Well, this is a sort of pathetic tour of Boston as food but it is what it is. The daughter of a family friend from Baaaaath, England has been staying with my parents during an internship the past 4+ months and as her internship has just ended, she's been wanting to see more of the Eastern seaboard states. Her parents actually met in Boston while working at MIT and I have some family and friends up there so we went together for a short weekend trip. It's good to escape New York sometimes. A lot of times.
We took the Bolt Bus out from near Penn Station.
I got a coffee while we waited.
Ate a Carrot Cake Gnu bar on the bus and read Zadie Smith's new book, NW. I LOVE Zadie Smith and this book is great so far.
We arrived and walked the wrong way down Mass Ave into Roxbury instead of Cambridge, trying to find a recommended restaurant (BIG DIFFERENCE for those of you who know Massachusetts. We decided it was the wrong way when we hit Boston Medical Center, which houses a drug rehab center...). We were getting really hungry so I snacked on some raw nuts I had brought for emergencies like GETTING LOST IN ROXBURY.
Along the way back towards Cambridge we stopped at a couple used record stores (couldn't help it), the MIT campus and its school museum, and found the intended restaurant, Plough and Stars. It was apparently still too early for food (kind of okay by me - bar food is not usually the most vegan), but we got a beer (I got a Harpoon IPA - when in Mass, you know) and listened to some live Irish music, warming up and recouping for the continued search for food.
We continued up Mass Ave towards Hahhvahhd Square and finally headed into the Grafton Street Pub and Grill. We split a pitcher of sangria made with red wine, apple brandy, pomegranate juice, apples and pears with vanilla and cinnamon. It was incredible. I really ought to drink sangria more often. Or, these days, mulled wine. Oh boy.
I ordered the hummus platter, which came with warm pita, roasted red pepper strips, a generous dollop of creamy hummus, and arugula with spiced olives.
Really good, but kind of the only vegan item on the menu. I almost got the roasted beet salad without cheese but salads always disappoint me with their size for their price unless it's at a veg-friendly place.
Three of these as dessert.
The next day, I had some coffee and bread at our (very kind!) host's house and we headed out to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum with my aunt. It's an incredible house and an incredible collection. A Rembrandt and some Singer Sargent paintings always stick with me. A new wing was added just this year with a restaurant, and we ate lunch there. It was not very vegan friendly and, as may be expected from a museum, expensive. I had a mixed greens salad with heirloom baby carrots and shaved fennel. It was good and pretty but ya know. No picture though since I had checked my bag with the camera in it.
Then we walked over to the MFA, just across the street. (By the way, I've also eaten at the
MFA and they are a little less snooty about their food. I think I had a pretty nice cup of gazpacho last time.)
(Part of) Day and Night, Antonio Lopez Garcia
Anyway, we spent the rest of the day walking around. Some random shots:
Yeahhh that's basically it. It was a short trip, and not incredibly well planned because I'd been so busy this week. The whole rest of the day I ate some sweet potato fries and more beers. Boston, I love ya, but it does take more planning to find a decent vegan meal than it would to stumble upon in New York. I'll be back, if only because I still have 5 bucks on my Charlie card.
What are you guys reading? Planning any travels soon? Taking in any cult-cha (as they say in Boston)? Okay! See you tomorrow back home in New York. Cheers for tonight.