Best of. . .

Its almost Friday. . . and Friday at 6 is my favorite time of the week! I hope you are all gearing up for a fun and relaxing weekend. I have a few product reviews coming up this weekend, and my first guest post ever will be posted on On a Lobster Placemat on Monday morning! I spent my walk home tonight thinking of a Travel Eat Love “Best of”, a post that I will schedule to do quarterly to share my favorites with you all. . . and to see how my favorites change as I try more things and go new places! You will see that my “Best of” isn’t always the most expensive option, that would be too easy! These are real-life things I love; yes, money might be able to buy better, more exotic, or more glamorous, but I wanted to share what was best right now. Sometimes I focus too much on the “I’ll be happy when. . .” and not on what I have been able to experience so far.

Feel free to continue the fun by copying and pasting, making city/town appropriate changes, filling it out, either in the comments section or on your own blog. I would love to learn about what you all love and to have more categories added. I could keep going and going. . .

And don’t forget that the Get Well Stay Well giveaway ends tomorrow! If you haven’t entered and Tweeted/posted about it, make sure to get it in before 8 tomorrow night!

Best of Fitness
Best half marathon: The Covered Bridges Half Marathon, Woodstock, VT
Best marathon: Boston, obviously :)
Best gym: Healthworks Back Bay
Best running shop: Marathon Sports
Best walking city: Barcelona Best running city: San Francisco hehehe  

Best of My Travels
Best hotels: The Landmark, London and The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
Best airline: Virgin (America and Atlantic!)
Best overall travel destination: West Coast of Ireland
Best sushi: Katen Sushi Bar, The Marriott Marquis, Times Square, NYC
Best wine bar: Biquets, Galway, Ireland
Best spa:Spirit One Thermal Suite (Galway again!)
Best market: Naschmarkt, Vienna
Best atmosphere:
Old Montreal on an Autumn evening
Best Southern city: Charleston, SC
Best “European-like” North American city: Montreal  

Best of Boston & New England
Best cocktail bar: Eastern Standard (site appears to be down)
Best Italian: Bricco
Best tapas: Toro
Best French: Les Zygomates
Best lunch AND best fixed price menu:  Myers + Chang
Best after work”happy hour”  AND best brunch spot: Masa
Best romantic date spot”: Tangierino
Best suburban restaurant: Ten Center, Newburyport, MA
Best day or two trip: The Coastal Wine Trail
Best dive bar: Delux

Best wine shop: Bin Ends!!!!, Braintree
Best seafood: Neptune Oyster  

Best of Food and Wine
Best cheese: La Tur
Best red: Paso A Paso Tempranillo
Best white: Schiopetto Bianco
Best bubbly: Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi
Best grocery store: Trader Joes
Best chocolate: Cadbury Bourneville
Best olives: lemon marinated olives from Whole Foods
Best beer: Harpoon Old Salt Ale for Legal Seafoods (will be reviewing this weekend)

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  1. MarathonVal’s avatar

    Thanks for doing this…. I HOPE one day to go to Boston and at that I know I will appreciate this! And I know it must have taken awhile to put it together! :)

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  2. Erin’s avatar

    Awesome! This is a great list. Next time I’m up there I will totally be checking some of these out. Actually, I have to see where my 10K packet pick up is for the Tufts race next week – it might be at Marathon Sports!

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  3. talesfromtwocities’s avatar

    Great list – thanks! I was just at Masa tonight! And i LOVE Cadbury – the real deal that is, none of the Hershey stuff.

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  4. Andrea@WellnessNotes’s avatar

    What a fun idea! And it will be so cool to see in a few months which favorites will have changed, if any…

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  5. Peggy’s avatar

    wish i had an extensive list like that! great stuff!

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  6. Naomi(onefitfoodie)’s avatar

    GREAT best of’s from a fellow bostonian…Legals is great! I get the woodgrilled fish (different kinds!) then pick two sides, its always consistant and great!

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  7. Lynn (The Actors Diet)’s avatar

    awesome! i will be in boston for t’giving and will definitely use this list!

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  8. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)’s avatar

    This is so cool! I like these kinds of posts because it’s a quick and easy way to get to know someone better. My first ever guest post was on YOUR blog..remember!? :)

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  9. Niamh’s avatar

    yay I’m from the west coast of Ireland. I love to hear that people enjoyed their visit :) xox

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  10. traveleatlove’s avatar

    I hope you can visit soon! But in the meantime you have a marathon to run! I hope you are resting up; you have trained so much and will be great! Maybe you will want to run Boston in 2010. . . :)

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  11. traveleatlove’s avatar

    I have always wanted to run that race! I can’t wait to read about it, good luck!

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  12. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Of course I remember! Who could forget a massive Whole Foods in London?! drool. . . :)

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  13. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Oh great! Thanksgiving is a good time to be here, right before it gets TOO cold!

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  14. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Hehe yes, in addition to tea bags and curry sauce, my request from Irish family is always the giant brick of a Bourneville bar.

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  15. traveleatlove’s avatar

    My favorite place on the planet :)

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