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#1 Nrvsbride

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    Posted 19 February 2008 - 12:57 PM

    So this weekend I went to Boston to visit my FI's best friend and wife. It was completely last minute but it was nice to get away for the weekend. So I figured I would write a little review of my limited experience from a New York gal's perspective. Keep in mind that I have never been to Boston and my stay was very short.

    You know how everytime you go visit a city or a country you have that one thing you want to see? Well my big thing about Boston was that I wanted to hear a Boston accent in person. I have never met anyone with a Boston accent so I wanted to hear one really badly. I wanted to see if people really had accents like they do in the movies. (Yes I realize that this is super ignorant of me, but at least I'm being honest)

    Unfortunately I could not find one person with an accent! My friends told me that the Boston accent I see in movies is greatly exaggerated just the way the NY "brooklyn mobster" accent is always exaggerated. I was truly very sad about that. LOl.

    Some things I observed:

    1. The bars close at 1AM. Last call is at 12:30. Ummm yeah this is not acceptable. Most NYers don't even get to the bar till 12AM. I guess you just learn to deal with it.

    2. All the bathrooms in the bars had these weird trash cans. They looked like these high tech trash cans from the future or something. Actually they looked like those trash cans they have in medical offices to dispose of hazardous material. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to open it to throw trash in it. It even had this manual of instructions!

    3. I noticed in this one bar they had a sign in the girl's bathroom that said something to the effect of "If you feel threatened or in imminent danger, please contact bar personnel". Ummm yeah scary. Then some girl told me there was a rapist running lose. Awesome! I think if NY had these signs they would say "If you feel threatened or in imminent danger, KICK THAT MUTHA F@CKER IN THE BALLS!"

    4. Boston people really love the Red Soxs. We couldn't go a block w/o seeing someone wearing some kind of Red Soxs gear. It was offensive to my eyes obviously and there were times where hearing the Red Sox name made me want to regurgitate my insides. LOL. Also, the front page of their Sunday newspaper with the main story was about the Red Sox's beginning their training. They love their Redsox.

    5. Friday night we went to some bar called Hennessey's (sp?) It was really fun, they had some 80's cover band and I found Boston people to be super nice. It seems like everyone is Boston is just enjoying life and having a good time, which was a refreshing change from the moodiness that is NY. LOL. Unfortunately FI and his best friend decided it would be a brilliant idea to chant in the middle of the street "NY Giants are awesome". Yeah that almost got us killed. LOL.

    6. We went to the ever famous Mike's Pastry's which was packed! This place had a line out the door. It was insanity, but there were so many pastry's to choose from. YUMMY!

    7. Boston is a really cute city! It kind of reminds me of Europe. There were little cobblestone areas on the street and all these shops in the Italian area. It was super cute.

    8. I went to this one place on Sunday (I can't remember the name Ned something or other) that was a bar and restaurant. I had beer battered chicken tenders. They were the most amazing things ever! Boston has a lot of good food, except that they can't make a pizza to save their lives. Sorry to my Boston peeps, but come visit me in NY and I'll show you what a good pizza is all about!

    9. Their train system shuts down at a certain time. It reminded of Washington D.C. and Paris b/c these are both cities in which the trains shut down at a certain time. Very different from NY, since trains run 24/7.

    10. I learned from our friends that Boston doesn't have diners! Well not that they don't have diners but that there is really nowhere to go eat after drinking at a bar all night except for McDonald's or something like that. NY thrives on 24 hour diners where you get cheese fries, a.k.a Irish Nachos, a.k.a. Disco fries. Boston people must be really skinny b/c us fat boys over here in NY like to eat 24/7.

    11. I found girls to be really friendly and nice. You know how you go out to a bar or a club and girls are usually eyeing each other, giving themselves dirty looks? Well Boston girls weren't like this. They were sincerely nice people. And girls don't get decked out to go to the bars. People wear casual clothes, which I absolutely loved! In NY its like a fashion show and people wear the craziest outfits.

    12. The female bartenders were very covered up. What I mean by that is that they wear regular shirts and pants. The female bartenders in NY dress like skanks. They always have skimpy outfits. Sex sells what can I tell you? LOL.

