I wanted to post a brief update to those who may have noticed there have not been many posts lately. About a year ago, I had some unexpected changes that had some major ramifications for my career, significantly cutting down resources like time to check out dessert places and money to sample menus. I'm slowly working my way out of the quagmire and rebuilding.
I've been writing for this blog for over 10 years. We're older than social media - HUZZAH! I didn't realize it when I started, but writing for this long would mean watching good places open and close, replaced by something else that also opens and closes. I was ignorant of the life cycle and challenges involved in keeping restaurants afloat. When Hamersly's closed I was doubly sad because even though it was my favorite Boston restaurant, I could not afford to have one last meal there. Hamersly's was accessible elegance, like walking into Bergdorf's but you could actually take something home with you. Everything about it was perfection; the service, the decor, the view, the location, the feeling of contentment as you sat and drank in the entire experience. After learning Hungry Mother was closing, I started to reflect on these places that stay, evolve, or disappear. Even though it would always be outside my price range, I wanted to check them out and enjoy the experience. Most of my food adventures these days come from being close to my second (retail) job. It's weird to think about Hungry Mother. I remember when it wasn't there. I remember when it was the talk of the town, and given their success, they probably still are and the chefs always will be. I remember chef Jay Santos serving as a guest speaker at a Boston Center of Adult Education class on Food Writing when he was on Hell's Kitchen. I went to Gargoyle's on the Square soon after with a dear old friend who passed away soon afterwards, and that memory is precious. I remember Anthony's Pier 1 and relished the classiness of the place, the sense of old school Boston permeating throughout, and that exquisite view of Boston harbor.
I suppose openings and closings, old expectations and new realities, are always in flux. I'm old enough to know this is not new, and yet, each decade brings new challenges that starts the cycle up in new and unanticipated ways. All of which in typical long-winded blogger-speak means I'm still here and working on this blog. As always, when I find a place my budget can afford and time to go there, if the dessert is something you should try you will find it written up here. If there is a place you recommend hit me up!