December 2, 2010

BOSTON


A PICTORIAL CITY GUIDE
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Boston remains a city that I'd consider home without ever having actually lived there.  I've spent my life floating around it's edges and suburbs, and for a few years commuted downtown everyday.  So going to school in Massachusetts, it's kept me in touch with it's love for Red Sox baseball, apple cider and hermit cookies, and Revolutionary Americana.  
I wicked love Bahston.





BACK BAY



On a nice day, I recommend getting a cupcake from Sweet at their Back Bay bakery, and taking a nice stroll down Commonwealth Ave., a block over from Newbury St.  The brownstones and cafes frame a tree-lined pathway.  My favorite place to sit with a tea.  Especially when the trees are blossoming in spring, or bright red in October.



Take a walk from South Station up to the North End for a nice walk along the wharf.  You'll eventually run into the carrousel, then the New England Aquarium.



New England Aquarium [site]
1 Central Wharf, Boston
 * educators qualify for discounts!



Sweet of Boston [site]
49 Massachusetts Avenue [Back Bay + Harvard Sq. locations]
* try their seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice or banana foster

Tapeo [site]
266 Newbury St.
* best Spanish tapas in the city! $5 per plate if you sit at the bar except Saturdays

Betty's Wok + Noodle Diner [site]
250 Huntington Avenue by North Eastern University
* a combination of Spanish, Japanese and Thai - it's pretty amazing

Boston Public Library [site]
700 Boylston St. at Copley Square
* beautiful place to just wander, central garden has great flowers and large fountain in spring



Copley Farmer's Market
Boylston St + Dartmouth St BostonMA
*seasonal



NORTH END
Rabia [site]
73 Salem Street Boston, MA

Mike's Pastry [site]
300 Hanover Street Boston, MA
* try to go on a weekday, it's packed on the weekend


SURROUNDING
El Paisa [site]
1012 Bennington Street, Boston, MA
* get the patacon con todo (plantain dish with everything) it'll knock your Colombian socks off

Forest Hills Botanical Garden + Cemetery [site]
95 Forest Hills Avenue, Boston, MA
* check out their annual Day of the Dead Ceremony first week of November

Mr. Crepe [site]
15 Davis Square, Somerville, MA
* a tad expensive, but great sweet or savory crepes.  Avoid the Sunday rush



The Davis Flea [site]
Davis Square, Somerville, MA
* Sundays from May - October, wonderful small but excellent flea market. Great finds for the discerning eye

CAMBRIDGE


HARVARD SQ / CENTRAL SQ
Black Ink Shop [site]
5 Brattle Street Harvard Sq. Cambridge, MA

Cardullo's Market [site]
6 Brattle St, Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA
*for great European imports and local specialties

The Brattle Theater [site]
40 Brattle Street Harvard Sq. Cambridge, MA
* great movie house for revivals, B-movies, and indie films

Harvard University [site]
*for leisurely walks and all that bravado


The Harvard Bookstore [site]
401 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
*amazing finds, excellent staff picks and a wonderful discount section downstairs



Nomad [site]
1741 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA
*beautiful shop with lots of worldly things


Graffiti Wall at Central Square
567 Mass Ave
*entire wall will change about monthly - even the legendary Banksy has tagged here



Desi Dhaba [site]
401 Massachusetts Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge
*amazing Indian food




COOLIDGE CORNER

Genki-ya [site]
398 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
*try the Rainbow Roll (sweet potato, mango and cream cheese sushi)

Zaftig's  [site]
335 Harvard Street Brookline, MA
*fantastic Jewish deli with bakery and stellar stuffed challah French toast





11 comments:

  1. *sigh* I absolutely adore the east coast. It's so much more charming the the west coast. And Boston looks lovely!

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  2. Oooh, did you take all of these pictures!? Amazing! You've got quite a nice eye :D

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  3. Incredible photos! With all the leaves now gone, it's so nice to see some GREEN- And Broccoli Rob!!!

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  4. WOW Boston looks amazing. And I have to agree with Zoraida you do have a good eye.

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  5. I am a New England girl and I always go to Boston. Last week was the first time I went to the tourist area. That was...interesting. xD

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  6. Thanks guys!

    This is actually a page but I accidentally published it as a post! I'll probably move it this week.

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  7. oooh gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love decorative doors... and sweets! and skulls! heheh

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  8. I really want to visit some day~~ My grandparents spent a lot of their years there and would tell me stories about the area :) I wanted to go to Boston U SO badly in HS but I was broke as sh*t, LOL. Did buy a Boston University tee shirt & wear it around like a poser, hahaha!

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  9. this a perfect place!!!!
    love this cupcakes...seem´s me so delicious >.<

    xox

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  10. well I'm sold, I'm going to boston right now (ok not right now right now) but I must because it looks so beautiful there...maybe I should do more info on the chi ;)

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  11. Great post! I've always wanted to visit Boston, it seems like a really interesting city, maybe because it has so much history?

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