Last night I hung up my comfy pants and oven mitts and got ready to give my cheers-ing arm a workout. In the words of my girl R, “The only thing better than boozing tonight was removing my nylons when I got home from work.” Amen, sister. 😉 (The second best thing was my military-precision execution of breakfast/lunch/gym bag packing last night after gettin’ toasty, so I was organized and ready to rumble when my alarm went off at 5 am, and rolled out of bed like a boss even though it was rainy and cold outside and I was exceptionally warm under the covers: L – 1, Bed – 0: winning!).
Last night, we went to River Bar at Assembly Row in Somerville (a brand spankin’ new dining/retail hot spot along the Mystic River with a newly build T stop, a gigantic movie theater, apartments, etc etc. Three years ago, there were empty lots of gravel and weeds in its place, a really sad looking Kmart and the busiest Home Depot ever – I cannot get over how much is there now!). I had never been before but River Bar’s menu included “elevated street food” (questionable) and an extensive drinks menu. The big draw is their 2,600 square foot outdoor patio with fire pits, couches and heat lamps. Sad for us, it decided to randomly snow (!!) which then turned into pouring rain last night so we were relegated to the much smaller inside dining space.
Obviously to get things started, we ordered some drinks off their cocktail menu to refresh our palates. Round one: cocktails for all! 😀
The first round of cocktails were pretty delicious, but not perfection. I really liked the spiciness of the rum with the tartness of the lime in my “Jungle Cat” – a combo I will definitely be experimenting with in L’s Test Kitchen. 😉 R said that her cocktail tasted like a cough drop at first but was good once you got past that (hence why we all ordered something else for round two, except A who was on the right track all along). As per usual, we were all starving so we ordered some food. There were slim pickings for vegetarian options, but I ordered the Grilled and Sauteed Vegetables (baby eggplant, greens, roasted shallot jelly and fried wontons).
Frankly, the best thing we ate were the fried sweet potatoes – that pomegranate molasses was AMAZING, and I will definitely be making my own version in the near future (it was the perfect balance between tart, sweet and bold). Round two of cocktails we all decided to go with B&B’s namesake cocktail: Bubbles!! The gals ordered Prima Perla Prosecco, Veneto, and I ordered a glass of Louis de Grenelle Cremant de Loire ‘Platine’, France. The bubbles were AMAZING and made me immediately regret ordering a cocktail off the drink menu. Bubbles all the way!! *ding*
All in all, a fabulous time with the girls. Next door to River Bar is amazing ice cream place (that has PHENOMENAL dairy-free ice cream choices!), J.P. Licks – they are a Boston-area staple. A little dessert was calling our name so we headed over there after our cocktails to assess the dessert situation (/we were all still at starvation station).
I was really stoked on the dairy free scene at JP Licks, and I literally had a sample of every single one of the DF ice cream flavors (I’m pretty sure the guy behind the counter may have wanted to shank me). I ended up choosing half coconut almond and half maple walnut and was exceptionally pumped about life. They were AMAZING – no regrets there. Not gonna lie, I would have been totes happy with champagne and ice cream only for girls night – those were the highlights of my evening! 😀
All in all, we had a pretty fantastic time out gabbing it up and getting some much needed girl time in. It’s really the company that matters more than anything, and spending time with my girls made up for the sad, miniature dinners we all ate and the “meh” cocktails. We were by far the loudest group in there – sometimes you just need laughter for your ab workout of the day 😉
I hope all of your had exceptionally special and fantastic evenings last night, too! Happy Humpday! We made it halfway! Woo woo!!