Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bar Boulud

          I tried Bar Boulud when it first opened in Boston a few years ago and had a great experience, so I was excited to visit again recently for a holiday dinner celebration with a friend. The menu had changed some since my first visit, but I was glad to see they still had the amazing selection of meats, cheeses, and charcuterie! 

          We shared a charcuterie board to start, which came with three different kinds of pate, prosciutto, ham, soppressata, and bresaola. Everything was delicious but my favorite was the pate -  they even brought over fresh gluten free bread for me! The portion was so generous we ended taking some home so we'd have room for dinner.


           I ordered the venison loin as my main course, which came with huckleberries, chestnut, celery root, and rice. The venison was cooked to a perfect medium rare, and the loin was an excellent cut, extremely flavorful and not at all gamey.


           My friend ordered the spaghetti nero which came with shrimp, calamari, and a mix of squid ink and plain pasta. It looked amazing, and she really enjoyed it!



          I was way too full for dessert, but I did look at the menu and there were several choices that looked delicious. I hope to go back and try it soon!

Bar Boulud Boston Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Thinking Cup

            I recently tried The Thinking Cup for the first time, after it came highly recommended. I was excited to see that they serve Stumptown coffee (one of my favorites) and they have plenty of gluten free options! 

           I ordered a breakfast sandwich - bacon, egg, and cheese on gluten free bread and it was excellent!  The eggs were fresh and the bacon thick and crispy.

            In addition to breakfast sandwiches, The Thinking Cup had a great lunch menu and selection of pastries (including gluten free). I can't wait to try them again soon!

Thinking Cup Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Kobe Christmas at Mooo

          Several years ago I discovered that Mooo in Boston regularly serves the best steak in the world: A5 Wagyu. Since then, one of my friends and I make it an annual tradition to celebrate Christmas at Mooo. We call it Kobe Christmas, and it's always amazing!

           Authentic Japanese Wagyu is the most flavorful beef you'll ever taste, and A5 is the highest grade. It's rich, flavorful, and literally melts in your mouth. Moo's preparation is simple, lightly seared and finished with some sea salt.


          I usually start with a light appetizer like oysters so I'll have plenty of room for my steak, and my favorite side at Mooo is the potato skin stuffed with creamy mashed potatoes, gouda, and bacon. It's one of my favorite meals at any restaurant, and a tradition I look forward to every year!

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dinner at The Maiden

          I tried The Maiden when they first opened a little over a year ago, and made a meal of apps, osyters, meats, and cheeses at the bar. I've since been back several times; it's now one of my go to spots in Southie!

          I always start with some sort of meat and cheese board; my favorites are the duck proscuitto, chorizo, and aged hard cheeses. They always have creative, delicious accompaniments like fruit butters, pickled veggies, and whole grain mustard.


          Their roast chicken is one of my favorites in Boston; the preparation changes seasonally but is always amazing! This was one I had in the spring with gorgeous bright fresh veggies!


          I've purchased Gilt City deals for The Maiden a few times now, and they're definitely a great way to experience The Maiden at a very reasonable price. The Gilt City menu features selections from their regular menu, and is always more than enough food! If it's your first time using Gilt, you can use my unique referral link for $25 off your first order.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Oishii Boston

          Oishii is by far one of the best sushi restaurants in Boston. I first tried the sushi bar in Chestnut Hill, which is just as good but tiny and very hard to get in. Since moving to Boston the south end location has become my go to spot for sushi. I love that they have a mix of high end, interesting dishes (think truffles, caviar, etc.) and traditionally prepared sushi.

          My all time favorite dish is the salmon on fire; this is delicious and such an amazing presentation! The salmon literally comes to your table over flames, which you can blow out once it's been seared to your preference. Every time I order this I get stares, and at least someone asks what it is!  I love the combination of the seared marinated salmon, toasted garlic, and raspberry sauce.


         
          Another favorite dish is the wagyu beef on a hot stone. The beef comes rare in a marinade, and you cook it to your liking on a searing hot plate at the table. This is also a dish that attracts a lot of attention!
 

          I usually finish with a selection of sashimi which varies based on what they have, but I generally get some variation on west coast oysters, uni, white salmon, and spicy toro gunkan. Everything is always incredibly fresh, and presented beautifully on a bed of ice.



           I also love the creative desserts at Oishii; several of them are light and reasonably healthy like this frozen melon with gold flakes and white chocolate shavings.

 
          I've been to Oishii many times over the years, and it never fails to blow me away. If you haven't been, I highly recommend checking it out!

Oishii Boston Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Scavenger Hunt and Cooking Class at Taranta

          Taranta is an Italian and Peruvian fusion restaurant in the North End, and I recently tried them for the first time as part of a fun corporate event.

          My whole department came in around 4PM, where they divided us up into three teams for a scavenger hunt. We were each given a list of ingredients and clues, that we had to interpret and find in the little markets all over the north end. We had to hand over our cell phones first, but my team spotted a couple of locals who helped us find out shops in no time! Once all of our ingredients were collected, we headed back to the restaurant for a cooking class.


          My group made a caprese salad, which included making hand stretched mozzarella from the curds. It was so much simpler than I would have expected, and the incredibly fresh mozzarella made such a difference in the salad!


          When we sat down to enjoy the dinner we prepared, we started with the salad and then the red pepper stuffed ravioli made by the second group was served family style. The folks at Taranta were nice enough to also bring me an order of gluten free penne with tomato sauce and parmesan, which was delicious!



          Our main course was a roasted chicken and sausage stuffed pork loin prepared by the third group. These were served with sauteed kale and roasted potatoes. Both were excellent, it was hard to believe they were prepared by my coworkers and not the professionals!

          The only course we didn't prepare was dessert; I enjoyed the lemon sorbet and heard great things about the canolli!
 
 

          This was such a fun experience, and would be fun with friends, family or a holiday party!

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Preview of the 2017 Boston Wine Expo

UPDATE: The winner is Jessica Derman! Please be in touch to claim your tickets!!

It's hard to believe 2016 is almost over, and that means it's almost time for The 2017 Boston Wine Expo!


Enjoy over 1,800 wines from 200+ wineries from around the world, plus seminars, cooking demos, food samples, 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 18 - 19, 2017.  The Seaport World Trade Center is located at 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston, MA. For directions and more information, please visit their website. This event is reserved for ages 21+.


Tickets are on sale and available here; use my unique link and enter the discount code "bloggertaste17"at checkout for 10% off now through 12/30! 

 

GRAND TASTING:
The Grand Tasting area offers a global wine tasting experience from over 200 wineries and more than 1,800 wines. While the wines are the stars of the show, attendees will enjoy food samplings from some of the area’s most popular restaurants and specialty food producers, as well as the chance to indulge in purchases from the unique lifestyle brands showcasing their wares.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

A Vintners’ Reserve Lounge: offers guests a range of boutique, limited edition and small batch wines, not easily found. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet with winemakers and brand ambassadors, while enjoying tastes from some of Boston’s most popular restaurants.

VIP Presented by Del Frisco's Steakhouse: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will play host to Boston Wine Expo’s VIP Lounge guests. VIP Lounge guests will be treated to signature dishes and toast with a sampling of Anna de Codorniu Sparkling Cava. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy their own special entrance, early access, private coat check and lounge area.

Seminars: This year’s seminar program is primed to deliver more than 35 topics ranging from food and wine pairings, “Why You Like The Wines You Like” and vertical tasting flights of the world’s most sought-after wine producers.


Now the best part, a I have a 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 one week from today 12/28/2016 and posted here.