Come in, they’re open….and as an added bonus, The Breakfast Club has a parking lot!!
Earlier this week I attended an event that was rescheduled from earlier in the month (who’s tired of all this snow!!). The theme for this event was Valentine’s Day! I was in good company, Bianca from Confessions of a Chocoholic, Leah from Leah’s Life: Pearls and Oysters, Melanie from A Beautiful Bite, Molly from Pop.Bop. Shop, Erik from Thrillist, Devin from Only in Boston, Rachel from Foodista on Pointe, Dan from The Food in My Beard. The Breakfast Club is now serving breakfast for dinner (by reservation only) on the first Monday of every month.
For the second course we moved onto “The Color of Love”, red velvet pancakes with cream cheese icing. Now how cute are these pancakes? I could have eaten a dozen of these – they were THAT good, really light and fluffy. I loved the icing, it was just the right amount of sweetness – not overly so and it didn’t fight with the pancakes.
For the third course we moved to something savory – “Opposites Attract” 2 poached eggs on a grilled Stone and Skillet English muffin, 1 topped with smoked salmon and Hollandaise sauce and the other topped with shaved sirloin and their spicy home made Hollandaise sauce. At this point I was feeling pretty full and while I wanted to finish the whole dish, I couldn’t. The steak was probably my favorite, I love that spicy Hollandaise sauce…it would be delicious on a variety of dishes, not just this one.
For the final course, we had the “Mini ‘Box of Chocolates’ Milkshake”, chocolate, cherry, caramel, peanuts, and marshmallow swirl all in one shake. Holy food coma! This was a home run! The shake tasted heavy on the peanuts but that wasn’t a problem for this girl. A really nice way to end the meal.
The Breakfast Club’s regular hours are Monday-Friday 6am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am-3pm. I have heard that the lines on the weekend can be out the door! It’s hard to find a good diner. Owner George Athanasopoulos is the ultimate host. He started his career working at The Diner in Watertown Square, one of my other favorite go to spots. It was his uncle’s diner and it is now owned by his cousin. George bought The Breakfast Club in 2002 and has filled this 70 seat diner with some great 80’s memorabilia. I’m already ready to go back: on my list to try – the milkshakes in flavors like Banana Nutella or Reese’s or one of the specials like the S’mores French Toast, Gingerbread Waffles, or the Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes. Are you drooling yet?
Check out the next couple of events below. Here’s how to get tickets: http://bit.ly/1AUtV1Y
Monday, March 2, 2015
St. Patrick’s Day
The Breakfast Club borrows from traditional Irish and St. Patrick’s Day fare, but with a quirky spin, offering up breakfast bites like a colorful Lucky Charms Parfait, decadent Bailey’s French Toast, and a riff on the classic Corned Beef & Cabbage incorporating it into the diner’s scratch-made Corned Beef Hash. Wash it all down with an “Irish Coffee” Milkshake - sláinte!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Skip the Easter Egg Hunt this year because The Breakfast Club is hoarding them all! Start your meal off with some throwback Deviled Eggs and then ponder the age-old question: Chicken or the Egg? while chowing down on an egg-white omelette filled with grilled chicken. For your Easter sweet tooth, Carrot Cake Pancakes and a Marshmallow Peep Milkshake should do the trick.
Monday, May 4, 2015
The trees and flowers are in finally in bloom and it’s time to rejoice because winter is over. Join The Breakfast Club for homage to springtime featuring a colorful Spring Hash, tropical banana/coconut/pineapple Hummingbird Pancakes, a Fresh Herb Omelette and a garden-inspired Vanilla-Lavender Milkshake. Better pack it all in now before swimsuit season arrives!
Disclaimer: I was invited to this event as a guest of The Breakfast Club. My meal was complimentary, all opinions are my own.
The Breakfast Club
270 Western Ave, Allston, MA
Last weekend, about a dozen bloggers trekked out in the snow to attend a lamb event at Tremont 647. One bite of those morning buns and it was like….what snow? My favorite thing at brunch at Tremont 647 are the home made pop tarts…check out their pajama brunch on the weekends, it’s not to be missed.
Master butcher Doug Piper flew in from Australia to demonstrate butchering techniques. The ease in which he cut the lamb was impressive – it was like a hot knife through butter. Owner of Tremont 647, Andy Husbands, talked about knives – how everyone thinks you need expensive knives – Shun being a popular choice, but really, all you need is a super sharp knife.
