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Jul 24, 2010 06:13 PM

Anniversary Dinner

I am a regular poster, but I need to stay anonymous for this one. Four months ago a follow-up scan found mets from my breast cancer. Statistically, this doesn't give me an endless amount of time. The rough part is I could hang here for 2 years, or I could manage 10. Though I know what will do me in, I still don't have an expiration date.

However, my husband and I have decided not to wait to do some of the things that make us happy, while acknowledging that this recession has really hit our wallets.

We are going to take a trip to NYC in the Fall and spend an evening at the Metropolitan Opera House, letting the sounds of voices mixed with one of the best orchestras in the world surround us. I also want to try to go to some of the restaurants I have read about here on chowhound to mark special ocassions.

In two weeks, my husband and I will have been married for 28 years. I would like to celebrate this evening having some wonderful and creative food. To be honest, I don't want to eat somewhere that makes meals that I can make at home. I am a fairly accomplished home cook. We are also restricted by budget and gosh, I am in my late 40's, I don't want stuffy! So, I know the budget is an essential thing... we don't do mixed drinks but would love to have a nice bottle of wine with dinner. Can we keep this under $150 for both of us?

Places we haven't been but sound interesting include:

Craigie's on Main Street
Brassier Jo

We live on the Cambridge side of the river, but will travel into Boston via the T at a moment's notice.

Please help me find the perfect way to celebrate this special day.

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  1. if you go on sunday at Craigie after 9 pm, you can get a deal on the chef's whim which is probably the best american/french food in boston for my taste.

    brassiere jo is good but not up to such a special celebration.

    4 Replies
    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      Thank you for your response. Upon reviewing the Craigie website, it is difficult to tell what the price per person is on this meal. Do you know the general range?

      1. re: anon_for_this

        I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the late chef's whim is somewhere around $40pp.

          1. re: dfan

            Agree on Brasserie Jo not being appropriate for this celebration. I went a few weeks ago and service was really off and food wasn't as good as I remembered. T.W. Foods on your side of the river might be appropriate. They have a few reasonable tasting menu options. Good luck!

            T.W. Food
            377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Brasserie Jo
            120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    2. Bergamot gets my vote - it's my current favorite place in Cambridge.
      Last weekend we went to Menton and one of the questions I asked my hubby was ' what would you like more - one trip to Menton or 3 trips to Bergamot' and the winner was....Bergamot!

      354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

      4 Replies
      1. re: scubajane

        I loved Bergamot, but won't return until the weather turns, as the one issue I had with it was how hot it was in there. I don't like sweating while I eat. While I tend to be more sensitive to hot places than most people, my wife also found it to be uncomfortably hot as well.

        1. re: kimfair1

          Hmmm, I was there a few weeks ago and the temps were just fine.

          1. re: shaebones

            Hopefully they got it straightened out then, but we went on one of the recent 90 degree plus days (about a month ago), and it was really unbearable.

            1. re: kimfair1

              ditto - temperatures were fine for me too...
              I lurve the duck duck duck salad and the plantain gnochhi - yummmm