For one powerful hour, The Good Ones hosted a hand selected group of Bostonians who are crushing it in their respective fields. Guests gathered on Tuesday night at Bistro du Midi in the Back Bay and snacked on light appetizers such as fried calamari, mini croque monsieur sandwiches and fried artichokes. The theme for the evening was Manhattan style: black, leather, blazers and detail.
After Ty graduated Bard College in 2010 with a degree in Liberal Arts, she enrolled at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. She now produces seasonal ready-to-wear collections from her Boston-based atelier. Her eponymous collection is steeped in New England tradition, a luxe suite of classic silhouettes that are as refined as they are relaxed.
(L-R) Janak Joshi, Chief Product Officer of TactusTV.com and Janeen McCormick, Manager Market Applications at Abiomed.
(L-R) News Anchor at Channel 7 News, Janet Wu with Designer Candice Wu.
(L-R) Featured guest Ty Sinnett, Good One Christine Prouty, featured guest Hanadi Hamzeh, Abby Capobianco, and Co-founder of The Good Ones, Carolyn Kim.
Hanadi Hamzeh is the owner of the new South Boston clothing boutique, Covet, a unique shop offering high quality consignments and hand selected designer pieces. Since opening last year, Covet has received numerous accolades including the Improper Bostonian’s “Boston’s Best” award for best consignment shop, the Boston Globe’s “Best of the New” and recently being featured on Channel 5’s “Chronicle”.
(L-R) Hermann Spicker, VP, Brand Development at Brand Institute and Alex Rosenblum, Founder of Pairwell Foods.
(L-R) Jenn Boyce, Janet Wu, Eric Kramer.
Debra has an undergraduate degree in Interior Design from Suffolk University and a Masters degree in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Recent partnerships of note include collaborations with Tommy Hilfiger, Helmut Lang, and Williams New York. Debra’s work has been featured in both national and international publications to include The New York Times, Fast Company, Dwell magazine, InStyle Magazine, New York Magazine, and more. Recent awards and recognition include New England Home magazine’s 5 under 40 award, nominated representative for Massachusetts: Women to Watch exhibition, and inclusion by Boston Globe Top 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.
(L-R) Designer Candice Wu with Stuart Comerford, Director FX Sales at Royal Bank of Scotland.
(L-R) Alan Rouleau, Entrepreneur with Jewelry Designer Heloisa Fitzgerald.
(L-R) Elena Kazlas, Principal with ConsultEcon, Inc. headquartered in Cambridge with Jewelry Designer Heloisa Fitzgerald.
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My next stop on my macaron tour was Bisous ciao. They have locations in the West Village and on the lower east side. With macarons, you should always store them in the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before you eat them. Sometimes I don’t have that much self control. We picked up six flavors ($17.20).
Pistachio: white chocolate pistachio ganache. With this one, I wished that the pistachio had a stronger flavor.
Gianduja: a classic mix of hazelbut and milk chocolate. The filling was dense, making it feel very decadent.
Almond: almond cream with toasted, chopped almonds. The flavoring was nice but the filling was a bit thick.
Caramel apple: cider, calvados and diced apple in caramel. This not a flavor that I would normally gravitate to, but it was delicious!
Lemon: lemon cream made with lemon juice and lemon zest. I loved the lemon, it was so tart!
What is your favorite macaron flavor?
Bisous Ciao Macarons
101 Stanton Street (bet. Ludlow and Orchard), New York, NY
This is another one of those posts that just got away from me. We were in Kennebunkport a few months ago and had a wonderful dinner at Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn. See my previous posts on Hidden Pond and Earth. Ocean is the sister restaurant of Earth at Hidden Pond, The Tides Beach Club, One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn, David’s KPT, Abbodante Trattoria and Bar, and The Dory.
The views here are breathtaking, even in the off season. Ocean was named on of the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America by Open Table reviewers. We start with a drink at the table. The Aviation ($14) is made with gin and is quite the stiff drink!
The lobster ($33) was served with gnocchi, white asparagus and fava beans. Chef Pierre Gignac did a wonderful job with this dish – light and seasonal. The dumplings were perfect and the seasonal ingredients helped showcase the sweetness of the lobster.
Service was top notch, our waitress was on top of our every need. Ocean is a great place for a romantic date night, we highly recommend you stopping in.
Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn
208 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME
Most people head out to Smorgasburg for ramen burgers – which is evident by the line 30 people deep wrapping around the perimeter when we arrive. The weather was cool and the sky was getting darker by the minute, so we opted to skip the line and see what other delicious finds were out there. We didn’t want to get caught outside if it rained – we were ill prepared with no umbrellas or jackets…
So we grabbed some mac and cheese from the Milk Truck. The line was long but it moved quickly. The mac and cheese had aged cheddar, gruyere & asiago cheeses blended into a creamy bechamel sauce and was topped with fresh mozzarella and house made bread crumbs. Of course we added bacon to the mac and cheese and a vanilla milk shake on the side (made with Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla)!
We decided to split up since the line was pretty long at the Milk Truck (divide and conquer the lunch lines!) – so our other tasty bite for lunch were these soft tacos and tasty side salad made with corn and edamame.
And for dessert, an ice cream sandwich from my favorite place, The Good Batch. I follow them on Instagram and I was hoping to grab a “crispy” (rice crispy “cookie” with vanilla ice cream) but the last one sold out two people ahead of us.
So we got an almond toffee (gluten free) which is an almond toffee macaroon with toasted almonds, burnt sugar caramel, toffee candy, and vanilla ice cream. The cookie was soft, which was a nice surprise, and the sandwich was gone before you could blink an eye. Thank goodness we don’t live closer!
What is your favorite find at Smorgasburg?
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Last week I was invited to preview the new holiday collection at Davids Tea. They have a location right in Downtown Crossing where you can not only pick up some tea, but grab a cup to go. I personally recommend the eggnog latte and plan to go back one morning and try the matcha latte (I didn’t want to be up all night so I went with the eggnog latter instead).
Along the back wall they have tons of tea – did you know that there is such a thing as kosher tea? DAVIDsTEA also has fair trade and organic tea! They have caffeinated teas and decaffeinated (something for everyone) – the teas are naturally decaffeinated, they don’t decaffeinate their teas that already have caffeine. You can buy the tea loose from the cans by weight or in tins like the ones below.
How great are these seasonal cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes? Also on the table are the new candles that come in delicious scents like Blueberry Jam, Forever Nuts and Santa’s Secret ($19.50). On the far right are the tea filled mittens: the red is Santa’s Secret, the blue is egg nog and the green (not pictured) is sleigh ride tea filled ($9.50).
They have fun little gift sets, perfect for the tea lover in your life. (Top left) The 12 teas of Christmas ($29.50); (top right) The 8 days of Tea ($19.50); (bottom) The Christmas Morning Collection ($19.50),The Green Collection ($19.50) The Nutcracker Collection ($19.50), The Black Tea Collection ($19.50)
I had the opportunity to check out a bunch of great teas! What is great about DAVIDsTEA is that if you can’t get into the store, all the things you need to know are on their website. You can find out how much tea to use per cup, water temperature and steeping time (along with allergen information). The eggnog is a green rooibos tea with white chocolate chips, with meringue powder.
Sleigh Ride (back for a limited time) has the flavors of apple, hibiscus blossoms, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds , and popped rice.
Cocomint Cream (a new flavor) has apple, coconut, sweet blackberry leaves, peppermint, spearmint, and natural coconut flavoring.
Bubbie’s Baklava (I just love the name!!) is oolong tea, with roasted chicory root, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, walnuts, apple, ginger, roasted almonds, cardamom, rose pepper, pistachios, and rose blossom.
I had a chance to sample the chocolate macaroon flavor: it’s black tea, with toasted coconut, coconut, pecans, cacao nibs, and rock cane sugar.
The organic vanilla chai is a black tea, flavored with cinnamon, licorice root, ginger, vanilla. With natural vanilla and cream flavoring.
How cute is this? Santa’s Secret is a black tea, with peppermint and cute candy cane sprinkles.
Downtown Crossing – 298 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Guests gathered Sunday afternoon for a Good Ones Power Hour at South Boston Yoga. Everyone was decked out in their 80’s workout attire for an hour long yoga session followed by an hour of conversation and healthy treats. (Left) Carolyn Kim, Co-founder of The Good Ones; (top right) original artwork by Jennifer Brooke, Co-founder of The Good Ones; (bottom right) Alexandra Hynes, Partner and Co-founder at 44 Communications (left) and Jennifer Brooke (right).
Jordan Pollard, Senior Consultant at Magenic.
(Left) Katy Dugan, Associate at Bingham McCutchen; (right) Molly Siegel, Owner of Athlete by Design.
(Top left) Gabrielle Bouquet; (top right) Janet Wu, Reporter for Channel 7 News; (bottom) Hillary Bucklin, Co-founder of Awake Boston.
