a travel guide: boston

Even though I was only there for three days, one of which was rainy + rather brisk, Boston had so much to offer + I'm so glad it was on our adventure list.

The people. The architecture. The brisk walks. That chocolate chip cannolo (side note: we know our Italian over here). Here were some of our favorite things.

EAT

Bakery + Cafe / Tatte on Charles Street / easily my favorite spot, the museli, fresh salad with goat cheese + black sesame seeds, lamb meatball sandwich. 3/9 meals here - check. twice in one day - check

Refuel / Forge Baking Company / great place to warm up when you're touring Harvard, chocolate croissant, artsy space.

Doughnuts / Blackbird Doughnuts / I will say that nothing tops Blue Star Donuts in Portland but we always doughnut where ever we go. vanilla glaze + chocolate sprinkle. yeast only.

Modern Italian / Carmelinas in North End / caprese special, carbonara, baked 4 mushroom rigatoni + red wine for days

Dessert / Mike's Pastry / there is no other. one chocolate chip cannolo + one espresso cannolo to-go

Fresh / Sweet Greens / if you're like us + always overeat on trips. this is the place for a good grain bowl + jasmine green tea. 

SHOP

Follain / my favorite store. clean, effective skincare with non-toxic, natural ingredients made in the US. I spent a large part of my time (+ money) here. knowledgeable, non-pretentious staff that I felt like were my best of friends giving me beauty advice in my bathroom by the end of it.

side note: I could write a whole post about this but the US has very shady "regulations" when it comes to beauty products and most of them contain toxic chemicals (think formaldehyde + synthetic preservatives and fragrances) . some ingredients don't even have to be listed.  i have scoured our personal health items at home + threw away almost everything. even the products that claimed to be "natural" and "organic" If you want more info, I started with Follain's restricted ingredients list + then dove into the EWG's cosmetic database

Niche / plants + things for them to go in

EXPLORE

Harvard /

Beacon Hill / 

Brattle Book Shop / 

Boston Public Library / 

Isabella Gardner Museum / i wanted to live here or figure out to get a Venetian courtyard into our house

We love ya, Boston. Thanks for having a fluffy king bed, easy walking routes, people + their stories, life changing whipped yogurt, and those cannoli.