just wanted to let you know about a fantastic Indian restaurant
in Boston. It's called Rangoli
and the food there is wonderful -- Southern Indian Vegetarian.
It's in the Allston suburb, easily accessible by the green
Boston College 'B' line. From the Harvard Ave. stop it's only
a short walk down Harvard Ave. to Brighton Ave. The restaurant
is at 129 Brighton. Phone number is 617-562-0200. Enjoy!
Kathryn, Ottawa, Canada
Ed. note: Rangoli's was
very high on many tip lists we received.
Chocolate ice cream
If you like chocolate ice
cream and happen to go to Rangoli for Indian food, do not
miss Herrel's, just a few
doors away. Their chocolate ice cream is simply decadent.
Make this your dessert stop of the day. Open until midnight.
Close to Rangoli. Also, next to Rangoli there are two other
good restaurants (whose names escape me at the moment). One
is Cambodian the other is a small Italian place.
Yael, Ramat Gan, Israel
I want other JourneyWomen
to know about this phenomenal place called Toscanini's
Ice Cream in Cambridge. They have
a rapturous selection of
ice creams and sorbets. The ice sorbet flavors, like champagne,
taste like they still have the bubbles flowing through them.
Cassis is as deeply intoxicating as plum can be. But the heaven
you can experience while on this earth is the
Burnt Caramel flavor.
Jaynya, San Diego, USA
Fast food and shopping
Don't miss Quincy
Marketplace and Fanueil
Hall -- good shopping, fun pubs and tons of restaurants
and quick bites of any type of food imaginable in a cobblestoned
setting in the heart of Boston.
Jennifer, Boston USA
Vietnamese budget choice
I'm a librarian and avid
traveler. One of my favorite non-expensive ethnic restaurants
is actually a small chain around here - Pho
Pasteur. They are found in great locations - Harvard
Square in Cambridge, Newbury Street in Boston (one of the
little basement places) as well as in the theatre district
in case you take in a show.
Christine, Worcester (about
45 miles west of Boston)
Figs on Charles Street
Charles Street on Beacon
Hill is a fabulous place to poke around and get the old world
flavor of Boston. The old gas lamps (now retrofitted with
electricity) are particularly charming during the holidays.
Figs is a fabulous pizzeria/bistro
at 42 Charles Street that's owned
by Todd English who runs Olives
up in Charlestown. Olives is perennially on the top of the
Zagats list for Boston, is pricey, but worth every penny.
Figs captures some of that flair, but for much less money
and closer to the downtown action.
Newbury Street is perfect
for both dining and shopping -- but the prices are high. You'll
find many ethnic restaurants including lots of Indian there.
My personal favorite place to go is Sonsie,
a quaint cafe overlooking Newbury with a very Parisian feel
-- excellent food at any time of day. 327 Newbury Street.
P.S. Check out the Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding.
Jennifer, Boston, USA
My favorite Ethiopian restaurant
is Addis Red Sea
in the South End on Tremont street. At Addis, you sit
on traditional three-legged stools around basket-like tables
that hold the one large dish that everyone in your party shares.
Definitely ask for the more sour dark injera bread that they
make for their regular customers -- not the lighter injera
that they have modified for western tastes. Then, after dinner,
wander down Tremont Street and browse in the eclectic shops
until you find a likely looking cafe for an after-dinner coffee.
Erika, Somerville (across the river
from Boston), USA
Redbones Barbecue is a
local institution. It's a place where serious meat lovers
can enjoy good ribs. It's the type of place you go to for
the food and not high-dining atmosphere. They're located at
55 Chester Street, Somerville (Tel: 617- 628-2200)
Yael, Ramat Gan, Israel
Like excellent Mongolian
BBQ? I'd like to suggest Fire and
Ice at 50 Church St. in Cambridge. Yummy!
Kelly, Santa Monica, USA
This place is so much fun to browse. The Porter
Exchange building (1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge,
MA), less than a block from the Porter Square T station, is
a veritable little Asia. Since the complete renovation of
the building in 1987, Porter exchange has become a wonderful
area with food courts where you can get noodles, sushi and
Japanese pastries. In addition to a sit down Japanese restaurant,
a bubble tea kiosk, a sizable Asian grocery store and a travel
agency, there is a hallway stuffed with tiny restaurants,
including a sushi counter, rice bowl restaurant, korean restaurant,
bakery, and two other restaurants I can't quite categorize--maybe
Japanese comfort food. A trip to this space feels like traveling
to Japan without even leaving the city. Website: http://www.kotobukiyamarket.com/malle.htm
Christy, Boston, USA
My dear sushi place in Boston (Back Bay area) is known as
both Snappy Sushi
and Shino Express.
For some reason my boyfriend and I would end up there on rainy
days at around 4 or 5 o'clock looking for a light snack and
end up staying at least three hours, taking a leisurely 'nosh'
style dinner (this is actually the perfect way to do it since
you miss the 6:00 PM hurryhurryhurry dinner crowd crunch).
Their green tea is authentic, warm, free and invigorating.
It's the perfect place for inexpensive, simple, healthy (all
the rice they use is brown) and tasty meals. Appetizers range
from smoked squid salad to miso soup to edamame. Simple rolls
are about $2.95-$3.95, and cover all the traditional basics.
The atmosphere is laid back, not showy. It's a small, cozy
little place with enough bar space for about 12 and a table
for two. Cute as a button and a friendly staff to match. Address:
144 Newbury St. Closest subway stops are Copley (Green) and
Back Bay (Orange).
Anna, St. Augustine, USA