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Starting the week by feeling behind is not ideal, but here’s to hoping for lots of energy to somehow catch up on life. Work is busy; it’s seven days a week with calls at any time of day, including 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s hard to find time to take a mental breather! A silent meditation retreat is sounding pretty good right about now. . .

Blog events have been a nice way to reconnect with friends and network with new people while enjoying great food, and the Taste of Columbus Hospitality Group a couple of weeks ago was definitely one of these evenings. A week out from the marathon bombings, things still felt somber, and a gray, drizzly night added to that mood. Luckily, the Columbus Hospitality Group pulled together some great dishes to warm our hearts and stomachs! The group consists of the following restaurants and hotels.

  • Mistral
  • Teatro
  • Sorellina
  • Mooo…
  • L’Andana
  • XV Beacon Hotel
  • The Inn @ St Botolph

Upon early arrival at Mistral, I enjoyed cocktails with Lin and Megan before heading into a private back room to stuff ourselves silly with deliciousness.

As we entered the room, I grabbed a slice of Mistral’s beef tenderloin, mashed potato, and truffle oil pizza.

Mistral pizza - Beef tenderloin, mashed potato, and truffle oil pizza

I absolutely adore Mistral. The food is delectable, and it’s a great, sophisticated yet still comfortable place for drinks. It’s also a great place for a girl’s night out in Boston. This beef tenderloin and mashed potato pizza, with it’s intoxicating truffle aroma is one of the most amazing comfort foods ever.

Mistral tuna tartare

Mistral tuna tartare is pretty legendary. I had it for the first time many moons ago for a date, even before I met my husband, We’ve been together for almost 10 years;  this tuna tartare has a long-running fan in me and I think the rest of the City of Boston as well.

La Nina Tortillas

Tortilleria La Niña, the first tortilla bakery in New England to authentically produce white corn tortillas and chips.  They’re local, and they use non-GMO corn I addition to being delicious. Tortilla chips are one of my major food groups, and I was happy to discover these tasty chips. Just add a big bowl of guacamole and a margarita!


Mooo. . . beef sirloin sliders

Other food highlights included sliders from Mooo. . . I hadn’t eaten at Mooo. . . . at that point, but actually had lunch there a week later when conducting a site tour of the beautiful XV Beacon. Part of my job is placing press and trade groups visiting Massachusetts in  hotels, so it’s always fun to get to visit and see the hotels firsthand. XV Beacon is absolutely gorgeous, so stylish and city chic!

One of my other favorites of the evening was Teatro’s fig and prosciutto sausage in a spicy tomato brodo with a charred pepper. The tomato brodo was so warm and comforting. Even as it gets warmer I have been all about the soup lately; this little bite was both tasty and soul-warming.

Teatro - fig and prosciutto sausage in spicy tomato brodo

Wine is another of my major food groups, and since we were just back from California and yearning to go back already, I went with a glass of Trefethen Chardonnay. The event also offered a selection of cocktails; everything looked great.

Trefethen Chardonnay

I loved the opportunity to try bites from restaurants I haven’t been to; it definitely inspired me to want to check them out. Once of the great things about this tasting event was that it was small. Sometimes “taste of” type events can be overwhelming, but at this one we were able to grab a table and go back and forth to get food and take photos. All in all, a great event.

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Have you entered the Bauer Wines Howl-o-ween giveaway yet? If you live in Boston, you will definitely want to check it out! 

On a cold and unseasonably wintry night (also known as last night) I had the great pleasure of dining with a few of my favorite Boston food bloggers at Mistral in Boston’s Back Bay. Organized by Bianca, dinner also included Megan, Elina, and Daisy the perfect number and combination of women for a chatter and food-filled get together. Eager to get out of the office, I met Megan in Copley Square a little early, and we settled into Mistral’s cozy lounge area for a couple of seasonal beverages. Having been to Mistral long ago for dinner and just last fall for cocktails, I knew that I, a regular wine drinker, needed to have something with an autumnal twist. Megan and I both decided on the Harvest Martini which had a great cinnamon and apple flavor, complete with a cinnamon stick stirrer.


harvest cocktail Once we had all arrived at Mistral and were seated, it was awhile before we decided on what to order. Every single appetizer sounded incredible, as did the pizzas and sides. Mark, Mistral’s General Manager, greeted us and along with our wonderfully knowledgeable and attentive server, helped us to narrow our choices down to a few items (and provided a few on the house) which ended up being the perfect amount of food and a great overview of Mistral’s culinary offerings.

It was quite dark in the restaurant, and my camera’s flash is obnoxious, so I didn’t photograph everything. I assure you, each plate was a feast for the senses!

We shared two pizzas, 

Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potato & White Truffle Oil

White Cheese, Whipped Ricotta, Hot Pepper, Sea Salt & Arugula


Mistral pizzaMistral makes their flavorful pizzas with a very light, thin, and crispy crust, just the way that I like it. While I donated the tenderloin from my pizza to Daisy, I delighted in the truffle oil and richness of the mashed potatoes on one pizza while loving the hit of spice from hot peppers on the other. We pondered ordering just one, but it turned out both pizzas were necessary.

pizza with tenderloin
My photos of the rest of the appetizers didn’t come out very well, so I will spare you the blur. But we also devoured Mistral’s signature Sushi Grade Tuna Tartare with Crispy Wontons, Ginger & Soy, Seared Foie Gras with Confit of Duck in Brioche, Wisconsin Dried Cherry Gastrique, and Maine Crab Ravioli with Rock Crab, Thyme & Tomato Broth, and the masterpiece of them all, a new menu item that combines macaroni and cheese with Burgundy truffles, and if I remember correctly, Madeira. I already knew Mistral’s tartare was the best I have ever eaten, and it lived up to its reputation. I only sampled the brioche that came with the foie gras, but it was soaked in a lovely thyme-flavored sauce, and I can only imagine the flavors of the foie gras and duch confit. And the ravioli, though a bit fishy for my taste, came in a light, flavorful, and delicious broth, a way that I wish more pasta was served. But the truffle mac and cheese. . . it was a pan of pure decadence, the truffles emanating that gorgeous, earthy, truffle-y smell, and the sweetness of the wine rounding out all of the flavors.  It was enough for us each to have a couple of bites, but I could have easily eaten the entire portion and licked the bowl clean myself!

And then there was dessert.

Vanilla Creme Brulee, Raspberry, Sugar Cookie

creme brulee

Warm Huckleberry Tart with Meyer Lemon & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

huckleberry pie

Warm Chocolate Torte, Vanilla Ice Cream, Sauce Anglaise

chocolate cake 

And Mistral’s newest dessert, a chocolate mousse with homemade marshmallow, a glass of S’mores, if you will.

chocolate mousse

Throughout dinner, we enjoyed a bottle of 2007 Adelsheim Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a recommendation from our server, and a nice, light red with a bouquet and flavors of candied cherry, a great pairing for the variety of dishes we ordered.

Mistral is well-known for being a first rate dining experience in Boston, and last night lived up to that and more. Everyone was very friendly, the food was delicious and well-executed, and despite being a chic and stylish environment, Mistral felt very comfortable, a great place to spend a cold and rainy evening with friends.

I am so happy today is Saturday, I am going to the Boston Lobster Party, and I have less than 2 weeks left at my full time job! What are you happy about today?

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