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Do you ever wish you could get take out from your favorite restaurant, but don’t want to get off your couch to go get it? Oh wait, they don’t deliver? Bummer!

Introducing Postmates! It’s a new delivery service in Boston, launching TODAY! With the app, users can request a driver or a bike messenger to pick up items at a restaurant (or a store) and it will be delivered in less than an hour. Postmates will serve Back Bay, Downtown, North End, South End, Cambridge and South Boston. What is unique about the app is that you will be able to track the progress of your delivery in real time. Delivery fees start at $5 but can be higher depending on distance.

Oh wait, it’s not just for take out – don’t have time to run out and get a charger from the Apple store? In the middle of a recipe and need one last ingredient from Whole Foods? Did your hand mixer die midway through your bake-a-thon? Postmates can help you out with all of those things!

I am offering my readers a special deal for $25 in delivery credit. It’s good towards the delivery fee only (not purchase price of goods) on future orders, and can roll over if not all used at once. Download the Postmates app for iOS or Android and enter the promo code (DGRUBS25) in the app.

Clio9ASunday night Opus Affair teamed up with SoonSpoon to put on a pop up featuring modern French food, progressive wines and classical cello music. Clio Sous Chef Stephen Marcaurelle (left) headed up the kitchen with his sous chef for the evening, Ryan Day (right), formerly of Sycamore. Brittany Casos (center), Assistant General Manager and Beverage Director of Coppa, was there to take us through the progressive wines chosen by Clio wine director Jonathan Fenelon.

Clio1AThe tables were simply set with butcher paper, letting the food be the star of the table.

Clio2AThe wine pairings for the evening.

Clio3AThe team arrived early to prep for the event – many of the ingredients were bought earlier in the day from the farmers market.

Clio4AI was able to get a great preview of the night’s meal – check out that pork!

Clio5APotatoes for the main course.

Clio6ARyan prepping for the oysters.

Clio7ABlueberry Tyme Lemonade was served out on the roof deck as guests were arriving.

Clio8ADeviled Eggs with shaved asparagus, preserved meyer lemon and smoked trout roe were passed as guests mingled outside.

ClioACellist Shirley Hunt performed Bach’s cello suites 1, 2 and 3 in between courses.

Clio10A1st course. Jonah Crab dumplings black vinegar, bitter almond and opal basil paired with NV Grolleau Gris, Haut Bourg Grandlieu, Loire

Clio11AI was impressed with the level of detail put into each dish.

Clio12A2nd course. Island Creek Oysters baby leeks, urfa pepper and sea urchin with truffle glacage paired with a 2012 Field blend, Cantina Furlani ‘Bianco Aplino’

Clio13A3rd course. Burgundy Snails hazelnuts, green garlic and puff pastry paired with a 2011 Rose of Spatburgunder, Riedlin, Spatlese, Baden, Germany

Clio14A4th course. Kurobuta Pork spring peas and rhubarb with onion-mint jus paired with a 2010 Grenache/Sciaccarellu/Niellecciu, Domaine Maestracci ‘E Prove Rouge’, Calvi, Corsica  or a 2011 Xinomavro, Thiolomopoulos, ‘Uranos’, Nuassa, Greece

Clio15A5th course. Pain Perdu milk jam, toasted oats and strawberries with assorted sorrels paired with a 2010 Chenin Blanc, Pithon-Paille ‘Belargus des Treilles,’ Coteaux du Layon, Loire Valley, France

Missed this event? SoonSpoon is taking the next two weeks off from pop ups, but check out tickets for Opus Affair’s “Big Party” on July 13th.

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Barking Crab11Tuesday night the tent was packed with well-wishers helping the Barking Crab celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Barking Crab10Glad not to be anywhere near the JPMorgan race this year in the Back Bay, Marisa and I headed over to the iconic red and yellow tent to celebrate.

Barking Crab7You could not have asked for more perfect weather!

Barking Crab6They had a great live band playing for the party.

Barking Crab5The Barking Crab has a second location in Newport, RI.

Barking Crab4The tent has a very casual feel to it, with communal dining picnic tables and entrees served in red plastic baskets.

Barking Crab3The evening celebrated the Barking Crab’s new executive chef, Joshua Brown, a Natick, Massachusetts native. Chef Brown comes to the Barking Crab after 7 years at Tomasso Trattoria and Enoteca in Southborough.

Barking Crab2The Barking Crab spared no expense with an extensive raw bar and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres.

Barking Crab1Check out those oysters!

Barking CrabThe Barking Crab

88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA

http://www.barkingcrab.com/

Make a reservation with Open Table.

