Brittany: Weird, Messy, Goofball!

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How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

This is an incredibly difficult question to answer sincerely! If I were in a job interview I’d obviously just rattle off three positive adjectives…but none of them would be accurate. If I’m being honest with myself and you, it’d probably be more along the lines of “weird messy goofball.”

Tell us about your blog! Why/how did you start it?

After graduating college I wrote for a few papers and realized I am NOT a news reporter. I kept writing myself into the stories without realizing it, and/or trying to sneak in quippy jokes. My editors were not having it. I started the blog as a way of writing about all the same stuff (Boston’s latest and greatest places to be), but in the sassy, ranty tone that felt natural to me. My hope was that the blog would help me score some writing gigs in which I could employ the same voice–and it ended up working.

 

You said you have a book coming out in September, congratulations! What’s it about? What do you want your readers to take away from it?

Yes, the book is for a guidebook series called The Hunt Guides, which feature passionately independent and unique eating, shopping and lifestyle experiences throughout the world. I wrote Boston’s. The book features my favorite 10-12 shops and restaurants in each neighborhood. My greatest hope is that people will use the book to discover that Boston is so much more than its reputation as a rowdy college city filled with drunk sports fans. I always say it’s the most beautiful city in the U.S.–you just have to know where to go!

 

What are your favorite places to eat and drink in Boston?

That’s a tough one to answer succinctly now that I’ve written a 130+ page book on the topic! Hmmm…I really love Beat Brasserie in Cambridge and Sonsie in Back Bay for cocktails. Island Creek Oyster Bar has my favorite lobster roll in the city; Neptune Oyster’s “Connecticut style” version is a close second. In the winter, you can’t get any cozier than Carmen in the North End. And I love a lavish brunch at Stephanie’s, particularly the Southie location because they have “bubble service,” the closest Boston gets to bottomless mimosas.

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