HERE ARE SIX THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACTRESS ELLEN POMPEO.
ONE: She was born in the Boston suburb of Everett, Massachusetts. TWO: The Boston fates are smiling on her. Her fiance, music producer Christopher Ivery, grew up just 10 miles from her childhood home and knew her father. (Although when the couple first met, in Los Angeles, they didn't know of the connection. THREE: Perhaps to reciprocate the fates' favor, Pompeo returns to Boston once a year. "My sort of ceremonial trip," she calls it. FOUR: Her sister, Maureen Pompeo, still lives in the Boston area and is on the board of directors for The Home for Little Wanderers, a charity that provides adoption services as well as shelter for children and parents escaping abuse. FIVE: You can see her on the big screen in the upcoming Moonlight Mile, which was partly filmed in Massachusetts, and she has received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy. SIX: If you were to ask her, Pompeo would tell you that she still loves the city of her birth, especially its history and its abundant green spaces. In fact, she'd probably tell you the following 13 things about Boston:
Here's where Ellen Pompeo finds the best of Boston.
Ben & Jerry's Newbury Street
(ice cream; inexpensive)
Clio at the Eliot Hotel
(contemporary French, very expensive)
The Daily Catch
(Sicilian pasta and seafood, moderate)
(American, moderate to expensive)
(modern steak house, expensive)
Legal Sea Foods, Copley Place
(moderate to expensive)
Modern Pastry Shop, North End
(Italian pastries; inexpensive) (617) 523-3783
Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers
(inexpensive to moderate)
The Original Kelly's Landing
Uni Sashimi Bar at Clio
(Italian, moderate to expensive)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Boston Public Garden
Granary Burying Ground
Old North Church
Old State House
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Harvard Book Store
Daisy Buchanan's Bar
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
(617) 566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org
Excursions Outside of Boston
(508) 362-3225, www.capecodchamber.org
Nahant Beach, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/lynn-shore-and-nahant-beach-reservation.html
Regina Food Store
Walden Pond State Reservation
"I grew up in Everett. It could be considered like Brooklyn. It's just a suburb of Boston, Five minutes over the bridge. When I grew up there, it was a very blue-collar, working-class Irish-Italian neighborhood. There is a great market there called Regina, where you can get great salami and cheese and great imported Italian things."
TWO: PRESERVATION IS GOOD.
I've been to a lot of places in this country, and there's no other place where you feel history as strongly as you feel it in Boston. On the Freedom Trail, you can ?nd all types of historically significant stops. It runs through Beacon Hill, which is a really beautiful part of the city. I've been everywhere on the Freedom Trail at some point in my life. You follow it, and it takes you through the Boston Common and by the Old State House and past the Old North Church. The Granary Burying Ground is also right on the Freedom Trail. That's where Samuel Adams and John Hancock are buried, and Benjamin Franklin's parents too.
THREE: GREEN IS ALSO GOOD.
Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden are sort of side by side. The Common is almost like the big lawn in Central Park, whereas the Public Garden has more flowers and beautiful willow trees and ducks in the ponds and swan boats. That's just glorious in the fall and summer and spring. I guess it's also nice in the winter - if you like the cold.
FOUR: SPEAKING OF GREEN, THE BEST PLACES TO SPEND A DAY OUTDOORS IN THE FALL ARE LESS THAN AN HOUR AWAY.
In October, the two best places to go to are the Arnold Arboretum and Walden Pond. Walden Pond is in Concord, Massachusetts, which is a 40-minute drive from Boston. It's a great day trip. I spent a lot of time there as a child. My brother-in-law would take me and my brother and our friends there for nature walks all the time. We came from the suburbs, so it was great to spend a day just walking through the woods and having quiet time. I developed my appreciation for nature there. It's one of my fondest memories.
Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond, so there are plaques all throughout the woods, marking places where Thoreau was - where he had his tent and where he liked to nature writings are about his time there.
The Arnold Arboretum is about 10 or 15 minutes away from Harvard. It has a beautiful trail through the woods. If you go within the right few weeks in the fall, it's beautiful. The colors are amazing. You will just be completely surrounded by trees - absolutely gorgeous.
FIVE: SPEAKING OF HARVARD, IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO VISIT.
