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Quincy Market: A Foodie’s Paradise

Quincy Market, Boston
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By Rohan:

Who? Anyone who wants to experience the flavors of the world without breaking the bank and catch a glimpse of some American history in the process.

What? An indoor marketplace filled with food ranging in cultures. On one corner, check out authentic Ethiopian cuisine, on the other, sink your teeth into a sweet Belgian Waffle. The choices are endless at Quincy Market and sampling food from around the world is a breeze. The market was named after John Quincy Adams and is located in a historical building cornered off by cobblestone streets with sideshow acts and fun boutique stores.

How? The market is located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts in the Quincy Market Colonnade (Faneuil Hall Market). You can either drive or walk, at certain times of the year the area is stunning.

Why?  Imagine the cultures of the world meeting in a marketplace to share the unique flavors they have to offer. Delicious Indian crepes called Dosas are made fresh on the spot and the Italian gelato is a little piece of heaven. Whether you just want a slice of Brooklyn pizza or feel like a Middle Eastern wrap, there is something for everybody. When your meal finally comes to a close, enjoy some of the succulent desserts the market has in store. The most unique of delicacies will surely satisfy your sweet tooth

A Little Tip: Going to Quincy Market during the holiday season is an unforgettable experience. After you’ve traveled the world, step outside for cheerful live entertainment, a gorgeous tree-lighting ceremony, and endless rows of shops to get your holiday shopping done early. The market makes for a very festive atmosphere as local rock bands perform classic holiday tunes and lights hang from the sky, illuminating kids awestruck by the giant Christmas tree. Don’t forget to say hello to Santa!

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant – A True Downtown Disney Experience

By Siddhi: 

When you think amusement park food, “memorable” isn’t really the word that comes to mind. Most theme park eats aside from the nostalgic cotton candy and funnel cake experiences that fulfill our cravings fade into the not so pleasant memories of grease, oil, and indistinct flavors. And this is one of many, many reasons Walt Disney World provides us with an experience we can safely place at the ultimate caliber on the “scale of awesome”. Not only are the parks themselves evocative of childhood, imagination, dreams, and unparalleled fun, but so are the resort’s myriad, specialized dining offerings.

This past week, I went on a road trip with a few high school friends to Disney in Orlando. One of my pals, a food lover and lifelong Disney maniac, scoured through all of the resort’s most unique meal experiences and found one that he immediately set his heart on: The Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, the restaurant is the only legitimate Irish pub in all of Orlando.

What’s so unique about this eatery when Downtown Disney boasts dozens of other restaurants and the Epcot World Showcase hosts countless other international cuisines? The experience at Raglan is entirely authentic. I’ve never been to Ireland, but step one to knowing that what I felt sitting in Raglan was a mirror of true Irish spirit was the fact that the restaurant’s owners, cooks, and even the building¬†is from Ireland (Really. The whole thing was constructed there and then shipped to Florida. How much closer could you get to a genuine dining experience?)

When we entered Raglan, we were greeted by the infectious spirit of Creel, a Celtic acoustic and bluegrass band consisting of three incredibly talented yet modest musicians at the restaurant’s center stage. Clad in casual t-shirts and jeans, the men understood that despite the elegance of where they were performing, they were still in Disney. It allowed us to make an immediate connection with them and appreciate what they were doing even more. Creel played throughout the night, giving us an eclectic buffet of original pieces that truly transported us to the rolling green hills of an Irish landscape.

And then, the lights dimmed and a spotlight hit a smaller table-stage that sat in the midst of the crowd. A tap dancer performed an amazing set, and her movement synchronized so well with Creel that it was like watching professionals from a tremendous stage production. Throughout the night, we discovered that this was no solo act, but rather a synergy of many passionate souls. Several tap dancers emerged from behind the stage and put on one of the most energizing performances I have ever seen.

What I think makes my dinner at Raglan so different from what both my friends and much of the crowd experience is that I’m both vegetarian and gluten intolerant. That rules out the majority of a traditional Irish menu for me. And yet, the manager was so warm and accommodating. I was able to order a creamy tomato soup with flavors unique to Irish cooking as well as a dish called “The Vegetarian Goat”, which was made of oven roasted vegetables drizzled with lemon oil, white balsamic, and completed with crumbled goat cheese. The taste of the roasted red peppers in my mouth was farmer’s market good. So, so fresh. My friends all raved about they ate, which ranged from the Shepherd’s Pot Pie to a stew infused with some Guinness. Needless to say, Raglan’s staff will happily work to make sure you have a pleasant and diverse meal (as per typical Disney fashion).

So if you’re ever in the Downtown Disney area and are looking for a different kind of theme park dining experience, check out the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. Even if you’re not a fan of Irish food, the entertainment is worth the visit. A warning: it’s not the cheapest food. So it would be a good place to reserve for your dinner splurge night (they also serve lunch).

To learn more about Raglan’s menu, entertainment, and history, go their site here:

http://www.raglanroad.com/

You should make reservations well ahead of time, as the place gets crowded.