Boston for Buble

Ohhhhhh!  I just love a Monday when we’re combining three of my favorite things: traveling with my hubby, BOSTON and Michael Buble.

It’s the perfect trifecta!

So, for those of you who have been around here for awhile then you know, I adore Michael Buble.  When we first moved to Detroit, I bought one of his albums and fifteen years later, he’s still my number one guy.  Andrew and I have seen him many times in Dallas, but a few tours ago, decided it would be fun to start seeing him in other venues.  First, we saw him in Vegas and then, in NYC.  These last few years, he hasn’t toured because his little boy was diagnosed with cancer.  Thankfully now, he is doing well and Buble is back out there.  When he announced the new tour dates, I immediately looked so we could pick a new city for a concert.  Andrew and I decided that since we saw him in New York last time, it was only fitting that we see him in Boston (or about an hour outside of Boston) this time.  BUT the sweetest and nicest part was that the day before tickets went on sale, Buble’s two sisters (who I’ve become friends with) surprised me and said that they were going to get me tickets instead.  How sweet is that?!  They were like name the venue and you have your tickets!  So, we marked our calendars and have been anxiously awaiting this date since the fall.

Just two parents of four kids at the airport on a Monday about to fly to Boston.  (Psssssst: this is the sweater I told you about on Friday and it’s only $30!).

I know this is going to be hard to believe, but this was the first time EVER that my parents have stayed at my house and watched my kids.  Typically, when Andrew and I go somewhere, it’s the summer or over a long weekend and my kids go to my parents’ house, but this time, it was a school week, so my mom and dad moved in for 2½ days.  MY KIDS HAD THE BEST TIME!!!!!  Lovie and Papa Jay knocked it out of the ballpark!  They handled school, homework, speech therapy, dance, baseball, tumbling, spirit night at the local burger place, carpool and more.  AMAZING!!  Why did I wait 10.5 years to do this?  Next time, Andrew and I will be gone for a month 😉 .

Our flight left at 12:30, so we grabbed lunch inside the airport before we took off.

Sweet little Madeley adorned by Kindle with a heart sticker 🙂 .

We arrived at 5:30, grabbed a rental car and checked into our hotel.  This was the view from our hotel room.  Oh Boston, I love you so much!!

We had dinner reservations in the North End (their Little Italy) and were pumped to enjoy our pasta feast!

We had reservations at Carmelina’s and I HIGHLY recommend it!  This restaurant was teeny tiny, and the food was delish!!!

I love this guy so much 🙂 .

His Chicken Picatta looked great, but my supper, WON…

It was the Sunday Macaroni and included three DELICIOUS meatballs, sausage and a short rib…with marscapone cheese on top.  OH MY GOSH!  It was so delicious!

After dinner, we walked right across the street for dessert…

…cannoli, anyone???


Mike’s Pastry for the win!!

We went back to the hotel really full and super happy!

The next morning, we slept in, I did a little work and watched the local news while he hit the gym, then we got ready and stepped outside.


Hahaha!  It was cold and windy, but the sun was shining and we had the best day!

For lunch, I have always wanted to take Andrew to…

…Joe’s 🙂 .  I love Joe’s.  We had the perfect seat where we could watch the people outside and enjoy our yummy food.


Feels like 10…with a lot of wind!

Best clam chowder.  Ever.

This is like my perfect meal!  Their fish sandwich is so darn tasty!  I like mine grilled, and Andrew had his blackened.

Andrew had been to Boston before but never with me!  After lunch, I showed him some of my favorite spots.


We stopped for Starbucks and then strolled my favorite street…Charles 🙂 .

After we walked around all afternoon, we decided to grab a snack before getting ready for the concert that night.  We hit up Eataly…



Such a fun spot for a snack, right?!

And by snack, I mean this amazing meat and cheese board.  Yes, ma’am!

We got ready and then left to drive to the concert which was outside of Boston in Worcester, MA.

We had dinner here at Craft before heading over to the concert.

