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:

  1. 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 ;)

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

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

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  4. 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

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

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  6. 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 :)

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


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  8. 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 :)

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  9. 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?

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

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

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

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

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  14. hehe love this. def. CLASSY :)

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  15. 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.

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

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

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  18. 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

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  19. 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.

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

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

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