The talented Hannah Christianson rocked out with live covers of 80’s hits.
Soulshine was displaying some of their merchandise at the event.
(Left) Carolyn Kim, Co-founder of The Good Ones with Jeff Venuti, New England Field Marketing Manager at Hint Water; (top right) Rebecca Ferrel, owner of The Ripe Stuff (left) with Abby Hueber (right) ; (bottom right) Kate Weiler, Co-founder of DRINKmaple (left) with Jeff Venuti (right).
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While we were in NY at Smorgasburg, we stumbled upon Vendome Macaron. Their super bright and bold desserts caught our eye. Vendome can recreate any color you would like for your special order ($10). We tried the French vanilla bean, strawberry, nutella, pumpkin pie, Italian pistachio and lemon meringue pie. The first bite into the crispy, crunchy shell proved that the macarons were light as air.
Did you know that macarons are naturally gluten free? They’re made with almond flour and Vendome uses Kosher coloring that is plant based.
So who are the ladies behind these macarons? Adriana Troli, Executive Pastry Chef; Betzabeth Toledo, Chef de Cuisine; and Taryn Garcia, President and Pastry Chef. Adriana, a protégé of Christian Le Squer’s 3 Star Michelin Restaurant, Ledoyan in Paris, France. Adriana comes from Caracas, Venezuela and has a Bachelors in Law from The Catholic University in Caracas. She began her career as a Private Chef to famed artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez in Paris, France. Betza, apprenticed to empresario and Celebrity television Chef, Sumito Estevez. Under Chef Estevez, Betza learned the newest cooking and pastry methods from Venezuela’s top chef. Taryn began her career as a food stylist working on Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa”, and Martha Stewart’s “Everyday Food”. After studying at France’s premier culinary school, “Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française: Gregoire Ferrandi”. Chef Taryn went on to train with Chef Arnaud Larher, recipient of France’s most coveted artisan award (MOF) Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
You can find Vendome macarons at Smorgasburg on Saturdays and Sundays, at Saks Fifth Avenue at the Cafe SnACKS Fifth Floor and at Bacchus at 409-411 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
While we were waiting for our table at Momofuku Noodle Bar, we decided to take a walk over to the Milk Bar a few blocks away. Dessert before dinner? You bet. So we try the cereal milk shake which was tasty, not quite as sweet as I thought it would taste – more like cornflakes, less like sugary milk.
And how could you pass up the birthday cake truffles (3 for $4.35)? Can’t make it to NY? You can make them at home. Follow this recipe from their website.
Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E. 13th Street, New York, NY
Some posts get away from me. This post on the Farm House Tap and Grill would be one of them. We went to Vermont in the summer for a long weekend vacation and this post never made it to getting published with all the rest. We went on a great sailboat ride on Lake Champlain – a 2 hour ride was $40 per person and we could bring our own food and booze.
Some of us (I won’t name names) were still hungry after the boat ride, so we headed over to the Farm House – a restaurant just up the street. A gentleman on the boat ride said that he went there a few nights earlier and had one of the best meals (read: onion rings) of his life.
Vermont Heritage Grazers Pork Burger ($16.95) served with Cabot cheddar, a sunny side up farm egg, and coleslaw. A big hit at the table, because really, who doesn’t love a burger with a fried egg on top!?!
Farmhouse Meatloaf ($23.95) LaPlatte Farm beef & VT Heritage Grazers pork, whipped potatoes, roasted local veggies, mushroom gravy was a big hit. The dish really reminded us of fall. The meatloaf was flavorful and the local veggies made you feel ok about consuming that much meat.
Service was a little on the scattered side – the restaurant was packed even though it was later in the evening (we had to wait an hour to be seated).
The Farmhouse Tap and Grill
160 Bank Street, Burlington, VT
I haven’t been to this area since I was in college, heading out to Great Scott for “Ladies 80’s Night”. My friend told me that we should check out Shaghai Gate because the food was excellent and so were the prices. Parking was a bit difficult at the meters on the street, so take public transportation if you can. We ordered the sauteed rice cake with chicken, pork and shrimp ($9.50). I’ve never had rice cake noodles in this shape before, but really liked the texture of them. The meat was a little sparse in this dish but I loved the sauce.
My friend went with the good old standby, General Gao’s chicken ($10.95). The dish was light with just a little bit of sweetness to it. At the end of the meal we felt full and had plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. Service was a bit spotty at moments, so perhaps next time we try take out.
204 Harvard Ave., Brighton, MA