A long awaited return to visit Boston, Massachusetts
The last day was spent visiting my former residence, Charlestown. A schooner ride from Charlestown Navy Yard afforded perfect views of the city looking back from the Boston Harbor to Rowes Wharf. Lunch of steamed New England lobsters (oh, yes!), clams and oysters, and traditional trimmings with clam and corn chowder served on the docks in Charlestown seemed to epitomize the New England experience.
An invitation to dine at Asana Restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Boston was the perfect way to end this trip to Boston. Happy to have dinner again with Eileen before leaving town, we enjoyed a superb meal with lovely wine pairings. Our table by the window looking out on Boylston Street provided a wonderful view as the sun set during our memorable evening.
One of my favorite courses was a Hand Cut Cavatelli with Braised Lamb, Olives, Muscat Grapes and Parmesan. The unique and piquant flavors of this dish were perfectly accompanied by a Grenache from the Rhône Valley in France. I also really enjoyed the main course of Black Cod with Shiitake & Bacon Dashi, Vegetables, Green Onion, and Sesame-Chili Kale Crisps paired with a delicious Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno Colin, 1er Cru.
With three dessert selections and every one delightful, it would be hard to choose a favorite, but we all enjoyed a glass of Moscato, La Spinetta, Moscato d’asti to end our meal. We were also privy to try a new dessert (not yet on the menu) that was spectacular: Exotic Fruit Soup with Mai Tai Sorbet combined a compote of tropical fruits including mango, papaya, kiwi, and dragonfruit with the refreshing flavors of lemongrass, ginger, and lime leaves.
It was hard to leave Boston early Sunday morning as we headed to the airport, not knowing when we might return. It is a fabulous city with lots of spirit and a real soul; there’s a unique vibe to this city that that I have not found anywhere else. It’s the people, the scenery, the history, the food, the sports teams, the ethnicity and the culture of the city. It’s something as simple as a walk to the North End to buy a cannoli. There is a part of me that I left behind when I moved to Atlanta, but I always find it when I return.
Summer and fall are the perfect seasons to visit Boston. Make plans to visit soon. You will be glad you did.
The next post will also be about our trip to Boston and a few other friends that we met while in town.
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