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I Bought an RV!

A short while I ago, as an aside, I mentioned that I might be buying an RV to live in. It seemed like a good idea, so every day I checked ebay to see what sorts of deals were to be had. I wasn't ready to buy, but I figured it would be good to know what's available for when the condo sold.

I sat in my living room chatting with some friends on AIM when one of them brought up the RV idea. While I explained it to them I opened up ebay. By default it shows the most recently listed RVs on top. The very top one was an R-Vision Trail Lite, one of the few models I'd really liked. I glanced over at the price and it was $14,000, less than half of what they usually go for. There must be something wrong with it.

I opened the listing and read through the description. The front "shotgun" seat was missing. No big deal. They'd backed into something and the fiberglass around the tail light was cracked. No big deal. The couch wasn't the one specifically made for the RV. No big deal.

Great, Niche food spots: Boston

On Ideas in the Making

I'm not a huge fan of Boston as a city. It has tons of inflated prices, a horrible metro system, tons of pretentiousness and trendiness, yet an underlying traditional puritan spirit in some parts as if to show that they are different.

But, there are some things that truly blow me away. For one it’s clean, rarely do I walk around filling like stuff is abandoned or disheveled. Second restaurants are constantly filled, seriously, past 7 for some reason every place is filled or in the process of becoming filled, and their are tons of people to go out and meet. But today my third reason has manifested itself, Boston has some amazing food offerings I was previously oblivious too. For one, Italian food in Boston is probably the best, especially for the price, in the U.S.. Second, some places blow me away with their sheer awesomeness, namely O ya and Flour + Bakery.

After doing a lot of research with Yelp, Google reviews, Trip advisor and random foodie blogs, I decided to go try out some places in Boston. The majority of these places not restaurants, but rather small bakeries, coffee shops, sandwich places etc.. mostly due to my interest in trying out as many places as possible.

First Thing I did was hunt down a good espresso and on my way to Flour+ Bakery in South Boston I hit up Barrington Roasters coffee shop on congress streets and their espresso was a solid Brazilian blend that really surprised me. After my shot of espresso, I walked over to Flour + Bakery, where I had the Chunky lola cookie and the hazelnut chocolate cookie. Words cannot describe how good both these cookies where. The Chunky Lola, with pieces of pecans, walnuts and chunks of chocolate (not sure on the chocolate) was so....chunky. The hazel nut chocolate cookie wasn't some sort of nutella or hazelnut spread. It literally had real bits of hazelnuts combined with bites of chocolate that made it an amazing treat.

After that, I walk over to Flat Black coffee, whose espresso left me disappointed, but normal black coffee seemed pretty good. Then I went inside possibly the best bakery ever, Maria's bakery. The canoli was definitely the best canoli I've ever had outside of Italy. The Tiramisu was very authentic, but at the same time had its own peculiar flavors and bits that gave it its own identity. Stopped by reliable market to buy some eel then headed over to LA Burdick in Harvard square to buy some macaroons. I was pretty disappointed by the macaroons, as I am with almost all the macaroons made in the U.S... I just feel like every single non european attempt at macaroons has been horrible, except for some notable exceptions in New York (have yet to try the ones in LA/SF). But the chocolate at LA Burdick was exceptional, especially the Madagascar and Bolivian Hot Chocolates/bars. If you've never tasted real, high quality chocolate, head over here...Now.

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