RESTAURANT GUIDE TO WESTBOROUGH

I’m in the unique position of having grown up in the town that I am currently raising my family in. In some places in the America, this is the norm. In Westborough, its a bit unusual. I mean, who would want to hang around a “boring” suburb with a great school system, rec department and high taxes? (Seriously, I know exactly 1 person from my graduating class who stayed in town.)

The other night, I went out with some friends who are attending Tufts Veterinary School in Grafton, and they had no idea where they should go out to dinner with their parents on parents’ weekend. So, here’s my list of  the best restaurants in town, and when they’re just the right spot.

  1. Breakfast With Kids- The Rotary

This place is clean, and has huge booths. They’re open plenty early, and have friendly wait staff. There is plenty to choose from on the menu, and it is predictable for breakfast. And no one will raise an eyebrow at a tot who is waving a forkful of pancakes.

2. Couples’ Breakfast- Christina’s Cafe

Next door to the Rotary, Christina’s is still a family spot, but not great for kids under 5. They have a great selection of breakfast treats and coffee that really hits the spot.

3. Lunch on the Go- The New York Deli

While it may not be a “traditional” New York Deli if you’re from New York City,  it’s everything that a person could dream of in a quick deli. I usually order ahead, so that I don’t have to wait. They make their own lemonade and ice tea, the bread is fresh, and there are great vegetarian options. My personal favorite is the turkey with Boursin cheese and pineapple on foccacia. My brother likes their eggplant parm.

4. Business Lunch- Ted’s Montana Grill

There’s no rush here, unless you want it. They have tons of burgers, bison or beef, to choose from as well as some solid salads and such. Its a lively, pleasant atmosphere but quiet enough to have a private discussion.

5. Mid-Afternoon Ice Cream- Uhlman’s

To be clear, this is my favorite place to go any time of the day. They have ice cream made with real cream, sugar cones dipped in chocolate, dairy-free, sugar free… and anything else that a person could dream of in a sweet treat.

6. Family With Kids Dinner- The Chateau

Hands down, The Chateau does the best chicken fingers in town. We usually try to be a bit more adventurous with our eating, but when feeding a crowd, this is the place to go. They have your typical suburban-Italian food, for a reasonable price, and plenty of alcoholic beverages. In a town where the liquor licenses were hard to come by, this is saying something.

7. Date Night Dinner- Sparro/Tavalino

Ok, this one’s a tie. But to be fair, not everyone likes Korean food, or sushi, so I felt like I should add another option- Italian. These are two happening places in town, with a pretty good bars that are full on Friday at 6. They both have great service and booths, and have a big menu to choose from. Patrick and I almost always get Sparro to go on Friday nights when we’re skimping on a sitter, but looking for some fun food. But the wine list at Tavalino’s is honestly a bit superior.

8. Dinner With Your Parents- Arturo’s

Once upon a time, my family visited this restaurant on a weekly basis. These days, this is “THE SPOT” in town for the over 50 crowd, and for good reason. Arturo’s boasts some spectacular martinis, friendly wait staff, and a predictable, but delicious, menu. Their gluten free pizza is awesome, but their pasta dishes are the real reason to visit this spot.

9. Pizza- Bertucci’s

I’ve tried really hard to avoid naming any chain restaurants here, but I have to give this one to Bertucci’s. Westborough House of Pizza has bigger pies, Papa Gino’s delivers, and Uno’s has more selection, but Bertucci’s has the best crust. I like their whole grain pepperoni. I could eat it every day. Its thin, crispy and the sauce has roma tomatoes… So good.

10. Late Night- Harry’s

Harry’s has a special place in my heart, as I was a regular here when I was in high school. A family friendly diner, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Harry’s has spectacular pie, mac’n cheese, cookies and omelets. They’re open from 7am-1am, but there are always more than a couple of cars in their parking lot. This spot is a Westborough landmark.

