Middle East Meets North East

I just discovered a new restaurant that I love in Boston. I was introduced to Cafe Jaffa by a colleague who lives just outside the city, but loves to head in with her husband on days off and explore. So their explorations turned into my find!

Cafe Jaffa is in the Back Bay area of downtown(easy to get to on the Metro if you’re not staying in that area.) Back Bay is full of little shops and restaurants and also houses the Prudential Building and shopping mall, so it’s a terrific area to just kick around in before you head to Cafe Jaffa for a meal of traditional Middle Eastern fare such as gyros, houmus, baba ghanoush, kabobs and falafel. But it’s the ambience of this small restaurant that I loved most of all. Exposed brick walls, open kitchen and a long row of tables give the place a warm, cozy atmosphere that was particularly welcome on the chilly, rainy day that my colleague and I made it over for a late lunch waiting to head to the airport for a flight after finishing some work earlier than expected. It just made the yummy food all that much better – I’ll definitely be back!

Menu: Traditional Middle Eastern (and some American) fare
My Faves: Falafel (crispy outside, tender inside), chicken schwarma salad w/pita bread

Location:
48 Gloucester Street (between Newbury and Boylston)
Boston, MA 02115
617.536.0230
http://www.cafejaffa.net/

Calling Clam Chowder Lovers

I was in Boston recently on a business trip with no required dinners with clients or colleagues – just me, all by myself – I loved it!! And I was on a mission… to get to the Black Rose, to get a bowl of clam chowder so thick your spoon pretty much stands straight up in the bowl. The Black Rose is an Irish pub located in the Faneuil Hall-Quincy Market area (a great location to also do a little shopping before or after dinner.) I don’t even know what else is on the menu – the first time I ever went in and sat at the bar, I ordered the soup and it’s the only thing I’ve ever ordered there since – it’s the reason I go. I’m going back to Boston next week – I’m hoping that I’ll have time to sneak out and get over there for a bowl of that thick, delicious chowder!
If you love New England style clam chowder, next time you’re in Boston, try it and let me know what you think.

The Black Rose
160 State Street
Boston, MA
617.742.2286
www.irishconnection.com/blackrose.html

My Faves: (Do I need to tell you?) It’s the award winning clam chowder!