Eating Your Way Across Boston: Where to Dine With Wine


erbaluce’s talented master of cuisine, Charles Draghi
This branch with cashew fruit is among the glass wonders at Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History
New England seafood is world-famous
Jim Solomon, chef-owner of The Fireplace in Brookline, is one of Boston’s most enlightened spirits

Bonding Over Filets, Cabernets, And Monets

The love of wine flourishes at erbaluce, one of Boston’s hottest restaurants of the moment.  erbaluce’s grapest love of all, though, is the food prepared and served by chef-owner Charles Draghi, who coaxes the most nuanced of flavours from his dishes with the type of caring attention men normally reserve for their first girlfriends after a divorce. 

The love of food and drink at this unassuming restaurant in Boston’s trendy Bay Village neighbourhood adds to diners’ enjoyment.  Servers take as much delight in presenting wines as patrons do in consuming them; experienced wine connoisseurs will enjoy the vast body of knowledge of the staff, happy to revel in the kinship of oenophilia while waxing lyrical about undertones and subtleties.  Novice connoisseurs will not feel excluded, however; in fact, the joy of watching a diner’s first-ever sip of Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato makes the servers’ eyes gleam all the brighter, as if sharing a secret with a newfound best friend.

erbaluce is but one of several notable restaurants around the city that create an entire food experience and do it very well.  Stephanie’s On Newbury, for example, is a Back Bay lunch hotspot that packs in the customers eager for what the restaurant calls ‘sophisticated comfort food’ on its business cards.  That is exactly what it serves.  Old-time favourites are made with modern twists so that even a plain grilled cheese sandwich is turned into a gourmet experience.  Evidently, this philosophy serves the restaurant well since its patronage is such that a second location in the hip South End opened recently as Stephi’s On Tremont.

A bit further out of the city centre but easily accessible by the T or by car is The Fireplace, a restaurant of chef-owner Jim Solomon, immediately recognisable by the aura of positive energy that surrounds him wherever he goes.  As is so often the case with people who have endured undue hardship in their lives, Jim has risen above adversity to create one of Boston’s most beloved eateries, where creative cuisine served in a warm, welcoming environment keeps his guests coming in, as does the live entertainment and attentive staff. 

Perhaps the most surprisingly excellent place to eat in Boston is the small café at the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, one of the city’s most beloved cultural institutions and one of the most famous museums in the world.  The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Venetian palazzo now houses, in addition to its eclectic collections, the chic Gardner Café serving highly original dishes rarely seen in museum eateries.  In 2010, chef Peter Crowley will be presenting a special edible nasturtium menu during the museum’s Hanging Nasturtiums exhibit in April.

With all this good eating, the thought of a diet may cross your mind, in which case it would be suitable to look but not touch the amazing glass flowers and food plants displayed at the Harvard Museum Of Natural History.  Two German glassmakers, father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, worked in Germany under exclusive contract to Harvard University, which sought to create a collection of specimens to teach botany students about plants hard to grow in the cold New England environment.  The resulting works were so lifelike, so exactly representative of their species, that the Blaschkas were contracted by Harvard to create glass flowers for the rest of their lives.  Now, the exquisitely delicate coffee plants, cacao fruit, berries, and various other food items are among the more than three thousand items in the collection and may be seen alongside the most enduring flowers in the world.


Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.L.B
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