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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

That's Amore! Top 6 Restaurants for Valentine's Day in Boston

Love is in the air, folks! Valentine's Day is coming up fast and many are still without plans. With the help of OpenTable, I've compiled a list of the best Boston Restaurants for you to enjoy with your sweetheart this Friday! Browse through the special offerings and find the best restaurant for you.

1. The Coolest


51 Lincoln | American (New) | Newton

This is my favorite one! 51 Lincoln is offering a 7 course tasting menu based on the 7 deadly sins. How cool is that?? I cannot get over it - What an interesting and clever idea for Valentine's Day. You have the option to order all 7 dishes ($80) or individual ones a la carte. 

2. The Traditional


Gem | Italian | Downtown Crossing

For those who favor a more traditional meal, Gem is offering a four-course Italian dinner menu, accompanied by a bottle of wine or prosecco ($95/couple). First course is your choice of cesar or panzanella insalata, followed by your choice of appetizer. The third course is your choice of 2 entrees, followed by dessert. 

3. The Romantic

Nubar | American (New) | Cambridge

Nubar in Cambridge is offering a romantic prix-fixe dinner, from 5pm - 11pm that includes a long stem rose, one glass of bubbles, amouse bouche, 4 courses, and chocolate truffles for $65 per person.

4. The French

Bistro du Midi | French | Back Bay

Chef Sisca of Bistro du Midi has prepared a 4-course prix fix menu for $95 with additional courses available. Menu includes butter poached lobster, pickled quail egg, marinated Spanish octopus, and seared foie gras. 

5. The Affordable

Fire + Ice Boston | American | Back Bay

Fire + Ice Grill is offering one of the more affordable Valentine's dinners for two: 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 cocktails, and 2 desserts for just $50. This special is good through the entire weekend.

6. The Party

The Haven | Scottish | Jamaica Plain

The Haven is offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner with beer pairing in the always-fun Jamaica Plain. Appetizers include pork belly with apple-cabbage slaw and smokey onion vinaigrette, and baked oysters with curry butter and caviar. Entrees include pan seared duck breast with sweet potato spaetzle braised greens and duck jus, and oven roasted bass, cauliflower puree, raisin and walnut relish.

Boston has some amazing Valentine's Day options this weekend. Whether you're a romantic, a party-person, or looking for something affordable, there's a venue for everyone.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Boston Alphabet Dining, Letter D: Deuxave & The Symphony!

Boston Food Blog Symphony

For our one year anniversary, Nick surprised me with tickets to the symphony and an unbelievable dinner at Deuxave. The Boston Pops was performing their holiday series, complete with instrumentals and a professional actor playing out the Polar Express, as well as a holiday sing-a-long! It was a gorgeous auditory adventure. 

But the night's adventures began long before the orchestra. Leading up to the symphony, we enjoyed an amazing culinary experience at Deuxave in Boston's Back Bay! Deuxave is a swanky restaurant specializing in New American cuisine. Take a look at our ridiculous, delicious courses for the night:

Deuxave Appetizers

Boston Food Blog Deuxave Back Bay

Boston Food Blog Lobster Gnocchi Deuxave Back Bay
“Night Moves” Scituate Lobster with Gnocchi
To start, we ordered the “Night Moves” Scituate Lobster with Gnocchi. This meal was as scrumptious as it was bright and colorful! with Potato Gnocchi, Mushrooms, Green Grapes, Curried Walnuts & Pearl Onions in a Citrus Fricassee. You know that phrase "the food of the gods?" Well, this is it.

Boston Food Blog Lobster Gnocchi Deuxave Back Bay
“Night Moves” Scituate Lobster with Gnocchi
The consistency of the gnocchi was unbeatable - just the right amount of give and resistance, and the lobster was full of flavor. The pearl onions were like a crunchy candy, offering their beautiful fuchsia hue to the dish.

