A Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

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Graffiti & Street Art in Phoenix

The Mister pulled together a mini graffiti tour for us. It’s a good way to explore a city especially if shopping isn’t your thang. A lot of the art we saw didn’t seem like they’d be up for much longer considering all the high-end construction and demolition being done everywhere. Hopefully, some of these will be saved.

These cute, uplifting messages were found in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. They were a nice surprise at your feet since they were drawn on the sidewalks and not on any walls. I wish the artist had left their name:

"The Painted Desert" by Rebecca Green (2015)

“The Painted Desert” by Rebecca Green (2015). I especially loved the cat in the window glaring at us.

by ELMAC (2009)

by ELMAC (2009)

"The Art of Beeing USA Tour. Jaguar. Only 15K remain in the wild." by Louis Masai (November 2016)

“The Art of Beeing USA Tour. Jaguar. Only 15K remain in the wild.” by Louis Masai (November 2016)

by Amanda Adkins

by Amanda Adkins

artist unknown

artist unknown

artist unknown

artist unknown

"You Can Fly Higher" by Joseph "Sentrock" Perez

“You Can Fly Higher” by Joseph “Sentrock” Perez

by Roy Sproul

by Roy Sproul

by El Mac and Augustine Kofie (2009)

by El Mac and Augustine Kofie (2009)

by Karen Fiorito (2017)

by Karen Fiorito (2017)

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.

J.P. Licks in Jamaica Plain Neighborhood of Boston, MA

I stray from J.P. Licks from time to time, but I always return. They have super fun flavors and the ice cream itself is rich, thick and creamy. After experiencing ice-y ice cream the other week, I now appreciate J.P Licks even more.

Homemade ice cream and coffee cafe with 13 locations in and around Boston

Here are July flavors of the month…

Nano Black Soft Serve
It’s vanilla and activated charcoal soft serve. I like that it’s black and super emo/anti-mermaid, but in terms of flavor, I didn’t really get that hit of vanilla. Or maybe the color was throwing me off? I wonder tho what it could’ve tasted like if they had given it a black sesame flavor instead. Still, it’s fun, but you better wipe your mouth when you’re done eating it.

Fruity Pebbles Cereal Milk
Ummm…please make this a forever flavor! I haven’t had Fruity Pebbles cereal since I was a kid so this definitely brought back happy memories. I absolutely loved it. So, question is; would I rather have this or Milkbar’s famed cereal milk soft serve ice cream? I’m gonna have to go with Fruity Pebbles Cereal Milk. (Note: you can also get it in frappe form).

Fiore’s Bakery in Jamaica Plain Neighborhood of Boston, MA

Today’s all-day breakfast special, heuvos rancheros plate.

This local, neighborhood bakery has become our Sunday go-to spot.

They’ve got delicious food for vegans and non-vegans – sandwiches, soups, bagels, smoothies, and pastries. Also, the coffee is on point. (Note, if you’re staying to work, which is what we do, coffee refills are just $1)

Traditional American/Italian Bakery and Bistro Specializing in Vegan and Vegetarian Offerings

I’ve only had a few things from the menu, but they were all tasty:

Jamaica Pond Sandwich

chicken or eggplant with red peppers, cartelized onions, provolone, pesto and tomato spread) with a side of roasted potatoes and salad greens

This is a tasty sandwich but a challenge to eat because it’s stuffed with so much goodness and the bread is pretty hearty. Everything ended up squirting out and so I had to use a fork and knife.

Italian Combo Sandwich

ham, salami, tomato, provolone, lettuce, olive oil

This was very tasty. The bread was perfect and it was pressed which made it even better because it tasted pretty much like a grilled cheese but with italian meats!

Blueberry Pie

Ummm…best. pie. ever! I loved the crust and the fruit was candy-tastic. I like my fruit pies sweet – not tart. And, I like my fruit pies to not be a runny mess. This was everything I hoped for and then some.

Tiramisu…s

The original was light, fluffy and airy. I’m a sucker for tiramisu…

but the almond version had a beautiful crunch from the almond toppings to the almond crust on the bottom.


Everything is amazing and I can’t wait to try all the other sandwiches and baked goods they have. Seating is a little limiting and it may take a minute or more for your sandwich to be ready, but it’s worth it. Plus, free wifi!

(Note: If you order a sandwich and eat in, you’ll get the side of potatoes and salad. If you do a take-out, then you’ll miss out on that)

Fiore’s Bakery
55 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-524-9200
Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm, Sunday 8am-6pm

 

Face Sunscreen Skincare by Glossier Review

I was super excited when Glossier released a sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen. And, they hit it out of the ballpark because for the past few months, I have been applying sunscreen every day religiously.

Usually, sunscreen is thick and greasy. It’s not fun to slather on – especially on the face. But, this clear gel formula that Glossier created applies so comfortably like a lotion. It’s not heavy or greasy at all. Another bonus: it has a hint of a citrus scent.

Priced at $34 for 1 fl oz, it is on the expensive end, but it’s worth every penny. So now it’s been added to my favorite every day products – Glossier Invisible Shield for my face and regular, greasy sunblock for the rest of my body (especially for my tattoos).

If you’re a new Glossier customer, you can use this link to save 20% on your first order.

Introducing sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen—a clear watergel formula filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbs into skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast. It helps prevent sun damage and skin cancer, but also works to neutralize harmful free radicals inside your skin, and keeps pollutant junk from getting in there in the first place—that’s the “+”.

Chili Square in Quincy, MA

We decided to switch it up from our usual fave, go-to weekend lunch spot Falafel King and try out Chili Square across the street the other week after our AM workout.

Ummm…Chili Square is really, really good – I’m still thinking about one of the noodle bowls weeks later.

spicy beef noodle soup

I ordered the spicy beef noodle soup. It had a really nice heat and punchy flavor, but it wasn’t heavy. The beef slices were super tender and flavorful. My only complaint is there weren’t enough beef slices. The beef to noodle ratio was ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong. The noodles were delicious, but I didn’t order just noodles and soup. If it hadn’t been for that this would be tops on my noodle soup list.

spicy cumin-spiced lamb noodles

I thought my noodle soup was amazing until I tried out the Mister’s cumin-spiced lamb with the flat noodles. It was out of this world. The lamb to noodle ratio was on point. This dish was rich – there was just enough fat to help the heat and cumin spice stick to the noodles.

I actually wanted to switch bowls with the Mister.

The space is pretty small, but worth the wait…or take-out. One bowl can easily feed two people. Next time, we just might split the cumin-spiced lamb noodle soup.

We are definitely returning.


Chili Square
666 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02170
617-472-8888
open daily from 11AM-9:30PM

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