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Chowing around Boston with visiting teenagers (long)

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Chowing around Boston with visiting teenagers (long)

aromatherapy | Jul 22, 2003 01:10 PM

Earlier this month I spent a couple of days chowing (and sightseeing) around town with a couple of 14-year-old guys, in the second installment of what we hope will be an annual tradition (at least until they get too cool to be seen with me). It all started last year as a bar mitzvah present to one of them—“a day in Boston” for himself and a friend—and we had so much fun I reprised it this year as a birthday present. One of the best present ideas I’ve ever come up with, I highly recommend it, for the right kids of course. As you’ll see, I drew heavily on favorites from this board.

Both guys are from a rural part of the state, and while they love to eat they don’t get much variety. Constraints: one of them doesn’t care for fish or seafood, or for bone-in chicken. Other than that they’re pretty adventurous. Rules: I pick the restaurants (with input) and I pay for all meals; they’re free to order whatever they want (i.e., I butt out even if it kills me—but I too can order whatever I want, so I can sneak in a little more adventure if needed).

This trip we started with dinner at Dok Bua, which commenced with them dribbling the condiments onto their fingers and licking them off, and ended with possibly the high point of the trip: the basil seed drink, kindly donated by Dchow (thanks again! They sat there for a good 10 minutes rolling it around in their mouths and looking goofy.) They enjoyed their pad thai and stir-fried chicken, and exotic coconut and coffee drinks; the fish eater liked the taste of my spicy catfish but was freaked by the bones (something to bear in mind). Followed with micro-sundaes at Toscaninni’s.

Next day, after homemade huevos rancheros for breakfast, we ate a chicken sandwich from the Chilean place, a couple slices from Regina’s, and Vietnamese spring rolls and exotic fruit smoothies in Chinatown, topped off by a total pig-out dinner at Punjabi Dhaba and sorbets at Ben & Jerry’s. Oh, and they bought themselves a huge bag of various carefully selected candies from a new candy shop on Newbury (Sugar something?) and ate an awful lot of them.

On the last day we went to the Armenian shops in Watertown to shop for (and sample!) olives, pickles, nuts, candy, savory pastries, etc. They bought a couple spinach pies (a treat new to them) to sustain life on the ride home later, then we went over to Shangri-la for a big lunch from the 50-odd item weekend dim sum menu.

They loved everything!

Last year’s trip featured sandwiches from Mix and Sultan’s Kitchen, cannoli at the Modern, a stop at Dairy Fresh, dinner at Penang, and lunch at the Border Café (well, they liked it). We’re planning next year already…

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