Had a wonderful meal Fri. at Sandrine's in Harvard Sq. Had had a great New Year's Eve dinner 3 years ago, they still had my info on file. I chose that place cuz I've wanted to try the flammeküche for a while. It was great altho I expected it to be a little more substantial than a very thin crust pizza. But the traditional style w/ caramelized onions and bacon was yummy ($12). I had duck breast w/ parmesan risotto and veggies while my friend had veal chop with the same sides (entrees in mid $20's to low $30's). Very very good and filling. Shouldn't have had any of the good bread basket. Or should have skipped splitting the warm choc. cake w/ vanilla ice cream. We had a nice server who was slightly spacy but was kind enough to offer more ice cream to cut the choclate, so no big complaints. It was pretty quiet after the storm, hopefully they're usually more busy.
Had read the Calendar review of the Paramount (on Charles St.) and decided to finally go for the first time after some shopping. Got there in the late afternoon so the brunch crowd was long gone. We split an omelette and pancakes ($6.75 and $4.75). The former was spinach, bacon and blue cheese served with fries instead of home fries at that point and the latter were blueberry. Ordered at the counter and by the time we got some water and paid, it was done. Enjoyed both, the pancakes were pretty light and didn't sit like a lump in your stomach. The sandwiches looked really good too, have to go back. Or maybe to try dinner when it gets more formal.
I was actually still hungry so we went to the Italian cafe on Newbury between Berkeley and Clarendon whose name I can never remember, but they make a very good cup of coffee. Had a latte and a huge choc. chip cookie which is similar if not the same as the one at Boston Daily Bread in Coolidge Corner which I always rave about (altho $2.00 vs. $1.25). You'd think that Newbury St. would have more independent cafes than that and Espresso Royale (unless you count Rebecca's or Sonsie).
Took a road trip to Fall River only to discover there's really *nothing* down there except for that ship if you want to take your little sons which was popular on a Sat. afternoon. We got two recommendations for where to eat Portugese and picked the Academica. The other rec was Caravello (I think) which was right next door and had the exact same menu except on plastic instead of paper and $1 more. I had the pork and clams which came with cubes of potato and a few peppers. It was okay but there were only 5 clams in the shell and the potato was in the sauce so it obviously had no crispness (and weren't served potato chip style like I've usually had). Some of the pork was a little overdone but it was fine for $8. For the same $8, my friend had the thin steak w/ fried egg, peppers and wonderful fries. It was actually two pieces of steak and two eggs, we should have just split that. He got a Port. beer called Sargas I think which was only $2 a bottle. The waitress was nice, brought me a whole pitcher of water so we were happy getting out of there for a mere $23 inc. tax and tip. Also got a good eggy/custardy Port. pastry from the sweet counter lady at the Terminal bakery for $.85. That town is in sad shape tho.
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