It was an unusually warm evening, so we decided to walk to Temazcal from our office. The space is beautiful, with great water views. It was a little too chilly for eating outside, but they have a lovely patio.
The restaurant has two locations, one in the Seaport and the other in Lynnfield. Both restaurants feature an upscale atmosphere and over 200 types of tequila! What is fun about Temazcals’ website is that you can look at the menu and see recipes of all the dishes and prepare them for yourself at home!
And of course we started with the lobster guacamole ($16): lobster, avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, serrano chilies. Huge pieces of fresh lobster meat! I love guacamole, I could have eaten just this for dinner.
We also tried the grilled skirt steak tacos ($19) that came with marinated grilled skirt steak, roasted onion salsa, napa cabbage, picked serrano and radish and avocado, served on soft corn tortillas. A little messy to eat, but it came in a cute presentation and the flavors were really fresh.
Where is your favorite Mexican restaurant?
250 Northern Ave., Boston, MA
Taste Trekkers put on their second annual Food and Travel Expo at the Hotel Biltmore in Providence, RI on October 3-5. Friday was industry day, Saturday was foodie day and Sunday was the scavenger hunt around the city. Saturday morning was kicked off with a welcome from Seth Resler, followed by 10 minute talks (shown below) and a series of three breakout sessions.
Sam Poley, Director of Public Relations & Communications from Durham, North Carolina gave a great 10 minute talk about his city. Durham has a great farmers market and is being recognized as a great foodie destination. For more information on what Durham has to offer, check out the official visitor information website for Durham here.
Christopher Bakken talked about his adventures in Greece, and how the best meals were off the beaten path. You can read all about his adventures in his book Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table.
Jose Duarte, owner of Taranta, talked about his adventures in Peru. Other speakers included Lisa Gustavson, owner of Sojourner Tour Company, who talked about France and Richard Gutman, Director and Curator at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Whales talked about culinary museums.
The first session was tasting single origin honey with Marina Marchese from Red Bee honey. We tasted 5 different kinds of honey: The alfalfa honey had a very grassy smell, the red currant honey was sweet like figs and had a molasses smell to it, the North Carolina Sourwood honey had a greenish tinge to it and had an acquired taste, the buckwheat honey had a barn-like smell and was much darker in color, and the chestnut honey smelled like grapes. There was also a bit of honeycomb to try – it takes bees 2 years to make honeycomb (which is why it is so expensive at stores). While tasting, we learned a lot about bees, for example: did you know that honey bees only live 45 days? or that the females are the worker bees?
Next up was wine tasting in Spain with Tatiana Gana, co-founder of Gastro Tours.
The last session (not pictured) was a guide to Vermont food adventures with Tom Bivins, Executive Director at the Vermont Cheese Council. We watched a short video presentation and tried a variety of cheddar cheeses. Tom encouraged everyone to check out the Vermont Cheese Trail, where you can go and visit farms and cheese makers.
To see a full list of exhibitors, please see the Taste Trekkers website here.
Uncle Truscott’s, run by husband and wife team Peter and Katie Kelly, is also finding a home at Hope and Main. Their truffles are sinful, I especially loved the white chocolate truffles covered in bittersweet chocolate!! In addition to truffles they make this almond butter toffee that is TO-DIE-FOR…and I am patiently waiting for them to open their online shop!!
The Matunuck Oyster Bar and Farm was at the event shucking oysters.
Want to check out my Top 5 article for Taste Trekkers? Read it here.
La Creperie, a local Providence company had a long line for there brie and cranberry crepes.
My friend Ziggy told me not to miss the Biggest Little Popcorn Co. at the pavilion. Their English butter toffee popcorn comes in delicious flavors like Orangetine, Lemon Bliss, Lime Light, Mexican Vanilla, Hot Cinnamon, Sweet Masala Curry and Traditional Banana Toffee. Check out their website to purchase!
Mark and I went out for my birthday lunch at Wheelhouse. They had been on our radar for the past few months (they recently opened)…but you know how that lunch rut goes: you have 5 minutes to duck out to the closest place next to your office…. (or is that just me?) The good news is that they are also open for breakfast. Read: THEY HAVE WHIPPED HONEY BUTTER. Thrillist named it one of the 5 Breakfast Sandwiches You Need to Eat This Weekend.
All burgers are made to order and come with double patties. Mark had the “Boom goes the Dynamite”, a spicy burger, jack cheese with pickled onion and a garlicky jalapeño hot sauce. I think Mark was actually hoping for it to have been hotter!
I had the “Fun Guy”, made with seared wild mushrooms with dijonaise (I went without) topped with gruyere cheese. We split a side of “smash fry”, a delicious alternative to french fries. The burgers were on the smaller side, but the fact that they were double patty burgers made up for it. The burgers themselves were well seasoned and quite tasty. I would definitely go back to try breakfast or a different kind of burger.
63 Broad Street, Boston, MA
With the 70 degree weather we had this past week, it is easy to forget that the holidays are right around the corner. How do they sneak up on us (read: me) every year?! If you’ve stepped into a mall recently, you know, the holidays will soon be upon us.
Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? You want to get thoughtful gifts, but end up getting gift cards instead because you ran out of time? Are you trying to plan a holiday party in between conference calls at work? Here is where Christina comes in – she can tackle all of this for you and free up your day! See all of the services she provides here: Kotseas HOLIDAY
I first met Christina at a party hosted by the Good Ones. Once you meet Christina, you can see right away why clients enjoy working with her. I was excited to sit down with Christina, it is always fun to interview people that you know. Looking forward to all of you getting to know Christina a little better!
How long have you been a personal assistant?
My world as a personal assistant commenced the day after my last day with The Red Sox, which also happened to be the day after they won the 2013 World Series. It was quite the goodbye.
What made you want to go into business for yourself?
I always grew up knowing I’d like to be my own boss one day. Having had great mentors along the way allowed me to build the confidence to start something of my own.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? and what are your favorite jobs to tackle?
It’s always a nice feeling knowing you’ve given someone more time in their day. For some, it’s priceless. My favorite jobs to tackle are organizational projects and personal shopping. For me, it’s the quintessential “Do what you love, and you won’t work a day in your life.”
How has your previous work in the hospitality industry prepared you for working as a personal assistant?
I’d say I’ve walked a unique path to what I consider success, but it’s more of a sprint. If something doesn’t feel right, I move on. Quickly. I’ve done that throughout the past 8 years to land where I am today. It started with waitressing on the Cape just out of college, then into an Executive Assistant role for a Title Insurance Company in Boston. Next, a one way ticket to Cali landed me a full-time Nanny position in San Francisco. After a drive cross country with my parents (…in a motor home, with an abundance of wine…) a Stewardess position on a private yacht along the East Coast was my next gig. I finally worked my way back to Boston and became an Event Planner for The Boston Red Sox. All of these life experiences have given me the opportunity to face just about every unique situation and/or request.
Who/what inspires you?
My dad built his business from the ground up. He has always been such a hard worker and I know that I’ve terrified him at times with my not-so-standard career path, but he always supports me and knows that I will land on my feet.
Describe your personal style.
It’s an ever-changing mix of both classic and edgy. It’s fun to work some trend into timeless pieces.
With the holiday season coming up, what is your favorite part(s) of the season?
I love to see the city transform into a winter snow globe.The lit up trees along Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue are always something I look forward to. That, along with some red wine, a fireplace, and perhaps a handsome someone to share it with never sounds like a bad idea either.
You can find out more about Christina on her website: www.christinakotseas.com
This past Saturday I joined Blog and Tweet Boston at Del Frisco’s in Burlington. (See my previous review of Del Frisco’s in Fort Point here) It’s a great group and it’s always so fun meeting other foodies.
Next we tried three different kinds of flatbreads: the first, a wild mushroom flatbread ($13) made with fontina cheese, caramelized onions and topped with baby arugula.
For our main course we had the grille prime cheeseburger ($13) that came with double patties, lettuce, red onion, tomato, pickle, sloppy sauce and served with a side of frites. First of all, how cute is that mini bottle of ketchup?!?! The burger was pretty good – the bun held up throughout the whole meal and the burger itself had all the classic flavors you would want.
The coconut cream pie was also served as dessert and was quite tasty. I was pleasantly surprised at how light it was. It wasn’t as sweet as some of those “typical” coconut desserts can be (which I tend to avoid), which made this dessert that much better for me.
Disclaimer: I attended this lunch with Blog and Tweet Boston. Del Frisco’s invited us to be their guest and provided a complimentary lunch. All opinions are my own.
Del Frisco’s Grille
92 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA
Marc Hall Objekt is a lovely showroom located in the historic SOWA neighborhood. I stopped in during their open studios to give you a sneak peak at some of the fun things they have.
I love the mini pumpkins.
The showroom has a mix of things new and old. Marc recently returned from a trip to Paris where he picked up a lot of new items. Many of the pieces in the showroom come from Hall’s travels.
Marc Hall create beautiful scapes for events – head to their website for photos.
Marc Hall has a space next door to the showroom that you can rent out for events.
In addition to doing events, the team at Marc Hall also goes out to client’s homes for site visits to work on their homes and gardens.
It is easy to fall in love with everything in the showroom, there are such great colors and textures, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing your space.
Marc Hall was the creative director for events at Winston Flowers for 7 years before he opened up his own design firm in 2010.
In addition to being a talented designer, Hall also has his own line of handcrafted vessels, furniture, and textiles which can also be found in his showroom.
I met Sarah Anne DiNardo at the Christofle dinner at Liquid Art House. She has the kindest soul and is such a lovely girl. Not only is she a talented designer at Marc Hall but she is also an amazing tape artist.
What is a tape artist? Sarah hand rolls masking tape into these wonderful sculptures. Check out the beautiful video describing her craft on her website.
Sarah uses found antiques as the base of her tape sculptures. Each one is beautiful, unique and hand made.
