This past weekend was my long awaited trip to Boston to visit Kris. Early last week I came down with a kidney infection so I'm glad I was able to make it at all! Don't worry, everything is in working order and I also have a lot of yarn. Life is good.
I'll be doing a knitter-centric update over at the knitblog, but Kris has most of the the wool related pics so I'll wait for that. In the meantime, here's a blitz of all the non-knitting stuff:
Mmm-carne asada burrito...
Not exactly El Cotixan but it was not too shabby considering it came from about as far as you can get from Mexico without leaving the country.
Friday and Saturday was taken up by yarn crawling and the sheep and wool festival. I'll just leave it at that since if you're really interested, the full update is on its way.
On Sunday I went on a Duck Tour, which is basically this bus that turns into a boat. It starts and ends at the Museum of Science, which was also pretty cool to geek out at. This explains Trex in the pic, although for some reason he looks like he's about to stomp on the bus' ass. He must not like buses. Or maybe he's a homophobe and uncomfortable with rainbows.
Before dinner Kris, Brad, and I walked through this Holocaust memorial. I am no where near Jewish and I don't know that many Jewish people, and yet everytime I see some monument or movie or whatever related to the Holocaust I get incredibly sad and sometimes even teary eyed. Perfect mood setter prior to dinner!
We had dinner across the street at the Union Oyster House for some really Bostonian grub. Ok I don't know how genuinely Bostonian the stuff was, but I'm pretty sure coming from the oldest restaurant in America we can vouch for its authenticity.
First up, obviously some clam chowda. It's the best I've ever had, mainly due to the fact that the clams were quite fresh and not rubbery/chewy at all. I now realize that the sludge served up at Boudin's Bakery is appalling.
Then I had my first oysters ever. Kris thought I might not be ready for the raw slurpy stuff so we ordered them Rockefeller, which comes cooked topped with creamed spinach and I think hollanddaise sauce. Very yummy!
As a side we got some Boston baked beans. They were sweet, but not overly sweet, with the pleasantly subtle bitterness coming from molasses and brown sugar. Very different from the baked beans here in England (That they eat at breakfast. With toast. I know.)
For my main course, I split a plate of broiled seafood, which consisted of scallops, salmon, swordfish, shrimp, and scrod. To be honest, I don't think I really cared for the scrod, but the breading on it was really good.
I washed the meal down, with what else? Some Sam Adams!
My lovely hosts:
Finally on Monday Kris took me to the aquarium, because I love aquariums!
Bonus points: They have a penguin exhibit!
Poor little dude. Penguins naturally molt every couple of years, but this guy was so old (27 years!) that his body's hormones were out of wack and was slow with the feather regrowth.
Turtle! I wish I stood next to him so you could see just how big he is.
ooooooh the colors!!
For my last meal in Boston, Kris took me over to the North End to Dolce Vita, where we were forunate enough to get the best seat in the house and enjoyed a fresh salad and yummy penne pasta. Then we went to a bakery so I could pig out on some excellent tiramisu, pistachio gelato and a cannoli.
Thanks for a wonderful time, Kris!