Archive | March, 2011

Cheap Eats in Boston Can Lead to So Much More

28 Mar

So semester-long projects are starting to heat up, meaning I have no time to explore Boston and very little time to think about things other than my projects.

However, as I have done before, I was on Boston.com and found this article on cheap eats in Boston. This article features many different kinds of food in almost every neighborhood in the Greater Boston area. My suggestion is if you are hungry and want to eat out, pick a place on this or another list and spend the afternoon in that area. See what that neighborhood has to offer: Cheap housing for after graduation, a great restaurant for a date, a coffee shop for your next book club meeting, etc.

As you may have figured out by now, I love eating so I think this is the perfect plan!

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Back Bay Fens- Suburban Feel to an Urban Area

21 Mar

Fenway Park Lights from the Back Bay Fens

Spring Break just ended for the last time ever and now I am back in Boston. After enjoying a lot of basketball this past weekend it was nice to get out and walk around a little. My parents and brother came up to Boston with me yesterday and since my brother can’t get up here too often he chose what we did. Meaning we went to every record store and CD store in the Back Bay and Fenway/Kenmore area. Which is what we do every time, but that’s okay.

We were at Berklee and my brother decided he wanted to go to Guitar Center, you know the one by Fenway. Which is not really near Mass. Ave where we were. So we started walking and ended up going down Boylston (where there was yet another music store) and through the Back Bay Fens.

I have walked through the Back Bay Fens once before when I decided to visit Fenway and got instantly bored so I randomly walked for a while. The area is amazing- it is a sanctuary within the bustling life of the city. Back Bay Fens is part of the Emerald Necklace and contains many trails and walkways. It also has numerous war memorials, sculptures and athletic fields. It is also home to the Kelleher Rose Garden and the Victory Gardens. The Victory Gardens are individual gardens that residents tend to. In the summer they are often overflowing with vegetables and really gives a calm feeling to the area.

In addition, it is a fairly safe area as it does run through numerous colleges and universities.

Back Bay Fens was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the man who also worked on Central Park. It was created as a way to deal with sewage problems in that part of the city. The Wikipedia page has a lot more detail about the history of this area as well as a list of the attractions within the Back Bay Fens.

If you decide to go check out this area give yourself some time to just wander and explore not only the Fens but also the surrounding areas. There is a great chance you may find you new favorite restaurant or coffee shop.

How to get to Back Bay Fens: This is a little more confusing than most. I usually walk there from Hynes on the Green Line or Symphony on the Green Line. In addition, the 55 bus runs very close to the area. If you enter from what I consider the back, the MFA stop on the Green Line is very close as well.

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston (and Beyond)

11 Mar

 

Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade

Happy Friday everyone!

This post is a little early because spring break starts today (!) and I am not sure I will have time to post something this coming week.

As you all know, St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Thursday. My best friend is going to be in Dublin with her parents. I will be in Connecticut applying for jobs. Who wins this game?

Anyway, that is so not the point. If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day somehow than look no further. I found this website that lists a ton of parades that are going on all across Massachusetts. The majority are March 20th, so the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day.

Although I have lived in Boston for three years I have never been to the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Once again, I can’t go. Whatever. The Boston parade is Sunday, March 20th and starts from the Broadway T station in South Boston. South Boston is one of the most Irish sections of town, so there is a lot of energy and excitement during this time. I am not going to post all the information on the parade (although it starts at 1 pm) because, well, I don’t want to, but it can be found here.

Below the general information is some other things you can do in the area after the parade, such as visit the JFK Library & Museum or walk the Irish Heritage Trail, which is a three-mile long self-guided tour. I never heard of it until now, but it seems like it hits all the best areas of Boston and will allow you to see those areas in a new light. If you start the trail and get to an area that seems interesting, explore that spot. You can always go back to the trail later or another day.

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day. Experiencing another culture is always enjoyable, especially if you don’t have to fly around the world.

Also, I just looked up pictures of St. Patrick’s Day. I forgot they dye the Chicago River Green every year. Google it, it is so cool!

Perfect Belgian Street Food at Saus

7 Mar

I have been writing about what I have done on the weekends hoping that it will inspire you. I think this one will.

Yesterday (when it is was 60 degrees out!) my best friend (pictures are hers) and I went to a new restaurant that she has been reading about for months and months. It is called Saus and it serves Belgian street food. Which means frites (french fries) and waffles. Belgian waffles. We were in Belgium almost exactly a year ago so this was a sort of reunion. Between us and good food.

You may have heard about it because there has been a lot of press regarding its opening last week and the trials and tribulations that led to it (they have an entertaining blog, too). The opening has literally been months in the making. I am not going to go through everything because even though it is interesting it is not worth the space here. Just Google it if you really want to know.

Anyways, my friend and I went and got frites and waffles. The frites come in three different sizes, I got the regular (medium) size and homemade mayo for $5.50. My friend got the same but with chedder duvel sauce (mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, Belgian ale). They have about a dozen different sauces, including curry ketchup, presto pesto and vampire slayer (roasted garlic, garlic oil and herbs). The frites are so crispy and crunchy and served in a cone. They are perfect.

Then we had waffles. You have not had a waffle until you had a Belgian waffle and I do not know how to describe it other than heavenly. Really. It is crunchy, sweet, sugary goodness. I really don’t know how to describe it. I would say it is covered in sugar and made with sugar inside the batter. It is unbelievable. I had salted caramel sauce on mine and they also have homemade nutella, berry berry and lemon cream sauce. Yummm.

You have to try this place. Oh, and it is order at the counter than sit, so it is a perfect fast-food place.

How to get to Saus: It is at 33 Union Street next to Faneuil Hall (fun fact: my internship in London was at 33 Union Street, too!). Take the Green Line or Blue Line to Government Center. Walk to Faneuil Hall and Union Street is right there. The area is adorable and quintessential Boston. Also, a ton of great pubs are around here.

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