Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Today I spent the afternoon in Watertown, MA. Now, if you’re from the Boston area, you’re probably thinking, “Watertown, woo hoo, lucky you” (cue New England sarcasm). I know, I know, the Arsenal Mall isn’t exactly the hottest mall around, and the Watertown Mall is at least a hundred times worse. If you’re in the area, it’s probably to go to Target or maybe the less cool than Boston’s version of Filene’s Basement. However, I’m telling you right now, Watertown has some definite perks.
First of all, where have I been hiding for the last 3 years that I’ve never heard of Russo’s? That is, until I heard about it 3 times in one day (no joke) a couple weeks ago, which is when I realized I had to go. So after a trip to Target, Sara took me on a tour of Watertown and was more than excited to bring me to Russo’s.
This market is seriously awesome. The produce is plentiful and the prices are really, really good. Blueberries for $1.98, blackberries for $1.98, asparagus for $2.49/lb. In addition, the prepared foods looked fabulous and the bakery goods a-m-a-z-i-n-g. They also have homemade pasta. Oh, and at least 3 different kinds of Bocconcini. So yeah, now I know where to go for that. Sara also introduced me to an amazing new product: pink grapefruit yogurt. Yes, it sounds a little odd, but it’s really quite fabulously delicious and now I wish I had stocked up better! I guess that means another trip to Russo’s is in the future.
After our Russo’s excursion, Sara took me to Fordee’s, a little Middle Eastern sandwich shop in Coolidge Sqare (note: not Coolidge Corner). Their falafel wrap with tahbouli was out of this world and huge! But really, everything sounded good and the pita chips were a definite yes. Also, everyone who worked behind the counter was extremely friendly. We had already stocked up on Hommus at Russo’s and were stuffed from our lunch, but according to Sara, there are tons of great Middle Eastern specialty shops in the area also.
So thanks to Sara for introducing me to the joys of Watertown. Even though she’s from Connecticut and live in Beacon Hill, she somehow always seems to know more about the surrounding area than I ever have. If you’re in the Boston area and haven’t already, definitely go spend some time in Watertown!