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How I Met Your State Catches Up

There are so many activities or restaurants that I haven’t had a chance to blog about and since my list is growing, I thought I would change things up a bit. This post is a quick list of places I’ve been or things I’ve eaten that haven’t had a fair shake on the blog yet! While I would love to give each of these items a much longer post, I don’t know  what’s coming next on the adventure front and don’t want to miss a beat.

Attractions:

Fenway Park

Fenway Tour

Want to visit historic Fenway Park but can’t get tickets to a Red Sox game? You should consider the park tour. It runs every day of the week, picks up at the souvenir store on Yawkey Way and costs about $12 for adults. The chance to experience Fenway and get a bit of history is worth the price of the ticket.

HIMYS Recommends: Try to visit when the Red Sox are playing an away game. The tour might take you on the field but its not always a guaranteed stop.

Bars:

Sweet Caroline’s

New bar that opened recently in Fenway between Baseball Tavern and the Machine. Offers an incredible atmosphere for watching sporting events (huge TVs at the bar) and the woodwork makes you feel like cozying up for a longer stay.

HIMYS Recommends: Check out the bar while the Red Sox are not in season to get a feel for it. The location alone ensures that this is going to be a hot spot during games.

The Landsdowne Pub

Popular bar in the Fenway area, located on Landsdowne Street across from Fenway Park. This is a favorite night life locale in Boston, but also has a decent menu for hungry day dwellers.

HIMYS Recommends: Actually, my friend who is originally from Ireland raves about their Irish sausage and beans plate. He points out that this dish is the closest he’s come to the original in Ireland.

Places:

Cape Cod Beach on a Cloudy Day

Cape Cod

There is no way I can summarize this in one short paragraph! This is a place holder for a larger post later – with both activity and restaurant recommendations to follow!

HIMYS Recommends: Stay tuned for a more in depth post!

 

Restaurants:

Max Brenner’s

Located on Boylston, this restaurant is all about the delightful experience. If you don’t already know, this place is known for its desserts – and when you walk in, chocolate is being mixed in a vat.

HIMYS Recommends: Eat a smaller portion at dinner so you can indulge in dessert. Also check out the brunch menu – but be sure to make a reservation on OpenTable.

Mussels at the Barking Crab

Barking Crab

This infamous seafood restaurant is located right around the South End and the Waterfront area. If you are in the mood to pig out on seafood, you’ve found the place to be. The Barking Crab was featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs Food, which should tell you about the portion sizes.

HIMYS Recommends: Bring a friend and split a seafood dish to keep the cost reasonable…and try the steamed mussels.

Sibling Rivalry

A South End restaurant with two chefs and two distinctly different menu choices for the same meats or ingredients.

HIMYS Recommends: Hit up Sibling Rivalry during Restaurant Week or on Monday nights. The flat rate price for three course meal (without drinks) is a deal and a chance to test it before you spend a lot during a normal dinner.

Masa

Mexican-inspired restaurant located in the South End with a wide selection of tapas and margaritas. Masa also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with a set price menu of its most popular morning dishes.

HIMYS Recommends: Try the Fiesta Brunch (fixed price) as you get a big bang for your buck and the food is delicious. Also, Masa regularly has happy hour prices on their tapas but you need to eat at the bar to get the menu. (It’s a great place for a book club meeting, as well.)

There are so many more places or activities that should be on this list. Since I can’t keep up with the pace on the blog, I’ll certain try to pull together these summary posts every few months.

Do you have a place you would recommend visiting or a tip for a certain activity/restaurant? Leave it in the comments section below.

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Now Entering: Cape Cod

A few weeks ago, I was able to take my first trip to the Cape! “The Cape” or Cape Cod is, according to Wikipedia, is an island and a cape in the easternmost portion of the state of Mass. Some locals have also explained this area to me as the “muscle” of Massachusetts, because it looks like the state is flexing its arm. Having lived in Mass for more than four months now, I’ve heard people talk about visiting the Cape for weekend vacations, especially in the summertime. I have to say though, I’m not sure what I was expecting the Cape to look or feel like. I’ve lived in beach areas and visited various coasts including California and Florida but the Cape looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

In true New England fashion, pristine old houses lined the waters – painted in grays and pastels with white trims. The beaches were a coarse tan sand, surrounded by dunes of willows and other greens. To me, the Cape looks just like it is pictured in post cards (which I didn’t realize was the Cape until after going).

The area has a ton of history, especially related to the Kennedys. While in Hyannis, I visited the JFK Museum which focuses on the family and late president’s time in the area. It was very interesting to see photos of the family on their vacations, especially if you think about how JFK lived in a time before the paparazzi! There’s no way you could get that close to a president, let alone his family on vacation, now a days.

According to the Duckmobile tour guides, tourists frequently ask to see the Kennedy compound but its not possible to get close to the buildings and if you did, you would only see a huge wall. It’s kind of a surreal feeling to think about how much history New England holds, especially such a small area like the Cape!

Another Kennedy family favorite in Hyannis is bar and restaurant called Baxters Boathouse. Walking in, you automatically feel like you are in a yacht club but without any pretentious stigmas. The patrons generally seemed to be having a great time, and the service was excellent. I ate my first lobster roll here, which is an infamous New England dish of lobster meat with mayo on a toasted hot dog bun. I’m not sure that I will be able to try a lobster roll anywhere else now because the one from Baxters was incredible! It had a huge helping of lobster meat – which was incredibly tender and flavorful. Keep in mind that this is also the end of lobster season!

There are plenty of other options for seafood while you’re there, as the Cape is known for its selection of seafood. An absolute must-have in the Cape is clam chowder (or chowda, if you say it with

the proper accent). The best chowder that I’ve had can be found at Captain Parker’s Pub! Now, I had a chance to sample this chowder in July during Boston’s annual Chowderfest. A small sample really isn’t enough though. I would definitely recommend ordering a bowl! So great – I really couldn’t get enough!!

Besides food, my first visit to the Cape was really amazing! It is such a great place to relax and escape the big city. At least in Hyannis, there is a small town feel and the residents are incredibly welcoming! I’m sure I’ll be going back again soon though I can’t wait to see what it’s like in the summer!!