Friends, Food, Family, & Fervor!
So after going to bed late as usual (4am), I had a lunch date with another friend of mine… We were going to a Brazilian Barbeque restaurant which I saw as I passed along Cambridge many times… and thought to enter.. but never did… Today was going to be the day I guess…
We met up at Central Square and rode to the restaurant…
Inside the restaurant… We were there early, because it was empty when we arrived, and filled with patrons by the time we left.. It was a buffet service… you take what you want, and the waiter would eventually come to your table with an assortment of meats for your choosing… I was anxious to get started… my stomach was anxious!
This was my friend’s plate… neat, organized.. seems like thought went into her choices… My plate on the other hand….
A dog show!! like my friend would say…LOL… Yikes! I took everything I saw to taste.. It was like a bad Benetton ad on my plate! Chicken, fish, fries, rice, plantains, beans, okra, I took a little bit of everything! I was disappointed with myself as time went on and decided that the next time I will choose wisely.. come with a plan.. because my eyes and stomach surely misled me on this one.. I was all over the place!
I love fruit juices and had a passion fruit and pineapple mix.. it was very tasty. My friend had ginger ale.. We had dessert after (red velvet cake) but I forgot to take pics of that… It was really good too!
After such a scrumptious but personally disappointing lunch for me (as I had no plan).. Oh I forgot to mention, it was all you can eat. I never win at all you can eat, because I never eat a lot.. just often.. So I went back home, fell asleep, woke up, did some work.. then got ready to go meet my cousin. He is coming into Boston this evening for his firm’s retreat for a few days.. I was really looking forward to seeing him and “hablarizing” (talking) as my cousins and I would say when we were younger…
Heading on my bicycle to the T Stop to catch the train…
See my shadow?
Bicycle parked, secured… time for the train..
I come out at Government Center to go to the Langham Hotel where he was staying.. I am trying to get my bearings now..
Apparently the circus is in town..
Still trying to get my bearings…
Pay and ride bicycles..
I’m walking…. I’m walking….
Ok, I see a street name I recognize…
Journeying along my route as provided by Google maps..
It looks nice yeh? Did I forget to mention it is still very cold here today?! Steups! When will Boston get warm, and stay warm.. I eh know!
This very narrow street caught my attention..
I love how the sun shone on this building..
Langham Hotel restaurant entrance..
Nice backdrop to the park these buildings…
Heading to my cousin’s room..
Old photos in the hallway…
When my cousin and I meet.. big hugs, big grins, “What going on?!!!” Too happy to think of taking photos… After all that.. time to head out and eat… my cousin was hungry… I wasn’t too too hungry, but I could always eat.. 😉
He was a little unprepared for the weather… “Don’t joke with Boston”.. He’s going to the Red Sox game on Tuesday.. plan to layer up buddy! All teeth!
We’re walking taking in the sights and figuring out where to have dinner..
As we walk by I show him the location where a bank scene in the movie The Town was shot.. A lovely guy came up and offered to take our pic..
We decide to have dinner here at Ristorante Fiore.. I’ve never been..but it’s nice.. Waiters very helpful and informed about their menu..
The usual bread and olive oil introduction… while we talk, talk, talk, and laugh until our meal comes..
I had something with chicken, mushrooms, and pasta.. It was good.. had a sweet undertone because of the way they cook it… I switched with my cousin because he only eats seafood.. I had a stoli doli with my dinner… As the waiter described it to me.. it’s made with pineapple that has been infused with vodka.. I assumed I was going to get a pineapple drink with a kick… Well the drink had more stoli than doli.. Was vodka with a wonderful hint of pineapple.. Great though!
His dish had lobster, shrimp, and was delish!
After dinner we went to Mike’s pastry for desert (forgot to take photos).. I had a red velvet cupcake… My palate remembered it and wanted more.. so I indulged it.. It was good too.. Mmmm!!! We talk some more, and I got some much needed words of inspiration and encouragement… I needed it! Family is the best thing ever! Positive vibes! We say our goodbyes, and I board my train to head back home…
On my bicycle riding back home… Sunday nights are sure quiet in Cambridge… everyone dreading the Monday blues.. lol..
My Sunday was absolutely wonderful. Food, friends, and family.. THE BEST THING EVER!
I love animals, especially dogs, and I got this photo today from my daily Loldogs subscription… Doggie nosies are another one of the beautiful things in life.. Thought I would share it with you… Mwah!
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