So much fun!  Our seats were amazing!


We grabbed a few pics before the show started. We were right next to the catwalk, so that made us super close to him.


Showtime!  Look at all the phones!  Ha!










I’ve said this every time I’ve seen him in concert, but he appears (and now that I know his sisters really well, I would imagine it’s the truth) extremely humbled and blessed that people are there.  He’s funny, he’s quick witted and seems really sincere.  He’s the quintessential entertainer.




I mean, how many pics of Michael Buble can I post today?  Apparently, a bunch!  Hahaha!

Just the most fun night!

While we were there, his assistant texted me and said she was coming to my seat.  When she showed up, she had a big goodie bag filled with Buble swag including this gem…

…well, isn’t that so cool?!

After the show, we drove back to Boston and then returned home the next day in time to grab the kids from school.  It was a quick trip…but so much fun!  Andrew and I are already counting down to our next “adult only” trip this summer.  It’s going to be EPIC! 😉

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  • Erika Slaughter March 4, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Eeeeeekkkkk!!! You guys are so close!! That’s amazing! And now I’m dreaming of clam chowder before 5:00 am! Hahahaha!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog March 4, 2019 at 5:01 am

    You lucky ducky, Shay! What a fantastic time, looks like you really enjoyed Boston and Buble (and your date, haha)! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Sheaffer Sims March 4, 2019 at 5:48 am

    SO! MUCH! FUN! And I agree with Erika….CHOWDER FOR BREAKFAST!

  • Debbie Hibbert March 4, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Now that’s what I’d call a DREAM DATE!

  • Tiffany March 4, 2019 at 6:14 am

    You should seriously have a meet and greet or book signing sometime when you come to Boston! Haha Everytime I see you are here I get so excited and wish I would bump into you. I love that you love Boston! It was beyond freezing those two days you were here last and week. Good for you guys walking around outside in that wind- yikes!!

  • Clancy March 4, 2019 at 6:21 am

    So fun! We are considering a trip to Boston this summer. What are some they must dos.

  • Alexis deZayas March 4, 2019 at 6:21 am

    What a memorable trip!! So much fun!

  • Narci March 4, 2019 at 6:29 am

    What a fun trip!! Those seats were amazing, and your meals looked absolutely delicious!! How fun!!

  • Nerine March 4, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Fun fun!! What a perfect trip! I saw him last month in concert in Orlando… amazing entertainer!!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams March 4, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Concerts are always so much fun!! It looks like you guys enjoyed Bublé!! Mike’s Pastries, especially the cannolis are my favorite!! I’ll have to try Carmelina’s next time I’m in town! Happy Monday!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Holly Sheridan March 4, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’ve seen MB in concert many times…but I’d have to say the first was the most memorable. My bestie and I saw him in Fayetteville AR(before he was Uber popular), and the next morning we saw him in our hotel as we were leaving. She grabbed him as I was pulling the car around, and we actually ate breakfast with him and hung out for a while(we even drove him to Radio Shack😂). He’s a sweetheart!!! What a fun time we will never forget!❤️

  • Melissa March 4, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Next time you are in the North end, skip mikes pastry. Instead go to cafe Vitoria, it’s right next door. They have the BEST dessert and coffee in town. Order the lobster tail (they have cannolis too). I swear you won’t be disappointed.

  • Connie March 4, 2019 at 7:07 am

    OH my goodness! You are so lucky!! I adore him as well. Great music!

  • Colleen March 4, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I noticed you changed your kindle cover form the pink one….did you find this one worked better? Is it a different brand?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Exact same brand! I changed my Kindle and my new one is the new waterproof Paperwhite!

  • Angela Ellingson March 4, 2019 at 7:22 am

    This is seriously a dream! I will make it to one of his shows someday! It’s just not in the budget right now. What does the note say? With all my…??

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 7:32 am

      love but overly exaggerated 😉

  • Amber Vance March 4, 2019 at 7:22 am

    So much FUN!!

