Whose been to Neptune Oyster in the North End in Boston?
Yesterday, Daisy invited Gretchen and I to her Summer Lunch Series. Daisy has Fridays off and has been trying out new restaurants all over the city for lunch. I was psyched when she wanted us to join her. Well, psyched and scared. I had already heard the lobster roll was an "investment" and I wondered if it would really be worth the hefty price tag. Yep, $25 bucks for this roll. Well I'm happy to report, it's well worth the cost. If you live in the Boston area, you should totally check this place out. If you don't live here, the next time you come to Boston, go to the North End and get the lobster roll. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Daisy, Gretchen and I arrived around 1:15 and were lucky to get a seat. They almost gave our table away but Daisy arrived just in time. FYI- you need your entire party to be seated. The place is really small and its shared seating. But with how good the food is, I don't think anyone minded! I had already looked at the menu at work so I knew exactly what I wanted.
See that? You get a choice. Available HOT with Butter or COLD with Mayo. Since I have a slight fear of mayo, I was happy with this option. The waiter came over and we ordered 3 Coronas and 3 HOT Lobster Rolls.
Cheers to Friday! About 15 minutes later, our delicious meals arrived. Just looking at this thing, I knew it was going to be amazing. It looked like there was at least 2 1bs lobster meat in one small hot dog roll!
And with this delectable sandwich came an enormous amount of french fries. But not just any french fries... absolutely perfectly over salted crispy skinny fries- my favorite! This lunch definitely filled me up and I definitely ate lets see... like 98.8% of everything you see here. I couldn't resist!
So if you are in the area, go get this. So worth it.
After Neptune, we went over to the Cupcake shop next door.
Gretchen craves sweets immediately after eating and I love a good cupcake so we decided to spilt the Smores Cupcake. I'd show it to you, but Gretchen ate half before I photographed it. Sorry! But it was really yummy and only $2.25. Steal!
After work Dave and I headed to our friends Dean and Joanna's new apartment! They grilled delicious turkey burgers and lemon herb chicken. Joanna also made a Corn, Bean Salad that was fabulous!
After dinner, we started talking about meat and where you buy it. I learned a lot hanging out with Dean and Joanna. They buy all their meat from Whole Foods and Dean sees a huge difference in the quality. He goes through 7! YES 7 pounds of meat a week, mostly chicken, some ground turkey and sometimes pork. He says they generally spend about $60 on meat. The cheapskate in me almost died when Dean told me he usually spends about $6 a pound on chicken. But then he talked a lot about the quality of meat and about Food, Inc. (a movie I still haven't seen). I know the food industry is horrible and I'm trying to do my part by buying local farm fresh produce. And with meat... I've been really actively trying to limit meat in our diet and I've been cooking more vegetarian. BUT. And this is a big BUT. I do have a hard time resisting chicken, steak or pork at the regular grocery store when it goes down to $1.99 a pound. But Dean is right. I should care more about the quality of meat I buy. I know I should.
I do the best I can. I'm not against processed foods, but I do try to eliminate them from my diet as much as I can. Do I still eat some. Yes. I am not here to preach to anyone- I just try to do the best I can. Right now thats getting most of my veggies and fruit from my CSA and the rest of my food from my week I get from either Stop N Shop, Shaws, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. I'm only human, but I will continue to actively try to eat better quality and more humane treated protein.
I ran 15.50 miles this morning with Nancy and two others. It was an awesome run and I felt great the entire time. And when we started at 6:40am, it was 59 degrees! It felt like fall. Our pace was slower than normal but it went by really fast- 2 and a half hours of running seemed to fly by. Must be because of my amazing running partners! After the run, Nancy and I did Body by Jake onDemand. Have you done it? It was intense! I'll be sore tomorrow.
Have a great weekend!