Day Trip: Spectacle Island

So you're in the city and summer is approaching. If you're like me and live in the city, you might not own a car because it's virtually impossible, a pure annoyance, or straight up un-affordable. Living in the city is so great, until you want to hit the beach, go for a hike or just get a change of scenery. In order to escape the city life, I recommend hopping on a ferry to one of eight Boston Harbor Islands. It could not be easier - the ferry launch is close to the New England Aquarium right off Long Wharf. It'll cost you $17 round trip, but the breezy 20 minute ferry ride there is well worth that money alone. It is a relaxing experience where you can sit back, enjoy views of the Boston skyline and learn some new history information along the way.

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Eat Here: Allston

Sometimes, I feel as though Allston gets a bad rep. It's directly between Boston College and Boston University, off the dreaded green line B train and 57 bus. Besides the commuter woes and crowds of college students, Allston isn't all so bad, and it definitely has some fabulous (and cheap) eats to prove it. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, here is where I would recommend checking out.

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"Insta"-Brunchin'

Last Sunday morning, I had the opportunity to attend a lovely event hosted by Zac Wolf Photography at Roxy's Grilled Cheese brick-and-mortar in Allston.  To fuel this amazing food-filled adventure, we began with some coffee from Black Magic Coffee. Dave, the owner, is so sweet and talked to us a bit about his mobile concept and his use of local beans.  Each time you catch him, his coffee may be a different roast, as he works with 4 to 5 different local coffee roasters. Having worked with him before at some Zipcar events, let me tell you - his coffee and cappuccinos are always perfect no matter the roast. He is extremely dedicated to his craft. I also have to mention the cute cup sleeves that said "let it cool" in a beautiful watercolor lettering.

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A Small Slice of NYC

This afternoon was supposed to be 61, turned out to be 34 and snowy. That's New England weather for ya. That didn't deter from going to NYC to stroll, explore & warm up with some tea & pork belly ramen. Arriving via Penn Station, unfortunately we had to walk through Times Square to get to our destination. I use the term "destination" loosely, though. We were basically roaming aimlessly, hoping to end up somewhere near Momofuku Noodle Bar in East Village.

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