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YEC5AI was fortunate enough to be SoonSpoon’s +1 for the YEC happy hour event on Wednesday. YEC is an invite only community that elevates small businesses with concierge level support. Potential new members need a referral from an existing YEC member and are carefully vetted. With membership comes  a member concierge team to help facilitate connections with the right people, professional editorial services and in person lunches, dinners and events.

YEC7AThe event took place in the WeWork South Station location and they had a great band playing live music – they did a killer version of Valerie!

YEC6AYEC was mixing two kinds of adult slushies with the Margarita Man machines.

YEC-AOne flavor was mixes with Espolon tequila.

YEC1AThe other flavor was mixed with Bully Boy White Rum.

YEC2ASuch a great idea, everyone was raving about what fun this was!

YEC3AThe event was catered by Savvor, a new restaurant open in the leather district.  The Mac n’ Cheese orechiette, Cabot clothbound, rye bread crumbs, confit garlic, Pretty Things Jack d’Or.

YEC4APlantains with dip. Most of the items on the menu are snacks and small plates with only two options meant to be for 2 or more.

Savvor, the French spelling of the English word ‘savor’, is a southern restaurant with a Caribbean flair. Executive Chef Carey Dobies, formerly of Clio, Upstairs on the Square and Salts, is at the helm of Francois Eddy Firmin’s restaurant, showcasing dishes reminiscent of Firmin’s childhood. Savvor will have live music Wednesday – Saturday night.

 

Savvor

180 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA

http://www.savvorbostonlounge.com/

Savvor on Urbanspoon

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LAH9AThursday night was another successful night of networking – some familiar faces and it was nice to see some new ones.

LAH5ABoston’s finest came together at Liquid Art House and enjoyed small bites prepared by Chefs Rachel Klein and Ensan Wong.

LAH3ALAH’s signature dumplings: cheese with brussel sprouts, aged gouda, asian pear and grain mustard; sour cherry with foie gras, pine nuts, herbs and rose; wild mushroom with porcini cream, shiitake chips, chive and sour cream.

LAH2AEssentia water made it’s debut this evening. Essentia takes hydration to the next level with a proprietary electrolyte formula that results in a pH of 9.5. A higher pH level is an important aspect of keeping your body properly hydrated.

LAH6AMy friend Yuna, owner of Y/A Apparel, designed the uniforms for Liquid Art House. She was showcasing samples for her mens clothing line.

LAH7AEric Kramer, of B&L Associates, showcasing one of my favorite drinks, Motto.

LAH4AHeloisa Fitzgerald is a talented jewelry designer. Tonight, she was showcasing her new line of modular jewelry.

LAH1AThere were so many beautiful pieces it was hard to choose which ones I loved the most – I have my eye on a stunning pair of diamond drop earrings!!

LAH8AJanet Wu modeling a Candice Wu dress that she wore for the OpenHearts Catwalk for BMC.

Did you miss the Power Hour series? Don’t worry, the next Good Ones event is on July 22nd – email Carolyn@thegoodonesboston.com for an invite.

 

Liquid Art House

100 Arlington Street, Boston, MA

http://www.liquidarthouse.com/

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IMAG0240_1Modern Pastry is a family owned bakery in the North End, located across the street from Mike’s – a little less well known to the tourists…but those in the know go here for their cannolis. They recently renovated the space next door and opened a brand new space around Easter.

IMAG0245The new space is much larger and brighter – it might tear some tourists away from the line out the door at Mike’s. While they do have more space, they don’t offer a lot of seating – and people tend to linger at what few tables they do have.

IMAG0244Make sure to stop at an ATM before you get here though, they only take cash!

IMAG0242They have a beautiful line of pastry cases, lined with just about any kind of cake or tart you can imagine.

IMAG0241They offer cannolis, Italian cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and more!

IMAG0257The tiramisu was delicious!

Who do you think has the best cannolis?

Modern Pastry

263 Hanover Street, Boston, MA (North End)

http://www.modernpastry.com

Modern Pastry on Urbanspoon

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lil devilI stopped in to one of my favorite store the other day for some sweets. Cocoanuts offers delicious specialty goods from local or small batch makers. The Lil Devil ($3.30)is a take on Little Debbie Cocoa Cremes or a Hostess Ding Dong – chocolate cake with creme filling that is dipped in dark chocolate. This is the grown up version of Little Debbie, but boy do they bring me back to my childhood!

IMG_0842Have a friend who loves beer and is hard to shop for? Try Liddabit Sweets Beer and Pretzel Caramels ($8)!

