Discover Something New at Home in Boston
New Restaurant: Mei Mei
LA likes to take credit for the food truck, but anyone who's had the Mighty Rib from Roxy's will tell you that Boston trucks are a staple. Icy weather isn't the death of deliciousness since Mei Mei finally opened a brick-and-mortar location near Boston University. This locally-sourced, seasonally changing, Chinese-American restaurant serves up all the scallion pancakes and spicy ketchup you can handle.
Newly Hip Hood: Somerville
Somerville isn't in Cambridge's shadow anymore, and Tufts students aren't the only ones enjoying Davis Square these days. Prime T accessibility means easy access, but arrive early to try new Union Square Doughnuts before it sells out. After that, catch a matinee at Somerville Theatre for an unheard of $6 and get the true pub experience at Five Horses Tavern.
Word on the Street
Who knew that Boston could exist without Menino? The biggest change in the Hub was the election of new mayor Marty Walsh after the 20-year reign of Tom Menino. You also definitely can't come back without knowing about Jonny Gomes' beard and the hairiest Red Sox season ever, resulting in a World Series win.
Maggie Burdge, Contributing Digital Editor for Boston magazine, will always be a California girl at heart but has made Boston her home since attending Boston College. Like any Bostonian, she hates the T and loves the Sox, and while the Chestnut Hill area is her home, she has to admit that there's nothing like sitting in the chairs on the Esplanade looking at the Charles River with a nice cup of Dunkin' Donuts hot chocolate.