After work on Monday, Selma and I headed downtown for some casual shopping and to see the Boston Commons Christmas Tree. We had originally planned to see the lighting ceremony but we were so tired from work we decided to wait and see it some other time.
After shopping, we stopped by one of our favorite restaurants, Parish Cafe, because we were in the neighborhood and starving. Selma got The Mexican Meatball: Cilantro infused Mexican meatballs on a toasted baguette with a chipotle and jalapeño au jus, pepper jack cheese, red onions, Romaine lettuce, and tomatoes. Served with an aguas fresca salad in a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. The jalapeño au jus was spicy but we couldn’t stop eating it.
I ordered The Burke: Thinly sliced prosciutto, spicy capicola, soppressata and provolone cheese served on toasted French bread with olive oil and thinly sliced red onions. Sided with a spicy red pepper relish and your choice of homemade potato salad or cole slaw. When asked which side I wanted, I said both. Why choose right?
Afterwards, we walked over the Starbucks and got some peppermint hot chocolate and then over to the tree. The story behind Boston’s Official Christmas Tree goes as follows:
In December of 1917, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the S.S. Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship loaded with wartime munitions collided with the S.S. Imo, a Belgian relief ship, in a section of Halifax Harbor. The result was the biggest accidental explosion in world history. Upon hearing of the news, Boston immediately sent a relief train with doctors, nurses, supplies and even a theater group to aid the devastated city. In 1918, Halifax sent Boston a Christmas Tree in gratitude for the assistance, and the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree tradition was born.
It was hard to get a good picture of the tree because it was so dark out but here it is in all of it’s glory.
Selma getting her peppermint hot chocolate on so hard.
I don’t know what I’m doing with my hands.
View of the State House from the commons.