Monday, December 19, 2011


Last weekend Nick and I decided to head over to the South End to go to the SoWa Winter Market and see if we could get caught up on some Christmas shopping.  To say Christmas snuck up on us this year is putting it mildly - the wedding has been the first thing on my mind and so I have been scrambling a bit to make sure I get Christmas set.  Luckily, I think I finished this weekend!

When we arrived at the Market last weekend the line to get in was wrapped around the building.  Since it was open until 7, we decided to head over to the shops at the traditional SoWa Market like Galvin-ized Headware and Bobby from Boston and then grab some lunch.  Having heard so many great things about Gaslight, and considering it was right up the street, it seemed the perfect time to give it a go.

When we arrived it was like walking into the perfect french bistro, complete with lots of white subway tiles and small marble cafe tables.  After being seated we perused the menu and had a bit of trouble choosing what we wanted to eat - there were so many delicious options.  Before having to make any difficult decisions, we selected a couple of drinks to get us started.  I went with something a bit different and ordered the Belle de Brillet paired with French Brandy and cream and spiced with a nutmeg finish.  I was not sure what to expect, but loved this drink!  I am not a traditional brandy person, but with the cream and nutmeg it was perfect!   Beware - it is cold, not warm.

Brandy Lait
Nick went with the Bloody Mary (in true Nick fashion).  There was plenty of spice and garnish to more than satisfy him.

Bloody Mary

We of course could not go to a french bistro and not order some french pastries.  I went with the pain au chocolat, which was perfectly light and flaky.  Nick originally ordered a raspberry croissant, but the kitchen ran out and had just switched over to apple pastries, which were tasty - not overly sweet.  Again, the pastry was perfectly flaky.

Pain au Chocolat
Apple Pastries
Beautiful Interior
For the main meal I decided on the Truffled Scrambled Egg Tartine with roasted asparagus.  I was finally sold on the combination of truffle and egg and it totally worked!  The asparagus provided enough freshness to lighten the dish.  The bread it was served over was toasted but not too crispy, making for easy biting.

Truffled Scrambled Egg Tartine with roasted Asparagus
Nick ordered the Caramelized Banana Crépes with almond cream.  These were delicious - not overly sweet and with a good banana-to-crepe ratio, all topped off with a nice almond flavor.

Caramelized Banana Crepes
The Gaslight was a great meal.  I loved the atmosphere as it really felt like a quaint cafe where you could sit and enjoy a drink and chat for awhile.  If you haven't been to Gaslight it is totally worth the trip to the South End.  It's the perfect place to sit down and catch up with friends over good drinks and food.

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  1. I'm embarassed to admit I've never been to the SOWA market!! I've been dying to get there but just hasnt happened!
    I do love the Gaslight though! It's been so long since I've been there, now I want to go back for brunch. Nothing like a delicious croissant :)

  2. I have not been to the Gaslight in forever! I love the interior so much. All the food looks wonderful, and way to be adventurous with your drink choice!!

  3. Brandy Latte - yum. I love Gaslight for brunch - it is one of my favorite places. The Croque Madam is outstanding. I was just there last Sunday and also went to SOWA for a bit of shop.

  4. Both of those dishes look fabulous. I need to do brunch in the south end.

  5. Gaslight has been on my list for a long time, but I still have not made it over there. Brunch looks great!

    You must be seriously counting down to the wedding! I can understand how Christmas sneaked up on you!

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