Ellen DeGeneres in Boston

I saw Ellen!!!!! And Portia! It was everything that I expected and more!

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Photo via @Kafranklin21

I met my sister at Quincy Market at 11:00 AM, which was a whole hour before Ellen was scheduled to arrive. I wasn’t all that surprised to see so many people waiting for her, but I didn’t expect that many super fans! Holy moly!

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My sister and I scored a second row spot behind the barricades and then waited.

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And waited.

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And waited.

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Two hours later, things started to happen.

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Channel 5 anchors Ed Harding and Heather Unruh arrived.

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As well as a ton of policemen and security.

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Another 30 minutes passed and then a Duck Boat arrived outside Faneuil Hall with Ellen and her staff on it. Yay!! At last, the 2.5-hour wait was worth it!

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AHHHHH! There she is!!! 

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Look closely. Ellen is standing on the back of the Duck Boat. She’s wearing a navy blue polo shirt.

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Now, Portia (wearing light pink) is standing next to her.

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Here they come!!! (You can kind of see the back of Ellen’s head behind the cop’s shoulder.)

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When I snapped this photo, Ellen was only about 5 feet from me!

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In person, Ellen and Portia looked just like they do on TV. This probably sounds weird, but I’ve seen celebrities who are much shorter or older in person, but these two looked exactly how I expected. They were both happy, comfortable, and glamorous.

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Ellen and Portia walked to the front of Quincy Market, where they were greeted by Mayor Thomas Menino. Mayor Menino declared it Ellen DeGeneres Day in Boston today!

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Ellen only spoke for a few minutes, but she told the crowd that Boston is now one of her favorite cities and she plans to root for the Red Sox and Patriots from now on. Ellen also congratulated the Bruins on their Stanley Cup win!

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Photo via @choll12

Ellen is visiting Boston to promote her show’s new 4:00 PM time slot, so she told the crowd that she needed to leave to do some interviews. I was a little bummed that she didn’t stick around longer, but she’s a busy lady– and I’ll take what I can get. Honestly, I was psyched to see her in person even if it was for a short amount of time.

If you’re a crazy Ellen fan like me, you can see the whole event on video from Channel 5: Uncut: Ellen Greets Fans at Quincy Market.

Lunch

After our Ellen sighting, my sister and I walked to the North End for lunch at Antico Forno. I had an Eversave certificate from months ago, so I decided to cash it in.

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As an appetizer, my sister and I shared the “Insalata di Spinaci con Mandorele Pancetta,” which sounded much more exciting than it actually was. It ended up just being baby spinach with pieces of bacon on it. We ate it anyway, but I’m glad that we decided to share the salad instead of ordering two like we almost did.

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We had quite a bit of money to spend on the Eversave, so we ordered two pizzas with the plan of taking home lots of leftovers. We ordered a Margherita Pizza (mozzarella, plum tomato sauce, and basil) and a Due Formaggi Pizza (mozzarella, Ricotta, oregano, and garlic). Both were delicious”” like, really delicious. I love flatbread pizza with lots of high quality toppings like these ones. If I were in the North End, I’d hit up this place for pizza.

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For dessert, my sister and I each enjoyed a cannoli. Mmm! I loved the filling! When in the North End”¦

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I still can’t believe I saw Ellen today! My goal for 2011 is to see her show in person, which I still want to do, but today counts for something, right? I guess it’s just a bonus to my goal!

94 Comments

  1. aaaaahhhhhh! so jealous! i LOVE her so much (and portia, whos book btw is one of my faves). amazing day 🙂

  2. So, I read your post this a.m. about Ellen. Was going to share this next thing, but didn’t. Then I am on FB and see our dear friend’s picture of her mom, also a good family friend, sitting next to Portia on the Duck tour. My friend, Julie Silver is married to Mary Connely who is the producer of the Ellen Show. Julie and Mary live in CA, but Julie grew up in Newton, where I am from, and her mom lives in Boston now. So, her mom must have been doing the gig with them, I gather Mary was there too. I watched the footage you posted from Channel 5 and saw Julie’s mom get off the Duck tour, she was the last one in a white shirt.
    Weird small world story.
    I do hope you get to see an Ellen show. I tried to “pull a string” for Miz Fit earlier in the summer, but didn’t get a reply and I don’t feel like being one of those annoying friends, or I would try for you too. They probably get those annoying requests all the time.

  3. That just sounds like a fantastic day, and I’m totally the kind of fan that will wait 2.5 hours for my favorite celebrities to make an appearance. It’s a special feeling!

    Great choice on the pizzas, I’ve been craving a quality white pizza around here, something crunchy and crispy and gooey (and, let’s be honest, a little greasy) but have yet to find the perfect pie. The search continues.

  4. LOVE it!! One of my sisters got to meet Ellen years and years ago (before she was even with Portia, who was her gf before that? Her name escapes me) and they spent a good 20 mins chatting it up in the drug store my sister worked for at the time. Said she was ridiculously down to earth and approachable and just an all-around good person. I LOVE to hear that about celebrities, she totally seems like the real deal. So cool you got to see her!

  5. I do LOVE Ellen. She is awesome. And so comfortable with herself and who she is as a person. I have always thought that, and its why I love her.
    I think it is so cool that you were that close to her. Even though it’s so fan-ish to say, I definitely would have been there screaming and waving (maybe even with a sign!)

  6. Hahahah. This post CRACKED me up. Your excitement is so palpable, it’s not even funny. I bet this is the post that has the most exclamation points you’ve ever used in one sitting. 😉 CONGRATS! Happy Ellen DeGeneres Day! (One day late, but still)

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