a day in boston

I spent the day in Boston with Pepere.

Pepere is a Canadian citizen.  But he probably knows more about American politics—American history—than most people (certainly more than me!)  With that in mind, it only made sense to bring him into Boston while marveling at the landmarks.  Indulging in some historical chit-chat.

The State Capitol!! 

(look how tiny they seem in comparison! 😀 )

I’ve learned to eat with intention.  Mindfully.  Thoughtfully.  Slowly.

But I still have troubles with walking in this way.  Sometimes I walk faster than I run.  True story.

Today, Pepere slowed me down.  He noticed the peeling roof of an old building.  He noticed that we could see the Prudential Center from the park.  He noticed that there were still leaves on the trees, where there was nothing but bare branches back at home.

I slowed down.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the entire day was watching this giant tree get trimmed and prepped.

(p.s. I promised myself that I would never talk about Christmas before Thanskgiving, but, really, who was I kidding?  I’m a kid at heart.  Any sign of Christmas makes me dance inside. :mrgreen: )

Once the clouds came out, hiding every last trace of warmth, we mutually decided that it was time to eat.

I had no idea where my Dad was taking the group, but I decided to just roll with it.  He has good restaurant sense, and I knew well enough to just sit back and trust his judgement.

We walked into a place called Kinsale, a spot not far off from from Quincy Market.  A spunky little Irish Pub, filled with warmth and charm.  I loved it upon first glance.  I loved it even more when I saw the menu.

There was literally something for everyone.  From warm and comforting pot pies, to fish & chips, to salads & sandwiches.  The menu offered a wide and varied selection, which I love. 

Dad went with a rustic beef stew.

For my own entree, I chose the Crab Cake Salad.  Ever since eating at the Top of the Hub with my sister, I have been craving a gentle, delecate crab cake.  They’re not easy to find.  Most times they’re too meaty.  Or over salted.  Or just plain flavorless.

These crab cakes weren’t exactly what I remember tasting at the Top of the Hub, but they were still delicious.  And the rest of the salad was so exciting, that I was overall really pleased with my order.  Plantain chips.  Fresh mango.  Avocado.  A zingy citrus dressing.  Delicious! 

The plantain chips were by far my favorite part of this meal!

You know how some days just go by way too fast?  That was today.

Goodbye Boston.  I’ll see you again soon.

Question: What is your favorite city/town to visit?

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14 thoughts on “a day in boston

  1. Of all the cities I’ve been to, I would say Harrogate in England was my favorite. It was a modern city with an old fascade. The buildings were old, the shopping was all outdoors and walkable, and there were freshly pruned flower beds around every corner. Plus, there were bakeries and old fashioned toy stores! The toy stores were my favorite when I lived there!

    I’m getting excited about Christmas, too. I absolutely love the Christmas season!!

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  4. That salad looks pretty great! I would’ve been tickled to see that huge tree getting trimmed too. I’m a kid at heart 🙂

    My favorite cities to visit are Orlando, FL and Asheville, NC

  5. Wow… you’re right, all the trees around here are just branches too. What beautiful autumn leaves 🙂
    My favourite town to visit is Toronto! I rarely venture outside of Ontario, but Toronto has an entirely different feel than any other place I’ve been. It’s so busy and full of life… everyone seems like they are on a mission!

  6. okay, so i REALLY need to get to Boston. i’ve never been and anytime anyone talks about it or anything, i just know i would love it.

    i love London.

    probably because i studied abroad there, but i do. i love it.

  7. I LOVE Boston! I’m going to be there for New Year this year-can’t wait! I have to go to that pub cos I live about 20 mins away from the “real” Kinsale!!!!

  8. Oh I want to go to Boston! As of now, I would have to say my favorite city to visit is Chicago, but San Francisco is in close second! I LOVE the pretty fall leaves in your tree picture!!

  9. Looking at all of thes pictures makes me so homesick. Can’t wait to get home from school and go spend a proper day in Boston.

    Love the pictures.

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