Every month until they publish their cookbook in April 2015, Chef Richard Chudy, and Chef Samuel Monsour will host pop up burger nights all around town. Chudy is the creator of Boston Burger Blog and co-owner of the Skinny Beet, a personal chef and catering service. Monsour is the former Executive Chef at JM Curley and you may have heard about his “The Future of Junk Food” series of pop up dinners. The Super Burger Bros. event on Thursday night was at Boston Chops in the South End.
The two burgers we didn’t try were: Oktoburger by Chris Coombs/Ryan Marcoux: House sauerkraut, monkey first mustard, smoked beef tongue pastrami ($10) and the Boston Chops Signature Late Night burger: Government cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, caramelized onions, pickles, and secret BC sauce ($6). While they all sounded delicious, we were all basically on the same page.
Pops Double Stack by Samuel Monsour: shaved vidalia’s, yellow mustard, NY state dog sauce, and homemade American cheese ($10) with a side of fries ($2). This burger had classic nostalgic flavors. A bit messy to eat, but oh so good.
Canadian Steakhouse by Richard Chudy: Montreal spiced onion ring “poutine” Canadian Club and maple gravy, fresh curds ($9). My personal favorite. Fresh curds, say no more. The burger was delicious, sweet and salty, and well seasoned. The bun stayed in tact until the last bite – which is pretty important for a good burger.
The service was what your would expect for a busy Thursday evening. The music was loud, but I loved the old school jams they picked out to be the soundtrack for the night. Can’t wait to see what these guys think of next!
1375 Washington Street, Boston, MA
I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Bacon Truck. We hit the Bacon Truck up on the Greenway (thank goodness the line wasn’t that long, I could hardly contain my excitement!) I love the wrap on their truck!
They have a sign on their truck that says that any of their menu items can be ordered without bacon. I tweeted at them asking if this actually happened in real life, people ordering food from the bacon truck sans bacon. They said it’s happened once or twice…
No contest, I ordered the hangover sandwich: bacon, bacon hash, havarti cheese and a fried egg. Admittedly, not the most lady like thing to eat at the office, but man was it delicious. If you follow my blog, you know I’m a sucker for anything with a fried egg, and add double bacon-y goodness and I am in heaven.
My spirits expert Mark joined me for lunch and had the side of bacon hash and the habanero pickles (they had a good kick to them that met Mark’s high spice standards). Overall a great meal – we’ll be back soon!
The Bacon Truck
Sunday – SOWA Open Market May through October
Monday – Lunch @ Cleveland Circle
Tuesday – Dinner @ Belvedere St. by The Pru
Wednesday – Lunch @ Rings Fountain by the Aquarium
Wednesday – Dinner @ Seaport Blvd. by Courthouse Station
Thursday – Lunch @ Belvedere St. by The Pru
Thursday – Dinner + Late Night @ Opera Place at NEU
Friday – Lunch @ City Hall Plaza
Lunch 11 – 2:30, Dinner 3 – 8:30
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It was a rainy on Sunday, a perfect day for a little pampering. I headed over to The Street in Chestnut Hill to get my fitskin facial. While I was waiting for Anastasiya, I had the chance to chat with Pete Dziedzic, who co-owns Skoah with his husband Jay Judas.
I love Pete’s story, he took an untraditional route into the skincare business. Pete spent 7 years as a corporate lawyer. In 2009, he and Jay went on vacation to Vancouver and they booked themselves spa appointments at the Skoah flagship store. They thought that Skoah would be a great fit for Boston, and they approached the co-founders. A little less than a year later, their South End store opened. In May of 2013, they opened their second location on Newbury Street and the Chestnut Hill location opened in January of this year.
Skoah salons give you what they call a personal workout for your skin, promising that “this workout is relaxing!” Now this is the kind of workout a girl could get used to! Want to know more about Skoah products? They use their own blend of 11 different plant extracts in almost every Skoah product. They use high-quality, highly-refined lipids and oils such as olive oil, shea butter and coconut oils.
