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.
Several of my friends have been doing amazing and creative things lately.
To start, there are the crafters, several of whom have etsy stores:
Enting Fibercraft: For those of you who spin or knit, my friend Naomi makes handcarded batts and handspun yarns. There are some really beautiful colorways here. Go check them out.
Tanya Minott Jewelry: If you’re looking for a gift or just for some nice beaded jewelry for yourself, check this site out.
Then there are the writers.
Toll Road, a short story by my friend Chris, is now available for the Kindle. It’s quite good, and I highly recommend reading it.
Doug Lawson is running an experiment on Amazon with his book, Beasts of the Walking City. Just follow the link for details. As part of the experiment, you can get a free ebook and a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Plus, any royalties from his experiment will go to Habitat for Humanity.
If you need to do some holiday shopping, I strongly suggest that you check out Traveling Wares, a a series of craft shows held in Philadelphia. Their December schedule is as follows:
Sunday, December 4th, 2-7 PM
347 S. 13th St. (13th and Pine)
Special Weekday Show
Wednesday, December 7th, 6 – 9 PM
The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St. (11th and Callowhill)
Saturday, December 10th, 11 AM – 4 PM
Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 E. Passyunk Avenue (Passyunk between Morris and Tasker)
I strongly suggest that you check them out. One of the vendors, Heather, makes some really great bags.