|Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden|
After going through security and stopping briefly at our gate, I went to buy a bottle of water. I opened the Tumi holder and did not see my Chase debit card or British Airways credit card. I panicked! I couldn't breathe and ran back to where my mother was sitting. Proceeded to dump everything in my purse on the floor and sobbed. Not my proudest moment. I thought the trip was already over before it began. Now I would have to stay home to repair the damage.
One of the JetBlue attendants noticed the commotion (how could he not?) and was very kind. He told me to go speak with one of the TSA agents. After a 2 minute walk back to security, shaking and having difficulty speaking I told the nice TSA lady named Michelle what happened. I assumed someone at security must have swiped the cards. However I did watch my purse go through the x-ray machine even during a quick pat down, I didn't notice anyone going near it. Michelle was very calm which helped a lot and asked to see the credit card holder. She carefully examined it like a rare Chinese vase and then - miraculously pulled out my two cards!! They were hidden behind a window flap holding my driver's license and BX card. I was soooooo happy!
|Tumi holder and compartment behind the window|
Crisis averted and one meltdown behind me as we retreated to our lounge seats. Hoping this is not a sign for the rest of the trip. I was feeling a bit self-conscious assuming all the people around me had witnessed my breakdown. Just glad they still allowed me to get on the plane. I have to say my mother was very calm during this event. Even when I said I couldn't breathe and she asked if she should call 911 and I replied no she let me be. I guess it is true that Mother Knows Best!
Our JetBlue flight departed Florida a bit late. I relaxed on the plane by drinking my bottled water and watching the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson. It was a great film! The weather was very nice during our flight up and we had great views of Boston on our descent.
|Arriving in Boston|
|Getting ready to land|
|Boston Logan Airport|
|Hilton Logan Airport|
|Boston Waterfront near Marina Drive|
The restaurant we agreed to meet for dinner is called Empire and from the description and photos online looked very nice. I was hoping it would be similar to Buddakan in New York.
|Empire Lounge and Restaurant|
|Empire Bar (very early - only 5:30 pm)|
When we arrived at 5:30 pm the restaurant was pretty empty but it is more a late night scene, We perused the menu while we waited a few minutes until my sister and her partner Ted arrived. Stacey and Ted showed up within 5 minutes and we were shown to our table. We ordered some yummy drinks and a few appetizers to share. The dumplings were very good but both the lobster cupcakes (recommended by our server) and the lobster pancake (my choice) missed the mark.
|Lobster Pancake and Dumplings in rear|
The service by the restaurant staff was a little disappointing. One of the young male servers decided to clear the plates like he was in a diner - scrapping the leftovers onto another plate right in front of my mother. She wasn't pleased!
We let that misstep pass and decided not to put a damper on the evening. The mains soon arrived and were thankfully much better than the starters. My sister and I shared a modern version of Bi Bim Bap.
|Modern Bi Bim Bap|
We shared two desserts. The peach one was weird but the chocolate coffee one was much better. Overall our dinner was sort of a mixed experience. The decor and the setting were great. However, the service and some of the food needs some work.
We started walking in one direction but then changed and went back toward Rowes Wharf.
|Facing the harbor at dusk|
The entire waterfront seemed very vibrant and we were very impressed with the improvements. The new office buildings give the waterfront an entirely different vibe.
After about 20 minutes we headed back to the restaurant and the garage to get Ted's car. Ten minutes later they dropped off at the Hilton. It was a fun and relaxing night.
|Twin Room at Hilton Logan Airport|