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John Harvards reopens today after summer renovation

12 Sep

After closing its doors for the summer for a complete renovation and rebranding initiative, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House will reopen to the public today in Harvard Square, according to a press release.

At the new John Harvard’s, history will meet modernity with a fresh take on decor, comfort cuisine and an unparalleled in-house brewing program. True to its mission, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House will continue to draw on the story and fabled recipes from John Harvard and William Shakespeare and push forward the tradition of craft beer as the center of life and community.

Pigskin Party Packs – new from East Coast Grill

29 Aug

Here’s a great option for that rib cravin’ – Pigskin Party Packs from the dependable and innovative East Coast Grill for 6 to 30 people, ranging from $149 to $450. That’s a lot of ribs, wings, pulled pork, brisket, beans, slaw, cornbread and that awesome BBQ sauce.

Just in time for the arrival of football season, East Coast Grill offers up a play that can’t be missed with Pigskin Party Packs,available for all your game day gatherings. Barbecue dishes are prepared and ready to enjoy, containing all the necessary ingredients for an afternoon of football fun, so you can watch the game instead of the oven. Available for pick up, the party packs will feed the whole team with pulled pork, brisket, sides and more so there is no fumble.

“When the game is on, no one wants to be spending all their time in the kitchen,” explains Chef Jason Heard. “But then again, no one wants to just order the same old pizza every time either, We offer up an opportunity to enjoy both a great barbecue meal and hopefully, a great game too.”

I don’t think I need to wait for games. Especially since I have never had anything that wasn’t totally delicious there. Even when I almost burned my face off gobbling down that killer spaghetti on Hell’s Night.

And don’t even get me started on that Sunday brunch – smokehouse double thick bacon, sweet potato fries with Inner Beauty hot sauce, molasses glazed grilled banana, fruit with chile and lime… and of course the help-yourself Bloody Mary bar!

East Coast Grill
1271 Cambridge St., Inman Sq.
P: 617.491.6568

Sunday-Thursday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 10:30 pm
NEW Saturday lunch 11 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday brunch: 11 am – 2:30 pm

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

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!

Slurps up at Legal’s annual oyster fest

4 Oct

It’s the annual oyster festival at Legal Sea Foods, one of my favorite area events that promises lots of mouthwatering shells and creative concoctions.

Appetizer features: Oyster stew, pickled oysters, oysters and bacon on melted leek sriracha toast, smoked oyster spread, Oysters Legal, and fried oysters with cassia salt and lime.

Lunch/Dinner features: Oyster and andouille sausage Jambalaya, oyster po’ boy, and oyster, mushroom, spinach pie with green salad.

Upcoming events include the “Oyster Brewhaha Beer Dinner” Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Copley Place – a four-course oyster and craft beer dinner, hosted by Craig Corthell from Craft Brewers Guild at  $65 per person.

The bivalve celebration culminates  Saturday, Oct. 15,  with on the all-weather roof-deck at the new Legal Harborside. “Bivalves & Bubbles” will feature an extravagant raw bar with a variety of oysters paired with champagne 12-2 p.m. There will also be oyster tutorials via Legal Sea Foods’ growers and scores of oyster-centric passed hors d’oeuvres. All at a hefty but worthy $80 per person.

Because all Legal Sea Foods locations carry Naked Cowboy oysters, they will be joined its official representative, famous for his appearances in Time Square, to honor the close of oyster season.

Cooking for a Cause 2011 serves up tasty treats

7 Apr

There were 40 chefs and mixologists at the eighth annual Cooking For a Cause fundraiser at Boston’s Seaport Hotel April 1, 2011. More than 700 people attended and the event raised more than $400,000 for the East End House in Cambridge. Read my story at the Cambridge Chronicle.

As always, there was a ton of food – but not half as adventurous as last year’s event. Chefs stuck to the tried and true with few surprises and the event was definitely seafood and fish-heavy this year.

The drinks, on the other hand were funky, fabulous and plentiful. We particularly enjoyed a hot and tangy Margarita-like shot from Bistro du Midi.

My top picks include a tuna tartare salad spoon from Poe’s Kitchen, fish and meat tacos from Grill 23, chorizo-wrapped deviled eggs from Garden in the Cellar, an oyster foam bite on a  shrimp cracker from another restaurant I just can’t remember, a country pate from EVOO, and a tri-salad plate from the soon-to-open Area Four. Yummy!

Taste the candidates at Gargoyles

1 Nov

Gargoyles’ political cocktails:(L-R) Deval Patrick, Tim Cahill, Charlie Baker

Election season got you thirsty? Davis Square restaurant Gargoyles has come with a trio of Gubernatorial cocktails, each apparently mirroring the personalities of the governor candidates. Guests can vote for their favorite between now and Oct. 31. The winner will be announced at Gargoyles’ election night party on Nov. 2.

Well, I don’t know if I’d vote for him but the Charlie Baker sure is tasty – with a kick.

Btw, all include some kind of bitters – from espresso to orange peel. Hmmmm.

The Deval Patrick: A democratic blend of Mozart white chocolate liquor, house infused vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and a double espresso shot.

The Charlie Baker: A conservative cocktail featuring Gargoyles’ house infused gazpacho vodka, Disco Brunch’s Bloody Mary mix, and a dash of liquid smoke.

The Tim Cahill: Gargoyles’ fennel, dill, and caraway infused vodka with a dash of Grand Marnier, garnished with candied orange peel – for the independent-minded drinker.

Gargoyles also recently unveiled it’s fall menu with a special dinner boasting the best of Chef Jason Santos’ whimsical creations. My picks:  tuna ceviche in coconut lemongrass milk with fried lotus root; cumin crusted escolar with chives; duck confit with sweet cauliflower puree and a unique peanut butter crumble with a shot of homemade Concord grape soda.