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Marathon weekend carbo load fest

beetlebug | Apr 19, 2006 10:59 AM

I love this weekend. I can eat whatever I want and my excuse is – well, I’m running 26.2 in a couple of days, I have to fuel up.

Saturday breakfast – Mike’s City Diner, Washington Street, South End – I love coming here. I rarely do because I live on the other side of the river. But, pre-expo, it was perfect. The corn beef hash here is excellent. I got the hash, scrambled egg whites and grits. I wish they did grits better, it’s always a little dry and lukewarm, but I haven’t found a place in Boston that even has grits. Plus, nothing a little butter and salt can’t fix. Spouse got a huge breakfast (he’s a great supporter in my carbo load), and got eggs, pancakes, potatoes and linguica. The linguica is great. I can’t comment on pancakes because I don’t like them.

Sunday breakfast – Soundbites, Ball Square, Somerville – I’ve only been to Soundbites on weekdays. I could never handle the lines or the stress of weekend breakfasting here. But, at 7 am, there isn’t much of a line. Scary enough, most of the two top tables were already filled. Had the Artichoke, tomatoes and jack (Art, Tom and Jack) omelet with the fried mashed potatoes. I love these potatoes. Piping hot and pure comfort food. The omelet, as always, was perfectly fluffy with a lot of stuff on the inside. Just the way I like it.

Sunday dinner – my plan of pasta loading at an unmentionable in Cambridge was dashed. This Western Ave. storefront was closed for renovations. I was not happy and slightly stressed. We ended up going to Trattoria Pulcinella and had a fabulous meal. I haven’t been to this place since the late 90s because it was too crowded, service too slow and the customers, well, just too entitled. But, it’s around the corner from where I live and I was out of options. I didn’t want a repeat of the La Morra fiasco 2 years ago (3 hours later, we were still at the table) and I was starving.

Trattoria Pulcinella, Huron Ave, West Cambridge – three of us shared 3 appetizers. First, the sauteed baby octopus with potatoes, fresh herbs, onions, cumin. This was absolutely delicious. Tender pieces of octopus that melted in the mouth. Mouth watering. Second, eggplant pie with onions, tomato, mozzarella, basil and parmigiano. We ordered this because we saw it on the table next to us. It looked like a piece of lasagna. Paper thin pieces sliced eggplant, delicately layered with all the stuff. I didn’t have much of this because I didn’t want to eat cheese but I ate more than I planned. Lastly, a mixed green salad, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Tasty, but nothing special. I just wanted some greens.

For the main course, I had the spaghetti with littleneck clams, garlic, white wine and topped with tuna roe. Perfectly cooked al dente pasta with scrumptious clams. The clams were tender and juicy and the pasta had the perfect amount of salt. I think the most difficult thing about this dish is the pasta itself. Often times, the clams are good, but the sauce doesn’t stick to the pasta, leaving the pasta dull. That wasn’t the case here. Each bite had flavor. It didn’t need the tuna roe on top, but it was tasty.

Dessert – Tiramisu and the almond pear tart. Both delicious and it hit the spot. Essentially, it was the perfect pre-run meal and I have to remember to go back to this spot. An 8 year hiatus was way too long.

http://www.trattoriapulcinella.net/

Monday night dinner – North Street Grille, North End - after a brilliant day with perfect running weather, 7 of us headed over to the North Street Grille for dinner. My favorite post marathon meal is at Peach Farm Seafood (the salted fried squid is the perfect thing post run) but a couple of people don’t eat Chinese food. Don’t get me started on that point. NSG was able to accommodate us and gave us lovely service. Runners crave salt, protein and fat post-run. Unfortunately, the stomach can’t handle a lot. Something I always forget. But, we ordered burgers, fries, steaks, salads, mac and cheese, steak sandwiches, potato chips and more fries. I love the fries and chips here. The fries are nice and salty with the rosemary flavor. And the chips carry home well. I got the grilled ribeye steak sandwich with chips. The steak was delicious but the bread was too hard. Or maybe I was too tired to bite off the hard bread and chew. I ended up just eating the steak and chips which was good enough for me. Perfectly cooked and tender with a nice flavor. I had a couple of bites of the mac and cheese. As always, it was satisfying. This version had peas and asparagus. I actually liked the version with the apples better. I liked the contrast of the cold and hot in that dish. For dessert, we split the banana parfaits and open face cookie sandwiches. Both were delicious. I liked the banana parfaits a little better because I didn’t have to chew. The cookie sandwiches were a tad too sweet for me at that point in my life. I’m sure I would have enjoyed them more at a different time. I felt bad that everyone was leaving so much food on there plates. I explained to the chef that everyone enjoyed their meals (which they did) but no one could eat all that much. Lucky me got to bring home all the fries and chips. All in all, a satisfying meal.

http://www.northstreetgrille.com/

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