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Gus’s Fried Chicken – Little Rock, AR
Fried pickles. Fried chicken.
Hot & Spicy. Made-to-order.  Sign me up!

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Visit Post Winery ,in Altus, for a delicious wine tasting.
Favorites included the Pinot Grigio, Cynthiana, & Strawberry Fields.

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Fort Smith National Historic Site.
Site of Judge Parker’s Courthouse & Hell on the Border jail.

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Boston Eats


 

I’m. SO. Hungry.

boston eatsSo, let us recap what I ate in Boston: clam chowder, Banh Mi, and lobster rolls. That is all…pretty much. There was beer and wine also! It was all “wicked” good!

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The first thing I ate in Boston was clam chowder at Jacob Wirth, in the Chinatown area. The chowder had a great flavor, the clams were nice and big, but there were too many potatoes for my taste and it was too thick. Supposedly, there is a huge difference in cup to bowl size with only a $1 difference in price! Get the bowl! Also, on Tuesdays (not sure if there was a time range) there were 25-cent hot dogs!

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Word on the streets (internet) was that Boston boasted some of the best banh mi’s EVER. I did some Googlin’ and found Banh Mi House. It took me about 15 minutes of wandering around Winter Street to finally find it…Situated in an enclosed sort of alley way, next to a sketchy looking electronics repair…hole? Even so, it was far from disappointing. A place I’d refer to as “dank,” except it totally doesn’t mean that, per Urban Dictionary.  Anyhow, my parents, who are super critical of Asian food, even liked it. “It is better than Fort Smith, but not as good as Laos.” Like, duh. We had the classic (because I love paté) and the grilled beef. Mmm. I can’t stop thinking about it. I ate here twice during my short stay!
Pros: The mayonnaise was authentic and there were no pickled daikon radishes (ew) and they give you free water as a “new” customer. I got free water twice ;). Also, they add green onions and Maggi sauce, which gives the sandwich a greater depth of flavor and elicits much more mouth watering. It’s located across the street from Boston Commons, where you can take your sandwich and free water and people watch!
Cons: They were out of pork meatball every time I went.  Though from the photos/description on their site, I’m glad I was so fortunate as to miss out.

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My parents, for whatever reason (the rain, the cold, the walking, maybe?), did NOT want to leave the apartment. Not even for food. They only wanted Chinese/Asian food and wanted me to take the train all the way to Chinatown, from Back Bay, to retrieve food. Um, no. Then, they wanted to order pizza, which was unacceptable to me. Luckily, my friend Karen suggested Thai Basil on Newbury Street, who thankfully delivered. Again, my hypercritical parents loved it. My dad was feigning for some duck, which they happened to offer in a variety of dishes. He ordered the Siam Duck—duck breast in tamarind sauce with broccoli and carrots. Mmm. He said it hit the spot. I ordered a duck dish also, the Duck Choo Chee, which was essentially Duck phat phet or curry stir-fry. ‘Twas also really delicious. The duck in both meals was really tender and plentiful. My mom ordered Seafood Basil Lo Mein. Mmm. That was really yummy and aromatic. They didn’t skimp on the seafood either! B ordered the Seafood Madness, which I liked. It reminded me of my mom’s cooking. Again, the seafood was plentiful and cooked really well. I really liked Thai Basil due to their originality. They had quite a few dishes that you wouldn’t normally find on any standard Thai menu, yet they still maintained their authenticity. A+. P.S., no pictures, too busy inhaling my food.

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After my graduation, my parents ordered in, AGAIN. B and I trekked to Yankee Lobster, Co. in Southie, because it was vital for me to have a lobster roll. And it was soooo good. I let him finish my lobster roll so I could order some fried whole bellied clams. They say you should always order whole bellied clams. “More flavor!” It DID have more flavor, albeit an interesting one. B also had the soft-shelled crab sandwich and we both had stuffed clams and clam chowder.  It was my favorite clam chowder (sorry no photo)!  Sufficient amount of potatoes, lots of clams, and the broth was not overly thick..or thick at all, which I prefer.  Everything was so fresh, considering their fish market is in operation out back. I especially noticed a huge difference in the soft-shelled crab. It was more like…crab, instead of like the crunchy fried cardboard served in sushi back home. I wish this was closer to our apartment so I could’ve tried more of the menu, but it was exhausting getting there and trying to figure out how to leave. #n00b

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On Saturday, our friend, Andy, B and I toured the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain. Our tour guide was hilarious and I actually learned a lot about the processes involved. Also, free beer. Of the beer we tasted, my favorite was the Black Lager.  Our tour guide was a hoot!  His name was Kyle and I would highly recommend going on his tour!

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After the tour, we took a trolley to Doyle’s Cafe, driven by an eccentric gentleman who played weird Irish, heavy metal music? And was also a Doyle’s enthusiast. Apparently, several major films have been filmed at Doyle’s (21, the Departed, etc). Aside from that, Doyle’s was the first place to sell Samuel Adams beer, so with your tour ticket you can go to Doyle’s, get a Sam Adams and have a free glass. So we did. And we ate more lobster rolls. The interior was old and interesting and unchanged. Great atmosphere. We had a lot of fun here.

