Archive for the ‘Living Boston’ Category

I love the Fourth of July… I feel like it is one of those holidays that has always meant so much to me, especially being from Boston where the celebration is weekend-long event.

One of the best parts of any holiday, especially the 4th of July, is getting to see my family. I not only get some beach time with a few fine ladies, but I get to see my Dad and his family as well as my cousins and Tias/Tios (aunt and uncles in Portuguese) on my Dad’s side. (There is nothing more entertaining than surrounding yourself with a whole bunch of Portuguese family members, FYI)

Another favorite part of the 4th of July is of course, the food. From cheeseburgers off the grill, pasta & potato salad, and fresh fruit – it seems that everything I eat the whole 4 day weekend just tastes that much better. The adult beverages are also that much more delicious

But my all time favorite 4th of July food item? Watermelon. Hands Down. It is so freaking good around this time that I have been eating about a watermelon to the face every other day… yea – straight addicted.

So far this weekend, I have a beach day and bbq under my belt – and I have another bbq at my Daddy’s house on the 4th. Sadly, I will be watching the fireworks from afar this year. Tommy has to work so we won’t be taking the walk to the Cambridge bridge to catch the fireworks display at the Esplanade. Kind of a bummer, but I am just thankful that I get to spend some time with Tommy on the actual 4th of July, as he has been working a lot. I have defintely been missing him lately…


And of course, the 4th is like the real start of Summer around these parts. I am excited for more summer fun and the hotter days to come… but for now I am going to enjoy the 4th with those that I love. and stuff my face with copious amounts of watermelon and alcohol

Happy 4th of July!!


Read Full Post »

Happy Opening Day!

The Red Sox opened up their baseball season against the New York Yankees at Fenway today and it really is like a holiday in Boston! Rumor has it that opening day at Fenway Park is the highest “sick” day and “skip” day in the state… and I totally believe it. The boyfriend and I ventured into Fenway Park around 11:30 AM, leaving us plenty of time to actually get into town and get ourselves settled into our destination: The Cask n Flagon

Needless to say, even at noon time, the place was already packed inside and there was a line to get into the place. But, we seemed to have timed it really well because it we inside by about 12:20 pm. We decided our best course of action was to put our name in for a table; I had a $100 gift card and neither of had eaten yet, so we figured by the time our table was ready, we would also be ready to eat some pub grub and enjoy our beverages sitting down. And that is exactly what happened. They told us it would be about an hour wait; but it only ended up being about 40 mins.

Once we sat, the first thing on my mind was the Cask’s home-made pita chips. They seriously are so good, and taste just like Stacy’s. Yum. We got the buffalo chicken dip, but the boyfriend dominated that while I completely chowed on my pita chips. One thing about me is that I love NACHOS. If I see nachos on the menu, I will probably order them just to order them and see where they stand on my nacho meter. Sadly, the nachos at the Cask didn’t even get an “eh” from me. Moving on…

We knew we were going to be spending the afternoon at the bar, so we took our time with our apps and drinks. The boyfriend started with a Blue Moon, but once he realized there was a Magner’s Hard Cider on the menu, he quickly switched. I had a vodka, soda, with a splash of lemonade. (I don’t drink beer – have tried to like it, but don’t. I also don’t like the majority of wines either — this leaves me little options when going out)

Then, it was game time:

I could not help myself...

During the game, I ordered a ham and turkey sandwich on 5 grain toasted bread, with the Cask’s chips. It was nothing to write home about. What was something to write home about? ◊ WE WON THE GAME! ◊ After a really tough start, the Red Sox busted out a win against the hated Yankees. It was a crazy good game and the excitement in the bar was incredible. Phew, I hate to see what would have happened if things had gone differently…

After the game was over, we decided to head back to our neck of the woods. The crowds after the game was over was absolutely insane, and the later it gets on Opening Day, the more crazy people get. You know how that goes…

All in all it really was a fantastic day! I got to spend it with the boyfriend, the weather wasn’t too cold, AND the RED SOX WON. I mean, how much more can a girl ask for. (Hopefully the Sox improving their 1-6 record)

-Till next time…


Read Full Post »