  • Barb March 4, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Wow! I know we arn’t suppose to covet, but I love that you got to see Michael Buble–so exciting and all the food looked delicious–What a memorable date.

    Also to sit that close to the catwalk and be able to take all those wonderful pictures.

    You’d better do something wonderful for Andrew after that date.

    Blessings on you!

  • Liz March 4, 2019 at 7:35 am

    LOVE Buble!! This is such a silly question but what does his message say – “With all my ???” I can’t decipher the word after “my”!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Love (but over exaggerated!)

  • Kim Fleming March 4, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Our first concert in Detroit on Friday night! He was great, and so comforting to his audience truly like we were friends. We, however, enjoyed him from the nosebleed sections but could hear his voice beautifully. Your pics are great!

  • Liz Davies March 4, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Looks like you had such a fun time!!

  • Ann Marie Tennison March 4, 2019 at 7:58 am

    What an amazing trip!!! Eeeeeeee so fun!!!!

  • Clare Butler March 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I love this post!!! You and Andrew are so cute! And Michael! I bet he gets better every time you see him!

  • betsy March 4, 2019 at 8:21 am

    As chain restaurants go, Joe’s American is solid! We used to live 2 miles from one in NJ and would go all the time, I miss that bread so much!

  • Shaye Dodson March 4, 2019 at 8:24 am

    My husband & I love Michael also! We have seen him several times in Houston & Dallas but we also saw him in Vegas & Bahamas! This year we bought 2 sets of tickets for his Dallas concert. Now that you have been, which ones would you recommend – 4th row from the front (on the end next to the stage/catwalk) or farther down the cat walk about 10-12 rows back (still on the end next to the stage/catwalk). We are trying to decide which ones to keep for us & which ones to sale 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Oh gosh! What a hard decision!! I guess I would say fourth row next to the cat walk! Enjoy!!

  • Beth Valenta March 4, 2019 at 8:35 am

    This looks like a wonderful trip! I can’t wait to try La Piazza when I go this summer for some games. I never leave Fenway area most of the time.

  • Penny G March 4, 2019 at 8:52 am

    … And Buble performs in a suit – a class act!

  • Brandye March 4, 2019 at 9:50 am

    My husband & I went to Boston in August, 2017 for our anniversary trip. We ate at Carmelina’s!!! Loved it sooooo much.

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick March 4, 2019 at 9:54 am

    That was quite a date night! haha! Looks like y’all had a blast!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Keisha Dawson March 4, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Oh my goodness! What a dream trip!

  • Amber Grubbs March 4, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I know you get tons of comments, so hopefully you will see this! We are going to Boston, Nantucket and Cape Cod the last week of July. We have Red Sox/Yankee tickets for the 25th, but nothing else planned so far. What are must do’s in those 3 cities? Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Oh my goodness!! So much to say on this! Have you read my posts about our trip to Nantucket? Go back and read those along with my All About Boston post. All my best tips are there!

  • Mikala January March 4, 2019 at 11:15 am

    What a FUN trip!! Hey i have a life-changing concert photography tip for you. I go to concerts a lot and this has been an awesome find! OK, so the spotlight often washes out the picture right? As you’re taking the picture, on the screen touch and hold the person’s face until the focus-lock box pops up. To the right side of the box will be a little sunshine icon. Swipe down on that icon and it will reduce the exposure, and Voila, you can see the entertainer’s handsome face!! 🙂

  • Carole March 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

    How did you become friends with his sisters?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      The internet! Isn’t that fun?!

  • LAF March 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I would like to know how do you convince your husband to go on trips away from the children? And take selfies? We’ve been married 19 years and have never been on even an overnight trip without our 4 kids (now teenagers).

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Ah! My hubby loves it! We always go places he enjoys too. Maybe your hubby should suggest a place for you two to go?

