I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I got back from my vacation to Boston. The idea wasn’t to let this much time go by before writing up a quick post about the trip, but I guess it’s better late than never. Here are some highlights and things I’d recommend if you’re visiting Beantown:
1) Boston North End Market Tour - This was pretty much THE highlight for me because I didn’t just do it for fun but also as research for the Bogotá Eats & Drinks Food Tours. Al was our guide and he was great, leading us around the neighborhood to several stores in the North End. We snacked on Italian pastries, meats, cheeses, olive oils and balsamic vinegar along the way. The day after the tour we went back to Monica’s for an Italian sub. So. Good.
2) Lobster Roll at Belle Isle Seafood – I watch No Reservations every week even if it’s an episode I’ve seen more than once (unfortunately in Colombia, it usually is). So one thing I did before going to Boston was to find out where Tony ate, because even though I don’t know the guy, I trust him when it comes to food. That’s how we ended up at Belle Isle Seafood. There was so much lobster on that roll that you could barely pick it up. It was heavenly, the weather was perfect and we ate outside on a concrete block overlooking Logan airport. Thanks, Tony.
3) Urban Adventours Bike Tour – Going on a bike tour was also a combination of fun and research, and a lot like the food tour, it exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect way to get to know Boston and work in a little exercise after all the eating we’d been doing. Boston is a great town for biking, so if you’re considering doing a tour of the city, please don’t jump on a bus tour – go green and bike it.
4) Tamarind Bay - I had read a lot about Tamarind Bay before getting to Boston so when we walked right past it in Harvard Square, we decided it should be our dinner. It’s won several awards which is good, but aside from that everything we ordered was fantastic. I love Indian cuisine and we only have about two Indian restaurants to choose from in the entire city of Bogotá so this was a real treat. (No picture available – I was too busy eating.)
5) Otto Pizza – I love pizza. I haven’t really led on to that on this blog because it’s about Bogotá and all but…I really do love pizza. So, after a long day of attending Harvard graduation ceremonies we stopped by this pizza joint from Portland, ME for a quick bite to hold us over till dinner. Otto’s did not disappoint.
Well, that’s my top 5 for Boston. We packed so many activities and eating into 4 glorious long, sunny days, that I really couldn’t list everything. There was also the dim sum in Chinatown, a soft pretzel in Quincy Market, New England clam chowder at Legal Seafoods, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, local handcrafted beers, perfect spring weather and long days (not to mention the Cuban food eaten at MIA during our layover) which all made for a great vacation.
Thank you, Boston and Happy 4th of July!