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Trip Report Boston, my 2 hour food shopping spree to satiate my man's needs

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Mr_Glass woke up this morning, snuggled close, and said I need Hawaii, make me tartar, make me poke, pleeeze!?!?!?!

Well if you ever saw him, he is one soft faced man. How can a loving wife of 20 years possibly say no.

So in the truck, with cooler and ice packs on hand, we journeyed to the one fishmonger who could provision his request.

http://www.newdealfishmarket.com/

He was a kid in the candy store. He wanted the sushi grade everything. The scallop, the fluke, the skate, the salmon. He even wanted the lively lobster that started making it's way across the fish, knowing full well that the liveliest are the sweetest. The loving wife that I am reeled him in and we left with bigeye tuna and hamachi.

Just a block or two away I pointed out another fishmonger for better prices when not looking for sushi grade fish. I also mentioned that I hear they make some excellent fried seafood at their sister restaurant. He immediately wanted fish and chips and fried clams. Thankfully the restaurant was closed (foreshadowing), but we enjoyed perusing the market. Can you imagine having two competing fishmongers within blocks? Just visiting the neighborhood, we were in heaven.

http://www.courthouseseafood.com/market.html

And then the negotiations began. He wanted to head back home. I wanted to go visit one of my favorite old stomping grounds. 25 years ago, when we met, I lived on FreshPondPkwy in Cambridge. Although he has been to the southend branch, he had never been to Formaggio's Kitchen - the flagship, the mother ship . I demanded that he indulge my request.

So, dodging traffic on Memorial Drive we headed to Huron Ave, my old hood back in the olden days. This is arguably one of the best cheese purveyors in the country. How had I failed to bring him here all these years? Oh yeah, we had the smaller southend sister store to fill our needs.

Pullling up, I was so excited to see the grill masters out front. I had forgotten that on Saturdays, they do a neighborhood bbq. (see previous forshadowing)!

http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/SaturdayBBQ

After lots of tastings we settled on a few cheeses, including one of the most intensely delicious blues I have ever had in my life - Blu di Capra Stragionato, so creamy yet with the bits of blue a subtle crunch - amazing. They also offered some beer and wine tastings but we declined. A first visit to this store can be overwhelming. I forgot to get the fresh raisins on the vine, but currants were in my future.

With purchases in hand we headed out the door to que up for the que. Once again, like a child he was giddy. We decided a small pulled pork sandwich with sauce to share would be plenty. With 25 years of a successful love story under our belt, a wife knows when to roll her eyes and walk away. So I headed to the truck to put our perishables into the cooler.

And then he arrived, with a large brisket/pulled pork combo, slaw with currants, spicy cornbread, and the bottom of the pot baked beans with all its burnt molasses goodness. And back to home we journeyed.

All I can say is WOW, that just may be the best que we ever had. He will be back. And the grill masters with joy on their faces, absolutely loving their job, sharing good food with the hood.

Alas, the fish is on ice until tomorrow.

THE END

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