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Let me start off by admitting I went to the new Legal Oysteria twice in two days. It’s that good, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty close to my office.  I didn’t spend much time at Olives, the restaurant previously in its space, except for the epic reopening party, where it seems Todd English spent all of his money on a seven hour open bar. . .

But I loved the space and location, and well, while Todd doesn’t seem to have a love for Boston, Legal does, and I had a feeling they would get it just right.

Legal Oysteria maintains that same bright, open layout and design that Olives had, with a beautiful white marble bar and a variety of types of seating, including a dining area, bar, and high tops.

The cocktail menu offers many aperitif and digestif type drinks; a number of them have bitter elements like Amaro. I started with a Prosecco Cocktail, a refreshing and too-easy-to-drink blend of Prosecco, Aperol, Aperitivo Rosa, Citrus, and Soda. The paper straw it came with was cute, but it disintegrated pretty quickly.

prosecco cocktail

Legal Oysteria is the perfect place to dine with friends who are up for trying lots of bites. Every single one was delicious, and we filled up before we had the chance tp even look at the entrée menu!

calamari

{Crispy Fried Calamari, Salsa Rossa}

Tender, salty, perfectly crisp, the calamari was a surprise. I often try calamari that I don’t love, but this one really was perfect.

caponata

{Eggplant Caponata with Grilled Focaccia}

I love eggplant, but I love it even more when someone else cooks it for me. This caponata was dotted with sweet raisins to provide a flavor contrast, and the bread was fluffy and buttery,

grilled oysters with fennel butter

{Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter}

This is possibly the most heavenly and decadent way to eat oysters ever. Warm fennel butter mixed with plump grilled oysters was a combination new to me, but it is something I want to eat again and again.

 

ricotta fritters with spiced honey

{Ricotta Fritters with Spiced Honey}

These little fritters reminded me of donuts. They were awesome, but I think they might belong on the dessert menu.

shrimp and chickpea fritters

{Chickpea and Shrimp Fritters}

I had these both nights at Legal Oysteria. I loved the mix of shrimp and chickpeas in a piping hot fritter, and the spicy aioli was a perfect addition.

clam pizza

{Roasted Clam Pizza, Garlic, Oregano, Mozzarella, Pecorino}

The roasted clam pizza was our main course, and it was delightfully crispy and garlicky, the perfect end to the meal and the bite that put me over the “too full” edge.

Legal Oysteria is an excellent addition to the Boston dining scene, and I am certain it will become an after work favorite for me and my colleagues.

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Snugly nestled in Boston’s bustling North End sits Parla, an Italian speakeasy that opened in April. I got to check it out on a recent girls’ night out, and it is the perfect place for such an occasion.

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The cocktail list at Parla is a ton of fun; classics like the margarita are mixed up with rye; I am a huge fan of rye and was excited to see this. To start off, I went with the Bee Sting Julep, a slightly spicy, slightly sweet blend of habanero honey infused whiskey with mint and lemon. It had a nice kick while also being refreshing!

 

bee sting julep cocktailAs it often happens when I am out with these ladies (which is not often enough!) we ordered lots of things to share. Parla’s menu is perfect for sharing, especially since you’ll have a hard time choosing what to order. What did we have?

arancini

Braised Oxtail Arancini – These were one of my favorites of the night. I loved the bit of meat in the hot and chewy arancini, and the sauce that came alongside would be perfect for mopping up with bread or just about anything.

quail egg carbonaraWe also had the Quail Egg Carbonara, which was topped with a runny quail egg just waiting to be mixed in with the hot pasta and salty bacon.

lobster ravioliThe Lobster and Uni Ravioli was as beautiful as it was delicious. Out of all of the pasta dishes (We had four, but my photos didn’t come out great.), this was my favorite. I loved the creamy pink sauce, and the addition of fava beans was nice for texture.

Secco You can’t have a dinner outing with the ladies without a bottle of bubbles, and we enjoyed a bottle of Secco Prosecco with the meal. Italian bubbly certainly goes well with Italian dishes and lots of chatter!

I would recommend Parla heartily; I sent some friends there the following night, and they loved it too. It’s a great spot in the heart of the North End, doing food that is fun, creative, and delicious!

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A few weeks ago, I attended a party and wine tasting for Richer Pour, the company that is taking the wine scene by storm with its fine wine on tap. We got to check out their Fort Point area headquarters, and more importantly enjoy fresh wine while mingling with blogger friends. It was a fun night out! I was particularly taken by their Prosecco. Now, we all know how much I love bubbly, but Prosecco, due to its sometimes cloying fake pear notes, is often my last choice. The Rocher Pour Prosecco is not that at all. It’s super fresh, with nice acidity to keep out that cloying sweetness. I also really loved the Chenin Blanc, the wine everyone seemed to be talking about! The Chenin is such a fun wine, leaning a little toward a Viognier with its richness and cooked fruit notes.

At any rate, we all enjoyed the wines and learned a little secret. Not only were the Richer Pour wines going to be in many, many Boston restaurants. . . they can also be in your fridge! The Wine on Tap box brings you quality wine that stays fresh for 30 days, meaning you don’t have to open it up and finish it yourself! It’s great for parties, but also ideal for those who only have one or two people drinking the wine. Below I have included information on the Richer Pour Tap Box and on the Richer Pour company. Happy Friday, friends! Enjoy the weekend!

Richer Pour wine

 

About The Wine On Tap Box

Designed exclusively for Richer Pour, the wine on tap box ensures quality, consistency and great taste.  Each three-liter box holds the equivalency of four 750ml bottles of wine and is guaranteed to stay fresh for 30 days.  It is designed to fit easily in a home refrigerator or take on-the-go for days at the beach, on the boat and other outdoor activities.  With a fuss-free tap that sits outside the box and premium packaging, Richer Pour has elevated the standard for wine outside of the bottle.

 

The Varietals

Richer Pour’s Tap Box is offered in 6 varietals from Italy, Spain, France and California:  Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Sangiovese, Garnacha, and just in time for Summer, a Rosé from Languedoc.   “Our wines on tap are a fantastic value for the everyday wine drinker who doesn’t want to have to worry about finishing an opened bottle”says Rand. “And for those who love to entertain, you get four bottles in one box and no broken glass on your deck – it’s perfect for parties.”

 

The Benefits of the Richer Pour Tap Box

* 1 box = 4 bottles

*Guaranteed fresh for 30 days

*Fuss-Free Tap System

*Portability

*100% Recyclable

*Vintage and Region of Origin proudly displayed on the box

*Premium Wine – wine is created exclusively for Richer Pour

*Value: $24.99

 

Where the Richer Pour Tap Box Is Available

The Richer Pour Tap Box will be available for purchase the first week of June, 2014 at liquor stores including:  Gordon’s Liquors, Kappy’s, The Wine Emporium, Yankee Spirits and more.

ABOUT RICHER POUR WINE COMPANY:

Richer Pour Wine Company (www.richerpour.com) is a purveyor of high-quality wines on tap. With a focus on changing the conversation about wine outside of the bottle, the company deliver stunning wines in recyclable kegs for restaurants and in a tap box for at-home consumption. Founded in 2013, Richer Pour’s signature wine selections include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from California, Garnacha from Spain, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese from Italy and Rosé from France. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, Richer Pour is growing the wine on tap market by offering a better by-the-glass wine experience.  Richer Pour also provides installation of tap equipment and personalized service to its on-premise customers. Trust the Tap™

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