summer things.

I’ve had plenty of adventures as a twenty-six year old. Lunch breaks with friends, date nights on the water and dessert stops in the North End have been rounding out this summer as one of the best to date. While the new experiences have been amazing, the company has been even better.

Some days are just made for lobster bisque at Mooo.
Some days are just made for lobster bisque at Mooo.

Keep reading for the who, what & where of my favorite season of the best year yet.

Bell In Hand

Make mine a mojito. (Photo credit.)
Make mine a mojito. (Photo credit.)

If you’re going to go on a first date, the best thing you can do is choose a place you’ve never been. Even if the other party has, it’s fun to cross something off your “to do” list while meeting someone new. At best, they’ll have a cold one waiting for you, a charming smile and the kind of conversational skills that make you feel like you’ve known them for months. It doesn’t even matter what happens afterwards because at the very least you’ve and an adventure in more ways than one.

Piperi Mediterranean Grill

Where the hardest decision you need to make is plate, salad or wrap. (Photo credit.)
Where the hardest decision you need to make is plate, salad or wrap. (Photo credit.)

The best combination of spicy, cozy & healthy is this nook tucked into the bottom corner of Center Plaza. Mixing some combination of vegetables, chicken or falafel and delicious sauces, you can make-your-own plate, salad or wrap and take it back to the office or eat it on the Common with a bestie. Most of the time, I like to know that I’m putting good things in my body that are also delicious and this place hits all the marks.

Harpoon Brewery

This might be what heaven looks like. (Photo credit.)
This might be what heaven looks like. (Photo credit.)

There’s something festive about a cold beer on a summer day. There’s something really festive about trying nearly a flight of beers in the most unpretentious of spaces with or without a modest menu of snacks to whet your palate for as long as you can stand it. This spot is conducive for everything from social gatherings to date nights and inspires the kind of curiosity that makes you want to explore the rest of the “neighborhood” too.

Yankee Lobster Co.

Live. Love. Lobster. (Photo credit.)
Live. Love. Lobster. (Photo credit.)

Once it breaks eighty degrees, girls like me like to eat lobster as often as we can get our hands on it. Unfortunately, this summer has been operating in double-time as I balance multiple jobs and a multitude of social appointments. That being said, I haven’t had nearly as much lobster as I would like to brag about but trying this place out was a great tease for what’s to come for the next several weeks. Counter service and picnic tables make this one of the most summery spots you could ever want to try.

The Barking Crab

A summertime city staple. (Photo credit.)
A summertime city staple. (Photo credit.)

This is the closest thing you’re going to find to a beach bar and it does a pretty great job of simulating my favorite spots all over the East Coast. The buzz at the bar stools is a party in itself with beach memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and corners of the walls. Don’t expect super speedy service (because again, you’re basically at a beach bar) but the ambiance is worth the wait and after enough time/ drinks, simulates that summer glow you’ve been searching for.

Rowes Wharf Hotel

Would you believe me if I told you that this is an actual thing you can see in Boston on a summer night? #magical
Would you believe me if I told you that this is an actual thing you can see in Boston on a summer night? #magical

Nothing beats long walks on the beach except maybe long walks on the harbor. Especially Boston Harbor and especially along this hotel. From the underbelly of its huge, Instagram-able archway to the sneaky path leading to the Seaport, I choose people watching this way over sidewalks any day of the week.

Bon Me

If you are wary of food trucks, you kind of need to get over it. (Photo credit.)
If you are wary of food trucks, you kind of need to get over it. (Photo credit.)

Every time I order the noodle salad with rice noodles and spicy peanut sauce, it always causes my nose to run and an urge for me to sip on a glass of milk until my next bite. And yet I keep eating. It is THAT DELICIOUS. Also available are toasted baguetts stuffed with pickled carrots, rice bowls with daikon and salads with cilantro. Choose-your-own-adventure vis a vis spiced rubbed chicken, Chinese BBQ pork, roasted soy and paprika tofu or miso-braised pulled pork and you’re in store for a very tasty lunch.

Central Wharf Co.

Birthday things have happened here. (Photo credit.)
Birthday things have happened here. (Photo credit.)

Remind me never to have a birthday party anywhere else ever again. As a firm believer that it is more than acceptable for birthday week to melt into birthday month, this spot made for the perfect venue to host some of the loveliest people I have ever known. With a little notice, my co-conspirator was able to “reserve” the entire upstairs bar for us to hide our purses and enjoy some adult beverages while the most nostalgia-inducing music played in the background. The whole night is mostly a blur because of the fact one moment as more fun than the next. Thanks for having us Central Wharf!

Samba West

Feeling a little tempura-mental.
Feeling a little tempura-mental.

Sometimes the biggest adventures are right under your nose. Or on Groupon. Or both. Leave it to my sister to find a $40-for-$25 deal so we could be the tiniest girls who ever ate their way through a Chinese restaurant. From vegetable tempura to mango chicken and spicy basil friend rice, there wasn’t one dish we didn’t like. Next time, I propose a tour of the cocktail menu…

Roche Bros.

Call me crazy but this might be my new favorite lunch spot. (Photo credit.)
Call me crazy but this might be my new favorite lunch spot. (Photo credit.)

If you’re thinking “The grocery store?” I am answering with a very enthusiastic “YES.” The new location at Downtown Crossing is quite possibly one of the best things to have happened to me this month and I was approved for my first credit card. First of all, it’s two floors which means you can stock up on the famous chicken drummies, make a salad and still not have experience half of what this foodie oasis has to offer. Prepared meals, a diverse donut selection and aisles full of healthy chips and cheese are what dreams are made of here.

For more on my latest twenty-something epiphany, some things nobody tells you pre- and post-quarter-life crisis and my latest adventure to NYC, catch me on Instagram, Lookbook & Pinterest.

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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