Japan in Boston, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Finding Japan in Boston: Japanese Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts

We’ve visited several places in Boston inspired by France, Italy, and Venice, but today we’re going to find inspiration from a country in a completely different continent – Japan!

While it’s easy to find European-inspiration in Boston, it’s more difficult to locate places that have the unique architecture and serene and peaceful surroundings that Japan is known for.

However, I found a place where visitors to Boston can escape to when they want a reprieve from the hurried nature of the city.

Japanese Garden at Museum of Fine Arts

Best of all, no admission ticket is needed, so it’s free! That’s right, you can potentially visit every day that it’s open if you want. However, it does close at the beginning of fall and reopens in the spring.

Luckily, we’re here when it’s open. Let’s go see it!

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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”

France in Boston, Paris in Boston, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Boston’s Jardin des Plantes: James P. Kelleher Rose Garden

Paris is a magical place full of fairy-tale, too beautiful to believe gardens, such as Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Monceau, Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Plantes. Since I no longer live in England and am unable to take last minute trips to Paris on the Eurostar, I’ve been trying to identify their equivalent gardens in Boston. So far, I think I’ve found some good Boston substitutions for Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau.

Today we’ll visit another one of my Paris park substitutions in Boston, this time for the Jardin des Plantes!

Boston Rose Garden

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Finding Venice in Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at night

I recently wrote about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the daytime, but for me, it’s even more beautiful and magical at night!

Boston Isabella Gardner Museum Courtyard at Night

I went on a Thursday evening, as it’s open until 9:00 pm on this day, and I initially didn’t think I would like the courtyard at night.

Since the entire top of the courtyard is covered in glass, during the day everything is bright and sunny, and it feels like you’re outdoors.

However, even with dim lights in the evening, somehow the courtyard was illuminated just perfectly.

Boston Isabella Gardner Museum Courtyard at Night

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Finding Venice in Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Where’s the best place in Boston to visit when you need a quick escape to Venice? Why the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of course!

You get to roam around a a building inspired by the grand palazzos in Venice and also view its beautiful interior courtyard. 

She personally collected and sourced her art collection and architecture (for example, the columns, windows, doorways) from her many travels to Italy and around the world.

The museum also followed Isabella Stewart Gardner’s request and kept all the art, furniture, decorations, and set-up exactly as she intended.

As a result, not only do you get to “travel” to another country, you also get to do a bit of time-traveling!

Boston Isabella Gardner Museum Courtyard

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Finding Boston’s Parc Monceau: Ramler Park

Paris is known for its beautiful, lush, sweeping parks, and they’re one of the many reasons I really miss Paris. While they all have the requisite benches, ponds, lakes, fountains, and lots of flowers and greenery, each park has something unique about it.

Once I moved back to Boston, I made sure to spend any free time just wandering around, much like I would do in Paris. As a result, I’ve found so many beautiful and serene spots that I never noticed before – and I lived here for 6 years!

On on particular trip, I discovered Ramler Park. This park is really well-hidden and probably only known by its residents.

What caught my attention were flashes of the most vibrant cobalt blue. Once I stepped inside and saw this charming park, I knew I found my Boston-version of Parc Monceau.

Wandering definitely pays off!

Boston Ramler Park fountain

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France in Boston, Provence in Boston, Restaurants, Review, Travel

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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