Editor's Note: Our travel editor arranged a get-away to Boston to visit two new hotels and take a tour of family-owned ethnic dining establishments. This is the first in a series of two stories.
401-403 D St, Boston www.aloftbostonseaport.com
The Aloft is a well designed, modern high tech hotel that is across the street from the Convention Center As we entered the lobby the interior design and vibrant colors were welcoming.The hotel is conveniently located near restaurants and a couple miles to the city.There is a beautiful pool, gym, bar, food and a mini snack bar area, which was convenient.Bliss toiletries were a nice touch like at W Hotels. Ample parking for a nominal fee.
From our window we could see a lovely view of the Boston skyline and a nice park in front of the hotel, where various entertaining activities take place on weekends photos below:
After checking in we went to the nearby Institute Of Contemporary Arts www.icaboston.org where we had a delightful lunch at the Water Cafe. The ICA’s dynamic visual arts program features major exhibitions,surveys of leading contemporary artists, and introduces emerging artists in first-ever solo museum shows.
Pasha, 669a Mass Ave in Arlington. Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine www.pashaturkish.com
When you walk into Pasha, you feel you’ve stumbled into the cozy dining room of the Sultan himself.
Ottomanesque fabric hangs from the rafters, warm wooden tables and an antique samovar graces the well-stocked bar.
Pasha's delights include plenty of options, whether you are a lover of Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, meat or Halal cuisine and Mediterranean food, with items such as; Soup (Corba), Chilled Appetizer (Soguk Meze), Hot Appetizer (Sicak Meze), Salad (Salata), Vegetarian (Sebze), Authentic Dishes (Otantik Yemekler), Kebob (Kebab), Turkish Style Pizza & Lahmajoun (Pide & Lahmacun), and Dessert (Tatli).We ordered a little of everything above and ejoyed it all. In the photo gallery below are some of the dishes we ordered:
Orinoco, 477 Shawmut Ave, Boston Venezuelan cuisine www.orinocokitchen.com
A Latin Kitchen a very rustic, inviting, family-run eatery run by all native Venezuelans who are passionate about bringing authentic and affordable Latin American flavors and culture to local diners.
The menu includes old family recipes that blend the cuisines of the Andes and the Caribbean. The bar features authentic South American wines, beers, and tropical fruit drinks. Below are photos of some of the dishes we ordered.
Committee Boston, 50 Northern Ave.Boston Mediterranean dining www.committeeboston.com
A high-energy laid back eatery by Boston’s waterfront, guests mix and mingle over Meze—a Mediterranean tapa style dining concept that encourages them to sample, share, and socialize with modern industrial design, a gleaming bar and an outdoor patio in warmer weather.
The culinary twists, the hand-crafted cocktails, the dynamic wait staff, the harborside location—it all combines to create a refreshing dining experience. Below we offer photos some of our dishes.
Photo gallery below - all photos are by Pat Brooks.