Monday, December 18, 2017

what's good

I'm big on roundups and it has been awhile since I posted one! (I guess it has been a little while since I posted at all, as it tends to go around the holidays.) 

I like to highlight favorite spots I'm visiting again and again, or restaurants, dishes, drinks and brands that made a lasting impression.

 Acai Bowl @ Energize
True to its name this blog focuses on boozy drinks and indulgent food. But I'm a big smoothie bowl and fresh squeezed juice fan, too! Energize in Oak Square, Brighton is my favorite neighborhood juice bar for a delicious, healthy and beautifully presented smoothie bowl. 

Juices + Smoothies @ Thirst Juice Co.

When I'm working downtown, my go to juice bar is Thirst. Pictured is the Buddhabeet Juice made with beet, carrot, pear, pineapple + ginger, perfect for an afternoon thirst quenching pick me up.

Fried Buratta @ Brighton Bodega

On our first visit to the new bodega the Fried Buratta took center stage - comforting, luscious, crispy and bathing in a savory tomato sauce. The other dishes were just so-so compared. On our second visit I was much more impressed with our order on the whole. With an on trend neighborhood vibe and a solid house cocktail list + 20 thoughtfully selected beers on draft, I am so thrilled Brighton Bodega has made a home in Brighton Center! Look for a full post on this place soon.

Negroni @ Townsman
...from healthy red juice to my favorite red cocktail! Townsman's Negroni or some variation of the classic usually graces their menu and always hits the spot. 

Fried Chicken + Waffles v 3.0 / The Shojinator / Dumplings / @ Shōjō
Shōjō is one of my favorite restaurants. A Chinatown mainstay dishing offbeat takes on modern Asian fare in a funky space painted with elaborate murals, you absolutely have to go and get all three of these lust worthy dishes!!
Pork Belly Dumplings ($15) sake hoisin, cilantro, rasdish, jalapeno
The Shojinator ($7) - hamburger patty, smoked bacon, kimcheese, house steamed bun
Chicken + Waffles v3.0 ($16) - juicy thights, Hong Kong waffle (so on point!), five-spice butter and sizurrp
[See my other round up featuring Shōjō here.]

Everything at Committee Ouzeri + Bar

These photos marked my first time eating at Committee and there's been a second visit since for a Verizon #ConnectBoston event. I was really impressed on both occasions. The Greek / Mediterranean food, wine and cocktails, plus the personalized service here are a delight. The Verizon influencer event was open bar so we took advantage of the opportunity to try plenty of cocktails (they are expensive otherwise!) but are thoughtfully and creatively crafted and presented.
Tyrokafteri ($8) Florina pepper stuffed with feta and hot peppers
Brussels Sprouts ($14) petimezi roasted, halloumi, sweet potato skordalia
Crab Katafi ($16) lump crab, whipped feta, pomegranate, phyllo

Amaro is an Italian herbal liquor that has for awhile been my go to digestif and I have been using it frequently to craft a delicious variation on the Manhattan. You probably drink amaro in cocktails all the time and don't even realize it! 
A collision of sharp sweetness blunted by potent alcohol, an understated bitterness, scents of flowers and spices, I love it so! There are lots of brands out there but Lucano, Averna and Montenegro are my three favorites. Alibi at The Liberty Hotel hosted an amazing evening last month called "Montenegro Nights" where they transformed the heat lamp lit patio into a Montenegro shrine and even had a tattoo artist giving (fake) Montenegro bottle tattoos, reaffirming my adoration for the brand!

Authentic Neopolitan Pizza @ Posto Mobile
I haven't featured a food truck in awhile but I eat lunch at them all the time. Posto Mobile's wood fired pizza is ridiculously good. Pictured is the Soppressata with spicy pork salumi, mozarella, tuscan peppers, oregano, parmesan + arugula.

House Featured Manhattan @ Troquet on South
This my friends is what a $17 Manhattan looks like. It's made with mad river burnt rock bourbon, sweet vermouth, barrel aged bitters + cherries. I'm not quite sure why it is so expensive, but I do love cozying up at the intimate + sophisticated French Bistro that is Troquet on South, so they've got my vote. 

Where have you been eating + drinking lately? What are some dishes I must try around town?!


  1. I haven't been to Shojo in SO long - need to get back there. Also after a couple acai bowls in San Diego, I am hooked!

  2. Thirst Juice Co. is the best. I love their Pink Unicorn smoothie. Also love the fried burrata at Brighton Bodega. Committee is AMAZING. I went for brunch and can't wait to go back.

  3. My husband and his family love Amaro, but it's certainly not a household name liquor so I hadn't heard of it until they brought it out one day after Sunday Dinner. Committee is also one of our favorite places - without fail, the food is always incredible!