Snapshots: 36 Hours in Boston

Red Eye from LAX to BOS
Arrive at 6:30 AM

One of the things that makes a quick trip to Boston easy is that the airport is a mere 15 minutes away from the heart of the city. We grabbed an Uber at the airport and started the quick trip from BOS to The Godfrey Hotel. Once at the hotel, we checked-in (sadly, no rooms were ready), quickly changed our clothes and set off for our first day in the city.

Boston Boston

The day started with breakfast at The Paramount – a Boston staple! We walked from our hotel through Boston Commons right up to The Paramount, and arrived 10 minutes before they opened (they open at 8am on Saturdays) and there was already a group of people waiting! We waited with the others and checked out the menu so we were ready upon entering. We ended up ordering the Western Omelette and French Toast, both were nice big portions and amazingly delicious. Definitely get there early, because there will be a line!

Boston

Now that we had some food in our bellies, we were ready to trek out to Fenway Park and take the stadium tour. We had prepurchased a tour at 10AM to ensure we beat the heat and could spend the rest of the day closer to city center. I cannot recommend the Fenway tour enough! It was so fun to see all the different seating areas and hear the history of the Boston Red Socks. The area around the staidum is extremely walkable, with lots of shops and restaurants. Since we had an early breakfast, we opted to stop by Walburgers (I mean, it’s like a rule if you’re in Boston right?) for a snack. We opted for the melt and sweet potato tots – I have to admit the burger was very good, but the tots kind of left me wanting more. They were a little too sweet and a little too greasy for my liking.

With the tour over, it was time to return to the Godfrey and luckily a room was ready for us. We checked in around 1:30pm and decided that we earned some quality nap time after walking over 6 miles already! Plus we had plans to check out Toro, a tapas resturant with a no reservations policy, that opened at 4:30pm. We made it to Toro a few minutes before 4:30pm and were the third group on the list for dinner service starting at 5pm.

Boston Boston

First off, if you are in Boston and have the time and opportunity, run don’t walk to Toro! The staff were very friendly and the food was so amazing, it was out of this world! We ordered the Pan con Tomate V, Jamon Blanco, Maíz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija, Filete a la Plancha, Mejillones and finally the Churros for dessert. Along with all of these wonderful tapas, we ordered a bottle of white wine served in a perrone! This drink order definitely took the dining experience up a notch. Especially if you are in a large group, I would recommend getting yourself a perrone (or two!). Out of the dishes we ordered, you cannot go here without ordering the Mejillones – the mussels and chorizo are out of this world. I cannot eat mussels without dreaming of this dish.

Boston

After dinner, we wandered to the North End, for what else but Cannolis! We opted to try Mike’s Pastry our first night in town. After waiting in line for nearly 20 minutes, it was finally our turn to order. We opted for cookies and cream, chocolate chip, pistachio and espresso! Out of all four, I’d have to say the cookies and cream cannoli was my favorite. From the North End, we walked back to our hotel and turned in early, we had a big day ahead of ourselves.

Boston

We ended up sleeping in much later than planned and started our Sunday off with a quick trip to Boston Commons Coffee before heading out on the Freedom Trail. Another absolute must if you are in Boston is the Freedom Trail, not only do you cover a lot of history, but it is a great way to get your bearings in the city and know where everything is. We had such a great time walking around and soaking in the history and culture of the city. If you find yourself needed a snack along the trail, try Saus Boston for the most amazing poutine you’ve ever seen or tasted!

Boston

If you keep going along the trail, you’ll end up back in the North End and hopefully hungry enough for another cannoli! This time I opted for a traditional one at Modern Party – the pastry was crunchy and the filling was sweet and fluffy! The perfect treat to power though the rest of our afternoon walk.

After finishing up the trail, we took the subway over to Harvard to explore the campus. Along with the Class of 2020 (OMG!!!), we walked around taking in the sights and sounds of the prestigious campus and picked up a couple souvenirs, visiting campus means we are practically Harvard grads, right?! We grabbed an uber back into the city and stopped off at Legal Seafood for a cup of chowder before I headed to the airport. I’m not a huge chowder person, but you could taste how fresh their seafood is even in the chowder. We will definitely have to go back to try more of their seafood menu.

All in all, my thirty six hours in Boston were jam packed, but still felt fun and extremely enjoyable. The food, the drinks, the sights and sounds were all amazing! Even a short trip is worth it to explore such a remarkable and historic city.

Boston to LAX

Leave at 8:20 PM

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

As an LA resident, it’s hard not to crave delicious baked goods from Sprinkle’s Cupcakes- my personal favorite is their red velvet cupcake. This recipe is pretty much as good as the real deal. The cake is rich, yet still perfectly moist; meanwhile, the frosting is sweet, but maintains that perfect balance with the cream cheese base. It’s the ultimate cupcake to impress any LA native, which is why my roommates and I decided to serve this yummy treat at our apartment warming party this coming weekend.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

ingredients:
cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup salted butter, firm but not cold
1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp red food coloring
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp distilled white vinegar

frosting
1/2 cup salted butter, firm but not cold
8 oz cream cheese, cold
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Red Velvet Cupcakes

directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda, set aside. With an electric hand mixer on medium speed, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time stirring after each addition.

Add red food coloring and vanilla extract and mix until combine. In a small mixing bowl, combine milk and 1 tsp vinegar. Add milk mixture and flour mixture to cupcake mixture, alternating in two separate batches, mixing until combine after each addition.

Divide batter evenly among paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes and 30 seconds for minis and 18-21 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. I recommend rotating the cupcake pan halfway through baking to ensure they bake evenly.

While cupcakes are baking, in a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together butter and cream cheese until pale and fluffy (about 1 minute on high speed, then 3-4 minutes on medium high speed).

Mix in vanilla extract. Add powdered sugar, to your taste, and beat until smooth.

Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool about 2 minutes in muffin tin, then transfer to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to an airtight container to cool completely. Once cooled completely, spread generously with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Red Velvet Cupcakes