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How I Failed in Boston

Last November, I failed as a food blogger.  I was in Boston for a training, and through some stealthy Googling, I found a very promising lead on the best burger in town at a place called Craigie on Main.  Their beef is sourced from local grass-fed cattle farmers with limited supply, so they only make 18 burgers every night.  Because grass-fed beef is not as tender, Craigie’s ensures juiciness by mixing in bone marrow and suet. If you’re a burger fan, read this article for an excellent description of all the other reasons Craigie’s has nailed the, dare I say, perfect burger.

After reading said article, I was decidedly on a mission to secure one of these epic burgers.  My training went until 5:30 every day,  which means I had to face HORRIBLE Boston rush hour traffic to get to the restaurant.  While en route, I was sweating and nervous as I sat in parking lot after parking lot of stoplights and cross-streets…will I make it in time to procure my object of desire??

I finally made it, ran to the bar, and practically hugged the bartender when he tells me I can have a burger.  Whew!  I settle in with a good beer and wait.  It wasn’t until I had 1 1/2 bites of burger left, with juice all over my hands and dripping down my arms that I realized my failure…I didn’t take a single photo!  I made a journey out of this burger, and I write on a food blog, and I didn’t take a picture…what?!?  No one wants to just read a story about me eating a burger…you want to SEE that burger and picture yourself there with me!

Fast-forward to last week: after a looooooooong day of manning the booth at a trade show in Boston, my fatigued colleagues and I were eager to wind down with good drink and food.  As I’m sure you’ll guess, we went to Craigie on Main!  Want to know the best way to embarrass and annoy your coworkers?  Go out to dinner hungry, then don’t let them take a bite of anything until you’ve taken at least 10 photos of it! We ate family style, sharing pretty much one of everything on the menu, including the chef’s tasting menu and two burgers.  I cannot say enough how great this place is.  The vibe, the staff, the food, the drink, and of course, the BURGER!

I love how food brings people together and becomes the defining point of fond memories.  Have any standout food (or burger!) memories? Share them below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 4-29-2018

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I love how food brings people together and becomes the defining point of fond memories.  Have any standout food (or burger!) memories? Share them below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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2 responses to “How I Failed in Boston”

  1. Kellie M Kutkey says:

    YUM! I love a good burger, maybe we can get one in June 🙂
    Does Craigie’s take reservations this far in advance? I’ll make some!
    Let’s see . . . my burger story would be when me and Zach went on a day trip to Aberdeen (Kurt Cobain’s stomping grounds) and stopped at a cinder block building called “mr T’s.”
    Zach asked what kind of fries they had.
    The frizzled frazzled gal cooking (all she was missing was a cigarette hanging out of her mouth) held up a little paper boat of fries and barked, “They look like this!”
    Burger? Good. Fries? Soggy crinkle cut salty mess. haha!
    We had fun though.
    Love you! See you soon!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      MMMMM yum yum yum…Many Mucho Fries – hahaha!
      I did see we have Craigie rezzies for the girls week in Boston. So looking forward to it all!

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