Yes I know, I have been incredibly dormant with my posting. I blame it on my sister who told me my photos were too big and she forced me to learn how to re-size them. So it is all her fault! I have much to catch up on as the last few months have been jam packed with a lot of adventure. It is a challenge to figure out where to begin so I figured I would start with the most recent experience.
I should start with what made this past weekend possible. Earlier this year Mario got a great deal for a room at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco where we stayed in April to attend a wedding. Through his employer he was able to get a pre-paid package deal for 4 nights at a steal. (My trip to San Francisco will have to be another post). When he enrolled in the rewards program, though some trick of fate, he was enrolled at an Ambassador status. There are some perks to being an Ambassador at the Intercontinental. You get free bottled water and fresh fruit in your room every day, late check out up until 4 PM, a free Sunday paper and more importantly COUPONS!
After our stay in San Francisco we received his Ambassador welcome package in the mail (leather luggage tag enclosed) with a free one night stay coupon with the purchase of one night. We thought that it would be a nice way to kick off the summer in June by booking a weekend stay at the Boston seaport location and enjoying downtown city life for a couple days. No sooner did we get home from that stay when another coupon for the same deal arrived in the mail. So we decided to bookend our summer and repeat the same experience. So we did just that and stayed back at the hotel in Boston over the Labor Day weekend.
Between the two visits we enjoyed the hotel pool, the expansive room, a deep soaking tub with sea salts, amazing seaport views and naturally lots of food and cocktails. Mario surprised me upon our first check in with a lovely spread set up in our little living room area. He shopped around the local seaport markets and picked up some cheese, wine, cured meats, a baguette and to finish with something sweet a colorful display of macarons. No, they weren’t from Ladurée but they were tasty nonetheless. And just to make sure the mood was set perfectly, he had a beautiful arrangement of flowers delivered.
On both visits we found ourselves at Trade on the outdoor sidewalk patio. We sampled the spicy pork belly lettuce wraps, the black bean enchiladas, chicken meatballs and the tuna tacos. The flatbread of lamb sausage with eggplant, Manchego, peppers and garlic yogurt was so amazingly delicious I’d go back JUST to get that. Trade is where I discovered one of my new favorite drinks called Braulio. A wonderful Italian digestif that made dessert go down even easier!
During our second visit we invited our friend Paula to join us out and about. We began Friday evening with dinner at City Landing. We went a bit overboard but there were just too many sumptuous items on the menu. We gorged on turkish tacos, tuna tartar, the Mediterranean spread as well as a trio of lobster appetizers. And if that wasn’t enough to stuff our gluttonous stomachs we went ahead and ordered our main course. After I devoured my baked lamb bolognese I rolled myself home and drifted off into a food coma.
Needing to sleep off all that food from the previous night, we slept in late on Saturday. We finally decided to get out and stretch our legs and enjoy the beautiful late summer day which tend to be the best days Boston has to offer. We walked around the seaport area and took in the ships and watched the seagulls try to shimmy open mussels they brought up from the harbor. Eventually, we decided it was time for lunch so we wandered over to the Barking Crab which is one of Boston’s seaport landmarks. It would have been blasphemy to go there and not eat crab so I ordered the crab cake sliders.
Lunch was followed by a long leisurely walk along the harbor and through the park. The sun was perfectly warm and the breeze was perfectly cool. It was truly a sublime Saturday afternoon. Finally, we wound up at Drink the place I had previously posted about where the “mixologists” make drinks based on the theme or flavor profile you tell them.
After 3 visits at the Intercontinental I have become a bit of a hotel snob. It will be hard to stay anywhere else!