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10 Random (but useful!) Summer Food Observations

1 Jun

1. Ice cream and fro-yo taste better on a plastic spoon.

2. Lately, I prefer Korean fried chicken to American. Especially with that pickled diakon. Great examples: Roppongi in Allson, and Bon Chon, moving soon to Harvard Square.

3. Favorite summer cocktail: The Backyard at Gargoyle’s on the Square. Light, a little flowery and grassy, a little sweet.

4. If you’ve never tried Indian ice cream, sample the Khulfi at Christina’s or the saffron and pistachio falooda (like a multi-textured milk shake) at Dosa Factory.

5. The creamiest low-fat tangy frozen yogurt, IMO, is at Ufood Grill, but I also love the tamarind flavor at Berryline.

6. If you want to try your hand at DIY barbecue, you can’t go wrong with this Mexican-inspired variation: Achiote-and-Orange Pulled Pork from Sunset Magazine.

7. No Cape house? Have a waterfront picnic on the Esplanade docks near the Arthur Fiedler sculpture, or on the steps of the ICA.

8. It’s cherry season!! Whole Foods has the best ones, and they’re on sale for $4.99 right now.

9. According to a recent UCLA study, hamburgers made with an antioxidant-rich spice mixture consisting of cloves, cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, ginger, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder, had 71% less malondialdehyde (a reactive and mutagenic oxidizer = BAD stuff) after cooking than regular beef-only burgers. I guess my mom was really on to something with her Surprise Burgers.

In other words, if you like it then you shoulda put some zing on it. Ooof.

10. If you have kids, Kimball Farm in Westford is as good as it gets: mini-golf, bumper boats,  batting cages, fried scallops, barbecue, and good ol’ maple walnut ice cream.



30 Jul

I’m eating at as many restaurants as possible these days, trying to catch up on all the news I’ve missed in the past couple of years. So I fear that a lot of my recent discoveries won’t seem so recent to some. But still, I want to give a plug to Uburger in Kenmore Square. Because…wow, this is hard. How can I say this? I liked it better than In-n-Out.

Look, taste is subjective. I know many, many people love In-n-Out. It’s their first stop from SFO or LAX. They pray for an East Coast franchise. Eric Schlosser approves. I just never fell in love it the place. The fries always seemed too dry. The burgers are fresh and tasty, but a bit weak on the bun-to-meat ratio.

But the fries at Uburger are fantastic. As are the onion rings. The buns are compact, and meat is ground fresh on the premesis. The toppings are tasty, and it’s easy to customize your favorite burger. Even the chicken sandwiches are good.

And thus I complete my fall from grace in the eyes of Californians everywhere.