Boston, Food, Restaurants, Travelling

The Canteen

Last summer we visited Provincetown, MA. We took the morning ferry from Boston and spent the day in this cute little town. Art, unique shops and touristy places all gathered on one long street, alongside a very beautiful beach (rumour has it there are even better beaches nearby – we didn’t have enough time to check these out unfortunately).

As animal lovers, we had come across something on Google called the Bark Park which we obviously had to explore. What a let down. First of all it was impossible to find. Secondly, it was, literally, just a park for people to walk their dogs in. I’m not sure what I had expected (a field with hundreds of dogs running loose, maybe? Can’t a girl dream?) but anyway, unless you have a dog, don’t go there.

For food, we stopped by The Canteen. It was a beautiful day to sit outside!

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I believe that is sangria in my glass. My memory has faded slightly.

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We ordered crispy brussel sprouts in fish sauce for our starter/side. 10/10, would definitely recommend!

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I had the cod banh-mi which was good. I’m not sure it would go down to history as one of the best banh-mis I’ve had, but it certainly did the trick.

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My bf ordered the shrimp sliders, which were average at best. Nothing about these stood out. Avoid.

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All in all, a good place to rest your legs if you’ve spent a hot afternoon walking up and down the streets of Provincetown. The outside back borders the beach and there is a ping pong table available for those of you with an athletic talent, something I was born without.

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Cooking

Crayfish kind of night

Friday night in August means crayfish time! This is the best time of the year to eat crayfish in Sweden, so we figured why not? After work, we picked up these suckers from a local market.

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Here accompanied with a simple salad, some very white bread, aioli and riseling from Alsace.

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Also pictured: jealous cat

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Also pictured: terrible smudge I didn’t realize was on my camera lens until it was too late

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Salad made up of rocket, locally grown tomatoes and radish (and that smudge, again)

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I wonder what spot is best for begging, this…

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…or this?

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She ended up getting none, but was happy anyway. And so were we! Simple dinner with close to  zero preparation, yet filling and tasty. Five thumbs up.

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Cooking, Restaurants, Travelling, Woodstock

Woodstock, New York

Our last stop on our recent road trip was Woodstock, NY. I knew little about the place before (except for the obvious ’69 festival – which, by the way, did not take place in Woodstock), but was pleasantly surprised. Except for the few hippies left, this place was a mishmash of touristy spots, great nature and Greatful Dead t-shirts.

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We had splurged on inns in Maine, so this time we decided to do airbnb, which was the right choice. We stayed in a lovely cabin with a separate entrance and our hosts were amazingly friendly and helpful. Would recommend anyone going to Woodstock to stay here.

Day 1: Exploring

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We had breakfast at home our first morning. There was a bakery just down the road called Bread Alone where we picked up some bagels (amazing) and croissants (not so much). We had breakfast at the same place the day after, see further down for review.

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Our cabin was located in downtown Woodstock (which is literally just one street) so we decided to just walk around for a bit. It was _so_ hot outside on this particular day.

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Hence, the water hole. There is one just 5 minutes from the main street, where all the cool kids hung out (and when I say kids, I really mean kids). I loved this place! I’m sure there are other even better ones if you decide to put your googling skills into it, but this was perfectly convenient because of the location.

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We sat here for a while, just enjoying the cold water.

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We continued on to visit the old Bearsville Studios, now converted into a theater (amongst some other things). The studio was opened in 1969 by Albert Grossman, Bob Dylan’s manager. My boyfriend would be able to tell you all about this – I literally just used Wikipedia to see why we were even here. Anyway, it was probably cool to see for someone like him who is really into Bob Dylan and The Band.

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At night, we went to a local grocery store and bought stuff to make a simple pasta. We had not had a home cooked meal in three weeks time, so this was the only thing we were craving. Woodstock has a lot of good restaurants nearby but we only went to one – the local pizza joint. I’ll do a separate review on that, but it was average at best.

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Day 2: Hiking 

This time we had our breakfast at Bread Alone. I had french toast (my go-to whenever there’s a breakfast menu) and they were ah-mazing. They came served with maple syrup and this amazing cinnamon butter??! I have to try making this at home. We also ended up next to a friendly local man who looked like he definitely had been to the festival some 50 years prior. He gave us some useful information about Woodstock, much of which I’ve already forgotten.

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After breakfast it was time to move our bodies. We hiked up the Overlook Mountain, part of the Catskill mountains and very close to the Woodstock centre. The hike itself was about 5 miles (8 km) round trip, and pretty difficult at it was very steep. At one point I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to go any further, but then we met an old couple in their 70’s on their way down so I figured hey, if they can do it, surely I can.

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Once we got up there it was all forgiven and forgotten. The view was amazing. No pictures can do it justice – just go up and see for yourselves.

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Oh, don’t mind me carrying an old juice container filled with water. We actually forgot water (on the hottest day ever!!) so my boyfriend had to knock on the door to the buddhist temple next to the hiking trail to ask for some. Luckily those monks are friendly people.

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And that was Woodstock, ya’ll. All in all a great place, no matter what music you’re into.

 

 

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Chicago, Food, Restaurants, Travelling

Portillo’s delicious hot dogs

My grandma lives right down the street from a Portillo’s. Unless you’re from Chicagoland area, you may not have heard of it, so let me guide you through one of the best fast food places there is.

The food is mostly italian style and influenced by traditional Chicago food, such as hot dogs and Italian beef sandwhiches (although there’s plenty of other food, too).

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Both the exterior and interior is referencing a cute retro diner look.

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I’ve been here several times, but usually choose the same thing. Boring I know, but since I only get to have it once a year (at best!) I’m gonna stick to my regular order, which you can see below.

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This is a Jumbo Chili Cheese dog, which is essentially a hot dog drenched in chili, onions and cheese. Healthy? Probably not. Delicious? You bet!

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Too much cheese in one order, one might say. I believe there never really is an excuse NOT to eat cheese everything. Also, not pictured – chocolate cake shake. Because why not, really?

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Literally drooling looking back at these pictures. See you next time I’m around, Portillo’s.

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Cooking, Food

Pesto pasta

I have this beautiful Basil plant which keeps growing and growing, so I decided to harvest some of it for today’s lunch. I made my own pesto, and it was delicious!

So pesto is basically basil, garlic, olive oil, walnuts and parmesan cheese all grinded into one nice saucy mess. Since I was home alone, I only made enough for one portion, but you could easily make a bigger batch for keeping in the fridge.

I didn’t use a recipe for the measurements of each ingredient. My garlic-to-other ratio was a bit off, but other than that it turned out really nice.

(Don’t mind my excessive use of cheese – it’s my worst vice)

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