L.A. Burdick – Chocolate Dipped Fruit – Ginger

Maybe my fan-dom of Ginger has made it around the world and back?   And others are just making these ginger treats for my benefit.  I realize the reality that there are others that share the same passion.

LA Burdick, a small chain of shops, located in New England and New York City. One store, located in the Back Bay, I imagine is like the others – a chocolate lover’s haven.  It is also a ginger fan’s dream – Chocolate Dipped Ginger.

Dipped Ginger from The L. A. Burdick Website
Dipped Ginger from The L. A. Burdick Website

A Little Morsel
A Little Morsel

I have had more than one Dipped Ginger in my Time – it’s normally hard and bitter and completely covered in chocolate.  Frankly, I am rarely ever a fan.  The Burdick dipped ginger only covers half of the crystallized ginger.  It’s a high quality crystallized ginger as it firm to the initial bite, and then chewy once you get into it.  Along with the chocolatier’s mastery of his medium, the ginger is a highlight.When you purchase the ginger, the ginger comes in a well presented bag.

Badge of Honor
Badge of Honor

My Bag of Treats
My Bag of Treats

As you can see I sneaked some Ginger treats before taking my snapshots, I highly recommend these amazing treats.  I’ve had a number of bags of them, and I want more, as I am sure you will.

You can visit the shop in Back Bay, and experience it yourself.

For those about to Rock… Or move to Boston

Recently, a friend, Robert mentioned his friend is moving to Boston.  I think he might need his own Animal reference on The Animals Tour.

A few things….

First, Oana, welcome.

Second, there are no Rs.  A horse is a huss.  A car is a cah.  A parkway is a paKway (notice the big K).  Any many other nuances in the English language need not apply; we made our own.

Third, I am actually not 5 ft tall.  I am closer to 99 feet tall.  If I stopped counting at 5 ft, i’d leave half of my chest, and loose my head (more than normal). Paul is Huge

Four, you should, in addition to the Town, watch the Departed, the Getaway, Good Will Hunting, and Gone Baby Gone.  Do not watch X-Men II to learn how to pronounce Hanscom AFB, ask a native.

Following 1 and 2, refer to #1 when in doubt, we’re not all Mass-a-holes.

When you are done with the rules, you should know Massachusetts is not all mass-a-holes.   We are aggressive drivers, but good people.

Massachusetts is really built of five areas:

  1. Boston
  2. North Shore
  3. South Shore
  4. Cape Cod and the Islands
  5. The Rest
Map of MA
Map of MA

As I tell visitors, colleagues and others, the North Shore doesn’t visit Cape Cod, we visit Cape Ann, and never go South of our Mason-Dixon line.  We stop at I90 (occasionally do we pass, and only to avoid the traffic and tolls going into the City).

The neighborhoods of Boston are best seen via the requisite Duck Tour.

Neighborhoods

The hip neighborhoods are Allston/Brighton, Backbay, North End, Beacon Hill, and Charlestown.

A really great website is http://wikitravel.org/en/Boston/Allston-Brighton

Another great link is http://wikitravel.org/en/Boston

I also recommend Boston.com

How to Harness your Inner Foodie in Boston

I simply cannot leave off with recommendations for travel to New England with a recommendation for NYC and not Boston.

I have a few points and places that really make a day beautiful.

You should plan to have dinner at:

Hammersly’s Bistro I’ll just say order the Chicken – Roast Chicken with Garlic, Lemon and Parsley .  It is amazing. http://www.hamersleysbistro.com/home/

Union Oyster House – http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/ Gloria and I recommend it and vouch for the reputation.  *For this place, I recommend parking a little further away, near Government Center or Haymarket, you’ll get it for cheap.  If you park right near by, it’s going to be expensive, but then again it is so much easier to walk back to the car.

The Market is pretty damn cool. It’s highly recommended http://www.marketbyjgboston.com/

Legal Seafood or Flemmings are always hits.  If you go to Legal, go here  http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1GGLS_enUS361US371&q=Legal+Seafoods+Boston&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl It’s so cool. If you end up at Flemmings, I recommend making a reservation http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/

Afterwards, I always like a walk in the Boston Common and view of the State House.  Frankly, it’s a great date night thing I’ve done a couple times.

One last thing, park here.  The parking is about half the price of other spots in the neighborhood, and really easy to get to everything

Radisson Boston

Other things to think about the Prudential Building (go up to the top), Duck Tours, Christian Science Monitor, Fenway, The Victory Gardens, Beacon St, and Fanueil Hall.

The Jewels of Manhattan

One of my dear UK friends, Tim is about to embark on his tour of the Mid-Atlantic and New England. He asked “do if I know anyone who knows NYC and places to eat and must see?.” Of Course, I do!

