Saturday, October 10, 2009

Food log: Saturday, October 10

Good morning from Boston! I am going to go straight to the food as I am keeping the travel diary for my French blog.

Bagel, juice and Diet Pepsi at Dunkin' Donuts - $6.38
Two pints of Harpoon I.P.A. beer, cherrie stones on the half-shell, crab cakes with coleslaw and mashed potatoes at the Black Horse Tavern - $61.32 with tip
Pint of Harpoon at the Black Horse Tavern
I was SO FULL after that meal. That pub was a cool choice, in a basement under the touristy burger place on Quincy market. The cherry stones where perfect - meaty, briny and oh so fresh. The crab cakes were moist, full of tender lumps of crab. I am looking forwward to more of the same!

There is a cool wine shop near our hotel called Brix and I bought a few bottles to bring back home.
Montes Alpha Cabernet from Chili - $23.99 
Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano from Italy - $17.99
La fleur d'or Sauternes from France - $19.99
Wine from Brix
Sazerac rye whiskey 6 years - $27.00
Sazerac rye whiskey 6 years - $27.00

We had a very late dinner in little Italy after a long, digestive walk. But first we stopped at a liquor store to buy some limited edition Absolut Boston vodka (it's flavored with black tea and elderflower, then had dinner at Lucca.

Absolut Boston vodka - $23.00

Martini, oysters, bread with butter and pesto spread, pumpkin ravioli with pine nuts, bitter greens and gorgonzola cheese in a brown butter and apple cider sauce, with a nice bottle of wine - $79 with tip
Since it was late when we finished our meal, we managed a stop to famous Mike's pastry. Usualy, there is at least an hour's worth of wait, but we were in and out in less than 10 minutes. That place is fun, full of random people in for a quick bite, coffee or after-meal dessert. The staff are pros, tying up a box of goodies in mere seconds.

Plain cannoli, yellow cream cannoli, Boston cream pie - $9 with tip
I did not eat any of those yet, because: come on. Suicide from pastry overload is for French bourgeois.

Money spent on food today: $265.67

Food log: Friday, october 9

Helloes. Here is a food log, just for you. Because I love you. Helloes.

Cereals at home
cereals at home

Scrumptious cookie from the batch Ellen made for us, with a big bowl of tea.
Tea from the bistro - free
The worst pear ever
The worst pear ever - free
Tomato soup, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, salad, 
lemonade - $6 from the bistro
Tomato soup, sala, bagel with salmon and cream cheese, lemonade - $6
Cookies from the bistro – free
Cookie from the bistro - free
This was obviously International Cookie Day.

PM Diet Coke - $1.25
Diet Coke $1.25
I am writing this from the car, on the road to Boston. We stopped at a nice mom & pop convenience store that sold all the usual junk food, plus Vermont cheddar and home made baked good.
I spend $6.42

By the way, I am NOT going to adjust the amounts of what I spend on food in the US to the Canadian money rate before adding everything up. Because that’s just too crazy, even for me.

Talk to you later.


OK, it’s later.

The hotel is great, only 5 minutes away from Quincy Market. We got here late, walked around and ended up at some bar I forgot the name of (Vintage something?) where we enjoyed fancy bar food and a free drink, courtesy of the Absolut Boston promo team.

Macaroni with truffled cheese sauce
Kobe beef mini burgers
Bite of Christian's calamari
Free Absolut Boston tea party martini

My cut was $27 with tip.

Money spent on food today: $40.67