An East Coast Adventure

by Grace Boyle on January 14, 2013

Better late than never, right? After a few weeks off to travel for the holidays to see family and friends I got back on January 1st and hit the ground running. I haven’t written here until now.

I thought it would be fitting to share in a few words and photos my favorite food experiences from the holidays. I went home to Iowa, to West Virginia (as we do annually with our big Italian family), up to Massachusetts to be with The Man and his family and a quick road trip to Maine before we flew back.

Some cookie delights from home.


Another special treat from home is that my best friends since we were born all gather together from all the corners of the earth we find ourselves residing in and then we get together with our moms who are also best friends for a night of food and wine. It’s so special, every year that I grow older to do this and have this tradition.

Mom and Daughter Pizza

Our annual feast of the seven fish with our Vallelonga family in West Virginia. There were over 40 of us. I’ve written about just this meal alone before.

Feast of Seven Fish 2013

The mechanics behind getting this many people together for a photo isn’t pretty. Just envision a lot of shouting Italians all yelling instructions :)


Next, I made the trip North to Worcester, Massachusetts. Upon arriving late when we woke up, post-Christmas my first request was my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Worcester: Dalat. Worcester has a large population of Vietnamese and the food is some of the best I’ve ever had. Longtime friends with the owners and servers, I was taught by The Man and his friends to order a few dishes that aren’t on the menu (including tofu luc lac). Some spring rolls, boba and green tea hit the spot.


A new restaurant I hadn’t been to yet in Worcester was The Boynton which has a lot of history (as much of New England does) as it started in the 1930′s as a Tavern. The name remained the same, but overtime the large space has turned into a bar and restaurant that seems to always have a line and wait! We ordered fried pickles and one such incredible dessert the Boynton Brown Betty which is fried dough, smothered in flame roasted apples, brown betty crumb mix, vanilla ice cream and caramel.

The Boynton

After some family time we decided to cruise up to Maine for a day and night to see one set of grandparents and spend time in their lovely home outside of Portland in Cousins Island. We started at lunch in Portland at Bonobo’s an adorable wood-fire pizza oven. One of the owners is neighbors with The Man’s grandparents. As the snow started to fall around us we cozied up to a high table and ordered wine, salads and pizza for lunch.


The “Smokey” pizza had smokey roasted squash, roasted onions, leeks, gorgonzola, parmesan and cream (pictured bottom right above). The crust was thin and crispy and perfectly, golden brown warm from the oven. We also ordered the “Morocco” pizza that had spiced lamb sausage, feta and goat cheese, roasted red peppers, scallions and a little red sauce. Interesting pizzas always do it for me and it warmed us right up, from the falling snow outside.

Don’t miss their local beers on tap and their lunch deal which is any pizza and 2 salads for $20 (which we indulged in). I would recommend Bonobo’s to anyone. It’s such a cozy space and the food is delicious!

Bonobo Interior

After lunch, we had to prepare for our next meal of course: lobster!

Grace Portland

We started with these fresh lobster (we boiled them outside in the snow), white wine, Sam Adams, salad then seafood chowder filled with shrimp, mussels and haddock.


It was a seafood feast and I’m still thinking about it. I’m also lamenting about the price of seafood in Colorado and the lack of taste. Ah, oh well.



After an incredible time in Maine (I had never been before!) we scooted back to Worcester and on New Years Eve went to Boston for the afternoon to drink margs with roommate from college. We went to Papagayo a tequila bar. Fish tacos, tableside guac and margs. Hard to beat.


We ended that evening with a dear aunt and uncle, at Willy’s Steakhouse in Shrewsbury, MA. We were so full, we didn’t even get time to take photos but it is so worth mentioning. Especially their sushi!

All in all, it was such a wonderful trip involving so many loved ones. I am grateful for the opportunity and I hope you had a great holiday season. Happy 2013!

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    What a fantastic adventure! The family shot and the 7 fishes pics are impressive! Love the pic of you under the lobster. Do you ever NOT take a completely darling photo?!

    • Grace Boyle

      Haha aw: ) thank you! It was quite the trip!

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