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FAVORITE PARKS IN WESTBOROUGH

Westborough Parks and Recreation Department does a terrific job maintaining a vast number of playgrounds and fields for a variety of purposes. Here are some of our family’s favorites, based on their different purposes:

Kid’s Playgrounds (Although there are 10 different parks in town with playgrounds, my two favorites for little ones are…)

  1. Haskell Field- This is a great spot to take toddlers, as the playground is designed for younger kids. There is a porta-poty, as well as a water fountain and covered picnic area. This area is cleaned almost every day, and is as well maintained as the ball fields that it is attached to.
  2. 2. Roger’s Field- This is a small playground, but there is more than enough stuff to keep a kid entertained. There are also neighboring baseball fields that make a good picnic area during school hours.

Dog Walks

  1. Veteran’s Park- This is a huge field, with a cut path that almost always has a dog doing a lap or two. There are trash cans and tennis courts here, as well, and the fields abut Mill Pond, which is fun for doggies to dip in.
  2. Chauncey “Charm Bracelet”- There are miles and miles of trails behind the old State Hospital. The paths wind through woods, hills, fields and corn fields. There is a beach at the back where dogs can often be seen taking a swim, and there are a few different places along the paths to park. This is one of my favorite places to walk in the summer and fall.

Nature Walks

  1. Walk-Up Park- When we were kids, we used to make a pilgrimage here every week. There are well marked trails between the office parks, and plenty of cute benches to sit and watch the birds on, as well as some picturesque bridges and ponds.
  2. Sandra Pond- There are more than a few trails to choose from, here. All of them wind around the Pond, which is used as a town water supply. This was one of my favorite spots to go ice-skating during the winter, and the rec department still runs a summer program here.

Swim

The town boasts a small beach at Lake Chauncey, complete with lifeguards, a covered picnic area and playground. It is a fun spot for families!

*There are loads of neighborhood pools that families can join, as well as swimming available for various rates at the Y, Boston Sports Club and the Swim and Tennis Club.

THE LITTLE GYM

At the start of the summer, I stared at weeks of empty days, and debated my options. Worried that I’d suffer without some kind of structure, I ended up enrolling Jasper into gym class a couple of days a week at our local Little Gym.

He is fearless, and loves every minute there.

At home, he practices launching himself from the couch to the floor, somersaulting, and rolling about like a kitten with catnip. For the most part, I endulge these thrill-seeking adventures in the living room, but I draw the line at hanging from light fixtures.

He loves being able to go to The Little Gym and let out all of his energy. He is a sociable guy, and while he truly enjoys interacting with other kids, he isn’t a consistent participant in circle time (much to my chagrin.) He’ll jump and sing with the music, though, and is daring enough to try just about any of the activities that the instructors offer.

They keep their classes smaller than those at Gymboree, and the instructors take the time to check in with every tot in the class a couple of times each day. It is a really well run, friendly place and has added fun and predictibility to our routine.

I’ll miss “hanging around” with my thrill-seeker  when school starts, but am enjoying every last minute!

NOURSE FARM

The gravel crunched smoothly under my feet, and I gripped Jasper’s small, sweaty hand in my own as we rounded the corner to the rows of green bushes that I had visited dozens of times throughout my own childhood.

“Be sure to pick the DARK BLUE ones…” I demonstrated, carefully freeing a plump berry from one of the bushes.

“Like this? This one ready?” He grinned.

“Perfect. They’re so sweet… see?”

Jasper grinned a toothy smile back, dripping with purple juice. There is nothing better than fresh picked berries on a hot day- especially those from Nourse Farm.

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Established in 1722, Nourse Farm is the 10th oldest consecutively operating business in the United States. Town history (and the Nourse Farm website) explain that following the conclusion of the Salem Witch Trials, when Rebecca Nurse’s sons were searching for a new beginning, they turned to Westborough for a fresh start at farming. Eager to rid themselves of the stigma of the trials, they added an “o” to the spelling of their last name, but kept the pronunciation the same (nurse)- despite the way that out-of-towners might say it.

While there are plenty of other places to pick local fruit, my family has long preferred visiting Nourse Farm. The Nourse family is always friendly, and the food delicious.

