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Miami takes a week-long vacation in Boston: part three

On Friday I had the day off and wanted to do a Spring-cleaning of my car. The interior needed a professional shampoo and vacuum, so I dropped it off at the CambridgeSide Galleria, and had about FOUR whole hours to kill. Four hours of shopping in the mall did not sound appealing on a gorgeous day, so I worked on my tan on the patio of the Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed one of their enormous salads that the chain is known for.  (I may or may not have indulged in a Well-Mannered Dirty Martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives.) After chatting for a bit with the lovely waitress – she and I discovered we have a few friends in common. She was kind enough to let me take an extremely leisurely lunch. I made sure to tip accordingly. Next I perused the three floors of shops in the Galleria Mall. I absolutely felt like I was on vacation.

A friend of mine at the Hotel Marlowe was kind enough to invite me to the Kathy Griffin show for that evening.  Newbury Street was a convenient place for us to grab dinner before the show, so we met at Stephanie’s On Newbury. It’s been a favorite of tourists and Bostonians for years now. We were able to score immediate seats on their patio (they don’t take outdoor reservations, and the wait is often 45 minutes or longer). I wanted a meal on the lighter side because the evening would conclude with dancing! So, I had Stephanie’s Classic Chunky Chicken Salad, which was just as good as I remembered it. If you’re in the South End, try their cozier, yet sophisticated sister restaurant, Stephi’s on Tremont.

Kathy Griffin performed at the Wilbur Theatre. She was just as outrageously inappropriate and funny as always. Afterwards, Guilt Nightclub was extremely fun – great music to dance to. What a fun-filled three days!

Posted by Jack, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

 


Miami takes a week-long vacation in Boston: part one

Last week we had “unheard of” warm weather in Boston. It really felt like a tropical climate transplanted itself here for a week. Most days were in the 70s, and the temperature reached into the 80s once or twice. For me, this was heaven because I love the warm weather and almost everything associated with it. Even though I have always lived in New England, if I could eradicate the cold weather I would do so in a heartbeat (sans any catastrophic earth/environment implications, of course.)

I was able to leave work a bit early on Wednesday afternoon, and raced home to my apartment in South Boston. I immediately changed into flip flops and shorts – grabbed my iPod, headphones, and “up for anything” terrier, and together we walked 8 minutes to Carson Beach. I wouldn’t consider this a “destination beach,” but it’s so close. I think Rory and I were grinning the entire time. Couples, joggers, families, walkers, dog owners – everyone seemed to be taking advantage of the weather.

A few hours later I met a friend for dinner at Stella, one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the South End. They have a great cocktail list, good service, and unique décor for Boston (lots of white and stainless steel, similar to a place you would expect to see in Miami. The trendy lounge music adds to this idea). All of the food is quite good, but there are three absolutely delicious items I keep going back to: For an antipasto: Spicy Safron Mussels (pre-shelled, served with roasted red peppers and a toasted brioche on the side). For grilled pizze: Quattro Funghi (with truffle oil and fresh arugula). For le paste: the tagliatelle Bolognese.  My friend and I were able to dine alfresco. Try a glass of Italian white wine with these items, or a basil-lime gimlet. I’m already ready to go back.

Posted by Jack, Concierge at Hotel Veritas