Dining Playbook Star Jenny Johnson Shares Her Favorite Things

The media maven shares her keys to eating and living well in Boston—with baby in tow.

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Ahead of her first Mother’s Day, we asked food-media maven Jenny Johnson, of NESN’s Dining Playbook and WBZ Radio’s Food for Thought, for her keys to eating and living well in Boston—with baby in tow.

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Mama’s-Day-Off Destination

“Multitasking moms know how to fill a free afternoon with girlfriends. After a full day hopscotching around the Back Bay—extensions at Lash L’Amour, high tea at the Boston Public Library, a facial at G20—we often end with cocktails and inventive cuisine from chef Tony Messina at Uni.”


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Kitchen Gadget
Omega J8006HDS Juicer

“Before my husband slurps down a pot of coffee, I slide a fresh glass of celery juice in front of him. You can throw pretty much anything inside this juicer, but we find the anti-inflammatory properties of celery juice a healthful, tasty start to the day.”


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Healthy Bite
Revolution Health Kitchen Açaí Bowl

“My life has always been on the run, but now with Vienna, it’s an all-out sprint. Thankfully, goodness guru Heather Costa helps me hit my stride with the açaí bowl at her Back Bay spot. It will make your eyes roll back!”


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Sink Sidekick
Follain Hand Soap

“Hand-washing in the kitchen is always important. Once a baby enters your life, it practically becomes a religion. Tara Foley’s soap, from her Boston-based natural beauty company, is handcrafted with ingredients that keep us clean—and give us peace of mind.”


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Harbor-front Dining
Pier 6 and ReelHouse

“With Uncle Billy Costa set on making Vienna his foodie first mate, we spend a lot of time on his boat docked at Charlestown marina. We bop between sibling spots Pier 6, for drinks, and ReelHouse, for dinner, then catch swing music at Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer Series.”

pier6boston.com; reelhouseboston.com.

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Patio Parker
Uppababy Stroller

“Picking a stroller is like picking a racehorse—you’re looking for speed and style. Navigating the cobblestoned sidewalks and restaurant patios of our South End neighborhood, this Massachusetts-made stroller keeps our little Vienna safe and comfortable.”

Available at Tadpole, shoptadpole.com.

Photo by Kayla Mehr

Fitness Coach
Your Fit Mom

“They say it takes nine months to make a baby, and nine months to get your body back. If you want to accelerate the return to physical normalcy, Kayla Mehr, of Your Fit Mom, has just the regimen.”