Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Things You Need To See

1) This little photo shoot captures a plate of food I like to call the best salad I have ever tasted. At least, as of late. I know bold statements like that are often taken literally. I've had a lot of good salads. This one is up there scoring perfect notes in both taste and presentation. Drumroll please....The Roasted Beet Salad ($9) is served with warm goat cheese, fresh orange segments, sweet spiced walnuts and rosemary dressing and you can get it at Tavolino in Westborough, MA.
Speared in place with a large sprig of rosemary; a delicate umbrella of red beet balances over a layer of fried goat cheese, followed by a golden beet, then another layer of fried goat cheese and finally, sandwiched with another red beet bathing in a pool of creamy rosemary dressing.
Since we're on the subject of Tavolino, I might as well brag about their appetizer of Wild Boar Gnocchi ($12). The generous chunks of boar are braised in Sangiovese wine and served with super fresh potato dumplings, tomatoes and white truffle oil. Located just west of Boston, Tavolino is a pretty fabulous establishment all around. You can read a more comprehensive review from my first visit here.

2) The Chocolate Bar at Max Brenner. Their newest location is at 745 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. Hopefully I'll get a full review of my brunch up soon but in the meantime....MILKSHAKES! They are phenomenal and that's really all there is to it.
I drank the popular Eighties Milkshake ($7.95) made with milk chocolate ganache, vanilla bourbon ice cream and a crunchy chocolate shell. Tricia enjoyed the Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie ($7.75) made with white chocolate truffle, yogurt and strawberries. The thick and frothy shakes are served in their signature Alice Cup - the opening rim of the cup is meant to look like the Cheshire cat's smile. (Sure, okay!) The stainless steel straws were pretty fun, too!
I must say the staff at Max Brenner are some of the nicest around. I was really impressed with the service here.

3) I'm actually not sure you need to see what I did on Saturday night. But I needed a third thing. With my p.i.c. (partner in crime, yes?) at Bricco. Posed? Candid? Classy? You be the judge. I drank NV Prosecco Brut, Mionetto, Veneto ($9) and an Espresso Tini ($13) Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, crème de cocoa, Kahlua, espresso. Everyone needs a good espresso martini in their lives. Especially me at 1:30am on a Saturday.

24 comments:

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i must get to max brenner's and ASAP. if for nothing else for the drink me cup that i semi -well let's be honest- really want to steal lol ;)

Christina said...

oh man. that beet salad could easily be the best salad i've never eaten. ahh. jealous.

Maggy said...

Oh I'm SO glad you went to Max Brenner...did you see their hug mugs for the hot chocolate? genius.

this free bird said...

Roasted beet salad is one of my all time faves. if we lived in the same city/area it would so be ON.

xo,
c

Melissa said...

That salad does look good!

Di said...

The salad looks awesome...so does the espresso tini!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

LOVE these photos!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I'm totally sold on the chocolate bar. Also, like you, sometimes I'm totally sold on martinis at 1:30am! Looks like you've been having a good time recently :)

Courtney Erin said...

That salad looks awesomely good...and I'd so be up for one of those espresso tinis...even if it only 9 am.


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Bridget said...

I'd like one of everything I just saw!! I didnt even realize Max Brenner was open, but I really want to go and have a milk shake. Sounds delicious! Looks like you've been having fun lately :)

Jen said...

That salad is gorgeous!

And the smoothie & milkshake glasses are killing me with their cuteness. A straw slot? Can all of my glasses have one of those please?

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

I adore beets, so yummy! I had a great espresso martini on Monday at Sonsie. . . dangerously good!

Michelle Collins said...

That Eighties Milkshake looks heavenly! As does that espresso martini.......

In and Around Town said...

The presentation alone of that salad is worth it! Cannot wait to try max Brenner - looks like a lot of fun.

Mo Pie, Please said...

Wow. My mouth is watering! This all looks so good, especially your milkshake!

Corinne said...

hehe love this. def. CLASSY :)

BosGuy said...

Nice write up about the new Max Brenner shop. I agree with your comment about how nice the staff is. A friend of mine is one of the bartenders there and he's a sweetheart. I wrote about the quick visit but your pics are better and I've yet to try the food.

Juliana said...

Daisy, everything looks delicious, specially the milk shake...cute glasses :-) Hope you are having a great week!

Amber Blue Bird said...

i like to call salads filler food but that one does look like it would tasty yummy

We Are Not Martha said...

Have been dying to go to Max Brenners!! I'm going for a bachelorette party next month, but might have to stop in before then as I have a bit of a milkshake obsession :)

Sues

Melissa said...

I bought a few goodies from Max Brenner's but MUST go back for that milkshake. Yum! And I might be going out to dinner in the North End next week...Bricco is a good option.

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

yum the salad looks delicious!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Megan said...

I'll take all 3 please! Seriously though, we need to go to MB together!

Lizzy said...

You need to call me next time you come out to Westboro!! And I'll take all three as well : )