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A lifestyle blog with a focus on my food adventures

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:

corbuspa.com 2014-12-16 21 19 30I have been seeing Katie for over a decade for massage. I started seeing her when she had a private practice and she has since moved over to Corbu Spa in Harvard Square. See my full review here.

www.miniluxe.com 2014-12-16 21 20 4I have two ladies here, Tam for the best pedi around and Rikki for waxing – both are located out of Miniluxe’s Newton location. See my full review on Tam here. See my full review of Rikki here.

www.jeanpierresalon.com 2014-12-16 21 20 40And last but certainly not least, Ingrid at Jean Pierre on Newbury Street. See my full review here.

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imag1937Wishing you all a happy holiday season!

IMG_3456Another 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.

IMG_3457They have a great back room with a lot of open space – perfect for the size group we had. While the weeknight after work crowd stuck mainly to the front room, we had the back to ourselves.

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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?

Market

21 Broad Street, Boston, MA

http://www.mktboston.com/

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IMG_4069Now 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.

IMG_4074How 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.

IMG_4077The crab cake I think, which is no longer on the menu.

IMG_4078The 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!

IMG_4079We 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.

IMG_4080The salmon with Brussels sprouts was a light and healthy option. I’m just not  a salmon kind of gal :)

IMG_4082Apple Upside-down Cake ($7) served with apple butter and cinnamon ice cream for us all to split – I couldn’t get enough of this dessert!

Park

59 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

http://parkcambridge.com/

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imag1904I 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.

imag1902Some recent new additions to the space include an amazing Mediterranean yogurt bar where you can design your own Greek yogurt parfait. Add fruit, cereal, even hot sauce if that strikes your fancy.

imag1900The 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.

image (3)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.

imag1901Their 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.

image (2)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

http://www.cafedeboston.com/

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Reserve 10Guests gathered together on Monday night at the WeWork in Fort Point at an event sponsored by General Assembly and Reserve.

Reserve 2Light bites were provided as guests stopped down into the Dugout.

Reserve 1Charcuterie provided by Tavern Road.

Reserve 3Travis Kirk Lowry, restaurant operations manager at Reserve, was recently recognized by Zagat in their 30 under 30 rockstar roundup.

Reserve 4Special guest bartender Tenzin from Trade mixing up some specialty cocktails.

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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

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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

Reserve 6Guests included fellow WeWork members, friends of Reserve and friends of General Assembly.

Reserve 7Haven’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!

Reserve 8Check out my dining experience at Liquid Art House with Reserve here.

Reserve 9Center, Devin of popular Twitter handle OnlyinBOS

Reserve 11Maddie showing guests how to download the Reserve app.

Reserve 12Tea Break : Black Tea infused whiskey cocktail

1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1 oz Fourroses Bourbon
.5 oz Campari
.5 oz Elder Flower liquor

Reserve 13Recent Zagat 30 under 30 winner Jeff Gabel of Kitchen Kibbitz

Reserve 14Nolan DeCoster of Reserve.

Reserve 15General Assembly is located at 51 Melcher Street in the WeWork building. They offer full and part time courses, classes and workshops.

Reserve 16Have an Android? Bummed that Reserve is only for iPhone users at the moment? Don’t sweat it, add your name to the waiting list and be the first to hear when it becomes available here.

Reserve 18Maddie Bergier, Marketing Manager at Reserve.

 

For more information about General Assembly, Reserve or WeWork, click the links below.
https://generalassemb.ly/

https://reserve.com/

https://www.wework.com/locations/boston/fort-point/

 

 

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Good Ones 1Guests gathered together December 12th at Bee’s Knees Supply Company in Fort Point for one powerful hour of networking with the #TheGoodOnes.

Sara Gragnolati, founder of Cocomama; Kit (Caitlin) Hickey, co-founder of Ministry of Supply ; Sonny Saggese; Carolyn Kim, co-founder of the Good Ones.

Good Ones 13DRINKmaple was a sponsor at the event and one of the co-founders, Kate, was a featured guest.

Good Ones 2Alec Harrison, co-founder of Grafton Studio; Kate Weiler, co-founder of DRINKmaple; Jeff Rose, co-founder of DRINKmaple.

Good Ones 8The dress for the event was plaid, be it a skirt, a shirt, a scarf or a full outfit!

Good Ones 7Shiela Erimez, Art Director at Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Good Ones 6Alexis Hyder, Director, Strategic Business Development, ICIC; Featured guest Lauren Abda, Managing Director, The Food Loft; Jennifer Brooke, co-founder of the Good Ones.

Good Ones 4In addition to light refreshments, guests were treated to a wine and beer sampling.

Good Ones 3There 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!

Good Ones 15Alec Harrison, co-founder of Grafton Studio; Maddie Bergier, Marketing Manager at Reserve

Good Ones 12Lunches were provided and taken to go so that there would be maximum time to socialize.

Good Ones 11Lunch options included:

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

Good Ones 10Chris Welter, of Cocomama Foods was at the event sampling two flavors of their Crunched Out cereal.

Good Ones 5Never 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/

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IMG_7522After 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!

IMG_7525The market has a wide variety of Italian pastries to choose from.

IMG_7531Another favorite was the traditional tiramisu.

imag1634And their fruit tarts were exceptional! Stop in and pick up some treats for yourself!

Tuscan Kitchen

24 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA

http://www.tuscanbrands.com/Kitchen/Burlington/

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imag1859It 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.

imag1862I was surprised to find that the restaurant was located in the Renaissance Hotel, I guess I should have done my homework!

imag1864The decor definitely makes a statement, from the soft light to the plush red booths to the wine wall. I love these private booths along the back wall.

imag1865Our 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.

imag1866Meredith went with the braised rabbit pappardelle with butternut squash and swiss chard ($18). The meat was tender and the squash didn’t overwhelm the dish.

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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.

MC Speido

606 Congress Street, Boston, MA (Located in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel)

http://mcspiedoboston.com/

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IMG_5192I 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.

IMG_5191The interior is stark, harsh white light and not much in the way of decor – no matter, I was here for takeout.

IMG_5190They 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).

imag1869The 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.

imag1871The raspberry shake  was delicious.

IMG_5198The 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.

IMG_5202I 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

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