    I think that's it. All in all, I would say that Boston is a very fun city and you should def visit it if you get a chance. Just make sure to leave your Yankee hat at home!

    #2 ACDCDCAC

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    Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:03 PM

    Quote:
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    6. We went to the ever famous Mike's Pastry's which was packed! This place had a line out the door. It was insanity, but there were so many pastry's to choose from. YUMMY!
    Welcome To Mike's Pastry! (index.html)
    OMG I didn't even read anything past this line because I would lay down in front of a speeding runaway train if I could get a canolli right now at this moment from Mike's. So delish. I would just die for one right now. The ones with the little chocolate chips on the sides are my fave. I've even actually ordered them thru the mail and made them at home. Honestly not quite as good as the real deal in person, but oh my. I'm drooling right now.

    And also sounds like you had a good trip besides that, ok, now back to read the rest of your thread!

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    Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:07 PM

    OK done Great review! I love Boston, even tho I was only there 24 hours. Can't wait to go back!

    #4 beachbride08

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      Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:07 PM

      I have always wanted to go to Boston (and NY for that matter). It sounds like you had a fun time. I totally agree with you on eating after drinking, and McDonald's just doesn't cut it.
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        Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:10 PM

        Glenda, Glad you had a good time in Bean town! It is a nice city but I have the same gripes and complimentsas you. The bars close way too early and the streets make no friggin sense. The one time I heard a real thick Boston accent was when I asked directions some where. Couldn't understand a word that lady said. But it is a quaint city and I even saw a game once at Fenway and had a good time (I'm a yankee fan). I love Quincy Market but the Bostonians call it something else. Anyhow I digress. Glad you had a good time and you will be getting a reply from my husband (aka Mr. Yankees) in 3....2.....1....

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        #6 Janet

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          Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:16 PM

          Glenda -- cool post idea! I've been to Boston a few times and it's a fun place, but definitely different than NYC! Next you have to come to DC and tell us what you think (hint: it's a great place to live but nothing like NYC and people dress so much worse here!) :)

          #7 Nrvsbride

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            Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:17 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by DougsGirl
            Welcome To Mike's Pastry! (index.html)
            OMG I didn't even read anything past this line because I would lay down in front of a speeding runaway train if I could get a canolli right now at this moment from Mike's. So delish. I would just die for one right now. The ones with the little chocolate chips on the sides are my fave. I've even actually ordered them thru the mail and made them at home. Honestly not quite as good as the real deal in person, but oh my. I'm drooling right now.

            And also sounds like you had a good trip besides that, ok, now back to read the rest of your thread!
            OMG I ate this canolli! It was amazing! I swear to you I was in heaven!

            #8 Nrvsbride

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              Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:17 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Janet
              Glenda -- cool post idea! I've been to Boston a few times and it's a fun place, but definitely different than NYC! Next you have to come to DC and tell us what you think (hint: it's a great place to live but nothing like NYC and people dress so much worse here!) :)
              I've been to DC! Ooh I should do my DC post! I love DC its also a great city!

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                Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:18 PM

                You're right Glenda.... Boston is cute. Kinda like NY's cute little sister city.

                Pizza sucks outside of NY. Period.

                I dread the thought of being without a diner for too long.

                F**k the Red Sox.

                And I always wear my Yankee hat in Massachusetts. And my "Boston Sucks" tshirt.

                #10 Nrvsbride

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                  Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:18 PM

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                  Glenda, Glad you had a good time in Bean town! It is a nice city but I have the same gripes and complimentsas you. The bars close way too early and the streets make no friggin sense. The one time I heard a real thick Boston accent was when I asked directions some where. Couldn't understand a word that lady said. But it is a quaint city and I even saw a game once at Fenway and had a good time (I'm a yankee fan). I love Quincy Market but the Bostonians call it something else. Anyhow I digress. Glad you had a good time and you will be getting a reply from my husband (aka Mr. Yankees) in 3....2.....1....

                  (lol)
                  I was lost on the streets. I had no clue what the heck was going on. Frankly I didn't care, I was just like direct me to the nearest bar! LOL.




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