Have you heard of a new site called Dunwello? It’s a great site where you can review professionals – from your hairdresser to your yoga instructor. Here are 4 ladies in the Boston area that I can’t live without:
Another buried post from the past. Market is located in the financial district tucked away in a corner on Broad Street. We stopped over one night for a company happy hour.
This was a great option for casual after work drinks – the decor has a rustic charm to it with bits of modern flair thrown in.
Where’s your go to after work bar?
21 Broad Street, Boston, MA
Now that the year is coming to a close, I am looking through all of my old drafts that I never got around to writing/posting. I had originally written about Park and decided to wait on this post because it was too soon to write about it again…and then it got buried under a mountain of other posts. So bear with me, I’ll try to remember as best I can.
How do you pass up a dish called “bacon 3 way”? ($12) This app features pork belly with black pepper and piperade; roasted garlic, bacn jam, and pickled shimeji mushrooms; and brown sugar bacon, Buffalo brussels and local blue cheese.
The gnocchi, also not on the current menu, was delicious – I loved the dumplings but found myself eating around the veggies. The winter veggies were good, but the dumplings were the star of the dish for me!
We also ordered the brisket (not on the current menu) ($19) served with white bean cassoulet, and caramelized vegetables. The meat was tender and the winter vegetables were a nice, healthy addition to the meal.
59 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
I had been to Cafe de Boston last year (see my previous review here) but barely recognized it when I went back last week. I honestly thought this was a different location. In my holiday induced (overwhelmed) haze, I had come in a different entrance and the place looked so much bigger and brighter. Cafe de Boston has taken over the space next door and made it a great seating area. Every seat at the bar has an outlet under the counter so that you can recharge while you eat lunch. In the main room there’s a great signpost directing you to your lunch of choice.
The thing that really caught my eye was the create your own smoothie. Choose your frozen yogurt, choose your fruit and/or veggies, and choose your juice – bring it to the cashier and they blend you up your custom smoothie. $7.95 gets you 24oz.
What else can you find at Cafe de Boston? Pizza (over 10 choices), a pasta station, a crepe station, kebabs, a salad bar and a hot food bar. If you come in after 2:30, anything left at the hot bar is discounted. And did you know that in the morning they have a breakfast bar? Not only can you get a breakfast sandwich and your first (or second) cup of coffee, but you can also grab some scrambled eggs and bacon from the buffet.
Their dessert case has over a dozen choices, and if you like the cakes, you can buy them by the slice or pick up a whole cake for that office birthday. Owner Levent Berksan has done a great job with the space, there really is something for everything.
Here’s another thing you might not know about Cafe de Boston: they have a conference room available upstairs. You can order lunch ahead of time or have people pick out their lunch when they get there. The room is available for an hour to up to the whole day. Feel like just having them cater to your office? Give Joseph a call and he will take good care of you!
Disclaimer: I was invited to Cafe de Boston and they provided me with a complimentary lunch. All opinions are my own.
Cafe de Boston
75 Federal Street, Boston, MA
Charcuterie provided by Tavern Road.
Travis Kirk Lowry, restaurant operations manager at Reserve, was recently recognized by Zagat in their 30 under 30 rockstar roundup.
Welcome Winter Toast
1 oz of GrandTen Wireworks gin.
1 oz cranberry orange syrup
.5 oz Elder flower Liquor
.5 oz lime
Topped with bubbles
Hawaiian shirt #tiki:
1.5 oz Privateer Silver reserve rum
.75 oz Hibiscus liqueur
1 oz Pineapple
.5 oz pom juice
6 mint leaves
A drop of Bittermens Boston
Haven’t heard of Reserve yet? It’s your new personal dining concierge brought to you by the people who brought you Uber. Here’s the low down: download the app from iTunes (it’s only available for the iPhone at the moment). You add in your credit card information and your desired tip and you are ready to start booking! It’s so easy to use!
Check out my dining experience at Liquid Art House with Reserve here.
Center, Devin of popular Twitter handle OnlyinBOS
Maddie showing guests how to download the Reserve app.
1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1 oz Fourroses Bourbon
.5 oz Campari
.5 oz Elder Flower liquor
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Guests gathered together December 12th at Bee’s Knees Supply Company in Fort Point for one powerful hour of networking with the #TheGoodOnes.
DRINKmaple was a sponsor at the event and one of the co-founders, Kate, was a featured guest.
