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Every Thursday night I have dinner with one of my best friends from college (11 years running) and this week we were feeling adventurous. Determined to try somewhere new, we scoured the web for a spot that not only looked delicious, but where we could park easily. I don't know about you, but I can't stand circling for parking or overpaying for a garage. The worst!
The South End neighborhood has changed so much since I was a little girl, especially the far end of Harrison Avenue. What used to be blocks of warehouses and parking lots in the shadow of the Mass Pike on ramp is now home to luxury condo buildings, a shiny new Whole Foods and a few exceptional restaurants. Bar Mezzana, the Italian restaurant co-owned by three Barbara Lynch Gruppo alums, is part of that Harrison Avenue transformation.
Last weekend my family traveled up to Camden, Maine for four days of waterfront fun. The furthest north I had ever been in Maine was Bath, so I was excited to explore a brand new town.
This weekend my family spent four very blissful days in Maine. We left Boston on Friday morning and headed north to Portland. Our eventual destination was Camden, Maine, but we had peppered in a few stops along the way.
We had a 12:15pm lunch reservation at a restaurant called Blue Spoon, which is on Congress Street in the Munjoy Hill neighborhood. Since we had arrived about a half hour early, we decided to walk down the street to the Eastern Promenade (or the Eastern Prom, as the locals call it) to take in the view.
It finally feels like summer has arrived in Boston. We've had consistently beautiful weather and wearing sun dresses and flip flops is at long last the norm. During beach season my daily intake of frozen treats always seems to double. Ice cream after lunch? Sure. Walk to get a cone after dinner? Absolutely. Frozen yogurt at 2pm because I feel parched? You know it.
If you're like me and you're in a total ice cream state of mind, satisfy those cravings at one of these ten dessert Meccas.
1. Branch Line (Watertown, MA)
Those who are long time readers of Pop.Bop.Shop. know that every Thursday night I have dinner with one of my best friends from college. We've been dining together on Thursdays for 11 years. She lives in Brighton and is always keeping an eye out for new places in the neighborhood. A few months ago she excitedly told me, "The restaurant group that owns Devlin's bought the space next door that used to be Mandy and Joe's!" For the last few weeks she's been watching like a hawk, waiting for it to open.
One of my 2017 New Year's resolutions is to up my breakfast game. In fact, I set my sights on five places to try this year and I'm on a pretty good roll.
Earlier this month the co-owners of Belly Wine Bar, The Blue Room and Central Bottle announced that they would be closing their two restaurants in Kendall Square in Cambridge (Central Bottle, the wine store, will live on). Belly Wine Bar would have turned five this September and The Blue Room has been open for 26 years (21 under this management team).
I am a huge Wahlburgers fan and I always associate going there with summertime. Their very first location is in Hingham, MA which is right next to Hull, MA, the town where my father grew up and our family still has a home. I love stopping at Wahlburgers as I'm coming or going from Nantasket Beach.
On our final morning in Brooklyn, NY we woke up to the sound of rain tapping against our windows. It seemed only fair, since the forecast for the entire long weekend had been for rain and we had nothing but sun on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We had made plans to spend our last meal in this beloved borough with a family friend, who happens to live two blocks from the Airbnb we rented. She suggested East One Coffee Roasters, which had just opened and she hadn't had a chance to check out yet.
On our third morning in Brooklyn we decided to get up, eat a quick breakfast (bagels, of course) and then head out to explore the neighborhood. We walked up Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, all the way into Cobble Hill and then back down on the parallel street, Court Street.
I always have the best Italian food in New York City, and our dinner at Gersi in Carroll Gardens was no exception. The place was recommended to me by a friend who I used to share meals with at Supper in the East Village, so I knew her suggestion would be solid.