Waiting Time is Wine Time

by Maggie Battista on June 29, 2013

in Massachusetts, Travel


{Berlin, Germany}

I’ve figured out that I have 14 flights this summer. One. Four. Fourteen. That deserves something, a glass of wine or a bottle or perhaps a splurge on champagne. In fact, I’m pouring some Vin d’Orange now just thinking about all that waiting – waiting at airports, waiting for luggage, waiting on taxis, sheesh. Let’s make it two orange wines, please.

With all that travel, my days have been a mesh of extremes. Like last Saturday, I woke up to a tall glass of bright iced coffee from an amazing coffee brewer – a maker we’ll launch in the Shop shortly. I then picked sugary strawberries, plump sugar peas and super-crisp snow peas at our new farm, Clark Farm. I put a lot of love into farmer Andrew’s thank-you-hug because, golly, I hadn’t tasted pick-your-own crops that true to their original flavor in forever. Go farmer Andrew!

{Clark Farm, Carlisle, Massachusetts}


{Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts}Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-12

But I had to leave all that freshly picked produce to catch a flight to Berlin. Are you sometimes sad to leave your CSA haul? I am… all the time. So I cleaned and prepped and packaged and froze some and shared it before heading to the airport. I even chopped up nine stalks of leftover rhubarb with some sugar and lemon (and finished making the jam today, a week later). Mrs. Wheelbarrow thought it would keep a few days – and she’s brilliant because, of course, it did.

But then I went to the airport and… waited. I should calculate all the waiting I’ll do this summer. Or, let’s not. Let’s just consider it time for wine. Everyone say it, waiting time is now wine time.

{Vin d’Orange and Homemade Duck Prosciutto in my Kitchen}Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-3

{Sour Orange Marmalade; Chocolat Moderne white chocolate bar}Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-1

{Cocktail time in the garden; Chive blossoms dried for future dishes}Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-10

Fourteen hours and two flights later, I landed in Berlin. My hotel room wasn’t quite ready so I took a seat on a terrace facing Museum Island. I indulged in a glass of something sparkly and settled in for more wine time. I’m pretty sure wine time could be a movement or a hashtag, or maybe it’s just my life.

Between New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Orlando, Pennsylvania, Seattle, San Francisco and Napa Valley, I’ve got lots to do before summer is through. I am curating food gifts for you and some brand new clients, filling the Eat Boutique Shop with new discoveries and planning our 2013 Holiday Markets – yes, you did see “Markets” plural. I’m also finally hitting the Big Summer Potluck, speaking at the Food and Wine Conference, and traveling west to the International Food Bloggers Conference.

{New York City, including Chelsea Market, Lafayette Restaurant and the High Line}Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-5Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-7 Waiting-Time-is-Wine-Time-6

And then, there’s some new stuff, like just embracing all this wine time to do a whole lot more writing. August will be entirely void of travel and completely packed with writing time because, let’s be real, you deserve more recipes and stories and food gifts that hug you back and, with a little wine time, I’m thinking I can make that happen.

Until then, I’m throwing out some big hugs to Eat Boutique’s two new apprentices: Amy Feiereisel and Kathy Day. They’ve joined our contributor list for the summer and have plenty of stories to share while I travel. Kathy’s already talked tonic with ya’ll and I’m sure she’ll share her love for other booze soon. And Amy has prepared you for summer with links to our favorite drinks and red fruit dishes. You’ll see them all over this site and the Eat Boutique Shop. Thanks, in advance, for showing them good food love!

All photos taken by Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique  discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.


Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • http://www.giftbasket.com/ jamas

    · Get creative. There’s no rule that says gourmet gifts have to actually be placed in “baskets”. They can be placed in boxes, on platters, etc. There are also gift towers to consider, which include multiple boxes placed on top of one another.

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