Sweet Chilli Sauce … Delicious, especially with sour cream and wedges. But apparently this delicious combination has not caught on in America, so it's hard to find. But on the extreme off chance that someone Googles "Where can I find sweet chilli sauce in Boston", here 'tis. Sweet chilli sauce can be found in the Asian "world" section at the Shaw's next to the prudential center. (Sorry for the Americanization (sorry for that one too.)
Random info? Definitely, but you do not know how many Ozzies are looking for sweet chilli sauce. My friend has been here for seven years, and she did not know where any was. So I made her wedges, with sour cream and sweet chilli. After not having them for 3 months, it was the best dinner I've ever had. Can not vouch for her tho.
But, onto the serious stuff … Since I'm just starting this, I figure I'll start with a fitting topic – Setting Up.
When I got the news was coming to Boston in January way back in August (That sentence make sense?) The first thing I did was start looking for a place to live. Why? Boston is a student town – housing is COMPETITIVE! So here's a couple of tips for finding a place:
- Rent.com is your friend. That's the way I got my place. Use Google maps to find your location. I was lucky with Boston, as Google maps shows where all the T stations are. So I was able to find a way from my hopeful home to work easily. Email lots of real estate agents early and often about places. I went with Beacon Hill Pads they were really helpful. My real estate agent was Anna Townes, and she was great! Really nice lady.
- When starting out, look for a apartment in the city. It may be a bit more expensive, but you came to another country to experience another culture, and to get the most of it, you gotta be where the action is. Plus you can always move to a different place when the rent expires, and you'll be set up.
- Get a place close to public transport. Starting out, you do not know if you want to get a car or not. (After I arrived, I certainly did not, as it's not unusual to have to pay $ 50,000 for a carpark for a year.)
- Two numbers, Two words: 24 hour concierge. This makes your place safer, plus it means that you can get your furniture, packages, etc. sent to you without having to worry about coming home to a UPS slip. Especially helpful when you do not have a car.
- Try not to sign up to too many services (cable, internet, etc) until you are well and really settled in. One major thing I found out is (I'm not sure if this is just Boston) that electricity, phone, etc bills are much higher here than back in Australia. Also, local Boston people know what the best deals on stuff is, so have a look around before you jump into any thing. Always ask how easy it is to change plans.