Jasper sampled more than a few, just to make sure.

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CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER

We slowly pushed the handle, opening up the heavy white door, and memories from my childhood flooded back.

The bell on the train sounded with joy; children giggled as they cluncked balls down the wooden tracks. I stood in the doorway, frozen in my memories, while our toddler rushed forward.

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton has remained unchanged since my visit in the early 1980’s. As Jasper splashed in the water table, steered the ship and filled the train engine with coal, my mind kept returning to my brother working the same levers 25 years ago. Jasper’s laugh echoed throughout the morning, and Patrick and I smiled at our decision to take our tot to the the museum on a rainy day.

There were dozens of different stations in the main house to explore, all targeted at toddlers. All of the science discovery stations were engaging (Patrick’s favorite was the magnets) but were better suited for kids a bit older than Jasper.

By eleven o’clock, we were all exhausted from exploring and were ready to head home. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I smiled back at Jasper.

“What was your favorite part?” I asked.

“THE CHOO- CHOO TRAIN!!!” He shouted at the top of his lungs.

With a glance back in the mirror, I smiled again at Jasper, again thinking of my brother, shouting the same line dozens of years before.

“Of course,” I grinned.

HOW TO VISIT STORYLAND LIKE A PRO

We’ve had more than our fair share of trips to Story Land this year, and I can’t say enough good things about the theme park. It is clean, well managed, the lines aren’t too long, parking is easy and my tot can go on almost all of the rides, instead of feeling left out.( The park is targeted at kids under ten years old.) It is a perfect trip for young families.

Here are some of the secrets;

1. As stated on the website, if you enter after 3pm, you get a free pass to come back the next day. This way, families can break the fun up into two separate days.

2. The antique cars are everybody’s favorite, but probably aren’t worth the wait for a toddler. If you have older kids, and were waiting (a-la-Disney) for the doors to open, you should make this your first ride. Otherwise, skip it- it’s easily a 20-40 minute wait and the tractor rides at the top of the park are basically the same, with 1/4 the wait time.

3. Cinderella is there at opening, and is waiting in her castle to greet guests. Taking the ride in the “horse drawn” pumpkin carriage to the top of the hill is a must-do, as is the antique carousel with moving horses at the foot of the castle.

4. There are ample bathrooms and changing rooms for families, but don’t forget a changing pad. Next to each bathroom is a place for mothers to nurse in private air conditioning and change diapers. Story Land knows how to make a spot family friendly!

5. Pack a snack. Although Dunkin Donuts is open with the gates (and, thankfully, next to the entrance) most of the food vendors don’t open until much later. I always make sure to stash enough waters and granola bars to keep us all in good spirits until lunch time.

6. Don’t try to do it all… As a family, we try to limit our rides and adventures. We have the luxury of knowing that we’ll be back, so this might be easier said than done. This advice was given to us from one of my favorite locals, who is raising two young girls. He laughed that it is always better to stroll out the exit with two happy kids than to drag out his womenfolk, kicking, tear stained and hungry later in the day.

DIANA’S BATHS

Last weekend, we visited Diana’s Baths in New Hampshire. It is an old favorite.

A national park, Diana’s Baths is about 15 minutes from Attitash. While there are acres of trails, we usually stick to the easy gravel path that leads to the waterfalls.

Patrick grew up hiking and fishing around rivers, and has always been able to deftly navigate the slippery river rocks. We threw Jasper in the backpack, leashed Greg, and walked the short trail up to the water falls with our crew.

Jasper was jumping with joy the moment that we reached the falls.

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Patrick spent the next hour walking with Jasper, sometimes hitching him on his shoulders, (thanks Dr. A!) examining pools, fish and the scenery. Together, father and son nimbly navigated the climb up the falls. Greg darted around them, his Labrador heart singing with joy as he retrieved sticks and chased a squirrel or two.

We were all just… happy.

Jasper wasn’t afraid for a minute. He could run, jump and climb enough. We had to ditch the pants that he was wearing because he kept leaping into the pools. What toddler wouldn’t call this place heaven?

