And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean and the cod, Where Lowells talk only to Cabots, And Cabots talk only to God. -John Collins Bossidy Pam from Cave Cibum and I went on Ye Olde Food Tour of Boston - an event we just thought up to amuse ourselves. In truth I think that I like the idea of Ye Olde Boston food better than the reality. The reality seems to be mostly sh*tty tourist food, with a few nice surprises. We started at Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market, at Durgin Park . Durgin Park is a Boston institution that natives talk of fondly but only tourists eat at. Durgin Park signage on the left. Across the way is Sam's Cafe at Cheers. This is a complete Venus-Tourist-Flytrap. Cheers is a fictional Boston bar. Sam Malone is imaginary. It ought to be illegal for non-tourists to go here. Click on the photos to make them bigger. The dining room at Durgin Park. And the downstairs meat locker. The dining room is shabby around the edges and there is a great big open kitchen. The wait
This was an impulse order at the Dumpling Cafe on Washington Street in Boston. (True story: when I was telling my Mom where it was, I used the Naked i as a point of reference.) I'd actually gone for the xiao long bao (broth filled dumplings) also known as "Juicy Buns", which they are famous for apparently. Hey, better late to the party than to not party at all, right? Because I did my homework, I knew to load one on to the spoon and then to nibble a little hole and suck out the piping hot broth. That is a tip that you will thank me for later, I promise you. There is no time that biting down enthusiastically into a bun filled with scalding hot filling and broth will reward you in any way. Also I knew from my homework that the key was to order everything at once while the waitstaff was near you. So in a panic I ordered the braised chicken meatballs. What a treat! They come with baby bok choy and a plate of rice. I totally think you should go eat them righ
Jeesus, it is hard to keep a blog alive when you don't do it on the regular and also when the med you take to keep you regular also happen to be the wet blanket to your creativity. Also it used to be easier to find the time. The Evil Twin ( remember her ?) is now the Proud Mamma of Thing 1 and Thing 2 and mostly my spare time is spent shaping them into my minions who will do all my bidding. That all sounds like an excuse. It is. So here is a photo of some fish and chips I had at the Harp & Bard (that website tho... woof).
Mary - Do you live in one of those weird Fluff-free towns?
(Would I be a hypocrite if I brought the whole family but then refused to ever buy it for them? I have to keep up appearances as a mean mommy.)