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My first visit to Boston

BeaN | Oct 9, 2004 11:10 PM

I have just registered for a conference in Boston that will take place in January. I have never had the pleasure of visiting your fair city. Since I HAVE to be there in January (I live in St. Petersburg, FL, and have NO seasonally appropriate attire), I intend to reward myself with as many chowlicious meals as possible. Now that I know that I am going, there is no time to lose on planning my meals. I only have about three months to study this forum, salivate, scheme and dream.

My hotel, and the conference that I'll be attending, is in the Back Bay area. I'm willing to take a taxi a reasonable distance for something wonderful. "Reasonable distance" is relative to wonderfulness. The more wonderful the overall experience is, the more reasonable the distance.

What am I looking for? Well, to paraphrase Roy Rogers, I've never met a cuisine I didn't like. Exotic is fine, high-end is fine and homespun is equally fine. I am an omnivore. In my book, an ethereal plate of beans and rice (and I’ve had a few) trumps a mediocre presentation of Kobe beef (don’t ask – it’s too painful to the wallet and the memory). Ambiance is nice, but the food had better be equally good. For high-end prices, I anticipate high-end service and food quality.

Seven is the maximum meals that I will be able to eat away from the conference, and that number will likely be fewer. I will have dinner on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night available. On Saturday, I'll be able to go out for breakfast, and on Sunday, I should also be able to get lunch. Monday I may be able to do breakfast and lunch.

I'd like to have a quintessential Boston meal at least once. I will rely on you to educate me as to what constitutes a quintessential Boston meal. All of the farmer’s markets will be closed in January, I’m sure, but are there any seasonally available foods that I should look for to take home? Any special markets that I will need to visit while I’m there?

If there is an Ethiopian restaurant anywhere near, I’d especially like to know about it.

I look forward to your responses, and I look forward to visiting Boston.


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