Coolidge Corner Date Night

10 Jul

Planning dates is easily one of my favorite things to do. I can spend hours “researching” different places, comparing reviews, and memorizing the menu dreaming up what my boyfriend and I will order. Compared to the three restaurants near my school, Boston is overflowing with restaurants, most of which fit my picturesque date night requirements. Luckily, my boyfriend doesn’t seem to have much of an opinion on where we go, and as long as they have a burger and beer he’s happy.

Last week we were feeling particularly tired from work, and not in the mood to cook or do dishes, so we took a stroll down to Coolidge Corner to find a small, outdoor restaurant perfect for a mid-week date. What started out as a lazy-night out turned into a perfect, inexpensive date that I highly recommend to anyone in the Allston/Brookline area.

We ended up at Botegga Fiorentina, a tiny little Italian restaurant with daily specials and all you can eat bread. We got away with a Penne Alla Vodka for under $12 and a Minestrone soup that didn’t taste like salt. It was wonderful! Plus we sat at the bar looking out onto Harvard Ave, ideal for serious people-watching.

Although Bottega Fiorentina had no shortage of desserts, we decided to trek two doors down to the very well-known JP Licks for some ice cream and frozen yogurt. For an ice cream store they totally have the whole frozen yogurt thing down: for those of you Fro-Yo lovers out there, I highly recommend their Nutra-Sweet Coffee Frozen Yogurt.

To top it all off, we stopped by my favorite bread bakery, When Pigs Fly on the way home. Not only do they make delicious bread, they have a million samples and don’t get snooty (unlike your embarrassed boyfriend) with you when you ask to try seven different types of bread. You can even order their bread online, they have this down to a tee. Stay tuned for a very simple bruschetta recipe that can be easily made in the kitchen of your dorm.

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