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Day trip from Boston

The Cape Ann area is super fun for a day trip. Another is Newport. It's crazy with traffic these days so the fall might be more pleasant. Everything stays open. There are good restaurants in both places.

Mystic is about an hour and a half away, but it is a family favorite. We love the Seaport (and the Charles W. Morgan is heading to Boston shortly on its first voyage in decades) but the Aquarium is nice, too. There are some terrific places to eat, including Mystic Pizza, which is fun. Lots of good clam shacks in that area, too.

Jul 11, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Agree there.

Jul 10, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Walked by the space early this morning. They were doing some cleaning out and there was a small sign in the one of windows, which are all covered with paper, that said @LoyalNine. So I guess they are making baby steps.

Jul 10, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Got a craving for Ramen

Never tried it, no. A new adventure awaits.

Jul 09, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

L'Impasto, Cambridge - kudos

Very nice to know this. Thanks. We are often in need of this type of thing.

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

I am sorry about Lizzy's but have been very excited about Lone Star. The whole street is really filled with so many diverse places.

We stopped in and asked Albert if he knew anything. (Had to pick up some cold beer for tonight anyway.) He said he has heard that a Chinese restaurant may go in there, but they are concerned about parking. Albert was in a chatty mood and told us what the rent on the place is. Crazy. He was gloomy about their odds of making it based on the rent.

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Wow. This is interesting news. I live in the neighborhood and will inquire. That was the worst liquor store. Love the idea of even more options for restaurants on Cambridge Street. There's another huge empty space two doors down from New Deal. (Where the bed store used to be.) My last inquiry about that space was that it may end up being....a liquor store.

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

And it is the Public Garden. A must see in any season.

If it is nice weather, you could try having lunch at the food trucks at Dewey Square and sit on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Get there about 11:45 to avoid the lines, although they do move quickly. There are places to sit.

Have fun!

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Need quiet, slightly upscale place for weekend lunch/brunch in Cambridge

I'm glad to hear this. When my elderly parents come to town they always ask to go to a quiet place, and it is often hard to find one. It's been stressful, as they seem to really react to the noise. So next time they come, we'll try it.

Madrid, if you go, let us know how many decibels you encounter. And of course, any comments about the food are welcome.

Jul 05, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Need quiet, slightly upscale place for weekend lunch/brunch in Cambridge

Maybe Catalyst? Relatively quiet at lunch, booze, upscale. Affordable? Maybe not so much.

The Similans might work if you like Thai. It's about a 10/ 15 minute walk from Kendall.

Jul 05, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Got a craving for Ramen

I found a lot of information on this board by doing a quick search. I am a vegetarian so can't eat most Ramen but there are lots of great reviews and opinions on this board.

Jul 04, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Cambridgeside Forth of July

Latest news on the fireworks is that they are going to be on the 3rd not the 4th due to Arthur. Not a lot of happy campers. So keep that in mind for your arrival tomorrow.

Jul 02, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

60th Birthday on Martha's Vineyard

Not knowing what kinds of food you like, etc., I'll say where I am planning to go for my 60th. The Sweet Life in Oak Bluffs.

If they can't take me for whatever reason, it will be The Lambert's Cove Inn, Atria or State Road followed by drinks in OB. And hopefully some dancing.

Jul 02, 2014
mvi in Southern New England

Cambridgeside Forth of July

The Salty Pig is popular. Heavy on meat so I have not been as I do not eat meat. Not sure how they are for just drinks and snacks.

Three key words for dinner in Boston any time during the 4th of July holiday: Make A Reservation.

Jul 01, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Cambridgeside Forth of July

Good call. Love Petsi Pies.

The Sweet Touch, also on Cambridge Street, is popular with us locals for breakfast. Really nice people, good coffee, and a full breakfast menu.

Jun 30, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Vegetarian dining in Cape Ann

Hi ninagal. Since you eat fish, you will be fine on Cape Ann, as it is a fish eater's paradise. (We have family members who are vegans, vegetarians and some who are highly allergic to shellfish- we all ate well on a recent three day trip there.)

My recommendation is to do some searches on this board using the terms Cape Ann, Rockport, Gloucester, Ipswich and Essex. (The towns are all close to one another.) You'll see a lot of strong opinions and commentary about all kinds of food, but especially seafood.

Then you could narrow it down a bit and ask again if you need to. It helps if you bring up a price point or a certain dish, that kind of thing.

Hope this helps you get started at least. I can promise that you will not be limited to one pasta dish with vegetables unless you choose a really poor restaurant.

Jun 30, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Must-do Boston eateries- July10-13

Strip T's

Jun 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Vegetarian dining in Cape Ann

Do you eat fish?

