It's time for another Monthly Recap!
March wasn't super exciting in terms of traveling, but I'm recapping it nonetheless!
We didn't go anywhere this month besides spending time locally in the Boston area. Most of our eats were at home or local restaurants.
Let's get to it!
All of the monthly food & travel recaps on the blog can be found here.
TNF Travels In March 2023
Number of States Visited: 1 (Massachusetts)
This was a quiet month in terms of traveling as we didn't go anywhere. We stayed home in Salem and spent time around the North Shore. The weather has increasingly gotten nicer and nicer so the weekends have been a great time to go outside, take long walks, grab some coffee, or play disc golf. And that's basically what we've been doing!
Both Dylan and I have been swamped with work the last few weeks, so our weekends have been focused on rest and relaxation. One of my favorite days was when we played disc golf, explored Bearskin Neck in Rockport, grabbed seafood from Woodman's, then saw Grace Potter in concert at the last minute with $25 tickets at the Cabot in Beverly. It was an awesome day!
TNF Eats in March 2023
Again, nothing new here, but just visiting some of our favorite places for gluten-free food in the Boston area. I'll recap those below.
Red Heat Tavern, Wilmington
Burtons Grill & their sister restaurant Red Heat Tavern are rated as some of the most allergy-friendly restaurants in the USA. Not to mention, the founder of the restaurant group has celiac disease! I interviewed their VP of Dining for the blog here about their celiac protocols. Everything is always fantastic, celiac safe (dedicated fryers too) and these tater tots were GOLD as per usual! Red Heat has locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, but Burtons is all over the east coast.
Nex Mex Thing, Peabody
Nex-Mex is a great spot for Mexican food in downtown Peabody for margaritas, chips and salsa (or guacamole), and tacos! They have a separate gluten-free menu, dedicated fryers for their chips, and allergy protocols. The service we had this one evening in particular wasn't great, but I'd still go back there as the food is yummy, reasonable, and I've never had issues.
Woodman's is a famous seafood establishment on the North Shore of Boston Everything at Woodman's is gluten-free except their clam cakes, onion rings, and sandwiches. They have celiac protocols, dedicated fryers, and incredibly tender, mouthwatering fried fish. Even the trays for gluten-free are red to indicate the allergen. Never disappointed here and it's such a fun spot to visit in the spring and summer as they have an outdoor tent with picnic tables!
You can find all 3 of these restaurants (and many more!) listed in my North Shore Boston gluten-free dining guide here.
TNF Reflections on March 2023
Some things I'm really proud of that happened this month including finishing my crochet blanket (see above!) and starting medication for hypothyroidism. I've been feeling really fatigued lately, and after getting my thyroid checked, have started on medication (Yes, it's gluten-free) to bring my levels back to a normal range. It's been a little over a week and I'm already noticing a difference, thankfully.
I've also been doing a LOT of reading lately and going to the library every week to take out new books. I'm an avid bibliophile and find that having hardcover books, rather than reading them from a tablet, are so much more enjoyable. It's become my favorite evening routine: reading on the couch (and Dylan has been reading too!)
TNF Travels for April....
We've got quite a few trips planned already for April, including New York to see my family, Vermont to see Dylan's family, and South Carolina too. I have a feeling April will be a bigger recap in terms of both food AND travel because I'll have a lot more to share!
You can read the previous month's recaps on the blog right here.
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jim layman says
Thanks for sharing about GF travel on the Camino. I have celiac, and my wife and I will walk the Camino from Sarra to Santiago in early June, with a group. Your notes will help me feel like "I can do this". We are over 60 and we are following a training/walking schedule. I think summitting Mt Washington last summer was tougher physically, but we are taking the walking for a week as a serious challenge.
Jennifer Fitzpatrick says
Congratulations, Jim! Wishing you all the best for a buen camino. I will say, having summited Mount Washington twice, I think the Camino was more physically challenging! A week into it I felt like walking 10 miles minimum per day was normal, but it was both physically and mentally tough. Enjoy your travels! You've got this!