Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Boston Still Stands

I am back from Massachusetts and here to report on all most some of the goings on. I pulled into the Boston area around 5:30 Friday evening and headed over to my cousin's chiropractic office. She gave me an adjustment right away then plunked me down in a massage chair and how great is that after a 5 and half hour drive? After her last patient we picked up her son and headed out for Thai food for dinner.


Here are Lisa and Jacob huddling for warmth at the restaurant. We had a long wait for a seat and as you can see by the jackets kept on the place was freezing cold but the food was fabulous and the service was terrific. Between the good company and the great taste it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time.


Pardon the grungy sweatshirt. Did I mention the restaurant was like a refrigerator? It's ok though because check out that food. Chicken and cashews, veggies, pineapple, chillies all served in half a pineapple. Yummy good stuff. Yes, I ate the whole thing. It was late, I was hungry, and did I mention the food was incredible?

We had planned to go to Lisa's dance group after dinner but everyone was pretty tired, her from a long week, me from a long drive, Jacob from being at extended hours daycare. He was such a trooper about the long wait at the restaurant we decided to not push the issue. We just crashed out back at her apartment.

Tomorrow you'll get the report on my Saturday activities because there is a bit of a surprise there. Onto Sunday's activities.


When I told Lisa I was coming up to see her she asked if I wanted to go to the Food Show that was going to be taking place in Boston. She has a friend who is a chef and who was planning to invite several pals to go with her. Lisa told me we had no admission to pay. It would just be a convention center full of free food. Let me think about that for half a second. YES! Let's go! I was instructed to wear comfortable shoes and stretchy pants.



Sunday arrived and I was attired in appropriately elastic clothes and carrying my camera. I planned to take a lot of pictures. Unfortunately as soon as I snapped this one of about one third of the show floor a security guard came over told me I was being very naughty and I'd better not take any more pictures if I wanted to enjoy any of the food. Given that I was already there as an impostor caterer (Technically you have to work in the food service industry to attend this thing and Lisa's friend signed 3 of us up as her "employees.") I figured I wouldn't push my luck. I didn't want to jeopardize my opportunity to gorge on gourmet goodies.

After we covered the entire show and tasted just about everything we waddled back out to the lobby and I saw the Mad Hatter. I thought perhaps some of the herbs I tasted right at the end were causing hallucinations. (Seriously, the last one was without question the weirdest thing I have ever put into my mouth in my entire life. It looked like a pea-sized, lemon-colored flower shaped like a clover blossom. Half of that flower split among the 4 of us made my tongue tingle like I had the world's most powerful effervescence in my mouth.....I dunno, imagine chewing up and entire case of Alka-Seltzer along with a pack of Pop Rocks. It wasn't hot and spicy but it just destroyed your ability to taste anything else. I required several shots of sake to neutralize the first layer of effervescence, followed by some full bodied red wine, and chased by Mike's Hard Lime, then Mike's Hard Cranberry. Truly bizarre.) Anyway, once I decided I was not hallucinating, I decided to take a chance with my camera just so I'd have something else to show you all while I once again pondered the Belgian waffles, fresh Italian cheeses, succulently roasted meats, decadent desserts, pastas, fish, roasted veggies, salads, and then the row of microbrewers, distillers, and vintners...yes, they gave you all the free samples you wanted. My tongue shall be ever grateful to the guy at the sake booth.

There was a bunch of free stuff that was not food. Here is just some of the swag they were handing out at the show. I bet you all wished you had 5 plastic cockroaches. The mini martini glass contained what was quite possibly the world's worst margarita. Notice the Magic Hat condom at the bottom. In addition to the stuff in the picture I also got 2 flyswatters and a free t-shirt.


I got lei'd three times at the food show as well so maybe that's why they were handing out the condoms.




It really was such a wonderful weekend. Lisa, Jacob and I just enjoyed each other thoroughly. She indulged me with adjustments, good conversation, awesome food, a stack of free books, and time to unwind. Love you, cuz! Thanks so much for everything!

29 comments:

KFarmer said...

Limey TRIP!! Sound fantastic :) Think ya'll could sneak me in next time :)

G-Man said...

Ya had to hog up all the fly swatters eh?

What a grand time Limey!!

