Al’s is a go to favorite of people who work in the Financial District – it’s been around for over 10 years. Al’s is a family run business, his mom is the cashier at this location and various other members are involved in his other cafes. Al’s has great subs for a low price and the subs are huge! You frequently hear, ‘that’s a small?’ Going into Al’s always makes my heartbeat speed up. The place is fast paced, I’ll admit, sometimes I get a little nervous when I go, so I decide what I want ahead of time. Stand to the right if you want a cold sub and pay on the left after you get your sub. If you want a hot sub, stand to the left and place your order. Al’s has me in and out in under 3 minutes.
I grabbed an Italian sub – the rolls are great, warm and crusty on the outside and soft on the inside! Great sub, fresh ingredients all for $6.50, and add a soda and chips for $1.50. Stop in and try one if you haven’t already.
Al’s State Street Cafe
112 State St. Boston, MA
Put it on waffles, I love mine on toast or an English muffin! The service couldn’t have been friendlier! Everything here looked delicious, they have jams, spreads and condiments, pies, baked goods, and a case of delicious looking ice cream. Had it not been the morning, I would have bought a dish of their Boysenberry Sugar Cookie, Sugar cookie flavored ice-cream with a boysenberry swirl and sugar cookie pieces – how good does that sound?
56 Ashaway Road, Ashaway, RI
See their Facebook page here.
Tags: rhode island
I LOVE Girl Scout cookies, I wish they sold them year round. I buy boxes of them and put them in the freezer. It’s a problem…So I was excited when I walked into Crumbs and they had Girl Scout cookie cupcakes!
The Girl Scout Caramel Coconut: vanilla cake filled with caramel and topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting, toasted coconut and a caramel coconut cookie. I like the presentation of both cupcakes, and when I went to Crumbs, they happen to have been having a buy one get one free special – so it made these cupcakes EVEN BETTER. The cake was fresh and overall was tasty.
176 Federal Street, Boston, MA
751 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI
See their Facebook page here.
Tags: rhode island
80 Thoreau Street | Concord, MA 01742 | 978-318-0008 | M-TH 5:30-10:30 | F-S 5:30-11:30 | Sun Closed
When we were in RI, we wanted to stop by a couple of local farms to see what kinds of delicious things we could find. Unfortunately, Manfredi Farms was closed, but their “farm” is open all time time. You can go and visit the animals and buy snacks to feed them. As you can see, they were pretty eager and hungry!
77 Dunns Corner Road
For more information, see the Farm Fresh Rhode Island website.
The holidays are always crazy whether you’re shopping, going to reunions or just trying to catch up with old friends. I met one of my oldest friends out for lunch at the Cottage on a Saturday afternoon. They open at 11:30 and quickly fill up. For some reason I spaced and thought you could have brunch on Saturdays ( they only offer brunch on Sundays) so imagine going in thinking you’re going to order eggs but you end up getting a burger instead. The burger was recognized in Boston’s 25 Best Burgers in 2012. The burger is good, the brioche bun is lightly toasted and buttered but still remains soft. The 8oz prime beef patty is topped with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion.
The mahi tacos sum up what the Cottage is all about – fresh, bright, California inspired food. The tacos come with guacamole, napa cabbage, pico de gallo, cottage baja sauce, corn tortillas, papaya salsa. This is a great dish bursting with flavor. The service was good, our waiter was friendly and attentive at the beginning of the meal, but was quick to drop the check and disappear.
47 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA
On a weekday night, I have a major craving for ramen. Wait, every day I have a craving for ramen…so I grab one of my friends and we head over to my current favorite ramen spot, Myung Dong 1st Ave for so ramen and k-pop.
Don’t have a clue what k-pop is? Check out this video, it was playing while we ate.
And the ramen just hits the spot. The broth is spicy and makes your lips tingle. I get the dduk ramen with rice cakes, and man does this hit the spot. This place is usually pretty empty on the week days but on the weekends it is mobbed. There are only 2 other tables seated when we arrive.
Myung Dong 1st Ave
90 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA
You may have seen Green bean in Copley on Stuart Street in the mornings. Now, they are serving lunch in Government Center on Thursdays! We get there and they guy on the truck immediately recognizes and greets my two coworkers who live on Green Bean’s coffee in the morning. They offer organic and fair trade coffee and how cool is it that their truck is solar powered?
The wind is whipping around us as we decide what we want to order. My first thought is waffle, for sure. But then my inner adult screams, that’s not a responsible lunch. Boo! So I opt for the Eastie – Turkey, avocado, bacon, tomato, cheese & chipotle aioli on Texas toast.
The sandwich was pretty tasty, although I wish there were a different kind of cheese on the sandwich, just to kick it up another notch. Really excited to try their breakfast items and of course, a waffle! Find them at breakfast at Stuart Street.
Green Bean Mobile Cafe
Our service is quick and the food is ok (nothing to write home about but certainly edible). Note that on the menu the pictures say that they are just examples of what the food looks like, not the actual thing. (odd?) The breakfast sandwich was decent, they only had plain bagels.
The price is right here, an affordable breakfast in Midtown for sure. The food could have used a bit more flavoring – the eggs and the potatoes didn’t taste much like anything. Would I seek this place out for breakfast, probably not, but it would certainly do in a pinch.
910 7th Ave
(between 57th St & 58th St)
New York, NY 10019