535 Albany Street, Boston, MA
Last week I attended a cookbook launch party at Island Creek Oyster Bar. Jeremy Sewall has an impressive resume. He was nominated as a rising star chef by the James Beard Foundation, he opened Great Bay in 2003, opened his own restaurant, Lineage in Brookline, in 2006, collaborated on Eastern Standard in 2009, opened Island Creek Oyster Bar in 2010 and opened Row 34 in 2013.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
Liquid Art House had it’s media preview of their newest art collection “Ready to Bare” on October 7th. Artists featured in this exhibit included: Kerry Armstrong, Fanny Bucchiotty, Chris Cavallero, Giovanni Decunto, Rimantas Dichavicius, Izabella Kay, Heather McGrath, Josie Morway, Jordan Piantedosi, and Erin Shaw. Also included is an installation of live plant sculpture and lighting by designer Marc Hall (above). Guests were treated to a preview of the PostParty furniture collection designed by Michael Nedeau and Party By Design.
Beautiful hand glass blown pumpkins are on display made by Luke Adams, a local south end craftsman. All pieces are for sale.
Liquid Art House
100 Arlington Street, Boston, MA
On October 3rd, guests came out in festive attire to attend Norwell Farm’s first farm to table benefit dinner.
Island Creek Oysters was at the event, shucking oysters all night long.
Robin King is the chef and owner of ORO and Tesoro in Scituate. He has worked in Breckenridge at Cafe Alpine and in Boston at Tosca and Mistral. King made shaved steak arepas over roasted poblano pepper salad with avocado puree and chimmichurri.
Jamie Bissonnette is the chef and owner of Toro and Coppa. Bissonnette started his career in Europe before coming back to the states where he opened Eastern Standard and was later recruited to work at KO Prime. He was voted best chef of the northeast in 2014 by the James Beard Foundation and just released his cookbook, The New Charcuterie Cookbook: Exceptional Cured Meats to Make and Serve at Home. Bissonnette made a vegetable paella featuring a variety of Norwell Farms seasonal produce.
Stephen Sherman, chef at the Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, earned his degree at the Culinary Institute of America which led him to working at the two best restaurants in Basque County. Upon his return to the states, he took a positions at River Cafe and Union Square Tavern. He moved back to Boston to open Bricco in the North End and joined the Aquitane group in January 2000.
Adam Fuller runs Snappy Lobster, a locally owned and operated seafood business in Scituate. They source all of their lobster, fish and scallops from small independent fishermen. Fuller made fried green tomatoes stuffed with chorizo and lobster served over lobster roe aioli.
Doug Rodrigues, chef at the Tip Tap Room, has worked in places like Tosca in Hingham, Saporito’s Florence Club Cafe in Hull, Clio and Sensing. Rodrigues joined the Tip Tap Room in the fall of 2013. Rodrigues made bagna cauda with shaved boar belly.
The Bloomy Rind offered the following cheeses: Praire Breeze, a cheddar cow’s milk cheese from Milton Creamery in Iowa; Coco Cardona, a semi firm goat’s milk cheese from Carr Valley in Wisconsin; Georgian Stilton, a blue cow’s milk chees from Form Farm in England; and Lille’ a brie cheese made from cow’s milk from Vermont Farmstead.
About Norwell Farms: In the fall of 2012, the Town of Norwell has granted Norwell Farms a license to operate a community farm on 7.34 acres at historic Jacobs Farm and an additional 1.5 acres at Barstow Field on River Street. Scott Franklin became the Farm Manager in February 2013. Norwell Farms constructed a greenhouse next to the East Barn in Spring 2013. In Fall of 2014, the Town of Norwell voted $50,000 to help the Historic Commission and Norwell Farms rejuvenate historic Jacobs Farm. With these funds, we installed electricity to the East and West Barns and the greenhouse. We also dug a well and installed much needed irrigation for our fields! In Summer of 2014, Norwell Farms welcomed chickens back to Jacobs Farm and we renovated a historic chicken coop we discovered on the property. Scott and his family now live in the farmhouse on the property.
- To feed our community fresh food grown on our farm in Norwell. We farm without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers and are taking steps to achieve organic certification
- Educate and engage the community about sustainable, local agriculture, along with the environmental and historic aspects of Jacobs Farm
- Increase access to and awareness about healthy food by at-risk populations
- Protect, conserve and steward historic open space, natural habitat and farmland (focused on, but not limited to Jacobs Farm) for the benefit of the community.
Disclaimer: I attended this event as media and Norwell Farms gave me a complimentary ticket.
4 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA 02061
Follow the Honey is a great store located in Harvard Square, owned and operated by Mary Canning. They have an amazing variety of honey and honey related products. Some of the great features of the shop are their honey on tap and their bar where you can sample a variety of types of honey!
Follow the Honey was involved in the dinner I went to over the summer at Cuisine en Locale – see the recap here. I went to the shop on a hunt for Shira Melen’s special honey macarons – made exclusively for Follow the Honey. They did not disappoint – perfectly light and crisp with a hint of sweetness.. Check out my previous post on Shira’s macarons here.
Stop in today and pick up a jar of my favorite honey from Red Bee.
Follow the Honey
1132 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square)