Boston has been on our radar for a while now. “Please Come To Boston” is my favorite song. And the lure of fresh seafood and some recent legislative changes finally made us pull the trigger for a three day weekend getaway.
Boston is just an hour and fifteen minutes by plane, so we were there before you know it. What we didn’t realize, when we made our plans was that we would be arriving on St Patrick’s day weekend. Oops! Game on!
We checked in at the Fairmont hotel in a section of town called Back Bay, and after a short siesta, we Ubered up to the North End to check out Little Italy. I had made a reservation at the restaurant that got the highest Yelps in Little Italy (Aqua Pazza), but upon arrival, It was mobbed and cramped looking. We opted to find a nice little family-run spot on a side street and had a delightful four course meal. Sometimes you gotta put your boots-on-the-ground to find the undiscovered local gems.
On our second day, we checked in at a yoga class near center city in the morning for a little exercise. (one of our favorite activities on these trips other than eating and drinking). For lunch, we stopped in at B & G Oyster House and Wine Bar. So we slurped down some oysters and cherrystone clams washed down by a California chardonnay. We also had an excellent ceviche. Highly recommended!
Then it was time to Uber out (1 hour) to Leicester to see how they did their dispensaries (Boston still didn’t have any recreational dispensaries. We waited through long lines but finally got what we were looking for! Nap time!
Rested up, we checked in at the grand hotel lobby for an Irish coffee to get things started. We wanted to go to a tapas joint called Barcelona, but it was fully booked. We wandered the streets doing “resataurant search” and finally settled upon a local wine bar where dined on caesar salad, artisan cheese trays and foie gras. Delightful!
Our final day we took a bus tour in the morning to the battle fields of Lexington and Concord. We also visited Haqvard and MIT and the Boston Commons. Properly thirsty, we stopped in at Trilium Brewing for some tasty double IPAs. For the evening, we settled upon Troquet On South- a fancy French place
We dined on coddled duck egg with duck confit and a roasted black cod with artichoke barigoule. Washed it all down with a bottle of French champaigne. What the heck is barigoule you ask? It is braised artichokes with cauliflower and carrot in a white wine broth. Quite delicious!
The next morning it was fly home time. Oh well, it was a nice menu R&D getaway.