IMG_0844These babies have a cult following and I can totally see why. Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale and East India Pale Ale are reduced and stirred into the caramel  along with bits of Martin’s pretzels. It seems like it might be an odd combination, but it really works – these are totally crave-worthy!

IMG_0852Fixx chocolates ($8) are handcrafted by Nicole Coady in small batches and made locally. She names all the bars after people she knows. Some of her delicious, drool-worthy flavors include:

Abby’s: rich caramel in milk chocolate with sea salt

Andy’s: praline crisp with passion fruit jelly

Bud’s: peanut butter nougat with roasted peanuts and sea salt

Chelle’s: cashew nougat with roasted cashews and caramel

Mike’s: almond nougat with morello cherries

Nikki’s: peanut butter nougat with apple wood smoked bacon and maple caramel

IMG_0857From the website:

Lulu is named after my mother Dianna Lou who had no idea that I secretly had the nickname of Lulu for her.  That was a surprising phone call that came after I asked her to pick the color for her bar.  She asked if she might be lulu.  This bar started with the flavors of a german chocolate cake but during development evolved to the current version using pretzels, coconut and no pecans.  It’s kind of typical for research and development for me.  My mother always has pretzels around the house so it made me think of her.

This bar has pretzels and coconut combined with dark caramel, a little sea salt and is finished with dark chocolate.

Cocoanuts

28 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA (North End)

http://cocoanutsboston.com/

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IMAG0047I love macarons, so you can only imagine my level of excitement when I heard that there was going to be a macaron food truck!

IMG_0770Check out the cute packaging!

IMG_0775Cameo macarons come in these delicious flavors: black currant, creme brulee, espresso bean, island coconut, lemon tart, nutella, passion fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pistachio, rose petal, salted caramel, vanilla, white chocolate and wild raspberry.

IMG_0780A single is $2.50, six for $15, a dozen for $29 and 24 for $56. You can place large orders and pick them up on the truck.

IMG_0782We chose the vanilla, pistachio, lemon tart, raspberry, and nutella. The ganache in the vanilla was super smooth, it reminded me of pudding. The raspberry had jelly in the middle which I really liked. The nutella was really rich and decadent while the pistachio fell a little short on flavor for me. The lemon was really refreshing, I loved the tartness! Glad to have this truck around town, although…it could be deadly!

Cameo Macaron

http://www.cameomacaron.com/

Follow Cameo Macaron on Twitter to see their most up to date locations: https://twitter.com/CameoMacaron

Cameo Macaron on Urbanspoon

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fenwayCorn and Co. first came on my radar at a party thrown by The Good Ones. They were at the dumpling battle I covered as well. I’ve been trying to buy more ever since! So I was excited when we had Red Sox tickets because Corn and Co. is the official popcorn of the Red Sox!

Corn and Co.It was a rainy night, but thank goodness our seats were covered – and right when we got to the park, it stopped raining. We stopped by Gate A and grabbed a bag – caramel corn! Pretty delicious stuff – not as heavy as Cracker Jacks – a little sweet and a little salty, the perfect mix.

phantom gourmet bbqAnd lucky me, the Phantom Gourmet BBQ beach party had free admission on Friday from 12-4pm. I stopped in, met some other cool people from Corn and Co. and picked up 3 bags!

Corn and Co.I guess I don’t have any self restraint when it comes to this stuff, although, in my defense, I did get the red hot bag for Mark.

Corn and Co.I picked up another bag of caramel corn and a windy city (caramel corn mixed with cheese popcorn). See all of their flavors here.

IMG_2744You can buy Corn and Co. online or at a farmers market, they are at SOWA on Sundays among other places. They will be opening a store in Burlington soon!

http://cornandco.com

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IMAG0185Shiki is a small Japanese restaurant located just off of Harvard St. in Coolidge Corner. It has probably been on my “to visit” list for 5 years….glad we finally made it! We arrived at a great time and we were seated right away – there was a bit of a wait as we came close to the tail end of our meal. Shiki offers authentic traditional cuisine – as we look around, we realize we may be the only table that is speaking English tonight.

IMAG0184I order the Inaniwa udon ($13) that comes with shrimp tempura on the side.

1398640782001The broth is flavorful and it comes with a generous helping of noodles.

IMAG0181We also order some sushi that was fresh and quite tasty – rolls here go for anywhere from $4 to $13. While we order relatively tame/safe options, many of the other patrons are ordering the more traditional tapas style dishes that include things like: octopus, monkfish liver, broiled squid, kimchee and Japanese pickles. The service here is decent – they have two servers for the whole restaurant. As more tables are sat, they seem to get a bit bogged down. Shiki is open Tuesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Shiki

9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA

http://shikibrookline.com

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