Staycation, day 5 (Genki-Ya)

Well, it rained yesterday.  It rained on my last official day of my staycation.  And I don’t mean that it was drizzling or it was raining moderately.  I mean that it was raining heavily all afternoon.  So, there was no final food truck hurrah for me or my sister.

That’s ok.  I had a good back up plan!

… Or so I thought.  We walked in the heavy rain from South Station to Shōjō.  Shōjō is a new-ish Asian fusion restaurant in Chinatown that has been getting some pretty good reviews.  And their website says that they are open for lunch on weekdays from 11am to 3pm.

Can you see where I’m going here?

Well!  Imagine the surprise on my face when we get there and they were closed.  A “we’re closed due to blahblahblah” sign would have been nice!  I felt like such a loser!

Apparently, this was posted on their Facebook page on Thursday night:

As a reminder, we will be closed tonight in celebration of our 1 year anniversary! We will resume normal business hours tomorrow Friday Aug 9th. Thank you all for supporting us through our first year!

And then this was posted on Friday:

We will be closed for lunch today, will be open for normal dinner service tonight starting at 5:30 pm.
We will be launching new lunch menu starting Monday!

DAMMIT!  Not everyone in the world is subscribed to your Facebook page, Shōjō!

So, we stood there, in front of Shōjō and in the heavy rain, trying to decide what to do.  My poor sister was hungry and I was going to have an angry sister on my hands if I didn’t act fast.  Luckily, I remembered that one of my sister’s backup suggestions was Genki-Ya, a sushi restaurant about three blocks away… Even better by the fact that I remembered where it was.  (When it’s raining badly, three blocks feels like it’s a world away.)


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The Salty Pig, review, 7/31/12

I love having dinner with friends who you don’t have to be polite around and vice versa. I love having dinner with friends who just love a good meal, whether cheap or on the pricy side.

Case in point: A friend from San Francisco is in town this week for work. So, a few of us agreed on dinner. But where to? After much googling/reading other reviews, and mapping a restaurant that was close to our visitor’s hotel, we picked The Salty Pig.

The Salty Pig is in the Back Bay, more or less between Back Bay Station (orange line subway station) and the Copley Mall. None of us had ever been before. It’s a small-to-medium sized restaurant where we had no trouble getting seats on a Tuesday evening.

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