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Eat good food, build a Fishermen’s Museum

16 Apr

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If you believe in preservation and can shell out $100, here’s a great cause and what looks like it’s going to be a good dinner.

“Taste of the Port,” coming up April 24, is co-hosted by the New Bedford Port Society and WHALE.

Proceeds will benefit the Port Society Complex to restore, preserve, and make accessible the Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariners’ Home and to create New Bedford’s first Fishermen’s Museum.

Participating restaurants and chefs include Morton’s Fork Catering, M & C Café, Fathoms, Henry Bousquet, The Black Whale, Dorothy Cox Chocolates, Café Algarve, with scallops donated by American Pride Seafood.

Click online to buy tickets or call WHALE at 508-997-1776.

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Hurry, it’s Restaurant Week – I mean, Dine Out Boston

25 Mar

dineoutMore restaurants and somewhat pricier, Restaurant Week is back. Only it’s now called Dine Out Boston. In its second and last week, restaurants are offering some great deals from the $15/$20/$25 lunches and the $28/$33/$38 dinners.

My tactic is usually to pick the most expensive spot where I know I’ll never go for a regular dinner. This week I am headed to Kitchen in the South End for a night out with my besties. Here’s the delectable-looking menu ($38).

My friends at Eater have a really neat overview of this year’s options. Luckily, Kitchen is among the “best bets” listed where the deal is most worthwhile. Cannot wait!

Get your tickets to Taste of the Nation and beat childhood hunger

16 Apr

Every year Taste of the Nation brings together an amazing array of chefs and mixologists with the goal of ending childhood hunger.

This year’s Boston event will be held on April 19, 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center, to raise the critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger by making sure kids get the healthy food they need every day.

The event features  over 70 of Boston’s great restaurants, 30 wineries, specialty cocktails, silent auction and live entertainment. Here are the details:

WHAT: Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $73 million for organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad, including more than $1.4 million in Boston alone. Area charities that will benefit from this year’s event include The Greater Boston Food Bank and Cooking Matters, formerly known as Operation Frontline – Massachusetts.
WHEN: Thursday April 19, 2012. 6 p.m. VIP/7 – 9:30 p.m. general admission
WHERE: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston
BUY: Purchase tickets online at www.strength.org/boston or call 1-877-26-TASTE. General Admission tickets are $95 in advance or $105 at the door. VIP tickets are $150 in advance or $165 at the door.

This year’s honorary chef chairs for the event are four familiar faces — Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade,Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang, Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro and Andy Husbands of  Tremont 647.  Continue reading

A YUMmy discount card for Union Square eats

25 Mar

Turkey, Nepal, Tibet, Peru, Japan – you name it and Union Square in Somerville probably has an ethnic restaurant boasting the cuisine. And now there’s a way for you to try it all without burning a hole in your wallet.

“YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City” is an initiative launched in 2010 by The Welcome Project,which caters to the immigrant community in Somerville. The $10 card 2012 YUM card (you can buy it online, of course) gives buyers a chance to eat out at the immigrant-run Union Square restaurants giving you a 10 percent discount on every $25 that you spend.

How’s that for a great food deal? Check out the details in a story written for the Journal by Mekhala Roy:

Here’s some YUMmy news to whet your appetite.

There is a cheaper, and healthier, way to embark on a food-filled adventure — pleasing your palate with cuisines from around the world — without having to leave the city of Somerville.

Indulge your taste buds with the succulent kebabs from Turkey; melt-in-the-mouth momos from Nepal; hearty wat from Ethiopia and fresh pasta from Italy with the 2012 YUM restaurant card…

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!

Make your reservations for Restaurant Week 2011

7 Mar

Boston’s popular Winter Restaurant Week is back and starts tonight! Between March 6-11, 13-18, you have the chance of sampling the best of the city’s fine dining menus at a fraction of the original cost.

This year there are 226 participating restaurants, many offering a 3-course lunch ($22.11) or dinner ($33.11).  Some also offer a 2-course lunch for $15.11 – a great choice for an office lunch out on a week day.

“With so many restaurants to choose from, locals and visitors alike will enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Restaurant Week Boston®. It’s a win-win for everyone, restaurant volume is up during a traditionally slow time of year, and dining guests save money and get to try new restaurants,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s also a time when local chefs get to shine and show off their restaurant’s unique atmosphere and service.”

Restaurant Week Boston® is sponsored and presented by founding partners, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express®. Additional sponsors include Greater Media Boston radio stations: MAGIC 106.7 (WMJX), Radio 92.9, 105.7 (WROR), Country 102.5 (WKLB), 96.9 Boston Talks (WTKK), and TV Diner.

Looking for a particular food or theme? Be it Vegan, French, Afghan, Tapas or sushi – you can take your pick. This is really a great way to try a new cuisine or a talked-about restaurant and make a fun but affordable night put with friends or your significant other.

Last year I had a wonderful experience with dinner at Sibling Rivalry and lunch the Artbar. This year I am eying some splendid menus like Tremont 647, Toro, Pigalle, Pazzo, Bambara, Da Vinci, Umbria and Amelia’s Trattoria.

I try to pick those that offer some variety in cuisine and more options on the menu (fish, meat, veggie) as I usually go in a big group.

I never pick those that offer a measly choice of two or three in each course (Sel de la Terre, Union Oyster House, Back Bay Social Club), those that don’t publish their menus online (Via Matta, The Hungry I, Sauciety) or those that charge extra for an entree or sides (Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse,  Avila, Bistro 5) – that beats the purpose of the event I feel.

Let me know which you picked and how it was. Bon Appetit!

Home cooked Lebanese delicacies to die for

24 Sep

I tend to avoid Middle Eastern food because I’ve had really bad experiences with dry kababs and chewy falafal. That won’t be a problem at Cafe Barada, a cozy Lebanese restaurant on Mass. Ave. that will make you wait for the freshly fried ‘falafil’.

We were really taken by the labany bil toum, an appetizer made with a creamy homemade yogurt cheese, garlic, mint and olive oil and made sure we didn’t leave a speck of it behind.

The lunch sandwiches were gigantic, fresh and mouthwatering — we tried the falafil and the kibby (minced beef). The rest of the menu looks delicious too.

The Salameh family from Haouch-Barada, a small village in Lebanon, first opened it in Arlington in 1985, and credits it to grandmother Afifi Salameh. Today it is still family-owned and run. They continue to believe in fresh ingredients and freshly cooked food, which really is the secret to the perfect falafil, said son Charbel Salameh. His mother Claude, always busy in the kitchen, continues to prepare food exactly the way she served the family as he was growing up.

I have passed by it countless times, seen rave reviews on yelp and was finally was tempted to try it thanks to a friend who swore by it. Now I do too. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. Whatever you order, don’t forget the yummy yogurt dip!

Our hosts left us with a sweet surprise at the end, just as fresh and yummy as the rest of the meal.

Cafe Barada
2269 Massachusetts Avenue, N. Cambridge
Ph: 617-354-2112