Charlestown and Bunker Hill Monument

December 14, 2014 – This winter has been strange in the Boston area; fairly cold and damp, but rainy and grey instead of snowy.  So when we had a perfect sunny weekend day we decided to (finally) head out and climb the Bunker Hill Monument.  First up, though, was lunch at Ironside Grill.  We were…

Restaurant Review: No Name Restaurant

November 15, 2014 – This past Saturday we ventured into the city to go to the aquarium.  We were surprised to see that there were some juvenile penguins in with the adults.  The youngsters still had mostly grey feathers, and were much more interested in workers’ feet than the adults. Our original plan was to…

Restaurant Review: Lui Lui

November  8, 2014 – We headed to Lui Lui for a casual lunch on a Saturday.  The restaurant was almost empty at 11:30, but was fairly full by the time we left around 1:00.  We were pleasantly surprised to be given very good, warm, fresh rolls (we actually asked for more – they were that…

Restaurant Review: Avana Sushi

August 9, 2014 – Somehow we didn’t know that the other one liked sushi.  The topic came up randomly one night, and once we realized that sushi was on the table for food options we decided to find a place in Boston with good sushi.  Our search led us to Chinatown, which (although I’ve never…

Restaurant Review: Allston Diner

April 26, 2014 – We had just finished a pottery lesson at Rokuru Pottery and were fairly hungry.  (As a side note, very good lessons, Andrew knows how to actually explain and demonstrate wheel thrown pottery techniques and theory.)  We’d each had a Snickers eggs (amazing, go try them if you can find them), but…

Restaurant review: Hot Chocolate Sparrow

This past weekend we took a day trip to Cape Cod.  Some time in the middle of the afternoon we thought that coffee sounded great.  The Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans fit the bill and then some.  The shop was packed even at 3:30pm, but there was plenty of off street parking.  You know a…

Tillamook and Oceanside, OR

June 15, 2013 – This morning we meant to get up early, but jet lag and a long week led to a more leisurely breakfast. Fortunately this gave the fog time to clear and we were soon on our way out of Portland and headed to Tillamook. Tillamook is home to Tillamook Cheese, a collective…