Celebrating Marathon Day/Patriots’ Day

23 May 2011

In Boston, every year on the third Monday in April, Patriots’ Day and the Boston Marathon collide. Bostonians choose to spend this day in different ways. Some will pound the pavement in deep, focussed concentration with the hope of achieving ultimate glory. While others get insanely drunk and take to the streets in celebration.

With my sign and ready to cheer!

With my sign and ready to cheer!

My day was all about cheering on the marathon-running-marvel that is my friend Dom (the main reason for us taking this holiday to Boston), interspersed with a number of foodcentric moments. 

We started off with a relatively healthy breakfast of cereal, fruit and yoghurt at our nifty apartment that we rented through Airbnb. It was my first experience using such a site for booking accommodation in people’s homes, so I was quite pleased with the results. Our lovely host had left a tonne of food for us including all the ice cream we could eat and a couple of bottles of wine!

I should clarify that the bowl of plastic babies in the centre of the table does not form part of our breakfast

I should clarify that the bowl of plastic babies in the centre of the table does not form part of our breakfast

We then journeyed to Heartbreak Hill, the final hill towards the end of the marathon, notorious for destroying many a runner’s dreams. Here we got down amongst all the college kids (some clearly more inebriated than others), enthusiastically cheering on the runners and snacking on a less than healthy slice of pizza to give us plenty of energy for cheering.

Caramelised onion and tomato pizza

Caramelised onion and tomato pizza

After we’d finished watching the Marathon, we headed to Boston Common where we grabbed further snacks in the form of a couple of hot dogs from a nearby ice cream van.

Hot dogs in Boston Common

Hot dogs in Boston Common

The snacking didn’t end there… some tasty bready treats from 101 Bakery in Chinatown were also collected and consumed in Boston Common.

Hot dog and scallion bun

Hot dog and scallion bun

Sweet bun

Sweet bun

I love asian style bread… sweet, buttery, soft, squishy. These did not disappoint, although I felt the hot dog and scallion bun could have done with the use of a more flavoursome hot dog.

101 Bakery on Urbanspoon

Champagne

 

We later met up with our friends at the Top of the Hub – the restaurant and bar at the top of the Prudential Tower, for some traditional post marathon celebratory champagne.

We got a great window seat and it was lovely to see stunning views of the sun setting over Boston.

 

Boston Views

Boston Views

We then had dinner a few floors down at Legal Sea Foods. It was a big restaurant and was hustling and bustling when we arrived but eventually emptied out.  We started with some soup, the famous New England Clam Chowder and Lobster Bisque. Being a chain restaurant I wasn’t expecting fine dining standards, but it was enjoyable enough.

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

And the onto the main event… being in New England I of course had to order the lobster! Despite going for the smallest option, the baked lobster that arrived was still a massive, hulking, beast of a dish. And what’s more, dripping with a artery clogging topping of of scallops, prawn, crabmeat and ritz crackers… all drenched in butter! I must say I was a little horrified at the sight of all that butter, and it wasn’t the best lobster dish I’d ever eaten; I wasn’t a fan of the soggy crackers and the seafood was slightly overcooked. But I did enjoy digging down to the sweet lobster meat itself, sucking out every last precious morsel.

Baked Lobster

Baked Lobster

One of us is eating for real, the other is posing for the camera

One of us is eating for real, the other is posing for the camera

The daily special of skate (I think it was), prawns and grilled asparagus in a lobster sauce wasn’t the biggest hit and looked slightly disappointing next to the lobster dish. The fish was merely OK and the asparagus had a slightly burnt taste. It was a bit of a shame as when our waiter described it, he made it sound amazing! Sign of a good salesman I guess!

Skate, prawns, grilled asparagus in a lobster sauce

Skate, prawns, grilled asparagus in a lobster sauce

Then onto the desserts, which fared slightly better. I really enjoyed the bananas foster: sauteed bananas in a hot caramel and rum sauce served with ice cream.

Bananas Foster (sautéed bananas, hot rum caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream)

Bananas Foster (sautéed bananas, hot rum caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream)

The warm chocolate pudding was also deliciously chocolatey and gooey.

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake (vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and a coconut cookie)

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake (vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and a coconut cookie)

Belgian Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Belgian Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Service was friendly and ultimately I found Legal Sea Foods to be pleasant enough, if not a little on the touristy side. Either way, we were in the mood for celebrations and so had a really enjoyable evening regardless of how we felt about the food.

Legal Sea Foods – Prudential Center
Back Bay
800 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

Legal Sea Foods - Prudential Center on Urbanspoon

And for the record, Dom did an amazing job in the marathon. Check him out on Heartbreak Hill… while everyone else around him looks like they’re dying, he doesn’t even seem to have broken a sweat!

Dom on Heartbreak Hill - while everyone else appears to be dying, has he even broken a sweat?!

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

No comments yet