Meredith and I headed over to the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Summer Book Tour event at Miele Showroom in Wellesley, MA back in June. Jeni Britton Bauer has been making ice cream for over 2 decades. Based out of Columbus, OH, Britton Bauer makes ice cream with grass-grazed milk, local produce, American bean-to-bar chocolate and select ingredients from around the world, including exquisite Fair-Trade-Certified African vanilla and Dutch cocoa. Her second cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, came out in May – 2 years after her wildly popular, New York Times Best Selling first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts made its debut.
Jeni is just so lovely. She talked about her career while she sauteed peaches and berries in butter and white wine. The dessert was served with manchego ice cream. Certainly a savory ice cream, it took a few bites to get accustomed to the flavor, but it was really quite nice (not sure I would sit on the couch and eat a whole pint of it, like I would say, with vanilla, but it paired really well with the dessert).
Jeni’s comes in delicious flavors like goat cheese with red cherries, queen city cayenne, roasted strawberry buttermilk, cherries kickapoo, pistachio & honey, saison with sunflower seeds and golden flax, wiskey and pecans, wildberry lavender and yazoo sue with rosemary bar nuts.
You can only get those great playing card style recipe cards if you go to a Jeni’s event. Jeni spent time after the event chatting with audience members and signing copies of her cookbook. A really lovely evening!
Check out Jeni’s website here.
Miele Showroom 555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA. See their website here.
Tags: ice cream
What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?
22 Luscombe Road, Woods Hole, MA
Organic Living Superfoods started in 2012 by Bruce Namenson (former partner/owner of the Prana Café) and Craig Singer, a former criminal attorney. I met Craig at a Good Ones party and we decided to meet up at Liquid Art House so that he could tell me a bit more about his products. I forewarned him that I generally don’t like putting anything healthy into my body…so I wasn’t sure I was going to like this stuff. That being said, I went in with an open mind. Craig said to me, “just try it, you’ll like it”. While I can’t say that I will ever crave healthy food snacks, these snacks were quite good for what they are (and that’s a glowing recommendation for this gal).
So Craig eases me into the snacks by starting off with the chocolate covered coconut. Manageable. Familiar. The coconut chunks are dehydrated and then covered in dark chocolate, it tastes kind of like a Mounds bar.
From the website:
“Just Like Apple Pie Without the Crust” Apples benefit your health by carrying a rich amount of pectin which acts as an antioxidant against damage caused by cholesterol in the blood. A flavanoid found only in apples called phloridzin may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis & may increase bone density, Apples may also protect the brain from free radicals that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease, they can help lower cholesterol & prevent colon cancer, & are high in fiber. We lightly season our apples with pure cinnamon, a warming spice that has anti-microbial properties & can help prevent blood sugar spikes. Trust us- these apples are addictingly delicious.
From the website:
Macadamia nuts are a high energy food and are considered to be the “world’s most delicious nut”. They are rich in the important B-complex vitamins which are vital for metabolic functions. They also contain small amounts of vitamin A and vitamin E, and are excellent sources of minerals . Macadamias are high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, and they help manage cholesterol levels by increasing the production of protective high density lipoproteins (HDL) while suppressing the unhealthy low density lipoproteins (LDL). This makes them helpful with reducing the risks of heart diseases, stroke, and anti-inflammatory diseases. The nuts themselves also contain no cholesterol either. Macadamia nuts are good source of phytonutrients or phytochemicals which help slow down the aging process, promote the growth of new cells and tissues, and help reduce the possibilities of certain types of cancer like breast, cervical, gastrointestinal, lung, stomach and prostate cancer. Furthermore, macadamia nuts help promote healthy bone and teeth formation, regulate the body’s fluid balance, boost the immune system, enhance the nervous system, promotes healthy skin, and can even provide relief for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Coconut helps to improve heart and brain health with it’s short chain and medium chain fatty acids (which have no negative effect on cholesterol ratios unlike long-chain fatty acids which make up nearly 98% of all fatty acids consumed). Coconut is also good at reducing sweet cravings due to this fiber and its healthy fats. In addition, coconut helps to improve digestion (and reduce inflammation and other symptoms of digestive issues) by supporting the proper absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Organic raw dried rambutan taste like extra sweet raisins – or raisins and honey. The texture isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Check out what these fruits look like before they are dehydrated!
Rambutan has the flavor alchemy of a pear and a grape but not as sweet and is indigenous to Malaysia. The fruit has been used in traditional medicine in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years. Rambutan is high in vitamin C, helping to absorb minerals and protecting the body from free radicals. One of the main components of Rambutan is gallic acid which behaves like a free radical scavenger that protects the body from oxidative damage and particularly helpful in fighting cancer. The fruit contains moderate amounts of copper (necessary for the creation of red and white blood cells), manganese (essential to produce active enzymes), phosphorous, iron and calcium.
