Boston Eats

I’ve been living in Boston for a solid few months now, and I’ve managed to make some good food finds. My busy class schedule and decreased budget has led to me eating out far less than I was last year in Jerusalem, but Noah and I have still had the occasional meal out!

One of the most exciting food finds in the city is the newly-opened Boston Public Market. Opening just this past summer, the Boston Public Market is an indoor food hall featuring local vendors. There are produce, meat, and cheese vendors as well as specialty food shops and a variety of prepared food stalls. The inside of the Market is busy and colorful with seating areas smattered throughout the floor plan:

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It was hard to choose what to get for lunch, but eventually Noah and I settled on some top-notch items. Noah got a mac and cheese from the Cellars at Jasper Hills (from Vermont!) stall:

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I ordered a smoked bluefish roll from the Boston Smoked Fish Company:

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The sandwich was messy – but delicious! Noah and I also shared a brown-butter hazelnut crunch Union Square Donut.

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Union Square Donuts is based in…you guessed it!…Union Square in Somerville, and it is an extremely popular, local donut shop with lots of funky flavors. The donut was certainly good, although I don’t think donuts are my favorite sweet treat.

Noah and I also discovered a great diner in Watertown – the Deluxe Town Diner. We went to Deluxe Town Diner in a little bit of a pinch. Friends were in town visiting and we had ignorantly assumed that it wouldn’t be too difficult to find a brunch spot in Cambridge without a two-hour wait. Turns out reservations are a must, and we had to drive out to Watertown to find good food with friendly wait-times. By the time we were seated, our brunch had turned into lunch time, so everyone was hungry! We ordered coffees and milkshakes to start:

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Followed by an assortment of eggs, potatoes, toasts, and pancakes:

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So so so good. I would love to go back here from another brunch!

Speaking of brunch, after the failed attempts to go to a Cambridge brunch (as described above), Noah and I were eager to try one of the places we had originally intended to go to. On top of my brunch-planning game now, I made a reservation at Cafe Luna for a couple weeks ahead. When we eventually had a meal there, it was clear why it’s so hard to get in! The food is great, but the space is also pretty small so there’s not a ton of table turnover. Noah and I both ordered egg dishes and shared a half order of stuffed french toast (with lots of fresh berries!).

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Definitely another winner!

I’ve also had some great dinners in the area. Two of my favorites places so far are just around the corner from mine and Noah’s apartment. The first is Cambridge Common. It’s a very casual bar/restaurant with really high quality, homey dishes. Noah and I ordered a salmon and rice dish, cheese ravioli in a pesto sauce, and sweet potato fries to share:

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The other nearby gem is Giulia. Giulia is an Italian restaurant that is a bit more fancy but still reasonably priced. I would also generally suggest a reservation to eat there (we were lucky to get a seat at the bar!). 

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We shared pasta and fish (which was amazing!):

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And since we were celebrating (first week of the semester!), we splurged for dessert with a chocolate torte and affogato (ice cream and espresso):

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Giulia was an instant favorite for me – definitely a great date night locale.

Finally, City Girl Cafe in Inman Square was another instant favorite. The menu at City Girl is on the shorter side, but all of the dishes looked really good and it was hard to make an order decision. I went with a friend who recommended it, and we enjoyed sharing a few dishes: fried ravioli, a quinoa/vegetable bowl, and Nicoise salad:

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And…although it’s not really a restaurant, Noah and I had a fun date night at the Downeast Cider House cidery. We had a tour of the cidery (complete with samples!) and then enjoyed a couple glasses of classic and pumpkin Downeast Cider.

These are the fermentation barrels:

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And the bottling machinery:

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Enjoying cider! Can you spot the photo bomber??:

 

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Great times eating and drinking around Boston!

 

 

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LegoLand: Adult Night

In the great landscape of injustices, the exclusion of adults from LegoLand unless they are accompanied by a child is pretty minimal. Nonetheless, it’s still pretty disappointing. Especially if you love Legos.

Noah has always been a big Lego fan and had mentioned his dismay at LegoLand’s draconian age restrictions a few times. So, imagine my excitement when I discovered that the LegoLand Discovery Center in Somerville has a solution to this very matter – Adult Night!

Yes, it is true. Once a month, on the third Wednesday of the month, you and all your childless, adult friends can release your inner master builder and go to LegoLand. And, it gets better. Every month there is a different theme for adult night. Last month, in November, the theme was Star Wars. This was basic math to me…. LEGOS + STAR WARS = BEST DATE NIGHT EVER. I kept the details of date night revealed from Noah for a little while but eventually couldn’t keep my excitement contained. Needless to say, he was also very excited.

A few Wednesdays ago the day finally came and we met after school/work at LegoLand.

DREAM.COME.TRUE.

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After getting inside, we immediately checked out the Lego mini-world of Boston. It was awesome! There were sports stadiums…

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…and historic buildings/landmarks…

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…and, in line with the Star Wars theme, there were some Star Wars figurines mixed into the mini-world, such as these little dudes coming up from the Charles River (sorry the pictures are blurry! The room was a bit dark and the figurines were small!).

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After thoroughly checking out the mini-world, we went to explore the rest of LegoLand. There was a master builder room where we could play around making our own Lego creations, a bunch of cool Lego structures/statues…

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…a few rides, including one where we got to shoot laser guns at targets to earn points. Noah beat me, unfortunately. We also watched a 3D Lego movie!

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One of the most fun touches of LegoLand was the presence of some members of the 501st Legion (Star Wars fan/costume club). They were floating around the adult night. #jus’chillen

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We made sure to snap a few pics with Darth Vader before we left:

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All in all, LegoLand Adult Night was great fun – A++ for anyone looking for a date night or childhood getaway. We even saw an adult birthday party while we were there!