DAVIS FARM

ast weekend was beautiful- too beautiful to waste on yard work.

Jasper and I left Patrick at home to finish taking down trees and mowing the lawn, (ok, it was the theme of the weekend) and loaded up the car at 8:45 with my parents to head to Davis Farmland in Sterling- about a 20 minute drive from the house.

We arrived 5 minutes before the gates opened- just like my mother taught me! The bathrooms were clean, and the staff of teenagers couldn’t have been more welcoming.

As soon as we entered, Jasper was drawn to the goats. They were clean, fluffy, and adorable. The tiny kids were surprisingly friendly and unafraid of my “active”  toddler; we were all entranced.

Around the corner were the three cutest, cleanest calves that I’ve ever seen. We visited them while they were having a mid-morning snack. Jasper was a little intimidated by their size, but found the courage to pet their soft, white coats.

Everything seemed… magical.

Jasper chased around chickens, petted a tortoise, and visited with some mice and baby chicks. Lolly the llama was deemed “too scary,” but he laughed with joy as we poured grain onto Annie the cow’s huge, black tongue. When he sat and listened by the frog pond for the bullfrog, and croaked his own accompaniment, laughter escaped my throat.

We all just smiled.

As the hours passed, we began to grow a bit weary.  We cracked couple of cokes and  fueled up on brownies. My mom laughed that some things never change- I have been hooked on brownies and farm animals since I was Jasper’s age.

Tractors have always been among Jasper’s favorite things, so after our brownie break, he put in some solid time on the green John Deere. His serious face is hiding his engaged, focused effort to “drive” the tractor. He loved it- I promise.

Then, we got in line for what I hoped would be the best part of the day.

The pony ride.

NEWPORT

Patrick and I have both been busy with work, meetings, parenting and keeping up the house. Projects began to pile up, and weekends were flying by without much time for R & R.

When paging through Groupon, I discovered a great deal for a couple of nights away in Newport. After the briefest of discussions, Patrick and I decided that it was time for us to invest some time in us.

My parents volunteered to watch Jasper, and my brother volunteered to take care of the Labrador. So last week, with our bags packed, we took the short drive to the shore.

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Newport was first settled in the early 1640’s, and then became a thriving seaport through the 18th and 19th centuries. During the Guilded age,millionaires built  “cottages” (read: mansions) to spend their summers at.

The beautiful, historic town was the perfect getaway. It was mild weather, and we spent hours strolling the streets, enjoying the architecture and people watching.  We did a bit of sight seeing, took a tour of a mansion, visited with some old family friends and enjoyed loads of good food.

Our favorite meal was at Restaurant Bouchard; Patrick ordered escargot and monkfish; I had beef carpaccio, lobster bisque, cranberry salad and chocolate cake. The service was impecable. It was perfect.

My parents and brother both reported that life in Westborough continued to run smoothly in our absence. It was wonderful to be able to get away and go out on a few dates.

It made returning home all that much sweeter.

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HARVEY’S FARM

Saturday morning could not have been more beautiful.

The sun was out, and I could feel it warming my skin. Jasper and I (coated in sweet-smelling suntan lotion) loaded up the car for Saturday morning. Patrick was working in the yard, and I wanted to give him some space.

Our first stop was to Harvey’s Farm.

As soon as we pulled down the gravel drive, Jasper was shouting with glee at his old friends, the pigs and cows who carefully monitor the parking lot. He bravely approached them, and patted the cows on the nose.

The blossoms filling the green house were inspiring. Toting Jasper on my hip, we nosed the flowers, breathing in their sweet, pure scent. There were dozens of colors to choose from, but the new Proven Winner baskets for spring were truly impressive. Emily us greeted warmly, and it made me smile to see her working closely with her dad. (To be fair, I do have a soft spot for family businesses…) They set me up with some fertilizer that they assured me even I could handle and helped me find just the right blossoms to take home with me.

