post. The premise is that each couple or person in the Austin Sports Couple Road Trip group would get a chance to introduce the group to the local flavor of their favorite team; including history, traditions, food, bars and of course the actual event. The first year we went to Lubbock to see a Texas Tech vs Texas game because a lot of our group was comprised of these two schools alum. The second year we went to Chicago to see a Bears game at Soldier Field. The third year everyone came to St. Louis to see the Cardinal's play and then this year we went to Boston to see a Red Sox game. Next year it is a trip to Tallahassee to see FSU play. We all committed to five years, but now there is talk of stepping up our game a bit and getting more exotic in our sporting event endeavors (Monte Carlo Formula 1 race, London for 2012 Olympics, Wisconsin for the Lumberjack Champships, ahem, so maybe they all aren't exotic).
The itinerary was lovingly built around food for the two prego women in attendance, thank you Kerrie! Smart girl, she knew that if she wanted to keep the fat ladies singing until the end she would need some incentives, and Boston is a great food town. Here are the restaurants we went to:
South Street Diner for Breakfast - typical breakfast fare, except for the PBR that one of our fellow diners was enjoying at 9am. I got the feeling he was a regular, he did spin some tunes for us that morning from the jukebox, including some Sweet Home Alabama - oops, sorry Greg.
Atlantic Fish Company for Lunch on Friday - yum! Fantastic food here. Not so sure the chowder was award winning, but it tasted pretty good. The crab cake and brie sammy that I got was amazing with sweet potato fries.
Ballpark food at Fenway - sorry Sox fans, but Busch stadium cannot be beat for its kosher dog.
Giacomo's South End for Dinner on Saturday - double yum again. We had a traditional Italian meal, complete with fried calamari, fried mozzarella and lots of pasta. I had the butternut squash ravioli, I am a sucker for squash, it was great. And lest I forget the fabulous piece of tiramisu that I polished off all by myself!
Three Arrogant Bastards walk into a bar.......and then the punchline. No really, we went to the bar next door to Giacomo's and the first thing that our lovely husbands ordered were three pints of "Arrogant Bastard" beer. Hmm, somehow it fit at the time.
We also did some sight seeing, although it was really hot. I thought for sure that we would get a little bit of a break from the heat, but it was still around 90 everyday and very humid. I think it was a break for the Texas folks, although they are smart down there, nobody goes outside in the heat. So I am sure it was a little different from being at home. In the midwest, everyone stays inside in the winter, exact opposite in Texas. You try to get from one cool place to the next as quickly as possible.
A little bit of trivia, did you know that the Omni Parker House Hotel is the oldest running hotel in the US AND that Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh both worked as busboys? Also, this is the hotel that JFK proposed to Jackie and it is the home of the Boston Cream Pie, not a pie at all. Those tricky Bostonians are always speaking in code, it's a cake! Seriously, we heard this little schpeel no less than three times, not sure why we were always jumping on the trolley right before this famous hotel.
We used the T to go everywhere, except at some point the T turns into a B, for some reason it annoyed us all, and Kerrie got very intimate with the caterpillar part on the way to the airport.
This group has come a long way in the past four years. We have had a lot of laughs, hopefully we can keep doing it for a very long time. See you in Tallahassee!