This weekend we're off to Boston, and of course we have a packed schedule as always. Two concerts, lots of visiting with friends, and a few errands we need to run while we're there. Boston is one of our absolute favorite cities, right up there with New York and London. If we had the chance, we'd move there in a second... and plan to live there at some point in the future. What's there not to like in Boston, and Cambridge in particular? Beautiful city, filled with lots of colleges and bookstores and cafes. And did I mention the food? Yup, Boston is a great city to find good things to eat. Here's a few favorites off the top of my head:
Sure, they have a huge menu. And you usually have to wait in line at this Harvard Square institution. Trust me, it's all worth it. I'm a fan of a good burger, toppings vary but I'm always a fan of bacon and cheddar. Sweet potato fries please, and a raspberry lime rickey. And try Mr. Bartley's pepper relish, housemade and great on one of their big, juicy burgers.
Yum yum is all I can say! I typically get a plain flavor like banana (no smoosh-ins) and their delectable hot fudge sauce. We always eat a ton of ice cream while we're in Boston, thankfully we walk alot while we're there!
In my opinion, great pizza is thin, thin, thin crust with just the right about of really flavorful, fresh ingredients. Todd English makes great New-Haven style pizza, from his fig and prosciutto pizza to his fried rock shrimp pizza with artichoke 'guacamole', mozzarella and a lemon aioli. Don't miss the warm bacon and spinach salad, I swear I dream about that salad sometimes!
Our friend Kerry introduced us to Mr. Crepe, and sent me her Mr. Crepe menu from her corkboard (with tons of little pushpin holes). If you're looking for a great, quick and inexpensive meal in Davis Square, don't miss Mr. Crepe. One day I swear I'll save room for a sweet dessert crepe!
I'll leave it at that for restaurants right now, that's a good start. I could surely wax poetic about many other spots, but we'll save that for another day. I know, the suspense is driving you crazy, right?
Tomorrow night we're going to a Club Passim benefit concert with Richard Thompson and our friend Peter Mulvey, among others. Club Passim is a great Harvard Square venue and haven for singer-songwriters. Tomorrow's concert at the Sanders Theatre is their annual benefit. Saturday night we're seeing a show at Passim proper, Kris Delmhorst. If you're in the Boston area, see if there are tickets to either shows available, both are a guaranteed good time.
And if you don't have any albums by Peter Mulvey or Kris Delmhorst, shame on you! Get yourself to a record store or buy through either artist's website, you've got yourself some listening to do!
Ok everybody, time for me to grab a little lunch... I've got some of those leftover Spinach Ricotta dumplings calling my name.