We have been in Boston now for a little over 3 months. I’m getting comfortable with work and the new home, but now I need to get acquainted with some new food items.
Here are 6 things that I want to try (sooner rather than later):
Once the weather gets better, we’re going to head up the coast to Maine. I was so little when my family took me to Maine as a kid – not quite lobster-eating age yet. So, I’ve never had a lobster roll – a hoagie-style roll piled high with chunks of fresh lobster and mayo.
Adam Richman visited Portland, Maine on a season of “Man v. Food” and hit up a cozy little place on the beach called (appropriately) the Lobster Shack that serves up more than 150 fresh crustaceans each day.
There’s this phenomenon in Boston and all of New England. People love them some Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m not just talking the early morning cup ‘o joe kind of love. This is a full-blown passion for all things Dunkin’ Donuts. There are DDs next to DDs – like in the case across the street from my apartment. Because a standard standalone shop just wasn’t enough, they needed to put a drive-thru right next door. On my drive to work in the morning, about 4 to 5 miles, I pass at least five shops that are always busy. You can find them in the Walmarts, the Stop ‘N Shops, the malls. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!
But the coolest Dunkin’ Donuts of all that I have seen is in Chinatown. Located on Essex Street, this location actually has the signage in Chinese characters.
Well, I have safely made it to my new abode just outside Boston, Mass.
Hubby and I have settled in lovely Salem (yes, that witch trial place). From what I’ve heard, I just need to take Halloween off because hundreds of thousands of people flock to the city like crazies. Hmm, I’m getting flashbacks to some nights at Summerfest…
I know it has been much too long since my last post. Some unforeseen interweb connectivity issues have needed to be fixed. Still not 100% right, but hopefully we’ll be getting there soon.
Because of those issues, this post won’t have the usual photos and multimedia. (I hope I can add some at a later date…) But, I couldn’t wait to post and talk to you all so as promised, here I am with my Top 10 List of food-related things that I can’t wait for in Boston/New England:
I have a soft spot in my heart for Boston’s Chinatown. During my second year of grad school, my documentary class produced a film about the gentrification of Chinatown’s across the U.S. It’s a sad state with how poor communities of people are forced from their homes because of the capitalistic nature of condo companies and 21st century growth. I was lucky enough to be introduced to one of the last great Chinatowns in this country. (If you want to view that film we produced, click here.) Every time I return back to Boston, I must return.
The outside of the China Pearl.
Back home in Milwaukee, we don’t have the luxury of a true Chinese dim sum experience like the great Chinatowns have. It can be hard to make it to Chicago to enjoy their dim sum on a weekend. The thing about dim sum – it’s a family thing. You go on weekends to enjoy the company, the fellowship of being with your loved ones. However, if you want to experience a feast that will both pique your senses and introduce you to a new way of eating, then I highly recommend this experience.
One of my favorite haunts in Boston’s Chinatown is the China Pearl. Once you go up the red vinyl staircase you enter a completely different world. On weekends, expect to wait for more than an hour. During the week, you might be able to walk right in at lunch. You’re met with a mix of native Chinese speakers, tourists and area college students and business people. You could sit at a table with your entire family or you could be mixed with people you’re never met. That’s all part of the fun!
But, the best part about the dim sum experience is picking the food out. Servers cart around selections and stop at each table. You can select whatever you’d like. If you select something from the cart, the server stamps your receipt. You’re only charged for what you take from a cart.