The first time I ever visited Boston was spring break 2000 with my mom and my sister and we went all over Massachusetts seeing American History first hand. Despite the extensive history lesson, which in all reality I really enjoyed, I fell in love with that part of the country.
Needless to say when Adam told me he was doing his residency in Boston I was ecstatic! July 4th weekend of 2009 I headed up there for the first time to visit Adam with my friend Meredith and you can read about our adventures here: part 1 & part 2.
That first year Adam was in Boston I think I went up to see him every other month. Sadly in his second and third years I got too busy and flights got too expensive for me to go that often.
I flew in Saturday and got into Boston I’d say about 4pm. Adam picked me up so I didn’t have to lug my suitcase through the train stations. Once we were back at his apartment we figured out dinner plans and put sheets on my bed. I’m gonna miss that guest room, who am I kidding, I’m gonna miss Boston!
Since it had been so long, we hung out just the two of us on Saturday and headed to Oishii for a sushi date night to catch up. This is Adam’s favorite sushi restaurant in Boston and much to his surprise, I really enjoyed it too. Above are 3 of the 4 rolls that we ordered, they were all delicious but like many sushi restaurants, the online menu can be tricky to navigate so I can’t tell you the names of our rolls…sorry!
After dinner we headed back to Adam’s place and drank a little wine and called it day.
Sunday after sleeping in, of course I didn’t sleep near as late as Adam…still impressed that between Friday and Saturday nights combined he slept almost 30 hours…guess he was tired…we met his “sub-i s” for lunch/brunch. I’ve decided in doctor speak, sub-i stands for sub interns b/c they’re in med school still, hopefully I ‘m guessing right. We went to Sel de la Terre, I’d never been there before though I’d walked by it many times as I treked up and down Boylston.
After brunch we met up with a couple of Adam’s good friends on their way to hang out by the river (or the Charles). That was a fun way to spend a chunk of the afternoon and something I’d never done before. Then we headed back to the apartment to get ready to go out for Evan’s 30th birthday!
This is me with the birthday boy, he really seemed to take turning 30 in stride. ( Hope you don’t mind I just mentioned your age, not once but twice!)
For his birthday festivities we went to the Mass Ave Tavern, it’s on Massachusetts Ave hence the name. This used to be a resraurant called Match that had a Pop Rock Martini that was delicious! Now it is a neighborhood bar with plenty of TVs so you’ll never miss a sporting event, fusbol tables and jenga tournaments. Oh and the food was pretty good too!
I have to admit, I was most excited I could get Blueberry Beer here and not just any Blueberry Beer, the good kind!
Next we headed to Dillon’s for after dinner drinks or rather shots. This is another place I’d seen many times walking on Boylston, but never visited. I always thought it was so cool because it’s in what I believe used to be a fire station. It also has a great patio, but for some reason in Boston you can’t have drinks on the patio unless you order food. Anyone know why?
I had a great time hanging with Adam’s friends, thanks everyone for letting me tag along!
Adam had to be at the hospital early the next day so we headed out around midnight. I had Monday all to myself and thought about going to check out the JFK Museum or touring Fenway, but quickly talked myself out of it when I remembered it was Memorial Day and I didn’t want to deal with Holiday visitors. I did roam around a little but really spent most of the day relaxing and reading. It was perfect. And when this is your view, who can complain?
Tuesday, my flight left pretty late in the day and I didn’t have to start heading to the airport until around 2, so Adam and I decided to meet up for lunch.
He recommended Sweet Cheeks, Tiffani Faison’s, of Top Chef fame, restaurant. I think I’ve said it before, I’m not really a top Chef fan, but I’m not gonna lie I was excited to try her restaurant.
Since I had been in Boston 3 days and not ridden a train, I decided I would to lunch. I ended up allowing myself too much time and arrived at the restaurant about 11:35 and we weren’t meeting until noon. I decided to head in any way and get a table.
I think I was the first customer of the day and I warned the staff I was ridiculously early for lunch. I should’ve taken that opportunity to snap a few pics of the inside, but I didn’t think about it until later. In my humble opinion, the details on the decor of this restaurant were impressive. It had a rustic yet modern feel to it.
What can I say? It’s the little things in life. I’m not sure if the staff felt bad for me that I was there alone for so long or if they were practicing good ol’ southern charm but they kept me entertained.
When they found out I was from Texas, they may have gotten a little nervous. But the food did not disappoint! In hindsight I realize I should have used this as an excuse to get a sampler plate. Neither the waitress nor the bar tender could decide whether the pulled pork, brisket or pulled chicken was best. I went with the brisket and it was delicious!
I went with the sandwich option on Texas Toast and got a scoop of broccoli rice casserole. (That’s what’s in the blue mug.) I don’t think I was able to finish even half of the meat, so be sure to go hungry.
Sweet Cheeks is a block or two from Fenway, so if you’re headed to a Red Sox game I highly recommend leaving enough time to eat at Sweet Cheeks. This Texas girl was impressed with my Boston BBQ experience!
After lunch I headed to Adam’s apartment to pack and it was so long Boston! Who knows, we may meet again one day…