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This is a great time to visit New Bedford

27 Sep

I have three top reasons for you to visit New Bedford this weekend :

1. If you love fishing boats
2. If you love fish and seafood
3 If you’ve never been to America’s largest commercial fishing port because really, do you want to be that lame?

The annual Working Working Waterfront Festival brings the fishing industry alive on the pier with demos, food, the opportunity to row a whaling boat and endless options to go aboard working fishing boats.

Here’s the schedule and map online. Admission is FREE.

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Join us in New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen’s contests, and watch a cooking demonstrations. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.

And then there’s another great reason to visit. Sir Eatsalot will be on the pier Sunday at 3 p.m. judging the seafood throwdown 🙂 So be there!

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Dollar Dumplings in Central Sq. Sunday – a dream come true!

26 Sep

If you hanker for dumplings as much as I do, you need to go to this Sunday afternoon. And Joyce Chen gets a stamp to her name.

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Participating Restaurants:

1369 Coffee House, 757 Massachusetts Ave
Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Ave
Dosa Factory, 571 Massachusetts Ave
The Middle East,  472 Massachusetts Ave
Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room, 907 Main Street
Thelonious Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave
Yoki, 485 Massachusetts Ave
Zuzu’s, 474 Massachusetts Ave

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!

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New Bedford – it’s a catch!

8 Aug

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Sir Eatsalot has been on a hiatus thanks to several life-changing events. That does not mean he has stopped eating or opining on food, if you’ve been following twitter. If anything, he has been hogging more. Namely, fresh catch and tons of shellfish, thanks to the move to the country’s biggest fishing port — New Bedford.

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For those who don’t know, this is a small city with a big history. Once the whaling capital of the world (I highly recommend the free film “The City That Lit The World” at the Visitor Center downtown) and home to the world’s biggest Whaling Museum, it boasts a working fishing port and, as a result, great fish markets and good value restaurants.

Ethnically diverse, it also presents unique Portuguese and Cape Verdean delights that I have only begun to explore. Watch this blog for a tantalizing glimpse of the delightful meals I’ve tried at Inner Bay – my local favourite! 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!

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.

Food explosion in Union Square

15 Jul

Union Square is now a wealth of ethnic eateries —representing places like Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru and El Salvador—and getting more diverse by the day. Exploring this, the Somerville Arts Council is serving up a tremendous helping of culture with its summer food-related programming. They believe food tells great stories about cultural identity and is a great connector and conversation-starter among residents.

This summer they have been expanding by adding more to the mix with the Nibble blog, a Union Square tasting tour and the Hungry Tiger street food festival. The upcoming tasting tour on Wednesday – already full, sorry folks – will have participants sampling Union Square’s delicious offerings from exotic libations at Machu Picchu to tasty tapas at Ronnarong while hearing about the rich heritage behind the recipes from the restaurant owners themselves.

The neighborhood is also an up-and-coming foodie destination with boutique restaurants like Journeyman, food manufacturers like Taza Chocolate and the city’s only locavore food store, Sherman Market. Let’s not forget that marshmallow fluff was invented in the square as well as paid tribute to every year by the Fluff Fest (coming up on Sept. 24 this year).