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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.

Where to eat near Fenway

9 Jul

I love replying to “Where Should I Eat?” requests. Stephanie asked about restaurants near Fenway and some other summer venues. Great idea. Let me start with Fenway…more to come tomorrow:

Venue: Fenway ParkPicture of Fenway Park

Eat Here: Eastern Standard, Uburger, and La Verdad

Why: Eastern Standard is big and bustling, open all day, and great at accommodating crowds. It has a top-notch bar, solid brasserie food, and a late-night menu that runs through midnight on weekdays, 1am on weekends.

Uburger is Boston’s answer to the West Coast’s In n’ Out Burger, and your best bet if you have kids in tow. The burgers are fresh, with beef ground in house daily (that’s a serious plus, given the perils of industrial ground beef), and they even batter their own onion rings (however, to be truthful, the best overall ring is found here, on Cape Cod). Even the veggie burgers are tasty.

La Verdad, Ken Oringer’s Mexican joint, has the best tacos in town, on account of the homemade tortillas—great for a quick bite before or after a game (the take-out taqueria is open until 1am weekdays, 2am weekends). Meanwhile, if you have time to kill, head to the sit-down restaurant for a taco plato, tamales, chilaquiles (fancy nachos), and so many tequila varieties, you’ll be hitting more shots than Dustin Pedroia. Heh. That’s what they call them, right? Shots?

Gaslight

22 Aug

Had a great meal last night at one of their preview dinners. Especially enjoyed the pissaladière, the steak frites, and the almond cake. Parking is free, decor is lovely, very French, and prices are low enough to make this a regular haunt. Good wine list, too, with plenty of bottles that cost less than $40. Also, lots of wines by the glass and carafe, mostly French, bless ’em.

I fear crowds of fabu scene-stealers, but if that keeps the place in business, so be it.

p.s. Car is still in the shop, but it’s finally being worked on. Maybe next week…