Row 34 opened in late 2013 in the Fort Point neighborhood and has been on fire ever since. The restaurant is part of a group that runs Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne and the upcoming Row 34 Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My friend Conor was moving back to Texas and we wanted to try this place out before he left.
And the onslaught of appetizers ($7) continues: the 242 fries, cornbread with maple butter and the corn with bacon. I think the corn side was my favorite – it felt light but had some really bold flavors.
The steamers were also a big hit at our table – the extra bread was key to finishing up all of that good broth! Service was on point for the night, and even though it was late on a Sunday night, the place was packed! To make a reservation, check them out on Reserve.
383 Congress Street, Boston, MA
The first seating for dinner at Momofuku Noodle Bar is at 5:30pm. We arrive at 5:40 and we miss the first seating – come back in an hour they say. So we pop over to the Milk Bar around the corner to pick up some treats while we wait. The restaurant is packed and it is mostly counter and communal style dining – although there are a few regular two tops. The noise level can get a bit high here, so if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening, you may want to look elsewhere.
My friend Cathleen says it’s all about the non noodle dishes here, and man is she right! The shrimp and grits app hit it out of the park for us. The dish was served with bacon, scallion and a poached egg. I loved the creamy textures in this dish.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY
Last week I was invited to attend a dinner at Quick’s Hole Tavern. I had been to Quick’s Hole Taqueria, but never the tavern. To be honest, I didn’t even know it existed, and it’s right around the corner! Lucky for me, I was able to sit with my friend and fellow foodie Saba and her friend Michelle. We laughed the night away – such a lovely evening with good friends and good food.
Executive Chef Stephanie Mikolazyk took us on a culinary journey through Portugal and explained each course as we went.
First course was the Caledo Verde, a kale and chourico soup that was paired with Cruzeiro Vinho Verde, Portugal 2013. A great way to start off the meal – the soup had bold flavors!
Second course was the Pasteis de Bacalhau, or cod fish cake paired with Travessia Chardonnay, New Bedford Mass, 2013. The dish was simple and light – not too fishy.
The third course was the Camarao Mozambique – or spicy shrimp. This dish strayed from the traditional version as it was served with grits instead of the traditional rice. I really enjoyed this dish and all the textures – probably my favorite of the evening. It was paired with a Travessia Reisling, New Bedford, Mass 2013. Why a reisling? The residual sugars in the wine should balance any spiciness that comes from the shrimp – usually the dish is made with hot Spanish paprika or piri piri peppers imported from Africa.
The fourth course was a Portuguese bitoque steak, marinated steak and eggs paired with saffron potatoes and roasted tomatoes. It was paired with MC Colhetia “duoro” tinto, Portugal 2010 which had a nice acidity to it.
The next to last course was carne de porco a alentejana, a very traditional Portuguese dish – pork and clams with roasted vegetables in a sauce made with paprika, onions and butter. This was paired with a Herdad de Gambia Tinto, Setubal Penninsula, Portugal 2012. It was a fruitful wine with low tannins, a syrah blend that paired nicely with the pork.
Quick’s Hole Tavern
29 Railroad Ave., Falmouth, MA
Disclaimer: Quick’s Hole Tavern provided me with a complimentary dinner. All opinions are my own.
You may have heard of Ribelle (pronounced rih-BELL-ay), a small restaurant in Washington Square that has been heating up Brookline’s dining scene. You may have even seen that Globe columnist Devra First gave Tim Maslow a rare 4 stars last year. Maslow started his career by working his way up the ranks at the Momofuku resturants in New York, eventually becoming the chef de cuisine of Momofuku Ssam Bar. Maslow left New York to come back to Massachusetts to revamp his father’s sandwich bar, Strip T’s.
I love the decor here, I wish I could take the light fixtures home with me. It’s 6pm on Sunday evening and the restaurant is packed – all the tables are filled and there are people at the bar waiting for a seat at the communal table that runs the length of the restaurant. Those lucky enough to be at the end of the bar get a glimpse into the open kitchen. The noise level is on the louder side, which is surprising based on the age range of the people who are at the restaurant. Gilt City is offering a great deal until Thursday, Nov. 13th. $50 for a sweet and savory brunch for 2 (retail $70), $65 for a 5 course chef’s tasting menu for one or $100 for a 5 course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings for one. Deal is valid Sunday through Thursday and the entire table must participate in the chef’s tasting menu.
About Gilt City
Gilt City (www.giltcity.com) is the innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most coveted experiences in select U.S. cities, all at insider prices. Our curators comb through hundreds of neighborhoods and local business for the most exciting offers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC. A selection of national offers are also available for members across the country. Visit Gilt City for special meals prepared by acclaimed chefs, luxurious massages and beauty offers at top spas and salons, tickets to sold-out plays and concerts, thrilling outdoor adventures, fitness classes, and more
1665 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Disclaimer: My dinner was provided compliments of Gilt City, all opinions are my own.
See my previous post on Marc Hall here.
Guests were treated to Taza chocolate.
Even the Hint water came dressed up in costume!
One of the evenings featured guests was Danny Mazzursky, founder of SoCo Creamery. Danny brought 6 flavors for guests to sample: Vanilla, Dirty Chocolate, Espresso Cookie, Mexicali Chocolate, Burnt Sugar Gelato, and Mango Sorbet. My personal favorite is the Mexicali Chocolate!
