Anastasio’s: Anchovy pizza
Anastasio’s: Mini stromboli in the bread basket
Fuloon: Mapo tofu
New Haven, Wooster Street: Another RFC (random friendly cat)
Between Boston and Salem lies Malden, MA, where we stopped off for some tasty Szechuan at Fuloon. The mapo tofu was definitely spicy, not for the faint-hearted, but also had a ton of flavor so it wasn’t just burning off the top few layers of your tongue. Tea-smoked duck (not pictured) was meh, but the buffet had some neat tidbits like tiny steamed buns filled with pork.
Between Boston and NYC is New Haven. We ended up on Wooster Square semi-randomly after just searching yelp for a lunch place, and had delicious, not-too-salty, just savory enough anchovy pizza at Anastasio’s. Also appreciated the mini stromboli (?) tucked into the bread basket.
RFC: Random Friendly Cat
Mossy roof tiles
The House of Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the few “classics” I enjoyed reading in high school; his work had a thread of sardonic humor that teenage me appreciated, although wading through the morality lessons was still a pain. So we stopped by–cheap admission, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents, and plenty of Gothic touches. The cat (“Pete”) is for a certain person who takes kitty photos wherever she goes.
View of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, with docked Friendship of Salem
The local pet store
Metal sculpture backyard
Metal sculpture yard close-up
Quetzalcoatl of Junk
Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie, oldest candy company in the U.S.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site sculpture
Went to Salem, Massachusetts over the weekend. It’s a bit too early for tourist season, so many attractions were closed, but on the other hand, we had the town almost all to ourselves most of the time. I’m not really one for gimmicks, so I was glad that we only spotted two people dressed up as witches. Salem is much more atmospheric without all the dress-up anyway, with tons of colonial-era houses ranging from quaint to ramshackle to potential horror-movie set. The weather helped out with a dose of drizzle and chilly winds.