Excuse my absence, but I am back! School has just started up again and I’ve been pretty busy (PLUS its spring quarter, the best time of year), and I haven’t had a lot of time to cook or update. BUT I have some great food porn pictures for you from my amazing trip to Boston this weekend.
I went to visit my friend Lauren with her sister Leslie (I talked about their family here) and it was probably my favorite visit out there (I’ve been to Boston about 5 times now…I WILL live there one day). One of the big highlights was opening day at Fenway Park. Although we didn’t have tickets to get in, the area around Fenway was packed with baseball fans and we bar hopped and watched the game (with some yummy snacks of course). Also, Lauren turned 21! She’s been my friend since first grade, and its crazy to think we’ve known each other for that long.
Since all of us are obsessed with food, we had to make sure we had some amazing meals while we were there. It was my job to pick out the restaurants (because, lets face it, I am the one who spends my spare time looking at new restaurants and their menus on Yelp!), and I think (actually, I know!) I picked some winners. I didn’t get pictures of everything, and the pictures I did get aren’t the best quality (I took a lot of them with a camera phone) but I will tell you, I had some of the best meals of my life, and definitely got some inspiration for this blog.
Friday night we ate at Grotto, in Beacon Hill (a really pretty area of Boston). Lauren and I ate here last year and it was the highlight of our dining for sure, so we were really excited to go back and bring Leslie. They do this great thing for dinner every night, that is a prix fixe menu for $35.00; you get an appetizer (which is so big it could qualify as an entree), an entree, and a dessert. They also serve some bread (a little too dense in my opinion) with some AMAZING olive oil (yes, olive oil can be amazing) and olives. My choices for dinner were: the Fontina cheese fondue with beef tenderloin, aged balsamic, Truffle oil and Portobello mushrooms; the potato gnocchi with short ribs, mushrooms and Gorgonzola; and the melting chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The fondue was incredible – this is the only place I’ve ever had fondue before, and I am obsessed with it. The short ribs though. All I can say is OH MY GOD. The gorgonzola cheese was a creative addition to the dish, which complimented the ribs and sauce perfectly. It seemed like a natural pairing and I loved it. The chocolate cake was good as well, but we were so full by this time it was pretty hard to enjoy it. I only got a picture of the short ribs:
It was a sad day when we finished our meal and I realized I have to wait until my next visit to come here. EAT HERE if you go to Boston (which you should). It is very small and dark (which is good if that floats your boat – for a date maybe?) but I would recommend reservations for sure, and wouldn’t bring a party over about six people (especially if you are loud…like we are…).
Saturday afternoon our lunch was at Atlantic Fish Company , a restaurant on Boylston street that I randomly found on Yelp. I was a little hesitant, as no one had been there before, but it was really great and I would definitely return. They have dining on the patio right on Boylston which is a nice feature, but we sat inside due to the wait time.
First, I have to talk about the bread basket, which I literally raved about for the rest of the weekend. Freshly baked (and delicious) bread, crackers, and MUFFINS. The muffins were ridiculously good, I ate them all. Sorry guys.
We also ordered drinks. I got the Blackberry Mojito, which was good, albeit a little sweet. Lauren got some kind of Cosmo. These drinks were STRONG.
I ordered the crab bisque, which I was very excited about (as I have been on a hunt for crab bisque lately) but this probably ended up being my least favorite part of the meal. It was EXTREMELY thick (which I don’t like – I have a weird thing about textures), and a little bland. There were nice chunks of crab though.
For lunch, I ordered the lobster roll. It came on a very nice, crispy bun, and was served with a white bean salad and mixed greens. I thought the white bean salad was an odd choice for the lobster roll (I would have liked some fries, obviously) but it ended up being really nice. The lobster was perfectly cooked and delicious.
Leslie got the Tuna Tartare Burger, which I loved more than she did. It was served with some great sweet potato fries, and was on a Challah bun, which I thought was a great touch.
I also ate the pickle. It was a good pickle.
Lauren got the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Melt, which was also great. It was a sandwich on buttery, toasted bread, with pistachio-pesto and brie cheese. NOMS.
Finally, Lauren’s friend Olivia got the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. I didn’t get to try it, but it looked good!
We finished off lunch with an AMAZING piece of Espresso Cake for Lauren’s birthday. It was seriously one of the best desserts I have ever had; it was so moist it was almost like mousse, and it was served with homemade whip cream and excellent chocolate covered espresso beans.
Also good to note about this restaurant – the service was really good and very welcoming. Definitely somewhere I would return!
Finally (sorry for the length of this post – I love talking about food, can you tell?), we ate at Stephanie’s on Newbury for dinner on Sunday for one of Lauren’s friends birthdays. Lauren and I split the Warm Grilled Bruschetta (on ciabatta bread with GOAT CHEESE SAUCE!) and the Macaroni and Cheese with the (optional) addition of prosciutto and truffle oil. The bruschetta was very good, although the goat cheese sauce wasn’t as strong as I had expected. The mac and cheese was great, with very crispy breadcrumbs on top and perfectly cooked noodles. The only thing I would say is the prosciutto wasn’t very evident. ALSO, by this point in the trip, my budget was very strained so the price of the meal was painfully obvious to me. The food was on the expensive side, but it was good.
Overall it was a very great (and delicious) trip. I am so sad that I had to leave and get back to the real world, but I am very excited for my next trip (whenever that is…)!