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Anna has been on fire with the blog posts lately. Time for me to catch up and add to the conversation. I’ve been meaning to blog about a new favorite place near our house, and our trip this morning reminded me to get on it!

As something of an amateur chef, I have enjoyed the variety of places to shop around Boston. Within 15 minutes of our house are probably 10-12 grocery stores, including several of the “usual suspects” for the Northeast suburbs (Trader Joe’s, Whole Paycheck). These places have their spot in a grocery rotation, but we are lucky to live where we do in Belmont because my favorite grocery find, Russo’s, is just 10 minutes away in Watertown.

Over the past month, an early morning Saturday or Sunday trip to Russo’s has become one of the highlights of our week. And we’re not the only ones who love it. Russo’s is nearly always packed by 9 a.m. on Saturday AND Sunday. Why, you ask? How about this?

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And this?

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The place has an incredible variety of produce for just about every sort of cuisine you can think of. The Asian and Italian sections are especially strong:

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They buy local stuff in season (today I picked out a basket of apples, maybe 7 lbs. worth, for $.79 cents a pound):

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They also have a fantastic bakery and deli counter. The only problem with those is the crowds. As I mentioned earlier, it’s almost incredible how full the place is by 9 a.m. on the weekends. Getting a cart around the small store requires real concentration. But the mix of shoppers is great and the deals even better.

I’m hoping to post more “Best of Boston” places in the near future. But in the meantime, anyone have any spots like this to share?

I’m continuing work on my unfinished mittens (I actually started over so I could really do it right.  I was kind of just making it up as I was going).  And so I’m following directions now (for once!) on this training mitten pattern, and came to the direction “Increase 1 after the 6 and 18 stitch.”  WHA?  Yeah.  I don’t know how to do that.  Well, NOW I do!  Thanks to happening on to:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/

They have amazingly clear how-to videos for everything from casting on, adding stitches, subtracting stitches and learning different knitting styles.  For instance, my Mum taught me the Throw/American Method which is what I’ve done for years and been just fine with.  But there are other methods too, like the German Method/Left-Handed Knitting or Combined Knitting, or BACKWARDS Knitting!  German Method is actually easier than I thought, and I just followed the videos and WOW!  I know a new method of knitting.  YAY!

This is all well and good because I just purchased this beautiful sweater pattern on Etsy!

oatmeal pullover by janerichmond

OH MY!  It’s so cute but I’m sure I wouldn’t know all the directions.  SO glad I found this website because I know it will help me along the way.  Yipppeeeeee!

Happy Knitting!

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