Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
4. Cooking! Whenever I'm stressed I love making an intricate recipe for PB or even just for little ole' me. I also tend to bake a lot when I'm stressed.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Anyway, the next night I went to the Hill Tavern and we had glass after glass of wine and laugh after laugh together... We've been inseparable (well, in spirit) ever since!
6. What are some of your favorite restaurants in Boston?
I have SO many. If I had all the money in the world and was a size 2 (with a will of steel) I'd eat out all the time. Here are just some favs off the top of my head:
- Breakfast: Paramount on Charles Street. On the weekends you have to get there early but it is BY FAR my favorite breakfast spot. They have ridiculous fruit salads, delicious pancakes, huge waffles and healthy options (like egg white omelets and turkey sausage). If you haven't been here you should definitely try it!
- Sushi: I'm tied on this one. My all time fav (and where I go when i don't mind blowing some money) is Douzo on Dartmouth Street near Back Bay station. They have the best rolls and the fish is always super fresh. Their cocktails are fun and fruity and the seaweed salad is delish. If I want yummy but a little less pricey I go to Ma Soba in Beacon Hill. They have this one roll that has chopped tempura shrimp on top in a spicy pink sauce and it is delicious (and unhealthy, I'm sure.) Ma Soba also has excellent fried rice- Not greasy and not drowned in soy sauce. Definitely get a side of it with your sushi!
- Steak houses: I have another tie. Either Grill 23 (if you want to bankrupt yourself) or Mooo. Mooo is a new find for me. I tried it last year and fell in love. I'm a HUGE fan of steak tartar and their's was AMAZING. They also have truffle fries which are yummy, but not quite truffley enough for me. I've had steaks there and I've tried their burger and everything was fresh and cooked perfectly every time. Grill 23 really needs no plug. It's ridiculously expensive and a little "frou-frou" but the food speaks for itself. I've only been once on a date (thank goodness we didn't have to go dutch!) but I'm dying to go back again. I got the twin petite filet mignons. This was a perfect option for a weight watcher because you can eat one (which is the correct serving size for a steak) and then save one for the next day. They were cooked perfectly and seasoned well. They had truffle tater tots. Those were SO yummy! My only complaint is that they weren't as crispy as tater tots normally are, but really good still.
- Italian: Toscano in Beacon Hill. This is by FAR my favorite restaurant in the entire city. I can't tell you how much I love it. I've tried pretty much everything on the menu and somethings they made for me that wasn't on the menu and it's all been PERFECTION. The waitstaff is knowledgable, courteous and prompt. The owners are always there and they remember you every single time you go in and they are also willing to make you things not on the menu if you ask for it. My favorite server is Katherine. If you go, ask for her. She's the best server ever and Paul and I only go when she's working. The pastas are fresh and homemade. The pizza is to die for, and I'm not even a big pizza eater. The best thing to get however, is not on the menu. It's always a special and the protein changes daily (some days it's with veal, some days it's with steak) but it's called the "Rossini." It's usually a red meat with foie gras on top in this black truffle cream sauce. It's $45 so I only order it when I'm not paying but it's essentially heaven on a plate. You MUST try!
- Casual: I love Parish Cafe on Boylston for sandwiches and bevies. (The hummus plate there is delish, as is the veggie potsickers). Match is fun for mini burger and martinis. (The lamb mini-burger is ridiculous). Hungry Mother in Cambridge is phenomenal if you're looking for upscale southern food. (The cornbread with sorghum butter is my favorite with the fried catfish). Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square has excellent burgers and good cocktails but crappy service. The salt cod fritters are my favorite!
- French: Aquitaine. No words for how amazing the food and service is. Get the escargot and the steak frites with truffles. You'll thank me.
- Bar: Bar 10 at the Westin is my favorite bar in the city. The strawberry fields cocktail is my jam there. I've never ordered anything else!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
- 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 6.7 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 ounces pancetta, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- 1 cup very thinly vertically sliced asparagus
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1. Combine warm water and yeast in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 5.6 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture; stir until blended. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining 1.1 ounces (about 1/4 cup) flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (the dough will feel sticky).
2. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If an indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)
3. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add thyme, pancetta, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pancetta is crisp. Stir in pepper.
4. Preheat oven to 475°.
5. Place a baking sheet in oven for 15 minutes to preheat. Punch dough down; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Stretch dough into a 10-inch circle on a floured surface. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cornmeal on preheated baking sheet, and place dough on sheet. Spread pancetta mixture evenly over dough. Arrange thinly vertically sliced asparagus over pancetta mixture; sprinkle evenly with shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese. Bake flatbread at 475° for 10 minutes or until crust is golden. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Cut flatbread into 8 wedges.
*Images and recipe from Cooking Light.*
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
On my way there I noticed this guy on the sidewalk holding a big sign thingy and I was wondering what his deal was. I got close and looked to my right and LITERALLY right beside me was this tall, beautiful blonde known as Stephanie March (aka Alexandra Cabot... former DA on L&O SVU.) I DIED. They were literally filming as I walked by so I couldn't stop and get a picture. I crossed the street but a stupid van was in my way. I wanted to yell "ALEX! I LOVE YOU! COME BACK TO ELLIOT AND OLIVIA!" Clearly I love me some Law & Order SVU.
Then we went to Magnolia Bakery and I got some cupcakes and we tried their banana pudding. One word: BAH-NAN-NAS! So delish. I could've died a happy person right then. I, of course, bought a few extra cupcakes to bring home. They've been calling from the fridge since 3AM but I'm ignoring.
It was then time for Kleinfeld's! They WERE filming Say Yes to the Dress but I didn't get to see the brides they were filming. I did recognize a few ladies from the show. I was underwhelmed by my experience. I went to try on ONE dress and I was very upfront about that I already bought a dress and just wanted to try that one specific dress. So, she brought it but did NOT bring me like a strapless bra or anything to try on with it. So I tried it one with a black bra and blue undies. Um. because that helps me get SUCH a good idea of how it really looks. The top was too big and she didn't even clip it back for me nor did she hold up a mirror for me to see the back. It was obvious that she just wanted to get me in the dress and out the door. I was pretty disappointed in the level of customer service from the bridal consultant. Suffice to say I did NOT like the dress and am sticking with the original. (That dress was also 3x as much as the one I've already bought. Good thing I didn't LOVE it!)
Then RPT and I hit Los Feliz for dinner since Barrio Chino was packed with an hour wait. It was AH-MAY-ZING! Literally was the best Mexican dinner I've ever had. We ordered 3 sets of tacos to share. We got the Pez Dorado (Crispy sea bass, valentia aioli, avocado, cucumber-ginger relish) , Camaron Enchilado (Sauteed shrimp, peanuts-red chili paste, pickled carrots, sesame seeds), and the Chicharron de Pollo (avocado,panela cheese, mixed greens
Adobo chicken crackling, guacamole, grilled pineapple, red chili aioli, cotija cheese) tacos. We also were given a brown paper bag full of homemade tortilla chips and this DELICIOUS smoky, creamy salsa. To drink we both ordered a jalapeno margarita.
I literally have no words for the deliciousness of it all. The chicharron de pollo were my favorite. They were super spicy (not heat, but just covered in spices) and they had this little orange slice that just cut the spice and in my opinion, made the dish!) RPT's favorite was the Pez Dorado. The sea bass was perfectly seasoned and I think the avocado really added something to it. Both of us would have passed on the Shrimp tacos. They almost had an asian flair and I think we both would have liked a little more heat with maybe a mango salsa with them instead. If you are in NYC- RUNNNNNN and go ASAP! I already told RPT that we MUST go back when I'm in town again.
Then RPT deposited me at the bus station around 10PM and I was homebound. The bus driver got us into Boston at 1:30AM. Only 3.5 hours??? Methinks he was going 90. I'm trying not to dwell on it!