Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Brunch at Kirkland Tap and Trotter is rather unique and VERY filling. The menu is pork and sausage heavy, light on the eggs, and offers plenty to satisfy the sweet tooth as well the bloody mary craving.

So after the excellent bloodys with a zesty house made mix and assorted pickled vegetables arrive - a gooey, fluffy, sticky bun ($5) is the best way to get the meal started. From there we feasted on thick cut Brioche French Toast ($16) with a rhubarb compote, a side of juicy breakfast sausages ($6) and a beautiful and immensely flavorful Peasant's Hangover Helper ($16) which is a sausage and navy bean soup, complete with a poached egg and grilled bread. Post brunch, plan for a stroll. Harvard Yard isn't far up the road and it's a nice way to walk off a heavy meal! 

Kirkland Tap & Trotter
425 Washtington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Kirkland Tap & Trotter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

*this meal was complimentary, all opinions are my own*

Monday, July 28, 2014

Martin Codax Albariño | Row 34

Martin Codax Albariño is a sensational white wine from the Rias Baixas region of Northwestern Spain. It is crisp and full of dry white fruits - bracing the palate with citrus zest, granny smith apple, white peach skin and pineapple. A fresh minerality adds definition and sturdiness. It is extremely food friendly and elegantly pairs itself with briny oysters, a delicate stripped bass crudo, and a hearty brown butter lobster, corn, tomato and basil dish. The Albariño rightly lives up to it's nickname "wine of the sea". It even serves to compliment  dessert - a lemon pound cake with fresh berries.
Row 34, named for a kind of oyster raised at the Island Creek Oyster farm, graciously and effortlessly hosted this wine dinner for about 25 bloggers and friends. Located in Fort Point, this industrial "workingmans oyster bar" is lively and loud, relaxed and fun. Newcomers and locals alike, I recommend you pay them a visit.
*This dinner was complimentary. All opinions are my own*

Row 34
383 Congress St
Boston MA, 02210
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Monday, July 14, 2014

a little of summer | ctown

Just a couple shots from some neighborhood walks. And morning coffee on the deck. And a delicious egg cheese and tomato croissant.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

La Brasa

The girls and I have been on a roll these last few months with making reservations to visit the Somerville up-and-comers! First there was Sarma, followed by Bronwyn and now La Brasa! With excellent chefs at the helm offering unique dishes of varied cuisines, Boston's neighboring city is lucky to have them all. La Brasa itself draws on a wide influence - mexican, peruvian, spanish, chinese - a grand mixture of flavors from all over. 

{What we ate}

mexican fried rice with charred scallions, fava beans, radishes, cilantro
tacos de carnitas - slow roasted pork shoulder with salsa verde & chile de arbol
artisanal cheese with ginger-rhubarb chutney
a table-side cart delivers prime rib with cilantro chimichuri
smoked bone in pork milanese with mushy peas
swiss chard pie with colorado chile, coddled farm fresh egg, spanish ham & piperade
fried soft shell crab special with arugula & cherries
that fried rice again. it was my favorite. tacos de carnitas were second.
la brasa fried chicken with escargot-brown butter viniagrette, parsley and fresh horseradish
butterscotch pudding with Rice Krispies

124 Broadway St
Somerville, MA 02145
La Brasa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Edgartown | MV

Edgartown is magical. I think one of the reasons I'm so enthralled is because I grew up on Cape Cod and I've never been here. To Martha's Vineyard, sure, but I guess as a kid it was always Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, nevermind I can't remember the last time I made it to the Island itself as an adult. I love discovering new-to-me places that have been close by all along.

An elegant seaside village, where early 19th Century whaling captain - greek revival style houses have been carefully maintained and preserved, the streets of Edgartown are a picture perfect setting. There are plenty of great options for eating, drinking, and beaching.

Our hotel overlooked Lighthouse Beach, a calm and pretty spot just a stones throw away. Another day we took the short bus ride over to South Beach or Katama, a gorgeous barrier beach with miles to explore.
Among The Flowers Cafe | 17 Mayhew Ln
Cute and casual, table service was friendly and efficient, a relaxing open-air breakfast of fried eggs, homefries, toast and mimosas. 
Tocco Purro | 3 S Water St
Tiny but well appointed take-out counter shop serving gourmet organic coffee, breakfast sandwiches and Italian pastries. The bagel and lox was a nice start to my day!
 Espresso Love |  17 Church St
Another great coffee shop with a large outdoor patio.

The Port Hunter |  55 Main St
We ate at the bar, starting with freshly shucked oyster and clams, and then some local seafood specials. Pictured is my whole Menemsha Fluke encrusted with almond and coconut flakes over a bed of sauteed kale. They ended up having a great live band, so we stayed until they closed!
Alchemy | 71 Main St
A fancy french bistro downstairs, a cozy bar and lounge upstairs in the back - we sunk into some leather couches and shared the Chicken n Waffles with maple gravy and the PEI Mussles steamed in coconut broth with leeks and tomatoes.
Seafood Shanty | 31 Dock St
We actually went here for lunch, (their sushi is amazing. So are the Bloody Marys). Grab a spot on the deck, take in the gorgeous harbor views and watch the Chappy Ferries float by.

Awesome location, right on the docks! Found ourselves back for drinks on multiple occasions. Don't forget to grab a slice of bacon! (Yes, they put jars of bacon on the bar).
The Newes | 23 Kelley St
A casual American pub with a nice selection of New England draft beers and a menu featuring classics like Haddock fish 'n' chips and bangers & mash
L'Etoile | 22 N Water St
Casually elegant French restaurant and martini bar. I would eat here next time, the food looked amazing, we just popped in for espresso martinis. 
Henry's Bar | 131 N Water Street 
The dark wood paneled bar at our hotel is a cocktail worthy destination. A hidden gem!
 Martha's Vineyard is an awesome summer getaway and I would definitely recommend staying or at least spending the day in Edgartown if you go!