Not really but I've seen a few famous faces, so I feel like I'm part of it. Fri. was one of the last days of the Icarus (in the south en) 3 course $26 anniv. special and it was very good. Got a nice $26 bottle of a South African sauvignon blanc then two people started with the arugula w/ crouton and cheese (didn't taste it), one got simple green salad (very nice) and I got the fantastic cod cake w/ greens. Two of us got bluefish w/ stuffed tomatos and olives and two got pork w/ peaches and green beans. Very similar to last year, but tasty and the pork was extremely flavorful and tender. The fruit desserts were best, my johnnycake w/ berries and vanilla ice cream was amazing as was the toasted poundcake w/ peaches. The chocolate dessert was fine but nothing special. Service was all right on a completely filled nite, nice music in the background. Started with okay mojitos as Masa, their drink prices have gone up I think. They were more crowded than usual.
Sat. was a nice dinner at Paolo's in Charlestown which recently got a bad review here but I thought it was nice, if a little more expensive than I thought it would be. Most pastas were >$20 which is a way I judge (as were most entrees) but I was able to use the 40% off deal my friend finagles me so that helped. Very cute restaurant, got one of the last seats at 8PM on Sat. Paolo was hanging out with a group of five next to us. The menu all sounded very good so I got a salad, appetizer and half portion of pasta. The greens, roasted figs, gorgonzola and nuts salad was the high point ($9). Some of it got a little overdressed with the fig vinaigrette but I totally enjoyed it and could have stopped there with some bread. Polenta w/ porcini mushrooms and a marsala type sauce was fine but I like my polenta with a bit more consistency and marsala isn't my favorite. The gnocchi w/ spinach, a bit of ham and cream sauce was $18 for a full order, $11 for half and since I'd put the polenta aside to take home, was easy to polish off the four medium gnocchi. My friend got a chicken breast w/ prosciutto and cheese in marsala w/ sweet potatos that he enjoyed ($20). Chocolate mousse w/ little bits of choc. in it looked like it was served in a little pastry shell but I finally realized you couldn't cut it after a few attempts. Sweet service and total w/ one glass of pinot grigio was $68 w/ tax no tip.
Met friends in Harvard Sq. where we saw Al Franken waiting at the stop light, way shorter than I thought he be (and not the Ben Affleck sighting we hoped for). Then got some food from Muqueqa (sp) at the Central Sq. World's Fair. Decent shrimp in a creamy orange sauce over rice w/ plantains for only $5. My friend got a pulled pork sandwich w/ a kick from Big Mo's for $5 and there were of course 90 Indian food stalls. That nite we stopped by the B Side where they made me a mango martini for only $7 but boy, their food menu has gone up in price. Except for a salad or two, no appetizers were <$10 and that wasn't how I remember the B Side (granted, it's been a while). Didn't really look at the menu but the veggie entree was $15 and everything else was more (remember the old days when everything was $15 or under?). Anyway, we ended up across the street at Cafe Kiraz and that was great. All sorts of interesting grilled sandwiches and I'm glad we split one cuz they're huge. $6.50 for grilled chicken, caramelized onion, sundried tomato and provolone on grilled bread. Very nice, nice service, and split a good sized frozen yogurt w/ grapenuts mixed in for <$3.00. Great cheap meal.
Took Mon. off and figured I'd wander around the DNC action, grabbed a wonderful sfogliatelle from Maria's in the north end then saw a few faces at Fanueil Hall (2" away from Chris Matthews at the Hardball set where he filmed a blurb for Extra, saw Janet Reno get her picture taken with tons of folks, then my personal favorite, Patrick Stinson from E! News, and later saw Howard Zinn speak at the "Shocked and Awed" art show). Made a point of going to Pressed Sandwiches on Oliver St. downtown (which I'd heard about on TV Diner or Phantom) since they're a weekday til 3PM only operation and I'll probably never get there again. I'm a sucker for anything between two good buttered grilled pieces of bread and they delivered with a decent roast beef/bleu/tomato for $5.95. Another large sandwich that got me two meals.
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