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Jasper and I trotted around the farm for a bit, and he checked out the tractors (big and small!). The ducks weren’t out yet, but we did click-clack over the bridge, looking for trolls.

All we found was fun.

DAVIS FARMLAND

Last weekend was beautiful- too beautiful to waste on yard work.

Jasper and I left Patrick at home to finish taking down trees and mowing the lawn, (ok, it was the theme of the weekend) and loaded up the car at 8:45 with my parents to head to Davis Farmland in Sterling- about a 20 minute drive from the house.

We arrived 5 minutes before the gates opened- just like my mother taught me! The bathrooms were clean, and the staff of teenagers couldn’t have been more welcoming.

As soon as we entered, Jasper was drawn to the goats. They were clean, fluffy, and adorable. The tiny kids were surprisingly friendly and unafraid of my “active”  toddler; we were all entranced.

Around the corner were the three cutest, cleanest calves that I’ve ever seen. We visited them while they were having a mid-morning snack. Jasper was a little intimidated by their size, but found the courage to pet their soft, white coats.

Everything seemed… magical.

Jasper chased around chickens, petted a tortoise, and visited with some mice and baby chicks. Lolly the llama was deemed “too scary,” but he laughed with joy as we poured grain onto Annie the cow’s huge, black tongue. When he sat and listened by the frog pond for the bullfrog, and croaked his own accompaniment, laughter escaped my throat.

We all just smiled.

As the hours passed, we began to grow a bit weary.  We cracked couple of cokes and  fueled up on brownies. My mom laughed that some things never change- I have been hooked on brownies and farm animals since I was Jasper’s age.

Tractors have always been among Jasper’s favorite things, so after our brownie break, he put in some solid time on the green John Deere. His serious face is hiding his engaged, focused effort to “drive” the tractor. He loved it- I promise.

Then, we got in line for what I hoped would be the best part of the day.

The pony ride.

As we neared the front of the line, I could feel Jasper squirm. I feared that he would cry that it was “too scary!” and refuse to sit in the saddle.

He completed two full laps around, shouting “Yeehaw! Giddyup horsie!” the whole time. He was steady and balanced on the well practiced pony. Pride, joy, laughter, and relief flooded through me.

Then, I just watched him smile.Nothing could have been better.

DIANA’S BATHS

Last weekend, we visited Diana’s Baths in New Hampshire. It is an old favorite.

A national park, Diana’s Baths is about 15 minutes from Attitash. While there are acres of trails, we usually stick to the easy gravel path that leads to the waterfalls.

Patrick grew up hiking and fishing around rivers, and has always been able to deftly navigate the slippery river rocks. We threw Jasper in the backpack, leashed Greg, and walked the short trail up to the water falls with our crew.

Jasper was jumping with joy the moment that we reached the falls.

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Patrick spent the next hour walking with Jasper, sometimes hitching him on his shoulders, (thanks Dr. A!) examining pools, fish and the scenery. Together, father and son nimbly navigated the climb up the falls. Greg darted around them, his Labrador heart singing with joy as he retrieved sticks and chased a squirrel or two.

We were all just… happy.

Jasper wasn’t afraid for a minute. He could run, jump and climb enough. We had to ditch the pants that he was wearing because he kept leaping into the pools. What toddler wouldn’t call this place heaven?

CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM

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We slowly pushed the handle, opening up the heavy white door, and memories from my childhood flooded back.

The bell on the train sounded with joy; children giggled as they cluncked balls down the wooden tracks. I stood in the doorway, frozen in my memories, while our toddler rushed forward.

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton has remained unchanged since my visit in the early 1980’s. As Jasper splashed in the water table, steered the ship and filled the train engine with coal, my mind kept returning to my brother working the same levers 25 years ago. Jasper’s laugh echoed throughout the morning, and Patrick and I smiled at our decision to take our tot to the the museum on a rainy day.

There were dozens of different stations in the main house to explore, all targeted at toddlers. All of the science discovery stations were engaging (Patrick’s favorite was the magnets) but were better suited for kids a bit older than Jasper.

