Thinking of Boston

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I am terrible at living in the moment. Anxiety has a tendency to try and pull me back to the past, and more consciously I have a habit of constantly trying to plan for the future in big and small ways. This summer, I’ve been trying to really focus in on living in the moment as much as possible. However, with less than a month left until I head back to Boston for another school year, I cannot contain my excitement. Every time a co-worker asks when I head back, I can’t hide my giddy smile when I think about being reunited with my friends. I’ve started daydreaming about all the fun we’re gonna have doing our favorite things.

For those heading to school in Boston here are some of my favorite things to do with friends, that I can’t wait to be back doing:

• Late night walks to Bova’s for a creme brûlée cannoli or over to the Esplanade to feel the late night summer breeze while sitting on a dock in the Charles River.

• Taking the T over to Brookline for Otto’sZaftig’s or celebratory hibachi.

• Going to brunch in Kendall Square at State Park and then an early matinee at Kendall Square Cinema. Or going to a Thursday night movie at Kendall to start our weekend early and scoring a student discount!

• Walking over to the historic waterfront to have a view of Boston Harbor.

• Going to the MFA since most Boston students can go for free! (I have going to the ICA and Isabella Stewart Gardner museums on my bucket lists this year!)

• Going to free student theatre, comedy shows, a capella or dance performances. The talent at my school (and I’m sure most schools!) is so freaking impressive. I feel more school pride going to these shows than I do a sporting event (arts school problems!)

• Walking through the Boston Public Gardens and then down Newbury Street or Commonwealth Ave. on a sunny day.

• Authentic Dim Sum in Chinatown at Gourmet Dumpling house.

I miss you Boston, but I’ll see you so so soon! Xx

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An Ode to the Sticky Buns at Flour Bakery

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I can’t believe how delicious these sticky buns are.

For months I’d been seeing articles raving about these sticky buns, but I never understood the hype until last weekend when I got to experience one for myself.

Toasted pecans, gooey caramel and chewy, buttery dough. The sticky buns are so popular that new batches are constantly being made so you’re almost guaranteed to get one that is fresh from the oven. Flour Bakery is seriously legit.

(Also, the sticky buns pair very well with their Green Moroccan Mint Iced Tea if you ask me 😉 )

Russell House Tavern

This was an awesome meal which made for a perfect Sunday. Last weekend, my cousin Amy treated me to brunch after seeing the incredibly Tavi Gevinson speak at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge.

We started off brunch with a half-dozen oysters. We got half Chatham oysters and half Wellfleets which were served with a Sweet Pickle Mignonette and Old Bay Cocktail Sauce (also some Tabasco when you ask nicely).

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Half-dozen Chatham and Wellfleet oysters

I don’t know how to talk about oysters and what qualifies a prime oyster, because I’m just an 18-year-old dilettante of food critique. However, I do know what I do and do not like in oysters so I’ll tell you about these based on that. The Wellfleets were meat-y, tender, salty, but it didn’t feel like you were drinking straight up salt water. With a squeeze of lemon, some Old Bay cocktail sauce and a few drops of Tabasco, they were just how I like my oysters. These were my favorite. The Chatham’s were bigger and brinier compared to the Wellfleets. They weren’t my kind of oyster, but with some cocktail sauce and tabasco on top, I nonetheless greatly enjoyed them!

 

Alright and now for the main course…

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Stuffed Brioche French Toast

Now what was this glorious stack of Brioche french toast stuffed with?

Nutella and candied hazelnuts.

And what is that topping the french toast?

Oh, just some torched bananas, powdered sugar and real maple syrup.

Was this dish amazing?

Yes, yes, YES!

I almost never order a sweet brunch dish. This dish looked too good to pass up though (well, and I got a side of bacon too which was also delicious), and I am so glad I ordered it. The crusty was chewy and the center melted in your mouth. The bananas added great flavor and I loved the crunch of the hazelnuts to add some varied texture.

 

When you ask for recommendations for brunch places in Boston, Russell House Tavern will always be named and for good reason. If you’re in town, make a reservation and visit for a brunch you can trust.

And now for some behind the scenes of me being that ridiculous person who takes pictures of everything she eats courtesy of wonderful cousin.

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Obviously, I make dining out very fun.

Until next time! Xx