From the website:
Although thought to have originated in South America, pineapples were first discovered by Europeans in 1493 on the Caribbean island now known as Guadalupe. It’s low in calories, yet a great source of several unique health promoting vitamins, minerals, and other compounds essential for optimum health. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C (which boosts immunity and neutralizes harmful free radicals) and contain bromelain which is an enzyme that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting, anti-cancer, and digestive benefits. In addition, pineapples contain many antioxidants which provide immune support, protection against inflammation and oxidative stress, and have even been show to help protect against macular degeneration.
From the website:
Our mango slices are dehydrated at low-temperatures to maintain all vitamins and minerals, but not dehydrated to the extent that they’re completely dried. By leaving them a little bit hydrated, the slices stay soft and plenty chewy. Mangoes are high in antioxidants which protect against cancer (especially colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers) and oxidative stress on the body. Mangoes help lower cholesterol with it’s high levels of dietary fiber, pectin and vitamin C, they help clear the skin, they promote good eye health (good source of vitamin A), they alkalize the entire body, and they boost the immune system (good source of vitamin C). Mangoes also contain 25 different types of carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation, enhance the immune system, and help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease. They even contain enzymes that break down protein, and they also help with digestion and elimination too.
From the website:
Strawberries are certifiably a superfood with some of the highest antioxidant values of any fruit. Given their unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, they excel in three major categories: cardiovascular support and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, improved regulation of blood sugar with decreased risk of type-2 diabetes, and prevention of certain types of cancers including breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal. Strawberries are low in calories and fats while being a rich source of health-promoting vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber – all of which are essential for optimal health. With its high levels of vitamin C, strawberries help boost the immune system, counter inflammation, and defend against harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Strawberries are also rich in B-complex vitamins which help the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Strawberries contain phenols,which gives the strawberry its rich red color and its great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain good amounts of minerals like manganese (helps maintain healthy eyes), potassium (helps with controlling heart rate and blood pressure), iron and copper (required for producing red blood cells), and iodine (important for thyroid function).
Craig has never eaten at Liquid Art House, so I make some suggestions! We sat in the cocktail area on the couches and started with the Lithuanian Farmer’s Cheese Dumplings ($16) with brussels sprout, aged gouda, asian pear, grain mustard. The dumplings are light as air, the asian pear gives a nice sweetness to the dish that compliments the creamy saltiness of the sauce.
And we have the Flammkuchen ($15) a flat bread with bacon, wild mushroom, onion, rocket. Really nice flavors melding together here and the dish is quite light. Craig also gets the burger that I had been raving about. See my previous review here.
So if you’re looking to mix up your snack routine, check out Organic Living Superfoods. They are sold at stores around town but you can get a better deal if you order them online!
Organic Living Superfoods
Liquid Art House
100 Arlington Street, Boston, MA
We popped down to the Cape for the weekend and had to stop at one of my favorite restaurants, Quicks Hole in Woods Hole. A popular destination for locals, tourists and those catching the ferry to MV, Quicks Hole offers fresh seafood tacos that are to die for.
Parking can be scarce here so plan accordingly – and bring lots of quarters for the meters. If it’s a nice day like it was today, you’ll want to hang out and drink on the back patio for a good portion of the day.
Fresh lobster taco (9.95/ Two 19.95) filled with pico de gallo, pickled onions, cabbage, queso fresco, and fresh Baja sauce. The sauce on the lobster tacos was a bit heavy and drowned out the sweet flavor of the lobster, but it was still delicious.
What’s your favorite kind of seafood taco?
6 Luscombe Ave., Woods Hole, MA
On our way up to Kennebunport for the weekend, we stopped in Portland for lunch. Located on a fence between Long Wharf and the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in the Old Port, people put padlocks (love locks) to symbolize their love for one another.
We order inside at the counter and they give us a lobster buzzer. We scope out seats – while it’s sunny outside, there is a cool breeze, but in the end we decided it would be a waste not to eat outside.
The lobster roll was pretty good. What threw me off is that the lobster meat was cold but they pour warm butter over it, so if you don’t eat the lobster roll quickly, the butter starts to congeal. The Portland Phoenix voted Portland Lobster Company’s lobster roll the best lobster roll in 2014. In addition to lobster they have a good selection of fried food, salads and wraps. And don’t forget about dessert! Try the locally made blueberry pie.
Portland Lobster Company
180 Commercial Street
We headed up to Maine for a quick weekend away in Kennebunkport. We were staying at Hidden Pond, and while it was hard to pick the thing I was MOST excited about, eating at Earth was at the top of my list.
We picked the same weekend to go up to Kennebunkport as M and B, so we decided to meet up the first night for dinner. The restaurant was quite dark, so the pictures here are not the best – good enough for you to get the general idea though.
