Whoopie Pies and other delights

By | February 20, 2013

“I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.” ~ Fred Allen

Fred was pretty funny — “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”— but he got it wrong.

Boston is not New York, but it has many charms. For example, the Gilded Lily B&B in Boston’s South End is a super place to stay. Beautiful and well located! And not your typical B&B — no awkward chitchat with morning people you don’t know. The Garden and Parlor Rooms — where we stayed — share a private self-catered kitchen that is stocked with continental breakfast supplies. I have no idea about the other rooms — this is not a review — but I imagine the other guests got breakfast, too.

The Gilded Lily (in the summer…)

Photos of The Gilded Lily, Boston
This photo of The Gilded Lily is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

The Gilded Lily (it looked more like this last weekend!)

Note to self: there are lots of stairs — don’t over pack!

Photos of The Gilded Lily, Boston
This photo of The Gilded Lily is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

But the rooms are beautiful! This is the Garden Room on the top floor. Nice, eh?

Photos of The Gilded Lily, Boston
This photo of The Gilded Lily is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

But the bed was tall! This is me trying to launch myself onto the floor.

There is no after picture of my graceful landing.

Anyway,  it was a great weekend getaway with fun people. (Both local and travelers.)

Places to eat! (There was more than eating on the agenda though, really.)

  • The Beehive — good food, fun atmosphere! Good drinks…well, I think I remember good drinks.
  • Hamersley’s Bistro — really fine food in a lovely farmhouse inspired setting.
  • Teranga — Boston’s first Senegalese restaurant is worth a visit. Our dinners were delicious and be sure to try the ginger juice!
  • Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe — so tasty and so retro, but no bathrooms. Really, none. You have to walk to bar down the street to pee.
  • Tapeo — mmm sangria and margaritas.  A nice place to have snack and a drink on Newbury Street.
  • Algiers Coffee House in Harvard Square — Tea! Cookies! Lentil soup! Beer! (Yes, all of these were consumed. Also consumed was a “Whoopie Pie” — but that was secreted in via a purse!)

But this dining establishment stands out in my mind for some reason…

This is the Caspersen Student Center at the Harvard Law school.
No food was consumed here, but I bet it would’ve been tasty.
Lawyers need energy and precisely stacked fruits just add to the visual appeal — and sense of drama!

Addendum

This — for the record — is a Whoopie Pie.

Oh, can you imagine two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them? There’s even a festival!

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