April 5, 2017

Boston City Guide

Boston City Guide

An ever growing list, because let’s face it, there are just a (bos)ton of cool things to do and eat in this city.

EATING THINGS

By Chloe: 101 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA. This place just opened in Boston. It’s currently in NYC and LA, and has finally outstretched its arms to the Northeast. Though it boasts vegan creations, all types of eaters will enjoy this place. My recommendation: the classic burger, caesar salad, mac and cheese, and giant cookie. Very very chomp worthy.

Tatte bakery: 6 locations throughout the wider Boston region. If you’re looking for a no fail brunch spot, this is your place. Ambiance, lattes, shakshuka, and avo toast are always 10/10. Though beware, lines are usually long, and often crowded. 

Cocobeet: I was introduced to this joint by Blair (balancewithb). It is my favorite juice bar in the city. The juice and smoothie blends are the most creative I’ve ever seen, and the ingredients are always organic. Plus, they use dates as sweeteners, not agave (for most items). Each bottle tells a story, and the owner is one of the kindest humans I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And they even just opened a location in Wellesley (town about 20 minutes out side of Boston!!). Must try: chia pudding. And also everything on the menu.

The Buttery: Great burgers for brunch (I’ve had the beet burger before and it was a beeatiful thing), and divine avocado toast. I usually end up topping it with an egg. Amazing amazing bread as the vehicle for said toast.

Jugos juice bar: Another juice bar in Boston with awesome little shooters and great bowls. Located just attached to a train station with tons of fresh produce outside. They also have chia seed puddings and some salads you can get to go!

Life Alive Cafe: Not technically in Boston (actually in Cambridge), but oh man this is one of my favorite, favorite lunch spots. Everything is organic, and the sauces are just other worldly. Make sure to grab a bowl with the ginger nama shoyo sauce. It will change your life. If you like plants and kombucha on tap and amazing smoothie combos and fresh pressed juices, this place is for you.

Thirst Juice Bar: Another amazing juice bar with the most amazing owner. The freshest juices and smoothies and awesome smoothie bowls. It never disappoints. 

Whole Heart Provisions: Again, not in Boston city technically 0 in Allston, which is slightly outside of the city. SO WORTH THE DRIVE. I feel like I don’t even need to explain after just having this picture here. Kombucha on tap, incredible bowls with incredible flavors and some of the best brussels sprouts I’ve ever had.

Pressed Freeze – 288 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02215: I get the chocolate freeze (almonds, dates, sea salt, cacao) with almond butter, cacao drizzle, dark chocolate chips and strawberries. Game over.
Trade: I have never had a bad meal here. Some small plates, some flatbreads, some larger plates. All worthy of trying. Menu changes regularly, too, so it’s worth coming back regularly. Pictured here is the mushroom and fig flatbread. Chomp worthy, as evidenced by the bit marks. 

B&G Oysters: In one of my favorite parts of Boston (the South End) serving up fresh seafood with a huge open kitchen. Snag the two seats at the bar closest to the door for a full view of raw bar and kitchen action. Or there’s a gorgeous outdoor patio during the summertime. I did one of the oyster shucking classes and honestly one of the most fun things I’ve done in Boston since living here. Lots of quintessential New England seafood items (think: lobster roll) as well as fresh grilled entrees. Puts you in a perfect spot to explore some of the places below (Follain, Niche, Flock Boston, etc.)
Drinks on top of the Envoy Hotel. Great view of the city skyline – awesome place to bring visitors. Beware: can be crowded and very sunny. Go after 7:30pm on a weekday for ample shade and ample seating. 

Haley.Henry wine bar: Wow oh wow. Quite possibly my favorite find in Boston so far. They carry my favorite orange wine and the most delicious tinned sardines and anchovies. Just looking at the menu produces smiles with headings like “biggie smalls plates” and “east coast toast” (rap puns and rhyming are the way to my heart). They also hold really cool and funny events like Weiner and Wine Wednesdays. And music is amazing. Almost too good though. Went here on a first date and at one point actually had to say “I’m sorry I got distracted and stopped listening to what you were saying because Beyonce just nailed the high note of ‘Love on Top’ and that commanded all of my attention. Can you start over?” 11/10 would recommend. Cannot wait to go back. 

WHAT TO DO

Follain: Follain is the all natural beauty store I did the IG live with regarding switches to all natural make up. Catch the post here.  The store takes the guess work out of the which beauty brands are best. They try them all before choosing to put the min stores, and everyone is just so knowledgable with recommendations. Makes the whole experience so fun.

Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism: I went here for an introductory class on herbs once and it was just so enlightening. They regularly hold educational classes, and each class is equipped with their own blend of teas. Just one of the coolest places I’ve ever been.

Balans Boston organic spa: The definition of oasis. Come here for organic spa treatments (all products used are organic), or for a float. I did the 30 minute float (you float in a highly concentrated salt water bath, making you feel entirely weightless) and left feeling quite literally lighter. The ultimate meditation experience equipped with plenty of plants and tea – two of my favorite things.

Niche Urban Garden Supply: PLANTS ON PLANTS PLANTS in the cutest neighborhood – South End. If you’re here during the summer and on the weekend, pop on over to SoWa Farmer’s market afterwards!

Mahoney’s: Another plant shop a bit outside the city (in Brighton), but so worth it!! Way larger selection than Niche and run the gamut of gardening materials: soil, tools, potters, cacti, flowers, big things, small things, every things. 

Cryomed Boston: I had a few friends in town one weekend and we ventured over to Creamed Boston for cryotherapy and B12 injections. Daniela (Dr. Winston) was there with us talking us through each step, particularly when we panicked after seeing the enormous nitrogen tanks. My friend is an accountant who just narrowly survived her busy season, and she when leaving the session that this was the first time she remembered not feeling tired. Great for decreasing inflammation, increasing collagen production and skin elasticity, increasing metabolic rate, and optimizing athletic performance. Highly recommend.

B12 injections: I recently discovered I’m B12 deficient, and the form offered at Cryomed Boston is methylcobalamin, which is the form more easily absorbed, especially if individuals have trouble with methylation. B12 affects the development and maintenance of red blood cells and nerve cells, and aids in the production of DNA, RNA, and neurotransmitters. Not only does Cryomed Boston offer B12 injections, but also nutritional IV therapy. Also, virtually painless – barely a prick and increased energy throughout the entire day.

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