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One if by land, Two on the leash

July 3, 2010

You like that?  Because there’s a WHOLE lot more where that came from.  Ryan and my parents spent about twenty minutes yesterday brainstorming titles for this post, including:

Freedom Tail



My Doggie Tis Of Thee

Hounding Fathers

Battle of Baxter Hill 

You can gather from these titles that yesterday, we walked the Freedom Trail around Boston:

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The Freedom Trail is basically a self-guided walking tour through Boston that takes the walker through a bunch of different historical sites, from Paul Revere’s Grave, to the church where “My Country Tis of Thee” was first sung, to Bunker Hill, and a whole host of others!

This was the perfect activity for us yesterday, because the weather was perfect, and it was something we could bring the dogs on!

Here are some highlights from our walking trip:

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So much fun! After walking the trail, we headed back closer to our hotel for some lunch.  We stopped at an outdoor cafe in Quincy Market for a delicious meal.  Ryan and I split:

Portabella panani:

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Veggie burger:

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After our long morning of walking, the dogs were beat! We dropped them off at the hotel (I think maybe they were going to get some massages?  Baxter needed a detox body wrap after his dip in the lake yesterday.), and we headed out to do a little more exploring.

Our final destination was Anthropologie (woo woo!) in Back Bay, but we kind of meandered there, stopping at a farmers’ market along the way. After a successful shopping trip at Anthropologie (is it possible to not have success there?), we finally headed back to the hotel around 6:00, and then out to dinner at 7:30.

And this is about the time that I committed the ultimate blogger faux pas. 

I forgot my camera battery.


It wouldn’t have been a big deal if the meal had just been okay, but to rub salt in the wound, this meal was FABULOUS.  It would have been SO fun to take pictures of too.  Sigh.  I’m sorry!!!

We went to a place called Myers + Chang, who describe the restaurant on their website, which you can view here, as

  A funky indie diner setting offering Chef/Owner Joanne Chang and Executive Chef Matthew Barros’s very personal interpretation of Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese specialties.

Quite simply, it rocked.  They had a special vegetarian menu, as well as gluten-free menu!  A lot of the dishes were on the smaller side, so we just ordered a bunch of different ones to share.  They came out as soon as they were ready, piping hot.  Among the dishes we enjoyed were:

Celery and edamame slaw

Tofu fresh rolls

Wok-charred baby octopus

Wok-charred udon noodles with tofu and greens

Genmai fried rice

Chicken and rapini stir-fry

Shitake and Chinese greens dumplings

Steamed Tofu Buns

Thai ginger chicken salad


Seriously, if you’re ever in the Boston area and looking for some amazing food, this place rocked my mouth.

When the waitress came over to explain the dessert menu, we were all stuffed to the gills, but my ears perked up when she explained that Myers + Chang is partnered with Flour Bakery, who makes all of their dessert menu items.  I used to read Self’s Eat Like Me blog quite regularly, and I remember Cristin always going to Flour for tasty treats, so I was excited to try some of their goods! We ordered a piece of coconut cream pie and a chocolate Chinese five spice mousse to share. They were everything I could have hoped for and more. 🙂

Again, so sorry for the lack of pictures—my heart sank when I realized that I had forgotten to put my battery back in! Bad blogger!

This morning, we’re kind of lazing around the hotel.  I think we’re about to go to the hotel gym, and then we’re going to head out for Hyannis, where we’ll be leaving on our ferry to Nantucket.  Our ferry doesn’t leave until later this evening, so hopefully we’ll find some fun stuff to do in Hyannis.  I wonder if we can just hang out at the Kennedy compound? 🙂

Hope your holiday weekend is off to a great start! I’ll see ya when I see ya! 


15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2010 1:12 pm

    Steamed tofu buns and chinese five spice mousse?? WHY did you forget your batteries!!?? :p
    Looks like a good day out!

  2. July 3, 2010 1:15 pm

    boston, here i come 🙂

    …well, maybe some day! have fun girl!

  3. July 3, 2010 2:18 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever walked the Freedom Trail; I’m such a bad Bostonian

  4. Kristi permalink
    July 3, 2010 2:47 pm

    Maybe you can go back there to eat on your way back home with battery pack in tow.

  5. July 3, 2010 2:50 pm

    How fun!!! I am so glad you are enjoying Boston!!!

  6. July 3, 2010 3:06 pm

    I love Boston and the Freedom Trail! Every time I go there it is always either fall or winter, so I can imagine how nice it is in warmer weather. It must be fun to walk around with your dogs too!

    Happy 4th! 🙂

  7. July 3, 2010 3:36 pm

    Hate technical difficulties. At least you gave us a picture of that fabulous panini!

  8. July 3, 2010 6:19 pm

    Enjoy this fabulous trip….omg I need to wonder, where are they off to next? Where’s Waldo? Where’s Anna? Enjoy these trips!!! When you have babies one day, you will cherish these memories, trust me 🙂

  9. thehungryscholar permalink
    July 3, 2010 7:52 pm

    You are not a bad a blogger, you are a baller blogger. I DO hate when that happens, though. Have fun, baller.

  10. July 3, 2010 9:17 pm

    The weather looks lovely. I have only ever been to Boston in the winter so it was a tad colder when I walked the Freedom Trail! You had some great eats too!

  11. July 3, 2010 9:26 pm

    Great pics and amazing weather. I’ve never been to Boston, but want to go now. The portobella panani looks awesome.

  12. July 4, 2010 10:50 am

    HAHAHA! Those post titles had me laughing out loud! So clever! 🙂

  13. Orla permalink
    July 5, 2010 1:14 pm

    Ah, I love Boston. I spent a summer there 11 years ago and my godson lives there.
    I am slightly (okay, really) jealous of your visit near Fanueil Hall and Quincy.

    I must book a trip some day soon.

    Happy travelling!

  14. July 5, 2010 10:32 pm

    Glad that you enjoyed the sights and eats of my town, Boston – despite the ridiculous heat. I love hearing that you have found it dog-friendly also. If you are back on a wednesday, the Liberty Hotel hosts a “yappy hour”. It’s pretty hilarious.

    • July 5, 2010 10:55 pm

      Oh my gosh, we loved it! And I think I might have to go back, if ONLY for that yappy hour.

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