5 Best Cities for Book Lovers

If you’re anything like me, you love to curl up with a good book in hand and a nice cuppa hot chocolate – oh, it’s still Summer? Well, how about a frozen hot chocolate then…

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Iceland Revisited

I still don’t know why, exactly, but I do think people can have a spiritual connection to landscape, and I certainly did in Iceland. -Hannah Kent

A year ago today I was gearing up for a European adventure — and the first stop was Iceland! I arrived on Feb. 2, 2015 and I’ve reminisced about my time there every day since.

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“Mexican Pink”

In the mood for some delicious Mexican cuisine? With three locations in New York City (1st Ave, Lincoln Center and Union Square), Rosa Mexicano has a cool vibe, young crowd and great grub you have to try! This restaurant is not unique to New York City with various locationIMG_2933s including Miami, Boston and San Francisco.

I went with two of my friends, Sara and Kevin, on a Saturday night at the Union Square location. The interior is warm and colorful, with “dramatic architectural details such as cascading water walls against vibrant purples, pinks, reds and oranges.” With our reservation in place and time to spare, we each grabbed a delicious glass of sangria at the bar. (All of the drinks folks ordered looked colorful and delicious, so I wouldn’t hesitate to try something new if you go!)

After grabbing our table, we quickly put in an order of the infamous table-side guacamole.

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Preparing fresh Guacamole!

 Kevin immediately attempted to eat the entire bowl…


The guac was served with warm tortilla chips and two dipping sauces. None of us really liked the dark sauce which Kevin said tasted “like leather.” Sara and I laughed… but after tasting it for ourselves we agreed leather was the only comparable adjective to describe it hah – but the green sauce was flavorful and spicy. The overall winner was the guac itself though. Plenty for three people to share – we were already full after that.

For dinner, Sara and I got the Baja Tacos served with Elotes — E-what?! ELOTES! Aka grilled Mexican street corn. We couldn’t figure out if the corn was smothered in butter or something else, but either way it was GOOD. I may have to say the corn was better than the actual fish tacos. And I’m pretty indifferent about corn. That good.

“When I saw them bringing it [our entrees] to the table, I thought it was a kid’s meal. It looked too cute to be ours.” – Sara

“Looks like a lunch box.” – Kevin

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Baja Tacos & Elote

Kevin went with our waiters recommendation of Budín de Pollo which is essentially a dish with layered tortillas and chicken. It was really good and came with various sides as well.

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Colorful food is the BEST food. (note how completely empty that guac bowl is…we’re savages.)

Fun Fact: Rosa Mexicano is not named after a Mexican woman named Rosa…if that were the case the name would be Rosa Mexicana. Rather, the name comes from the actual color, Mexican Pink, which is described as “an exciting combination of blue, red, and white. It is different from other pinks and very difficult to achieve outside of the particular luminosity of Mexico.”

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Places I’ve Been (Boston Edition)

Cafeteria Boston – 279 Newbury St. – not actually a cafeteria. good, fresh food.

Cafeteria: a restaurant or dining room in a school or a business in which customers serve themselves or are served from a counter and pay before eating

Chicken Lou’s – worth the trip to Northeastern’s campus where this little shack lives…you’ll want to order the TKO.

Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap – basically on Northeastern’s campus – really good ‘black and blue’ burger – oh, and they have a shotski.

J.P. Licks – A delicious ice-cream chain unique to Boston, you’ll find flavors like Banana Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Peanut Butter Cookies ‘n’ Cream and Coffee Cookies ‘n’ Cream…they have a bunch more but I love the variety of Cookies ‘n’ Cream!

Mike’s Pastry – well-known Italian bakery – 300 Hanover St.

South Street Diner – not your typical diner…more of a local landmark, a funky little spot with good food open 24/7

Stephanie’s on Newbury – 190 Newbury St. – pricey brunch, had a Belgian waffle which left me wanting more

Trident Booksellers & Cafe – 338 Newbury St. – my favorite independent bookstore with absolutely delicious food – much more than a “cafe.” Does your avg cafe have Lemon Ricotta Stuffed French Toast? Didn’t think so…