matching slippers, river rock bottomed shower, marble tub, and iPad that came with our room so you could read the New York Times in the morning while sipping coffee with a view of the Atlantic was only the beginning. We were struggling to find details that they actually had not thought through. When you enter the WC and think, “Oh crap where will I put my robe? I wish there was a hook. Oh, of course there f’ing is.”, you know you’re never going to find anything to complain about. And everyone knows we turn complaining into an Olympic sport.

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We spent the majority of the Saturday we were there first enjoying lavender massages followed by sipping cucumber water while sitting on a chaise that overlooked the ocean from a circular room on the beach’s edge. This is when we realized that the trip we justified by saying it would be a once in a lifetime experience would be happening annually. Oopsie.

Because the Oh! Spa wasn’t enough ridiculousness we followed that with enjoying an evening in the Seasons restaurant and had a difficult time choosing from the delicious farm-to-table menu. What arrived on our table was simply a work of art. Perfectly sized portions (of course because they wouldn’t have it any other way) led us through multiple courses of a meal that didn’t leave us overly full.

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By the time Sunday came to end we realized a couple things. On a serious note that spending quality time together was so important. As is investing in your own sanity. You need to find a getaway that allows you to escape from everyday stress, hustle and bustle. But on a less serious note we realized we really f’ing need a butler. Preferably a British one.

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Attached at the Hip | Family dinners

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We were the kids that grew up with very few rules to live by. No curfews. But a lot of pressure to make adult decisions about what could get us into trouble. One rule we did however live by – family eats together. We never questioned that while we could go galavanting around with our friends, participating in a variety of shenanigans, then our rumps better be promptly at the dinner table daily. No questions asked. No excuses.

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So many years later we continue this tradition. We relaxed the other week with a wonderfully wholesome meal at The Smith at Lincoln Center. We may have ordered the birthday cake dessert because why not celebrate every Friday with candles?

Tonight we are enjoying a family dinner with the parentals that started it all. But now that we are older we don’t need any excuses. It’s just a lovely way to decompress after a busy week.

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New Haven is just plain yummy

There are few places that can make you as comfortable as you would be at home. For me that place is New Haven, Connecticut. It is far enough from NYC that it has a relaxed more Upstate atmosphere. Being home to several educational institutions it has a wonderful selection of theater, live music as well as a fantastic range of quality ethnic restaurants for a city of its size. My love affair for New Haven started at a young age when I started visiting my boyfriend at the time on the Yale campus. He took me to explore New Haven’s claim to fame, the pizza, and what better place to start than Frank Pepe’s. Not only was it delicious but very cost effective for the college budget we were operating on. However now that I am older I have been able to choose from all the other delicious offerings the city has.

My brunch location of choice is Pacifico. They serve, “Nuevo-Latino Seafood cuisine. Along with traditional tapas, some of our signature dishes include Seafood Paella, Skirt Steak with Chino-Latino stir fried rice, Caramalized Salmon, and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake.” They have a fixed brunch menu that comes with 3-courses for a grand total of $19.95. This simply allows my budget to include an extra mimosa…. I always start with the ceviche because I am a creature of habit and it is just that delicious.

A couple other of my New Haven favorites are…

The Istanbul Café – Delicious selection of Turkish meze, kebabs and wine. As a lover of Turkey and Turkish wines in particular one can never take for granted how exciting it is to find a restaurant that serves both as they are often dry.

BAR – I’m not sure what I enjoy here more… the nightclub atmosphere, the music, the pizza or the cocktails. One thing is for sure that I always have a great time.

Louis’ Lunch – The supposed birthplace of the hamburger. Or what appears to be a beef sandwich. Literally. As they serve it on bread. Very tasty and fun however I would advise to make it a summer adventure in which one can make a picnic of it and enjoy some of the beautiful spots on campus to sit and eat as the restaurant itself is only slightly bigger than my bathroom.

zinc – Under the tagline of, “Modern American Food,” they have a great farm-to-table menu that is sourced from CT/NY/MA farms, dairy farms and orchards. Also doesn’t hurt that they have an amazing wine selection.

Union League Cafe – It isn’t often that I feel like sitting in a more formal European atmosphere but no one can deny how charming it is to come and have dinner here. The historic atmosphere is the perfect accompaniment to an evening at the theater. It was in fact voted one of the most romantic restaurants in Connecticut which is no surprise seeing as what else would one expect with a combination of beaux art details and French food.

These are the ones I have discovered so far… By all means please add to the list!

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