A Spring Break in Boston - Part 2 of a 2 Part Series
The Element Boston Seaport hotel is located near the convention center, cruise ships and not far from the airport, and downtown. The basic rooms were comfortable and pleasant with amenities which include a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, sink, glasses & cups, cutting board, knives, bowls, storage containers, toaster, rain forest shower, and a very cool feature, a separate filtered water spout. The hotel also features a 24 hr gym and nice indoor heated pool. Borrow a bike and helmet for free and check out the area. Visit the Harpoon Brewery Gift Shop right off the lobby.
The family dog is welcome. In the evening there is a social hour where free cocktails & delicious appetizers are served.
In the morning we visited the stunning breakfast bar, where we enjoyed a great breakfast with oatmeal, scrambled eggs, bacon, smoothie, yogurts, muffins, egg bagel sandwiches and a coffee/latte/espresso machine that actually steams the milk and grinds the beans.
Buk Kyung II bukkyungrestaurants.com
151 Brighton Ave Allston (617) 254-2775
We always pick ethnic restaurants when we travel to any city. We decided on Buk Kyung II which is a true authentic Korean run and Korean-staffed eatery so pretty with genuine and delicious food.
You know it's good when it's packed with more than 80% Koreans. It's not super high end but it's very inexpensive maybe because they do not serve alcohol. The appetizers are served first and at no extra charge. Among them, the kimchi and the eggplant were especially good.
I had the Sachun Ganjajang, a toss up of onion, zucchini and pork in a spicy black bean sauce with noodles served on the side. Another great dish was the Dolsot Bi Bim Bopa both very flavorful dishes. the highlight of a meal at Buk Kyung are the numerous small plates of many varieties of kimchee.
This time there was a seaweed and onion kimchee in a sweet vinegar marinade that reminded me of Mrs. Fanning's Bread & Butter pickles.
The service was friendly and efficient.
Cafe Polonia http://www.cafepolonia.com
611 Dorchester Ave. South Boston 617-269-0110
The restaurant's features include a cozy décor reminiscent of a country cottage in Poland's mountain region and superb guest service specializing in Polish and Eastern European cuisine. The owner made all of the wooden tables and chairs from imported wood from Poland. The large menu features a rich selection of homemade, traditional fare. Our favorites include the Polish Plate, borsch beet soup, pickle soup, the Goulash delight and their famous potato and Gypsy pancakes.
Cafe Polonia offers a great selection of Polish Beers.
See full photo gallery below, featuring Element hotel and both restaurants.