So I’m thinking of temporarily renaming the blog to Eating Through Boston or something like that. Not really, but it would be kind of appropriate considering that’s exactly what we’ve been doing lately. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last talked about our (mostly) weekend plans here, so I thought I’d catch up… then I realized it’s mostly talking about food. But oh well… that’s just what we do. Here’s the recap from the last two weeks.
On Thursday, the week before last, we had to go take care of a few things to inmigration services and it took way longer than expected, so we ended up having a late lunch at Area Four, a place we had been meaning to try. We shared a caramelized onion & gorgonzola pizza, a fontina, arugula & prosciutto wrap/sandwich with lemon vinaigrette, and a butterscotch pudding dessert. Everything was delicious, though our favorite dish was the pizza, hands down. It was super flavorful.
Friday afternoon we sampled the lamb sandwich and the Boston cream pie at Flour for yet another late lunch. It’s become one of our favorite spots in the area and we’re actually considering buying both of their books. The sandwich was amazing but the pie was simply okay… it was tasty, I just think I’m a fan of less creamy, more chocolatey desserts. When we were done eating, we biked towards the Prudential area and walked around a farmer’s market that was there… there were a lot of people! I needed to drop off a bracelet at Tiffany’s to get it fixed, so we went into the shops at Prudential and checked out a few stores, then it was time to bike back home for dinner and a movie.
On Saturday, we decided to go to the Union square area in Somerville, since there’s another farmer’s market over there that we had yet to see. It was a bit small, but we got a chance to taste a couple of Union Square Donuts – they were pretty good, but at $3 per doughnut they were a bit pricy, even if they were artisanal and had some unusual flavors (Chocolate Chipotle, Bourbon Salt Caramel). We actually prefer the other doughnut place in the area, Verna’s. Their Honey Dipped Chocolate is to die for and at less than $1 each (albeit smaller than Union Square’s) they’re definitely easier on the wallet. On our way back home we stopped by Market Basket supermarket – and asked ourselves why we hadn’t been there earlier grocery shopping. The prices are a lot cheaper than in other places and the quality is pretty good! We’ve cooked their salmon and pork loin since then and they were very tasty. The only downside is that it’s a bit far away from our apartment and, since our fridge is one of those tiny under the counter ones (a gallon of milk takes pretty much half of the space), we have to go shopping pretty often, so it’s a bit inconvenient.
We’d been invited to a last minute party on Saturday evening, so after having lunch at home and resting for a while we hopped on the bike again to buy some beer and dessert to bring over. It’s a bit strange bringing something store bought instead of home made, but there’s nothing I can do about it with this kitchen/utensils… do you guys have any favorite store bought snacks or desserts to bring to a party? I’d love to hear them. On Sunday we had lunch plans, as well, and since they ran pretty late into the day we didn’t get a chance to do anything else.
This past weekend, though, we didn’t have anything on the agenda so we decided to kick things off by ordering pizza por dinner at Otto’s. We ordered the eggplant, ricotta, and basil and brought it back home to eat while watching a movie. The pizza was great – it had loads of ricotta! – but we thought the service was a bit disorganized when we ordered. It was a Friday, though, so I think we should give them a pass. We both liked Area Four’s pizza a little bit better but it was more expensive and it’s farther out from our apartment though.
On Saturday we decided to go on a bit of an adventure. I’ve read about this place, Sullivan’s at Castle Island that had pretty good lobster rolls and fish and chips. It was almost an hour bike ride there (and another one back) but we decided to make a day out of it. We had a blast, but the weather wasn’t really great… and it turns out it’s a pretty small joint that only has outdoor tables. The food was good nevertheless. The lobster roll barely had any mayo on it, and since I hate mayo, I got to try it out. The battered fish was very good, but the chips/fries were a bit meh. You could tell the place was popular among the locals, and I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Boston in spring/summer, especially since the area is really nice, you can walk around Fort Independence and they even had some free tours going on. There’s also great views of the airport and you can see a ton of airplanes landing and flying right above you, really low. Such a shame that it was very windy and we were only there for a little while. On our way back home we decided to try the third (and last) local ice cream place in the Boston area, Toscanini’s. We had their B3, Mocha and Salty Caramel flavors – all of them delicious, and the salty caramel rivaled that of Molly Moon’s in Seattle (though it wasn’t quite as a good, it was close).
Sunday was Honk Festival / Oktoberfest time. We had a blast! There were lots of people, food stands, craft/vintage items… and other stands handing out freebies, plus a parade. The best part was the $2 pulled pork slider we had from Park. Absolutely delicious. Made me want to eat at the restaurant some time in the near future. On Monday I wanted to do some clothes shopping so we went to Newbury street and Cambridgeside Galleria to check out a few stores, but I didn’t find anything, unfortunately… it was a good day nonetheless. So that’s the latest and greatest of our plans here in Boston… we only have a few free weekends before we leave, and lots of stuff to do!