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One day for lunch, B and I ate at Lir on Boylston Street.  Not sure why I didn’t take any photos of our food here, but it was pretty good.  The atmosphere was nice, very Irish mob, which insatiated B’s obsession with all mafias.  We shared their clam chowder (my second favorite) and it was excellent.  I’m starting to think there is no such thing as bad clam chowder in Boston.  I believe Brando had the steak tip sandwich, paired with a Guinness, and I had a cheeseburger with caramelized onions, paired with local Sea Dog Wild Blueberry beer.  Blueberry beer was pretty prevalent here and I was very OKAY with this.

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Cheers!  I really fell in love with Boston and am hoping to go back many, many times and very, very soon!  So many things I didn’t get a chance to see!

Odds & Ends


Self explanatory…

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A small stretch of Orient Bay back in February.
It was a breezy day and the water was slightly frigid.
(Ok, it wasn’t frigid, but SO cold!)
But the sun was out and the people followed.

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Baie aux Prunes or Plum Bay.
Overcast.  Rainy.  More frigid water.
Totally secluded.
Rocky terrain, with beautiful clear water.

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More from Happy Bay.

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Some docks at Great Bay in Philipsburg.
Amazing turquoise water.
High traffic area and it sorta grosses me out.

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Arkansas boys at Karakter’s, Simpson Bay.

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Back in Arkansas.
The “Shiblings”:  Effy and Fitzroy

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Me & the cat.
Fredra Beatrix.
“Fred”

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Pretty.
All the way from France.

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Crown-of-Thorns.
tye-dye!

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OBSESSED with reds from the Cote du Rhone region of France.

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UNPASTEURIZED.
Goat cheese from the Poitou-Charentes region, France.
Wow. So. Amaze.
Which Kirby and I put on this…

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Homemade wheat crust
Onion Jam
Garlic
Spinach
Mushrooms
Goat Cheese
Charcuterie I cannot pronounce/spell

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B always picks the best dinners.
“Farmer Combination”
Filet, flank, and duck breast
From Stone, located in the Simpson Bay Resort.

March Madness


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The Boyfriend and I recently had some visitors, which turned out to be a great opportunity for us to see new places and try new restaurants on the island.  I had to take B and our guests to Rosemary’s in Marigot.  Unlike the many other lolos on the island, who serve grilled chicken and ribs, Rosemary’s offers genuine creole cuisine.  My favorite dish is her super tender conch creole.

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After lunch, we headed north to check out Happy Bay. We parked at Friar’s Bay and the menfolk stopped to get drinks at what I think said “Bob Marley’s Bar”? There was about a 10-20 minute walk through Friar’s Bay, then a hike up to Happy Bay, therefore, refreshments were needed.

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Happy Bay never fails to impress. The left side of the beach is dotted with rock formations and the water is crystal clear in an amazing shade of blue.  There were few people out, which made laying on the beach quite conducive to napping. If that is not your thing, check out the beach shack, stocked with beer and liquor.  The boys said Danny, the barman, made a pretty decent rum punch.

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For dinner, we decided to check out Karakter on Simpson Bay Beach. We arrived just as the sun was setting. It was the perfect Kodak moment for our friends.  I don’t think I could put into words how amazing the atmosphere at Karakter is. Let’s just say, it was so amazing that I didn’t care how slow the service was!  My favorite appetizers include the fried plantains and the goat cheese and honey bruschetta.

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For lunch one day, we ate shwarmas at Abu Ghazi (the best on the island, in my opinion) and Hilma’s Windsor Castle, both in Simpson Bay.  Hilma’s was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s first show, A Cook’s Tour (sense a theme here?).  I have to say, Hilma is one of the sweetest ladies with the warmest smile on the island. Her food is also TO DIE FOR. B and I have tried her pulled chicken and pulled pork Johnnycake sandwiches.  These little things are packed with flavor!  Her Johnnycakes are light and chewy and not a bit greasy. The sandwich is not complete without the local Scotch Bonnet hot sauce (in the old ketchup bottle). Mmmmm, my mouth is watering!  Her fried chicken drumstick is also worth trying–the batter has a touch of curry powder, making it slightly different from good ole American fried chicken.

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Tucked in a little waterfront space in Porto Cupecoy is Le Bateau Ivre or “The Drunken Boat.”  Hands down, some of the best food I’ve had on the island. The appetizer special was escargot aux cepes (snails with mushrooms) and it did not disappoint. I found a similar recipe here, though I have no clue where to find fresh snails? The Boyfriend had the best meal at the table, in my opinion–seared duck breast, cooked medium rare with honey sauce. I could have licked the plate! P.S., try the red blend from the Cote du Rhone region.  My favorite!

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Our visitors left on Friday afternoon, missing out on the Westin Resort’s Sunday brunch.  This is significant because:  ALL YOU CAN EAT SNOW CRAB and ENDLESS MIMOSAS.  Oh yeah, and the Westin sits on the shores of Dawn Beach, where the view is not too shabby.

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I will be leaving the island soon. I thought I was ready to get back to the States, but as the date looms closer, I’m having a hard time letting go of this beautiful island.

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