Sunday, February 7, 2016

Alta Strada

          While I'm temporarily in the suburbs, I'm using the time to try new restaurants I may not otherwise make it out of Boston to try. So far the experiences have been great, and Alta Strada in Wellesley is no exception. We started with a selection of anitpasti to share including white beans with rosemary, golden beets with grana padano, butternut squash roasted with pumpkin seeds, two items not pictured (Sicilian tuna and olives).




           The portions were very generous, and between four people we had a hard time finishing the selection of five. The tuna was my favorite, served with toasted crostini.

           Two of us ordered specials, pan seared red snapper with parsnips and orange and roasted statler chicken with apple slaw. The snapper was a big hit; we all tried a bite and agreed it was over favorite. The skin was perfectly crisp and the fish light and flaky.



 
            I stole a bite of my fiance's dessert, the butterscotch bundino with a brown sugar shortbread cookie. This was incredibly rich and creamy, and we managed to polish it off in a few bites despite being full!


          Alta Strada was a delicious and authentic Italian experience outside the city. I would definitely come back. 

Alta Strada Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Bar at New City Micro Creamery

           Did you know there's a speakeasy in Hudson, MA? Tucked in the back of an ice cream shop... yes, an ice cream shop. To get in, just walk to the back and knock on this little door.




          It truly feels like you're in another time, and the old school classic drinks reflect it. Like this perfectly crafted martini, and hand cut ice for the old fashioned.



          The menu is small, but everything is done really well. I know because I tried literally every item on the menu (except the soup and salad).

Three Cheese Plate with Honey, Chutney, Pistachio, and House Made Bread

Maple and Bacon Nuts: Brittle and Spicy Roasted

Smoked Octopus with Bib Lettuce, Cilantro, Sriracha Aioli, Pickled Onions and Fried Garlic

Spanakopita: Spinach and feta pie with yogurt sauce

Banh Mi Taco: Flour Tortilla with Roast Pork, Sticky Sauce, Cucumber, Carrots, Micro Cilantro, Pickled Onions, and Sriracha Aioli

Poke: Tuna, Sesame, Scallions, Cilantro, Fried Garlic, Shallots, Ginger, and Avocado Wasabi

          I enjoyed everything, but my favorites were definitely the octopus and tuna. I would go back and make a meal just out of these. The menu also included a limited selection of desserts, but you can always walk out to the ice cream shop and order anything there. I tried the cookie dough ice cream and it was some of the best I've ever had! Hudson is about a 40 minute drive from Boston, but New City makes it well worth the trip.

New City Microcreamery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, February 5, 2016

Davios

          I've always enjoyed Davios; I can't believe it hasn't made it on the blog until now! My most recent trip was during a Saturday snowstorm when the fiance and I braved the weather for dinner at the Foxboro location with some friends. We started with a couple of the classic apps that have been on the menu as long as we've been going.

Butternut Squash Bisque

Philly Cheesesteak Springrolls with Fried Onions
           They were both excellent as usual; I can never pass on a Davio's springroll and my friend orders the soup every single time!

           My fiance ordered the braised shortribs as his main course, and they were falling off the bone tender.


        
           I ordered the skirt steak with extra blue cheese sauce, and a twice baked potato. I'm not usually a fan of blue cheese, but I'm obsessed with the sauce at Davios. I put it on everything, the steak, my sides, and would probably eat it with a spoon if I didn't mind embarrassing myself and my dining companions. 

 

            Davios is a classic in Boston, and I generally find the experience at the Foxboro location to be just as good. It's a place my friends and I can always agree on for dinner, and make sure to go regularly.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, February 4, 2016

JM Curley

          I recently tried JM Curley for the first time for dinner a few weeks ago, and it was a great experience - comfort and bar food taken up a notch. They had a sparkling rose by the glass, so naturally this is what I started with to drink.






           My friend and I shared the fried pickles as an appetizer and they were delicious- thinly sliced and breaded so they were extra crispy and served with a slightly spicy aioli for dipping. 






          
           I ordered the fried chicken as my main course, and this was huge! It came with four pieces of chicken, a rosemary biscuit, and generous side of coleslaw. There were several dipping sauces including a bbq and a hot sauce, but the chicken was so tender and flavorful it didn't need any sauce at all.






          
           My friend enjoyed her veggie burger with cheese, caramelized onions and lots of fries!






          
           Since I took most of my meal to go, there was no way I could even think about dessert which is rare! I'd wanted to try JM Curley for awhile but always skipped it because they're always so busy. This time we went in and asked, and the wait was only 20 minutes so definitively worth checking out!




JM Curley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cheng Du

          I've been to Cheng Du in Westborough a couple of times now, and I've been impressed by both the food and atmosphere. It's an upscale restaurant featuring higher end Chinese food, and a sushi lounge. I've only tried the Chinese menu so far, and of course the Mai Tai's!


         I love that the standard apps like the peking ravioli and pupu platter are offered, but Cheng Du steps it up a bit with fresh ingredients and nothing overly greasy.

