Sometimes when I’m really bored all I do is eat. Well, while in Boston for a quick getaway I was anything but bored, but man did I eat!
I met my 85 year old mom and we checked in to The Fairmont Copley Plaza, a beautiful hotel in the ideal location for walking around Boston. Once we were settled we went to have lobster at a cute little restaurant called James Hook & Co. We each had a 1.5 pound incredibly fresh lobster. Messy but yummy! This place was great and probably even better in the summer (we went in November) when you can sit outside at picnic tables! Next we walked, yes it was pretty cold, to Faneuil Hall where, unbelievably only an hour and a half later, we split a lobster roll and each had a cup of clam chowder. Yeah kinda full. But later that night I went to town with movie theater popcorn!
The next morning my sister arrived and we immediately hit the club lounge at the hotel for breakfast and mimosas. I had my mimosa minus the oj-great way to start the day. We decided to walk on Newbury Street, and then through the Public Garden and Boston Commons as we made our way to Charles Street. Such a cute area to shop and eat, and we did both! Lunch at a cute little Italian restaurant (can’t remember the name 😔) where we had soup and sandwiches. After lunch there were lots of cute boutiques to browse and buy, we loved December Thieves for really great clothes. We walked back to the hotel despite the wind and headed to the club lounge for a little ‘pre-dinner’ snack and drink. That night we met up with family we hadn’t seen in years, which was amazing, and went to their daughter’s restaurant, The Beehive. Well, I have to tell you about this place-first of all, the venue was so cool. We walked in and it had a really nice bar, then we walked downstairs to an incredible space filled with art and live music. Our meal started with baby back pork ribs that were beyond delicious and truly fell off the bone (my sister is still talking about them!) Next, I ordered salmon and basil mashed potatoes. This wasn’t how the salmon came on the menu, but they kindly made the substitution for me, and again, just delicious. This meal, a couple of glasses of champagne, and we were very happy. Such a great night reconnecting with family!
Breakfast again at the club lounge and then we explored Boston until we met up with family for lunch at Earls Kitchen & Bar. Here I ate a large bowl of clam chowder with a huge chunk of bread along with a glass of prosecco. After walking through the mall we headed up to the hotel club lounge and ate and drank yet again. Next we headed to Mare Oyster Bar for dinner. (sensing a theme yet??!!) My mom, sister, and I decided to share everything for two reasons. First, we weren’t that hungry and second, everything looked really good and we wanted to try a few different dishes. We ordered steamed mussels & fried clams (I haven’t eaten fried anything in a very long time, so good!) Then we ordered wild boar pappardelle, lobster mashed potatoes, and a three pound lobster. So. Much. Food. (yeah we really weren’t hungry haha)
Saturday morning we ate a smallish breakfast again at the hotel club lounge before heading out to a Secret Food Tour, where we ate our way through the day and the city. The tour started at the Boston Public Market for honey tasting at the Boston Honey Company. Our next stop on the tour of the North End/Little Italy was BenCotto where we ate a slice of pizza and pumpkin ravioli-unbelievable! We then walked in the rain to the cutest grocery store, Salumeria Italiana, and then back to the Public Market to eat the sandwich from the grocery store, roasted nuts from Q’s Nuts, and a lobster roll from Red’s Best at the Public Market. Our final stop on the tour was Modern Pastry where we had the most incredible cannoli I’ve ever tasted. I keep telling myself all the walking countered the eating but, umm, not really. So back to the hotel for a little rest and more prosecco and snacks at the club lounge (I know, unbelievable that we could even eat more right??!!) But wait, we’re not done! Dinner that night at Ostra started with complimentary glass of prosecco as we were celebrating my sister’s 9 year anniversary of being cancer free!! After a delicious dinner we all declined dessert (you’ll understand why in a minute) but they brought out a complimentary dessert with congratulations written in chocolate for my sister. Loved them for doing this! Now, back to why we skipped dessert. One of my sister’s favorite places in NYC is Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Guy. Well, there’s one in Boston and so on my sister’s special night this was an absolute must! We ordered a chocolate fondue to share and I also got a hot dark chocolate. Shockingly we couldn’t finish the fondue despite our best efforts.
On our final morning we again ate breakfast in the hotel club lounge and then headed off for hand & foot massages at Happy Feet Spa. After which we walked around SoWa Vintage Market and then, yup you guessed it, it was time for lunch! One of my favorite places is Eataly, having eaten there in NY, Chicago, Milan, and other locations. Usually I will go to different stands and get hams, cheeses, and a baguette, but this time we decided to eat at a sit down restaurant ordering the squash ravioli, so delicious, and yet another glass of prosecco, ending our trip on an amazing note!
Well, almost ended-I can’t deny that while waiting at the airport I did eat a bowl of clam chowder from Stephanie’s on Newbury, another Boston must have!
Not one second of boredom this weekend for this usually bored housewife, but definitely glad to be home and eating a little bit less!
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