My Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

Category: Food (Page 1 of 8)

Tastiest Shawarma at Falafel King in Quincy

Falafel King is our favorite spot for falafels, chicken shawarma and kafta shish kabobs. We’ve tried other falafel shops around Boston and beyond, but they just can’t compare – either the flavors are off or the meats are dry and sad. This is not the case with Falafel King, which is why we have been coming here for years.

Also, while most other places do not include falafel with your plate, Falafel King throws in two giant falafels with each plate and salad order.

Typically, my go-to plate is the kafta shish kabob salad. It’s just so delicious. You can get it with rice, but the salad helps balance the richness of the kafta.


kafta shish kabob salad: ground beef & lamb mixed with chopped parsley and special spices grilled on a charcoal broiler

Just the other evening, we stopped by to place a kafta shish kabob salad to go and, to our shock, they were all sold out. What?!

And so, I ended up getting a chicken shawarma salad instead and the Mister got the lamb shawarma salad. Both are just as amazing. Props go to places that can serve up tender, juicy pieces of chicken on a consistent basis because that’s not easy.


chicken shawarma salad: grilled chicken marinated in lemon, olive oil, and spices


lamb shawarma salad: grilled lamb marinated in lemon, olive oil, and spices

Also, super glad to find out that they are indeed open again on Saturdays from 11am-5pm because a few weeks ago when we stopped by, we were met with a closed sign. It was sad, but now we are happy again!

Falafel King
690 Hancock St.
Quincy, MA 02170
(617) 773-0100

How I Manage Gestational Diabetes: Lettuce Wraps

As the pregnancy has progressed, I’ve also noticed that the gestational diabetes has as well. When I was once able to have a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, I wasn’t able to anymore at 32 weeks. It shot my glucose levels so high that I might as well have eaten some french fries. That was super frustrating.

So, what to do in this new situation?

Lettuce wrap it!

Whether making something from home or when out and about, it can be done. Most burger spots I’ve visited have been very accommodating. So, make the request.


Hidden inside this homemade lettuce wrap is some turkey and cheese with a bit of mustard.


Five Guys burger with sautéed mushrooms, pickles, and mayo in a lettuce wrap. It did the job even though there wasn’t enough lettuce.


Shake Shack‘s griddled chicken BLT in a lettuce wrap. I like how there was so much lettuce that it was actually wrapped around the innards like a package.


Mooyah burger with cheese, pickles and sautéed mushrooms in an iceberg “bun.” This was by far the best lettuce wrap I’ve had because there was a substantial amount of lettuce.

The only downside is that you don’t have any buns to soak up all the condiments and/or drippings. They just end up down your hands so be sure to have a pile of napkins at the ready.

$1 Pizza at Marliave’s in Boston

What? Marliave‘s serves breakfast sandwiches, pastries and pizza? Not just really good drinks and $1 oysters & clams every day from 4pm-6pm and 9pm-10pm?


So, separate from the restaurant is the expresso bar that dishes out breakfast sandwiches, beignets, housemade paninis and…$1 pizza! It was our first time exploring this part of Marliave’s.

We tried the pizza and it was really, really good – just one kind, mozzarella & marinara. Note that there is a limit of 3 slices per customer and is served only from 12pm-3pm.


Don’t be fooled by the girthiness of the cheese because underneath that is a mountain of flavor.


Luckily, it was nice weather outside so we were able to get a spot on the bunch and chow down.

I definitely want to try the rest of the morning/afternoon menu offerings when I can get back 100% on the carb train.

10 Bosworth Street
Boston, MA 02108

So Gong Dong Tofu & BBQ in Quincy, MA

This new spot is a great addition to the Kam Man plaza. The Mister and I were originally going to Falafel King but then we found out that they’re closed on the weekends now! What? When did this happen?

So, while I’m on my low carb diet, we were trying to figure out what would work and So Gong Dong Tofu & BBQ popped up on a quick Yelp search. So, Korean soup it is!


unlimited yummy tea

There’s no one to take your name when you first enter so be sure to write your name down on the clipboard.


the tasty side dishes. I wish there had been more.

