Snowstorms in Boston are not to be tangoed with, for they are cold, windy, and downright dangerous for a warm-blooded Texan like myself. However, this past weekend, I strapped on my best (only) pair of snow boots and braved the 5 inch deep snow to have dinner at Casa Romero and attend the Boston Pops holiday concert. I had been looking forward the Holiday Pops show for over a month, and my stubborn resolve insisted I go…snowstorm be d*mned!
We decided to have dinner at Casa Romero before the concert, since it was the closest place still opened and I had a craving for Mexican food. I should have sensed the red flags when I saw the entrance was located in a public alley. Although the service was very friendly, the décor of the place was dingy and slightly musty looking (I hesitated to sit by the wall, as I was afraid a termite might pop out). My broiled shrimp entrée was poorly presented and looked like a gloppy mess. The shrimps were nicely plump, but lacked proper seasoning (unless the soupy swampy-green puddle was supposed to function as the dip). Short on time, we decided to forgo dessert, which might have not been a bad decision, considering the quality of the entrees. I was also shocked to see most of the entrees averaged around $25 (due to the Back Bay price inflation perhaps?), as I have had better and cheaper food at Taco Cabana. My experience at Casa Romero felt like the movie Waterworld: overpriced, overhyped, and a major disappointment.
Fortunately, the Boston Pops show more than offset the unsatisfactory dinner at Casa Romero. The performance is a must see, as the amazing music could turn a grinch into a festive elf. We decided to get a lovely tiramisu dessert during the intermission, which was very tasty and a sweet addition to the celebratory ambiance. The Pops was a non-culinary experience that I will never forget.
buon appetito!So readers, as I wrap up this spirited entry, I want to wish you all a happy holidays and a great New Year!
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