Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend in Beantown

This past weekend, I headed to Boston for the weekend to check out Harvard with Joy. I really like Boston. It's so calm and quaint and reminds me a lot of San Francisco but without the hills and much colder. Unfortunately when we went, it was crappy weather with rain throughout the day and humid temps.

When we arrived on Saturday, we were starving and headed to a nearby Legal Seafoods for lunch. Yes, I know it's a chain but I didn't care. I've never been there and it was close!

Tuna melt and crabmeat roll. It was good but way too much food, especially after a big bowl of New England clam chowder. We also had wine because it was so cheap and I couldn't pass up cheap alcohol.

We went to The Blue Room for dinner. It was excellent with wonderful service. One of Joy's friends had white wine spilled on her and the manager came by and offered to pay for the dry cleaning! I've never seen that happen anywhere, even at much nicer places! The waitress was very knowledgeable about wine and the menu and even gave tastings of various wines so we could choose the one we liked best. She recommended a bottle of August Cellars Pinot Noir for the table that was only $40 that I loved.

I had a feeling this dish would be good and had to order it even though I normally don't order fish entrees. This is a pan-seared atlantic cod loin with duck armagnac sausage, butternut squash turnip cream sauce. The cod was cooked perfectly and was amazing with the salty sausage and creamy sauce.

Wood grilled lamb rack with baby brussel sprouts, french green lentils and pomegranate sauce. The lamb was cooked perfectly which is always a issue with ordering lamb at restaurants--there is a 50/50 chance it will be dry and game-y. I didn't taste the pomegranate so much but overall thought it was a really good.

Wood grilled skirt steak with rosemary butter, red wine reduction, and spinach risotto. I thought the steak was really flavorful but the combination of butter and sauce made the spinach risotto too mushy for my liking.

We shared a cookie plate for dessert, but was not impressed. They weren't even warm! Cookies should always be warm.

The Blue Room is totally worth checking out if you're ever in Boston.

Restaurants mentioned:
The Blue Room
One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

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