Sharp knife indeed, Doug wore a protective glove on one hand while he showed the different cuts of meat. Generally speaking, I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of lamb. But Australian lamb is 100% free range and pasture raised – who knew that these vegetarian lambs could taste so delicious! The meat is lean, tender and has tons of nutrients.
We had a choice of entree: I picked Andy’s Huevos Rancheros: Braised Aussie lamb de Birria style, fried eggs, beans, rice, three salsas and tortilla. I couldn’t get enough of this dish – so many bold flavors, it was delicious.
Here’s a great recipe from Chef Andy Husbands for Lamb t-bones with mint pistou:
- 8 – 1″ thick Australian lamb t-bones
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 sprig rosemary leaves, chopped
- kosher salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
Place the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, parsley, garlic and rosemary in a food processor and puree until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. The marinade should be a little salty and peppery.
Rub the lamb with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Remove the meat from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you want to grill.
Turn your grill to high and cook chops to desired doneness.
For the mint pistou:
Place all ingerdients in a food processor or blender. Turn the motor on and slowly drizzle oil until you have a smooth, pourable paste. Transfer for a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Top chops with mint pistou and serve.
For more information on Australian lamb: www.australian-lamb.com and check out the hashtag #springaussielamb
Disclaimer: I was invited to be a guest at the Aussie Lamb demo. They provided me with a complimentary meal, all opinions are my own.
647 Tremont Street, South End
A few weeks ago I was invited to head over to Fogo de Chao to check out Bar Fogo. Better known for their all you can eat service, my brother and I like to go there to get our meat on! Check out my previous review here.
My drink guy, Mark, came along to sample the signature drinks. Pictured above is the Fogo Caipirinha: Silver Cachaça, fresh limes and cane sugar. A little on the sweet side, Mark enjoyed the citrus drink but wished that they offered some spicy options on their bar menu.
One of our favorite dishes was the warm hearts of palm and spinach dip – a spin on the classic, we loved the creamy texture and the bold flavor. The steamed spinach and hearts of palm was served with crispy toast on the side.
The bar area was warm and cozy and the service was right on point, a great option if you are looking for some light bites and Brazilian inspired cocktails.
Happy hour is served in the bar Monday through Friday from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Disclaimer: I was invited to participate in a media event at Fogo de Chao, they provided me with a complimentary meal. All opinions are my own.
Fogo de Chao
200 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA
On New Year’s Eve, we were looking for a place that would seat 11 of us – and make everyone happy – kids of different ages, adults with different palates etc. So we decided on Gianni’s, which can be hit or miss sometimes. The restaurant is located across the street from the Radisson hotel – so that’s a bonus – convenience. The restaurant is large, so it is able to accommodate large parties. We start off with the Insalata Caprese con mozzarella di buffala ($10.45), ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese with oregano & extra virgin olive oil from the hills of Italy. The tomatoes were a bit under ripe, but the dish was good over all.
For my main meal I had the rigatoni ai quattro formaggio ($20.35) Parmesan, Pecorino, Provolone and mozzarella cheese…a cheese lovers dreams with a touch of fresh tomato sauce. I really enjoyed this dish, the sauce was light and yet still flavorful…which may have something to do with the mountain of shredded cheese on top (delish!!).
Cannoli ($8.25) Homemade Italian pastry filled with a candied fruits & fresh ricotta. Ok, so $8 for a cannoli this size was a little bit obscene. It was literally two bites worth. Good, but not $8 good.
Tiramisu ($8.25) Homemade, with lady fingers, fresh whipped cream and Italian mascarpone cream cheese. This dessert was good, but I think the chocolate sauce was a bit too much for this dessert, I would have preferred it plain.
The service was good, I think all in all we had about 3 servers/food runners working our table. As the night went on, they became a bit scare, but overall a good meal that accommodated everyone’s tastes.
Palm Beach 51, Noord, Aruba
Overall the meal was good – a little on the pricey side ($6 for a side of rice?!?!), but good. Service was good at the beginning but trailed off at the end. Great place for families and groups.
Located inside the Hyatt Hotel
It has been some time since I had seen my friend Ziggy, so we decided to hop in the car and drive down to RI to see him and his wife at the Farmers Market he sells at on the weekends. The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market can be found at the Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. While we were visiting we walked around to buy some other delicious goodies:
The Humble Pie Company in Providence is run by Daniel Sheehan, and has been open since 2013. We sampled the mini apple pies, which were delicious – the crust was flaky and light, the filling was top notch, and I loved the oat crunch on top.
