Albany John and I did the touristy things. He’d been there before, I’d never been. We went to Quincy Market and such. It was ok, nothing really called to me, but it’s one of those touristy things to do, so we did it.
We also went to the Aquarium! That thing rocked! It’s $19.95 per adult (less for kiddies) and they stamp your hand so you can come in and out as you please.
We went on a weekday, so it will probably be much busier on weekends, but woah mama – it was kid central there. Screaming babies and kids running around everywhere. Maybe it was a class field trip? Then again, I wasn’t much better “oohing” and “aahing” at just about everything, heh heh.
We saw tons of other things, and walked up to the top of the big tank (it’s really tall – 3 levels circle around it!) and saw one of their turtles. This is one of the smaller turtles.
This is the big turtle. Myrtle the turtle is at least 75 years old, but possibly older because that’s as far back as their paperwork said. That’s a turtle I wouldn’t want to mess with.
Or I could be completely wrong, but basically, Albany John kind of knew this guy from way back when, and we thought it would be really neat to go check it out.
The bar is called The Savant Project, and it’s located more in the college area of Boston than the touristy area we were in, so we decided to grab a cab from the aquarium over. Thank god we did. It wasn’t terribly far, but if we’d tried to walk it, it would have taken us a while.
The bar’s got a very nice lounge/tapas vibe going on, and we decided to sit at the bar. The bartender was super friendly right from the get-go and informed us that unfortunately, Albany John’s classmate of yore was not in that day. Not a biggie for us, and man, I hope she didn’t think we were trying to name drop – it was just so exciting to be there on our honeymoon!
I got one of their infused liquors. It’s been a few days, so let me try and remember what it was. The infused liquors are specials, so they’re not on the website. It was Jim Beam with roasted pears and…some kind of flower? Something else, definitely. It was $8 on the rocks, and as I was drinking it, I thought it was a really strong drink. And then Albany John and our bartender pointed out that it was only liquor. Whoops. I am such a ditz some times. Regardless, it was excellent! Smooth, well balanced flavors that lingered just long enough. Our bartender, Lynette, gave a great pour as well – over ice so it could melt a bit and mingle with the liquor (not up to the very top of the glass). That’s why I didn’t think it was just liquor – I could actually drink it! Normally I prefer my liquors mixed. (actually, looking on their online menu, this might be a Bourbon Bomber with roasted pears, cherries and Jim Beam in it)
On the left is the Scallop Ceviche on Crostini ($4.50) and on the right is the Chicken Fresh Roll with kim chee, and tamarind chili sauce ($4.25).
I was torn between getting another infused liquor (they had about 4 or so of them to try, and all of them sounded amazing), or a Lychee Gimlet ($8.50). I went with the Lychee Gimlet.Good, good, good. The lychee wasn’t overpowering, and this was quite a refreshing drink. Albany John also approved, and he is not normally a fan of lychee.
Lynette was an impeccable bartender – she chatted with us, was engaging, and let us sniff some of the cool additives (like basil or rosemary essences to add by the dropper to some of their drinks to add just a hint of something else) behind the bar while also doing all her side work. She also washed her hands a ton, something I absolutely loved. All in all, she was awesome and made our experience at The Savant Project absolutely stellar.
On the left are Tuna sliders ($5) with jalapeno, sesame and yucca chip. Truffled Parmesan Polenta Logs with Parmesan aioli ($4.25) are on the right.
Do you see how freakin’ cute the six polenta logs are? They’re stacked like a little log cabin!!! Cuteness aside, they were also my absolute favorite dish of the four we ordered. They were amazingly crisp on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, and had just an outstanding flavor of truffle and parmesan going on. I think I ate more than Albany John did of this dish. SO good. I would order two or three of these plates on my next visit.
The Tuna Sliders were also tasty and well spiced. They weren’t overcooked or fishy tasting. They were meaty, moist, and had a great kick to them. The jalapeno got the better of me after half a slider (I know, I KNOW, I am such a wuss) and Albany John had to eat the rest. But I’m not complaining about the heat (just me being a spice wuss) – it was perfect the way it was and I’d order them again.
Again, note – these food prices are half off, so if you go when the special isn’t in place, you’ll pay double for them. It’s a little steep to me, so I highly advise going around 2-6, when it is in place. (Although I’d order those polenta logs even if there wasn’t a half-off deal going on)