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Boston in July

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…

Involtini di Formaggio at Monicas Trattoria boston mass north end best italian

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!



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