It was a cold weekend – typical December weather, I guess, but more difficult to bear after a week of 50 degree weather!

J and I woke up early on Saturday to drive up to Boston (with a quick coffee stop at Willoughby’s and a snack break at McDonald’s for a bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle).  We met up with friends at The Friendly Toast, where the pumpkin pancakes I ordered were bigger than my face.  Portions were huge, no kidding.

In the afternoon, we visited the Harpoon Brewery, where we got to tour the factory and enjoy a beer tasting.

Tasting beer straight from the giant metal containers

After Harpoon, we did some quick grocery shopping for dinner.  Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and other random ingredients from Whole Foods, then Jonah crabs from New Deal Fish Market.  Eleven crabs for 6 people.  [I decided one was enough for me, hence the odd number.]

Then back we went for a hectic cooking session.  Steamed crabs, roasted brussel sprouts, and pasta in a mushroom+onion sauce.  Post dinner was the longest game of Apples to Apples that I have ever played in my life – we went through all the cards in the game!

Sunday began with breakfast at Flour Bakery.  French toast dusted in powdered sugar + a gimongous croissant + coffee.  No better way to start a day.

The French toast was incredible – great texture and flavor.  The right balance of pillowy-ness on the inside and crispy crunchiness on the outside.  And the croissant?  Yum!  In fact, it was still yum! when we finished it several hours later during the drive back to New Haven.

From breakfast we headed to church by the Boston Commons, and then dim sum in Chinatown.  After dim sum-ing, it was time to say goodbye and head home.

Good weekend!


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