I know what the suprise is!!!..hahahahaha

xox

RennyBA said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful trip with us. It was like almost being there with you - maybe good I wasn't with as you then might have changed the subject on this post :lol:

Both you, the sweatshirt and the food looks great and also the free stuff even not food, at the convention :-)

Wishing you a great week!

S said...

And I see youve made her a lemon yellow, turquoise, and fuscia swirl tie dye, beefy t no less!

LOL
Looks like you had a good time, and very good schwag you got there ma'am.

Gledwood said...

hey if you know about Thai food, can you xplain the difference tween a red and a green curry?...??

Suldog said...

I'm glad to hear you got back safely. Again, I'm sorry we didn't have the opportunity to get together. Maybe next time?

Breazy said...

I would have loved to attend the Food Show. The kids laugh at me because half the time I am watching the Food Network channel and the other half of my time I am in the kitchen trying out my gathered recipes.

Sounds like so much fun and I can't wait to read about Saturdays activities.

have a great day!

seventh sister said...

My pants started feeling tight just reading this.

EmBee said...

SO wishing Lisa was MY cousin TOO!

Moosekahl said...

Any trip revolving around food is a must do in my book then to have it start off with an adjustment and a massage! Good for you! Can't wait to hear about Saturday.

James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

welcome back, Lime. It sounds like a wonderful trip. :D

Seamus said...

Lei'd 3 times - good gravy Michelle, that sounds plumb gluttonous! ;)

mssolitaire said...

LOL... I thought roaches were a delicacy or something like that! Ew...

awesome trip! :) I can't wait to hear about Saturday's surprise! Yay!

HUGS! Happy Tuesday

tsduff said...

Looks like fun all the way around! That interesting herb at the end sounds way out there. Do you know what it was?

coopernicus said...

Sounds like fun!!! A food convention?? And I didn't know about it?? Damn...especially in the convention center...i love that part of town....sooooooo many restaurants

VE said...

I wish I could say I was lei'd 3 times over the weekend ;)

david mcmahon said...

Hope you said G'day to the Mad Hatter.

And I have to applaude the line: ``I got lei'd three times at the food show as well.''

Maggie May said...

You certainly had a good time! Food looked delicious & I would have eaten it all too!

lecram said...

Any trip that includes a free food show has got to be a great trip. I'm still salivating. :)

barman said...

How wonderful is that? I wish I could say I got Lei'd even once this weekend! Sounds like an awesome time. That would have been so wonderful and an adjustment too? So when are you moving to Boston?

Looking forward to you little surprise tomorrow.

SignGurl said...

You made me hungry and I just ate! That would be all kinds of greatness to have free food at your beck and call.

I hope your adjustments have found your back behaving better.

It's great that you got to have girl time :)

Polt said...

Wow! Sounds like an incredible time! Can't wait to hear about Saturday!

HUGS...

Beach Bum said...

Free plastic cockroaches at a food show? Whoever brought them to give out is one sick and strangely for me cool puppy.

Phain said...

oh man i'd think i'd died and gone to heaven to get to go to a show like that!! all i ever get to go to is boring crap with too many nerds and too many calculators. pffhttbh!

airplanejayne said...

I never thought about going to a food show to get laid.... I will add that to my list!


Looks like you had a great time!

Kathryn said...

Free food AND free adjustments? When is your next visit, and may I come along?

snowelf said...

Are you sure Boston is still standing?!!

Now I know who to ask when I need to be an impostor caterer. ;)


--snow

Theresa said...

Wow, plastic cockroaches and getting lei'd three times. Now that's what I would call an interesting weekend. Pooh to the security guard, what a party pooper! Can't wait to hear about what happened on Saturday. :)

Gledwood said...

Hey did you know something about Limes that I discovered for myself but is true

(in the limejuice curdles milk sense: milk (and dairy) cause cattarh)

eating one whole lime when your nose/sinuses are filled (or squeezing out fully into a glass, adding 3 tsps sugar and water or just 5 tsps commercial lime juice) totally unblocks and decongests you:~ utterly true

it is NOT true that Limes "cure colds"

just thought those little facts might come in of slight tangent-style use someday haha!

how ARE you long time no HEAR...