  • Amanda Jackson March 4, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I have a question for you…..My husband took me to a Buble concert in Dallas about 5 years ago and I, being a big fan, LOVED it. He was incredible as were his band and the stage…all the things. My hubby, however, said he would never go again b/c he found Buble’s humor too crass (I don’t disagree with that). So my question is: do you think he’s toned that down a bit now? Did you notice? I want to go to another concert, dangit!! Ha!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      No, I would say it’s about the same! Hahaha! Yeah… 😉

  • Kayla A Bruce March 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    So fun! This makes me even more excited to see him (for the second time) in concert in a couple weeks just outside of Chicago!

  • Laura H March 4, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I’m seeing Michael Buble in Kansas Cit on the 20th! My husband surprised me with tickets for my birthday. I can’t wait! Maybe you could
    Put in a good word with his sisters for me! 😉

  • nichole March 4, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Ah Boston – my heart. I loved living there. You can’t ever go wrong with a cannoli from Mike’s and Joe’s is so good! Have you been to Sonsie on Newbury Street? I miss having lunch there in the summer with all the windows wide open.

  • Michelle March 4, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Yay Boston! I lived there from college until just a couple of years ago. It’s the greatest place in the world! Now I live in Minnesota…which brings me to my question: can you tell me more about the coat you wore while you were there? It looks super cute from what I can see. 🙂

  • Shirlee March 4, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Shay, are there any areas in Boston that should be avoided? I’m always nervous in a new city. Do you find it better to drive around or take public transportation? Also, where would you recommend to stay?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 5, 2019 at 5:07 am

      I’m sure there is, but the areas that we visit always feel nice and safe. We typically walk and take the subway everywhere in Boston. This time, we rented a car because we had to drive out to the concert, but I normally do not. We like to stay in either the Beacon Hill or Copley areas in Boston. They’re both within walking distance to many things.

  • Jocelynn Webb March 4, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Time away with our spouses are so important! What a fun getaway together!

  • Dana March 5, 2019 at 5:06 am

    So fun! I love his music!! Just a random tip for you (and maybe you already know it)- when you want to make an accent mark on a word and you’re using an Apple product, just hold down the letter and up above it all the options will pop up, just pick which one you like. This was life changing for me since I write so often in French!

    And on another note, my sister-in-law has been reading about how people get refunds from his concerts because of his ‘adult language.’ So that might be good to note for anyone thinking of going who has sensitive ears to that kind of thing. 🙂

  • Heather March 5, 2019 at 8:25 am

    My husband got me tickets to his DC show (2 weeks ago) for Christmas. It was my first Buble show ever and a total bucket-list moment for me!!!!!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World March 5, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Your seats were IDENTICAL to ours for the Atlanta show! We were in Row R just to the left of the catwalk, too! We didn’t get the swag bag and the autograph, though. Bummer. Lol.

  • Chelsea March 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Carmelina’s is SO GOOD – I’ve also had the Sunday Sauce there…yum!

  • Janie Reinert March 5, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    So cool ! What a fun getaway !!

  • Lindsay D. March 7, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    What a fantastic holiday!! I’m so happy for you!!

  • Michelle Deyoe March 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    How fun! My husband and I recently took a trip to Boston and I used your posts to help me plan! Thank you! I have a fun, gorgeous, breathtaking place for you to check out. We stayed in the most beautiful hotel right on the harbor called Boston Yacht Haven. It is a very small hotel, I think only 8-10 rooms. It is spectacular and we can’t wait to bring our children, the rooms are huge! Think water views out every window!

  • Christina March 11, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    We’re planning a family trip to San Antonio this spring and curious to know the differences between the Hyatt and the JW Marriott?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 14, 2019 at 5:28 am

      I haven’t been to the Hyatt in San Antonio, but I love, love, love the JW Marriott!

  • Lindsay March 15, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Always LOVE reading your travel posts! I’m heading to Boston for the first time next month to watch my cousin run the Marathon! Any tips? 🙂 how is the weather around April?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 15, 2019 at 10:18 am

      I was there for marathon weekend just last year! It was chilly (and gorgeous!), so bring layers!! Enjoy!!