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Boston in July

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A few days in Boston.

As if our summer wasn’t crazy enough, Chad had the opportunity to go to a conference in Boston. However, it was immediately following our already scheduled trip to Las Vegas. So an extra suitcase and a nice red-eye flight and we were in Boston for a few days. I really didn’t know what to expect on this trip.


We stayed around Boston’s Chinatown, near the T. So getting around the city was so easy.

Neptune Oyster

Truly a must stop in the North End of Boston. Expect a wait, put your name in and walk around the area and take it all in. Small, efficient, and worth every second. You must eat from the raw bar as it would be insane not to do so. When in Boston, eat the seafood!

Mike’s Pastry

More cannoli than you can shake a stick at… Mike’s Pastry is one of the shops that you must try for this crunchy treat. Lines out the door, but if you are lucky, make your way upfront (most think there is a line, but it flows quick and is chaotic) just be nice and move forward. Recommend the Florentine… crunchy almond decadence. Weekends and nights the lines are out the door. Go during the day.

Polcari’s Coffee

A treasure stumbled upon in the North End, they have been selling coffee the same way for generations. Truly mom & pop. The gentleman and his son, running the shop are the nicest guys. Get a pound or two of coffee or some spices. Ask about the Italian Alka-Seltzer.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Make time to see this museum if you are in the area. Houses a stunning collection of art. I could have spent 3 days here, but I only spent half a day. I happened upon a Chuck Close painting after his 1988 seizure which was a treat to see. Also the American Impressionist, Marie Cassatt’s Cup of Tea was on display with the actual teapot and sugar bowl in the painting. The T stops right out front with a short walk to the museum. Go!

My Best of Boston

Milk Punch at Island Creek Oyster Bar

Stopped here after the museum and passing by Fenway Park. This place was hustling and bustling during lunch. We had some seafood and a nice Rosé for lunch. The milk punch was our parting gift. Made from milk and getting rid of the curdled solids, but leaving the creamy mouthfeel along with your bourbon. It was a delightful surprise.

milk punch at island creek oyster bar

Involtini di Formaggio at Monica’s Trattoria

We had a reservation, but ended up waiting about 45 minutes longer due to the credit card machines being down. A small, intimate restaurant with great service and great bites. The wait staff was on point and knew all about the dishes and the wine. The Involtini di Formaggio was the star! Salty, umami, complex flavors leave your taste buds wanting more…

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Clam Chowder

A must, delivered as promised. Creamy, clammy, and yummy. Originally tried to get this at Island Creek Oyster Bar, but they didn’t serve it for lunch. WTH? So I went to Legal Seafood by the New England Aquarium. Annie and her staff took great care of me and I would recommend checking it out not just for the food, but the service was stellar. Annie was amazing and made my day. Boston Creme Pie is also so delicious here…


Johnny-Cake at Neptune Oyster Bar

If you are ever here, you must order this masterpiece. Honey butter, Boston smoked trout, and Sturgeon caviar on this amazing johnny-cake… Truly one of my best bites. I only actually had two bites because Chad inhaled most of it. Top 5 bites ever!!

johnny cake at neptune oyster bar north end boston to die for

Boston, was awesome. A great place to visit and we will be back. Definitely!

Oh, look a Ferrari! D.O.P!



Eat Denver

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New city, new food… a few eating adventures on a weekend trip to Denver.

VooDoo Doughnut

“The Magic Is In The Hole!” The famous home to the maple bacon doughnut in Portland, OR has opened a location in Denver (one of only six). I have never been to VooDoo in Portland, but I was elated to find one in my travels to Denver. Not just doughnuts, but artsy doughnuts.

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Deets: VooDoo Doughnuts – 1520 East Colfax, Denver, Colorado 80218


The ramen and service here are top notch. We arrived on a bustling Saturday night. The wait was about an hour, but they will take your cell and call you. Just like many of the ramen houses around the country, this one sits almost everyone at shared tables. The appetizers are tasty. I enjoyed the Fried Green Tomato Steamed Bun. The ramen is a taste sensation, hot, fresh, and bursting with flavor. Add an umami bomb (intense miso bacon jam or spicy seven pepper for 2 bucks)! We tried the Kimchi and the Spicy Chicken. Delicious.

Oh, they have some awesome noodles too. This is the Mazeman – Spiced ground lamb, fresno chili, coconut, crispy shallot, and kaffir lime. Spicy and a party in my mouth. This place is worth the wait, so add your name to the list and get a beer next door.

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Deets: Uncle – 2215 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

The Lobby

When in Denver, do as the locals do. Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! We were invited by our friend Dustin (A Denver transplant from Des Moines) for a lovely Sunday brunch with plenty of cocktails. I would recommend the patio. Serving interesting and playful American food and top-notch cocktails. Try some Blue Balls and a local Happy Leaf Komboucha on tap. There is something called Adult Daycare, sounds fun!

the lobby denver mimosa bottomless brunch

Deets: The Lobby – 2191 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO  80205

Denver Biscuit Company


Who doesn’t love biscuits. Who doesn’t love pizza. Well, this place has both. On our last day we stopped with our friend, Jessie for breakfast. The Franklin with a fried egg on top was the ticket. Definitely a steak knife and fork kind breakfast. The East Colfax location also had a Fat Sully’s New York Style pizzeria. We had to have a slice. Thin, just crispy enough to fold in half and eat like a New Yorker. Check ’em out.

Deets: Denver Biscuit Company – 3237 East Colfax, Denver, CO  80206


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There is a lot of hustle and bustle around this place, especially during a summer thunderstorm and downpour. Located around a lot of fun places on East 17th Street. Steuben’s is famous for fulfilling the comfort food needs of the masses. Roast chicken, mac & cheese… and a lemony ice box cake with raspberries was the winner.

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Deets: Steuben’s – 517 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO  80203

A few places we didn’t make it to, but wanted to try in Denver. There are a lot of fancy pants places to try, but this trip I was trying to make it top quality and simple.

Williams & Graham – A Speak Easy or an American Cocktail Bar. The facade looks like a corner bookstore, but inside they are crafting some great cocktails like they were intended. truly for the bon vivant inside of you. Call days ahead for a reservation, if you have time, stop in and put your name on the list. Similar to Employee’s Only or Please Don’t Tell in NYC. I would love to try if I visit Denver again.

Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs – Started as a food card in downtown Denver, now a brick & mortar.

El Tacos de Mexico – They say they have great tacos!

Las Tortas – Try the La Macha or the Nortena.

A few more pics from Denver, Estes Park, The Stanley (The Shining), and Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park and RMNP should not be missed. Totally worth the breathtaking drive.

Thanks for taking a look.

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