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Review: Best places to get lobster in Boston

One of my favorite foods is lobster, and living in New England luckily means lobster is available pretty much year-round. However, all lobster places are not created equal. Since lobster is ubiquitous in Boston, there are numerous places to choose from, but where’s the best place in Boston to get lobster? I’m here to help!

To me, there are two options for eating lobster at restaurants: the “fast food” option and the sit-down restaurant option. Here’s my opinion on the best lobster for both! For standardization, I’m basing my opinions on their lobster rolls since they are quintessentially Boston.

Barking Crab Lobster Boston

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Best happy hour oysters deal in Boston

Just like lobster, oysters in Boston seem ubiquitous. When you can find them at many seafood restaurants and steakhouses, it’s difficult to know where to start when you want some delicious, fresh oysters, especially when you have a budget.

The best place to start looking? Boston’s Happy Hour specials. Walking around Boston after 5:00pm on a weekday is the ideal place to spot excellent Happy Hour Deals.

It just so happened that when my friend and I met up for dinner at Liquid Art House, there was a sign advertising $1 oysters at Smith & Wollensky, which was right across the street. It sounded too good to pass up so we decided to start off dinner with this fantastic oyster deal!

Smith & Wollensky Best Oysters Deal Boston

Smith & Wollensky in Back Bay is hard to miss, as to me it looks like it’s a castle straight out of the UK (well, a mini castle). As someone who loves the UK, the architecture immediately spoke to me.

I’ve had steak here during Restaurant Week a few years ago, and I still think nothing beats Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for steaks. However, after our $1 oyster deal here, I have to say that nothing beats them for their Happy Hour oyster deal!

Smith & Wollensky Best Oysters Deal Boston
Image from Smith & Wollensky

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Review: The best hand-pulled noodles in Boston

I am a huge fan of Asian food, so it’s no surprise that I’ve spent a lot of time in Boston’s Chinatown. When I worked close by, I frequently ate at many of Chinatown’s restaurants, but they’ve never had a place that was known for its hand-pulled noodles – until now!

Located a bit further from Chinatown, along an ordinary street, is this hole in the wall eatery.

It might not look like much from the outside (or inside), but the food is phenomenal! I mean, take a look at their hand-pulled noodle dish!

Handpulled Noodles Boston

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Review: Restaurant & art gallery – Liquid Art House

In searching for new Boston restaurants to try, I did a search for the most beautiful restaurants in Boston. On the list? Liquid Art House. The description in the article was intriguing, as it seemed like it was both a restaurant and art gallery. Their tagline on their website is “Gallery meets Gastronomy.

As a huge fan of art and museums, not to mention good food, I had to see this for myself!

Liquid Art House Boston chandelier

Liquid Art House is located in Back Bay, but it’s also a short walk from Chinatown and Downtown Crossing. Its exterior doesn’t really let passersby know that there’s actually a beautiful restaurant and art gallery inside.

Liquid Art House Boston

Liquid Art House Boston

Even the restaurant’s sign is a bit discreet.

Liquid Art House Boston

However, that all changes once we stepped inside the restaurant. Wow, the first thing we saw was this gorgeous purple chandelier! Continue reading “Review: Restaurant & art gallery – Liquid Art House”

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The best afternoon tea in London: The Lanesborough

Over the course of the five years I lived in England, I went to many afternoon teas. Some were basic, serving just tea and scones, and some were truly an experience. One of those was at The Lanesborough in London.

Their website describes their afternoon tea as:

Served daily in either the majestic surroundings of Céleste or the elegant Withdrawing Room, afternoon tea at The Lanesborough is an occasion to be treasured.

Enjoy freshly baked scones, velvety clotted cream, home-made fruit preserves and intricately prepared pastries – all hand-crafted by our masterful pastry chefs.

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Finding Provence in Boston: Miel Restaurant

Looking to escape this extreme winter weather and head somewhere known for its warmth? Specifically Provence and the Côte d’Azur in the south of France?

If you’re like me and can’t afford to take time off right now to jet off to Provence, you’re in luck! There’s a perfect place in Boston that captures the feeling of being the south of France and will make you feel like you booked a one-way ticket to Provence.

