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Dishing out SouthCoast reviews, delighted and pleasantly full

22 Sep

The best part of my stint at The Standard-Times has been the food reviews.

A long time traveler, cook and a foodie, I had a fairly visible food blog in Boston that took me to junkets and events around the region. So I was delighted at the opportunity of writing food reviews for Coastin’ when I arrived here 3.5 years ago.

When I am out and about here, people inevitably comment on or remember me from my reviews and ask me for dining recommendations , which I think is a huge honor. I hope they will follow my resurrected food blog and continue to share in my food adventures here.

For your hungry pleasure, here are my final three reviews in Coastin,’ the Thursday arts adn entertainment supplement. They include a warm welcome at a family-friendly restaurant and crab legs, my love affair with pasta and fulfillment at a popular haunt, and hands down the best steak I have had on SouthCoast — these round up my last three Dine Out reviews at The Standard-Times.

Crab legs appetizer at Mike's Restaurant in Fairhaven

Crab legs appetizer at Mike’s Restaurant in Fairhaven

I cook regularly at home, but try not to buy red meat in the interest of health and the environment. So I like to indulge when I am eating out. I debated some steak options: the prime rib ($20) rib eye ($22) and the tenderloin tips ($18). I consulted our waitress and picked the tips because she said she loves them.

Read my review of Mike’s Restaurant in Fairhaven online.

Littlenecks at The Pasta House

Littlenecks at The Pasta House

With the sun setting in the horizon, the hills turning a milky purple, and a soft breeze fluttering the chiffon layer of my borrowed dress, I fell in love with tagliatelle. After years of eating instant noodles and ramen, the creamy strands changed my life and made me forever a lover of pasta.

Read my review of The Pasta House in Fairhaven online.

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Ribeye with sauce and sides

Walk through the main entrance and a swanky glass wall to the left heralds you into the restaurant described on the website as “an intimate upscale American bistro framed within a modern architectural setting and a warm relaxing environment.

Read my review of Airport Grille in New Bedford online.

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Who doesn’t love brunch?

16 Nov

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Check out my top 10 very subjective list ranking some of the places I’ve enjoyed brunch at on SouthCoast.

It’s hard to pick the top 10 weekend brunch/breakfast spots anywhere, let alone on SouthCoast where there is no dearth of delicious and affordable options. As a recent transplant, I have only been to a few and almost all serve the typical egg and hash dishes. So I tried to compile a list of the spots that serve up something different. By no means is this a comprehensive list. It is really based on my tastes, preferences and experience, and is highly subjective. But I love brunch, and if I’ve missed your favorite spot, do let me know so I can try it!

Check out the list published in SouthCoastToday.com

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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Check out RWU’s Eat Local Challenge

22 Sep

Roger Williams University is getting ready to celebrate its Annual Eat Local Challenge  on Tuesday, Sept. 23 – a day on which the campus community comes together to sample farm-fresh foods at the outdoor farmer’s market and feast on regionally authentic dishes in the dining commons, all to celebrate the importance of environmentally responsible food sourcing.

Many of the local ingredients are sourced from family farms and fisherman in RI and Southeastern MA. Check online for a list of the finalists this year.

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For this year’s Eat Local Challenge, Executive Chef Reuben Haag and Chef de Cuisine Jon Cambra will highlight Rhode Island’s best with dishes – grilled New England swordfish kabobs, cornmeal cakes with late summer vegetable ratatouille, and a New England fish stew with squid, lobster, mussels, pollock and haddock, among other menu items. The dining commons will also feature a chilled raw bar with Jonah crab sliders, redfish ceviche, Poppasquash oysters and Narrangansett little neck clams. Beef sliders featuring fresh ingredients from Blackbird Farm in Smithfield and local sausages withgrilled potatoes from Maple Wood Farms in Portsmouth will also be featured.

This year, in honor of the 15th anniversary of our Farm to Fork program, we’re giving something back.
We’re awarding 10 Bon Appétit Fork to Farm Grants of $5,000 each to enrolled Farm to Fork vendors (two in each of five geographic regions) that they can use for a specific project to grow their business.

In the lead-up to our companywide Eat Local Challenge Day on September 23, we’ll display the five finalists’ photos and bios in every café in that region. On Tuesday, Eat Local Challenge Day, our teams and café guests will each vote for their top choice.

Two grants will be awarded in each region, for a total of 10 grants. Winners will be announced Monday, Sept. 29.

Fresh rolls, crispy duck, steamed fish and tempura at Sivalai

17 Jun

There aren’t a lot of options  for Thai food around here but the highly recommended Sivalai in Fairhaven didn’t disappoint. Loved the steamed black bass in ginger sauce.

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Check out my review in Coastin’ last week:

Tucked on a small lot on Sconticut Neck Road is a local Thai restaurant that’s been doing steady business for eight years. When you step inside, don’t be discouraged by the mishmash of nautical and Thai themes, or the blue walls calling out for a fresh coat of paint. The food and the service helps overcome the restaurant’s odd look.

On Monday night, my colleague, Carol Kozma, and I headed there just before 8 p.m., and we arrived hungry. We were greeted by a smiling, petite Thai lady at the counter who showed us to the nearest booth in the small dining room where one other table was occupied.

I told Carol that Thai restaurants are among my favorites because Thai people are always so sweet and polite. Seriously, has anyone met a rude or angry Thai person? There’s something very welcoming and Zen about them — not to mention the prettily decorated food they present.

I flipped through the specials and the extensive menu and immediately placed an order for the summer rolls ($5.50), one of my favorite Thai starters…

A “goaterie dinner” at Shanti Tuesday

16 Jun

You know I love me some goat, the staple Hindu celebration food.  So I’m bummed I won’t be at Shanti tomorrow. The menu looks yummy. Please send pics and descriptions of the food if you go!

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Click for reservations  or call 617.325.3900.

Eat good food, support good causes

23 Jun

The 14th annual Taste of Allston Village features food from an international array of eateries, a raffle, live music and drinks from Ommegang brewery, rain or shine. All proceeds benefit Allston Village Main Streets, a non-profit revitalization effort.

Saturday, June 25, Noon – 3 p.m.
Murr Center at Harvard Stadium, 65 North Harvard St.
Tickets: $15 in advance online, $20 at the door, children under 12 $10

Come to the 9th annual Taste of Cambridge and sample culinary delights from over 50 local restaurants, food purveyors, breweries and wine distributors and to benefit local charities.

Postponed to Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge
General Admission: $50, Day of Event Ticket:  $60
V.I.P. : $75, kids: $15.

The Boston Living Center, Boston Spirit Magazine, Gaslight Brasserie Restaurant, and Yale Appliance + Lighting have come together in  Cook for Community to assist the BLC in its campaign to raise $200,000.  With just over $20,000 to go to reach the goal, these four organizations invite you to support the campaign and be treated to a live cooking demonstration and amazing appetizers courtesy of Gaslight, as well as complimentary beverages from Grey Goose.

Wednesday, June 29, 6-9 p.m.
Yale Appliance+Lighting, 296 Freeport St., Dorchester
Tickets $100 buy online