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As soon as my mom and I decided we were going to Portland, ME, I started researching. I created a Google Doc (her first time using one) and started dropping in recommendations from friends, places featured in The New York Times' 36 Hours in Portland and other gems I found on my own.
On Monday evening I had dinner with a friend at Scutra in Arlington. She had discovered the restaurant over the summer and had been back many times since her first visit. She had been raving about the delicious food, so we made a date to dine there together.
Scutra is located on a very unassuming corner. They have their own free parking lot, which is a major bonus.
The first time I ate at Giulia in Cambridge was back in September 2013. I went with one of my best friends and we sat at the bar, sampling our way through every section of the menu. We were blown away by the quality of the food and the brilliant combination of flavors.
Over Labor Day weekend one of my closest childhood friends came to visit from New York City. Every time she plans a trip I immediately start looking for fun, unique things for us to do. She's been here many times, so I challenge myself to find activities and restaurants she's never experienced before.
When I first graduated from college I lived in Inman Square in Cambridge. Though I've been out of that apartment for about eight years, Inman is still one of my favorite neighborhoods. Even though I am no longer a resident, I still get to pass through the square every day on my commute to and from work. A few weeks ago I noticed a new place had opened (in the space formerly occupied by East by Northeast) called WUBurger Gourmet. After spotting it, I looked up the menu online and quickly made a dinner date with a friend to check it out.
Central Square in Cambridge has a very special place in my heart. In my early 20s I spent many nights dancing at the Phoenix Landing, scarfing down slices at HiFi Pizza (RIP) at 2:00am and indulging in gluttonous brunches at Cafe Luna on Sunday mornings. Thought I've hung up my dancing shoes, I still venture to Central Square frequently for the dining scene.
Every year, for both the summer and winter cycles of Restaurant Week, I dine out with two friends. We dress up, wear pearls and head to a restaurant that none of us have been to before. Last week, for our 14th Restaurant Week dinner together, we tried chef Lydia Shire's Scampo at the Liberty Hotel.
Last month one of my best friends celebrated her birthday at the Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington, MA with her family. The next morning when I asked how the meal was she raved and insisted we go back together.
When I used to work in Waltham, sometimes we would sneak away to Lexington Center for lunch, but I haven't been back in at least 5 years. Vine Brook Tavern is on Waltham Street, right next door to a BTone Studio and across the street from The Upper Crust.
When I learned that a Jewish deli would be opening in Kendall Square in Cambridge, I was thrilled. Though Greater Boston already has some excellent Jewish delis - the S&S in Inman Square, Zaftigs in Coolidge Corner and Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Centre - this new spot would be just a 10 minute walk from my office.
I had a marvelous time during my recent trip to Providence. On day one we fell in love with the wild designs at the Todd Oldham fashion exhibit at the RISD Museum, enjoyed wood fired delicacies at Figidini in Downcity and stuffed our faces with pastry at Pastiche in Federal Hill.
Over the past 6 - 12 months I have made some of my best food discoveries on Instagram. Often times I learn of a new restaurant by seeing a photo of one of their dishes. That was the case with a wood fire pizza place in Providence, RI called Figidini. While scrolling through my Instagram feed their burratta pizza caught my eye and I decided that very instant I would dine there during my trip to Providence.
I have been spending a lot of time in Mystic, CT this summer, as I have two friends getting married there. I've already been for one bridal shower and one of the weddings, and I'm going back the first weekend in October for the second wedding.
When I saw one of the grooms at the tail end of the bridal shower in Mystic, he recommended that I try the Engine Room on my next visit. I completely trust his taste in food (he worked in the restaurant industry for many years) and promptly made a reservation.