Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Mine was especially nice because I got to spend the majority of it with Mal’s family. His sister and her husband were in town from Seattle, so we did some of our favorite East coast things with them.
On Saturday afternoon, we met Mal’s parents, his sister, and her husband in Harvard Square. My father-in-law is a Harvard alum, so he offered to give everyone a tour of Harvard Yard. Mal has done the tour several times already and I used to work at Harvard and it was 91 degrees (+ humidity) outside, so we skipped it and headed straight for the air conditioned downstairs bar at Russell House Tavern.
Mal and I hadn’t been to the Russell House Tavern since our second wedding anniversary (our fifth is this Friday), so it had been quite awhile since our last visit. When Mal and I reminisced about our second anniversary, it really didn’t seem like that long ago, definitely not three years ago! Hey, time flies when you’re having fun!
I ordered a couple of “mocktails” while at Russell House Tavern. The first was made with ginger beer, lime juice, raspberry syrup, and orange bitters, and the second was made with cucumber shrub, mint, lime juice, and soda water. Both were really good, and I didn’t even miss the alcohol. (FYI: I just picked a fun cocktail from the drink menu and asked the bartender to make it without booze.)
We also ordered honey-roasted Brussels sprouts, French fries, and oysters to munch on while we enjoyed our drinks.
After drinks and apps, the whole group walked over to Legal Sea Foods for dinner. Since we already ate some appetizers and dessert was on the agenda for later in the evening, Mal and I decided to share a few small plates for dinner. We had the Blackened Raw Tuna “Sashimi” with sesame chili vinaigrette.
And Barbeque Sweet Potato Chips. All three apps were delicious—I especially liked the tuna. It was so “meaty” and flavorful. The Barbeque Sweet Potato Chips were also pretty amazing. The seasoning was out of this world!
After dinner, we took a stroll through Harvard Square and over to Finale for dessert.
Instead of just grabbing something for dessert, we made our visit into an event. We sat down at a table, perused the menu, debated what to get, ordered coffee and dessert, and then chatted and laughed a lot while we enjoyed our treats. It was a fabulous way to end the night.
I ordered the Dark Chocolate Decadence, which was a flourless dark chocolate cake served with a scoop of chocolate sorbet. The inside of the cake was like a dark chocolate truffle. It was incredibly rich and fudgy. Amazing.
Our first activity of the day was lunch at Mudville Pub, which is one of my father-in-law’s favorite places to grab a bite to eat and watch football in the fall.
For lunch, I ordered a salad with grilled chicken and a side of pesto. One of the sandwiches on the menu had pesto on it, so I asked for it on the side of my salad instead of the usual salad dressing. It was tasty and great for dipping chicken!
I also ordered a side of sweet potato fries to share with Mal, but he ate like two, and I ate the rest.
After lunch, we went on a “sightsailing” cruise around the bay. Mal and I did this exact same sail a couple of years ago with some of our friends and had a blast, so we suggested it to the family.
It was a beautiful day for sailing!
My father-in-law and sister-in-law both helped pull up the sails!
I love Newport!
Questions of the Day
Do you like sailing?
Have you ever ordered a“mocktail” at a bar?
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate?