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Stuttering Shell: the weekend i boston.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

the weekend i boston.

one: the pictures are from my craptastic phone. i had my big camera with me, but i never used it. go figure.
two: we will not even discuss why - when i uploaded the pictures to my computer - that i labeled the folder 'boston november 2011.' um, the trip happened in october & it's not even november...yet.
three: enjoy!

earlier this month, my parents asked me if i wanted to visit my sister in boston. duh. of course i would! i love my sister. i love boston. {i would totally move there in a heartbeat if a) we could afford it & b) i could ever convince my husband, a.k.a. mr. "my body wasn't built for the cold"}. fall break was upon me. it was also columbus day weekend so my father had a long weekend, too. so, we loaded up their escape, said good-bye to my husband & kids and headed north. {mind you, this is only the 2nd time i've gone out of town without adam or the kiddos.}

{a view - overlooking the charles river - of downtown boston. it's not in the pic, but m.i.t. is to my left.}

i've been to boston quite a few times. the city never gets old. last year was my sister's first year living in boston. we visited her during the crazy post-christmas blizzard. it was a good time. she lived in fenway then. she lives in jamaica plain now. her neighborhood is so cute & i'm still thinking about the coconut almond chip ice cream i had at j.p. licks, but i digress...

boston. whether you get there by air or by car, there is so much to do & see.

if possible, my family almost always travels by car. good thing we do because we would not have been able to stop at plan b burger. plan b has nothing to do with boston {well, there is a location coming to boston soon}, but if you're going to be anywhere near central connecticut, then you must stop for a burger. seriously.

we got off the interstate in glastonbury to fill up the car & get a bite to eat. the buildings looked familiar to me {my sister used to live in both west hartford & wethersfield which are all within minutes of glastonbury}. i said to my parents, "plan b is around here somewhere." sure enough - after a quick phone call to my sis to confirm that we were indeed by the whole foods that was indeed across the street from plan b - we arrived at our destination. yes, my family uses restaurants & grocery stores as landmarks while traveling. to sum up plan b burgers in one word? YUM.

the rest of my trip was, of course, filled with food. and family.

my sister was in andover, nh with her husband at a high school football game {he works & coaches at a prep school in andover. my sissy lives & works in boston. yep, they have a long-distance marriage}. while we waited for them to arrive, i worked on some school stuff.  on saturday night, we ate a late dinner at basho. the steamed bun sandwich on the hot appetizer menu is to die for. {we will recreate that because a) we love pork belly and b) adam knows how to make the bao.}

on sunday, we got up & ate again! this time, we headed to chinatown and bellied up to the table for some yummy dim sum at our favorite dim sum spot in boston: china pearl.

after brunch {if you want to call it that}, we did some walking & shopping on newbury street. i never made it to the longchamp store {i'm sure adam's happy about that!}, but i did manage to try pinkberry {finally!}, browse in anthropologie, and do some shopping for my pups at audrey's and the fish & bone. also, no trip to newbury street is complete without a stop at newbury comics.

{hot. i know.}

the remainder of our sunday afternoon was spent at hmart where we - meaning me, my sis & her hubby - somehow convinced my parents to buy us $90 worth of korean {and other asian} junk...and a coca-cola.

on sunday evening, we had a reservation for dinner at koreana. my kids were NOT pleased that i was having dinner at koreana without them. my kids are little foodies and nothing toots their horns more than korean barbeque. so, being the good mom that i am, i texted pictures of all of the yumminess i was eating with captions like, "neener, neener, neener!" yep. sure did.

{yes, that's raw meat.}

korean barbeque is quite the experience...and quite tasty, too. if you're ever in boston, head over to the cambridge side & have a bite to eat at koreana. you won't be disappointed. promise.

so this trip wasn't filled with sight-seeing or exploring the city. instead, i ate, slept, ate, slept & ate some more.  it was quite relaxing and two days just wasn't enough. honestly, i wanted to stay longer.

if you find yourself heading to boston for any reason, definitely make time to see the sights. 

go see old ironsides at the charlestown navy yard. get pastries on the north end from mike's pastry {although i hear modern pastry might be better}. walk through boston common. follow the freedom trail. visit quincy market & faneuil hall. take your picture in front of cheers. have a sampler at the samuel adam's brewery. sit on the patio at the barking crab. stroll through chinatown. hitch a ride on the water taxi. go shopping at prudential center & copley place. navigate the t. visit the universities. visit fenway park.

seriously, there is so much to do in boston. you know, besides eat.

psst...just so you know, all of the places & things i linked? i've been there, done that. none of the businesses, services, etc. asked me to pimp them out or write about them.

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Blogger KVH said...

Drooling over the Korean food and dim sum!

Oct 27, 2011, 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

Geof has been to Boston a few times and I've never been. His sister used to live there and loved it. We really should hop on a cheap Southwest flight and go for the weekend.

I'm also jealous of the "T". Our public transportation system in Philly in horrible, so it would be nice to have something as convenient as that. The last time Geof went he did manage to bring me back some Lobstertails from Mike's.

I want one of those cheeseburgers. Now I'm looking for an excuse to go to Connecticut!

Your kids are I got a little chuckle out of that one.

Oct 27, 2011, 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Cole said...

Boy, you hit all the hot spots!!! Us locals always complain that the T is late or people are talking in the "quiet" when visitors compliment the T, it really does remind us how good we have it. :-)

Oct 27, 2011, 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I just drooled all over my keyboard. Now I want sushi. Thanks a lot, haha!

Oct 27, 2011, 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

drooling here. :)
Thanks for your sweet comments about Luke's nursery. Hampton Roads is a great place to Craigslist!

Oct 27, 2011, 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

I visit many of these things, often. YUM. Agree, Mike's pastry - it's good, but find one off the main drag, better.

Oct 27, 2011, 4:34:00 PM  

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