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Back from Boston......

Betsy | May 25, 2002 10:37 PM

and I had an incredible time. I love the city, and I can't believe I hadn't been there in about 15 years. The JFK Museum was the best; I truly think everyone should go there once. It was mind-blowing. On to restaurants.

First night, I went to Sage. I had a green salad to start, followed by potato gnocchi in a basil butter sauce. This was wonderfully soothing. I ordered a banana nutella crepe for dessert, but only ate part of it. It was very good, but I kept wondering these first two nights (next night was Prezza) whether I should have skipped dessert and gone to a cafe for a cannoli, etc........

Saturday: Prezza. Loved it. The fried zucchini flowers were incredible; the fish was delicious, too, but the zucchini flowers stole the show. I had nice sorbet for dessert.

Sunday: Hamersley's Bistro. Everything I'd read and heard about the roast chicken was right on the mark. I normally don't love chicken on the bone, as it can be very dry, but this was the best chicken I've ever had, by far. The dish had all the ingredients I love: garlic, potatoes, rosemary.....yumm. I only regret that I didn't get to go more than once. Next time.

Monday: Sel de la Terre. Very nice. I had a wonderful salad with cherry tomatoes, red onions, etc.....to start, followed by rack of lamb encrusted with olives. I adored the profiteroles (most places mess this dish up; the pastry is usually tough and chewy); one was stuffed with decadent chocolate ice cream, the other with choc. mousse. I could only finish the ice cream one.

Tuesday: Salts. I have to say I was disappointed in this place. I liked the ingredients they use, but I thought the menu was limited. I also despise mushrooms, and since many of the dishes had mushrooms in it, that limited my choices. The salad was nice, but heck ,it's a salad. The polenta cake with vegetables was fine, but nothing special. I expected more from this place.

Wednesday: Terramia. Loved the food, loved the atmosphere, loved my veddy British waiter (and that accent!). I had a yummy scallop dish with lentil salad to start, then enjoyed a simple spaghetti dish with tomatoes. You can't get much better than that. Oh, I can't forget the chickpea spread that came with the bread. I could've stuffed myself on that.

Thursday: Tapeo. I was torn between the tapas and the paella, but I really wanted to try grazing a bit, so I ordered about 4 dishes, all of which were wonderful: garlic shrimp, duck in berry sauce, tortilla espanola and roasted peppers.

Friday: My last night, and I had a wonderful meal at Monica's. The white bean dip that came with the bred was incredible; I adore white beans, and I could have made a meal on that alone. For an appetizer, I had saffron risotto cake, which was nice and crusty on the outside, but very creamy and smooth within. Yum. I can taste it now. For entree, I had pappardelle (love wide noodles) with lamb ragu, and this was delicious. Everyone was so nice, and the hostess was a sweetie.

I concluded this evening with the best cannoli I will ever have, from Modern Pastry. I ate it in bits and pieces over the course of an hour, so I could savor it. I even brought a couple home with me.....The ricotta makes every other cannoli I've ever had look sick. If I lived in Boston, I'd have it every night. Good thing I don't live there........:)Yum.

Hopefully, I'll come back to Boston soon to try the other restaurants I didn't get to try this go round!

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