stories from one family's accidental life on the road
Oh Boston. Why are you so awesome? You have cobblestone and history and beautiful architecture. You have gas burning lanterns and important museums and perfect public gardens. It’s not right. You put so many other towns to shame.
Since the show was recently in Worcester, Mass., only 45 minutes outside Boston, we went for an afternoon visit. Since we were only there for a little wander about, I’ve dug into the archives from our last Boston trip to highlight some of our favorite spots.
For Your Tummy
Since we only had time for a stop at Four Burgers on this trip, I asked our highly trained professional foodie, Emily, to tell us where to go when we’re in Boston next time.
Neptune Oyster Bar — this is a great place for old world Italian Seafood. The lobster roll (buttered or mayo’d) is crazy delicious. But you can go there in the early afternoon for some oysters and crab claws and a glass of cold chardonnay and be perfectly content. It’s small and can get very crowded. You can sit up at the bar where they shuck the shellfish, or nestle into one of the few booths available if you’re lucky to get one. It is near a lot of other wonderful Little Italy spots, so it’s a good walking area to visit.
Toro — Delicious Tapas. This is in the South End and is really lovely. The owner is Ken Oringer who is super talented and down to earth and the head chef is award winner Jamie Bissonette who is really creative. Perfect small plates to share.
Citizen Public House — Gastropub fare. Small tavern feel. It’s behind Fenway Park so it’s a little bit of that scene, but the food is inspired and yummy (meat and fish and cocktails and beers)
Parish Cafe — fun, very Boston. They have a selection of sandwiches (and other items) that have each been created by famous chefs in the area. I think there are two locations.
Tatte — A serious patisserie, and the owner is actually an Israeli woman whose first career was in film. They have stunning and delicious fruit tarts and unique nut tarts, as well as the usual sweet bakery goods. The small space is designed so wonderfully, you kind of just want to hang out there.
Clear Flour Bread — It’s not in the center of town (it’s in Brookline), it’s on a non-descript neighborhood corner, but it is on a T-stop. And it is the best bakery I have ever been to. Bakery as in daily bread place… no seating, you go there and get your baked goods and go. I think they have coffee. It feels tres French. They have seasonal tarts and almond croissants and utterly beautiful, perfectly executed things like that, but their simple loaves of bread are so divine. At the end of a shoot day there I actually just bought a loaf of bread, brought it back to the hotel room and ate the whole thing for dinner with a glass of red.
Flour Bakery — They have a couple of locations now, I think. This place is really good and you can get breakfast and lunch items there too. More of a coffee shop/hang-out-for-a-while-if-you-want kind of place. The owner/pastry chef was an applied maths major at Harvard, with honors! One thing that is really good is their sticky bun, get it heated. It’s ooey gooey good, not as big as the one in Charleston, so it’s manageable! But their other bakery items and salads and eggs and sandwiches are all good too.
Emily and her sticky buns!
For the Kiddies
Our last visit had us in The Boston Children’s Museum for hours. Since we have traveled so much of the country now and have been to almost every children’s museum, I think I may be oddly qualified to say, Boston’s is one of the best in the country.
Boston is where it all began, so you might as well visit The Art of the Americas Wing. See dreamy portraits, beautiful furniture and riveting pieces of history.
Read or re-read Robert McClosky’s, Make Way for Ducklings. Then visit the pond they call home and the statue erected in their honor…then you too can feed them thistles, like G did.
Charles Street-there is nothing like it. It’s a quaint, slip of a thing with shops so tiny you might just have to hold your breath to squeeze into them.
Beacon Hill-go there for a walk, it’s just off Charles Street. Get a coffee and stroll around. Look at the flower boxes, imagine the sound of hooves as they struck the pavement late at night, try not to peer into people’s windows-because that’s weird-but do have someone take your photo.
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