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Convincing my sister to enjoy living in Boston

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An August 2005 trip to Boston by Dennis Ko

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Quote: For Californians displaced to Boston, the change can be a rude awakening. My sister still cringes when she talks about the place. On a week-long visit, we sampled the history, food, and leisurely spots of Boston and tried to convince her that the town’s really not so bad.

Convincing my sister to enjoy living in Boston

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Boston Skyline Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Three years ago, my sister moved out to Boston because her boyfriend was starting medical school at Tufts. Coming from the San Francisco Bay area and having lived in California her entire life, she was less than enthusiastic about the move. Nothing over the last 3 years has persuaded her otherwise. Along with my other sister and 20-month-old nephew, we set out to spend a week with her in Boston and to try to convince her that Boston isn’t the evil place she’s made it out to be. We stayed in her Jamaica Plain’s apartment. Jamaica Plain is the slightly "granola-cruncher" suburb of Boston. It’s right along the T orange line and the route no. 39 bus line, though, so it’s easily accessible. Tho...Read More

Giacomo's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Giacomo's (South End)"

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If all else fails, good food can certainly change someone's opinion of a place. How can anyone not like the delicious seafood in Boston? We had dinner at Giacomo’s, an Italian restaurant with seafood specialties. A word of warning: Giacomo’s does not accept credit cards, so make sure you bring enough cash to foot the bill! We arrived a little after 6pm and were seated without any wait. The place does fill up fast though, and on her last visit to this restaurant, my sister had to wait about an hour to get a table when they arrived at 8pm. The ambience is that of a trattoria, with the kitchen partially visible in the rear. While perusing the menu, our waiter brought us som...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

Giacomo's Restaurant
431 Columbus Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 536-5723

Chung Shin Yuan

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Restaurant

Chung Shin Yuan Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Having had some good luck with Boston restaurants, we decided to be a little more adventurous for our last day. We ventured just outside Boston to the town of Newton for a delicious Taiwanese brunch at Chung Shin Yuan. The brunch is only offered on the weekend and during the week they offer more of a traditional Chinese menu. Be forewarned that the wait for this restaurant can be quite long so it’s good go get there early. We arrived at around noon and had to wait an hour for our table. Luckily, there’s a McDonald’s right next door, so we ate some Dollar Menu apple pies and fruit and yoghurt parfaits to tide us over. The apple pies aren’t as good as they used to be when they were deep-fried...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

Chung Shin Yuan
183 California St
Boston, Massachusetts
617-964-0111

Boston Public Garden

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Attraction | "The Public Garden"

Boston Public Garden Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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One thing we thought might convince my sister of the goodness of Boston was to spend some time at one of Boston’s parks. The Boston Public Garden is a lovely spot nestled right in the city that’s perfect for lazing the day away in the hot summer weather. The garden really caters to children, and how can someone have a negative view of a city with so many cute kids around? The garden is arranged around a small lake. A paved walking trail surrounds the lake and is perfect for strollers or even toddlers without the best coordination. Numerous benches are found along the path for people-watching or enjoying a cool Italian ice. Numerous ducks, including little fuzzy ducklings and two white swans...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Boston Public Garden
Adjacent to Boston Common
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 522-1966

Boston Public Market

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Attraction

Boston Public Market Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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We thought that perhaps seeing what the local farmer’s markets had to offer would help my sister appreciate Boston more. The first two attempts at this failed pretty miserably. The Jamaica Plain farmer’s market seems to be supplied by a single farm, with nothing beyond a few vegetables to offer. We also went to the Jamaica Plain Antique Market (across from the 3rd Street station) and found that their definition of "antiques" encompassed any old junk. On the other hand, the Boston Public Market was a wonderful place to spend an hour or so. It’s a fairly new nonprofit endeavor started to support local farmers. Currently, it’s only open July through November and Mondays and Thursdays from 11:3...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Boston Public Market
Northern Avenue Bridge on Fort Point Channel
Boston, Massachusetts
(781) 893-8222

Massachusetts Bay Lines

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Attraction | "Boston Harbor Tour"

Massachusetts Bay Lines Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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We thought seeing Boston from a different perspective might change my sister’s opinion of this city. A Boston Harbor Tour is a relaxing, inexpensive way to see the city from the water. Even if it didn’t cause my sister to suddenly love this town, at least it’s an enjoyable way to leave the city streets for a couple hours. Tickets for the tour can be purchased from Massachusetts Bay Lines at 60 Rowes Wharf, very close to Boston Public Market. The cost of the tour, which can be 1 or 2 hours long, depending on whether or not you disembark, is $11.95 for adults or $8.95 for children. This is a good deal considering that Duck Tours and trolley tours around town are about the same duration, but cos...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

Massachusetts Bay Lines
60 Rowes Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
(617) 542-8000