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Dinner and a Show

by Alaina on May 7, 2011 · 5 comments

Last night, I had the pleasure of an evening out with my Dad. I received a complimentary pass for 2 tickets to see Shear Madness, which surprise, surprise I had never seen before! I had heard very good things about the show (which is the longest running in America at 31 years and counting) and I heard that it was hilarious. I love a funny show so I was very excited to finally have an evening where I could go. But I’ll get to that review later.

For dinner, I wanted to find something that was in the theatre district that wasn’t a huge chain or one that I had never been to before. I decided on the Rustic Kitchen at the Radisson hotel. The menu looked delicious. When we arrived, we were 45 minutes early for our reservation, so we decided to sit at the bar and have a drink while we wait. I ordered the Sam Adams Summer. But this years batch definitely tastes different. I heard that used different lemons and I honestly wasn’t a fan. After a few sips, I decided to have a Harpoon IPA instead. (And when we closed out the tab, she didn’t charge me for the beer. Smile)


Along with the beer, we had some homemade potato chips. They were very crispy and not too salty but they kind of melted in your mouth. Still good though. So good, that we were halfway done with the bag before I snapped a picture.


When we sat down to our table, we perused the menu and decided to order the aroncini for an appetizer. Fried risotto balls stuffed with homemade mozzarella and served with marinara sauce. My dad had never had aroncini and I’m a huge fan, so we indulged.


These were a bit more mozzarella than risotto, but they were delicious nonetheless. I liked getting a bite with the arugula and the sauce. We each had two and split the fifth one. And the sauce definitely tasted homemade. It had a great tomato flavor.

For an entrée, I was torn between the fig preserve pizza or the smokehouse chicken risotto. I decided on the risotto, because with pizza, I knew I wouldn’t finish it on my own and didn’t feel like carrying a doggy bag. But I will come back for it! It looks amazing. My risotto was pretty fantastic too. Crumbled goat cheese, roasted butternut squash, baby spinach and dried cranberries.


Oh my, this dish was so good. I loved the smokey flavor. And each flavor was exemplified, not masked. The butternut squash was firm and tender, the cranberries were tart and the risotto wasn’t overwhelmed with the cheese. Everything just worked. For dessert, we each got a cup of coffee which came with a complimentary biscotti.


At the beginning of our meal (our reservation was at 6), we told our server that we had a show at 8. He thanked us for letting us know and we were done with our meal by 7:15. And we never felt rushed through our dinner and we really just got to sit back and enjoy the company. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for theater dining.

Rustic Kitchen is located at the Radisson Hotel at 210 Stuart Street.

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And now, on with the show! We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the theater so I don’t have anything to show. But I will say that the show is so freakin’ hilarious. They use current events (which could be why they’ve been around for so long) and a lot of what they do is improvisational. They feed off the audience so the show is different every night. I won’t get into everything, because if you live in the Boston or DC area, you MUST see this show. It’s a Comedy Whodunit!



Some scenes that had me cracking up: banging on the pipes, the “Shake Weight” and “that’s what happened on Glee!”

Today was actually uneventful. I ended up not having breakfast with my friend and didn’t go to the Kentucky Derby party. I ran 4.58 miles in the morning, did some errands and spent time with my Grammy before my dad took me back home. Tomorrow I’m having brunch with my parents and grandmother at Stephanie’s on Newbury.

Hope you all have a Happy Mother’s Day!!

me and mom

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I’ve never heard of that show before!

You always get to eat the most amazing food :)


2 Jen May 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

What a fun night out with your dad! I get disappointed with then Sam Adams seasonals aren’t as good as I remember them in the past.

Your dinner looks incredible. Risotto is one of my favorite “fancy” meals and that combo looks great.

Love the picture of you and your mom! :)


3 Paige @ Running Around Normal May 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Sounds like a really fun night out! I’ve never heard of that show – but it sounds good :)


4 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I am so jealous of the food you eat.

So jealous.


5 Alaina May 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Come to Boston! :-)


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