Angel’s Envy whiskey was on site mixing up a special cocktail just for the event.
Motto was a sponsor of this evenings event. Haven’t tried it yet? It might be one of my favorite new beverages!
The lovely ladies of Bee’s Knees Supply Co were serving up gourmet treats and wine throughout the evening.
Another featured guest for this evening was Pamela Paquin, owner of Petite Mort ethical fur. (L-R) Danny Canton Jr., Christine Prouty, Pamela Paquin and Chelsey Angers.
Designer Candice Wu of Candice Wu Couture and Noel McKinnon – and yes, Noel made that costume out of cards the night before!!!
Ruta Laukien (owner of Liquid Art House), Stacey Wasserman, Iya Khalil (founder of Via Science and GNS Healthcare), Heloisa Fitzgerald (owner of Heloisa Fitzgerald Jewelry), Yuna Asriyan (owner of Y/A Apparel), Carolyn Kim (co-founder of the Good Ones).
Chris Gagnon (center) (Owner of Cross Cycle Fitness) probably took the cake for scariest costume with Olivia McDermott Vanni (right) (Business Development Representative at NetSuite).
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Molly Siegel, owner of Athlete by Design and Jordan Lee Pollard.
Galen Moore, Editor in Chief of BostInno (photo credit: Anastasia Sierra)
(L-R) Julian Jung, Investor at Alden & Harlow, Investor at Drizly and CEO & Founder at Tablelist; Carolyn Kim, co-founder of the Good Ones, Shant Baran, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon; Yuna Asriyan, owner of Y/A Apparel. (photo credit: Anastasia Sierra)
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We have always hit up the Doughnut Plant at their flagship lower east side location, but since we were staying in Soho this time around, we decided to pay a visit to the Hotel Chelsea location just a few blocks away from our hotel.
The blackberry jam filled square doughnut was delicious. Just the right amount of filling in every bite and a light sweet glaze to sweeten the deal. Did you know that the doughnut plant makes all of their own jams and fillings in house?
Background: Mark started the Doughnut Plant with his grandfather’s recipe in 1994. For 5 years he made doughnuts at night, in the basement of a lower east side tenement building that was converted into a bakery, and delivered them the following morning on his bike. In 2000, with the help of his father, Mark moved from the basement bakery into their flagship location on Grand Street. In 2004, Mark developed the signature jelly filled square doughnut and in 2005 the Doughnut Plant sold its first cake doughnut. In 2006 the tres leches doughnut appeared (one of my all time favorites) and in 2011 Mark opened the Chelsea Hotel location.
Chelsea Hotel, 220 W 23rd Street (bet. 7th and 8th), New York, NY
Nola’s salsa is made right here in Boston by Sherie Grillon, a New Orleans native. The name Nola’s pays tribute to her hometown. Her traditional Mexican salsa is made with the freshest ingredients resulting in a salsa that is bold and flavorful. There are no preservatives, no oils, no sugars and no artificial colors. The product appeals to a variety of people because it is also vegan and gluten free.
I loved the Fire Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa, it is a very rich, full-flavored, smoky salsa that combines roasted corn, roasted tomatoes and fresh cooked black beans. The website has some great recipes that you can add the salsa to, but I loved it plain with chips!
The salsa fresca is a traditional tomato-based raw blended salsa that most people associate with Mexican food. Once you try this, you can never go back to salsa in a jar!
NOLA’s Fresh Foods
Check out their website for where to buy.
Disclaimer: Nola’s provided me with two complimentary samples. All opinions are my own.
Congratulations Frederick W! You are the winner of 2 tickets to see Ina Garten on 11/5. Your tickets will be available at will call.
*Winner was chosen by Random.org
Scoopsies is a brand new ice cream company in Boston. They deliver premium ice cream right to your door. The company started in 2013 as an ice cream challenge to make 100 flavors in 365 days. Chloe delivered twice to my office – on the second visit she came with the smoked sea salted caramel (above) and the pumpkin pie (below). *Disclaimer: Scoopsies provided me with two complimentary pints of ice cream. All opinions are my own.
The pumpkin pie is made with hand-baked pumpkin with clove, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and a pinch of turmeric. The pumpkin has a wonderful smell – so spicy! I loved that the consistency was smooth and creamy!
My first delivery from Chloe a few weeks ago was the S’moreo flavor – which is my favorite of the three I tried. There are larges pieces of Oreos mixed in, way more than what you would get if you bought Oreo ice cream at the store. Prices range from $8-$13 per pint. There is a $20 minimum for all delivery orders and Chloe offers a discount for orders over 8 pints.
Order at: http://grabascoopsies.bigcartel.com/
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I had the pleasure of working with Reserve, a new dining system that is coming soon, taking some photos for their app. I headed over to Bogie’s Place, which is located inside jm Curley. After passing through a door marked “adults only” and a red velvet curtain, you enter this exclusive, dimly lit private back room.
The menu has four steaks, a half chicken and a vegetarian filet. The steak frites, $25, (above) are IPA marinated and served with a side of fries. The hanger steak was flavorful and I love mine rare/medium rare. The fries were salty and crispy, the perfect side for this dish.
25 Temple Place, Boston, MA