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Redbones BBQ

10 Aug

Recently, I found myself craving BBQ.  Although I’ve had Redbones BBQ before, I had never been to the actual restaurant so my boyfriend and I decided to make a trip out there.   I was pleasantly surprised to find it relatively hipster free (no small feat in Davis Sq!) and with a very friendly atmosphere. 

We were seated right away and the food came fast.  A great thing because I was starving!  Redbones serves its drinks in mason jars- so cute!  And my lemonade was delicious.

We ordered a feast!  My pulled pork sandwich was SO good.  The pork was tender, and the BBQ sauces were all excellent.

Word on the street is, the Redbones food truck will be cruising around Boston soon.  It’ll park at different locations and serve lunch and dinner.  I can’t wait to visit it!  I imagine it’s a bit bigger than the truck outside the restaurant now….

Do you have a favorite local BBQ place?


Sam Adams Brewery Tour

13 Jul

I’ve lived in Boston for 4 years now but until last weekend, I had never been to the Sam Adams Brewery.  I know, crazy right?  To be fair, it’s in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood I don’t venture into very often (aka ever).  The brewery was easy to get to on the Orange Line though, which pleasantly surprised me.

We arrived to a long line of people waiting for tickets.  The tours are free (although they suggest donating a few dollars to charity) and quite popular. 

We ended up waiting for about 45 minutes for our tour to start.  In the meantime, there was a gift shop you could browse in. I wasn’t feeling too inspired to shop though because it was about 100 degrees in the building.  Add to that a crowd of people bumping into you and it was pretty touch and go there for a while.  Time to invest in some a/c Sam!

Please note the solitary fan, as well as that man’s stylish stars and strips hat.  Woo ‘MERICA!

At last, it was go time.  Our guide was Josh and he was awesome.  Funny, knowledgeable, and energetic, he was able to keep the group pumped up even though it was hot and there were a lot of us.  Promising us free beer probably helped!

The tour itself was short but pretty cool.  We tasted some of the ingredients they use to make Sam Adams, and also got to see where the beer is actually brewed.

These hold a lot of beer!

The end of the tour is obviously the best part- the tasting room!  We got to try three varieties of Sam Adams and also learned how to properly taste them.

After the tour was over, we discovered the brewery runs a free party trolley to Doyle’s bar!  The words free and party pretty much sold me.  Plus, there was a disco ball!

At Doyle’s, you get a free Sam Adams pint glass if you order a Sam Adams beer.   So obviously that’s what we did.

I had a great time, and would recommend you pay Sam Adams a visit!  We were pretty much the only non-tourists there, but it was still a lot of fun.  And you can’t beat free beer!

I’m on a Boat!

5 Jul

Did you have a good Fourth of July weekend?  I had a blast, but I honestly think it will take me all week to recover from all the parties, food, and sparkling cocktails! 

One of the best things about living in Boston is the ocean.  I don’t get to go out on the water as often as I’d like to, but I was lucky enough to go on a (free!) boat cruise this weekend.  The Spirit of Boston is one seriously nice boat-

We cruised around the harbor for two hours and the weather was perfect.  There were lots of other boats out on the water.

I love the view of Boston from the harbor.

After the cruise, my boyfriend and I wandered over to Fan Pier where the Extreme Sailing Series was taking place.  They had a whole village set up with food and drink tents, music, giveaways, and more.  It was cool to see all the boats- they travel all over the world but Boston was their only U.S. stop.

At the sailing village, we saw Mayor Thomas Menino AND got to meet A.J. Burnett.  I’ve watched him on the news pretty much every day since I moved to Boston so it was a little surreal to meet him in person!  He was very gracious and let us take some pictures.  Note how patriotic we are in our red, white, and blue.

After the sailing series, my boyfriend and I finished off the evening with dinner and drinks at Jerry Remy’s by the water.  The food was a little pricey ($14 for a salad) but tasty.  The burger came on fried dough.  ’nuff said!

Au Bon Pain- Love it or Leave it?

28 Jun

I decided to go to Au Bon Pain (ABP) for lunch today to try their Black Bean Burger.  It comes on flatbread with guac, tomatoes, lettuce, and some sort of “fiery feta spread.”  I also got a medium size cup of grapefruit.

The burger was delicious.  Very filling and not too spicy.  I really liked it!  The grapefruit was ok.  I love grapefruit but I should have known better than to get it at ABP.  It tasted a little weird and I think that’s because it’s near other fruit and there’s probably cross contamination from the serving spoons. 

I’m sad the picture above distorts its size and makes it looks as big as the sandwich, but that cup of grapefruit was tiny.  Here you can see it in comparison to a Post-it note:

 See? Tiny!  And it cost $2.39!  The burger was $5.99 which is comparable to places in the area, but I was shocked at how much the fruit was.  I could buy two entire grapefruits for that price and have money left over!  I realize you’re paying for convenience but still….

So what do you think about ABP?  I’m still on the fence. I’ve been happy with their soups, and I really liked the black bean burger, but I’m not crazy about their prices.  I think they charge too much for what you actually get.  And I would be willing to live with a smaller selection if it meant lower prices.

ABP-love it or leave it?

Bostone Pizza

24 Jun

I usually pack a lunch from home to eat at work because it’s healthier and cheaper.  But sometimes, especially on Fridays, it’s fun to go out and eat.   One of my favorite places in the area is Bostone Pizza.  I think they may have the best BBQ Chicken Sicilian slices in Boston!


TGIF- hope you all have some great weekend plans!