Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to have a staycation at the Ames Boston Hotel and go on a food tour around Boston, similar to their #findyourboston city experience packages! I hit some of my favorite food spots around Boston in the winter!
[Update 1/8/2020: Ames Boston Hotel CLOSED]
AMES BOSTON HOTEL
The Ames Boston Hotel is a luxury hotel located right in the center if downtown Boston, just a short walk from Faneuil Hall, the North End, Boston Common, and much more. I loved their modern guest rooms and that they are a pet-friendly hotel! Tot loved her hotel weekend!
(Update 2/3/19: Cultivar suddenly closed its doors in Jan 2019)
Right after checking in, we headed downstairs to Cultivar for brunch! Chef Mary Dumont created delicious specials, including a lucky charms cocktail and a donut with apple compote. I also ordered a gorgeous ducktrap smoked salmon benedict, croque madame, and dry aged beef burger. Eggs benedict is my favorite brunch item and I have never seen it plated like this! The smoked salmon resembled little roses and everything was placed in a delicate breaded vessel. The hollandaise sauce was so light but savory. The croque madame was also extremely delicious. My favorite aspect of this dish was the ham! It had such a bold flavor and was cooked perfectly. Whenever I go to Cultivar, all the ingredients taste so fresh and the presentations of classic dishes are constantly unique and innovative. I would highly recommend stopping by Cultivar for brunch or dinner (their dinner desserts are some of the prettiest I have seen in Boston)!
FIND YOUR BOSTON: THE FOODIE
Ames Boston Hotel has created Find Your Boston packages with several special experiences around the city based on your interests! For example, they have packages for The Adventurer, The Historian, The Artisan, and more! Of course, I chose The Foodie experience to taste my way through Boston.
After wandering to the North End, we couldn’t resist stopping by Mike’s Pastry for their famous cannolis! I tasted pistachio, chocolate ricotta, chocolate mousse, and chocolate chip cannolis. We also walked around Beacon Hill to see some of the beautiful brick houses and to stop by Acorn Street!
On Sunday, we hopped over to Tatte Bakery for a light breakfast and coffee. Tatte is one of the most aesthetic cafes in Boston, with over 10 locations in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline. My favorite breakfast item from Tatte is the avocado tartine. Their eggs are poached to perfection and the bread always has a crispy exterior.
Next, we meandered over to the South End for the rest of the day. Bar Mezzana has a delectable and refined weekend brunch. My favorite dishes were the soft scrambled egg crostini with bousin & gravlax and the challah french toast with blueberries & walnuts. We also tasted the salmon crudo and beet salad. I will definitely be coming back here!
SOWA WINTER FESTIVAL
Lastly, we walked over to the SoWa Winter Festival! There are numerous craft and food vendors there. It was the perfect place to shop for holiday stocking stuffers! I also stopped by the Yummy Mummy Bakery booth for a festive holiday cookie and Blackbird doughnuts for a mint chocolate doughnut! The weekend of Dec 7th is the second and final weekend of the SoWa Winter Festival, so definitely try to make it! (Pro Tip: Go early so you don't end up waiting in a very long line to get in!)
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