Me!

For the last 12 years, since College and my Dad met Amy, I have traveled to NYC and really experienced a “BIG” city. So I told Tim, I’d write up my top tips, recommendations and things I absolutely love about the 3rd biggest city I have ever been able to see and experience. Shanghai and Beijing were far larger.

The City is an adventure, one you can confidently navigate.

The first stop I like to make is Grand Central. Simply walk in. Walk Through. Look up. Stare. It’s okay, you are a tourist. Enjoy.
There are a bunch of hidden gems in Grand Central. More information is at http://manhattan.about.com/od/historyandlandmarks/a/secretgrandcent.htm
The Grand Central Terminal Ceiling

If it’s Lunch or Dinner time, I recommend taking a few moments and going to the Oyster Bar. The Oyster Bar is an experience.
Oyster Bar

Once full up on the main course, skip the rest, and you should head to Dylan’s. Dylan’s Candy Bar is Ralph Lauren’s daughter’s brain child: a candy store for the ages.  As you go in,  you should immediately make an appointment with your dentist.

The deal here is, you must buy something, and get the shopping bag.  The shopping bag is one of the hottest ones to have in NYC.

Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan's Candy Bar

You can find it at http://www.dylanscandybar.com/

With no particular order, I walk by the New York City Library, and end up at Bryant Park for a tea. http://bryantpark.org/ It’s amazing.  You take in the sights, sounds and relax in the crisp fall air.  You’ll notice some cool artisans, shops and fun gifts to buy. Personally, I do NOT recommend resisting; it is so cool.

Once I am done resting the hoofers, I walk up to Rockefeller Center (It’s a bit of a hike).  Rockefeller Center is one of the more amazing locations in the late Fall when they raise the Christmas Tree.  The Center becomes a gathering place for tourists who want to see NBC, 30 Rock, the Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink, and the Christmas Tree.  It’s worth going to walk around the plaza. One of the coolest parts, some of the stuff is very art deco.  I would also recommend visiting the small Dean and Deluca’s Shop.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_Center

Once you have had your fill, you should take the pilgrimage to Times Square.  Yes, take a cab, ride through, but I would only recommend stopping to take a photo, and go on your way.  It has far too many people in that area.  (They might have even blocked it off to Traffic). http://timessquare.nyctourist.com/

With about 9 days of sites to visit, and the incredible sites I purposed, don’t leave the ones on Museum Mile out.  The Frick, The Met, slightly off the track the Museum of Modern Art

The Frick contains one of the most beautiful collections of art in the world. If you walk through, I would plan to spend two hours wandering around the museum. I attached one of my favorites.   http://www.frick.org/

Frick - Amazing

If the Frick takes 2 hours, the Met is going to take you 2 years to complete.  The Met has an amazing collection of armour, antiques, sculptures and paintings, and is worth every minute you spend in it.  It’s an adventure, I recommend discovering it yourself.

You should know IBMers get into the Met for free (bring your badge).

http://www.metmuseum.org/

Ok, so I left the one I have mixed reservations for near dead last.  MOMA.  The Museum of Modern Art is one of the more “Interesting” museums.  I really like modern art, but some of this stuff is really beyond me.  It’s much like experiencing a slasher film, a blender accident and a kindergarten combined with art.

While I feel this way, there are hidden gems on the top floor.  Edward Hopper,  Jackson Pollack and others are the ones that steal the show. *Go for those*  I also have to admit, the restaurant at MOMA is pretty cool.

Also, if you get a chance, the MOMA Store has MUJI.  MUJI is a brand which enhances usability while maintaining a minimalist quality. I use their Chrononotebook for a diary/planner.

http://www.moma.org/

Yes, I left out the Guggenheim.  I just recommend looking at what collection is on display, and only going if you are absolutely desiring to look at paintings while leaning.

So between the Museums, the sights et cetra, if you followed my order, you probably chased snakes.  Hopefully one of the snakes found you walking through Central Park.

You must walk through, but be sure to do so in mid afternoon with people.  It’s amazing.  The people exercising, the cool wind blowing, and every person enjoying the cool oasis in the commotion that is NYC. It’s a must do.

My last three favorites are Madison Ave. You must see the shops.  My favorite is Dean and Delucas.  The food is amazing.

Then you must eat at Jackson Hole, or flip for Sarabeths.  Sarabeth’s has some of the best soup you can ever expect in life. I do not like Tomato Soup, but theirs is the best!

http://www.sarabeth.com/ or http://www.jacksonholeburgers.com/

You should also be sure to get a really good bagel. I recommend the ‘rents go for Bagels and Lox. It’ll be some of the best.

I also have heard the Natural History Museum is a must.  You should definitely look that up.