If you have any similar interests in travel or vintage posters, I urge you to check out the gallery. If you're particularly interested in the skiing aspect, the Vintage Winter Sports Exhibit runs through March 18th. Admission to the Gallery is free and the hours are as follows: Wednesday & Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm / Thursday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.Afterwards, I headed to Flour Bakery + Cafe located at 12 Farnsworth Street, which intersects Congress and is almost directly across from the gallery. Meaning to try Flour all these years, can you believe I had never set foot in one? For you non Bostonian readers, or those readers who are still unfamiliar, Flour is infamous for mouth-watering pastries, specialty sandwiches, and ownership under acclaimed local celebrity chef Joanne Chang. Since its debut opening in the South End ten years ago, Flour now boasts locations at Central Square in Cambridge opened just last year and here in Fort Point Channel opened in 2007. Flour is also the namesake of Joanne Chang's first cookbook published last year. Basically, I hung my head in shame for never having visited and now I can proudly attest to the impeccable food, gracious service and warm atmosphere that Flour is so consistently praised for.
The staff member who took my order was super friendly and made me feel right as home as I decided what to drink. He explained the ingredients (impressive that he knew them all, it was quite a mix of cayenne and other spices) as well the benefits of the Fiery Hot Chocolate - "it will clear your sinuses right up". Perfect, my nose is always stuffy and today especially so. The Fiery Hot Chocolate was excellent, smooth and rich with an easy kick. My mind was made up ahead of time about my sandwich choice, but as far as what to order for dessert, he continued to aid in recommending certain pastries, never once making me feel rushed. I feasted on a sandwich of Roast Chicken, Avocado and Jicama ($7.95)The chicken strips were moist and sliced to an ideal thickness (or thinness - I never like them too thick), then generously loaded with fresh avocado, jicama slaw and lettuce on soft chewy whole wheat bread. In my opinion the more avocado the better and it is evident the folks at Flour tend to agree. For dessert I chose the Sticky Bun Bread Pudding, figuring if I couldn't have an infamous sticky bun, I would get the next best thing. A decadent sticky caramel and toasted pecan treat, I definitely could not finish it all in one sitting, and had plenty leftover for breakfast on Sunday. The service I received from the staff here in such a busy and bustling counter service environment was not only attentive and courteous, it felt personalized and relaxed. I really appreciated how genuine everyone was and I look forward to trying more of Flour's sandwiches and baked goods in the future!
In the mood for exploring I meandered into the Made In Fort Point Gallery where I enjoyed checking out local art work (some of which is for sale) exhibited in various forms including paintings, photography, jewelry and pottery. Not a bad afternoon! While we're on the subject, I'll let you know that Fort Point Channel has even more to offer than the small galleries and bakery that I experienced today, with the Institute of Contemporary Art (pictured below) at 100 Northern Avenue on the harbor and The Children's Museum situated on the Channel itself. In addition the Harborwalk offers panoramic cityscape and waterfront views,a stroll I very much enjoy, especially so on a warmer day. (Pictures taken in the Summer of 2008.) These shots make me excited for green grass and warm weather! All in good time. I'm never one to rush the seasons. Always up-and-coming in this area is the restaurant and bar scene that began with the likes of Sportello and Drink, and have grown in variety and price point with places I'd very much like to visit including Sam's on Fan Pier, Menton for prix fixe fine dining, Papagayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar and Strega Waterfront for upscale Italian. Long gone are the days when Lucky's Lounge was the cocktail den that alone defined the block and attracted nightlife. But I've loved FPC all the same ever since, and will continue to look forward to days and nights of returning to explore this hip artistic Boston neighborhood.