Here’s what you get with the fitskin facial: Get cleaned, toned, exfoliated, treated and hydrated for completely skoah-cised skin in under an hour. 45 mins for $85. Very relaxing, 45 minutes goes all too quickly – in addition to the facial, there is a really great arm and back massage to get your super relaxed. After I’ve changed back into street clothes, Anastasiya meets me at the front desk with her suggestions for products based on the facial. I walk out glowing, and as the days progress after the facial, my skin is just looking better and better. Stop in and book your appointment for a facial at any of the three Boston locations.
*Disclaimer: Skoah provided me with a complimentary fitskin facial but all opinions are my own.
Skoah Chestnut Hill
Skoah South End
Skoah Newbury Street
I had the chance to chat with Tara Shea (co-owner) while I was in there, and she mentioned that Shira Melen, of Northlight Baking Co., was going to be in the following day sampling her macarons. How could I pass that up?
Shira was on my radar even before she was featured in the Globe at the beginning of the month. I’m always on the hunt for delicious macarons. Shira was sampling three flavors, dirty chai (my favorite), ginger and kalamansi (a hybrid citrus flavor).
Shira’s macarons are really special – there is that delicate crunch when you first bite into the almond meringue shell and the ganache is so decadent. Macarons are about 2″ in diameter and will run you $2.50 for one, $6 for a two piece gift box, and $14 for a five piece gift box.
- Kalamansi (a hybrid citrus fruit) which is a bit tart
- Lavender, infused with lavender buds
- Orange Blossom with milk chocolate ganache and orange blossom water
- London Fog, blue flower earl grey tea (MEM tea)and vanilla bean
I was excited that Shira makes out of the ordinary flavors (no plain vanilla here!), but wondered if the flavors that she chose would be too bold. I was pleasantly surprised with all the flavors (I bought a package for a friend who was then kind enough to let me taste test). I think that the London Fog was my favorite – the ganache was so creamy. The passion fruit was tart, but not as tart as the Kalamansi. The orange, which can be a bold flavor, was actually quite subtle – pair it with the chocolate ganache and it was a match made in heaven. The lavender, which can also be a strong, bold flavor, was also subtle and quite tasty. Stop in and pick up some macarons, they make great gifts, or buy them for yourself – you deserve it!
Have you been to Cocoanuts? What’s your favorite thing there?
Northlight Baking Co.
28 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA (in the North End)
We stopped in for lunch on Saturday afternoon. It has a different vibe in the afternoon – there are more families that come in, as opposed to a Friday or Saturday night when the place really comes alive.
I love the decor here, different artists have come in and painted murals on the walls in bright colors. Fajitas and ‘Ritas has an outdoor, backyard, neighborhood-y, casual place to meet your friends out kind of feel.
How do you go to a place called Fajitas and ‘Ritas and not get a margarita right? They have over 25 types of tequila, a house margarita, 8 specialty margaritas and you can even make your own margarita. The bartender makes a stiff drink! Above is the frozen raspberry margarita – yum!
And how could you not try the fajitas? Here is the steak fajitas – for $9.35 you get a sizzling plate of perfection. I wish that you could smell these! They come with flour tortillas and a trio of condiments (guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream all made fresh in house). The service was good – our waitress was chatty and personable. Our food came out quickly and our water glass was always full.
Check out my Favecast video here: http://www.favecast.com/49EfHkQ56o
*Disclaimer: I was given a discount on the meal, but all opinions are my own.
Fajitas and ‘Ritas
25 West Street, Boston, MA
Bon Me is run by husband and wife team Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong. They decided to enter the City of Boston’s food truck contest on a whim, and won. Three years later, they have 4 food trucks and a brick and mortar restaurant under their belt.
A lot of people, me included, write about the food. I wanted to write this series to help you get to know the people who serve you your lunch a little better. It’s always nice to put a name to face! I met up with the orange truck last Thursday, and asked them to share 3 fun things about themselves.
- Megan is a fellow terrier (go BU)!) that studied journalism – we both agreed that we are more comfortable behind the camera instead of in front of it.
- She is currently in culinary school
- She’s a Yankees fan (don’t hold it against her!)
- Juan went to Berkelee
- He’s a Dodger fan (hey where are all the Red Sox fans on this truck?!!)
- He actually works on 3 food trucks (but Bon Me is his favorite)
If Juan wasn’t working on the Bon Me truck, he’d either be a server or a full time musician.
