January 3, 2014

Holiday in Boston

Boston is a city that I have visited countless times for one business or another. Between Christmas and the new year, I made another trip to Boston to experience the city as a tourist again.

First stop is lunch in the Quincy Market. We settled on hot clam chowder from the Boston & Maine Fish Company, a BBQ chicken panini from the West End Strollers (see photo below on the right), and a passion papaya smoothie from the Monkey Bar. It was difficult to find seats in the food hall during peak meal hours, so we ended up eating at a standing booth. All three items were delicious!

The snow that started to fall during our meal continued to come down throughout our visits to the shops nearby.

Next stop involves shopping at Prudential Center and Copley Place. When taking the subway in Boston, I highly recommend getting a Charliecard. The card itself is free and is available at select major subway stations. A one-way paper ticket costs $2.50 while the same journey is only $2 on a Charliecard. The 20% saving by using the card is definitely the most cost-effective travel solution. Day and week passes can also be added to this electronic card.

Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory started with Chicken Samosas and Warm Crab & Artichoke Dip. I would skip the samosas next time, but the dip was so good!

We had the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta and Fried Shrimp Platter as main courses. The pasta had a unique flavor, and while it was good, I would not order it again since it was too heavy on the spices for my taste.

We got the original cheesecake to go since we were in a hurry to catch Saving Mr. Banks at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. This independent theater is a 10 minutes walk from the Kendall/MIT station. While the location isn't ideal, the interior has a nice cozy and clean feeling. I really enjoyed the movie experience.

Day 2 started with brunch at the Paramount. This restaurant has a unique seating system (read photo below on the left) and a 10am weekday arrival had me in line for more than 20 minutes to order.

We went for a banana & caramel french toast, chocolate chip pancakes, side orders of eggs and turkey sausages, apple juice, and carrot juice. Aside from the sausages, everything was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend the french toast and the carrot juice!

After strolling to Boston Common in the cold, time to warm up with lattes at the Thinking Cup. Everything about this cafe is perfect. The decor, the ambiance, the service, and of course, the amazing lattes! Both the hazelnut latte and chai latte that we ordered were on point. I highly recommend this cafe!

My nails featuring Sally Hansen Salon Effects in 410 Love Letter 3 days after application. I find applying these nail strips in the winter to be much more difficult. The strips shrink in the cold and lose the tackiness. I had to enlist the help of a hairdryer in order to get the strips to stick.

After some shopping on Washington Street, we had an early dinner at Pho Pasteur with soup noodles. The Vietnamese Pancake appetizer was okay, but aside from the pho, I was not tempted by anything else on the menu. We finished just in time to head to the nearby AMC for Catching Fire.

Breakfast at Panera before checking out and leaving the city. The signature marshmallow hot chocolate was amazing!

For this visit, I stayed at Hotel Veritas in Cambridge and it was my second time staying at this hotel. The rooms are clean and functional with free wifi. The staff is also very friendly. I would certainly stay at this hotel again.

That brings to the end of another enjoyable trip to Boston. I think the city is much more tourist-friendly during the warmer months. I recall whale-watching off the Boston Harbor one summer and that was very memorable.

Contact Details:

Kendall Square Cinema
355 Binney Street, Cambridge

The Paramount
44 Charles Street, Boston

Thinking Cup
165 Tremont Street, Boston
Pho Pasteur
682 Washington Street, Boston

Hotel Veritas
1 Remington Street, Cambridge

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