Well summer has officially arrived in Boston – the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the weather has warmed. As I congratulated myself for surviving another frostbite-inducing New England winter, I started to brainstorm possible warm weather vacation destinations for my annual summer vacation (a reward for not freezing to death).
The vacation fairies must have been reading my mind (or tracking my Google searches) because the Bermuda Department of Tourism (BDOT) breezed into town last week and held a luncheon to showcase their tropical island and their new tourism initiatives. The lunch was held at Asana in the Back Bay – which I’ve eaten at a few times before (due to its close proximity to my apartment). Needless to say, I was quite excited for this event – both for the food and the learning opportunity.
The lunch began with a few remarks by William Griffith, the Director of BDOT. In all honesty, I had never considered going to Bermuda before since 1.) It seemed like a destination for old people 2.) There are cheaper alternatives – i.e. if I wanted to lie on a beach, I’d do it in Mexico sipping on $1 Coronas 3.) Lack of activities – my type A, always need to be active personality would probably go stir crazy lying on the beach for a week. However, upon hearing Mr. Griffith speak about how people of all ages and incomes vacation in Bermuda, the genuinely friendly locals, the myriad activities available (golf, spa, snorkeling, scenic tours, etc.), and the excellent cuisine (both at the high and low end) had me reconsidering. When he mentioned that Bermuda was only a two hour plane ride away from NYC (and that Jet Blue was selling $149 round trip tickets) – perfect for a quick weekend trip, he had me sold!
Simone’s lobster was not deveined – which was disappointing and pretty gross. Even more insulting, the waiter then tried to unsuccessfully pass off the “lobster excrements” as the salad dressing. No words.
Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Boston776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
Congrats #10 - Gina
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