Thursday, June 2, 2011

Long Weekend in the City

It was a warm Friday evening on the cusp of a long weekend ahead. Adam and I ventured up to our buildings roof deck to kick things off. 
We snacked on brie and smoked gouda cheese, crackers, pancetta and a bowl of olives. After a few hours of sipping Peroni's and basking in the late evening sun, we and I headed to the bar at Antico Forno. A glass of Pinot Noir and one of their brick oven pizzas with house made ingredients hit the spot. 
Indeed they make some of the best pizzas around, I know this is definitely not the first you've heard me rave about them. We enjoyed the La Capricciosa ($15.50) with homemade Italian sausage, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and fresh homemade mozzarella with a plum tomato sauce.

For dessert on the walk home, a stop at Gigi Gelateria was in order! The first gelato of the season tastes like heaven. I'm always mixing and matching flavors, tonight I got Vanilla and Pistachio. 
Saturday night rolled around and we met friends for dinner at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar. It was my first time at this Fenway neighborhood tavern, which opened in October 2010 by the same owners of the beloved Franklin Cafe in the South End. Trendy, hip and casual, I was into the ambiance and definitely impressed with the caliber of food and drink. (Although the service and timing could use some work.) Enjoying the company of friends we had not seen in awhile, and considering the dark atmosphere, I kept the camera flashing to a minimum and took one photo and one photo only:
DUCK FAT FRIED GAME HEN | $19 w/truffle corn spoonbread, gravy
How could I not? I mean, seriously, fry anything in duck fat and I'm instantly a fan - i.e. the Brussel Sprouts at Craigie on Main, the French Fries at Aragosta, who knew the next temptation would be a game hen? The duck fat appeal is one that gives a rich, distinctive flavor to anything it touches. It elevates an otherwise average meal or ingredient to something phenomenal. While crispy skin encases the succulent and juicy meat of the hen, the duck fat adds a silkiness more varied than butter, a new depth of savory when compared to alternate seasoning methods. In short, it makes this dish one worth bragging about. The truffle corn spoonbread and gravy wasn't hurting its cause either. Considering this is an oyster bar, you better believe that one each of the daily bivalve offerings preceded my hen. There was a Summerside from PEI, Canada, a Ninigret Cup from Charlestown, RI, and a Penn Cove from Hood Cabal, WA. The oyster is certainly celebrated here as these were freshly shucked and tasted truly sensational. Their is no lack of love in the cocktail department, either. They've got Swizzles & Smashes, Highballs & "Down" Drinks, Shots & Combos, 75 types of Whiskey and more. I had a really tough time deciding but eventually it was the Granny Smith Gimlet ($11) from the "Up" drinks menu that I happily sipped. Combining Reyka Icelandic Vodka with fresh green apple, ginger, fresh lime juice and demerara syrup, it was a blend true to granny smith in all her green apple glory. They also boast a worthy selection of draft beer and for my second drink I sipped the Pretty Things Seasonal - an East India Porter with amber roasted malts and bold hoppy flavors. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is certainly worth checking out if you're in the Fenway neighborhood. The spacious sidewalk of 1310 Boylston Street offers al fresco dining at its finest, indoors a circular bar is flanked by large comfy booths, banquettes and even a gas fireplace. If I lived nearby I would happily become a regular.
Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar on Urbanspoon

I discovered on Sunday afternoon that Clover Food Lab is pretty awesome. It you find yourself hungry in Harvard Square looking for an affordable, fast, healthy lunch option, look no further than the infamous Boston food truck turned permanent food lab located at 7 Holyoke Street. The menu is small, the food is all vegetarian and mostly organic, the space is clean and the staff is helpful and efficient. I drank a Basil Limeade ($2), this just-made batch wasn't too sweet, nor too tart, it struck a nice balance and was especially thirst quenching on an 80 degree day.To eat I ordered their signature Chickpea Fritter ($5) which is a soft chewy whole wheat pita stuffed with excellent falafel rounds and loaded up with pickled onions, carrots and cucumbers and then drizzled in a tangy yogurt sauce.
I ate the entire pita, and did the best I could on an order of the Rosemary French Fries ($3).You get a ginormous portion of just cut PEI potatoes hand tossed with rosemary and sea salt. These fries alone could make a meal. While not your ordinary fry, they actually embody a soft and very potato like quality - think less traditionally crispy, more baked potato-esque texture. At least, that is how my batch tasted and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Clover on Urbanspoon

What a weekend of fantastic city eats; from North End brick oven pizza and gelato, to an indulgent meal in Fenway to a healthy lunch in Harvard Square. I can't believe it's Thursday already! Hope your week is flying by and it is onto another beautiful weekend....

17 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I've been to antico forno a couple times but never tried their pizza, I'll need to do that. the basil limeade sounds awesome. I had something similar from the bon me truck over the weekend made with thai basil.

In and Around Town said...

Looks like such a fun weekend with loads of good food. Long weekend and the week is flying by - doesn't get much better than that!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

What a great weekend with lots of great eats! I spent it in the city, too - i love how empty it felt.

Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant said...

I LOVE (!!!) the brussels sprouts at Craigie!! You're so right about duck fat...it's very bacon-esque in its ability to make anything taste amazing. Must try the hen :)

PS - totally jealous of your roof deck, what a great day!

MelissaNibbles said...

I was at Citizen Saturday night too! I was at the bar. Sad I missed you :(

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Wow! It looks like you had some great eats this weekend!

Alicia said...

Sounds like a great weekend!! We had our first dinner on the grill this past weekend and I was thoroughly excited for the summer ahead!!

Michelle Collins said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend! That basil limeade and chickpea fritter look spectacular!

Jennifurla said...

I am jealous of all your eating! Great variety and it all looks great.

this free bird said...

DUCK FAT FRIED GAME HEN?? Holy mother of foodies. I need some of that. And some olives!!

ps-just snorted out loud at your note. hahahahahaha

that dancing man ring was such a wicked find!

xo,
c

Vintage is for Lovers said...

OH My! From the bloody in your picture, {which is why I ventured over} to all of these amazingly delicious foods you have here, I am in love. From one foodie to another, you do it well, girlfriend! xo Samantha

Jaime @ la vie...J'aime said...

what a fun staycation you had! it was such nice weather up here, I heard. I want to hit up that food cart- the limeade sounds so refreshing!

Jen said...

Fries and gelato should be a part of every meal!

I love that you have a rooftop deck - and that you have picnics on it! That is just too awesome.

Shannon said...

Looks like a great weekend! I need to try Clover. I've seen them at the Open Market and the line is always so long - clearly an indication of the quality of their food!

Anonymous said...

I haven't had a falafel in so long & those rosemary fries look really good too!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

GREAT eats! Looks like such a fun weekend!

mina said...

I've just read through several of your posts and now I'm staaarrving.