When I came back to America, I wanted to go somewhere I had never been before heading to Seattle for graduation. I booked a trip to Boston for two weeks and went with no plan. I ended up having a blast going to the classic tourist attractions, spending a lot of time with MIT’s chapter of Theta Xi, and enjoying some delicious food.
The first thing I went to in Boston was the Freedom Trail tour. It was early, slightly raining, and memorial day. There were only 4 of us in our group and when the guide came over dressed in a colonial uniform he started by telling us how all of the other guides are actors, have characters and like storytelling. He on the other hand isn’t an actor, has no character name, and only wears the uniform because he is required to do so. After some hesitation from the group we asked what he does outside of giving tours. He told us that he is the American history professor for Harvard and he likes to give tours for fun.
I was blown away by the quality of the Boston Tea Party Museum. It was corny and a little hokey, but amazingly well put together. Almost the entire thing was scripted and timed to match the exhibits. I remember thinking how much it reminded me of Disneyland. The production quality and abilities of the staff were awesome.
On my first day in Boston I went to Cheeseboy, a restaurant that served grilled cheese sandwiches filled with macaroni and cheese and bacon that were crazy good. I had never thought about that combination of foods before but I’m glad they did.
One of my favorite places was Cafe 472 near Boston University. They have incredible frozen yogurt, and even more incredible calzones. It was so delicious that I ended up getting a group to go there almost every night. They have around 60 different flavors of frozen yogurt (base flavor + mixin) and then another 60ish toppings. My favorite combination was vanilla + apple pie (small apple bits mixed in) with cinnamon chips on top. One of my friends introduced me to their calzones and I believe I would classify it as one of the best pizza related meals I’ve ever had. It was HUGE and amazingly cheesy and delicious. Pesto, Pineapple, Chicken calzone. Yum.
After Boston I headed up to Seattle to finally graduate, and then stayed for another month and a half. I lived in Seattle for 6 years, and had friends and routines that were very typical of who I was before I started this traveling adventure. I wanted to experience Seattle in a completely new way so I made it a priority to go to new places and make new friends just as I would if I had never lived there before.
I joined some new social groups, made new friends, and kept my eyes out for every interesting event that was happening around Seattle. Seattle has always been one of my favorite places to be during the Summer and this experience just added to that.
Here are three of my favorite restaurants that I was able to experience for the first time.
1. Japonessa. Holy cow. Classy decor, delicious tempura rolls, and nearly all day happy hour made this a place I revisited as many times as I could. The Spicy Seattle and Spicy Crunch rolls are just incredible. I had never had deep fried rolls before and these ended up being my favorite sushi choices I’ve ever had (even after eating a bunch of sushi in Japan the month before). Each roll was about 7 dollars during happy hour and I would be incredibly full after 2.
2. Pie Bar. Freshly made pie and open late. I’m a complete sucker for fruit pies and this place blew my mind. I normally stick to the classic apple, but Pie Bar’s Desserted Island was one of the best slices I’ve ever had. Strawberries, raspberries, marionberries, Granny Smith apples, streusel, a la mode. Seriously incredible.
3. Tat’s Delicatessen. I normally feel like subs are just subs, nothing special. Tat’s Delicatessen made me completely rethink my life. I got their Tat’strami, a Pastrami Cheesesteak with cole slaw, melted Swiss & Russian dressing. It completely floored me. The tender pastrami, strong flavor, and juicy messiness made me feel like it was the best tasting thing I had ever put in my mouth. I made sure that I went back again so that Tat’s was the last meal I had before leaving Seattle.
When I left Seattle I headed to Europe to meet back up with Jay and continue my summer exploring the world, and getting back to work.