Sunday, August 30, 2009

Steph’s Visit: Day Four

Monday started with a short (~6 block) trip down to the Waltham commuter rail station. This was my first time on the commuter rail, and I have to say I pretty much love it. 15-20 minutes gets you to Porter Square or North Station, after which you can get anywhere in Boston without having had to deal with a moment of traffic. Awesome. We were headed into the city to go on a duck boat tour, so thats how the late-morning was spent.
It wasn’t a bad way to show someone this beautiful city, and a good time was had by all. People quacked, kids were adorably excited, and many pictures were taken.
After the tour ended, we hopped on the T to head back to Faneuil Hall for lunch.
We weren’t sure where at the hall we’d end up when we started, but soon discovered that we were both craving a nice hot bowl of spicy noodles and headed straight to Wagamama. I have the Wagamama cookbook for some reason, but had never been to one of their restaurant locations. As we discovered on Monday, that was a shame.
We started with Duck Gyoza, which were incredibly moist and flavorful with a nice anise-y note in the background. Totally awesome.
We ordered basically the same soup (Kare Lomen), which features a spicy coconut-based broth. Steph went with chicken,
I went with grilled shrimp,
and we were both very very happy campers.
Lunch was followed by a trip to my old stomping grounds at MIT. The campus was much more beautiful than I remember it being, even if the dome was being repaired (thus preventing Steph from getting the all important Steph-standing-in-front-of-the-dome shot).
From there it was down the road to what is widely considered a “safety school,” which happens to feature a more traditionally beautiful campus itself.
Then it was home to watch the bunnies be adorable
and prep The World’s Greatest Sandwich (Chicken, Avocado, and Tomato Wraps).
Thus ended the first Boston leg of this vacation.

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