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!
The Office on the Beach in Cabo San Lucas was quite the dining experience. It seems uber touristy at first with the blue umbrellas set over tables on the beach, complete with loud, annoying Americans/Europeans & hawkers trying to sell you everything from lucha libre masks to silver jewelry. I was very surprised then that the food was really tasty :)
First meal of my vacation in Mexico…4 of the most perfect tacos ever at Ten Tu Taco. Fried fish, fried shrimp, pork with bacon & pork skin. All topped with uber fresh cilantro, chopped onion, salsa verde, lime juice & the most perfect pickled red onions with habanero that I never knew I was missing all.my.life ^_^
I found myself in a part of town the other day that I didn’t mean to be at during prime rush hour time. Rather than sit in my car at *that* traffic light that would take 5-6 cycles just to get through (you all know what I’m talking about, right?), I decided to stop for an early dinner & found this little gem of a neighborhood dive in Newton!
Po Boy’s is a local sub shop specializing in the most famous of New Orleans sandwiches. The mostly take out joint is small, but the owner has a BIG heart & talks about his only 6-month-old shop with great passion & excitement. I got excited just listening to him, but also in anticipation of my fried catfish po’ boy, French fries & onion rings that he was serving up. He had a small outdoor dining set up that consisted of a couple of tables & some chairs outside on the sidewalk, but Po Boy’s is located on a relatively quiet street, so having the option to sit outside & enjoy this lovely sandwich was great on this sunny, warm evening. My catfish was super fresh, nicely battered & perfectly fried with romaine lettuce & sweet Roma tomatoes. The super thin & crisp onion rings (my favorite!) also came with extra remoulade sauce to dip…nicely spiced, but not too much heat for my wimpy tastebuds. I enjoyed it all! With the wide variety of other po’ boys on the menu…oyster, spicy chicken, voodoo shrimp…can’t wait to come back & try every single one!
I LOOOOOOVE eating in Harvard Square. It has definitely been one of my favorite stomping grounds over the past, hmmm, oh, two decades that I’ve lived in Boston :)
I definitely have my favorite go-to spots when I’m in the Square. For the best slice of Sicilian pizza, Pinocchio’s for sure. For a cheap but good hipster cheeseburger, Charlie’s Kitchen all the way! Brunch however? Now, that’s not so easy for me in Harvard Square. Thank goodness I just learned about The Sinclair!
I woke up really early one day about a month ago & for some reason couldn’t get back to sleep. Soooooo…I decided to drive to Somerville to get some donuts…hahaha!