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Hops & Heat…

Posted Nov 08 2012 8:30am

Hi friends! Boston had it’s first official snow and I am officially not prepared. Yesterday I was wearing a fleece jacket, no gloves, and not a hat to be found. I did some digging last night and I came up with two gloves that don’t match. Where did everything from last year go?! Is it not out of hibernation yet?

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Fortunately I had a friend to distract me from obsessing about my lack of organization with winter items. Last night I met up with my pal, Megan, for dinner at Hops n Scotch in Coolidge Corner.

I was hoping for a really cool bar feel with leather seats and dark lighting. It was kind of generic feeling in there instead.

This place is supposed to have a good beer and scotch menu, which it did. Unfortunately my first two beer picks were out. I was kind of annoyed at that point so I just ordered my regular (Dogfish Head 60 min) that I can get almost anywhere in Boston now.

We started off with the fried pickles. The dipping sauce was great but these pickles need some work. They were way to thin and most of the time it felt like I was just eating breading.

I decided to go the healthy route (*sarcasm alert!*) and order the grilled cheese. I had the choice of pimento cheese or cheddar. I love pimento and you never see that so I went for it. It was quite good! The red pepper soup was ok, but I mostly just used it as a dipping sauce for those fantastic homemade potato chips. All chips should be like these suckers. Amazing!

Hop n Scotch was fine, but it isn’t a place I would rush back to visit. I guess just a “meh” would describe it.

Meg and I caught up on all things fun in our lives and then had to brave the great outdoors again. On the way into the restaurant it was snowing and all kinds of gross, but on the way out it was doing that weird snow sideways thing. The one where no matter where you put your face you are getting pelted with little ice balls.

The older I get the less I like to drive at night. I have always hated driving in the snow. Combine the two and I’m a nervous wreck. I drove home kind of slowly because the roads weren’t salted and breathed a sigh of relief when I hit my house. Don’t worry. I wasn’t one of those idiots who drives 25 mph. I just took it easy when it got messy. Only one person honked and I think it is because he didn’t understand how a 4-way stop works.

If I thought driving in the snow was awful I must have forgotten how horrible it is to walk Korky in the snow. He put one paw down in the snow and then instantly scrambled over to me so I would pick him up. Kork weighs 23 lbs. He isn’t a handheld dog. I finally convinced him to get down and just try the snow and he would only put his front two paws down.

I admitted defeat and just walked around with him outside inside my coat until he was ready to go. I put him down. He did his business. We went back inside.

I found him snug as bug just 10 minutes later.

Once we were both inside I got all cozy with my (fake) fireplace and put on my new slippers. They kind of remind me of something Snooki would wear. I don’t mind that. They are just silly slippers from Target, but they make me really happy!

The snow and wind got pretty fierce out there and I couldn’t help but think and say a few prayers for the folks that are still dealing with Hurricane Sandy disasters. Mother Nature has not been kind to the East Coast so I’m hoping that we get a little reprieve soon.

Speaking of my fake fireplace, have I mentioned I am obsessed with fireplaces? I live in a very cute, but small, apartment that has no room for such silly things as a fireplace. For several years I enjoyed a cozy fire, complete with crackling noises, courtesy of a DVD that my parents bought me . You could play it in a loop to be a full fire or you could play each individual part of the fire. It was kind clever but not nearly as warm and inviting as the real thing.

Then last year my parents surprised me again with another fake fireplace, but this time a little more fun and lifelike. This certainly isn’t the best photo, but it gives you the idea.

This one looks more like an old stove, but plastic. You can’t tell and the first time I tried to pick it up I prepared to heave it but it was super light. It comes with a heater and real-like moving flames. Still kind of nerdy, but perfect for this apartment dweller.

Every now and then I start to think about owning a real fireplace, which if I am honest, seems like a lot of work. BUT! If I did own one I would want it to look like one of these. All of these photos are from my Pinterest “Home Sweet Home” board .

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Maybe it has something more to do with the surroundings than the fireplace itself?! If my house had views like this last one I wouldn’t care about some silly fireplace, right? One day!

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Stay warm and dry! See ya tomorrow!

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