327 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
We arrived at a small little cafe with the entire facing wall opened up towards the street. With small marble white tables and woven chairs, we were greeted by a friendly waiter that told us to choose our seats.
The tables were very small, only for one or two people at a time, but I loved how intimate it was. A small taupe menu was on each table displaying a short breakfast menu of pastries, coffee and a few dishes. Bao opted for the the "Coconut pineapple french toast with caramel sauce" for $14, while I chose the "Any style eggs, toast, home fries and bacon", for $12.
Bao and I were fully expecting standard breakfast dishes that we typically see in most restaurants, but were so pleasantly surprised when our dishes came out. Even the black coffee (co-op produced Indonesia, read more about a Wall Street Journal article here!) was smooth, bold and delicious!
The coconut and caramel drizzle on Bao's french toast was such a nice twist to a classic syrup, and my thinly sliced, perfectly cooked bacon were just a few details that made our dishes so amazing. My eggs were cooked perfectly, and the bacon was truly unique in that it wasn't heavily salted or greasy like I'm used to.
After a great meal, we made our way down Newbury again to stop by a store I was SO excited to see while parking the night before. As a long-time Johnny Cupcakes fan, I was literally giddy when I saw the storefront, so although we had to wait a bit for the doors to open we sat on a small brick bench until 11am.
279 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
After getting so excited to see the storefront, I'm disappointed to say the customer service was one of the worst I'd ever experienced, and I left empty handed. The cashier saw Bao and I walking towards the door upon the store's opening, yet ignored us and crouched over the front counter - eyes glued to phone. The one time he spoke a word to us was a curt "No." when we asked for an available size in a hoodie. I still believe in the company's business model and respect the creator's work ethic, but what a let down!
Regardless of the odd treatment at the store, we moved along and had fun for the rest of the day. It's hard to let anything get you down when you're in such a beautiful city :)
Next up was something we both looked forward to most for our trip - Samuel Adam's brewery tour!
Samuel Adam's Brewery
30 Germania St
Boston, MA 02130
After receiving our free (yes, free!) tickets, we had about a half hour wait for the tour to begin so we looked around the lobby. We felt like we were going to Wonka's chocolate factory with these golden tickets, haha! Although the tickets are free with any valid ID, it's great that Sam Adams encourages a $2 donation per person for local charities. Sounds like a good deal to me :)
We looked around the front lobby area where there was a small display of different beers and historical awards/articles.
A few minutes later, our enthusiastic tour guide Mike emerged from a large tunnel leading us to the tour. Mike was so informative, we learned so much about how brews are made and the subtle to stark contrasts of ingredients!
We got to try some grains that are used in Sam Adams beers, including the dark coffee-like grain in pictured in the back that creates dark stouts.
Soon after a short walking tour of the machines and barrel room, we arrived at the tasting room. Here we learned how to assess the beer with different tasting methods, such as recognizing color and other complexities we normally don't think about.
We were handed these small tasting glasses to try our beers and take home as a little souvenir. We left with a growler for Bao and a smaller specialty brew for me in the gift shop (they have to make money somehow, right? haha).
We had such a wonderful experience at this brewery, hoping to visit more in the near future! I definitely recommend everyone stop by Sam Adams if they get a chance, you leave appreciating the process and very much the beer itself!
Part III coming up next, Quincy Market and other delicious eatings :)