Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Have a Staycation: An Ethiopian Dinner + New England Conservatory Concert

Since not everyone is going home for the holidays, I decided to write a post on how to have a staycation - a mini vacation in your own city! 

How to Have a Staycation

Step 1: Get Cultured

How to Have a Staycation

We went to the gorgeous New England Conservatory, where they had a free concert at the world-renowned Jordan Hall. It was housed inside a gorgeous hall, known for it's near perfect reverberations and intricate decorations.

The orchestra was amazing, and played everything from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky. So fun, relaxing, cultured, and completely free!

It reminded me of when I used to play flute - I actually played for 4 years, and still have it in my room back home. This concert is making me consider taking it up again!

Step 2: Dine Out in a New Restaurant

We made it out to a charming Ethiopian dinner at Lucy's Ethiopian Cafe. I loved the intimate venue, filled with paintings and crafts from Ethiopia, not to mention the scrumptious food!

How to Have a Staycation

How to Have a Staycation

Their house tea was well-spiced and very strong. It gave me the jitters, but it was delicious nonetheless.

How to Have a Staycation

From what I understand, Ethiopian cuisine is meant to be communal. We ordered the Veggie Combo for Two, and we were stuffed by the end of it. Each pocket was filled with everything from potatoes, to chickpeas, to spinach, and each with it's own unique set of spices. Every bite was a new adventure, which made this meal so fun!

How to Have a Staycation

Much like naan is used with Indian curries, this spongy injera bread is used to pick up the food on your plate. I love the soft, squishy consistency of the injera, and eating without forks or even chopsticks was a new skill to try to master.

3. Get Out of the House

Sure, you may not be leaving the city, but that doesn't mean you have to be confined to the walls of your home! Try something new - go to the opening of a new hotel wing, take a hike or stroll along a nearby river, or check out some local street art. Really take this chance to get to know your city!

I love how Boston has unique, eye-opening experiences like an Ethiopian dinner and a concert. It was so fun to get out of our usual routine and comfort zones for a day. I hope this post gave you ideas on how to have a staycation of your own!

Comment Challenge: What would you like to do on your staycation? 

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  1. Great idea to dine out in a new restaurant!! My husband and I always talk about a staycation and I think next time we're going to do a one night stay at a hotel just for fun as well!!


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  2. I love the idea of a staycation! What a great idea, I love exploring new parts of the city.

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  3. It sounds great.... good idea!!!
    Happy friday beauty!!!

    Kisses, love Paola.

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  4. I love the idea of having a staycation and it seems like you nailed yours!

    xo katie // a touch of teal

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful Staycation! I would take more of those if Jakarta wasn't so polluted and filled with traffic lol


    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  6. I've not tried Ethiopian food before but I really reaaally want to! I've heard it's delicious and it looks soo good! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  7. That's awesome. Doing something you've never done, yet feeling like you're on a mini vacation. Looks like you had a fantastic time. Have a great weekend Chelsea! (:
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  8. How fun! I've never tired Ethiopian food but it sounds delicious! The conservatory looks amazing with all of that beautiful woodwork!


    Jill
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  9. Thanks Emily! It's so fun to get of your routine every now and then :)

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  10. Thanks Katie! Loved your event last night :)

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  11. Thanks Melanie! Hahah, well I'm glad I found your blog bc you're my only eyes into Jakarta!

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  12. Omg you must! Some is sweet, some spicy, some neutral. All good!

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  13. Exactly! We have to remember to adventure :) Hope your weekend is great too Kiki!

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  14. Thanks Jill! Yes I loved breaking the routine! :)

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  15. Love this post! Staycations are always the bestt:) xo, Hayley www.dailydoseofdarling.com

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  16. Thanks Hayley! I couldn't agree more :)

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  17. I love the idea of staycation! Never tried Ethiopian cuisine before, looks so appetizing! :)

    xx

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  18. Thanks Mitch! I highly recommend it :)

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  19. The idea of having a staycation is simply awesome, genius ! :)

    Fashion and Cookies

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  20. I love the idea of a staycation and trying new things right in your hometown! :)

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  21. The Ethiopian food looks amazing - I need to try some African food.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  22. Laura Jane McCarthyDecember 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Great inspiring post!

