Common Craft [Burlington MA]; mex [Kendall Sq, Cambridge MA]

Saturday late lunch/snacks at Common Craft after the Ohio State game was well in hand. Even though we live within 10 minutes of the mall, we’re never there. The mall has kinda exploded in terms of additional development, including Common Craft. It was very crowded on yet another warm unseasonably November day. Lots of seating inside and some outside. There was a “farmers market” going on outside but mostly a producers market (I refrained from even looking as I’m busting out at the seams with my LexFarm purchases). I got the “Whole Shebang” red blend (very dry and just ok) and the Dragon white (crisp and better). Bartender was spot-on with her descriptions. We sat in the Idle Hands section - B got a couple of good beers. We ordered the big pretzel which was good but pricey at $13, and B got Parmesan fries and grilled chicken sandwich (Spring Onion and I had eaten lunch at home). There was skee-ball, Tapper, and shuffle board, and biking at “Bikeville,” a cute bike safety area with lanes and stop signs just off the parking lot that Spring Onion enjoys, which made for a pleasant afternoon.

Another visit to the MIT Museum with friends. We broke up the museum visit with lunch at mex. It’s tough focusing on food with 4 squirming kids plus a 14-month old. My curmudgeonly side would’ve asked to bring the music volume down a notch. But the food was uniformly good. Not pictured: Chilaquiles, carnitas bowl, quesadilla (kid and adult versions) for our friends. For us, pollo asada and carnitas tacos for B, mushroom/veg tacos for me, quesadillas for Spring Onion and he enjoyed some of the pollo.

ETA: Really good nacho chips ( our friends ordered the nachos with queso) and corn tortillas for the tacos.


By the way, I was surprised to see that Area Four is only open M-F until 6 pm (some of the kids wanted pizza).

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I also forgot to mention that post-Common Craft visit, we decided to cruise the mall a bit. Does anyone else feel bad for the third floor shops? I always do. And when I saw a Korean food/snack shop up there, I had to investigate. I bought (and spent) way more than I should have and I didn’t care one iota. The kid who checked me out told me it was his parents’ store. Just looking at him reminded me of a younger self in some ways. I guess that’s the way things go for kids of immigrants - we have similar stories. He would probably roll his eyes and call me an “ahjima” (an older Korean woman). One day, he’ll get it.


Have you read “Crying in H-Mart”? Made me think of you.


I’m a Japanese Breakfast fan so I bought it long ago and I still haven’t started it. I think I took it on a trip to Iceland and didn’t even crack it open.



Loved Crying… not perfect but well-written and moving


Crying in H Mart was really good, but awfully sad. :cry: