An Evening at the MFA

An Evening at the MFA

Tonight, my friend Heather took me to a birthday dinner at Bravo at the Museum of Fine Arts. Funny how my birthday has somehow morphed into a birthday week, hehe. I never take full advantage of the MFA so I was excited to dine and explore the museum. Did you know on Wednesdays after 4pm the MFA is free? Although leaving a donation is always encouraged… gotta support the arts 🙂

After about a quick 15 minute wait, dinner began with a basket (or two) of bread, which we quickly devoured.


The chef sent us chicken salad on crostini which was goooood. Heather told me to eat both pieces, so I obviously did 😉


For my meal, I ordered the carbonara off of the appetizer menu. The portion was massive and I felt like no matter how much I ate, it was nearly impossible for me to make a dent in it! Needless to say, it was so flavorful and the perfect dish for the cold rainy weather we’re experiencing in Boston now! Instant comfort.


Actually, I take that back. Heather got the corm and tomato risotto which I took a bite of and it made me a little excited for the cooler weather to get here, which I almost never say. There’s something about a big bowl of creamy risotto that warms the soul like nothing else.


Our waiter attempted with all his might to force dessert upon us but after wine, bread (2 baskets, muah ha ha), pasta, and risotto we decided if we were leaving alive we should pass on the decadent treats.

After dinner we wandered around until the museum closed at 9:45. It was definitely an art-filled evening! We started with the Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 exhibit. I love and appreciate anything that has to do with fashion and I’ve been wanting to check this out. Seeing the process of some vintage Harper’s Bazaar magazine shoots and the timeline of the iconic photographer Richard Avedon‘s work was stunning.

One of my favorite pieces was a mock-up of a Bazaar cover with notes scribbled about. In my opinion, one of the greatest stages in design is the actual process behind the final piece and I love to see other artist’s thought processes. This is the actual mock-up with the final autographed cover shot below:

(Oh, my arm is sticking out like that because my purse is massive. Neat, huh?)

I think we covered mostly all of the exhibits and as we were strolling around I couldn’t help but think I don’t spend nearly as much time there as I should. It’s a part of Boston I don’t often venture out to, even though it’s quite easy to access via public transportation. Also, if you dine at one of the restaurants at the MFA and get your ticket validated you can park in their lot for free! If you’re in Boston, I highly recommend swinging by the MFA on a Wednesday evening. It couldn’t be more gorgeous at night if it tried…

To me, the MFA always reminded me of childhood field trips and art history courses in college, so I never really thought of attending or looking into other events they offered! Do you know of any other hidden gems in Boston or other cities… Places where you wouldn’t normally think to go for an evening out? Do share!

Also, since people have been asking in the comments section where a lot of my clothes are from, my blazer is from Banana Republic, and was part of my birthday gift from my sister and brother-in-law. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect boyfriend blazer (and perfect boyfriend, tee hee) for a long time. Finally got it, fits like a glove 🙂 And I snagged the “scarf” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum gift shop earlier this summer. Both are currently blowing my mind. I’m going to try to include where my clothes are from in more posts just so y’all will know! Sound like a plan??


17 Responses to "An Evening at the MFA"

  1. Vi says:

    It’s always the most obvious places you tend to forget – having been born and brought up in Sydney, in Australia, a city filled with iconic monuments, I’m only now rediscovering places I’d forgotten about or avoided because they were too “touristy”. My friends and I had a tradition of gathering around this quiet spot on the Harbour that seriously, no one else seemed to go to, which was a shame because it had one of the most amazing views of the water and was a great spot for a bunch of teenagers to make noise. I also recently rediscovered the Queen Victoria Building, again something I passed through but never really gave a second thought, the significance of its rich architectural and other history only hit me later on.

  2. Simply Life says:

    I never thought to eat there – looks great!

  3. Joanne says:

    I think having a birthday week is key to happiness. I definitely didn’t go to the MFA enough while I was in Boston. What an awesome meal! And I do love that blazer. I think a trip to Banana Republic is in order.

    BTW – I got the gift card! Thanks so much for the sweet note. It made me ridiculously excited to be getting mail from Massachusetts and recognizing the address!

  4. Erica says:

    What a great meal. The carbonara looks beautifully done. And I love when restaurants have GOOD bread in their bread baskets. Cute outfit (seriously, do you want to be my personal shopper…I am like the worst shopper in the world ;))

  5. Christina says:

    I love the MFA – it much for such a great outing. I’ve never been to their restaurant before – that carbanara looked delish, I’ll have to stop by :).

  6. I agree we don’t make it to the MFA enough. The ICA is also free Thursday nights after 5.

  7. Heather says:

    What a great night! I think the pics that you took with your camera came out better than the ones you took with your phone. Maybe there is something wrong with the display screen on your camera? Anyway, we will have to go back for desert another night!

  8. I haven’t been to the MFA in a while – thanks for the reminder. I love massive carbonara plates haha. Enjoy your birthday week 😉

  9. That all looks fantastic — I love art galleries, so that sounds like the perfect way to spend a rainy evening (and eating carbonara isn’t half-bad, either!)

    Adore the blazer. I really love Banana Republic; their clothing seems to be of pretty good quality (and being able to pick something off the shelf that fits perfectly every time — I’m petite — is even better.)

  10. Looks like you are having an awesome birthday week! A nice meal!

  11. Kori says:

    Crikey. Now I’m STARVING.

  12. Kelly says:

    Love the exhibits. Did you see the fashion week exhibit when it wsa there? This was awhile ago, but it was sooo cool. I love that its turning into a whole birthday week. 🙂 I adore chicken salad, it’s actually the only chicken-dish I really like. I’m making it this weekend for a picnic. 🙂

  13. I firmly believe that we have at least a month to fully celebrate our birthdays! I am definitely going to see this exhibit with my best friend when she is in town. I love the fashion exhibits at the MFA!

  14. oh! i miss the MFA so much! i used to get in for free with my Emerson id! best perk of going to school there– i’d walk there on winter days that weren’t too cold and just stroll around the exhibits, listening to my ipod. i love their special exhibits, too– last one i went to was ralph lauren’s car exhibit– such gorgeous machines.
    you DO always have the cutest outfits– thank you for sharing!

  15. That dinner looks fab. And I would love to visit the MFA one day. It’s on my list of things to do 😉

  16. Daisy says:

    Yes, your style is great so I like that idea! Last time I was at the MFA was the Napoleon exhibit. I’d love to check this one out. I’m also enamored with the ISGM, but clearly you’ve been. The ICA is also a gem. 🙂

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