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  1. A lot of the places mentioned above aren't too far from the common. No. 9 park abuts the Common, it's across from the State House. Silvertone's is on Bromfield St., running up to the common. Great casual food as someone said above. Mac and cheese, meatloaf, steak tips. Ivy on Temple Place just opened. Have heard good things - Italian small plates. Troquet is on the other side of the Common from No. 9 Park on Boylston st. I think that was also mentioned above. Breakfast? Paramount on Charles St. is a good one and relatively close to the common. As someone said before, breakfast isn't a thing in Boston like in NYC. I would recommend hitting one of the bakeries in the South End as someone said above (Flour or South End Buttery). I think Tremont 647, also in the South End, is one of the few places in the city that is known for its brunch. Good luck! Weather is supposed to be warm and sunny (by our standards) this weekend!
  2. I would absolutely second Hamersley's Bistro. And I agree with the other poster about Olives- I wouldn't bother. The link from a previous poster has some great suggestions. But I would avoid Haymarket - if you want an outdoor market, there are a couple of good ones - Monday and wednesday at City Hall Plaza and Copley Place Tuesday and Friday and there's a newer one at the Northern Ave bridge on Thursdays. You can get wonderful cheese, bread, fruit for a picnic. Enjoy your honeymoon. Boston is gorgeous in the summer!
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    Fresh fava beans

    I did see frozen favas at whole foods. maybe I will give them a whirl.....
  4. No kidding. I didn't realize it retailed for $1,000 a bottle. Pretty insane. I wonder what this means for the brand....will it lose some of its cache? Will these new owners try to preserve the cult status?
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    Fresh fava beans

    Boston area. Where did you source them from?
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    Fresh fava beans

    Over here, butter beans are a type of lima bean. I've never seen favas labelled as such. April ← Is the name broad beans over here then?
  7. Henry- just started reading this blog yesterday and felt compelled to read from start to finish. Love your perspective on architecture and food and I am feeling the need to visit Seattle for all the food. I think I'd go for Salumi alone. Not sure if you'd be interested in two more cents on restaurants in Boston - in case you have other opportunities to eat out while here. I think Oleana is a great idea, and I would also check out Rialto and Hamersley's if you have the time.
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    Wine doggy bags

    Speaking of wine and laws in MA, has anyone heard the latest on the wine shipping bill? Last I knew, Romney had vetoed the watered down bill back in November and that the legislature was due to vote on a revised bill sometime soon.
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    Fresh fava beans

    Hmmmm.... I am making a Halibut recipe with fingerlings and meyer lemon salsa. the favas are briefly sauteed and kept warm with the smashed fingerlings in a saute pan. Do you think the frozen shelled favas would be a total waste? Spring recipes always have favas....too bad spring doesn't come to MA until June.
  10. HD now has a line of reduced fat ice creams. I have tried the Dutch Chocolate and Vanilla and am very impressed. WAY better than the Fro yo. Higher in fat, but a great compromise between the regular and frozen yogurt.
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    Smokejacks, which has been mentioned by many here before, is a great choice. Nice wine and cheese selections, food is very good, and the atmosphere is probably more in line with what you're looking for - up to date, modern. Plus, it is right downtown on the corner of Church and Main - so you can take a nice walk before and/or after dinner up church st. or down to the waterfront. Don't know anything about L'Amante or Opaline.
  12. I've eaten there 3 times -although the last time I was there was about a year ago so I can't speak to what it is like now. The 3 times i went, though, the food and service were outstanding.
  13. Your spouse gives you a kitchen scale for Valentine's day and you are thrilled.
  14. I would definitely say that the flavor was as I would expect from a SB - crisp, with some grassy flavors, maybe a slight hint of citrus, but not overpowering. I didn't notice as many of the tropical fruit flavors I typically remember from other Napa SBs. Very "clean."
  15. Todd Wernstrom observed in The Wine News last year (as did others, I'm sure, but his piece was the one I read) that CA SB producers are beginning to learn that you can't handle SB the same way you would Chardonnay (i.e., aging on oak, as Carolyn mentioned). Just as you don't manhandle Pinot Noir the way you would Cabernet. The result is, hopefully, SBs that are more classic, traditional, and I would argue appropriate to the grape. It sounds like you're seeing some of the first results of this. I'm with Carolyn on appreciating this style over the typical CA version. ← Very interesting. Thank you for the information!
  16. Thanks, Carolyn. I've had prior vintages and they weren't quite as clear as this. I think I will check out the winery's respective web sites!
  17. I've had a few 2003 Sauvignon Blancs from Napa recently (St. Supery and Voss in particular) and have noticed that there is very little color in these wines- and I am so used to SB being straw yellow. I know color isn't always a big deal, but i was wondering if these are too young to drink, if they need another year in the bottle? Hopefully I am not outing myself as a true novice here....just wondering if others had noticed....
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    Dinner! 2005

