Boston + Pittsburgh Soccer/Wedding Road Trip
We just managed to fit A LOT into a long weekend—driving through five states and seeing both of our families, a Boston soccer match, a Pittsburgh wedding, and some old friends. And trying lots of delicious foods, of course! Andrew and his entire family are big soccer fans and devoted followers of Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League. The team was making a rare U.S. appearance in a charity match against the New England Revolution, so the whole family met up in Boston to attend the game.
We had an additional day to relax before continuing our travels, and we enjoyed walking all over the city and trying some new restaurants and old favorites. We ate breakfast sandwiches and pastries from Flour, a standby from when we used to live in Boston. Lunch was a lobster roll at the accurately named Lobstah on a Roll. Delish!
Toscanini’s still has the best ice cream (we try to double check that every time we’re in Boston, and it’s always true!). I usually go for the Burnt Caramel or the Ginger Molasses flavors, but this time I chose Butter Mint Chip and Dark Chocolate.
We tried a new-to-us dinner spot, BLR by Shojo, and it did not disappoint. The Lion’s Head Meatballs, Lamb Ravioli, and Soy Garlic Chicken were all crowd pleasers.
The next day, we split our favorite Boston breakfast sandwich—Render’s bagel sandwich with bacon, cheddar, and rosemary-potato frittata—and were back on the road.
Over the course of our 9-hour (!!!) trip from Boston to York, PA, where my parents live, we needed to stop for lunch, so we tried out Katz’s Deli outside of New Haven. It was a rainy day, so the matzo ball soup and half corned beef sandwich really hit the spot.
Once we finally arrived in York we had time for dinner, sleep, and a quick breakfast and catch-up with my parents before we hopped back on the road to drive to Pittsburgh. We took a few photos before we left, which was good since we were so caught up in the moment at the wedding that we forgot to take any!
The ceremony was beautiful, and we enjoyed catching up with old friends at the reception. The groom was a composer/performer friend of ours from grad school who had also lived in New York for a few years while we did. He and Andrew and I used to perform his original music as a trio, and at some really strange venues, too. Once, we opened for a comedy open mic night!
After the wedding, guests met up at the East End Brewing Co., which I would definitely recommend if you are planning a trip to Pittsburgh. We went there on our last trip to Pittsburgh too. You can read about that trip here!
The next day, we stopped in at Pamela’s Diner before taking off (another repeat from our last trip). The thin, crispy-edged pancakes are pretty out of this world—no wonder President Obama flew the chefs in to make Pamela’s pancakes at a Memorial Day brunch at the White House!
After a 6-hour drive, we were finally home. We’ll be playing catch-up all week following a weekend like that, so I’m psyched that Memorial Day weekend is almost here. What are your plans? We’re going to relax and recover!!