About a month ago, there was talk of beloved Fenway burger joint Tasty Burger setting up
camp in the spot currently occupied by Davis Square landmark, The
Rosebud Diner. Fear not, Rosebud loyalists, it turns out the rumors were wrong.
I was raised to believe a
good handshake meant you could trust the person whose hand you happened to
shaking. Chef Tony Maws of Craigie on Main has
a great handshake. Which, if we're still going off of that whole trust-o-meter,
is a good thing if you're thinking of hitting up the Road Less Traveled dinner
your eyes. You've just spent a dewy morning on the Swiss slopes, and settle in
at your châlet to a hot mug of fresh coffee, crackly bread that steams when you
rip into it, and a delicately spun croissant with layers of fluffy pastry
wrapped around a gooey almond center. You're probably wearing a very thick,
woolen sweater with some sort of woodland animal on it.
eyes. Still in your cubicle? Damn, us too. Sorry about that.
If you've been keeping track of Chef Wheeler del Torro, you know the guy
is a machine. Last month, we saw Fillet of Soul, then his Dining in the
Dark dinners. Well, now it's a new month, and del Torro is ringing it
in with Barrio, an ode to Afro-Cuban street food, popping up March 8.
And yes, expect some vegan surprises.
I've fancied myself a more than capable coffee connoisseur
since learning how to make my very own cappuccino on a countertop espresso
machine in my kitchen. After months of trial and error, I'd satisfactorily
determined how long to pull the espresso shot and steam the milk for my
I thought I was in a league of my own. Yeah, I was wrong.
Charlotte Silver looks exactly as I pictured she would, from
her leopard print cat-eye glasses all the way to her mother's vintage leopard print
and Sabrina Key live in an ordinary house on an ordinary street in Hanover, MA.
The organic, preservative-free, so-freakin'-delicious-you-could-easily-eat-a-box-in-under-an-hour
bon bons being carefully dipped and decorated in their basement kitchen are
A barista competition might
not evoke images of training sessions lasting into the night, or enough blood,
sweat and tears to fill a few espresso demitasse cups, but for the last two
months, this has been Daria Whalen and Wolfie Barn's reality.
No more creeping outside No. 9 Park like a Charles Dickens character,
watching the happy diners inside nosh on ethereal culinary combinations,
or ordering the smallest salad on the menu at Petit Robert just so you
can pretend you're in a Parisian bistro. (Not that we've, you know, done
This reporter may have shirked a few responsibilities to keep an unmoving eye on the Twitter feed of Guchi's Midnight Ramen all the live long day. Like a hawk. Curiously, .0005 seconds after tickets were released, this was the result. Hopefuls are now crying foul across the Twitterverse.
Damn, ramen be (magically? impossibly?) sellin' like hot cakes. Or like hot ramen.
who didn't land a coveted invite to the much-anticipated arrival of
ramen pop-up Guchi's Midnight Ramen last month can breathe easy. The
elusive bowls are returning on February 13, according to the team's
Twitter. The location is still hush hush, of course (can't give away all
the good bits at once!), which gives us all one more reason to stay
glued to our Twitter and Facebook feeds all day watching for movement.
The masterminds behind the midnight noodles are considerably less
elusive in real life, though. I caught up with Mark Leary, Yukihiro
Kawaguchi (Guchi himself) and Tracy Chang for an afternoon downtown.
Come February 14th, you won't be able to throw a candy Sweetheart
without hitting a prix-fixe menu that promises the most romantic of
evenings for you and your [insert: snuggle-pie, honey-bear, lover,
one-night stand that won't disappear, long-time boyfriend/girlfriend,
first date (props to you!), or fellow singleton who lives above you and
had nothing else to do].
Wings comin' atcha from every angle! Don't be stuck for a gameplan on
gameday: here's seven of the endless options in Pats nation for Sunday.
Here it is, folks, courtesy of Lucky Peach's Twitter. Collective sigh.
Thanks to a head's up from Food and Wine's blog, Mouthing
Off, I now have a real reason (besides wings, natch) to care about Superbowl XLVI.
Turns out the best chefs from New England are facing off against New York's crème de la
crème with the most high-stakes game-day wager ever conceived. No money, just
pure hide-your-head-in-the-sand humiliation.