Burrata, mustard fruit, black olive oil, crunchy olives, rhubarb ($15). The plating is a work of art, unlike any burrata dish I’ve had before. Creamy and delicious, this dish makes me crave more burrata on the plate.
Wood fired lobster, green garlic butter, fresh garbanzo beans, Meyer lemon, chamomile ($42). Another great presentation, I loved my entree. Earth makes it easy for you to eat the lobster meat – and there is a decent amount of it.
Diver scallops, smoked potato purée, Fiddle Head, baby fennel, Vidalia onions ($38). Fiddleheads might be one of my favorite things. The scallops were on the larger side, M couldn’t finish the whole dish.
Meyer lemon curd, blondie, whipped cream, umiboshi, white chocolate, granola streusel ($10) While I was so full from my lobster entree, I loved every bite of this dessert – meyer lemon anything is top of my list!
What’s your favorite Ken Oringer restaurant?
Earth at Hidden Pond
354 Goose Rocks Road
The spa rooms were very clean, the bed was warm and the room was relaxing. I can see how people fall asleep in massages. They offer many different types of massages: Warmed stone, warmed bamboo, a muscle melt renewal and a pure integration thai yoga massage. They also offer a variety of body treatments: herbal garden body exfoliation, seaweed and green team herbal body wrap, and a Maine honey body buzz warm remedy wrap among others. They have a variety of facials to choose from as well. In peak season, make sure to book your appointments well in advance!
Tree Spa at Hidden Pond
354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME
I had bought a Living Social deal months and months ago and booked this weekend getaway to Hidden Pond. We knew friends of friends who got married here and everyone had such good things to say about the resort.
We were there before it was peak season, and it seemed like most of the other guests were also using the Living Social deal. There is so much attention to detail here – it’s impressive. The service from check in to check out was impeccable.
There is a small kitchen area with a coffee maker and a small fridge. The fridge is stocked with yogurt, orange juice and milk. There is home made granola and delicious tea. If you call ahead, Hidden Pond can stock your kitchen for you.
There are so many guest activities that we didn’t have a chance to enjoy – we were so busy!! They offer stand up paddleboarding lessons, mixology classes by the pool, complimentary bikes to use on and off property, a dinner trolley that runs between Hidden Pond and the Tides beach club (so you can enjoy a cocktail (or three) without having to worry about driving, a beach shuttle, and s’mores at dusk. You can even go into Hidden Pond’s garden and pick your own veggies and flowers.
Have you been to Hidden Pond? What’s your favorite thing about the resort?
354 Goose Rocks Road
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Mark and I headed out after work on a Thursday night to the Boston Wine School for a wine and cheese class. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve driven by, or even stopped at the liquor store next door, not realizing the school’s location. Located right on Commonwealth Street, parking can get a little tough so leave a few minutes early. There are about a dozen people in the class, we mingle a bit before we sit down to learn about wine and cheese.
2012 Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet (Sevre en Maine, Loire Valley, northwest France) Muscadet is a white grape and the flavor of the wine is dry and strong.
2013 Berger Gruner Veltliner (Gedersdorf, eastern Austria) This wine was a bit zippy with a light body.
2012 Talbott “Kali Hart” Pinot Noir (Monterey, northern California)
2010 Destino “Cruzados” Tempranillo Syrah (La Mancha, south central Spain)
2011 Chateau Roc de Segur (Lanerrouet, Bordeaux, western France)
We tried the wines by themselves, and then with the cheese to see how the flavors changed.
Bucheron Chevre a goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley, northern France
Three year old gouda a cow’s milk cheese, Gouda, southern Holland
Brie paturages Comtois a cow’s milk cheese from Franche Comte, central France
Manchego a cow and sheep’s milk cheese from La Mancha, south central Spain
(not pictured) Great Hill Blue, a cow’s milk blue from Marion, MA
Jonathon Alsop is the founder and executive director of Boston Wine School. I admit, I don’t know anything about wine, just what I like and what I don’t like. Jonathon makes trying wine and learning about wine very approachable. We learned as a group, sharing what flavors we tasted and what we liked and didn’t like. We learned the 7 S’s of wine tasting: see, sniff, swirl, smell, sip, swish, and spit.
After we tried the wines and cheeses we all sat down to dinner, provided by Bottega Fiorentina in Coolidge Corner in Brookline. We had Pollo Cristina, a chicken and sage dish baked in wine; spinaci all Fiorentina, a baked spinach dish with mushrooms and Timballo a baked pasta with eggplant. Dinner was served with a 2013 Le Piera Pinto Grigio from Veneto in northeast Italy and a 2009 Selvapaina Chianti Rufina from Rufina, Tuscany in central Italy.
Bottega Fiorentina is a small restaurant in Brookline known for thei “fast fine food”. They have pasta dishes as well as made to order sandwiches. Part market, part restaurant, Bottega Fiorentina has been a neighborhood staple since 1994.
Boston Wine School
1354 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
313 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA