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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!


Downtown Orlando and wine

18 Aug

Most tourists don’t even know Orlando has a vibrant downtown with unique stores and a Central Park.

After a quick stop at the Morse Museum showcasing a Louis Tiffany collection, we were pleasantly surprised with our brief stroll through picturesque Park Avenue in Winter Park – Orlando’s own “Rodeo Drive” – 10 tree-lined streets of stores.

Some of the attractions include Gourmet Temptation, The Cheese Shop, Tuni, John Craig, Williams Sonoma and Spice Shop.

We were wooed at the Wine Room – a unique wine bar and deli with more than 150 wines on a tap-system that we used with smart cards.

An exciting foodie crawl in East Somerville tonight

25 Sep

As a longtime fan of East Somerville’s hidden gems, I am really excited about the foodie crawl tonight organized by East Somerville Main Streets. Look’s like there will be 12 restaurants covering three continents and dessert parties afterwards – how cool is that?!

Visit them on Facebook; Check out their VIDEO from last year; their recent Greater Somerville interview, or press release.  Tickets are available here or at the following locations: Mudflat Studio (81 Broadway), Vinny’s (76 Broadway),  Taco Loco (44 Broadway), Sullivan Square Liquors (30 Broadway), or  D-Squared (Davis Square).

The event starts at the Mudflat studios at 5:45 p.m. — don’t be tardy and bring a good appetite!

Taste of Cambridge at Central Square tonight

12 Jun

I am eager, I am hungry, I love this event but I have no idea how I am going to taste samples from 90+  restaurants.

It’s the 10th annual Taste of Cambridge and my strategy will be to try all the new participants first – like Area Four, Basil Tree Catering, Dwelltime, Fugi, Kika Tapas, Moksa, West Bridge… For the full list check online.

I really like they are trying to make it a Zero Waste event too.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sidney Street, Central Square
General Admission: $50
Day of Event Ticket: $60
V.I.P. : $75, Kids: $15

The Cambridge Licensee Advisory Board () invites you to join us for the Tenth Annual Taste of Cambridge, the city’s premier food festival. The 2012 event will feature over 90 Cambridge restaurants and drink purveyors in a new and expanded location on Sidney Street and University Common Park.

Don’t miss Taste of Somerville tonight

5 Jun

If Redbones, Olde Magoun’s, Pizzeria Posto, Lyndell’s and Highland Kitchen are on your list of top favorites, like they are on mine, you don’t want to miss this event.

Taste of Somerville 2012 will not only have delicious treats from several local restaurants, it also benefits a great local organization. So buy your tickets online ($30) to save $5 at the door – if it’s not already sold out!

The Taste is produced by the Somerville Chamber of Commerce Dining and Nightlife Group under the direction of Ray Zonghetti.

Date: June 5, 2012
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Holiday Inn, 30 Washington St.

RESPOND, Inc., a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four Somerville, Massachusetts women started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. In 1974, these “founding mothers” formed RESPOND, Inc. For over 35 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 95,000 members of the community.

Don’t miss Taste of North End tonight – and a good cause

4 May

An annual delight of seafood, pasta, cheese, oysters and more from some of North End’s best restauarnts, this is easily my favorite taste of the year!

In its 18th year, Taste of North End features 25 restaurants at the DCR Steriti Rink, 561 Commercial St. from 7-11 p.m. tonight. Here’s the list of participants.

This year the event will benefit the North End Waterfront Health, continuing the tradition of the North End restaurant community supporting North End charities. Proceeds will support the variety of programs and services offered by the health center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and elders.

Event Co-Chairs: James Luisi, CEO of North End Community Health Center and
Donato Frattaroli, founder of the Taste of the North End.

Master of Ceremonies: Billy Costa, Host of TV Diner with Billy Costa.

Click here to purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. Everyone who purchases tickets is automatically entered to win additional tickets.

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 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