Second Chances: Fish Market in Allston
Decided to give Fish Market a second try. I really had high hopes.
Well, it resulted in a 40 minute wait for our food, and “meh” cuts of fish in my chirashi. I was pretty disappointed. I was really hoping that maybe the first time we went, the restaurant was simply having an off-day. Guess I was wrong.
This is just an addendum to my Boston sushi rant… Pretty disheartened at the moment.
Exciting Things and New Changes
I was a bit embarrassed when I saw the date of my last post, but life has been keeping me on my toes and lots of exciting things have happened since. To list a few:
1. I am officially a Boston University alumnus!
Graduated summa cum laude and received a top marketing concentrator award. The best part was sharing my Boston life with my family and friends who flew all the way from LA to see me.
2. I am moving to Seattle!
I am starting work with Procter & Gamble in June, and I got assigned my dream position: working with my favorite brand, Tide! The Seattle housing market is a mess; with Amazon and Microsoft hiring like crazy out there, apartments are being snatched up right and left. Rental prices are also sky-rocket high like Boston and NYC especially in downtown. After hours of online searching, I was lucky to find an affordable place 1.3 miles away from Pike Place Market (many food photos to come) and a 5 minute walk from the Frye Art Museum. Just signed my lease today!
3. Jonathan and I celebrated his birthday and our anniversary in Madrid.
Even though Jonathan is from Hawaii, he has never been outside the country (Montreal doesn’t really count…), so I surprised him with flights to Madrid for his birthday! We went to a bullfight, saw the Spanish art masterpieces, saw flamenco, drank wine, and ate lots and lots of jamon… (cured ham). Photos to come!
4. Got an iPhone. Or two.
Why is this significant? Well, it completes my Apple family: MacBook, iTouch, iPad, and now iPhone (I’m such an Apple junkie), but more significantly, my first iPhone broke 4 days after I got it. Dropped it on Jonathan’s pebbly porch and the glass completely shattered. According to my friends, my face looked like I saw a ghost. My wireless carrier told me I had to purchase a new one/pay a deductible. If I had to pay for a replacement after only 4 days, maybe a fragile iPhone wasn’t for me. I decided to go to the Apple store to see if there was any hope left, and lo and behold: Tyler from the Genius Bar replaces my phone for free. His reason? Because he felt horrible it broke after 4 days.
And this is why I will forever be brand loyal to Apple. They take care of their customers, in some way or another.
Do I miss my Blackberry? Yeah, some days, especially when I’m reminded of the iPhone’s short battery life, the lack of an external push notification indicator, and its fragility. But I do enjoy the interface and iPhone apps, they do make life easier.
The movers just came today and packed up all my stuff. I will be in Boston until June 3rd before I make the move. I’m going to revisit all my favorite Boston restaurants and finish my Boston to-do list. The next few weeks are going to be hectic, but I’m truly excited for what’s to come!
Cochon 555 Boston 2012: A Behind-the-Scenes Review
Last Sunday, I had the awesome opportunity to volunteer at Cochon 555 - 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers. The event took place at the Mandarin Oriental, and it was A WHOLE LOTTA PIG! I got to meet the Cochon 555 Team and all the great chefs, but most importantly, I got to eat some really delicious food!
Update On the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Hunt
pumpkin ice cream alert
I just had pumpkin ice cream in Inman Square, Cambridge last night, the place is called Christina’s.
Thanks so much @poeticpinay! Will definitely check that place out!
Jonathan finally gave me a hint, though; he picked up the pumpkin pie ice cream from somewhere in Davis Square… that sells pizza… (or so I assume because he pointed at someone’s pizza box when we were walking around in Davis…)
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Where Art Thou?
For my birthday, Jonathan surprised me with a pumpkin pie ice cream brownie cake. Unfortunately, we finished it before I remembered to take a photo. But Jonathan has refused to share with me where he got the pumpkin pie ice cream! I have googled “Boston pumpkin pie ice cream” and nothing has come up… sad face.
For those of you who might not know, I LOVE everything pumpkin - pumpkin pie, pumpkin ale, pumpkin with pork, pumpkin cheesecake, etc. I wish pumpkin could stick around year-round!
So, if you happen to know which restaurant in Boston serves pumpkin pie ice cream, please send me a message - you might even receive a prize!
A Sushi Lover’s Rant (Boston Edition)
My girlfriend (@militzazik) and I were planning a lunch date via text, and when she suggested “Organic sush,” I immediately replied, “No. If you’re referring to Genki Ya.” So, she let me choose.
So what is my problem?
THERE ARE NO GOOD SUSHI PLACES IN BOSTON! (I wish I could triple underline that for even more emphasis…)
I love sushi. (Maybe even a bit obsessed considering I was a nigiri this past Halloween…) I have explored so many sushi places, but there are none in this whole city that I am crazy about! The In-N-Out effect, as you West-Coasters know - is the feeling that you just got to have it. And there is no sushi restaurant in Boston that embodies the In-N-Out effect… It’s so disappointing!
Just to prove that I am not over-exaggerating, I am going to list all the sushi restaurants that I have been to so that:
- A. people don’t judge me for being narrow-minded (aka not having enough data points)
- B. people can suggest sushi restaurants that I have not been to yet
- C. to show how wrong Yelp can be…*
So here’s my list after being in Boston for almost 4 school years:
- O Ya
- Genki Ya
- Fish Market
- Hana Sushi
- Blue Fin
- Symphony Sushi
- Minado (buffet doesn’t really count…)
- Some others that I don’t remember because they were that noteworthy…
*Please note that I am basing my judgements on SUSHI (sashimi, nigiri, etc.), NOT ROLLS (Philadelphia rolls? wtf…). And that’s why you find so many of these restaurants rated so highly on Yelp - because people review these places for their exotic/non-Japanese rolls… with cream cheese. It really frustrates me when I’m looking for a sushi place on Yelp, because if these are the highly rated ones, then I wouldn’t even consider the even lower rated ones!
I do admit that I enjoy going back to Douzo, but that’s ONE… in ALL of Boston. Oishii, Uni, and Shiki are still on my list to try, but fusion/contemporary sushi should be in its own category.
I suppose people find me a bit extreme, but I have such a passionate love for this cuisine. You can find great Japanese food like donburi and seaweed salad in Boston, but great sushi? Difficult. This is a public plea for help - do you have any other sushi restaurant recommendations?