Dining out with Kristen

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Where are you from?

I’m from Yarmouthport (Cape Cod)

 

How did you find your way to Boston?

As a kid, I always knew I wanted to live in the city. During my junior year of college at UNH I did a summer internship here with Partners Healthcare (who I still work for, 9 years later!)

 

What makes you a Bostonian?

I’ve lived in various neighborhoods throughout the years (Allston, Back Bay, North End and Charlestown), so I’ve really gotten to know the city and to take advantage of everything it has to offer. From the neighborhoods to the harbor islands, the RKG, the Public Gardens, museums, restaurants, food trucks, you name it! I take the T every day. I work downtown. My job supports the major hospitals (MGH, BWH, DFCI). I’m here. I’m involved.

 

Tell us a little about your blog, how/why did you start it?

Combination of reasons! 1) I was always taking pictures of my meals – it started on a trip to Greece in 2007, and when we got home I was so excited I had photos of the meals we ate. As much as I want to capture the memory of standing in front of the Parthenon, the Santorini sunsets, I wanted to remember that wood grilled octopus dish, that cute little plate of appetizers I enjoyed while watching said sunset. 2) Living in the North End, I started getting asked for restaurant recommendations a lot. 3) I was reading more and more blogs and really getting into the online community.

 

How do you want your blog to impact the greater Boston community?

I want to shine a positive light on the restaurants and bars that deserve it. I want to inspire city life and travel.

 

You’ve reviewed so many restaurants and eateries in the Boston community, what are your top recommendations for someone visiting Boston for the first time?

Oysters, Italian, Cocktails and The South End. 1) There are so many terrific seafood restaurants in Boston now, I think they are best enjoyed grabbing a seat at the bar and going for some freshly shucked Island Creek or Wellfleet oysters, followed up with more seafood – maybe a hot lobster roll, a clam chowder, a creative fish entree – my favorites are Neptune Oyster, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, Mare and the newly opened Select Oyster Bar. 2) When I say Italian, in this instance I mean the North End. I lived there for 4 years and those streets ooze with charm. Prezza and Mamma Maria have always been favorites for a really good dinner with polished service. The Daily Catch for Mediterranean seafood pasta dishes and the best calamari. Wood fired pizza at Antico Forno. Modern Pastry or Caffe Vittoria for cannolis and cappuccinos… I could go on and on. I’m partial to so many spots! 3) Bars with character and great bartenders who know their cocktails – The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard, JM Curley, Drink, Silvertone, Highball Lounge, Shojo…. I know I’m forgetting some but that list should suffice! 3) The South End is home to many of my other favorite restaurants in the city. The Gallows, Toro, Coppa , Delux, Franklin Cafe, Mistral and the Food Trucks on Sunday’s at SOWA – (the neighborhoods open market). Figure out what type of cuisine you are into at the moment, and plan accordingly!

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