I never craved a cronut. I never stood in line for a cronut. However, on my way out of South Shore Plaza the other day, I did stop by the Crumb’s Bake Shop for a sweet treat. I settled on their cinnamon sugar version of the cronut, the Crumbnut…only because it was $2.50 & didn’t feel like paying $4.50 for a cupcake. The verdict? Meh. It was light. It was airy. It was big. It was fine for that mid-afternoon sugar break. If I was in the area again, I might get another one. Or I’d get a cupcake. At least now, I don’t feel compelled to have to jump on to the cronut bandwagon…hahaha…which I’m sure has already long passed me by!
Nestled between the fragrance & cosmetic counters at Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill is an unexpected surprise…Daikanyama, a little Japanese restaurant that serves everything from lobster toast to ramen to pork belly sliders! I just had to investigate :)
If you go, do yourself a favor, skip the traditional leather-bound menu & just peruse the iPad mini that your server gives you. There are way more innovative items on that menu, so try something new! I definitely did & will be back to sample everything else!
I was away in Florida for Christmas vacation & I had a hankering for some food truck action :) Lucky for me, The Happy Grilled Cheese Truck was not yet on holiday hiatus & close to a shopping center that my family & I were already planning to visit that day. Win-win!!!
Some of our favorites were the California melt (because avocado makes everything tastier) & the no hangover melt (which contained my quintessential Southern food favorites of pulled pork plus mac & cheese).
The favorite by far was one of their board specials…the chicken & waffles! The “bread” was 2 waffles that surrounded breaded chicken & cheesy goodness with a hint of Sriracha. Very tangy, not too spicy & a nice take on both the grilled cheese sandwich & the uber-popular chicken & waffles dish. It definitely put a big ol’ smile on my face :) Hopefully the next time I’m in town, I’d be very happy to be able to sample even more menu items! I’ve eaten at many a food truck in my day, but none is so aptly named as Happy Grilled Cheese Truck ^_^
I usually herald the beginning of summers in New England with a good ol’ fashioned lobster roll. Well, maybe it’ll be a new tradition to also end summer with one ^_^ Just couldn’t resist all that lobster & other seafood goodness at Island Creek Oyster Bar!
Cocktail: Spiced maple daiquiri (light & dark run with warming spices). Appetizer: Fried oyster slider (with lime chile aioli on a brioche bun),
Soup: Classic New England clam chowder (with buttermilk biscuit crackers & house-cured bacon). Dessert: Chocolate pudding triffle (covered with whipped cream & fried ganache).
Tokyo shoyu ramen (although the miso ramen is my favorite) served with an additional seasoned boiled whole egg at PIkaichi. It doesn’t say it online, but on the in-house menu, you can get a small bowl of curry rice or char siu don (roast pork on rice) for an additional $2.50! Heck yeah, I did it! Also got a side of takoyaki (fried octopus balls)…you know, for good measure ^_^
Scenes from the VIP opening of O-Sushi located in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Complimentary wine & sake. Waiters carrying platters of hot & cold appetizers one after the other after the other. Thanks again to O-Sushi for the invitation!
About 20 minutes away from downtown San Jose Del Cabo in Mexico is this amazing green & fertile oasis in the middle of the desert called Flora Farms. Imagine eating everything delicious & organic just steps away from where it’s all grown or raised. This is a place I would expect in a foodie haven like Portland, Oregon…certainly not in Mexico!
To say I was excited to eat here is the understatement of the year! We started with their incredible olive bread & butter, washed down with a carafe of citrus grilled sangria. I had their 3-course lunch menu consisting of tomato bisque with fresh oregano, a visually stunning edible flowers salad & chicken breast topped with vinaigrette-dressed arugula. We rounded off our meal with their house white wine & truly, the most unforgettable pineapple sorbet I had ever had! Of all the delicious places I had been to in Mexico, this was the most unexpectedly out of place, had that wonderfully relaxed feel & hopefully I’ll be able to visit again!