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  23. Amazing post! I would love to try an Ethiopian dinner too! Or just randomly stay in a hotel and pretend to be a tourist for the weekend in my own city :') haha xx

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  24. Amazing advice!! And the food looks GREAT!!
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  25. That food looks so yummy!

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  26. On my staycation I am booking a solo ticket to London. :) if I've got the time and the dime I will have myself a little adventure <3

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  27. I've never had a staycation but it sounds like a great way to relax :) I must admit that I don't like Ethiopian food, but like you said, it's cool that you have the option of trying foods from halfway across the world in your own town!

    Mili

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  28. Wow, a staycaytion sounds nice! thanks for all the tips

    Jennos
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  29. Such a great idea - I think I will be doing a staycation this year instead of a big holiday! Thanks for the inspiration :) xx


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  30. This all looks great!!! I love the Staycation idea, it's great to spend time somewhere you like! :)


    Layla xx


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  31. Just shows you don't need to go away on holiday to enjoy yourself and have a break! I often go around new places in my city. There are so many things to see :) Great post too. x x

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  32. Exactly! I'm glad you adventure around in your city also! :)

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  33. Thanks Layla! It's great to break the routine every now and then :)

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  34. Aw yay I'm so glad to hear that! Hope you enjoy it :)

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  35. No problem Jenny! It's great to break the routine every now and then :)

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  36. Thanks Mili! I definitely recommend it if you can't get away for the holidays :)

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  37. Thanks Mel! I loved the food - so unique and delish!

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  38. Thank you Laura! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

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  39. Your blog is amazing! Hope you could visit mine too :)

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  40. Wow I would love to visit these places! The cup of tea looks really yummy! <3

    Colorful Closets

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  41. Wow I would love to visit these places! That cup of tea looks really yummy! <3

    Colorful Closets

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  42. Yes this is a great idea! I have a week off in January where I plan on just staying around London and trying to do lots more sight seeing! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  43. Lovely ideas! It's so nice to discover new things to do where you live. x
    Kate Louise Blogs

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  44. Fantastic ideas and pictures, girl.
    xox
    Lenya

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  45. that ethiopian food looks perfect :3 want that now :D

    dresses-and-travels //@Susan Dollparts

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  46. I wish I could have a staycation for the holidays! My parents always insist on going somewhere, haha. The Ethiopian food looks so good.


    Eena / katczinske
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  47. Great post! I need a staycation :) That restaurant looks pretty fabulous!!


    Sues

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  48. That sounds amazing! I'd love to visit London for a week :)

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  49. Thank you Kate! I love adventuring around the city :)

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  50. Thanks Susan! It's so good and unique!

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  51. You could always have a staycation after the holidays too! :)

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  52. Thanks Sues! Everyone needs a staycation now and then :)

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  53. This blog post is absolutely lovely, the pictures are beautiful! For a staycation, I love doing touristy things. There are so many things in every city that the people that live there pass by, so it's nice to take part in the tourist activities sometimes and see the sites and appreciate the city!
    Becky, x // http://undertheseabeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  54. Great ideas for a staycation! For me I love the spa, so I would want to stay at a cozy hotel or bed & breakfast and enjoy a lovely spa day!

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  55. Wow. I like this. I prefer to go on tourist spots sightseeing and trying different authentic cuisines :)

    Have a great day! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  56. It really is! Even how you eat it is different!

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  57. Thanks so much Becky! You're so right - it's important to be in the moment and see the sights of your own city sometimes!

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  58. Great post! I love staycations - sometimes they're so necessary! And I am such a big fan of Ethiopian - I love eating with my hands and it not being inpolite haha

    - Sarah :)

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