Monday, February 06, 2006

48 Hours: Boston

Whirlwind trip to Boston this weekend. In on Friday afternoon, back on Sunday morning.

In between...

Hooked up with Noreen at the Ritz -- she had flown in the previous day for business. Beautiful view overlooking the Public Gardens and the Commons by day (as Sam Adams would say -- clicketh to enlargeth):

and night:

After taking the T in from the rainy mess of an airport that is Logan, met up with Rob for lunch at P.F. Chang's and caught up with his doin's.

Dinner that night with Noreen at Grill 23. Friggin' unbelievably good NY Strip steak. The key to a great steak is, of course, the temperature of the grill. This is why it's damn near impossible to grill a really great steak at home.

According to our waitress, the grill at Grill 23 is a steady 8000 degrees fahrenheit!

Keep in mind, of course, that the surface of the sun is about 10,000 degrees, and you begin to get the idea of just how hot the grill is at Grill 23 in Boston -- and why the steaks are so damn good!


Wait a minute. Maybe that waitress wasn't exactly up on everything steak. Come to think of it, she couldn't really explain what a Delmonico was, either. Just said that "it's kind of difficult to explain."

Actually, considering steel becomes molten at 2500 degrees -- I think she may have missed the boat on this.

Anyway, the steaks were awesome.

After coffee in the morning on Saturday, it was out for a walk around downtown for a bit of sightseeing:

Across the Commons...

Up Washington Street...

At the Quincy Market...

The State House...

And around Beacon Hill.

Met up with Mark & Alane for lunch at Stephanie's on the fabulous Newbury Street. Had the "Open Faced Thanksgiving Sandwich," which was just ridiculously good -- "roasted turkey, squash mayonnaise, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy on toasted sourdough bread."

I mean, come on. How could that not be the best sandwich I've ever had?

It was.

Anyway, Saturday night was a wedding reception for Ellie and Chris in Hingham.

Ellie is a customer and friend of Noreen's. She and Chris were married a couple of months ago (congrats!), and hosted a reception this weekend.

The reception was very nice -- very kid-centric, in a way that nicely recognized the couple's place in life. The only problem was, of course, the getting lost on the way there. One thing MA could do with a little more of?



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