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A Beantown Bucket List

100 Things to do in Boston Before You Die By Kim Foley MacKinnon

As we all look forward to what we will do when all the limits are lifted and we can dig our way back to life again, it is good to know that we have such a great guide as Kim Foley MacKinnon to help us plan our escape.

In the updated edition of her book, 100 Things to do in Boston Before You Die, Kim scours the Hub to present a collection of can’t miss places to visit and things to do that shouldn’t be reserved just for tourists. And as Boston is known by many as much for its food scene as for its history, there are plenty of edible recommendations to consider. 

From sneaking peeks at Pesky’s Pole from the Bleacher Bar to rolling through the North End on a no-holds-barred carb crawl and washing it down for weeks at the Boston Wine Festival, Kim hits many of our favorite haunts and also offers some that readers may have forgotten or not even known. And while some of the suggestions are now impossible as places like Doyle’s and Top of the Hub have both shuttered in recent months, the happy memories this book encourages make for a sweet ending to a great read and a history of great adventures in Boston.

As a native Bostonian and long-time local food fan, I had a great time going through the book seeing which of the 100 recommendations I had already checked off my Boston bucket list. In the process, however, I was amazed by all the additional insights and information Kim offered, much of which made me eager to return even to places I thought I knew well.

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Matt Robinson has been writing about food (and various other passions and interests) for nearly 20 years. His work has appeared in over 120 international publications, including AAA Horizons, Billboard, Boston Magazine, The Boston Red Sox, Business Traveler, The Dallas Observer, Entrepreneur, The Forward, JazzUSA, Luxury Web, Music Dish, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Rolling Stone, and Where. His restaurant reviews and “Chef Chat” interview columns have appeared all over the world.

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