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The peeps at Kel & Partners have a lot to say. After all we are public relations and social media zealots who thrive on sharing interesting news and great stories with the public. The Ampersand Blog is really the voice of our Peeps – the kick-ass team of people that work at K&P. Whether it’s a story about the way PR works NOW, the social media universe, our families, beloved pets or quirky travel experiences, you’ll find it all right here. You may laugh, you may cry, but the best part is you’ll leave feeling “wicked smaht” as we like to say here in Boston.

Archive for the ‘Recipes and Food’ Category

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    Jayne Seward | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 19 Comments


    pin·ter·est (n.):

    A fun reminder of the clothes I ill never afford/fit into, the home décor I will never afford/fit into our small home, the recipes and crafts I am too lazy to ever make, the saying I wasn’t clever enough to think of on my own, the photos I wish I had taken but didn’t.

    If you haven’t yet heard of Pinterest, the virtual bulletin board phenomenon taking the Internet by storm, you soon will.  The food… the party planning… the crafts… Pinterest is slowly taking over my life (but I love it). And I’m not alone in my obsession.

    The site, which launched in March 2010, is still invite-only and yet has managed to rack up over 4 million active users according to its Facebook page. If that’s not proof of an emerging social network, I don’t know what is.

    For those of you who have yet to discover the addictive power of Pinterest, here’s the 411:

    • Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the inspriational things you find on the web.
    • You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
    • People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.
    • A pin is an image added to Pinterest.
    • A pin can be added from a website using the Pin It button, or you can upload images from your computer.
    • Each pin added using the Pin It button links back to the site it came from.
    • A board is a set of pins.
    • A board can be created on any topic, such as My Style, Recipes For Dinner, or Wishlist.
    • You can add as many pins to a board as you want.

    My personal Pinterest repertoire ranges from places/countries I want to visit, sassy manicure designs, and even a board of inspiration for my future tattoo (if I’m ever ballsy enough to get one).

    So whether you want to create a board on crafty DIY projects you find online, or you want to plan your imaginary wedding, I highly recommend checking out Pinterest and requesting an invite ASAP…. Or ask me for an invite! I’m more than happy to help out a future pin-oholic!


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    Kendyll Messina | Tuesday, December 7, 2010 16 Comments

    How to $pend Your Holiday in the City of Boston

    If you’re excited to celebrate the holiday season, look no further than our own city of Boston. There is plenty to see and do, whether its just you or with friends and family. Okay- maybe you’re thinking after all of your holiday shopping, with what budget you have left, how will you possibly be able to experience any holiday splendor? That’s where I come in. Just call me a Christmas miracle, because I have planned an entire weekend’s worth of merry activities for under $40.

    We all know the everyday, scenic beauty of the Boston Commons; add some Christmas lights, music, and a skating rink and you have a winter wonderland right in the heart of the city! Don’t miss out on walking through the Boston Commons with the official Christmas tree lit amongst the hundreds of other sparkling sights. Then have a skate around the historic Boston Common Frog Pond for $4 and a skate rental of $8. This is sure to be a tradition you’ll come back to every year.

    Missed a gift on your list, or need a FREE picture with Santa? Make your way to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a fun-filled day of dance parties, Santa himself, and of course more lights! Aside from being the most famous spot in Boston for shopping and dining, through the month of December Faneuil Hall is host to many holiday events like the Jukebox Dancers Rockin’ Holiday Parties – every weekend come join the party! Don’t forget your free picture with Santa – compliments of Globe Santa, with just a small donation you can help The Globe give underprivileged kids all over greater Boston a gift this holiday season. And be sure to stick around until they turn the lights on to view New England’s tallest holiday tree, towering over 80 feet!

    Now, with a $40 budget you may be surprised to learn that the Top of the Hub is my next destination. Does eating a mouth-watering chocolate chip cookie while the sound of jazz fills the air and you view the city of Boston sounding good to you…? Keep reading. For $13, after 8pm you can enjoy the musical stylings of the Top of the Hub jazz bands, order a plate of a dozen cookies surrounded by a mountain of cinnamon-flavored Chantilly cream, and watch the city’s Christmas lights turn on from atop the Prudential Center.

    Now, I haven’t even mentioned the phenomenal holiday performances, breakfasts with Santa, or festive craft fairs around the city, but if you are able to cross off everything on my planned agenda be sure to check out more holiday happenings at the Boston.com Calendar. If you know of any other seasonal festivities in Boston that won’t break the bank please feel free to share! Thanks for reading and have a very happy holiday!

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    redheadmeag | Monday, November 22, 2010 30 Comments

    A Boston girl no more….

    Well folks, it’s official. After spending the better part of the last 14 years living here, my term as a resident of the beautiful city of Boston is now limited; on December 1st, I’m packing up my things and moving 7 miles (or so) south to Quincy, MA. According to Wikipedia, Quincy is also known as “The City of Legends.” I find this very comforting. See, to me, Boston feels to me to be “The City of Legends” – the city that I moved to when I was 17, fell in love with and never looked back. And we’ve had an absolutely amazing relationship. I never imagined I’d leave such a loyal partner – but the lure of the ocean is calling this “originally Cape Cod girl” home.

    I thought it’d be fun to share what I’m most excited to see/do in Quincy, and to get suggestions from my fellow Bostonareaonians for the best spots to eat, run and shop in my new town.

    Quincy represents huge amounts of new possibilities, excitement and adventure. If you read my post “A PR Girl Goes in Front of the Camera” I talked about my recent journey to wellness on the Dr. Oz show, via a 90 pound (and still going) weight loss. A huge part of my fitness regime is running – and our new place has easy access to the jackpot of Boston outdoor running – Wollaston Beach. With 2.3 miles of well-maintained (and I hear shoveled!) pavement along Quincy Bay and views of the Boston skyline, the walkway along Wollaston Beach is the perfect place for me.

    I’ve lived in Rosi Square for more than 4 years, and I’m going to miss the bread, cheese and wine shops here. Googling for similar meccas in Quincy netted me this little gem – Lisa Lamme’s Gypsy Kitchen. The foodie in me is imagining many a happy Saturday afternoon spent roaming the shelves, picking up wine and cheese and spices galore!

    While I’m on food – it seems that Quincy is something of an ethnic food mecca – within close proximity to my new place, there are Yelp-approved places for great Indian food (Punjab Café), sushi (Fuji), and even an Irish pub with the same name as the one in my hometown on the Cape (The Irish Pub – clever, no?) Thrilllist (if you don’t subscribe, you should) has just written up that a new Texas Saloon/music venue is opening up in “The Z.” I wonder where the best pizza in town is…..

    I have a track record of getting lost nearly every time I’ve driven in Quincy – here’s to adventure! I’m excited to explore this new part of the area and getting to know it well. I’d love recommendations from everyone that has a “favorite.”

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