Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Eating Around the World in Seven Days

Well I didn’t plan to hit all the continents in a whirlwind gastronomic tour of Boston, but when writing my first blog entry I realized I ate and drank around the globe in my last week without ever leaving my city!

I jetted to South America and gorged on Argentine beef and empanadas at Tango. I took a five minute redeye to Seoul and enjoyed yakiniku at Koreana and then jumped a bus to India for my work holiday party at India Pavilion. Africa was just a three second jaunt down the street from my office so I visited Ethiopia and Eritrea in the same afternoon by eating at Asmara. It wasn’t difficult to cross the Atlantic by T to Europe so I enjoyed gnocchi at Italy’s Antico Forno and decided to extend my layover on the Iberian peninsula so I could pig out at Casa Portugal. North America is right in my own backyard (obviously) so Woody’s Grill & Tap satisfied my cheesy American pizza craving and accompanied it with a big ole glass of local Sam Winter Ale. And yes, I even made it to Australia in the same week when I won a bottle of Australian red wine in the Yankee swap at my work holiday party!

Boston has many great restaurants and I had high hopes of visiting them all. But alas, there is only so much time in this world and there is only so much (or little) money in my bank account so I didn’t visit nearly as many as I would have liked. However, a few friends requested my wish list so I thought I would post it here for them. I’ve included restaurants I did have the privilege of visiting to make it a more comprehensive list – and I know I’m missing more than one so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Cari’s “I wish I coulda eaten at all these places before I left Boston” list (by neighborhood)

South End

Aquitaine, B&G Oysters, Caffe Umbra, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, El Triunfo, Franklin Café, Hamersley's Bistro, Icarus, Metropolis Café, Mistral, Orinoco, Petit Robert Bistro, Sibling Rivalry, Stella, Toro, Union Bar & Grill

Downtown, Kenmore, Back Bay, Beacon Hill & The Fens

Aujourd’hui, Brown Sugar Café, Chau Chow City, Elephant Walk, Excelsior, Great Bay,Grill 23, L’Espalier, Lala Rokh, Les Zygomates, Meritage, Mistral, Mooo..., No. 9 Park, Osushi, Pigalle, Radius, Sel de la Terre, Smith & Wollensky, Top of the Hub, Woody’s

North End

Bricco, Carmen, Lucca, Mamma Maria, Pomodoro, Prezza, Restaurant Bricco, Sage, Taranta, Terramia, Via Matta

Inman Square, Cambridge

East Coast Grill, Koreana, MuQueCa, Ole, Oleana, Punjabi Dhaba

Cambridge

Chez Henri, Craigie Street Bistro, Cuchi Cuchi, Helmand, Rialto

The 'Burbs

Blue Ginger (Wellesley), Café Brazil (Allston), Dali (Somerville), El Cafetal (Brighton), Fugakyu (Brookline), Machu Picchu (Somerville), Oishii (Chestnut Hill), Tango (Arlington), Tu y Yo (Somerville)

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