Peals of laughter echo from Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. It’s a dreary weekend eve and the view of the harbor through the windows of the Harbor Hotel’s casually smart seafood restaurant is of sky and water merged into a gray wash. No sooner than “if you can’t beat ’em” came to mind did Curb Crawler meet her new favorite chardonnay, the prettily named, lightly-oaked Californian Foxglove. It’s the wild flower that gave us digitalis, which soothes the heart; something like what the wine — accompanied by a good-sized plate of halibut with creamy saffron risotto — does for the soul on a rainy night. Also good for the soul, their live music series launches tonight.


Further along the Harbor, The Terrace at Battery Wharf (the outdoor element of chic French restaurant Sensing) is a lovely, secluded patio next to the new maritime museum, by the magnificent Coast Guard boat. Even the chilly breeze can’t dim the glow induced by an elegant Moscow Mule.


Next Friday, the 25th, is BBQ time at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center’s 13th annual Chefs in Shorts, where dozens of chefs fire up the grills to aid Greater Boston Food Bank.