Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quick Shift to Evening

At five o'clock in the afternoon, a friend called to alert us that he had two free hours in the city while on a delayed connection at the airport and was headed our way. This dinner would necessarily consist of just Mrs., the guest, and me.  A cheerful armada of chipper sitters allowed the fast arrangement, and I had nearly no time to change.

Our guest, a particularly elegant and stylish bachelor and long-time family friend percolated our motivation to shift into non-business evening clothing... or as close to it as we could get in under five minutes.

 A butter-yellow sport coat would be the only modification, but it gave the boring business get-up a bit of summer-evening.  Switch out the pocket square, and the deal was done.

Since there would be only three, the restaurant choice was easy.  Lala Rokh is a tiny Persian restaurant and a fixture in the neighborhood with excellent food and attentive staff.  More importantly, it has Boston's smallest bar: three seats.  [Patsy K: surely you have been there, yes?] A few gin martinis at the minuscule bar, then to the table for not-at-all minuscule plates of grilled lamb, minted rice, saffron yogurt, sultanas and mushrooms.  A gulped glass of the house red wine, and our guest was back in his taxi to the airport in time for his evening connection to the West Coast.  We arrived home just in time for me to read Richard Scarry's various tales of lederhosen-clad Tyrolean animals to young and sleepy ears.  


  1. Absolutely divine. Including the delicious-sounding meal.

  2. Nice post. Richard Scarry was always a winner with my children. A particular favorite of my son was Mr. Frumble's Biggest Hat Flap Book Ever.

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  3. That last shot of Beacon Hill is quite beautiful. Is that your work YWP?

  4. *LBF: the food is always great there, and I'm easily seduced by roasted or grilled lamb.

    *JRC: I don't have that one... I'll order it.

    *Mister Lister: Not my work. Stock footage of Acorn St. in autumn. If the picture is good, you can safely bet I didn't take it.

  5. I have not been to Lala Rokh, but not from lack of trying.Every time I suggest it, I get a "we'll go there next time....." Well, dammit, I'm going! Just not tonight - Island Creek & Eastern Standard for my out-of-towners.

  6. This is an inspiring post. You transformed a handsome suit into natty attire, and your choice for dining has given me a "must go" destination for my next Boston sojourn. I'd gotten a wee bit tired of Grill 23...

  7. What is the make of the yellow sport coat? I have been looking to acquire one for myself since last spring's offering from Brooks Brothers sold out before I could order one for myself.


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