Particularly foreign to me being so new to New England, is the close proximity in which things are in comparison to the West and Midwest. Living in New Hampshire but within an hour of places like Boston provides a unique opportunity to explore a host of new locales rather easily. Over the past few weekends I’ve had different visitors in town, so we decided to head down to Boston (first time for all of us!) and see what The Olde Towne has to offer. I’ve only spent two days total with two different guests, but I had a great time and found some fantastic food and sights!
We followed the path up to the Boston Public Market, a fantastic year round farmers market with restaurant stands and produce, where I made a delicious lunch spread from the different vendors. Jennifer Lee’s Allergen Free Bakery also has a permanent stand, so I tried some bread and a donut, both of which were great! It was comforting knowing that what I was eating was made in a completely allergen free facility, and that it was local. I also got some local cheese and meats, and essentially just sampled as much awesome food as possible.
I’d highly suggest going the market route, not only in Boston, but all over the world. You’re able to get quality food, support local vendors, and be ensured that what you’re eating fits your dietary needs. It also makes it super easy to have snacks to carry with you, especially in places you’re unfamiliar with. Being hungry without safe food in a place where you don’t speak the language or don’t know your way around isn’t any fun, and can actually be kind of scary, so carrying snacks with you to be safe is a great way to be sure that doesn’t happen.
For dinner I was dying to try out some traditional New England Sea Food. We ventured to one of several Legal Seafoods locations. This place is DIVINE. You can get virtually anything on the menu, and their regular menus are clearly marked. They were actually one of the first major restaurants to offer a GF menu, all the way back in 2005. They can do anything fried and gluten free. Not because they have separate fryers, but because ALL their fried foods are gluten free. *cue me stealing food off my boyfriend’s plate for the first time ever.* I cannot recommend this place highly enough. I will definitely be back many times in the future. They even have a location in Boston Logan Airport!
The more I travel, the more I realize how much a little planning can help make a trip relaxing and exciting, rather than stressful. Whether it be enjoying a local market and stocking up, or researching safe restaurants, even 5 minutes can make all the difference.