Sometimes I feel like I lead a double life. At work, I’m one person; outside of work, entirely another. Ours is a pretty stuffy (and at times, incredibly boring) profession. Creativity, hobbies, a life of any sorts seems highly frowned upon. I’m one of the only women attorneys in my office and I want to be taken seriously. I just want to be one of the guys. Letting on about all the stuff I do outside of the office–sewing, knitting, photography, cooking, baking–well, that just doesn’t seem in keeping with the “I’m just one of the guys” image I’m going for. But it’s hard keeping all of those things at the margins, especially when I’ve been routinely been made to work 12-15 hour days and weekends.
A month and a half ago, I went to Boston for work. I was traveling with a partner I work for a lot. He knows I eat out a lot and I have a lot of strong opinions about food. He left me in charge of dinner plans. I hadn’t been to Boston in ages so I called up my brother for recommendations. He was unequivocal. I had to go to Craigie on Main.
I’m always a bit reluctant to break out a camera at the dinner table, at least when I’m with non-photography people. Doubly so when I’m with co-workers unfamiliar with my myriad hobbies and interests. But I figured, what the hell? Time to let the cat out of the bag. Certainly, I got a raised eyebrow from the partner when I broke out my dSLR but I figured this is a meal I would want to remember. And thankfully it was. As usual, Tim’s recommendation did not disappoint. My dinner there was easily one of the best meals I’ve had in a while.
roasted bone marrow–Love love love! I swear this is like my last supper/death row meal, a pile of roasted marrow, toasts, and parsley shallot salad. The partner was skeptical but I think I won him over. I’ve made it my mission recently to introduce everyone I know to the joys of roasted bone marrow. 🙂
confit and roasted milk-fed pig’s ead with Peking pancakes, spicy pumpkin sambal, boudin noir-hoisin sauce–we didn’t order this but the guys next to us did. They saw me wielding my camera and asked me if I wanted to take a photo. It looked so good!
An impressive meal all around. I was doubly impressed by the kitchen when they offered (without me even asking or knowing frankly) whether it was OK if they recook my loup de mer because the chef wasn’t happy with the way it came out. Now that is a sign of a kitchen that takes its work seriously and cares deeply about the product it puts out.
Craigie on Main, 853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139