First things first: we have a winner for last week’s $200 gift card giveaway, “Cape on the Corner”. So check your e-mail!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I talked about what we’ve been doing here in Boston, so I thought it was time to catch up. Let’s start with the weekend before last (Sept 14-15). On Friday afternoon, we headed out to do some grocery shopping and then went to our neighborhood coffee shop again, Simon’s coffee shop. Their coffee is great and they have some pretty awesome baked goods and sandwiches, too – this time we shared a brownie and it was absolutely delicious. I also want to try their bagels or sandwiches sometime soon.
On Saturday, we’d been invited to a bbq at a couple of Andoni’s new teammate’s house, so off we went. We stopped by Trader Joe’s first to pick up some beers and dessert to bring to the barbecue. I picked the dessert while Andoni picked the beers, and when he went to pay for everything, they asked for both our IDs. I’d left my purse with my wallet at home because we were biking, so of course I didn’t have it with me (I didn’t think it’d be necessary because he was buying them… I don’t even like/drink beer!) but apparently if you’re together you both need to show IDs. And I wonder, what happens when a parent wants to buy wine/beer while grocery shopping with his kids? Anyway. Strange, strange laws that they have. Other than that, we had a great time at the barbecue, we got to meet a lot of people and the food was delicious. By the time we left to go home the sun had already set so that was all for Saturday.
When I woke up on Sunday the weather was gorgeous again, so I started looking for things to do. I quickly found SoWa Open Market, which is like four markets smashed into one: farmer’s market, vintage, arts & crafts, and food trucks. It’s on the South End of Boston and it was awesome. We biked there (it took us a while, but we got there!) and we had a great time browsing all four areas. We ended with the food truck, of course, so we could have lunch there. We decided to go with Roxy’s Grilled Cheese because I’ve read good reviews and the line seemed long. I had a Mighty Rib melt while Andoni ordered one with portobello in it (it’s not on their online menu) and we had a lemonade to share. The sandwiches were really good, but we both thought they were too small for the price (about $7 each). We’re happy we got to try them, but I think we’ll stick to something else in the future. The lemonade (I believe they had strawberry thyme lemonade that day) was delicious as well, and a good size for the $3 we paid. I’d definitely have that again. For dessert, we shared a cookie sandwich (actually, they called it slider) from Frozen Hoagies and it was just okay, nothing too amazing. All in all though, the SoWa market gets a two thumbs up from us – we had a great time.
This past Friday, I met Andoni at MIT’s Computer Science building so we could check it out. Someone had told us that it was designed by Frank Gehry (the same architect that did the Bilbao Guggenheim) and that it was worth visiting. Since it was Friday afternoon we were able to go inside and peek for a bit. We’ve seen a few of Gehry’s buildings (in Bilbao, Seattle, Chicago, Prague) and I thought this one was a bit different from the rest. Definitely stop by if you ever get the chance.
Since we were in the neighborhood, we went for a late lunch to Flour Bakery + Cafe. I had been at another one of their locations the previous day having coffee by myself, and I liked it so much that I had to bring Andoni back. We ordered a grilled chicken sandwich to share, a sticky sticky bun, a chocolate chip cookie, and some coffee. The sandwich was amazing, really. But then again, everything was. I’m not a huge fan of sticky buns because they usually have a ton of cinnamon (which I hate) but this one was delicious. It was what everyone recommended and it delivered, though I’d definitely share one because they’re pretty big. And the cookie – one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. You can tell that they use good quality ingredients just by tasting the chocolate chips in there. So yes, we’re definitely going back there and trying everything we can from the menu. Afterwards, we walked around the area and popped into a couple of thrift stores, but unfortunately we weren’t able to find anything interesting.
The next day, Saturday, we had lunch at Russell House Tavern, which is apparently a very popular spot in Cambridge. Sadly, we didn’t realize they had a limited menu on Saturdays and Sundays because they serve brunch until 4PM so we didn’t get to try a couple of the things we wanted, but we still had a great lunch and plan on going back there for dinner when we can. We left wanting something for dessert though, so we biked to what the internet says is the best ice cream in town, Christina’s. Though my scoop of Mocha Explosion was really good, Andoni’s Cookie Dough was simply ‘meh’; so the verdict: if we’re ever in the area again we might have another cup, but we’re not going to go out of our way to have it once again, especially with JP Licks so much closer to our apartment.
Since we knew it was going to rain on Sunday, I rented a ZipCar for the morning and we went to Home Depot, Home Goods, the Dollar Tree and the grocery store. We got a chance to buy a couple of supplies for another fall project and we finally got around to buying more glasses (there was only two in the apartment!). I also wanted to check out Home Goods after hearing so many great things about it, but I didn’t buy anything because everything I liked was furniture i.e. I can’t take it with me back home.
And that’s the latest installment of what we
ate did these last two weekends – this next weekend we’re traveling to Montreal, and the weekend after that we’re taking a day trip if the weather allows, so that should be fun!