I’m back from my brief blogging hiatus and have lots of updates…
First things first, Happy 25th Birthday to this gorgeous girl, my best friend Anna:
AND Happy (one-day early) 25th Birthday to my beautiful roommate Kate:
Secondly, big thank you to my tumblr buddy for sending me such a sweet package this week. It was a really nice surprise and I can’t wait to read this:
Thirdly, my trip to Boston was so much stinkin fun! I was able to spend time with all my friends (and their friends), do some of the freedom trail, see all the major sights, and taste all the yummy food everyone said I HAD to try, like:
cannolis from Maria’s Pastry Shop, and
some delicious chowda from Legal Test Kitchen, and
pasta from Panza in the North End, and
lots of locally-brewed Sam Adams Winter Lager.
I really liked Boston as a city. It’s young, easy to get around, there’s lots to see and do… but I don’t think I could handle the frrrrreezing cold weather. Kudos to all you Bostonians who put up with it, you guys are rockstars.
All in all, life is pretty stupendous these days and it’s just going to get better and better with the holidays approaching. I can’t wait. Hope everyone is doing well!
On a tour and tasting of the Harpoon Brewery in South Boston.
Sampling this green IPA straight from the barrel. Deeelish.
Both the airline and our hotel waived all cancellation fees, thankfully.
Sad we won’t get to see our friends in Beantown, but better safe than sorry I guess…
F U, Earl.
This is why I love Tumblr. Last week I posted about my upcoming trip to Boston and asked if anyone had recommendations on what we should do, see and eat. Yesterday, I got an amazing email from Megan with TONS of ideas. Thought I share with everyone!
- So getting some Italian food in the North End is a must. I recommend Fiore - it’s best if you get a reservation for dinner. They also have a rooftop bar that is great in the summer, and you can ask your waiter if they can get you up there after dinner (sometimes there is a line). If you hit up the North End for lunch, Il Panino Express is the best. Don’t be fooled, you go to a counter and order everything from Calzones to Pasta but it is incredible. Some of the best cheese I’ve had since the last time I was in Italy.
- Another of my favorite restaurants is Sibling Rivalry. It’s two chefs that each do a take on a list of ingredients. I’m probably doing a poor job describing it, but google it. It’s very cool. Washington Square Tavern is another of my favorite restaurants, but that’s actually heading out of the city on the C line to Washington Square, so I’m not sure if that interests you. But Brookline is painfully cute.
- Tia’s is a meatmarket. If you want to sit outside for drinks, I’d recommend the Atlantic Brewing Company, Boston Harbor Hotel, etc. If you want a ‘sceney’ cocktail type, try the Liberty Hotel - they have some incredible bars (Clinq, Alibi - it’s all a redone old Jail). For a more casual Boston Bar, the Black Rose is the basic Irish Boston bar, McFadden’s is another in walking distance, and there are some other good ones to the left of Fanueil Hall, between the Fleet Center and North End. Going to Red Sox bars on landsdown is fun too, it’s also great to pre-game at before the bars (GameON, BeerWorks, etc)
- Stephanie’s on Newbury is amazing for the people watching, then you can walk off the stuffed french toast after with the shopping. Tapeo is a great tapas restaurant on Newbury and Sonsie is also a great place for people watching.
- Top of the Prudential Center is cheesy, but a really great place for a cocktail or two and to take in incredible views from Cambridge to Fenway.
- Exhale is my favorite spa in Boston.
- Fanueil Hall is fun to walk through and basically just hit up all the samples, watch the street artists, etc.
- If you want to do something different, the top of the Colonnade Hotel is the city’s only roof top pool. Last time I visited the city, we set up shop there instead of crashing with friends (affordable, $179 per night) and had everyone over to hang by the pool, take in the views, and have cocktails. My friends all snuck in by going right to the elevators, taking it to the pool level, walking in like they owned the place and if asked just saying they were in a random room.
- Flour City Bakery is a must for a snack, breakfast sandwich or amazing sandwich at lunch. It’s in the South End, which is just insanely adorable and was started by a harvard professor.
Amazing, right? Megan, thank you so much again!
Andrew and I are going to Boston over Labor Day weekend! (We got a ridiculously good deal on flights, so everyone book your Labor Day travel pronto!) I’ve only been up to Beantown once and that was in 2003, when I spent the ENTIRE time touring college campuses, one after the other, only to decide later that there’s no way in hell I would ever be able to handle the winters there. Oh well.
Needless to say, a follow-up trip to visit friends and explore the city is long overdue. So far we’ve got a Red Sox game and the Sam Adams Brewery on the radar. Can you think of anything we must see or do or eat in Boston?