Monday, August 29, 2011

Fozen Lemonade

While Daniella and Anna were visiting me last weekend, we did most of our touring of Boston on foot. Considering how muggy and warm it was on Sunday, it was probably a less than wonderful experience for my friends. At one point while we were passing by the Prudential Center, Daniella and Anna had to make a pit-stop for hydration. Luckily planted directly in our path was this cart selling frozen lemonade:

At over $4.00 a pop for about 8oz of ice and flavored syrup, I thought it was a rip-off. But I guess being cheated is better than passing out from dehydration. Being slightly more badass than the other two, I didn't need re-hydration and therefore did not try this "featured on Food Network" frozen lemonade. Asking Daniella and Anna how it tasted also wasn't useful... after all, if you give a man dying of thirst in the dessert a drink of water and ask him what it tastes like, he'll say it's amazing. Doesn't mean that the water was anything special - just means he (or in our case - she) was amazingly thirsty.

Daniella got the cherry flavor, and Anna chose the watermelon. They looked exactly identical. Same shade of pink:

Overall rating: None

Russel House Tavern

By far one of my favorite restaurants that I've tried since coming to Boston, Russel House Tavern is located in Harvard Square. It's a pain in the butt to drive in that neighborhood and I nearly killed a few undergrads while looking for parking, but it was totally worth the effort.

Here is my photo tribute to a very yummy dinner:

Island Creek Oysters

Deviled Local Farm Eggs

Arugula salad with pork shoulder

Grilled bluefish

Roasted Giannone farm chicken

Seared Arctic Char

Sorbet trio

Chocolate caramel cheesecake

Mango mousse cake

As Daniella was quick to point out, the crowd in the dining room was surprisingly young and mostly attractive (her words, not mine). Seems that Harvard Square is the "it" place to be on a Saturday night in Boston...

Overall rating: 9/10

14 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Last weekend two of my friends decided to visit me in Boston, so I took them over to the North End for lunch. Daniella was in the mood for clam chowder, so we had initially planned on eating at Neptune Oyster Bar, which seems to be a popular choice around here for seafood. However, when we arrived there we were told that the wait for a table would be over an hour and a half, and my response was: "Hells no!" That's how we ended up next door at Rabia's.

As you can probably guess from the name, the restaurant is an Italian take on seafood. When we arrived, they had a few specials to offer, one of which was the roasted figs stuffed with prosciutto:

I normally hate figs - as far as fruits go, I find the texture too mushy, and the flavor too sweet without enough tartness to balance it out. I decided to give this appetizer a try though, in hopes that the saltiness of prosciutto might provide the right balance. Sadly, although the overall preparation of the dish was decent (roasted figs are less "mushy" and more "melt in your mouth" than when raw) and had a yummy sauce, I was disappointed by the amount of prosciutto, which was minimal: they had a sliver-sized piece tucked into each fig. In fact, I would almost swear that they cheated me, and one of my figs had no prosciutto at all!

Daniella and Anna both got New England Boston clam chowder, which they reported was too thin in consistency and bland in flavor.

For entrees all three of us chose the warm baby spinach salad with baked portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, herbed goat cheese, and balsamic dressing. The name here was slightly misleading since the spinach itself was not warm - although the mushrooms and red peppers on top of it was. The portabella and peppers were a fantastic pairing and the amount of goat cheese provided was generous. Sometimes balsamic dressing can be overwhelming, but that wasn't the case here.

Matt was the only one who selected a true entree, and he went for the Risotto di mere: a risotto made with lobster meat, shrimp, scallops, calamari, salmon, vegetables, and prepared in a "rose sauce." I couldn't tell whether he enjoyed it or not: his expression tends to remain exactly the same regardless of what he eats... as does his response whenever someone asks him: "how did you like your food?" It's virtually always: "good." *silence* ... *Victoria waits for elaboration*... *more silence* He finished the entire plate of food, so I guess I'll take that as a good sign?

Overall the place was tolerable, but I'm disappointed we didn't get to try Neptune - given all the hype that I hear about it. Maybe that's for the better though, given that everything that gets hyped up usually ends up being a big fat disappointment (Hurricane Irene anyone?! I'm soooooooooo glad that I spent all of Saturday being harassed by patients in the hospital trying to get me to discharge them home before the "big storm on Sunday!!!!!" Yes guys - all that rain was SUCH a disaster. All that rain and ... nothing else)

Overall rating: 6.5/10