The grounds of Harvard University are so beautiful to walk around, and the Harvard Book Store is one of the last great independent bookstores. It's right there across the street from the university.
SIX: HAMBURGERS TASTE GREAT.
Just ask Matt Damon. Right beside the Harvard Book Store is Mr. Bartley's, a really old-school, greasy-spoon hamburger joint. It is in . It has absolutely the best greasy burger you will ever have in your life. A really nice afternoon would be to go have a burger there and then go to the bookstore next door, pick up a Harvard T- shirt, and walk the grounds of Harvard, particularly in the spring or in the fall, when all the students are starting.
SEVEN: YOU CAN BUY STUFF ON NEWBURY STREET.
My favorite shop is one called Louis Boston. I guess it would be sort of the Barneys of Boston. It's just a gorgeous retail store in an old, historic building. They carry men and women's clothing, and they have a nice little espresso bar there, as well as a nice, small restaurant.
EIGHT: STEALING IS BAD BUT INTERESTING.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is where one of the largest unsolved art heists in history took place. It was in the '90s. There were 13 significant pieces of arrt taken from that museum. No suspect has ever been brought into custody, and nothing has been recovered. It happened on St. Patrick's Day. It's the perfect night to pull off some heist in Boston, because all the police are at the St. Patrick's Day festivities.
NINE: YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A PLACE TO SLEEP.
There was an old Ritz hotel on the first block of Newbury. Just recently, they closed it and turned it into another hotel. Then they built a more modern Ritz-Carlton across the street from the Public Garden. I love the new Ritz. It has a great gym, a Sports Club/LA, there.
TEN: BOSTON HAS BEACHES AND BIRDS.
Revere Beach, although it is old and historical, is dirty and not very nice. But not too far away from there is a beach called Nahant Beach, which is actually where my sister lives. It's like a little island. There is only one road in and one road out. My sister and brother-in-law would take us there as kids, and we would other beach in Nahant that is very famous; it's called Forty Steps. There's no sand, just rocks. There are rumors that parts of the movie The Birds were filmed there.
ELEVEN: BOSTON HAS GREAT PLACES TO EAT.
There's a restaurant called KO Prime, on Tremont Street on the Freedom Trail, that is great. It's a tiny place.
TWELVE: ITALIANS MAKE GOOD DESSERTS.
So does Ben & Jerry’s. In Little Italy, there are great pastry shops. My boyfriend, Christopher, thinks Modern Pastry Shop is the best pastry shop in the North End. When I am there, I always take a walk up Newbury Street and hit the Ben & Jerry’s. That’s the best stop on the street, as far as I’m concerned.
THIRTEEN: SHE HAS VERY, VERY STRONG ARMS.
There is a quite famous place — a place where I used to work, actually — on Newbury Street called Daisy Buchanan’s. I was just 18 when I worked there. It is a tiny, tiny little place in a basement. All the Red Sox players and the Bruins players and the Celtics players go there after games.
That was the hardest place in town to be a cocktail waitress. It was just packed, and there would be so many people in there that you couldn’t hold the tray in front of your body. You’d have to suspend the tray completely over your head. They used thick glass mugs, so it was heavy. And you had to hold the tray over your head while wearing high heels and a miniskirt. You have to wear high heels because all the guys in there are so tall because most of them are basketball players or football players. You develop great shoulder muscles, though.
Ellen Pompeo's Two Green Tips
1. IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO DO GOOD.
"I used to feel completely overwhelmed by environmental change. It's such a huge problem, so what can we do? Then I just started realizing that if everybody just did a tiny little bit, it wouldn't be overwhelming. Do little things, like shutting off the water when you brush your teeth instead of letting the water run. Or, when you wash dishes, fill your sink with soapy water, wash all the dishes, and then fill it with clean water and rinse them so you don't keep the water running.
"Also, I've just recently started unplugging my espresso machine. I used to just shut it off. Now I shut it off and unplug it. I make sure everything is unplugged if I'm not using it. They say that even if it is not on, just plugged in, it is still using energy."
"Simple little things like that do add up and make a difference. I really believe that."
2. ONE HAS NICE T-SHIRTS.
"I love the One organization. I think that they are really doing fantastic things, and, again, it's something as simple as going on their website [www.one.org] and buying a T-shirt. If everybody were to just do a little bit every day … I think change is possible."