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Barlola Tapas Lounge – Weekly Live Flamenco Shows in the Back Bay (Sundays – 7 & 9 p.m.)

If you can’t make any of the fabulous February flamenco shows happening in Boston and still want to experience this great Spanish art, herein lies another great opportunity. Established in September of 2005, Barlola is conveniently located in the heart of the Back Bay at the corner of Dartmouth and Commonwealth. Situated on the ground floor of the historic Vendome building, once a late 19th-century hotel for the wealthy and famous, this Spanish eatery offers loads of atmosphere. What it also offers however, is live flamenco dancing accompanied, of course, by great Spanish music. I prefer to enjoy my world music in a variety of settings, the ethnic restaurant being one of my favorites. There’s just something about the taste and distinctive aromas of the native cuisine that greatly intensify the whole musical experience.

And speaking of native cuisine, when its comes to Barlola, you are in for a real gourmet  treat. They offer truly authentic tapas from the various locales of Spain, prepared by a native culinary staff with 30 years of experience. Get a load of these gastronomic delights: Boquerones (fresh white anchovies over vegetable vinaigrette toast), Manchego y Serranno (Manchego cheese and Serranno cured ham with toast), Pinchos de Vieiras y Uvas (grilled sea scallops and black grape skewers), Crostones de Cangrejo con Salsa de Piquilles y Gambas (Maine crab meat, sofrito and cheese crustini’s with piquillo-shrimp sauce), Ravioles de Pato con Salsa de Curasao y Arandanos Silvestres (duck confit stuffed raviolis with a creamy Curacao liquor and wild blueberry sauce, Frixuelos (milk caramel crepes with coffee cream sauce, and Budin de Pan (bread pudding with mango sauce). Check out the rest of the menu, as I have merely offered you a sampling of Barlola’s interesting and tantalizing array of tappa treats. They also offer their own specialty drinks at the bar or dinner table.

Live flamenco performances happen every Sunday evening at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at Barlola. Dinner, brunch and a full bar are available. For their hours click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. To locate them on the neighborhood map, click here.

February 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Looking for that Perfectly Romantic Evening with Your Valentine? – Enjoy Live Flamenco in an Intimate Setting (Feb. 14th – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.)

In a special Valentine’s Day performance, Springstep presents Flamenco on Fire. Experience an evening of Spanish dance and music, while enjoying light ethnic fare in a Spanish cafe-style setting.




Enjoy the virtuoso dancing of prominent flamenco artist La Conja, up close and personal in a truly intimate setting, while feasting on tapas and sipping wine at your very own table. Accompanying La Conja, will be classical guitarist, Aaron Larget Caplan who will be treating you to ethnic music from the Andalusia region of Spain, while showcasing driving rhythms and expressive melodies. As the art of flamenco is  known for its passionate intensity, this performance is sure to be in keeping with the mood of this romantic occasion.

I would emphasize that this event is for 21 and ups only. Tickets are $19.00 for general admission and $16.00 for seniors. For further details on this Saturday evening Valentine’s event click here. To get a better feel for the exact location of Springstep, check out the neighborhood map.

February 1, 2009 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

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