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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Made it to Boston

I had a nice uneventful trip to Boston today. It snowed in Denver last night, so I got up and headed to the airport a few hours early. I was rewarded with hardly any traffic and a seat on a standby flight. Emily was on the same flight, which made it easier to navigate this place once we arrived. It's been rainy and dreary since we got here, but it sure looks like a nice place. Dinner at Legal Sea Foods is highly recommended.

I got to talk to the kids via webcam tonight, which was nice. Too bad none of them work very well (where's Skype 2.0 for OS X!?). Before I left, I got Yahoo working - but there's no voice. iChat doesn't work - even when I do both Macs in the same room using Bonjour. I'd like to blame my iSight, but Yahoo works fine b/w the Macs. Oh well, at least I can see the little munchkins.

Posted in General at Mar 13 2006, 07:58:18 PM MST 9 Comments

Legal Sea Foods is for tourists. You could do better.

Posted by Joe on March 14, 2006 at 07:05 AM MST #

That makes sense - since I <em>am</em> a tourist, eh? ;-)

Got any good suggestions Joe?

Posted by Matt Raible on March 14, 2006 at 07:22 AM MST #

Matt: where are you staying and what kind of food do you like? That'd make it easier for us natives to suggest something unless you feel like travelling all over the city ;-)

Posted by Ken Yee on March 14, 2006 at 08:17 AM MST #

Since you're visiting Boston, you should try Legal Sea Foods but I'd also recommend that you have dinner at one of the restaurants in North End. The area is pretty neat and lively and is a good Boston experience. I've been to Bricco and really liked it. Lucca is also supposed to be nice. They're like 15 restaurants on Hanover street so you wont run out of options. You can find the addresses here : . While you're there, make sure you stop by Mike's Pastry to have their famous Cannoli's. You might see some unusually long lines there if you go after 9pm : Also check out some Irish bars. Too many good ones to list but you could go to one near Fenway park which is also a happening place (especially Lansdowne street). The other nice part of town to hit some bars would be on Bolyslton Street / Tremont Street (some of them are out here are trendy). If you're having a geeks get-together let us know.

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on March 14, 2006 at 09:22 AM MST #

Ken - we're staying in Burlington, but have a rental car - so we can travel. I like all types of food, so I'm open to anything that's good.

Sanjiv - a geek dinner sounds like fun. How does Thursday night sound? I'm staying until Sunday, so will be hitting the pubs on Friday night.

Posted by Matt Raible on March 14, 2006 at 10:30 AM MST #

Thursday would work for me.

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on March 14, 2006 at 10:39 AM MST #

I was going to write pretty much what Sanjiv wrote. North end has so many great Italian restaurants. Other ideas: If you like shellfish, grab a dark beer and a seat at the raw bar of the Union oyster house. I believe the rawbar is mostly the original from 200 or so years ago. The toothpick was invented at that restaurant. It is located next to quincy market. If you want a killer steak house, go to . Abe & Louie's (You'll need a reservation). In Burlington for a more local dinner, try. paparazzi. The pub scene in Burlington stinks. You could go to Diamonds at the local Marriott, but you'll need to head to the city for the good places.

Posted by Ted Bergeron on March 14, 2006 at 05:00 PM MST #

Matt -- We don't know each other, but I'm one of the two lead developers on JSPWiki (which you are well acquainted with!). If a geek dinner on Thursday is in the offing, you can count me in. As for restaurants, for biggish crowds you could do a LOT worse than Jasper's Summer Shack in the Back Bay. Classic summer seafood. If you want to be a bit more adventourous, I'd recommend a place in my neighborhood (South End) -- Pho Republique (modern Vietnamese; duck spring rolls are terrific). And for old school charm, there's Jacob Wirth's (German brewpub, founded 1860). I hope your trip to Boston goes well!

Posted by Andrew Jaquith on March 14, 2006 at 05:34 PM MST #

Up in Burlington, there's not much in the way of good non-chain food. Of the chains in the area, Cheesecake Factory isn't too bad (not just dessert, good variety of food, and you won't leave hungry :-) If you're headed into Boston, there are lots of choices. Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square, Neptune Oyster in the North End, Summer Shack as Andrew mentioned, Turner Fisheries and Atlantic Fish in the Copley Square area, Douzo for sushi near the Back Bay T stop (I'm assuming you'd want mostly seafood). Most of the good places to eat in the Boston area are in the South End/Back Bay area where Andrew and I live. Unfortunately, most of the newer ones have adopted the retarded South End pricing of entries averaging upper 20s, lower 30s for somewhat small portions :-P

Posted by Ken Yee on March 15, 2006 at 05:03 PM MST #

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