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Don’t miss Chowderfest this weekend

4 Oct

I still can’t get over the great fish stew and whiting plate served by talented home cooks at last weekend’s festival but I am all ready to sample chowder at New Bedford’s annual Chowder Festival Sunday. Yep, I’m going be a judge at that one too so see you Sunday afternoon!



Maybe I’ll win a New York Wine & Food Festival ticket…

26 Sep

This is a month away but I bet the whole world will be scoping for tickets… Some day I will make it there.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to New York Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite Featuring KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® onSunday, October 19, 12pm-6pm at Pier 94!

Click HERE to enter to win!


Kenmore gem tops Munch Madness 2014

2 Apr

I once had great oysters and cocktails at the bar so I’m not surprised to see Kenmore Square gem Eastern Standard sweep the contest Munch Madness this year.

Read more at The Boston Globe.

And not only does the restaurant have a blog, it even lists it’s favorite things around town.

Somerville seizes a sausage smackdown

2 Apr

What happens when you pitch two area chefs in a food fight to create the best sausage bar dish? Only good things.

This one involved Highland Kitchen‘s Rob Morotto’s slider against East Coast Grill‘s Jason Heard’s banh mi.

I had mixed feelings going in since I love both restaurants but guess who won (the headline’s a dead giveaway, I know)? Read my delicious story in the Journal to find out – and have some sausage handy. It will make you crave some:

When two chefs are asked to come up with the perfect stadium snack using sausage, it can smoke up a storm. The steamy competition pitched aioli against mustard, sausage bites against sausage patties, and onion against jicama until the smooth slider won over the delicate banh mi at the Parlor Sports Tuesday Night Fight by popular vote…

This was hosted at the newly opened Parlor Sports, a cozy sports bar by the owners of Trina’s Starlite, adjoining the larger bar/restaurant in Inman Square. It’s a great place for local sports fans to watch games on eight flat screen TV’s.

Parlor Sports
1 Beacon St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0231
M-F: 6 pm – 12 am
Sat-Sun: 12 pm – 12 am

Bao, BBQ jam, munchkins emerge winners at Boston Bacon Takedown

20 Jun

The Boston Bacon Takedown, hosted by Matt Timms at the Somerville Armory on Sunday, drew a sold out crowd of more than 200 attendees all full of bacon pride. Seventeen amateur chefs competed and the event was sold out before it started.

As one of four judges (sweet!), I was amazed at some of the creativity on display and wish there were more savory dishes as opposed to sweet ones. There were several kinds of bacon brownies, as well as bacon smores, bacon bourbon bark, cacao maple bacon bites, bacon crème brûlée and more. And there was a cute waffle pig display that won a prize.

One of my favorites, the Little Bao Wow – a Vietnamese sandwich using marinated bacon, homemade buns and veggies – won all-round. Aleks S. (who won first place in the Boston Lamb Takedown  last year) and Frank Chen made a version of Frank’s Mom’s recipe and took home with  a spatula trophy, a year’s supply of bacon, knives and other cookware.

I was also really impressed by Matt O’Shea’s BBQ bacon jam which won second place – he gets full points for creativity and uniqueness.The maple bacon munchkins and the bacon arancini were also delicious. As a huge meat fan, I must give extra points to Rob Primmer and Peter Sedlak for a delicious bacon confit that took much time and effort to make and wish I had space for another bite. But after tasting 18 dishes, I was pretty baconed out. Thanks Hormel for a pack to take home!

Here’s a list of the winners:

People’s Choice Awards:

  • 1st: Aleks S. & Frank Chen – The Little Bao-Wow Buns
  • 2nd: Matt O’Shea – BBQ Bacon Jam
  • 3rd: Aaron Tanaka – Bacon Ginger Crème Brulee

Judges Awards:

  • 1st: Zak & Erica Walstein –Maple Bacon Munchkins
  • 2nd: Rob Primmer & Peter Sedlak – Bacon Confit
  • 3rd: Laruen Lesser & Nate Wicksmith – Bacon Arancini w/ Garlic Bacon Aioli

Battle ends in a tasty tie

11 May

Looks like the Battle of the Neighborhoods ended in a friendly tie Monday night.

Here are photos of Chef Suzi Maitland (Trina’s Startlite Lounge) with roast beef sliders and Chef Mark Romano (Highland Kitchen) with the Welfleet oysters topped with tuna.

Cambridge v. Somerville – tonight!

10 May

Four of my favorite places battle it out at a friendly neighborhood rumble tonight at the East Coast Grill.

ECG will join forces with Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri in a crosstown challenge with Somerville chefs Mark Romano of Highland Kitchen and Suzi Maitland of Trina’s Starlite Lounge.

It’s tough to take sides because they all have really great food! I am leaning towards Chez Henri though 😉

One seating, five courses = $48 excluding beverages, tax and gratuity but don’t bother because they are already sold out. Winners will be posted here as soon as I know.