Jun 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Cambridgeside Forth of July

Hi fenway68. I've stayed at the Marlowe many times, as have many family members, and now I live close by. It's a terrific location. Does your reservation come with breakfast? They have a decent breakfast right there in the hotel restaurant which is called Bambara. They also have lots of free coffee in the lobby and free wine tastings in the evening.

Right down the street are many well respected restaurants including The Helmand (Afghan) and The Similans (Thai). My large family (with various dietary demands) enjoys both of these.

Across the street at the Royal Sonesta, there are two restaurants with terrific views of Boston and outdoor seating. One is called Dante and the other is called the Art Bar. Dante is only open for dinner (and drinks) and will be very busy over the 4th. The food at Dante is better than the food at The Art Bar, but both offer lovely waterfront spaces if you get there on time.

There is a free shuttle bus that takes you directly from the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall to Kendall Square (during mall hours) so you can try the restaurants there. (It's also a pretty short walk.)

In the Kendall Square area you can try West Bridge, State Park, The Blue Room, Hungry Mother, Area Four, Catalyst, Friendly Toast and more.

Also, if you walk up Cambridge Street towards Inman Square (or you can take the 69 bus), you will find many small, intimate restaurants that are reasonably priced including Muqueca and Atwood's. I love the fried clams and fish and chips at Courthouse Seafood, also on Cambridge Street, but it is very low key, and they do not serve alcohol.

The Fourth is always a bit nuts around here so be prepared for crowds and chaos. But it is so much fun. No better place to be.

Jun 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

Try Bon Me or Myers and Chang. I make my own most of the time, but these two places offer different versions of cold noodles with an Asian sauce. I was not as pleased with Bon Me, but I went in to their brick and mortar place in Kendall Square after their crazy lunch hour, and they all looked exhausted. Maybe it was just bad timing.

Myers and Chang had a soba noodle dish- cold- that was delicious. I got some pickled treats on the side to give it an extra kick.

Jun 26, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Boston 4th

That Hyatt has one of the best views of the fireworks. It will be a real treat if your room overlooks the river, but whatever, you'll have great views right outside the door.

What is your particular interest in Long Wharf? Are you looking for a certain type of food there or is it the location you are more interested in?

Long Wharf is a hefty walk from your hotel.

Jun 26, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Vacation Closings

Courthouse Seafood Restaurant in East Cambridge. 6/29- 7/7.

Jun 26, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

I'm a big supporter of the Kendall Square area in Cambridge. You can pop on the Red Line to go to Central or Harvard Square in one direction or Charles St. and Park St. in the other. (The latter 2 are across the river in Boston. One and two stops away on the Red Line.)

Kendall Square has been booming with new restaurants over the past 4 or 5 years, (I live here, so I appreciate this immensely.) While it is not as much of a tourist destination, it is so close to things like Charles St., Boston Common, The Public Garden, Harvard, etc. that is does not matter. It's true that the Boston/ Cambridge area is small and easy to get around.

I agree that you need to be sure your hotel is not one of the ones far away on Memorial Drive. Those locations are not good for visitors.

(I've been pregnant 4 times and understand the feeling, especially in the summer!)

Jun 25, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

Totally agree there.

Jun 24, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

Eater is reporting that Cakeology on Washington St. is now closed. One more cupcake shop shuts the doors.

Jun 23, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

According to Eater, Shabu and Mein is now open.

Jun 23, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

What should I bring sailing?

I remember being out sailing one day and it was windy enough that all of the potato chips instantly blew away. It was funny for sure, but then I started bringing pita chips which seem to weigh more and thus not fly away to feed the fish.

Those little soft coolers are nice to have around. My dad used to fill those up with ice and oysters and clams to shuck as we sailed. A squeeze of lemon and you are all set. (Note that we did have a galley and plenty of room. The size of the boat should be considered as you pack up your things.)

Jun 23, 2014
mvi in General Topics
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What should I bring sailing?

We have been boat owners in the past so I agree with catsmeow. Also consider some carrot sticks with a dip (muhammara, pesto, spicy peanut sauce, etc.) or those mini, bite sized quiches. They travel well. (Make sure some are meat free for the vegetarians in the group.) A bunch of green grapes can be very welcome. Try to keep packaging to a minimum. Have fun!

Jun 22, 2014
mvi in General Topics
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Best....French and/or seafood... 4 people $300 dinner inc drinks

Island Creek or Eastern Standard would be my choices. Happy Birthday!

Jun 20, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

If you can do that, it would be very special. I agree. Rendezvous.

Jun 17, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area