Boston – The Welge Report

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Boston

 

For over 350 years pilgrims, politicians, professors and today’s citizens have kept Boston a world class city that is fun to visit, easy to walk and has a vibrant dining scene.

Birding Opps:  Info for our birding friends.  In and near Boston you can see these species: Wood Ducks, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Piping Plovers and American Oystercathers.

Mass Audubon (massaudubon.org) is a good site to find current birding activities.

Friends of the Blue Hills (http://friendsofthebluehills.org/boston_birding/) shows specific popular breeding grounds in and near Boston.

Ted Levin put together a birding article titled 8 Great Spots for Boston Birding for the Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com/magazine/2012/12/09/great-spots-for-urban-birding-boston-and-beyond/MUjnpaWNuUsT9bIRN1Tt3J/story.html) that’s a fun and entertaining read.

 

Grape ExperienceMassachusetts is one of the rising stars in the world of wine. The most common grape wine varieties grown in Massachusetts are the vinifera varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris followed by the American Hybrids Vidal Blanc and Cayuga.

The wine-searcher site (wine-searcher.com) shows you who and where.

Shopping in Boston is widespread.  Newbury Street is the city’s major upscale destination followed by Copley Place and Harvard Square.

Transportation:  The  T is the best and easiest way to get around Boston (mbta.com).

Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

 

Day One: It’s  time for lunch and serious people watching at Sonsie  - , L & D: Daily, 327 Newberry St, 617-351-2500.

Start with a half dozen oysters, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, mignonette, cocktail sauce, horseradish or the calamari flash-fried, crispy lemons, hot cherry peppers, tomato coulis.

Then the torta avocado chicken salad, yellow tomatoes, cilantro or the Cubano spicy roast pork, ham, cheese, plantain chips.

Wash this down with Chenin Blanc, Simonsig, South Africa, 09.

 

Next, off to the Institute for Contemporary Art - Tu, W: 10-5,Th, F: 10-9, Sa, Su: 10-5, 100 Northern Ave, 617-478-3100.

You don’t want to miss the Barbara Lee collection of art by women.  The collection presents personal and political explorations of identity, feminism and materiality.

 

It’s time for a wine break at  Erbaluce - Su,Tu-Th: 5-10pm, F-Sa: 5-11pm, 69 Church Street, 617 426 6969

Erbaluce’s unique wine list features only Italian wines of Italian varietals”. .  Enjoy a glass of the Tenuta Santome Prosecco or the Ascheri Nebbiolo di La Morra.

 

For dinner book into Grill 23 & Bar  – D: Nightly, 161 Berkeley St, 617-542-2255.

Share the shellfish sampler for two with a glass of Duval Leroy ~ Brut Rosé, Vertus.

Then the brick pressed chicken served with risotto or the diver sea scallops with creamed leeks, corn, chanterelles and rosemary oil.

A nice wine is the Pinot Blanc, Ponzi Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR.  2010.

 

Day Two: Breakfast was at S & S Restaurant – B,L,D: Daily,  Inman Square, 1334 Cambridge Street,  617-354-0777.

Share the corned beef hash & two poached eggs, bagel and cream cheese.  We each had a double espresso and were on our way to the MIT Museum  - Daily: 10-5, 265 Massachusetts Ave, 617-253-5927

The Museum houses over one million artifacts, prints, rare books, technical archives, drawings, photographs, films and holograms dating from 7th century BCE to today.

The collections reflect the wide interests of the MIT Community from the founding in 1861, to current cutting edge MIT research.

The MIT Museum’s collections support research, publication, restoration, education, public programs and exhibitions.

 

B & G Oysters  – L & D: Daily, 550 Tremont St, 617-423-0550

 

 

Start with a dozen oysters on the half shell, then  the beer-battered fish & chips or the  fried Ipswich clams.  The Gruner Veltliner is a perfect match.

 

After lunch Cousin Bill suggests a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum –W – M: 11-5,Th: till 9, 280 The Fenway, 617-566-1401

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays an art collection of world importance, including works that rank among the most significant of their type.

Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects—paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs and letters—from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America.

Built to evoke a 15th-century Venetian palace, the Museum itself provides an atmospheric setting for Isabella Stewart Gardner’s inventive creation.

 

After this wonderful experience we decided it was time for a libation at the Top of the Hub Restaurant – Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St, 617-536-1775

They make a mean mojito and an Auntie Mame gin martini.  You’ll enjoy a great view of Boston.

 

Cousin Don insists on going to Craigie on Main for dinner. – D: Tu-Su,  853 Main St, Cambridge, 617-497-5511

Book the high top with this view of Tony Maws in his kitchen.  It’s great fun.

Your starter is the pickled Spanish Mackerel with beets, apples, sour cream and walnuts.  To help wash this down enjoya glass of 2008 Auxerrois Kuentz-Bas, Alsace.

For a main the coquillage of scallops, peeky toe crab and Wellfleet clams with Jerusalem artichoke mash, sumac and cider broth is excellent.

The Vermont pork three ways: suckling confit, spice-crusted rib and smoked and grilled belly with apple puree, turnips, port-soaked prunes and maitake mushrooms is also a good choice.

To accompany our mains we shared a 2010 Brouilly ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Jean-Claude Lapalu, which went pretty well with both entrees.

 

Day Three:  Mul’s Diner– B & L: Daily, 75 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-268-5748

Mul’s is your breakfast spot for 3 reasons: the first is it’s really good, the 2nd is it’s near the Convention Center for those here on business or for a meeting, and the 3rd is it’s on the way to the JFK Library.

Mul’s claims to have the best coffee in Boston.  Share the # 1 Combo: pancakes, scrambled eggs, home fries and bacon.

 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum– Daily: 9-5, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, 617-514-1600

 

Visiting the presidential library and museum of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy is interesting and educational.

It’s located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness. The Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.

 

Nearby is the Edward M Kennedy Institute - Tu-Sa: 9-5, Su: 10-5, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissy Blvd, 617-740-7000

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

 

Your next venture is a walk-about in Faneuil Hall market place also known as Quincy Market.  It has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742.

Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742.  It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others encouraging independence from Great Britain.

It now operates as and indoor/outdoor mall and eatery.

 

Overlooking Faneuil Hall is North 26 Restaurant – B,L,D: Daily, 26 North Street, 617-523-3600 in the Bostonian Hotel is good for lunch.

The Maine lobster bisque and sherry cream followed by a baby spinach salad with apples, blue cheese, toasted pecans and champagne vinaigrette is a good start or the Cape Cod clam chowder with little neck clams and a Caesar salad.

We each enjoyed a glass of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay.

 

After lunch headto the Museum of Fine Arts - One of the best museums in the U.S., Sa-Tu: 10-4:45, W-F: 10-9:45, 465 Huntington Ave, 617-267-9300

The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. In 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art.

 

Prior to leaving Boston have an early dinner at No. 9 Park – 9 Park Street (617) 742-9991

The terrine of Labelle Farms foie gras is paired with a half bottle of NV Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec.

Follow this with the native hake with Maine mussels, grilled cipollini and clams or the roasted veal sweetbreads with Nova Scotia lobster, Savoy cabbage and grilled matsutaki.

Your wine is the 2006 Crochet Sancerre Rouge “La Croix du Roy”

Special thanks to our dear friends Don and Rebecca who have introduced us to many culinary adventures and wines in Boston.

 

Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,

Dick & Dee Welge

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