Monday, June 3, 2013

Boston and home

Here is a stab at another posting, let's hope I get this one right.

We arrived in Boston at noon on Monday, May 27. We have 2 Grandchildren, of the 5, off and on residents,  in the East, still either working or in school there. Since Monday was the official Memorial Day Holiday our Granddaughter, Kathryn Wolf, had the day off from her job in Wellesley. She lives in Cambridge, near Central Square, and that was our first stop. One of the most difficult things in Boston is finding a parking place( Valet parking runs $15 to $20 at intown restaurants) and so after settling ourselves, and our car, we walked about 5 blocks to "Flour Bakery and Cafe". One immediately notices the youth and mixture of Cambridge residence or visitors. "Flour" offers soups, salads, sandwich's and numerous sweets. Each of the three of us ordered a sandwich and we also shared one "sticky bun" (Pecan roll) as our sweet. My thinly sliced lamb was piled high on goat cheese and covered with a fruit chutney. Marilyn's medium rare roast beef had sliced tomato's and spicy, horseradish mayo.

The afternoon was spent helping Kathryn decide and load the possesions she wanted us to bring home, as she will be moving to Evanston to attend Northwestern in September. Upon her advice we left our car at our Motel and took the "T" for dinner in the "North End". Her choice of  "Mamma Maria" an upscale, Italian, white table cloth, restaurant was fitting for our reunion. That night there was much sharring. Some of the excellent dishes were: Lobster Ravioli, Tuna Tartare, Osso Buco, Rabbit Pasta, Apricot Panna Cotta and Apple filled, browned, puff pasty. All the items were well prepaired and beautifully served. I especial was raptuous over the veal shank bone full of marrow. For this Osso Buco I was more alert than the last time.

The next day Marilyn and I spent almost 4 hours at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. We lucked into a private tour with a fairly new, but knowledgeable, Docent, and had a delightful day.
That night our Grandson joined us for the consummate, Boston, farewell dinner; Lobster Rolls at "B&G Oysters". Our table, 4 in number, shared starters of Salmon Tartare, Fried Oysters, with a wonderful creamed Pesto, and Arancini( English peas mixed with rissotto and made into ball which are then deep fried and rolled in parmesan).
The Lobster Roll Platers( $29) are a joy to behold and devour. Each comes with a butter, toasted roll stuffed with all the meat from a one pound Lobster. The accompaniments are: crisp, hand cut french fries, lightly seasoned cole slaw and thinly sliced, home made, sweet pickle rounds, all in goodly portions. There are other items on the menu but "when in the Northeast,"etc. For dessert it was again, sharing time, and so we each took on a quater of a chocolate chip, ice cream sandwich. This was our second visit, to "B&G", but wont be the last.

Wednesday we drove 550 miles to Clarion PA, a stopping pont we have used in the past. This time the "Hampton Inn" staff sent us to "Captain Loomis" for a meal which was certainly decent and way above the dinner at "Luigi's" on the way East. Any dinner following "B&G Oyster" would have had a difficult job competing.

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