I’m back…from Beantown!
So many blogs these days! It’s a good thing I love writing. 😉 I’m focusing this recap on the more delicious aspects of the weekend. Namely, the food!
On Friday, we had the chance to try out Legal Sea Foods, after hearing rave reviews from my sister-in-law Susan (who until very recently lived Boston) and every other local we asked once we arrived.
We decided the night was fitting for a bottle of wine and ordered J. Lohr Wildflower.
It was very smooth and touted as a perfect complement for fish.
All weekend, Jill and I had been looking forward to trying some authentic New England Clam Chowder…er, I mean, chowda. We were not disappointed. It was rich and creamy, just as promised!
For my entree, I went with two smaller plates. The Oysters Legal, which is their take on Oysters Rockefeller. These were absolutely incredible and I did not want them to end. Wow.
I also had the jalapeño polenta side dish. It was a bit flavorless, so I only ate half.
Once the conference was over on Saturday, we headed into the city. You’ll never guess who we bumped into in front of the Old North Church…
None other than Miss Caroline of Banana Cabana! Ok, so perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence after all. 😉 This was the third time Caroline and I had the chance to meet up — and it’s also the third city. We have found ways to connect on the West coast, in the Midwest and now, in the Northeast!
Caroline gave us a tour of the North End and eventually sent us on our way to dinner.
We had heard the Union Oyster House was the oldest restaurant in America, which of course intrigued us enough to try it out! Upon arriving, we realized that there was a long wait, so we headed over to the oldest pub, The Bell in Hand Tavern, to grab a beer first.
I chose Newcastle. It went down smooth and hit the spot.
Once the hour had passed, we headed back to the restaurant.
Inside, they had a lot of fun and patriotic artwork, including a map of the Freedom Trail.
The waitress seated us with a plate of cornbread apiece. Now that is how you know it’s going to be good!
Jill and I both couldn’t resist starting with another cup of clam chowda. This one was heavenly!
For my entree, I went with sautéed shrimp and scallops, served over rice pilaf with a sundried tomato cream sauce. A little on the heavier side, but definitely worth trying! The sauce was an absolute dream. They ought to bottle and sell the recipe.
We were rolling out of the restaurant by the time we finished, but I’m glad we tried it. 😉 The next morning, Caroline brought us to the Boston Common Coffee Co. for a perk me up.
Their iced skim mocha was a perfect blend and wake-up call. I also had a pumpkin-walnut muffin top.
After breakfast, it was time for our Sunday morning tourist excursion…trolley style.
Oh yes, we did. We wanted to see as much of Boston as possible in the few short hours we had left, so off we went! We ventured into the Quincy Market…
…paused outside Faneuil Hall…
…admired the Old State House…
…meandered past the place where everybody knows your name…
…and sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
We got off the trolley in Cambridge and walked the same path as Mark Zuckerberg once did at Harvard, eventually finding ourselves in front of one of another foodie landmark: J.P. Licks!
I was so giddy that I decided it was definitely not too early for ice cream (debatable) and we went inside. Immediately, I sought out the Peanut Butter Ripple and topped it with chocolate chips. What can I say?
It was completely worth it.
Our time in Boston was over way too soon, but we enjoyed every moment and vowed to return!
Big thanks again to Caroline for being such a wonderful tour guide and hostess. You’re awesome!
Have you traveled to or lived in Boston? What was your favorite thing to do? To eat?
Hope your week is off to a great start! Now that I’m finally grounded for a while, expect plenty of new recipes in the coming weeks. Bobby and I have decided to branch out and try some new ones.
Also, thank you so much to everyone who sent positive thoughts to Papa Bender during his surgery last week. I’m happy to report that it went as well as it could have and he is still as devoted to cooking and cheesy humor as ever.