Trot Trot to Boston

Several weeks ago my my mom, stepfather, D and I all traveled into Boston to attend the Phantom Gourmet’s annual Hot Dog Safari charity event. Along with holding many annual food events in and around Boston, the Phantom Gourmet television show runs on New England television Saturday and Sunday mornings and features local eateries and their delicious dishes. The “Phantom” samples dishes from restaurants and diners throughout New England and then gives them ratings. The Hot Dog Safari featured rows of food vendors lined up down Lansdowne Street in Boston, outside of Fenway Park. Vendors served up hot dogs, ice cream, chicken pot pie and other treats to benefit the Joey Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Hot Dog Safari Tickets

We took the train into Boston which is always the best way to travel around the city, IMHO.

Boston T Map

Once we got to Lansdowne Street we stood in line for a bit, waved to some of the TV cameras taping for the show, and were given free hats!

K and D

Mom and Ron

While standing in line was saw both Dan and Dave Andelman – owners of Phantom Gourmet, Inc and hosts on the TV show.

Dave Andelman

We all ate our share of hot dogs, and pizza, and chicken pot pie (the pot pie is kind of random, right? But it was really good…). My favorite were the desserts (of course), especially the Richardson’s Ice cream. I tried the Phantom Berry flavor.

Richardsons Phantom Berry Ice Cream

The restaurants and bars on Lansdowne Street were also open during the Safari, so we took the opportunity to check out the Bleacher Bar, which features a view out into Fenway Park from center field! It was pretty cool. It must be hard to get in there on a game day.

Family at the Bleacher Bar

Fenway from Bleacher Bar

After we’d had our fill, we decided to stroll around the city a bit more before heading home.

Boston Architecture

Some random Boston architecture…

Paper Source

A stop at Paper Source. Awesome store – I need to go back! I picked up some envelopes and paper for wedding invites on this visit. :)

Prayers on a gate

Each little strip of fabric tied to this fence outside of a church represented a prayer for families all over the world. Not sure how much it had to do with the Boston Bombings. I should have taken a photo of the sign that had more information on it.

Quincy Market

Then we made our way to Quincy Market.

Grapes at Quincy Market

And Faneuil Hall.

Faneuil Hall

Lastly, a stop at the Union Oyster House before calling it a day and heading back to the T.