Maple goat cheese mousse; hazelnut currant tartlet, mini meringue, port wine honey and mint syrup.Granny smith apple bread pudding; cider gastrique and vanilla bean ice cream.
Orange vanilla crème brûlée; fresh kiwi fruit, blood orange and a cinnamon checkerboard cookie.Chocolate molten fondant cake; white chocolate espresso ganache and raspberry sorbet.Chai Tea Panna Cotta with a sesame praline.
I'm always partial to a well made panna cotta or creme brulee, the respective chai tea and orange flavor bases proved exciting. The rich layer cakes paired with luscious ice cream or fruity sorbet were super indulgent while the green apple bread pudding would fare well if you craved a lighter dessert. The maple goat cheese mousse was as inventive as they come, perhaps the dessert I'd order if I could only pick one! The pleasant and attentive service all afternoon was topped off with complementary bags of cookies for each of us. Sel de la Terre boasts a tiny takeout counter in the vestibule where baked goods and takeout sandwiches are sold. I am already contemplating when I can return and why on earth I waited so long to visit in the first place.
We strolled down a chilly Atlantic Avenue, ducking next into RumBa the exclusive rum and champagne themed cocktail bar located inside the InterContinental Boston. The bar looks to pay homage to the history of rum-trade in Boston; once a prominent economic force in the 17th and 18th centuries.A collection of vintage rums are showcased on the multi-tired shelves that hang over the pewter finished bar and signature rum-based cocktails are the heart of the menu. The girls and I opted for seats in front of the fire, where our table was fashioned from a restored Louis Vuitton trunk. Soaking in the warmth and relaxing in high backed brown leather chairs with specialty rum and champagne cocktails in hand, I couldn't think of a better way to spend an afternoon. Rumba's coktail menus even embraces the historic theme with 18th century style maps for pages. I sipped a Mai Tai ($14) (so into them lately!) made with Appleton Reserve Jamaican Rum (15 year old), Barbancourt Estate Reserve, De Kuyper Curacao, Orgeat, Rock Candy Syrup and Lime juice. The fourteen dollar price tag means cocktails at Rumba don't come cheap. But obviously the fifteen year old rum in my Mai Tai makes all the difference. Okay, maybe it was the giant fireplace. Either way, this sophisticated cocktail bar with an original theme is one I was happy to hang out at today and one I would happily return.
Off to Union Bar and Grille at 1375 Washington Street in the South End where they don't have a fireplace but they have some of the warmest staff on the block. It was t-10 minutes to opening time (5pm) but the host and face behind the tweets, Justin, graciously welcomed us into the bar where the new bartender Justin (formerly of Rocca) crafted some fancy cocktails and proved a worthy photographer. That's two Justins, four and a half cocktails and many group photos.
I definitely sipped the half order that accompanied Megan's French Standard ($10) St. Germain, Lillet Blanc, lemon, vodka, and grapefruit bitters. This drink was a pleasant balance of sweet to sour, garnished with a black cherry. I ordered a Barbadillo Manhattan ($10) rye whiskey, dry and sweet sherry, sweet vermouth, rhubarb bitters. This was a complex martini with a striking appearance. I don't love the taste of vermouth and usually steer clear, but for rhubarb bitters (something new and exciting) I made an exception. The drinks were strong. Thank Goodness. The Gallows awaited.....
I will for sure be returning to Union Bar and Grille because a) their menu looked fabulous and b) I have a $25 gift certificate compliments of the BFB Launch Swag bag.