North Bakery just won top honors for their chocolate chip cookies ($1.75) which have a nice sprinkling of sea salt over top.
My friend Ziggy is the man behind Fox Point Pickles. He makes them in two flavors, garlic dill and spicy dill. The spicy dill pickles pack a punch, but it’s a delayed on, you don’t get it right when you bite into the pickle. The spicy dill would be great in a bloody mary!
The Rocket food truck was outside serving up gourmet street food.
Pat’s Pastured has a food truck where we had Pat’s Burger ($13) a 100% grass fed beef burger served with cheddar cheese, carmelized onions, Arcadian Fields greens, and garlic aioli (add the egg for $1 – trust us!). Just as we got up to the front of the line, they ran out of buns, so we grabbed our burger on two hotdog rolls. Still super delicious!
Andy Levitt, founder of The Purple Carrot, was one of the guests at the event. Andy and his wife Tammy started the company in 2014, with the intent of helping people find an easier way to make healthy meals at home. If you know me at all, you know I’m not a very healthy eater – carbs, desserts, hit me up! Veggies? What are those? But The Purple Carrot makes things so simple that even I can get on board with healthy eating! So here’s how it works: Every week there are 4 dinner options, you pick your two favorite and they do the rest. You get two great meals and a snack delivered to your door for just $59. Check out their recipe archive, I’m dying to try the cookie dough hummus, the bowties with mushrooms, and the veggie dumpling stew.
The talented Charlotte Kim, CMO of CheerNetworks, cooked up a wonderful traditional Korean dish with a twist. Jap Chae, or Chap Chae, is generally made on special occasions with beef and sweet potato glass noodles stir fried with sesame oil with carrots, onions, spinach and mushrooms. Charlotte’s version was vegetarian and instead of the sweet potato noodles, she opted for some rice noodles. It was super delicious, you didn’t even miss the meat!
Christina Wang was a featured guest at the event. She is the Vice President of Strategy and Finance for the Marcus Samuelsson Group in New York City. She was piping out the chocolate avocado dessert. The avocado added a nice creamy texture to the dessert and that little sprinkle of sea salt on top really brought the dessert up a notch!
Mr. Stacy’s Pita Chips, Mark Andrus, was in the house whipping up a great twist on the cinnamon sugar chip! The chips were dipped in chocolate, sprinkled with almonds and topped but warm butter caramel. 3 words: to.die.for.
Carolyn Kim, Co-founder of The Good Ones (left) with fellow Good One Christine Prouty (right).
You may know Juan from his stint as the chef at The Glenville Stops and Trade before that. He is a accomplishments landed him on this year’s Zagat’s 30 under 30 list. Pedrosa currently oversees operations at Stone & Skillet, an artisanal English muffin company. I was at Volante Farms this weekend for their Local Food Fest and was able to sample some of their muffins, trust me – go out to Volante Farms or Whole Foods and pick some up for yourself!
And Jacki is killing it at Trade – her hard work also landed her a spot on Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list!
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At this event, the Good Ones were collecting donations for Horizons for Homeless Children, a local non profit that impacts the lives of over 2,000 homeless children in Massachusetts each week. If you are interested in making a donation, please see their gift list here.
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The Screaming Eagle is one part South Beach and one part night club. This French fusion restaurant is draped with gauzy white curtains and even offers a whole section where you can eat your dinner on a canopy bed. While that sounds lovely, we opt for the traditional table.
Overall, the service was good. It started out strong at the beginning but trailed off at the end as our server got a few larger sized parties. We were finished with our dessert by the time the cup of coffee arrived.
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 228
t: +297 587 8021
Last year we went to Old Man and the Sea, and decided that when we came back we would try the Flying Fishbone that was located next door. The restaurant is a good distance away from the high rise hotels, a $32 taxi ride each way from Palm Beach.
The restaurant has amazing sunset views, make sure to get here early for a great seat. The tables are on the sand, so kick off your shoes and get comfortable. There are even some tables so close to the water that you’re dipping your toes into the water while you’re dining!
We start off with the creamy corn soup with shrimp ($10). I find it surprising that for a Caribbean island, there are a lot of cream sauces on menus and creamy soups…seems a bit heavy for 80 degree weather. That being said, I loved the soup.
The Flying Fishbone
Savaneta # 344
t: +297 584 2506