The Fireplace: Getting hot in here

You try not to listen in when sitting next to an arguing couple. But it’s a different matter when it’s John and Abigail Adams. During The Fireplace’s ( two-weekend Valentine’s celebration, “John & Abigail Love Letters” shows John Adams (Tom Macy) and wife Abigail (Pat Bridgman) recapturing the feisty flirtations of their courting years and the despair of the war years spent apart. Oh, the lost art of love letters. Hashtag that, tweeters.

The second Love Letters, on Saturday, swaps re-enactors for the Mass. Historical Society’s exploration of the lovers’ correspondence over Colonial era drinks — wow, Fishhouse Punch blends brandy, rum and peach juice. Reservations are recommended; these sell out as quickly as any V-Day reservations do. Speaking of which, The Fireplace is extending its special Valentine’s menu — enjoy “Kissing Appetizers,” a duet of oysters Rockefeller, jumbo grilled shrimp cocktail, butter-roasted clams to share — for several days.

Likewise, for five sexy, swanky nights, BOKX 109’s three-course prix fixe menu offers such delights like scallop crudo with pomegranate, roasted half duck with a blackberry-brandy caramel and deconstructed white chocolate cake. The real icing on the cake is free parking right outside  (

OM’s monthlong Valentine’s finger-food prix fixe includes green curry moules frites, spare ribs in a lemongrass caramel sauce and a make-your-own tarts dessert platter. Whatever you do, resist the urge to lick your partner’s fingers. We’ll take sitting next to the arguing couple over the finger-licking one any day (


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