Sunday, November 15, 2015

Russo's Now Offers Delivery via CartFresh

          I love Russo's in Watertown, but it's not always the most convenient to get to or find parking. I was thrilled to learn that they've recently partnered with CartFresh to offer delivery in the Boston area! Naturally I jumped at the chance to try out the service, and was excited by the selection of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and specialty foods available.

          My order arrived packed with plenty of ice packs in two giant bins, which I emptied and left out for pickup the next day. It was so easy, and everything was fresh and packaged perfectly! The delicious Fomu dairy free ice cream, coconut and honey cake, salami and aged gouda all went within the first couple of days.

          I sauteed the kale with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper for an easy and healthy side with some pulled pork sliders.


          I would definitely use CartFresh again to order Russo's for my regular grocery shopping or for when I'm hosting a dinner or other special occasion.  Delivery is $6.99 or $12.99 depending on where you're located, which is comparable with other delivery services. Plus Russo's is so cheap, even with the delivery fee it's a better value than some of the more pricey food stores in the are!

Sunday, November 8, 2015


          Harvest Restaurant is an iconic restaurant located in Harvard Square, that serves local seasonal cuisine and over the years has been a training ground for several of the Boston's most renowned Chefs including Mary Dumont, Barbara Lynch, Frank McClelland, Sara Moulton, Lydia Shire, Bob Kinkead, and more.

           This year Harvest is turning 40, and the celebration will last all month! From November 1 through November 30, 2015, you are invited to celebrate Harvest’s 40th Anniversary with a series of in-restaurant events including:

A Special Anniversary Tasting Menu
The Anniversary Tasting Menu is inspired by the chefs who have made their mark at Harvest over the past four decades, and their signature dishes during their time at the restaurant.
  • A three-course menu $48; $68 with wine pairing (see menu)
  • A six-course menu $68; $88 with wine pairing (see menu)
Anniversary Month Specials
Guests celebrating their own birthday or anniversary will receive 15% of their total bill (excluding alcohol, tip and gratuity). Just note the celebration when making your reservation and mention to your server.

Anniversary Toast
Throwback specialty cocktails priced at 1970s prices, like the “Harvest Wallbanger” for $2.95

Anniversary Prizes:
Guests who share their past and present Harvest memories and photos on Instagram throughout the month of November using #HarvestThenandNow and @DineatHarvest will earn the chance to win one of three prizes, including:
    •    Brunch for four at Harvest
    •    Dinner for two at Harvest
    •    $50 Gift Card]
           I had a chance to preview the six course tasting menu with wine pairings, and it was amazing! Here is what you can expect (although a few of my courses were modified slightly to accommodate lactose intolerance). 

Amuse: Beet salad with walnut puree

Onion Soup Gratinee: 
Albert Bichot, Pinot Noir - Burgundy, France 2012
Inspired by Laura Boehmer, Harvest Chef in the late 70s
Soft Egg Ravioli:
 Ricotta, Arugula Pesto & Foraged Mushrooms
La Grange de Piaugier, Granache Blend - Cotes du Rhone, France 2013
Tyler Kinnett, Harvest Executive Chef
Andouille & Wild American Shrimp Gumbo: 
Hugel, Riesling - Alsace, France 2012
Inspired by Chris Schlesinger, Harvest Chef - late 70s/early 80s
Venison Denver Leg:
Braised Endive & Mustard Sauce
Rock & Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon - North Coast, California 2013
Inspired by Bob Kinkead, Harvest Chef in the 1980s
Apple & Fig Tart Tatin:
Creme Fraiche Sherbet, Long Pepper Caramel & Granola
Chateau Bel Air, Semillon - Bordeaux, France 2012
Brian Mercury, Executive Pastry Chef, Harvest
Queen of Sheba Cake:
Chocolate Almond Cake, Coffee Foam, Dried Apricot Sauce & Almond Butter
Marenco, Pineto, Brachettod d'Acqui - Piedmont, Italy 2013
Brian Mercury, Executive Pastry Chef, Harvest
           All of the dishes were incredible; beautiful flavor, execution and presentation and the wine pairings were perfect. I highly recommend trying one of the tasting menus this month, they are a great value ($88 for six courses including wine pairings is unheard of) and a perfect opportunity to try several dishes and really get a feel for what the restaurant is all about (past and present). 