 

           I've always wanted to try lobster with ginger scallions, and finally decided Cheng Du would be the perfect place to try it! Sadly they were out of it until next season, but the ginger scallion shrimp was excellent.


          I definitely plan to go back to try the sushi and the lobster!

Cheng Du Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, January 22, 2016

Beta Burger

          I recently had the chance to try out Beta Burger in Mission Hill with Blog and Tweet Boston. Beta Burger is a fast food style restaurant, but serves a much healthier and tastier burger than your typical spot. Here's what makes them so different:

Beta Burger is a fully customizable burger that uses innovative technology to slow cook a burger in a cVap oven that mimics “sous vide” by slow cooking in water vapo. The result is an incredibly juicy burger, minus the grease. It's perfect for individuals who enjoy fast food, but are also health conscious.


          I arrived a bit early and had the chance to chat with the owner Adrian who explained the process. The burgers are slow cooked sous vide style all day long, and then finished on the grill to order to give it that sear. Adrian also pointed out that some of Boston's most popular burgers including Craigie on Main and Alden and Harlow are cooked using the same method.

          There are quite a few toppings available for order including grilled onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, bacon, a not so special sauce (aioli) and the house made steak sauce. Adrian recommended the steak sauce, explaining that the burger is more like a steak than your typical burger.



          I tried mine with no bun, and topped it with onions, mushrooms, steak sauce, cheddar, and bacon. It was delicious, and definitely the most tender fast food style burger I've ever had! It was also nice to enjoy my burger without feeling guilty about all of the fat and calories.



          Adrian also told us about the burger of the month which had several of your typical toppings and marshmallows! He explained the idea behind it, which is that good food should have elements of fat, salt, and sweetness. Burgers already have fat and salt, and the marshmallow was intended to add sweetness. We were all afraid to order one for ourselves, but decided to get a couple for the group and cut them up so that we could all try a bite. It was surprisingly good, and you hardly tasted the marshmallow but it did add just the right amount of sweetness. I would order this again sometime.



           The fries were also delicious, and came with different flavors of seasoning salt. The garlic and parmesan was a huge hit with our group!


           Beta Burger is named beta because they're constantly trying to improve and create the best product. I can't wait to check out the burger and fries again and see what changes they've made!
Beta Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Preview of the 2016 Boston Wine Expo and a Chance to Win Free Tickets

UPDATE: The winners are Jodi and Tiffany! Please email me so I can get you the tickets!! If you didn't win, check out the Wine Expo's giveaway here. They are giving away even more tickets!







It's that time again!  The Boston Wine Expo is just a few weeks away, and this year will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary. It's also on Valentine's Day, which makes it a perfect gift for yourself or that special someone!



Enjoy 100s of wines, seminars, cooking demos, and more! Here are some of the highlights:

WHEN / WHERE
The Boston Wine Expo will take place at The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on February 13 and 14, 2016, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This event is reserved for ages 21+. Tickets now are on sale and available here. Weekend tickets and discount group tickets are also available, as well as dedicated trade industry hours and hotel packages. 

The Seaport World Trade Center is located at 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston, MA. For directions and more information, please visit their website.



GRAND TASTING:
The Grand Tasting is the main event - featuring over 200 producers and nearly 1,800 wines from around the world, oenophiles will travel through the expansive space – sans passport – swirling and sipping their way to “connoisseur” status. In honor of its milestone birthday, the Boston Wine Expo will debut a W?NE Bar where you can stop and ask members of the Boston Sommelier Society your wine-related questions as well as get a retrospective of the industry’s past 25 years and what to expect in the next 25 years. Along the way, there will be culinary attractions including bites from popular area restaurants, as well as dueling Celebrity Chef Stages with appearances by Ming Tsai, Barbara Lynch, Chris Coombs and more. There also is the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines through the Drync app which will be delivered to your doorstop with the click of a button. 


ADDITIONAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

A Vintners’ Reserve Lounge: gives guests a chance to spoil their taste-buds with these special gems that retail for $75 and up per bottle

VIP Experience package: allows guests entrance to the main event thirty minutes early, a separate coat check, private lounge, and gift bag

Silver anniversary package: access to a special meet and greet event with the founders of the expo, access to the Grand Tasting and VIP lounge on both Saturday and Sunday, plus three educational seminar

Seminars: In honor of the 25th anniversary, this year’s seminar program will be the biggest and best yet with over 40 topics ranging from food and wine pairings, “One Hour Wine Experts,” and vertical tasting flights of the world’s most sought-after wine producers.


And, as always, sipping at this event has a special cause. The major charitable benefactor of the 25th anniversary Boston Wine Expo is the Tufts Medical Center’s Summer Camp Program for Children with Disabilities. To date, the Boston Guild of Oenophilists has raised over $1.4 million for worthy causes.

Now the best part, a I have two pairs of tickets to the Sunday's Grand Tasting to giveaway!

For your chance to win, leave a comment here telling me what you're most looking forward to at the Wine Expo. Winners will be selected at random, this Sunday (1/24/16).