By eleven o’clock, we were all exhausted from exploring and were ready to head home. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I smiled back at Jasper.

“What was your favorite part?” I asked.

“THE CHOO- CHOO TRAIN!!!” He shouted at the top of his lungs.

With a glance back in the mirror, I smiled again at Jasper, again thinking of my brother, shouting the same line dozens of years before.

“Of course,” I grinned.

Butterfly Place

After Jasper recovered from a bout of the stomach flu, we decided that we needed to get out of the house and have some fun together. It was time for us all to escape our four walls, and we planned an impromptu field trip.

Frigid temperatures turned us indoors, so we decided to head to the Butterfly Place in Westford. Our commute was easy. Jasper and Patrick were both highly amused when we ran across a Chihuahua master electrician.

We toured the gardens for about 30 minutes- as much as our two-year old would allow. It was beautiful, warm, relaxing and family friendly.

Jasper’s favorite part was the tiny quail that had free range over the place. Patrick loved the giant chrysalises which moths had emerged from months before. There were butterflies eating bananas. Does it get any cooler than that?!

We took another 15 minutes to walk around the educational butterfly displays. I got to see a month emerge from its chrysalis. It was beautiful. In all, it was nothing short of a great day.

SKYZONE

We recently discovered that Sky Zone in Westborough has toddler time a couple of days a week. They blast Disney music throughout the trampoline park, and open its doors to little tots looking to burn off some energy on Friday and Sunday mornings. I loved that it was $9 for two hours of fun; parents are admitted free with their kids. Jasper only made it through an hour of fun, and he came home tuckered out and ready for a nap. It was a great time.

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ADRENALINE ZONE

When I was growing up, Westborough still looked a bit like an old farm town. Then came the housing developments, restaurants, indoor soccer bubbles and movie theaters. As of today, TripAdvisor shows 81 restaurants in Westborough. I love all of the amenities that are within a 5 minute drive of my house- 5 different grocery stores (including Wegmans!), Target, Walmart, clothing stores… Westborough is not a small town any more.

When we moved back to town, I realized how many great things there are for Jasper to do. We often frequent Little Gym and SkyZone, and this week, Lazer Craze opened. In our weekly coupon mailer, there was  $2 offer for the Adrenaline Zone, a maze of inflatable slides and tubes. $4 for an hour of fun? Yes, please!

We got there at 10:05;  Lazer Craze  had just opened for business for the first time the day before, so there weren’t many people around. We had the Adrenaline Zone all to ourselves. I’m not sure who had more fun, Patrick or Jasper!

After 45 minutes our whole family was exhausted. We had all climbed the walls more times than we could count, and we were all out of gas. Nap time was an easy sell!

We had an awesome time, and I know that we will go back. Still, Patrick and I both agreed that we would stick to the early morning hours with our tot to avoid any complications. The place was toasty- we were all sweating, as they heat the air that is pumped into the inflatables. Next time, I’ll bring extra waters for us all. The manager training all of the employees was very friendly and it promises to be a great addition to Westborough!

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

Just before vacation, we decided to hop in the car to check out the New England Aquarium.

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It was a frigid 20 degrees, so we opted to park in the expensive garage right next to the aquarium. It ended up being well worth the investment. It took us about 30 minutes door to door, and Jasper was an easy commuter, as we were able to load him up nice and early. The doors opened at 9, and we arrived shortly there after.

While there were plenty of people, it wasn’t packed. We walked  around for a couple of hours, and all of the staff were helpful. A couple of women even colored on the floor with Jasper! It was super fun for the whole family.

Jasper loved the turtles, and fish. He had three major lessons;

1. Nemo lives in Boston.

2. Fish have one eye. ( Get it? Because he could only see one while they were swimming?!)

3. Jellyfish are scary. On this one, I have to agree. Although I enjoyed eating them, watching them swim in the wild or in captivity gives me the heeby-jeebies.

