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Top 10 New England by Patricia Harris

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Things to Avoid

1. Contaminated Shellfish

Food poisoning from contaminated shellfish is rare but not unheard of in New England. The authorities monitor water quality where clams, mussels, and oysters grow, and will ban them from sale during outbreaks of “red tide.” If ordering steamed shellfish, do not eat any that do not open when steamed. Lobster must be cooked alive. A cooked lobster without a curled tail is not safe to eat.

2. Rush-hour Traffic

The morning and evening commutes (8–9:30am; 4–6:30pm) can add an hour to your travel time around metropolitan areas. Try to avoid traveling during those times.

3. Standing in Line

If you make restaurant reservations in advance, you can avoid up to an hour’s waiting time at popular eateries. If catching ...

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