Bastille Day is almost upon us! Saturday’s French holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. We love Bastille Day because it’s a wonderful excuse to drink a lot of very good wine and eat a truly gluttonous amount of French food. (Other excuses for such behavior include “It’s Tuesday” and “Oh, look, Amelie is on TV.”) Also, sometimes there are fireworks! Essentially, Bastille Day is a slightly classier Fourth of July. This year, it’s even taking place on a Saturday, so there’s no need to worry about a wine-based hangover. Below, three stellar ways to celebrate Bastille Day.
•In celebration of French freedom (or Freedom Freedom, if you’re a Republican congressman circa 2003), Sandrine’s Bistro will be offering a $25 three-course prix fixe dinner from Friday through Sunday. Since entrees normally start at $19, this is quite a bargain indeed!
•The ne plus ultra of Bastille Day events is hosted each year by the French Library Alliance Française. Join 2500 Boston francophiles on Marlborough Street at 6:00 for an evening of dancing and dining on treats from the likes of Sel De La Terre and Garden Of Eden.
•If a structured event sounds like too much trouble, why not hit up one of Boston’s fine traditional French restaurants? Our picks: Aquitaine for frisee et lardons, Bouchee for steak frites, or Petit Robert Bistro for duck confit.