Chez Henri

I have a rule that I’ll only buy a Groupon (or similar deal) if its for a restaurant I actually wanted to try before seeing the deal. That doesn’t happen very often, so I jumped at the Chez Henri deal offered over the summer. Their French-Cuban menu always intrigued me, and I had been dying [read more →]

What do you do when you have a pork tenderloin sitting in the refrigerator, come up with the grand idea to make homemade moo-shu pork, but don’t want to let down your vegetarian moo-shu-loving boyfriend? Make both, of course! I decided on this recipe from Epicurious, using pork tenderloin instead of pork butt. It calls [read more →]

I didn’t grow up in the south, but I did grow up eating my dad’s hoppin’ john every new years day. It’s supposed to bring you good luck for the year – and while I’m not necessarily superstitious, I’m not one to break with tradition, either. My dad’s version always involved some kind of smoky [read more →]

Christmas Eve 2012

Happy (belated) holidays, everyone! In my family, Christmas eve is always spent with friends and Christmas day with family. My parents always hosted Christmas eve, so my mom and I wanted to keep that tradition alive even though we were away during the holidays last year. I was excited to do all of the menu [read more →]

Maltagliati with Mushrooms

One thing I’ve been doing in my time off of work has been experimenting with homemade pasta. I’ve been using Marco Canora’s recipe for the dough, and have wound up with a lot of pasta scraps while trying to form tortelli. So, what do you do with pasta dough scraps? Call it maltagliati and turn [read more →]

Brunch at Church (the restaurant)

I spent last Saturday afternoon at Church brunching with some fellow Boston foodies. I was impressed by the space, noticing the exposed brick at the bar and the comfortable couches where some parties were brunching. I had already heard great things about Church’s cocktail menu, so I immediately ordered one of their bloody marys. I [read more →]

Fried Rice with Cauliflower

I recently read this blog post about using sauteed, grated cauliflower as a healthier alternative to rice or couscous. I was intrigued because I absolutely love cauliflower and had never thought of grating it. However, I also like carbs with my meals, so I tried the technique for the first time in fried rice using [read more →]

Lone Star Taco Bar

Yesterday I tried Lone Star Taco Bar‘s new weekday brunch with the Boston Brunchers. I had been to Lone Star Taco Bar once before, just a couple of months ago, but had a strange experience. It was a Saturday night and the wait was probably twice as long as the hour they told us it [read more →]

I get so many cooking ideas in my head, but never seem to have time to execute them. One of my goals while I’m taking a little time off and figuring out my life is to really experiment with new recipes instead of falling back on the same old standbys. I tried out this Glazed [read more →]

Almost everything that is tomato based is comfort food to me, and that’s exactly what I was craving last night. I was in luck because the folks at Tuttorosso tomatoes recently send me a gift basket of canned tomatoes to try out and review. Now that I’m unemployed and working with a much stricter food [read more →]

Ball Square Cafe

Those familiar with Ball Square in Somerville might have heard of the Sound Bites vs. Ball Square Cafe breakfast rivalry. There is a deep rooted animosity between the two restaurant owners. The abbreviated version goes something like this… Sound Bites existed long before Ball Square Cafe. The landlord renting out the space to Sound Bites [read more →]

I Quit My Job

Monday was my last day at my consulting job. I started my job two weeks after graduating college in 2006 and quickly realized it was not the type of work I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life. Still, I was lucky to have a steady job and I didn’t know what [read more →]

Zuppardi’s Apizza

Trying New Haven style pizza has been on my list for quite some time. It seemed easy enough to knock off the list since it’s on the way to New York City and I tend to go there about once a month…except that lately I’ve been traveling by bus. If only BoltBus stopped for New [read more →]

Audrey Claire

Audrey Claire is another one of those BYOBs that was a favorite of mine when I lived in Philly. I remembered the food as both comforting and elegant, with a Mediterranean flare. It’s a little classier than some of our college haunts, but not at all pretentious. We decided on dinner here the night of [read more →]

Amada

Amada is one of Jose Garces’ many restaurants that are sort of taking over the Philadelphia dining scene. Considering I’ve had nothing but superb food at every one of his restaurants I’ve tried, he can open as many restaurants as he likes. Not that he needs my permission. I never actually ate a full meal [read more →]

La Viola

If you’ve ever been to Philadelphia, you might have noticed the popularity of BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants. What’s amazing is that there are some very high end places without liquor licenses, making fine dining in Philadelphia quite affordable (that is, if you’re a wine drinker like me). I now appreciate the fancy places, [read more →]

2012 Philadelphia Marathon Recap

I finished my first marathon! The whole thing is still a little surreal, and I’ve been struggling with what to even write about it. First of all, I never thought I would be a marathon runner! I could barely run two miles before I signed up for my first half marathon last year. Now, I [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew…Revisited

The Philadelphia Marathon is this Sunday, and the end of my training hasn’t exactly gone as planned. I wound up with a sprained ankle two weeks ago, just a few days after my 20 mile run. I thought something felt off, but I continued with my mid-week 8 miler anyways. Bad idea. I figured I [read more →]

Up until last weekend, the only time I had ever tried olive oil poached salmon was several years ago (2008?) at a restaurant in Philadelphia. The preparation shocked me…in a good way: it looked raw, but was warm and buttery in texture. It was incredible. I don’t know how I kept in my memory so [read more →]

Happy Election Day! I want to encourage everyone to get out there and vote, no matter which way you stir your pot. And when you’re done, make yourself a cocktail! I get pretty stressed out on election day, so I’m looking forward to indulging a little while watching election coverage later. One of my favorites [read more →]

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