A Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

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The Great Bukowski Tavern in Boston

This is my favorite spot in Boston (especially around the Back Bay Area) for really good beer and really amazing tater tots in a low-key, casual atmosphere. Just find a seat at the bar or a free table and park it.

Bukowski Tavern
50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115
(21+ and cash only)


And when this place says 21+ only, they really mean it. The Mister and I were sitting at the bar one time and the bartender/server asked this couple with their baby to leave. No exceptions.

So now that I’m pregnant, we’re getting in as much Bukowski Tavern time as possible 🙂


A visit must always – always – include an order of the white trash poutine tater tots. I wish they offered a bucket-sized portion cuz I’d order it.

It’s a great classic menu of burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, sandwiches and specials. You can’t go wrong.

Bobby Q’s BBQ in Phoenix, AZ

We tried some Bobby Q’s BBQ at Biltmore at the newest location in Phoenix.

We sat at the bar and split a plate of baby back ribs and brisket. I’m always on the search for brisket that’s as good as the ones in Texas. Unfortunately, this was not the place for such a brisket.

The bartender prided themselves on making a lean brisket. Lean brisket? Who wants lean brisket?! That should’ve been a sign.

The food was ok…just ok.

Bobby Q’s
3154 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016


Free cornbread which was ok. I like mine to be griddled up with the sides getting that crispy crunch. Alas, this was not griddled.


The brisket and baby back ribs were ok. The Mac and cheese was not for me. I like mine southern style. This was way too rich and creamy for me.

Arizona Capitol Museum & Building

We’re nerds most times so when we visit a place, we like to check out the state capitol buildings. We thought this was a functioning state capitol building, which it is just not the part that we went to.

Useful information, but definitely in need of an update.

Arizona Capitol Museum
1700 W Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007

The Arizona Capitol Building / Museum | by Lillian Lee

The Arizona Capitol Building / Museum

The super elderly cactus that needs to be propped up | by LILLIAN LEE

The super elderly cactus that needs to be propped up.

German Food at Haus Murphy’s in Arizona

The one time I had schnitzel was maybe a few months ago…at a French bistro and it wasn’t good at all. So, I thought all schnitzel was supposed to have the texture of a flat, dry cracker.

My friend E came to the rescue and showed us what German food should taste like and off we went to Haus Murphy’s in Glendale, Arizona.


The Mister and I ordered the Bauernplatte for two which should’ve been for four. It was a gargantuan platter of German bratwurst, a big beefy bratwurst, one smoked kassler, a portion of meatloaf and pork schnitzel served with sauerkraut, red cabbage and German fried potatoes. There was barely any space on the table because the dish was that massive.

We didn’t finish it, but ended up taking it up with us to the Petrified Forest and the Meteor Crater. It definitely came in handy for lunch during the long drive!

The Natural Wonders of Arizona

This would’ve been the perfect trip with an RV. The sites we wanted to go see were all in the same area, but we had to split it up in two days.


We drove up to Sedona soon after we landed in Phoenix and had planned on catching the night time light show. Unfortunately, we were super exhausted and our friend E got sick. We ended up picking up some pizza and calling it a night while watching the Star Wars marathon on tv.

But, it doesn’t sound like we missed much – we found out that the light show lasted all but five minutes. We did get a quick peek of Sedona the next morning on our way to the Grand Canyon tho.


We found out that this is the only McDonald’s with a green “M.” I figured it was because Sedona is uber posh and needed McD’s to fit with the background and I was right. We stopped in for some hot chocolate.


Beautiful red rock country

Grand Canyon (South Rim)

The bucket list item was checked off. It was a lot colder than what we were expecting but luckily we were prepared. No photo can do it justice. The sheer size just takes over all your senses.


Petrified Forest National Park
1 Park Road, PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

It was like traveling back into Jurassic Park times.




Meteor Crater
Interstate 40, Exit 233
Winslow, AZ 86047

Though not a national park, the Meteor Crater happened to be one of my faves. The enormity of it and how it happened thousand and thousands of years ago. It was definitely worth the drive.


We definitely want to re-visit Arizona and check out some of the landmarks we couldn’t make it to like Antelope Canyon.

Korean BBQ Buffet at Gen in Arizona

All you can eat Korean BBQ? Um, yes please!

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1056
Tempe, AZ 85281

We just happened to be exploring the Tempe Marketplace when we came upon Gen. Exploring was done and we were ready to eat all the bbq for $15! Amazing thing is that we’ve visited Gen before but during our travels to Texas. We loved them there and loved them in Arizona as well!



Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo

I learned a lot about the desert and its botanical life. I also learned that it can get really cool at the zoo, so much so that all the animals were huddling around the heaters and / or sleeping – I even had to make a stop at the gift shop to pick up a knit hat.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008



A sea of prickly pickles | by LILLIAN LEE

A sea of prickly pickles.

I didn't realize cacti could be so massive! | by LILLIAN LEE

I didn’t realize cacti could be so massive!

Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

cuz I was born in the year of the snake | by LILLIAN LEE

cuz I was born in the year of the snake 🐍

rhino butt | by LILLIAN LEE

rhino butt

colorful parrot | by LILLIAN LEE

colorful parrot

a flock of flamingos | by LILLIAN LEE

a flock of flamingos

Colados Coffee & Crepes in Arizona

Savory crêpes? I’m there! But then, I couldn’t just get a savory crêpe. I needed a sweet one too.

Colados Coffee & Crepes
10685 W Indian School
Avondale, AZ 85392

Here's the Morning crêpe with bacon, egg, cheese and bell pepper

Here’s the Morning crêpe with bacon, egg, cheese and bell pepper

For something sweet, I picked the Peach crêpe with Duce de leche, peaches and roasted almonds. I just wish they had used fresh peaches vs canned. | by LILLIAN LEE

For something sweet, I picked the Peach crêpe with Duce de leche, peaches and roasted almonds. I just wish they had used fresh peaches vs canned.

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