A Farewell End to the Summer Tourist Season: Chronicle 1- “A Night in the Boston Life”
As Labor Day drew near so did the predictable hordes of tourists flocking to both Boston and it’s stunning coastal lines. Thousands of people just eager to get in one last weekend of fun and sun before the crisp fall air descends and school is back in session. While it’s been years since I’ve been a student, and I don’t have any children, I’m not immune to the energy in the air that comes with every new change of season. Frankly it’s one of my favorite things about living in this part of the country. So before I flee the city over the labor day weekend for a sandier beach venue for 48 hours, and before I go on an excited rant over Apple picking and the brilliant colors and flavors of Fall, my friends and I headed out for one last “summer night” in the city of Boston.
One of the best things about living in a world class city is the quality of artists, musicians, and events that are attracted to and trained in the city. I make it a point to take advantage of enjoying their performances and art as much as possible, whenever possible. Acknowledging that food and wine are their own art, I frequently try and combine an event while exploring a great chef or cuisine in whichever part of the city that event has drawn me to.
On August 31st it was the Harborfront End of summer fireworks display. For about 20 minutes, starting at 8:15 pm, the Boston Harbor Now and the Mayor’s office of the city of Boston put on the most spectacular fireworks display that lit up warm, balmy, clear sky, http://www.bostonharbornow.org/fireworks/ . #15minwalkBH (a fifteen minute walk from Beacon Hill)
Dinner beforehand was decidedly a 3 minute walk away at Pasta Beach at Rowes Wharf along the waterfront in Boston, http://pastabeachrestaurants.com/. (The sign is actually painted on the window so it can be a little hidden if you don’t know where to look!)
With three locations, Newport, Providence, and Boston, Pasta Beach is one of the best kept secrets in the city! While I will never knock the North End and their abundance of homemade pastas and breads, there’s a simplicity and exquisiteness to the food at Pasta Beach that will keep me coming back again and again. One yelp reviewer admonished them for not having more in the way of protein on the menu. I disagree! It’s right there in the name. This isn’t the Hen house or Mooo, it’s Pasta Beach and they know their product! As a somewhat creature of habit, I’ve developed an obsession with the Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino aka olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley. A very simple al dente pasta that when paired with a silky fruit forward Valpolicella rendered me a loyal patron for the foreseeable future looking for any excuse to head over to Rowe’s wharf J
Our final stop of the evening was to begin our walk back towards Beacon Hill where our plan was to hit up our favorite Thursday night band, BPO, at Hennessy’s, http://www.hennessysboston.com/, #10minwalkBH. An amazingly talented band where it doesn’t seem to matter who takes the lead to sing, they’re all phenomenal and consequently can cover just about anything!
As we walked back however I was once again amazed by the different turns our night could have taken. The Boston Harbor Hotel was hosting one of their last Blues Barge Thursdays, http://bostononbudget.com/boston-harbor-hotels-free-summer-in-the-city-series-returns-with-free-music-and-movies/
On any given week or night, our energetic city is filled with interesting things to do, places to go, and people to meet. In 1858 Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the phrase : “[The] Boston State-House is the hub of the solar system,” a sentiment later shared by Whitey Bulger. Now, it’s up to us as residents to make the most of these luxuries and discover for ourselves what makes Boston so “Wicked Awesome”. Until next time, Cheers from the Hub!- Ms. Beacon Hill