In late December, my french boyfriend is coming to visit America ( for the very first time!) and we will be staying in Boston for about three days. He is an excellent host when I visit France, helping me to discover the diversity and deliciousness of french cuisine. I would like to return the favor and make sure he gets a proper taste of what American and New England cuisine is and enjoy the Boston restaurant scene.
I currently live in Boston so I know the area very well. I naturally have my own list of restaurants, but I would greatly appreciate some outside opinions on what you think he should experience. We have a blank-slate to work with (McDonalds IS the premier American cuisine to him) so he really does not know much about the food here.
He is French. Which means:
a) The taste and pleasure of food is of upmost importance (aka food snob)
b) There better be wine (for dinner at least)
c) Absolutely no french restaurant suggestions. I don't care if the foie gras or the steak tartar is simply transcendent at L'Espalier. It's better in France, trust me.
d) We are students aka Poverty! We are willing to splurge on one meal, but please generally give places with entrees in the $20 range (if not less for dinner) and maybe some fun cheap eats suggestions for lunch
e) fortunately he is very open and will try anything
So, it is now up to you to help strengthen the cultural ties between France and America. Please aid me in teaching our tres cultivated friend from across that Ocean that America, and especially Boston, has some pretty incredible cuisine to offer.
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