Though I could never live in a big city such as Boston, I enjoy visiting from time to time. My favorite time to go is on a Sunday. It’s less crowded, and much easier to find free parking. Plus the stress of driving through the city is lessened when there are less people on the road. When I was in college, I didn’t really appreciate all the things that the city had to offer because I had places that I frequent at and there was not really much time to truly explore. While I have lived in this state my entire life, I still don’t know Boston all that well. Instagram has truly served as a wonderful platform to find new spots to check out.
This past Sunday, my little boy and I went up to the city to spend the day with our good friend, Ellie. The weather was not accommodating in the least as it was raining, and gloomy out (I honestly have the best luck when it comes to weather, guys!). It was a good thing that we did not have any set plans on what to do that day, so our flexibility worked in our favor. Here is how we spent our day in Beantown:
1. Tatte Bakery & Cafe
Conveniently located all over Boston, literally 8 places, I really enjoyed going here. I’ve only ever been to the one in Back Bay, but it didn’t surprise me that the aesthetics are all just as charming and elegant. As soon as you walk in, you immediately get the vibe of a busy city. You have the staff moving in a rather fast pace as the line is basically out the door. The minute you devour one of their delicious pastries, you’ll understand why it’s such a popular stop. Gabriel got the strawberry cheesecake thing and a fresh press orange juice, while I ordered a chocolate coconut cream puff and a latte.
2. Brookline Booksmith
I was bit worried about how to entertain my son until he suggested that we go to a bookstore. I can’t lie and say that I was not beaming with great pride that my 6 year old gave such an enthusiastic shrill when I said, “yes!” It’s wonderful to see that my love for books has been passed down to him. The bookstore was not very far from Tatte’s at all. We spent about a solid hour just perusing the titles until we finally settled to buying a few items. I have a general rule that I can never leave a bookstore without buying at least one book. As convenient as it is to order books online, I support bookstores because you’re paying for the experience of browsing. That, in itself, is truly lovely.
3. LimeRed Teahouse
A good example of how instagram serves a great platform for discovery, I found this gem via the #igersboston hashtag. I saved the location for months and never had a chance to go. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a proper time for ice cream. If you can, then you must, eat ice cream! I also have this thing where I sometimes eat ice cream for breakfast, especially on vacation, and it’s the best treat-yo-self moment. I loved the atmosphere in this place. I wish I had known about it when I was a student because it’s a quiet spot for working. They only had two ice cream flavors: matcha, and vanilla. My son and I are huge fans of macaroons, especially on ice cream, so I requested that she put two of them on our order. While we were waiting, Ellie read Gabe a book that we picked up from the bookstore– superb way of entertaining a child while we patiently wait for our food. The waffle shell was to die for! It was a mixture of warm and cold in your mouth, a combination that is delicately pleasing to the tastebuds. Ellie had the oreo dusting on hers and Gabe was also a fan of that since he was lucky enough to try both our ice creams.
4. Boston MFA (Museum of Fine Arts)
When we finished up our ice cream, the snow and rain started coming down, so we had to once again change our plans. The MFA is always a good go-to and I often take my out of town friends there. No matter how many times I’ve been here, I am still so deeply intrigued by the vastness of this place. While some things remain the same, like a few galleries and artifacts, there is always something new to learn. Currently they have the Murakami Showroom which displays stimulated Japanese art known as “Asobi.” While I would consider my son to be the sort that can appreciate places like this, it’s very tough to expect him to allow Ellie and I to take our time in each room. We basically blew through the place in a couple of hours because Gabe grew a bit antsy. However, I would still suggest parents take their kids to museums at a young age to have them start developing an appreciation for things like this. It’s uniquely special to be able to learn with your child because while you’re trying to understand what each art piece represent, you’re also having to explain to your child what it is. Kids have this ability to find the simplicities in things and that’s a nice reminder that we don’t always have to complicate stuff to understand.
Though the weather played a huge factor on how we spent our Sunday, I would still say that it was a super fun day. We found ways to keep Gabriel entertained while I was able to catch up with a good friend that I don’t see nearly as enough I’d like. Hunt the good stuff, guys and gals. 😌