- Brian is a Red Sox fan (thank goodness, there has to be at least one on the truck to represent!)
- He’s originally from Oklahoma
- At a whopping 5’4″, he is the tallest person in his immediate family
If he wasn’t working on the Bon Me truck, he’d probably be doing medical research. Bonus: Brian’s wife was Ali’s roommate in college!
There is something really great (and delicious) going on here, well seasoned meat, great textures and flavors, and an amazing smell that made my whole office jealous. Stay tune for more featured makers!
They also have a noodle stop at One Kendall, Friday nights, 5pm-10pm and Saturday all day 11am-10pm
The President was in Harvard Square on the one night that I have a massage appointment. They told me in advance that I wouldn’t be able to drive in – the Charles Hotel garage would be closed to the public. No problem, I hop in a cab and rush over after work…only to find that not only can cars not even get close, but you can’t cross the street because they are waiting for the President to leave. So here it is, bone chilling cold outside, the wind whipping at my face and I’m standing there, freezing, just feet away from a relaxing, much needed massage! Twenty minutes later, we are allowed to cross. I get my massage (thanks Katie for waiting!!) and I meet a friend afterwards for dinner at nearby Alden and Harlow.
Pickled Verrill Farm Corn Pancakes with buttermilk yogurt, Maple, and Shishito ($12) An unexpected combination of flavors and texture, but I love it. I enjoyed the popcorn and the crunch that it brought to the dish.
Secret Burger* (limited availability) Our 8oz House Creekstone Grind, Your Faith, House Made Roll ($14). The bun was delicious and the pickles really added a little something something to this burger.
Alden and Harlow
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Cakeology opened it’s storefront downtown in September of last year. Cakeology has been on my radar for some time now, check out my post from a while back, before the store opened and Victoria was just delivering cupcakes.
- Boston Cream Pie : Light and fluffy vanilla cake with a fresh vanilla bean pastry cream filling and dreamy dark chocolate ganache topping
- Carrot Cake : Traditional delicious spice cake with chopped walnuts and grated fresh carrot with a thick and tangy orange zest cream cheese frosting
- Vanilla Vanilla : Cakeology’s award-winning vanilla cake with a perfect swirl of Tahitian vanilla bean frosting topped with white chocolate shavings
- Double Chocolate : Velvety dark cocoa cake with a delicious milk chocolate frosting swirl, decorated with malted chocolate crunch balls
- Red Velvet : Our best seller! Scrumptious classic velvet cake made with buttermilk and a dash of cocoa, topped with cream cheese frosting with a hint of lemon zest
- German Chocolate : In a word – YUM. We added this to our everyday menu after a stampede of requests. Fluffy chocolate cake with a pile of coconut, caramel and pecan frosting
Vanilla Vanilla : Cakeology’s award-winning vanilla cake with a perfect swirl of Tahitian vanilla bean frosting topped with white chocolate shavings. I love the presentation of this cupcake – it was as delicious as it looked.
Carrot Cake : Traditional delicious spice cake with chopped walnuts and grated fresh carrot with a thick and tangy orange zest cream cheese frosting. Again, super fresh cake and I really enjoyed the flavor of the cream cheese frosting.
290 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Central Wharf Co. is the newest addition to the Glynn Hospitality Group – you may know some of their other restaurants: Granary Tavern (right next door), The Black Rose, Dillon’s, Brownstone, Hurricane O’Reilly’s, Coogan’s, Clerys, and Sterling’s.
We were pleasantly surprised at the live music on a weeknight.
Check out Joe Carson – wickedly talented.
We have the trio of dips ($10) hummus, olive tapenade, herbed cheese, served with grilled pita chips and veggies. The food was good, our bartender was great – we enjoyed her company, a good night over all.
See my Favecast video here: http://www.favecast.com/7cFhJPX5OS
Central Wharf Co.
160 Milk Street, Boston, MA
My friend and I were invited to the Bradley and Diegel 5th Anniversary party on April 6th down at the Fourth Wall Project, a gallery located down near Fenway. The 3,000 sq ft gallery space was a great backdrop for the party. Dirk Diegel’s own photography was on display, featuring the latest salon images and looks.
The fun continues!
Bradley & Diegel
77 Newbury Street, Boston, MA