The Miel Brasserie Provençale is located at the luxurious InterContinental Hotel in Boston – but of course, did we expect anything less?

Boston Miel Restaurant Provence

While the lobby is very fancy, we’re not quite in Provence yet. This of this as our journey to Provence. It sure beats getting to the airport, waiting through baggage check, and flying over 6 hours in a cramped seat!

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We’re almost there!

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Since this is a hotel, we pass by another restaurant. It looks pretty good, so maybe we’ll stop by on another visit. There’s plenty of seating, which is nice if there’s a long wait at these restaurants.

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Review: The best Kouign-Amann in Boston

After eating the delicious pastries in Paris, it’s tough to go back to supermarket-quality pastries. However, finding my Parisian favorite in Boston has eluded me, until I found it at Flour Bakery!

Among the Paris-worthy croissants and brioches was kouign-amann, a delectable buttery pastry that originated in Brittany, France. While not as well-known as other French pastries, kouign-amann is quickly gaining fans. It even was the topic of a Boston Globe article a couple of years ago.

Flour Bakery interior seating beautiful wallpaper

I recently stopped by Flour bakery as I had a conference nearby, and was thrilled to find that they had many different types of pastries to choose from for breakfast.

The exterior of Flour is unassuming if you’re on the lookout for typical French pastries, but once you step inside and see their selection, you’ll know that you’re in the right place!

Flour Bakery Boston Exterior

Even at 7am there’s already a queue!

Flour Bakery Boston interior

The displays aren’t as creative and artistic as patisseries in France, but I can definitely say that the displays showcase each and every scone, croissant, and muffin!

Flour Bakery pastry selection

For a small space, they offer a lot on their menu for breakfast and lunch. They even offered pastries that weren’t listed on the menu, like that day’s kouign-amann.

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Finding Italy in Boston

If you’ve ever been to Harrods, you most likely have seen their gorgeous food hall. If I were to explain it very simply, it’s an upscale food market where you can find foods from around the world. But it’s so much more than that! It is truly an experience for all the senses; not only do they have a wide variety of foods, but there are different restaurants full of delicious aromas, and the food hall itself is like walking into a jewelry box.

I felt the same way when I walked into Eataly in Boston. I know Harrods is in London and this post is about Italy, but I just wanted to set the scene of experiencing Eataly 😉 Granted, nothing can match the splendor of Harrods’ food hall, but Eataly definitely has its own charm. It can also be categorized as a food hall, but with foods representing only one country: Italy.

Eataly Boston entrance

While not located in a department store like at Harrods, Eataly can be found in a similar shopping mecca, the Prudential Center. If you can’t take a trip to Italy right away, going to Eataly might be the next best thing! Not only does this Italian marketplace have Italian coffee, they have gelato, focaccia, pizza, desserts like cannoli, and a grocery! Let’s take a look around. Continue reading “Finding Italy in Boston”

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The best pastry shop in Portugal

You probably guessed it already, but of course, the best pastry shop in Portugal is located in the Belém region of Lisbon! Pastéis de Belém makes the best Pastel de Belém, a delicious egg tart pastry. Not only that, but the pastry shop itself is so charming, with its main colors of blue and white incorporated into its logo, awnings, interior, cups, and plates.

Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

Paris in Boston Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

The line may be long, but the pastry is so worth the wait! The shop’s window display even highlights the Pastel de Belém.

Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

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Review: A new bistro in Boston – Explorateur opens!

The new restaurant Explorateur opened this past Monday, and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself! I read a review by Boston Magazine, and it said that the owners were inspired by restaurants in Paris and London and the fact that places there serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, the accompanying photos were stunning! I decided to go first thing today for breakfast since I figured it would be less busy in the morning and there would a good selection of pastries and cakes on display. Without further ado, let’s have a look around!

The restaurant is conveniently located right across from the Boylston T stop. The building itself is quite beautiful, and it has an impressive history. When this building (at least the first floor) became a restaurant, windows were added to the front, replacing colorful murals.

Explorateur-Restaurant_Boston_Exterior

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