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Who doesn’t love brunch?

16 Nov

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Check out my top 10 very subjective list ranking some of the places I’ve enjoyed brunch at on SouthCoast.

It’s hard to pick the top 10 weekend brunch/breakfast spots anywhere, let alone on SouthCoast where there is no dearth of delicious and affordable options. As a recent transplant, I have only been to a few and almost all serve the typical egg and hash dishes. So I tried to compile a list of the spots that serve up something different. By no means is this a comprehensive list. It is really based on my tastes, preferences and experience, and is highly subjective. But I love brunch, and if I’ve missed your favorite spot, do let me know so I can try it!

Check out the list published in SouthCoastToday.com

Mariposa to debut new liquor

28 Jul

The bakery that brings us yummy pretzel rolls, scones and other baked goods in Central Square is debuting its own agave nectar liquor  at a cocktail party Monday.

I have mixed feelings about anything agave, since I avoid all sweeteners and it’s not particularly good for you (it has more concentrated fructose in it than high fructose corn syrup), but I’ll try anything once…

Mariposa Bakery
424 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
P: 617-876-6500
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat-Sun 8 am – 8 pm

Teşekkür Ederim Istanbul’lu, for laz pancakes

16 Jul

Leave your preconceived notions of Turkish food (I mean generic Mediterranean dolmas or lamb kababs) behind when you walk into Istanbul’lu.

The small Teele Square eatery has become quite the neighborhood gem over the past year and boasts amazing brunch specialties that you won’t find anywhere else. Specifically, the laz pancakes and cilbir.

The pancakes reminded me of ‘pithe’, a homemade snack or dessert in Bengal, and is mostly  fried dough, soft in the inside and crunchy on the outside. It is sprinkled with honey and feta and tastes divine – with a side of scrambled eggs.

As for the cilbir, yogurt and eggs may not sound like they mix, but they do, and beautifully. Prettily presented in a metal wok, the poached eggs hide in a mix of creamy yogurt and hot butter garlic oil. It also comes in a spinach and onions version. Both are oddly intriguing and satisfying. Continue reading

HBT recovering from holiday feasts

21 Feb

Sorry readers, Sir Eatsalot was so busy eating through the holiday season, then digesting and then trying to hot yoga away the pounds, that it left no time or energy to blog until today It makes total sense when you learn that I celebrated Thanksgiving, Eid, Durga Puja, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years.

HBT is deeply sorry for the holiday hiatus and hopes everyone had as productive and delicious a season. Here’s a quick recap of some of my favorite eats this season. Burp.

1. An outstanding Christmas lunch at Beacon Hill Bistro. They ran out of the goose entree but replaced it with duck which was divine.

2. Excellent biriyani and kabab feasts at Darul Kabab near Porter Square.

2. Made Bengali khichuri for Durga Puja and grabbed dosas at Dosa Factory in Central Square in an effort to go vegetarian for a couple of days.

4. My amazing roommate hosted a lovely wine tasting at home where I discovered a taste for fine ice wines, which are really expensive, btw.

5. Had a great brunch with friends visiting from Canada at Sel de la Terre with johnny cakes at Long Wharf.

6. A group dinner at Rangzen proved tasty and economical.

7. Hardly had a bad dinner at North End but there’s something special about the pasta at Al Dente – highly addictive.

8. I have become a huge fan of the charcoal chicken and quinoa salad at Machu Picchu Chicken and Grill in Union Square. I could eat it every day.

9. All the home-cooked goodies from turkey and goat curry (by yours truly) to cheese and charcuterie… mmmm.

Gosh, I can hardly wait to do it again!

Porch reopens for summer with nifty BBQ at Bambara

10 Jun

From mouthwatering lamb chops to smokin’ pork sliders, Chef Jay Silva tossed up tasty BBQ bites May 25 as Bambara opened up its porch for the summer in Cambridge.

Folks lined up and could not get enough of the lamb chops, grilled shrimp, arancini and sliders – pulled pork, mushroom and beef.

Kick off summer in style with Bambara’s second installment of their “Passing The Bar” cocktail event (learn mixologist tricks and enjoy great cocktails from guest mixologist Josh Childs of Trina’s Starlite Lounge, while noshing on fresh hors d’ouvres) or the upcoming Father’s Day Brunch!

 

Bambara
25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141
617-868-4444
Hours: Mon-Thu 6:30 am-10 pm;
Fri 6:30 am-11 pm; Sat 8 am-11 pm;
Sun 8 am-10 pm.

Taste the North End and Chinatown this weekend

5 May

With the weather finally warming up in Boston, it’s a great time to explore neighborhoods and try local cuisine. You can do just that this weekend and two great events.

The 17th annual Taste of North End is on Friday evening, 6-11 p.m. at DCR’s Steriti Memorial Rink. You can buy tickets online on the website. The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. This year the event will benefit the North End Community Health Center. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

On Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ,join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for a community-led tour of Chinatown, one of Boston’s most vibrant and fast-changing neighborhoods.  The tour, which will be followed by a lunch of traditional Chinese fare, will begin at and benefit the Asian Community Development Corporation, 38 Oak St. in Boston. The tour is part of the MetroFuture Walks and Talks series. Get a ticket online or contact Amanda Cleveland, MetroFuture Community Liaison at MAPC, at 617-451-2770 x2075.

Fish for breakfast? Only at Legal

17 Jan

If you wake up craving a white fish hash ($11.95 with sunny side eggs), cornmeal crusted trout ($11.95 with grilled chorizo, hash browns and chive creme fraiche) or smoked salmon on a toasted bagel ($8.95), you can now head to Kendall Square for a regular or fish-happy breakfast.

The Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square is now offering a daily breakfast that includes breads, cereal, eggs and juices from 7-10 a.m. Interesting offerings include Dewey bun ($2.95), low-fat cottage cheese ($1.95), steel-cut oats ($4.95), PB&J crepes ($4.95 each), grilled cheese and bacon cheddar cheese grits ($13.95) and ham, fig and egg sandwich on rye ($7.95).

Haven’t tried it yet but it sure sounds good!