FOOOOOD: Broder Nord

North Portland location, less of a wait, same Scandinavian charm…what’s not to love about Broder Nord? I can’t get enough of the abelskivers and quirky Swedish decor.

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Boston

Boston will always have a piece of my heart.  I spent my freshman year of college at Boston University and have been back to visit several times since.  If you can swing it, go on Marathon Monday – it’s unlike any other sporting event or celebration I’ve ever been to. It really is the BEST.  On Marathon Monday I would recommend starting in Kenmore Square and walking towards Brookline.  Cover as much of the race route as you can -it’s a super festive atmosphere and all the bars along the course are packed!

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City Guide below –

Must Do’s:

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Fenway Park.  Even if you can’t make it to a game, just go.  It’s magical.  There was a great article in the NY Times last month about furthering development in the area, link here)

Freedom Trail.  So. Much. History. And, if you take the ferry back from Charlestown the views of the city are amazeballs.

Duck Tour.  Cute, quirky way to see different parts of the city.

More Faves (by neighborhood):

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1. South Boston – Loco, 2. North End – Regina Pizza, 3. Back Bay – Alibi (inside what’s now a hotel, but used to be the Boston jail), 4. Beacon Hill – Tatte Bakery, 5. South End – The Gallows

Beacon Hill/Back Bay:

Beacon Hill Pub – the divest of dive bars.  We went during the afternoon and there weren’t a ton of people around but you could imagine that it’s a hot spot on Friday nights.

Explore the shops in Beacon Hill – start on Charles St.

Flour – cute Boston area chain with great breakfast, lunch and coconut macaroons.

North End:

Mike’s Pastry – go to both Mike’s and Modern and then cast your vote for best cannoli!

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South End:

Myers + Chang (one of the owners is on this season of Top Chef!)

Coppa

Barcelona Wine Bar

The Butcher Shop – amazing cuts of meat, great sides and awesome neighborhood atmosphere.  If I lived in Boston, I definitely try to make the South End my home.  All the charming restaurants and row houses are fun to walk past.

South Boston:

Lincoln Tavern

L Street Tavern (the bar made famous in Good Will Hunting)

Shamrock Pub – doesn’t look like much from the outside, but seems like it was (and still is) a watering hole for local union workers.  An interesting spot that you wouldn’t find in a lot of other places.

Other:

Eagle’s Deli (take the T to Cleveland Circle)

Pinocchio’s (near Harvard Square)

Michael’s Deli (in Brookline)

 

Hope you enjoy!

xo,

MJ

Halloween!

A belated Halloween post…

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE Halloween.  The combo of fall (one of my fave seasons), dressing up, candy and little kids in costumes is pretty unbeatable.  I’ll consider this year’s last minute costumes a total win.  All put together with stuff we had in our closets (minus the mask and suspenders).  Such a fun, cheap way to get in the Halloween spirit!

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Anddddd, another great excuse to break out the selfie stick.

FOOOOOD: La Moule

If you’re looking for a little slice of Europe in PDX, look no further than La Moule.  Located in a charming section of SE Clinton St. this is a gem that’s not to be missed.  Now that the rain is here to stay in Portland, steaming bowls of mussels are perfect for a rain-soaked fall evening!

FOOOOOD: All-Way

Looking for an In-n-Out style burger in Portland?  Look no further than All-Way.  Yes, it’s in kind of a weird location (random old bldg near Nordstrom on Broadway), but the burgers are delish.  We went for lunch, but I think this would be an awesome place to go with friends before or after a night out.  Great burgers, full bar – what more can you ask for?

xoxo

MJ

FOOOOOD: Pollo Norte

I have never been to a place quite like Pollo Norte.  A tiny little spot on 42nd Ave & Killingsworth – this place is killing it.  They serve 1 thing – rotisserie chicken – and they do it well.  Totally beats the chicken sitting under the warmer at Whole Foods.  Your chicken comes with a choice of sides, tortillas and two different salsas.  Everything tasted super fresh and really delicious.  They’re branding is also spot on, I’m a total sucker for good branding.

xoxo

MJ