Boston Food Blog appetizer Deuxave Back Bay
Duck Liver Pâté

Our next dish was the Duck Liver Pâté, which came complete with Vanilla Poached Pears, Persimmon & Pistachio Chutney, Pickled Pearl Onions, and Toasted Baguette

I'm not a fan of pâté (something about the consistency that I can't quite wrap my head around), but if you're going to have it, Deuxave is the place. Coupled with the vanilla pears, chutney, and pickled onions, all on a perfectly toasted baguette, it's an extraordinary treat.

Deuxave Entrees

Boston Food Blog Duck Fois Gras Deuxave Back Bay
Spiced Long Island Duck Breast

For my main, I ordered the Spiced Long Island Duck Breast. This dish was unbelievable! It consisted of Lentils du Puy with Arugula, “French Kisses,” Prune Port Gastrique, Honey Glazed Baby Turnips & Sauce Robert

Contrary to what it's name suggests, the Spiced Duck had subtle sweet hints. Coupled with the lentil du poy, each bite of duck was exquisite. I enjoyed the presentation as well - the sauce detail skewers through the prunes and turnips in a very clever way.

Boston Food Blog Tuna Tartare Deuxave Back Bay
Tuna Tartare (Main)

Nick ordered the Tuna Tartare, which came with a side of brussel sprouts and tangerines. I loved the bright presentation of his plate - from the exciting canary yellow to the deep pink tuna, with green accents of brussel sprouts. It was a work of art.

Deuxave Compliments

Boston Food Blog Chocolate Dessert Truffles Deuxave Back Bay
Chocolate Truffles

We were too stuffed for a full dessert plate, but Deuxave still took care of our after-dinner sweet tooth with these adorable chocolate truffles. Bonus Points!

I absolutely recommend Deuxave for a special night out. You get high quality food and unpretentious service. Don't forget to try the lobster gnocchi!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Boston ABC Dining, Letter C: City Table

We're already on our 3rd installment of Boston ABC Dining! For letter C we ventured over to City Table in Boston's Back Bay. Situated within the Lenox Hotel, City Table definitely has a posh vibe and a focus on American (New) cuisine.

While waiting for your table you can take a seat in the hotel lobby, which is finely decorated with comfy red chairs and soft lighting.

Boston Seafood

To start, we ordered the Fried Clams. We assumed they would be served like fried oysters often are: in the shell and just a few at a time. The dish came out more closely resembling calamari. It differed from calamari in that it was softer, less chewy, and had more of that ocean taste retained in it. 

The fried clams were a fun adventure in the beginning - crunchy on the outside, but soft pillows, almost like cherry tomatoes, on the inside, with a hint of sweet flavor that you don't find in calamari. However, I found that after the first intriguing bites, it became a little strange. The textures seemed to clash and the dish was just too heavy and greasy for a 2 person appetizer. This would be a better dish to order if you came with a group. 

I ordered the Grilled Snapper, topped with thai red curry, coconut rice and corn salsa with honeydew. I really enjoyed this dish. The cod was cooked well, fresh, and nicely complemented by the slight spice of the red curry. The corn salsa was a pop of bright, cool flavors that offset the spice and brought out the fresh fish. The sticky rice was a perfect solid base to bring all the flavors together.

Nick ordered this -gigantic- Lobster Roll. Seasoned with nothing but butter, the lobster was huge and meaty but relatively bland in flavor. It didn't have the ocean taste I've come to associate with seafood, but maybe that's just how lobster is. I'll have to keep exploring this new strange world of lobster rolls before I make any rash decisions.

Overall Experience

We had a great time at City Table. The service was a delight - our waiter came back a second time to make sure he gave Nick the right drink recommendation, our water glasses were always full, and the food came out in a timely manner. I would say the only real drawback was that the appetizer seemed to be meant for more people. We really wanted dessert but just couldn't fit any more food in! 

City Table seems to be the perfect Boston restaurant for a date night, birthday or celebration dinner - everyone was dressed to the nines and seemed excited to be there. All in all, I would recommend City Table if you're in the mood for a nice night out. 

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