Alec Harrison, co-founder of Grafton Studio; Kate Weiler, co-founder of DRINKmaple; Jeff Rose, co-founder of DRINKmaple.
There were a lot of new faces at this event. Those that live outside the city tend to have a harder time attending the evening events, so this lunch time power hour was the perfect opportunity for them to meet other Good Ones!
Alec Harrison, co-founder of Grafton Studio; Maddie Bergier, Marketing Manager at Reserve
Black Pepper Turkey & Sopressata Salami Sandwich – Cheddar, House Garlic Aioli on Ciabatta
Italian Sandwich – Mortadella, Spicy & Sweet Coppa, Provolone, Olive Oil & Balsamic on a Baguette
Vegetarian Wrap – House Made Hummus, Cucumber, Carrot, Onion, Bibb Lettuce & Tomato in a White Tortilla
Pulled Chicken Breast Sandwich – Macadamia Butter, Macerated Cherries, Golden Rasins, Red Onion on Sourdough
Fig & Walnut Salad – Mixed Greens, Fresh Figs, Roasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Cherry Vinaigrette
Chris Welter, of Cocomama Foods was at the event sampling two flavors of their Crunched Out cereal.
Never been to Bee’s Knees? It’s a great shop that is part market, part deli, part coffee shop and part bakery. Pick up some farmstead cheese and charcuterie, a sandwich or smoothie for lunch, a bottle of wine and some dinner to bring home or stay for a coffee and a sweet.
For an invitation to future Good Ones events, fill out your personality snapshot here: http://thegoodones.co/membership/
After heading over to Tuscan Kitchen for a media dinner in October, I headed back to get some of those delicious desserts that I had my eyes on in the display case! I loved this lemon tiramisu – something a little different!
24 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA
It seems like every time Meredith and I go out to birthday dinners the weather is horrible. It’s cold and rainy tonight – and guess who forgot their umbrella! We headed over to the seaport to MC Spiedo for dinner to celebrate my belated birthday.
Our waiter wheels the market cart and explains some of the options: stuffed eggs, celery heart salad, marinated olives, prosciutto wrapped pears and artichoke spread to name a few. All appetizers on the cart are $5. Meredith gets the prosciutto and pear and was a bit disappointed. We order a few cheeses instead, but the waiter ends up forgetting to bring them out and we go straight to our entrees. If you know me at all, it was the bolognese for this gal. The sauce is thick and gravy like and comes topped with herbs and shaved Parmesan cheese ($21 full, $13 half). The pasta itself is hand made by the chefs daily. A really nice dish over all.
For desert we went with the hazelnut tort ($7). When I think hazelnut tort, I think graham cracker crust and a hazelnut filling. This was more like a cake with a light hazelnut whipped filling and a custard. The presentation was lovely, however the cake was a bit dry and the dessert felt a bit disjointed. Overall, not one of our best meals together, but ultimately it is more about the company than the food.
606 Congress Street, Boston, MA (Located in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel)
I love a good burger, so I was excited to see that Lee’s Burger Place was taking over the old Naked Pizza space on Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner.
They have a good selection of burgers and burger alternatives, as well as sides and shakes. While waiting in line I overheard multiple people wondering why they didn’t just have chocolate shakes…(apparently the godiva shake tastes like chocolate but there is no chocolate in it – according to the guy at the counter).
The first time I went, I ordered for me and a few friends, three burgers: 2 bacon cheeseburgers, 1 teriyaki burger, a side of fries, a side of onion rings and a raspberry shake. After being open for only 5 days, they told me they had run out of ice cream, so no shake. I went with the raspberry smoothie instead. When I got home and opened the bag, I realized that my fries were missing, so we all had to split the onion rings.
The second time I went back on a Friday night. They had ice cream today so I had a strawberry shake – which was bland, I would have been better off with another smoothie. I didn’t want another burger this week, so I went with the grilled cheese. The cheese was melted but the bread wasn’t toasted. Nothing like melted cheese on soft white bread.
I ordered the onion rings again because they were really good – but again, when I went home, there were no onion rings – instead two orders of sweet potato fries. The fries could have been good, but in the 5 minutes it took to drive home apparently they went soggy…
Overall the food was ok, totally hit or miss. I think they still need to work out the kinks. The lesson here is check your receipt to make sure they put in what you actually ordered and check your bag before you leave to make sure that you have everything you ordered. I sent Lee’s a Facebook message last week letting them know I was disappointed with the level of service…still waiting to hear back!
Lee’s Burger Place
1331 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
See their Facebook page here