Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

I went up to Boston for Memorial Day weekend to hang out with some friends during a much needed break. I thought I’d share some of the highlights of my trip here:

Tu Y Yo is a Mexican restaurant that veers away from the usual Tex-Mex fare, but it’s absolutely delicious. I went with two friends, and between us we got the Indio Vestido (cheese-stuffed cactus paddles), the Chile Relleno En Nogada (beef stuffed poblano pepper with a sweet creamy sauce), and the Mole Colorado Tiaxcalteca (chicken in a chocolate mole). Everyone loved what they ordered, and the waiter was very friendly.

Minted Mushy Peas – Peas have never been my favorite vegetable, but the minted mushy peas from The Haven in Jamaica Plain might have changed my mind. I didn’t think a vegetable could ever taste this good.

The SOWA Open Market is a weekly market (on Sundays) spread out over about 3 blocks in the South End, and there’s probably something for everyone here: lots of crafts, food trucks, and artisanal foodstuffs, plus many of the local brick-and-mortar stores and galleries are open.

One of those brick-and-mortar stores is Grey’s Fabric. They carry a lot of patterns from indy designers and a small but nice selection of fabrics and notions, and they offer classes. It was particularly nice to see samples of some of the patterns in real life, especially the ones I’ve been seeing on sewing blogs.

Trip Notes: The Greater Boston Area

I went up to Boston this past weekend to visit two of my closest friends (and, coincidentally, ex-roommates from different times) who now live there. One has lived in that area for about 15 years, while the other is a relatively recent transplant. It was a fairly short trip, but here’s a summary of where I went and what I did, starting with the food.

Sugar and Spice is a Thai restaurant in Porter Square that is delicious and fairly inexpensive. I’ve been there before and am a fan of their Country Style Pad Thai, which is spicier than the usual kind. My friends and I haven’t yet found anything on their menu that isn’t good. And that includes the bubble tea.

Lê’s is a Vietnamese restaurant in Harvard Square. I highly recommend both the food and and the bubble tea.

Cardullo’s is a specialty foods store in Harvard Square.

The Arnold Arboretum is located in Jamaica Plain at the Forest Hills end of the orange line. The Arboretum isn’t particularly large, especially when compared to Longwood Gardens, which is near Philly and which I prefer. However, because it’s part of Harvard, the Arnold Arboretum has free admission.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has long been one of my favorite museums. I went there often during college (especially because MIT students got free admission.) They have since remodeled and greatly expended their collection. Admission is expensive, but it does include a second visit within 14 days—important given how much there is to see there. If you can afford it, I strongly recommend going. The Samurai exhibit they have now is great.

I overheard a lot of French on this trip (as opposed to previous trips, during which I seemed to keep running into German tourists). I didn’t eavesdrop on them too much, but it was interesting to hear the variety of French. I heard plenty of European French, but also a surprisingly large amount of West African French as well. To be honest, the whole city felt more diverse than I remember it being.

Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville

I spent last weekend up in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville visiting some old friends, hanging out, and generally causing trouble. I got to see one of the Artisan’s Asylum spaces, and met one or two interesting people.

Friday

I took Megabus up to Boston on Friday and then went over to Harvard Square. There I hung out at the Au Bon Pain, conversed briefly with some German tourists, and pretended to be writerly while waiting for Jenn. Once she arrived, we hung out in the square for a bit longer, getting cheesecake at the Harvard Coop.

Later we went to have dinner at a place in Inman Square called Spice and Rice. The decor was interesting, with colored lights and curved lines. Even better, the food was tasty. Afterwards, we hung out at the asylum with the Demonspawn. (It’s a term of endearment. Really.)

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