This week's tablehopper: ram tough.


A Sazerac and baked oysters Simoneaux at Boxing Room. Photo: ©

Hopefully you got enough vitamin D flowing in your system this past sunny weekend so you don’t care about this chilly and gray Mardi Gras. Whatever, we’re not under five feet of snow like other cities, so let the good times roll. Here’s a little roundup of some places where you can go get your Hurricane or king cake on tonight.

I started my Mardi Gras party early: on Saturday night I went to Boxing Room for a late-night burger (perfection) and Sazerac (remember, they now have a full liquor license!), and I was not going to pass up the baked oysters Simoneaux—named after the chef—who bakes them with tasso, trinity, and Parmesan cheese (I think it’s obvious that you don’t want to miss ‘em).

Earlier that evening, I went to check out a new SoundBox performance, Sticks & Stones, just behind Davies Symphony Hall. Whoa, what a cool new addition to our musical scene, it felt so very now. The space—normally used for rehearsals—is incredible: huge vaulted ceilings, cool clubby lighting and projections, comfortable lounge-like seating. There’s a full bar, and the musical artists are right in front of you in various spots throughout the room. It was a really unique musical experience. The next shows are March 6th-7th and April 9th-10th. Get your tickets ($25), this is a hot one.

And a happy new year to you: the lunar new year starts this Thursday February 19th! Here are some places where you can celebrate the year of the ram (or sheep or goat or Mongolian gazelle, whatever you prefer) in the coming week.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Feb 17 2015