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Eat good food, support a great cause

4 Apr


Once again, the East End House presents an annual an food event that bring’s together the best in the Boston food world to fundraise for its programs for the homeless.

The 11th annual Cooking for a Cause will be held tonight at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  and will feature stalwarts like Casa B, Catalyst, Post, Fuji, Evoo, Harvest, BackBar, Taza and more…

It’s certainly a great way to support your neighborhood and taste some delicious treats.


Seriously addictive falafel in Davis Square

3 Dec


With an array of ah-maz-ing toppings and condiments at Amsterdam Falafelshop.

You go in. You order your falafel (I like the small wheat pita pocket – only $5.50 but filling). You crush the balls (yup, you’re expressly instructed to do so). Then you top up with fillings. Mine has tahini, hummus, dill yogurt sauce, pickled beets, Thai hot sauce and jalapeño cilantro. Yum.


Amsterdam Falafelshop

248 Elm St., Somerville, MA 02144
P: 617-764-3334
Sun-Wed: 11a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Thu – Sat: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

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

Saloon takes you back to the good old days

15 Mar

It’s hidden so you might miss it. But when you find the light globe announcing Saloon in small red letters a couple doors down from its sister bar/restaurant Foundry on Elm, go down the flight of stairs and prepare to be amazed.

It’s a bar unlike any other in the area, spacious, stylish and boasting brown drinks and suave cocktails from bygone days. Bring an appetite and dress nice because once you’re there, you’ll wish you had.

With unique cocktails and braised pork bellies, Saloon wined and dined patrons at its official grand opening last Wednesday in Davis Square.

First timers admitted it was a little hard to find; regulars called it a hidden gem that they hope remains hidden before it becomes just another overcrowded Somerville haunt.

“I definitely like it,” said Jacqueline Houton of Cambridge. “It’s like an old man’s library—in a good way.”

Read my review in the Journal and check out my photo gallery for more.
255 Elm St.
Somerville, MA 02144.
Mon-Sun: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

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!

Bar bites par excellence at Olde Magoun’s

19 Apr

Among area bar food, I highly recommend Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Magoun Square (Broadway and Medford Street in Somerville).

Besides have a fabulous menu, they have a specials every night from Fish Taco Mondays ($6 plates) to Cajun/Creole Wednesdays.

One recent Wednesday I was blown away by the Crispy Catfish Bites served with a mouthwatering shrimp remoulade, Pan-fried Green Tomatoes with a buttermilk sauce and Rosemary Skewered Gulf Shrimp – all delicious and perfectly cooked with large servings even though they are all appetizers.

It’s also a great neighborhood Irish bar with lots of space and a really laid back atmosphere to grab a drink, dine with a friend or just people-watch. Try it.

Olde Magoun’s Saloon
518 Medford St., Somerville, MA 02145
Mon-Thu 11:30 am-1 am; Fri 11:30 am-2 am
Sat 11 am-2 am; Sun 10 am-1 am

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!