Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Boston Day Two: Cambridge, Cafe Crema, Sweet and Jose's

I'm full. This city is killing me... in the best way possible, of course.

Luckily, I fit in a five mile run this morning, which made the indulgence oh-so-much better. From then on, though, it was all downhill.

Anyway, what you've all been waiting for. Today I did Cambridge, which is the charming setting of this little school you may have heard of. Harvard? Yeah I had to google it.

Hahvahd Square is such a cute little area. I'm talking great coffee shops, bakeries, eateries, whatever. It's all there. I was planning on making lunch at my sister's apartment, but I couldn't resist the temptation of some quaint little cafe calling my name. I set off in search of the perfect sandwich...and found it!

Cafe Crema has soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goodies and a ton of caffeinated beverages. What more could a girl ask for? Nada. I ordered the Veggies and Ricotta sandwich: Whipped ricotta-roasted red pepper spread with grilled portobello, roasted fennel, spinach, tomato & red onion on a toasted homemade baguette. Yum. I love love love it when a sandwich has a crusty bread. This one was fantastic. And I've never had a ricotta spread. It's a yes.

I heard all these bakery orders that sounded so tasty, and it was really hard to resist the muffins and the cookies but I did.

Only to wander across the street to Sweet, the local cupcakery. Sweet was really cute. They had mini cupcakes and an all white interior. I got two minis and literally had just a bite of each because I was stuffed from my sandwich.
It might have been a waste of money, but it was a sweet waste of money. Pictured is the cappuccino: moist espresso flavored cake baked with Callebaut chocolate crowned with signature Sweet frosting and a dusting of cinnamon and dark chocolate: rich chocolate cake baked with Dutch cocoa. Ahh. I liked the cappuccino but I loved the chocolate on chocolate. Just a bite never satisfies me but it did this time.

When the sister was off work, I got coffee (and Vanessa got bubble tea) and we set off for the Science Museum. Yeah, it was so cool. Nerdy stuff, folks. Nerdy but fun.
I must have walked like 10 miles today because  I was on my feet for at least six hours. And all that walking gave me quite the appetite. We headed out of town to Jose's, a festive Mexican restaurant in Arlington, just a couple blocks off of Mass Ave.

I love Mexican food but it's inevitable that I eat too many chips. The guacamole didn't help my cause, but it was certainly delicious. I was being indecisive, as usual, so I ordered the Fiesta Grande, a combination of a taco, enchilada and flauta. Delish. And pretty too! Sometimes Mexican food isn't photogenic but I think we can agree this looks pretty darn good.

And here we are, watching reruns of trashy reality tv and vegging out hard. Tomorrow I meet my friend Alyssa for breakfast and then the fam is heading up to Booth Bay, Maine! Ahhh, what a week!


Brian Samuels Photography said...

These are some fantastic places... I have yet to go to Jose's but I've heard wonderful things about their margaritas. Dying to try it out...

Monet said...

I agree...when I visited my sister in Boston we visited Crema Cafe and Sweet...both were delicious, and it was fun thinking back to my trip.

Unknown said...

I'm already sad for you that you're going to have to leave soon. It's been wonderful living Boston through your eyes (and blog). Thanks for taking the time to share all this with us.

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

Oh, those cupcakes look AMAZING!!! Sounds like you are having a great time!

Rick said...

I guess I have to go back to Boston because I never knew these heavenly dessert places existed there.

Evan @swEEts said...

Boston is one of my favorite cities.. those cupcakes look delicious.. but they're MINI!? they look huge!

Magic of Spice said...

What wonderful times you must have had...many more to come I am sure:)

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