|The ingredients are fresh and good quality, too bad that the staff does not have more imagination. My request for a meatless sub was met with much surprise and the guy offered a caprese or... a caprese. I chose a caprese. The prices are not listed, so when it came to paying $11, we were glad the guy did not come up with an idea for a second sub. Consuming on a nearby bench, we discussed what sandwich we'd make given a budget of $11. Definitely a better one than the caprese we were eating.|
|There is a nice view of East Boston from the waterfront. I can't believe we haven't made it there since moving here. I blame the discouragingly slowsky metro (the only way for us to make it across the bay), which is slower than me (!) on a bike. |
|One of the curiosities of North End: All Saints Way. In a small alleyway between two houses, there are thousands of saints' portraits displayed on the walls. The man behind it, Peter Baltassari, usually takes visitors around and entertains them with stories, but that day he was not home, the gate was closed, and we didn't get to see much.|
|Curiosity number 2: the narrowest house in Boston. While looking for some info on it, I discovered a whole category of spite houses - impractical houses built out of spite towards the neighbor, in order to steal his light and view. Often, that neighbor is a family member, and the reason for the hatred lies in unfair division of inheritance. |
The house in Boston was built in the end of the 19th century (allegedly) by a man who, after returning from military service, discovered that his brother had built a grand house on the property they both inherited, leaving him only a sliver (and likely hoping to turn this sliver into a garden).
|Copp's Hill Burying Ground is a wonderful cemetery with gravestones dating back to 17th and 18th century. I was thrilled to discover angels with comb-overs...|
...and skeletons in baffling engagements.
|Unfortunately, I could not shake off the impression that 95% of restaurants, delis, and shops were created exclusively for the tourists. I guess there is one way of finding the legit ones frequented by the locals - return in February and see where the crowds are then.|