LUNCH "I like places that seem to have some authenticity and
sense of place. You can get a great slice of pizza at Pinocchio's
in Harvard Square. It's just a tiny walk-in place that's been
around forever. They've got great deep-dish and thin-crust pizza.
If you're looking for a cheeseburger and fries, the absolute best
place to go is Leo's. The double cheeseburger plate there is one of
the most sinfully exquisite treats you'll ever know in your life.
There's a place called Grendel's Den, whose name was taken from the
Beowulf character in English literature, and you get a nice cross
section of your academics and your college people. They've got good
wings. It's got a medieval tavern kind of vibe. Charlie's Kitchen
is a nice divey kind of diner/bar."
"You'd really be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't go to
Fenway Park. It's sort of a holy place in Boston. At least it was
to me growing up. It's our local Saint of Lost Causes. It's a
beautiful old ballpark. If you go in spring, summer, even in the
autumn, the air hangs low and heavy and the whole city seems to
slow down and hold its breath to wait and see if the Red Sox can
maybe pull one out this year. The ballpark is basically just as it
was back in 1918, the last time we won a World Series. Babe Ruth
played there before [Red Sox owner] Harry Frazee sold him to the
New York Yankees."
"A good reason to go to Fenway Park is for baseballs and souvenirs.
Newbury Street has your upscale shopping and stores and fancier
stuff. There's an amazing shop in Cambridge called Nomad. The owner
is a woman who buys art in places like Africa and Afghanistan. It's
all handcrafted stuff and really beautiful. There's no other place
that I know of quite like it. It's one of the little secrets of