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Northshore October 2015

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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46 | OCTOBER 2015 P LACE S Back at the Four Seasons after the concert, pop into the Bristol for a nightcap or dessert and, of course, people watching. With a fresh con- cept and team, the bar has upped its culinary and hospitality game with new general manager Kim Lambrechts. The menu offers the old standbys—the Bristol Burger, for one—as well as updated contempo- rary nibbles such as Catskill smoked salmon. With Sancerre by the glass, perfectly chilled, or an old-school martini, you can't go wrong. Be sure to experience the Bristol's colossal Sunday brunch, with everything you can imagine and more—fluffy omelets, oatmeal brûlée, French toast bread pudding, a raw bar, and a prime rib carving station. End your weekend with a walk through the Boston Public Garden over to Beacon Hill, where early-19th-century architect Charles Bulfinch designed magnificent brick townhouses. (Number 13 Chestnut Street is a personal favorite.) Building Workshop. The original Picasso drawing, Mother and Child and Four Studies of Her Right Hand (1904) has been in the Fogg Museum collection since 1929. This October, American artist Corita Kent is on ex- hibit. Kent juxtaposed spiritual, pop cultural, literary, and political writ- ings alongside symbols of consumer culture and modern life to create bold prints during the 1960s. After a day of museum-hopping, pop back to the hotel for a quick dip in the Four Seasons' soothing pool, which overlooks the Boston Public Garden, and then head to Ostra (which means "oyster" in Spanish) for a meal you won't soon forget. Chef/owner Jamie Mammano offers contemporary Mediterranean dishes in which he showcases the region's authentic flavors. Not to be missed are his yellowfin tuna carpaccio with cured cherry tomato, aged balsamic, black olive, sweet garlic aioli, and jamon iberico—a salty-sweet balance of ham, manchego cheese, quince, and black mission fig. For a main dish, his paella "Valenciana style," a medley of bomba rice, saffron, Maine lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, octo- pus, squid, and confit chorizo, blends the flavors of the sea beautifully. For the evening's entertainment, head to Symphony Hall to catch the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), led by Andris Nelsons, who made his debut as BSO music director in the 2014 – 2015 season. Nelsons will lead the BSO in wide-ranging programs in his second season, which will include the music of Shostakovich, three weeks of thematic concerts honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and concert performances of Strauss's Elektra. STAY Boston Harbor Hotel 70 Rowes Wharf Boston 617-439-7000 The Four Seasons 200 Boylston St. Boston 617-338-4400 boston DINE Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar 617-439-3995 meritagethe Bristol Bar 617-351-2037 boston/dining Ostra 1 Charles St. South Boston 617-421-1200 CULTURE Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston 100 Northern Ave. Boston 617-478-3100 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave. Boston 617-267-9300 The Harvard Art Museums 32 Quincy St. Cambridge harvardartmuseums. org Boston Symphony Orchestra 301 Mass Ave. Boston 617-266-1492 If the idea of driving over the Tobin Bridge does not thrill you, Boston Harbor Cruises offers a fast ferry from Salem to Boston on the Nathaniel Bowditch, a high-speed catamaran, which docks at Long Wharf Harbor. With discounts for North Shore and Salem residents, it's a great way to travel into the city. For more information, visit The Sunday brunch at the Bristol Bar is not to be missed on a weekend trip to Boston. The Boston Symphony begins its season this October. photograph (top) courtesy of The Boston Symphony Orchestra, (left), courtesy of the Four Seasons

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