A Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

Category: Food (Page 1 of 7)

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)

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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 🙂

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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

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

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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.

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.

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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!

Korean BBQ Buffet at Gen in Arizona

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

Gen
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!

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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.

Donut Heaven in Arizona

I love donuts. Like. LOVE. So, anywhere we go, we seek out donuts. Arizona did not disappoint!

Sedonuts
2370 W State Rte 89A, Ste 6
Sedona, AZ 86336

Right before we left Sedona for the long drive to the Grand Canyon, we stopped by for some donuts and coffee.

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The Mister tried to surprise me, but made a wrong turn and so needed assistance navigating. The jig was up!

I couldn’t just have one. Neither could the Mister. Our friend E had more self control. From top, left to right: maple butter, chocolate frosted with sprinkles, Boston cream, blueberry-filled, s’mores, and fruity pebble.


Sugar N’ Spice Coffee & Tea
14970 W Indian School Rd
Goodyear, AZ 85395

Our friend E highly recommended this coffee shop. When I saw the donut case, my eyes lit up.

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This PB&J donut is now my all-time fave donut and I don’t even like peanut butter all that much. The donut was sliced in half like a sandwich with some jelly spread. It was so fluffy and decadent. I let the Mister have only one bite – he had to order one for himself.

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Crumb raised donut was delicious as well. Yum!

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Arizona’s version of an old-fashioned. It looks way different from the ones back home. The Mister loves these things.


Fresh Donuts
1500 S Watson Rd, Ste 100
Buckeye, AZ 85326

For your go-to classic flavors, this is the place to go. I wish we had something like this in Boston.

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SO many donuts!

what?! non-circle shapes?! yasss!

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I think this is a crumb raised donut? It looked good…and it tasted even better. It was like a fluffy cloud 🍩

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This needs to be an option everywhere. This chocolate frosted stick was SO easy to eat. If I could’ve, I would’ve eaten a dozen or two.

Tacos in Arizona

Right after we landed and settled in to our friend’s place, we immediately went on a hunt for some tacos. We found a couple other places but in the end we returned to our first tacos stop because it was so good.

Hey Papirrin Mariscos Y Tacos Al Mesquite
601 N. Jackrabbit Trail
Buckeye, Arizona

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Hey Papirrin Mariscos Y Tacos is located next to a gas station as well as to another tacos stand. We never got the chance to try the other taco stand, because we loved Hey Papirrin so much.

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beef lengua tacos – so tender!

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asada tacos! for once, I had an aside that wasn’t dry and tasteless!!!


Kiss Pollos
306 W Yavapai St
Phoenix AZ 85003

While in the Phoenix area, we found a tacos spot that only specialized in chicken tacos.

chicken tacos with…potatoes!!! I loved this one


Los Reyes De La Torta
9230 N 7th St
Phoenix , AZ 85020

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can’t drink so a pineapple orange smoothie it is!

 

Three asada tacos. they wouldn’t let me do one of each taco. boo. these were ok. definitely not as juicy and tasty like the first taco stop.

 

The famed “La Reyna” torta. I didn’t like this. the bread wasn’t toasted and buttery and there wasn’t enough hot, melty cheese to bind everything.

Airport Eats. BOS (Boston Logan International Airport) > CLT (Charlotte Douglas International Airport)

The Mister and I decided that our next destination would be…Arizona! It continues with our exploration of the southern/western half of the US, but also we have a friend who lives there so it was perfect timing for a visit – plus, the cold was really getting to us.

Going to Arizona, we had a direct flight which was SO long and kinda painful. Returning back to Boston, we had a connection in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both flights were ass early in the morning, which we will probably try very hard to avoid in the future.

Boston Logan International Airport

My first choice out of Terminal A at 5AM would’ve been to just grab something from McDonald’s. But, the Mister said, “Hold up!” He steered us to…Sbarro. Sbarro? The place that makes mediocre pizza? Yes.

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In the morning, they make eggs to order and there’s a choice of sausage or bacon with some home fries. TIP: We decided to take our food to-go. But, if you eat your meal right there, they will load your plate up with potatoes.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

We had 15 minutes to make it to our connecting flight back to Boston. Luckily, Bojangles was right there. We got an 8-piece box for the plane ride. I’m SO glad we decided to push the time because that chicken is so worth it. I mean, I love it more than Popeye’s.

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We busted the box of chicken right after the plane took off and started munching away.

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