Boston Eats: Rice Bowl

I came here for the free wi-fi, but to my surprise the food wasn’t so bad.  Price is quite reasonable.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

House Fried Rice
With shrimp, chicken and beef
Portion was large.  It was well cooked but way too salty.

Green Milk Tea
Oversweet.

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Rice Bowl
6 Hemenway Street, Boston, MA 02115-2907, USA
+1 617-267-2828

Boston Eats: Mike’s Pastry

This Boston’s famed cannoli shop is always packed with people, but the lines move fast so you’ll be out soon.  The price is reasonable for a king sized cannoli.  The cannoli has a crispy crust and a sweet creamy thick filling.  It was good, but not really that mind blowing (especially if you have high expectation from a famous store).  I’ve had better cannoli in Little Italy in Baltimore.  Besides cannoli, they also sell other kinds of Italian sweets.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $

Pistachio cannoli

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Mike’s Pastry
300 Hanover St, Boston, Massachusetts 02113, USA
+1 617-742-3050
www.mikespastry.com

Boston Eats: Flour Bakery + Cafe

If you watched food network, if you watched Bobby Flay, you might have heard about the Flour bakery.  There’s a lot of hype about this bakery/cafe.  The line was long but it moved quite fast.  Their sandwiches and bread were very good, but I wasn’t impressed with the sweet bites.  Maybe I should have tried their famed pastries instead.  I had a Bostom Cream pie and it was a piece of gross frozen cake.  Coffee was ordinary but wasn’t too bad.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $

Roasted lamb, tomato chutney, goat cheese sandwich
Thin slices of rare roast lamb with a sweet tomato chutney and goat cheese.
The bread was good.  This was a well-executed sandwich.

Boston Cream Pie
It wasn’t bad on the first bite, but I hated it more and more as I was finishing the piece of cake.  The custard was more like frozen cream that’s beginning to melt.  As a result I had layers of icy about-to-melt custard/cream, and the cake part was oozing out liquid that I’m not sure if it’s from the melting cream or it was soaked in some kind of liquid previously (but that would be similar to a poorly assembed tres leche cake).

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Flour Bakery + Cafe
Various locations.
flourbakery.com

Boston Eats: Xinh Xinh Restaurant

Shouldn’t have trusted my travel guide book.  The quality was very mediocre.  Price and service was just ok.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Phở Xe Lửa
Special Train Noodle Soup (extra large) with rarebeef, flank, tendon & tripes
The beef was cooked in the broth long before it was served.  This resulted in overcooked beef that was very tough.  The broth tasted ok only.  

Cà phê sữa đá
Iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk
Just mediocre.  I thought it was on the weak side.

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Xinh Xinh Restaurant
7 Beach Street, Boston, MA 02111-1609, USA
+1 617-422-0501

Boston Eats: Sweet Cupcakes

Very princessy and girly décor.  Each store has a giant plasma TV playing old time classics or Disney classic movies.  They have a wide range of specialty cupcakes that are also very beautifully decorated.  However when it comes to the taste, it was just very ordinary.  The cake part was not very remarkable.  The texture reminded me of a quickbread (muffin/loaf) texture, not the soft dense texture associated with a well made cake.  The icing was just ordinary buttercream that was very sweet and crusty.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

Organic Karat (mini)
Moist carrot cake with shredded organic carrots and crushed pineapple topped with classic cream cheese frosting and an edible gold leaf petal

Pink Lemonade
A SWEETer twist on the summertime.  Classic with a hint of cherry juice and its very own straw.

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Sweet Cupcakes
Various locations.
www.sweetcupcakes.com

Boston Eats: The Danish Pastry House

To be fair I didn’t buy from the actual store locations in Medford or Watertown.  They have a stall at the Copley Square Farmer’s market and that’s where I bought the pastries.  I was quite disappointed with their products.  They were soggy (and quite disgusting to eat in this condition).  At least the Kringle did taste good, but it wasn’t very flakey so it wasn’t a very good pastry.  Maybe it was a bad batch but I really don’t think it was worth the hype.

My ratings:
Price range: $

Berries and Cream Tart
Soggy soggy yucky.  Waste of such good ingredients.

Signature Almond Kringle Slice
Flaky pastry with marzipan
Unfortunately it lacked a buttery flakiness.  The marzipan was good.

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The Danish Pastry House
www.danishpastryhouse.com

Boston Eats: Sam La Grassa’s

Named “the world’s #1 sandwich”, I had pretty high hopes for the quality.  The price is a bit steep, but the sandwiches are huge.  Honestly I didn’t find the sandwiches that amazing.  It was ordinary and actually quite bad.  In fact it was one of the worst sandwiches I’ve eaten.

My ratings:
Price range: $-$$

Pastrami & Corned Beef Combo
Rumanian pastrami and “fresh from the pot” corned beef with swiss cheese, russian dressing and cole slaw served on light rye.
I didn’t find the deli meat that amazing.  It was tasteless.  The cole slaw wasn’t that great either (oversweet) and made it very messy to eat the sandwich.  Unfortunately for me this particular sandwich attracted a lot of flies when I was trying to eat in the park (namely the Boston Common).  Maybe I didn’t get the right sandwich but it was to the point of being rather inedible.

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Sam La Grassa’s
44 Province Street, Boston, MA 02108-5120, USA
+1 617-357-6861
www.samlagrassas.com

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