These are lessons that are sure to help him when he becomes a marine biologist…

MOUNT WASHINGTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

My family traditionally spends Christmas Vacation in New Hampshire, at my parents’ house. Patrick and I have enjoyed many wonderful vacations at Attitash, and truly appreciate the love shared by our ski family.

Jasper isn’t ready to spend a day out on the slopes just yet,  and he was beginning to feel a bit cooped up in the condo. Walking laps around the block was no longer helping to put a smile on his face.

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“I’m cold…”

My mom (Moe-Moe) discovered a great toddler-friendly museum in North Conway. They have dozens of displays featuring many of Jasper’s favorites, like Thomas the Train, Bear Caves, and Jungle Animals.

We arrived at opening (10am) and stayed for about an hour and a half- Jasper’s limit with just about any place. He had a wonderful time.

ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO

Last weekend, we joined the the other young families from the Cu-de-Sac for a trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo. It was Halloween at the zoo, so there were throngs of kids in costumes trick-or-treating and pumpkins for all of the animals to eat. We had a blast!

SPARRO

Shortly after we moved to Massachusetts (2006), Patrick and I discovered a shared love for sushi. It is light, filling, delicious and pairs perfectly with Pinot Noir and Sam Adams. What more could you ask from a food?

Over the years, we have gone through a number of favorite restaurants as our go-to place for ordering in. Right now, we are frequent patrons of Saparro. We had first visited the restaurant years ago, and done the table side BBQ. Although it was fun, we much prefer the sushi.

But it is spicy. Like, really, really spicy.

As mentioned in “Foul Balls” I have come to appreciate spicy food. But their spicy dishes are more than I can handle.

After our first ordering debacle involving me not being able to finish the “mexican” roll, we now order tame rolls like “spicy scallop” or “alaska.” We love it.

Saparro take-out is my favorite night, but last time we ordered there was a bit of a debacle. The take out took an extra 30 minutes, and Patrick had brought Jasper with him. After 15 minutes of holding 30 pounds on his hip, Patrick brought Jasper to the only open seat- in the bar.

No one offered him a drink. No one offered Jasper anything- it was now 30 minutes past a 20 month old’s dinner time. Patrick said that he behaved like he had a halo on his head. When the order finally came out, the hostess said that the computers had been down when we placed our order and hour ago. She included a gift certificate for our next order, but I’m not sure how much I trust their time estimations any more… Plus, they didn’t take our call on Christmas Eve. What about my sushi?!

TOUGAS FARM

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I began picking apples at Tougas Farm as a youngster. My mom often took a herd of kids to the orchard withher. She ran a small in home daycare when we were little, and our neighbors had a family of six who often joined us on our field trips.image

I was thrilled to be able to take Jasper to Tougas Farm this year. He ran around the petting zoo, yelling “baa!” and pointing at the sheep. He quacked at the ducks and oinked at the pigs. The day was a success, and we hadn’t even started with the best part of the day- the tractor ride!

Jasper’s favorite word right now is “tractor.” He was beside himself with excitement as the tractors approached, and brimming with joy as we hopped on for our quick ride to the other side of the orchard.

We wound our way to the Galas and Fujis, and it was wonderful to share my childhood memories with Patrick and Jasper as we plucked luscious red spheres brimming from the trees.

Jasper now refuses to take cut up apple pieces, as he now knows the joy of having the entire red ball of fruit to himself.

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3 thoughts on “Places To Go

  1. What a beautiful family! Amazing blog…super informative and fun to read. Any Korean /Indian restaurant suggestions in Westborough? I’m from NYC and don’t know the area well. Thanks 😊

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    1. Westborough has two great Korean options; Westborough Korean is a sweet little spot right downtown (on Route 30) and Sapparro is a larger Korean Barbeque spot. Sapporro has table side cooking, and some awesome Kimchi.

      We have a huge Indian population, and loads of options. My father’s favorite is El Basha, which is a bit Americanized. Our neighbors like Masala; Mayuri and Paradise are other favorites. All of these spots are littered down Route 9. El Basha is only about 12 minutes from Hudson!

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