Boast Pop-Up at Seawall

Our friends, Brook & Daniel, along with a few other talented Portland creatives, opened the doors to Seawall, their shop on Wharf Street in the Old Port earlier this summer. We attended the opening celebration and immediately knew we’d be back to take some photos for Map & Menu – the shop is the perfect example of a curated collection of top quality New England-made goods, in a fantastic space. Earlier this week, Seawall announced that they’d be co-hosting a Boast pop-up shop, until September 5th, with Portland Dry Goods & David Wood, so we figured that this would be … Continue reading Boast Pop-Up at Seawall

Westglow Resort & Spa

When the time came to plan the details of my trip to North Carolina for a wedding in the mountains a few weeks ago, I decided to fly into Charlotte and take a quick detour to one of my favorite mountain towns – Blowing Rock. The town holds some very happy memories for me, as my family gathered there just a couple of years ago to celebrate the wedding of my sister & brother-in-law. I figured it was the perfect spot to spend a relaxing afternoon and evening, before a busy weekend of work! As we’ve made sure to mention … Continue reading Westglow Resort & Spa

Otto Pizza

It’s inevitable that when guests come to town for more than just a couple of days, eventually there’s a night when everyone just wants to grab a slice of pizza. When the question arises for where to go for the best pie in town, Meredith and I always default to our two favorites – Flatbread and Otto. Frankly, we’re shocked how long it’s taken for us to cover either of these two locations because of the sheer number of times we like to have pizza & movie nights on our own, but recently, we took advantage of company being in … Continue reading Otto Pizza

A Map & Menu Weekend: 08.24 – 08.26

Michael, Orvis, and I spent the weekend in one of our very favorite destinations in New England – the northern part of Berkshire County. When I found out that I’d be shooting a wedding in the Berkshires, it took me all of two seconds to plan a quick getaway for the three of us at our beloved dog-friendly inn, Porches. During this second trip to the area, we spent a lot more time exploring the charming college town of Williamstown, and in true Map & Menu fashion, we had some pretty top-notch meals too! Of course, we’ll share details about … Continue reading A Map & Menu Weekend: 08.24 – 08.26

Le Jardin du Quai

Really, this post could be summed up in about six short words – the best lunch of our lives. Seriously. I’m a fairly upbeat, glass-half-full kind of person, but I remember walking out of Le Jardin du Quai, our very first stop in Provence, as happy as I’d been in a long, long time. How could I be anything but? I’d just experienced the best lunch of my entire life, (if not one of the best meals) with Michael in what is seriously the most picturesque setting imaginable. It was the first of many times while we were in Provence … Continue reading Le Jardin du Quai

Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Meredith and I are firm believers that it’s hard to go wrong with a Relais & Châteaux property, and Hotel Crillon le Brave is far from an exception to the rule. With sweeping views of Mt. Ventoux, luxurious rooms, a warm and friendly staff, delicious food, and an unbelievable amount of Provencal charm, the hilltop property quickly climbed to the top of our favorites list, alongside quite a few of its sister properties. Continue reading Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Pai Men Miyake

When Pai Men Miyake refers to their lunch as a tei-shoku lunch, a complete lunch, they’re hitting the nail on the head. Of all the lunch choices in Portland, the menu at Pai Men Miyake has to be one of the best offerings. We’re ashamed it took this long to visit Pai Men Miyake, the sister restaurant of Portland’s favorite sushi spot, and located in our favorite foodie square in town, Longfellow (home to Boda, Petite Jacqueline, Local 188, and more!). When our friends Samantha & Graham visited last week, and wanted to try a lunch spot outside of our … Continue reading Pai Men Miyake

A Map & Menu Weekend: 08.17 – 08.19

While Michael was in Montreal for work this weekend, I was shooting a lovely wedding in the mountains of North Carolina. We were hoping to share Instagram photos from both of our weekends away, but Michael spent the majority of his time in Montreal in conference rooms – a pretty big derivation from our typical Instagrams. I, on the other hand, Instagrammed (we often use it as a verb in our house) up a storm while I was down south. I flew in a day early and spent the afternoon and the following morning exploring Blowing Rock, one of my … Continue reading A Map & Menu Weekend: 08.17 – 08.19