The Mister and I ordered a kimchi jigae paired with rice in a stone pot. Other pairing options include ramen or a Korean noodle, but I didn’t want to have any carbs in the soup. This way, I knew it’d be on the side. There are also other jigae/soup choices (seafood, pork, vegetable and more) with your spiciness level preference – I wish I’d chosen very spicy instead of just spicy.


the bubbling cauldron of kimchi jigae.

The Mister ordered kalbi and they were pretty generous with the amount of meat piled on the plate. It was pretty dang delicious.


a beautiful trough of kalbi.

We’ll definitely be returning because for one it’s pretty good and for another it beats going out to Allston for Korean soup and trying to find parking there.

225 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA 02169

Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant in Chinatown

My mom and her friend get together for dim sum at Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant in Boston Chinatown. Up until the other day I’d only ever gone there to order baked curry beef buns, baked bbq pork buns, a bag of cake ends, and egg tarts.

On weekends, the restaurant is so jam packed so I don’t even bother waiting. Luckily, I was in town early enough the other day to finally try out the dim sum.


shrimp dumplings, “har gow”


shrimp & pork dumplings, “siu mai”


beef balls, “ngao yuk yurn”


bbq pork steamed rice noodle, “chau siu cheurng”


a steamed plate of Chinese broccoli

This place is really good compared to the big ones in the area. Space is super tight but if you can get there before 9:45AM, you will be in luck. Or, if you don’t mind waiting.

Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant
61-63 Beach Street
Boston, MA 02111

2018 Dorchester Chili Cook-Off

We always try to keep an eye out for the next Dorchester Chili Cook-Off. It’s one of our favorite chili fests. Last year was great and this year did not disappoint.

Held again at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103 in Dorchester, there were so many tasty hits. I just wish we’d had a better plan of attack, i.e. share the chili first instead of getting our own. Our guts were bursting by the end.


Pork and venison chili with pork rinds, mango salsa, cheese, and cornbread. It was different, but delicious still because most recipes that veer away from the original end up being too far off. This one was really good.


This was a bright tasting chili by Lower Mills Tavern / Chef Colton. It reminded me of a carnitas with salsa verde. It was topped with cheese, sour cream and…fried grasshoppers.


Some good, solid chili topped with guacamole, cheese and sour cream. The guac really made a difference. I’m gonna start doing this myself.


Macarons! They were so pretty and so delicious! We actually made a beeline to this first because they go fast. Strawberry, pistachio, vanilla, and lemon flavors by Sweet Life & Bakery.

We can’t wait for next year when we’ll have the baby strapped onto us while we make the rounds.

Lebanese Food at Shawarma Falafel

My go-to spot for falafel, shawarma and/or roll-ups when in the Downtown Crossing area has to be Shawarma Falafel, which also happens to be a shop or two down from Sam LaGrassa’s sandwich shop.

The people are super nice and the food is delicious. I usually order a plate special, but since I’m under strict orders to chill it with the rice, I opted for a chicken shawarma roll-up combo instead.


The combo came with French fries and a drink and was under $10. Had I known that they stuffed French fries into the roll-up, I would’ve skipped the fries.

It was super yummy especially with the addition of garlic butter and pickles.

Shawarma Falafel
26 Province Street
Boston, MA 02108

World Famous Sandwiches at Sam LaGrassa’s

I have lived in Boston all my life and it wasn’t until the other day that I experienced the sandwich deliciousness of Sam LaGrassa’s.

The Mister and I happened to be in the area and decided to give Sam LaGrassa’s a shot. I’ve only every heard amazing things about the place as well as the fact that it gets jam-packed.

We got there a little before noon and already there was a line. We chose to split the Pastrami Corned Beef Combo which has Rumanian pastrami and “fresh from the pot” corned beef with swiss cheese, russian dressing and cole slaw served on light rye with a pickle for $13.95.


It’s a great sandwich, tender and mild. I’d probably opt for the coleslaw on the side next time only because the coleslaw did overpower the flavor of the meats a bit.

I would definitely try to hit them up before the noon lunch crowd because the line can get long and you might not be able to find a seat.

Sam LaGrassa’s
44 Province St.
Boston, MA 02108
(right in Downtown Crossing)

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