Harvest Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Bristol

          The Bristol in the Four Seasons is a great place for a drink or high end but casual meal. I last went in for lunch with the fiance and had this amazing tuna nicoise salad. I loved the deconstructed version of a classic French dish. This came with seared rare tuna, tuna confit, hard boiled eggs, black olive spread, cucumber strips, roasted potatoes, and tomatoes. It was delicious and so creative!

          The fiance enjoyed his burger, which he topped with an over easy egg. I stole a few of his fries, and they were extra crispy - just how I like them! 

           The Bristol and the Four Seasons are right around the corner from Hermes, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it...convenient or temptation?!? Last time I ended up buying this bracelet... oops! Now if only I could get off that wait list for a Birkin!

The Bristol Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Amsterdam Falafel

          I recently had the opportunity to try out Amsterdam Falafel in Kenmore to try out their falafel and enter their fun #battleoftheballs contest! The menu consists of build your own falafel sandwich or bowl and a self service topping bar with TONS of toppings (hummus, veggies, dips, etc.) 

           I opted for a bowl and added pickled beets, pickled, hummus, babbaganoush, fried eggplant, onions and cucumber, and sides of yogurt sauce, peanut sauce, and curry ketchup. My favorite toppings were definitely the hummus and the curry ketchup (eaten separately)!

          While I wanted to try all of the creative toppings, the fiance went slightly more classic with a whole wheat pita, yogurt sauce, cucumber, onion, and jalapeño cilantro.

           We were both too full to eat anymore, but they had a section of amazing looking desserts and twice fried French fries. I love crispy fries and will definitely stop back in sometime to try them!
And now for details on the contest!
          Guests who share a photo of their customized falafel bowl or sandwich using the hashtag #BattleofTheBalls are entered to win a Dutch-Style bike valued at $400 and a year’s worth of FREE Falafel. The deadline to enter is Monday, November 23rd. Finalists will be selected and announced on Monday, November 30th. This was my entry!
Amsterdam Falafelshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, October 23, 2015

New Menu at Legal Crossing

          Legal Seafoods has always been a go-to of mine for fresh local seafood. I've enjoyed trying out their newer concepts over the last few years, and so I was excited for the opportunity to try out the new menu at Legal Crossing and hear from Chef Jason Wu at a Zomato meetup.

Portugese Style Fish Cakes with Salt Cod and Smoked Tomato Remoulade

Persian Cucumbers with Sesame Chili Vinaigrette

Lacquered Pork Ribs with Pickled Vegetables

Salt and Pepper Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
            I really enjoyed all of these dishes, especially the salt and pepper shrimp! I also really like the way Chef Wu has incorporated some creative and globally inspired flavors into the menu. Legal Crossing's location downtown make it the perfect spot for dinner before or after a show, or a quick bite while shopping.

Legal Crossing Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, October 22, 2015


          Fuji at Assembly Row is the newest location from a restaurant group with several sushi restaurants in greater Boston. I finally went in for dinner recently, after having them on my list to try for a while now.

          We started with an item from the dim sum selections: made to order shrimp dumplings topped with gold flakes. It states on the menu that these take 15 minutes to order, and they were definitely worth the wait!

          For a second course, I had an avocado and crab salad while the fiancé enjoyed a shrimp tempura roll. They gladly made my salad with just a tiny bit of spicy mayo, which is just how I like it. This was a huge portion, and I could've eaten just this with a cup of soup for a nice light meal.

          Next we shared the toro sampler which included Tuna, Salmon, and hamachi belly drizzled with a bit of soy and truffle oil.

           The torched tuna and uni were also very good, and the presentation was beautiful.

          The meal at Fuji was delicious, and very reasonably priced. They offer better quality than most other sushi places I've tried at this price point (under $100 for two people with drinks). I also like that they have a good mix of traditional and more creative sushi options, so you can get your truffle and gold flake fix without going too crazy. I will definitely be back!

Fuji at Assembly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tavern in the Square

           I've always thought of Tavern as a place for a great burgers and beer, until I tried them again recently and realized just how extensive and creative the menu is! I loved the tater tot trio that came with three styles of tots including:
  • TUSCAN- Parmesan, truffle, herbs
  • BUFFALO- Buffalo spice, blue cheese
  • ASIAN- Togorashi spice, black sesame
The Tuscan was definitely my favorite, but you really can't go wrong with tots!

          The crab tostada salad was light and refreshing with Colossal lump crab meat tossed with diced avocado, mango, shaved jicam, cilantro, baby kale and agave-lime vinaigrette layered between crispy corn & black bean tortillas.

          I would definitely come back again for something other than a burger, although the burgers are delicious!

Tavern in the Square Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato