Had a chance to stop at City Bar in the Lenox again for some appetizers - fast becoming one of my favorite places for a late afternoon cocktail and great food. This time, the menu (from Azure) was a little more conservative since it was the Valentine's Day special menu - but the highlight was the gnocchi with gorgonzola with walnuts and sage. Others we tried were a very good salmon terrine and carpaccio. Desserts were fantastic - a pistachio tart with carrot cake/cream cheese ice cream (as good as it sounds!) and - my favorite - the "German Chocolate Cake". Huge selection of superior spirits including one of my favorite vodkas - Ultimat from Poland. Also known for their infused spirits, made by Robert Fathman, the chef(link to previous post below). Tried the Maker's Mark with caramelized figs, cinnamon, and vanilla bean this time - great on a cold day.
Finally made the trip to the Hounds' "Floating Rock" for lunch. Wanted to sample C. Simon's squid salad, but ended up with the Dragon's Tears, Papaya salad, rice, and spicy Chili pork. As mentioned by all, what a great place, with the flavors that are hallmarks of Cambodian cuisine - salty prahok, galangal, and lots of lemongrass (especially the Dragon's Tears, which had loads of thinly sliced lemon grass along with sliced red and green chilis and many fresh herbs, some of which I didn't recognize). The waitress asked if I wanted the Papaya salad spicy, and I said yes. Wheww! She didn't even ask me if I needed the extra napkins - just brought them! Our favorite was the spicy chili pork, a pile of tender, thinly sliced pieces of pork, and rings of chili peppers.
Lastly, if you're craving Pizzeria Regina from the North End and are willing to pay half the price of the pie itself for "Dining In" to deliver (hey, if you have a craving....) - it travels suprisingly well. The Puttanesca was delicious - lots of artichokes, sliced black olives, basil, and a mix of mozzarella and reggiano. Still my favorite pizza in Boston (though I've yet to try Santarpio).