See my original post on Crush here. The State Street location is owner Tony Naser’s second location – the flagship store is in Nashua, NH.
Crush serves up authentic Neapolitan pies – my favorite is the Toscano.
The pizzas are cooked in a 900 degree oven, it only takes 90 seconds for it to be fully cooked!
I mixed it up with a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of dark chocolate!! So amazing! The strawberry tastes so fresh and the dark chocolate is decadent. Add the two together for a winning combination. I was there two days in row getting this gelato.
As I mentioned before, Naser makes these all in house and the flavors range from classic dark chocolate and strawberry to flavors like avocado (it was delicious and creamy) and fresh mango. Pictured above is the stracciatella, similar to chocolate chip, but with ribbons of chocolate.
Naser plans on remodeling the front entrance with an accordion style window that will allow customers to walk up and order gelato to go. The small (two scoops) starts at $3.25, medium (three scoops) at $4.25, and the large (four scoops) hails at $5.25.
107 State Street, Boston, MA
I was asked by Tastetrekkers to do a guest blog post about my top 5 _______. With summer just around the corner, and Battle of the Burger in August, the likely choice for me was top 5 burgers. There is a certain familiarity with a burger – no matter where you travel, you feel like it’s a safe choice – you know what you’re going to get. People are more likely to try rare game meat like bison or elk if it is in burger form. But I digress. My first stop was to Trade in the Financial District. (See my second stop, Liquid Art House here)They have a great space with amazing floor to ceiling windows. I was there at lunch time and it went from this to bustling in a blink. James Beard award winner Jody Adams co owns Trade with restaurant industry veterans Sean Griffing and Eric Papachristos. Chef Andrew Hebert came out to talk to me about his burger.
The burger starts with Pineland Farms ground beef and pancetta, top that with Vermont cheddar, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles and onion all on top of an iggy’s brioche bun ($15). Great burger! The bun stands up to the burger, which is key, there’s nothing worse than having the bun fall apart halfway through your burger. The flavors all meld together well – the saltiness from the pancetta, the sweetness of the onions and the bite of the house-made pickles. The burger patty is flavorful – adding the pancetta to it makes it stand out from the crowd. Have you voted for the Trade burger in the Battle of the burger? Every time you vote you are entered into a drawing to win 2 free tickets to the Battle of the Burger on August 13th.
540 Atlantic Avenue
Mr Sushi is located on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner. Even though they are a Japanese restaurant, they have some delicious Korean options. The restaurant is very casual and almost all the menu items are under $20.
I order the Bi Bim Bab ($11.95), vegetables and beef that has been cooked in sesame oil are added to rice in a hot stone bowl and topped with a fried egg. The best part is when the rice keeps cooking and it gets a little crunchy on the bottom!
Bulgogi ($15.95) is one of my favorite Korean dishes – this marinated thinly sliced beef dish falls a little short for me, as I hoped that the meat would have been a bit more flavorful. The service was just ok – while the restaurant wasn’t busy, our server was busy at other tables. The crowd here leans more towards families with small children and regular locals.
Where is your go to sushi spot?
329 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
I’ve been to Casa B once before. This time, we sat upstairs and had a totally different experience. Our waiter was amazing – great service, good suggestions, a really nice guy.
They bring fried plantains to the table to snack on.
I decided to try their raspberry lime rickey that was both sweet and tart!
The only thing that I had last time that we repeated was the cheese plate – it’s too good to pass up. The dulce de leche is so delicious you (I) find yourself scraping at the wooden board for every last bite.
A goat cheese with an ash rind.
The albondingas ($10) are organic beef meatballsin guava + tomato sauce. A little sweet and a little savory – a really nice combination.
The sandwich de pollo ($10) was grilled free range chicken thighs, sautéed onions, crispy shallots + grandma’s ketchup. This dish was a little messy to eat (I still can’t figure out how I was trying to be lady like and cut it and then it ended up all over my shirt…thank goodness I had a jacket!) but it was probably my favorite. The chicken was well seasoned and the sauteed onions were a nice contrast to the crispy shallots.
The choripan ($16) is chorizo and guava wrapped in puff pastry. We joked with our waiter that it’s kind of like a gourmet pig in a blanket. I love the sweetness of the guava paired with the smoky and salty chorizo and the buttery puffy pastry tied it all together nicely.
Of course we HAD to have the ice cream sandwiches ($12) – they won’t be on the menu for much longer. This time, I paced myself through my meal so that I would have enough room for dessert. The cookie on the rum raisin sandwich was delicious.
What’s your go to tapas restaurant?
253 Washington Street, Somerville, MA
I had the chance to pop into Liquid Art House and have a few bites at the bar with my friends. The bar is a great place to have a casual meal – all of the bartenders are great! We start off with a little amuse bouche from the chef. A server comes around with today’s bread choices – I have the gruyere roll and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! I could have eaten four of them, but that wouldn’t be very ladylike would it?
The cheese dumplings melted in your mouth – we ordered the large portion for $24. The dumplings came topped with brussel sprouts, aged gouda, asian pear and grain mustard. As we were eating, chef Rachel Klein came over to chat – she couldn’t be more lovely! Klein has hand picked an all star team: Kylee Anderson, Johan Ramirez, Ensan Wong and Gisele Miller.
I had been waiting (read: dying) to try the green circle chickens, and lulu – the rotisserie, did not disappoint. The skin was so flavorful and the chicken was so tender – an amazing dish and totally worth the wait!
Have you had the green circle chicken yet?
Liquid Art House
100 Arlington St, Boston, MA
Make a reservation with Open Table.
The day has arrived! Mark and Bekka are getting married! Bekka had been checking the weather every day for a week leading up to the day and all it kept saying was rain. We all kept our fingers crossed and hoped for good weather – rain on a wedding day is supposed to be good luck right?
The bride is a talented artist. She and her father found a downed tree in the woods, they cut it into wooden discs that became the centerpieces at the wedding – Bekka did all of the artwork. Check out their signature cocktail!
Dessert was green tea, salted caramel and lemon macarons from Silver Spoon bakery and the two cake choices were lemon and salted caramel.
And the favors were made by Ziggy from Fox Point Pickling! Mustard, reslish, sriracha and jam!
What’s the best wedding favor you’ve received?
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.
Sunday 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.
Cellist Shirley Hunt performed Bach’s cello suites 1, 2 and 3 in between courses.
4th 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
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.
The 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.
88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA
Make a reservation with Open Table.
I 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.
YEC was mixing two kinds of adult slushies with the Margarita Man machines.
One flavor was mixes with Espolon tequila.
The other flavor was mixed with Bully Boy White Rum.
The 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.
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.
180 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA