I told you that my cousin Nadia moved to Boston, right? Well, I’m so excited to have family living nearby. Nadia is going to school here and it’s made me ridiculously happy to have her here.
My Aunt Trish (Nadia’s mom and my mom’s sister) has also been in town the past few weeks helping Nadia move in, hanging out, and is loving Boston a bit more each day that she’s here.
Sadly, Aunt Trish is leaving tomorrow. I didn’t get to hang out with her nearly enough and can’t wait until she’s back (and with my uncle!) in October.
We had a family dinner a couple of nights before Aunt Trish left and I insisted we go to the North End - where you can find the best Italian food in town. We ate at an old favorite of mine, Lucia Ristorante. I got there a few minutes before Aunt Trish and Nadia and ended up chatting with Tony (I think he owns the place). We ended up having a long discussion about the Mexican actor Alfonso Bedoya and his role on and off the screen in the Humphrey Bogart film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. During dinner, Tony dropped off his business card and wrote on the back a list full of movies I had to watch.
I wasn’t going to let Aunt Trish leave Boston, let alone the North End, without getting something from Mike’s Pastry. This place may as well be an official Boston landmark if it isn’t already. There’s always a line and it’s always worth it.
Those are my pink cherry and pistachio macaroons. Yummy in my tummy.
Nadia ordered not one, but four cannolis. I was so proud.
And Aunt Trish insisted on retying our pastry box in the fancy (?) way that the staff at Mike’s Pastry does. Isn’t family just the best?!