Lass hit me with a tag several weeks ago to do a meme.
And though I’m not big on meme’s I figure I owe her one.
Lord knows, I’ve managed to snake my way out of a few of them but this one was actually interesting in many ways.
And the fact that Lass is a good friend and has been on my blogroll since I started this whole blogging thing.
Without further ado here are a few of the “bests” in my area.
I’ve decided to give you a tour of Boston (my second home).
Best Place to Eat:
This one is almost impossible to answer in a city like Boston.
There are just too damn many great restaurants.
If I had to pick a few I’d have to say L’Osteria on Salem Street in the North End. This is your quintessential Italian bistro. When the warm crusty bread and salad make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven, you know the meal will knock your socks off.
After having the Veal Piccata, I’m still searching for my socks.
Another incredible restaurant is the East Coast Grille in Cambridge @ Inman Square.
It’s mostly a fish type of place but beef dishes are over the top (ask my wife).
This funky little place is unique. Period.
I had Grilled White Pepper Crusted Tuna with House Pickled Ginger, Aged Soy Sauce, Pacific Farms Fresh Wasabi, Grilled Vegetables & a Spicy Bok Choy Salad.
This meal had me moaning (once again, ask my wife).
I can’t wait to go here again. My birthday is in January so . . .
There’s the Rattlesnake on Boylston Street with the best damn catfish Po’ Boy I’ve ever had in my life.
I’ll wrap this up with Al’s State Street Cafe with their State Street Special: prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and thinly sliced plum tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar served on a crusty French baguette.
Best Shopping Mall:
You’re going to be a while . . .
Should be plural for Boston.
Driving into the city via the Mass Pike the “Citgo“ sign in Kenmore Square greets you (and every other Red Sox fan).
After that the Pru (Prudential Center) and the John Hancock buildings can’t help but catch your eye. They’re huge and stunning. I take them for granted. Shame on me.
Best Tourism Attraction:
Fenway Park (again)
This list could go on ad nauseum.
Best Place for Kids:
Museum of Science
is a pretty safe bet.
It’s huge, loud and a ton of fun.
(once you find the effin’ place)
The frozen “Duck Pond” on the ‘Common” is great in the winter months for skating, the summer months for swimming.
Popular Outdoor Activity:
Walking, running, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, ice skating, roller blading.
It all happens here.
Top of the Pru doesn’t suck on any given night and a four hour ride north of the city will put you in North Conway, New Hampshire in the heart of the White Mountains.
On a clear, fall day the view is spectacular.
Ever seen leaves explode in technicolor?
Only Found In:
Yawkey Way (Fenway Park)
You haven’t lived until you’ve walked this stretch of pavement on a Red Sox gameday.
The smell of simmering sausages and onions is a sacred thing.
The Zakim Bunker-Hill Bridge is a magnificent structure that connects Boston to Chelsea and beyond; awesome during the day, a religious experience at night.
Berklee College of Music; my alma mater. Scary. Cool school.
Newbury Street– Boston’s very own “Rodeo Drive”.
Though this list could turn itself into a book, I’ll stop here.
Should ever you find yourself in Boston, drop me a line.
I’ll meet you at Foley’s for a Guinness or three.