ASRS in Boston

It’s been 5 years since I left Boston for fellowship, and I finally got a chance to revisit New England for this year’s ASRS annual meeting. Melody’s parents helped watch Westley on Friday, so we made it a dinner date at Empress Tavern before my red eye flight out. My room was not yet ready when I arrived, so I changed in the hotel bathroom to attend the morning session. For lunch, I met up with my friend Leo and his family for some beef noodle soup at Shangri-La, where customers still lined up before opening as I had remembered. After attending case presentations and checking into my room, I joined my co-fellows for dinner at Fin Point, having begrudgingly abandoned my B&G reservation to accommodate an extra person. Sunday brunch with my med school friends at the Cheesecake Factory brought back memories of old times when the place was still new and hip. I left room in my stomach so that I could head to Haymarket afterwards for clam chowder and lobster roll at Neptune Oyster. The wait was shorter than I expected as a solo diner, and gave me just enough time to pick up some cannolis and eclair from Mike’s Pastry. I returned in time to present my poster, then hung out with my college friend Ben for more chowder at Summer Shack and late night gelato at the new Eataly. I spent my last morning at the exhibitors’ booths, testing the new hypersonic vitrectomy system from B&L before checking out of the hotel and heading to Brookline to inspect my old condo. My old pad had seen better days, and I was glad that we were finally able to find a tenant at the last minute. I met up with some fellows for seafood newburg at the one of the oldest restaurants in America, picked up fish chowder from Legal Sea Foods and soy sauce noodles from Hong Kong Eatery, and made use of another airport lounge on my way home. The whirlwind conference trip did not contribute much scientifically, but gave me a chance to see how the neighborhoods have changed and took me down memory lane with old friends and good food.

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