St. Patrick’s Day in Worcester MA

When we had our crazy blizzard last Tuesday, I was so scared that we would have terrible weather for the quick trip we had planned to Worcester. Luckily, the sun was out and the temperatures were up. We checked into our hotel room, and headed out for some food. Again, relying on some Yelp sleuthing and ‘Best of Worcester 2016′ poll results, we found a great place to grab an early dinner.

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Mezcal Tequila Canina is in the bottom level of a parking garage. But don’t let that deter you. ¬†Above is the Mezcal Smokey margarita, and it was amazing. Not cloyingly sweet like most mexican joint margaritas. This was smokey with just the right amount of lime sweetness. I’m going to go ahead and call it the best margarita I’ve ever had.

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We ordered chips and house guac, which was delicious and served in that ridiculous concrete thing. I had the fish tacos, which to be honest weren’t that great. Mike ordered the duck burrito bowl. I had a bite if his and it was incredible. We also ordered the brussels sprouts app sans bacon, and I couldn’t stop eating it. It was covered in a chili powder honey glaze. So. Good.

After dinner, we grabbed a few more drinks around the corner at Armsby Abbey. The vibe there was pretty chill for happy hour on St Patrick’s Day. We were also digging the early 2000s playlist. But soon came the reason for the entire trip:

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We had tickets to see Against Me and Green Day at the DCU Center. Green Day was my very first concert back in 1995, so I was pretty excited to see them again 22 years later. They still had the same energy, though they’ve added some stadium rock crowd pleasing schtick that I wasn’t all that into. Despite that, I couldn’t complain. The set list had a great range of songs from all of their albums. And they played for THREE HOURS. Yes, THREE HOURS.

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We went back to the hotel and crashed out after spending over 3 hours on our feet. We got up the next morning, and good old Yelp helped me find our breakfast spot: C’est la vie in Northborough.

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We got there just in time to beat the brunch crowd. The restaurant is in an old victorian house, and the decor and layout really played that up. We were even greeted by french bulldog salt and pepper shakers at the table.

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Even though we’ve been trying to eat really clean this year, we can’t pass up an amazing sounding french toast when we’re somewhere we’re likely never going to return to. So we ordered the Creme Brulee french toast. And it was as amazing as it sounds.

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I also ordered the sweet potato and goat cheese omelet, which was delicious. This breakfast fueled us through a day of going to Ikea for kitchen wares, and then walking around the Back Bay in Boston for a few hours before heading back home. All in all, a really great weekend, and a much needed escape from life in Troy, even if just for 2 days.

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