    this was a great cooking weekend for me. Did a lot of cooking from cookbooks. Sat night's dinner- Roasted pork tenderloin with wine, fennel, rosemary, and bayleaf (from Jamie Oliver) Roasted Potato Galette with Thyme Frisee Salad with Sage Croutons (both from Amanda Hesser's The cook and the Gardener) Argyle 2003 Pinot Noir (my new favorite Pinot, and can be obtained from Costco at a great price ) prepped dinner while watching "le Divorce" - anyone else watch movies while cooking? I set up my laptop and some small speakers in the kitchen. It's fun, since our kitchen is so separate from other rooms and I need to keep myself company. Sunday night - Dh and I celebrated Valentine's Day. All recipes from Andrea Immer's Everyday Dining with Wine Warm Crispy Goat Cheese Canapes (sliced goat cheese and breaded with crumbs, sauteed and served atop melba toast, topped with a slice of sun dried tomato) Voss 2003 Sauvignon Blanc Churrasco Style Steak - rib eye marinated in paprika, cumin, garlic, cayenne, parsley, olive oil, and sherry vinegar, then grilled Creamed Spinach Spicy Fruited Couscous (couscous cooked with a curry powder, then pine nuts, diced apricots, and cranberries and cilantro stirred in) J Vineyards Brut Rose (never knew steak and rose sparkling wine would be such an amazing combination, but the wine was perfect with the spiciness and enhanced the steak, rather than drowning it in a strong, tannic Cabernet) Dow's Late Vintage Bottled Port -1997 homemade truffles made with Valhrona and chambord
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    Wine consumption

    So fun. I do this with my husband sometimes. I have heard from various sources that women have a better sense of smell, which obviously, is related. I wonder if there are more female "supertasters" than male. I would be curious to learn more...but this might be a separate topic...
  20. This article in the LA Times Ouch! The tone on the part of the author is certainly not sympathetic to this cause of marketing wine to women, and he also mentions "Wine for Women" by Leslie Sbrocco, which educates about wine in the following manner: I know that it is true that wine marketing is directed at men, for sure. Pick up any Wine Spectator and you will see that. But is it fair to "dumb it down" for women? I really also didn't realize that there was such a gap in the levels of wine drinking among men and women. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this topic. I thought it was an interesting article and a sub text in the wine industry that I have always been curious about.
  21. mm love that vintage Jinmyo. I'll eat any of the peanut butter-based cookies, and I confess that I really like the um... caramel and coconut ones. Those are really more like tiny candy bars or something, though. (it's been a few years, btw... are we still allowed to call them Samoas? Last I knew, the name was changing.) (and yes, I realize that's a regional name. If you haven't heard of the name, then, well, it's not from your region. ) ← I knew them as Samoas as a kid. I always forget the Carmel delites name.
  22. Ok, I didn't realize there were people out there who didn't like Girl Scout cookies. I thought they were universal. As I munch on Thin Mints, Caramel delites. UMMMMM. I love this time of year.
  23. it's a very ordinary young Gouda cheese. That, on some good wholegrain bread, is one of the few things I can eat every day without ever getting tired of it. ← the simplicity of it just looks so inviting. Oh, and my mouth.is.watering at the sight of those fries. The look so nice and crispy from the outside, but i bet they are soft and smushy inside....
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    Education strategies

    I think I was in your place a few years ago....young and impressionable! So i can definitely relate to wanting to get over that "hump" in the learning curve.... I did read Wine Spectator, even though it was a little esoteric. Wine & Spirits and Wine Enthusiast are a little better for something without a great depth and breadth of wine knowledge. Several people on this thread said tasting and taking notes. Really, no better way to learn. Take notes. Yes, be a geek. Part of the wine thing is being conscious while you drink, thinking about what you are smelling, tasting, seeing, etc. You have to engage your mind. (yup, I'm a geek). Wine Bible by Karen McNeil is good - endlessly comprehensive - don't even think you can get through it all, but it is an excellent resource, especially about regions. Not sure if this is too basic, but Great Wines Made Simple by Andrea Immer is a great book that helps you learn how to analyze wines, the characteristics of the varietals, etc. And not sure if this is in your budget, but travel to wine regions if you can. We have a few locally here in Mass. and I have been fortunate to visit Napa and Sonoma twice. I also visited a couple in Virginia.
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