I was at a meeting by South Station and needed a bite to eat. I had been hearing good things about Shojo in Chinatown and decided to give it a spin. Shojo’s food is a modern take on Japanese food with tapas style dishes meant for sharing.
Shojo has a nice selection of vegetarian options if that is your speed. We started with the mushroom spring rolls with Chinese red vinaigrette ($6). The food came out very quickly after we ordered – it was impressive.
The chicken and waffle ($13) Szechuan Peppercorn Maple Syrup, Hong Kong Egg Style Waffle, 5 Spice Butter and Fried Chicken Drumstick. The waffle was beautiful, the syrup had a nice hint of sweetness and the chicken was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Love the presentation of this dish!
9A Tyler Street, Boston, MA
Last Sunday I met up with my friend Melissa at Sloane Merrill Gallery for a dinner prepared by Josh Lewin of Bread and Salt Hospitality. Lewin is the former Executive Chef of Beacon Hill Bistro, and his business partner, Katrina Jazayeri, was named by Zagat’s as one of Boston’s up and coming bartenders (Belly Wine Bar, Cuisine En Locale).
Sloane Merrill is located on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. The multi level gallery was a great backdrop for tonight’s supper.
Lewin served us the famous popcorn that I was fortunate enough to have tried a few nights earlier at the SoonSpoon/Opus Affair movie night. It was seasoned with cheddar, sriracha and curry leaf ash.
The special dessert for the evening was a tumeric macaron with corn ganache. These were amazing, Katrina really outdid herself. They were so delicate and light, and bursting with flavor without being too overpowering.
Sloane Merrill Gallery 75 Charles Street, Boston, MA http://sloanemerrillgallery.com/
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Bricco Panetteria is owned by Frank DePasquale and all of the breads that are served in his restaurants (Trattoria Il Panino, Mare Oyster Bar, Umbria Prime, Bricco Ristorante and Enoteca and Quattro Ristorante Grill Pizzeria) are available for sale at the Panetteria.
241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA
Open daily 8am – 11pm
They have a bunch of salads to choose from on the menu, but I choose to make my own. I think this is where I always get myself into trouble, as I always love the pricey add ons. This salad has iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, hard boiled egg and avocado. While sweetgreen is my “salad bar” restaurant of choice, Tossed is still a good second option.
1 Post Office Square, Boston, MA
Hint Water was a sponsor of the event. Hint is purified water with a splash of flavor, no diet sweeteners, no sugar, and no preservatives.
Motto was also at the event, a sparkling matcha tea made with premium matcha, apple cider vinegar, honey and organic agave, and brightened with some fresh lemon juice!
New on the scene tonight was Organic Living Superfoods, a line of plant based organic superfoods that can naturally aid in preventing disease.
The Art of Shaving is a best selling men’s brand sold in high end department stores. What started in the kitchen of the founder’s New York apartment has turned into a worldwide organization.
Via Matta is a Michael Schlow, Christoper Myers restaurant (the talent behind the now closed Radius). Known for it’s Italian cuisine and house made pasta, this was a great space for a Good Ones event. Pictured above is the restaurant’s bar area.
Via Matta offers appetizers on their regular menu such as Tuna Crudo with black olive crumble, celery, limoncello gelee; Spicy Calamari with garlic, milled tomatoes, black olives, capers; Grilled Octopus with cucumber, olive oil poached potatoes, harrisa aioli, smoked peanuts and Homemade Ricotta with sage, olive oil, chili flakes, crostini.
Entrees on their menu include: Butternut Squash Agnolotti with braised chicken, hazelnut pesto, grated lemo; Tagliatelle with alla Bolognese; and my favorite, the simple yet delicious Spaghetti with aglio e olio con pomodoro.
Tonight’s event featured a very special guest. Mia, a nine week old mixed breed puppy available for adoption. For more information on how to adopt Mia, please contact Great Dog Rescue.
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA
Guests included Chris Haynes of CBH Communications (pictured above with Chef Rachel Klein), octogenarian Doris Yaffe, architect Dartagnan Brown, “This Old House” designer Christine Tuttle, James Beard Foundation columnist Saba Wahid, event producer AJ Williams and Herald columnist Erica Corsano.
This amazing arrangement was provided by Mark Hall Design, the best part…it’s completely edible!
Tonight’s flatware was from the Jardin d’eden collection. The 110 piece setting, including 12 of each Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Table Spoon, Coffee Spoon, Dessert Fork , Dessert Spoon, Dessert Knife, Fish Fork, and Fish Knife, and one of each of Serving Spoon and Serving Fork retails for over $40,000.
Justin Trabert, Miami based Pavillion Manager at Christofle walked us through the art of hosting a dinner party. Topics covered ranged from how to set the perfect to table to which utensil to use with each course.
100 Arlington Street, Boston, MA
After work on Friday night, guests came out to WorkBar in Central Square for movie night. Workbar is a shared, coworking space home to start ups, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals.
Grillo’s pickles started in 2008 with a family recipe. In 2009, Travis Grillo was selling pickled out of a wooden cart in Boston Common. Today, Grillo’s has grown by leaps and bounds and can be found in Whole Foods, Wegman’s and other major retailers (as well as SOWA and other farmers markets).
Grillo’s Pickles also has a brick and mortar location at 1075 Cambridge Street in Cambridge.
PHaDe food labs provided savory chicken nachos that were a big hit! They were charred baharat spiced chicken with house pickled Siena Farms squash and radish, manchego and Spaniard made sauce romesco. Follow PhaDe on Twitter here.
The extremely talented Josh Lewin, formerly of Beacon Hill Bistro, was at the event with his gourmet popcorn. Lewin is now focusing on his new venture, Bread and Salt Hospitality, with his business partner Katrina Jazayeri.
NESN’s Kayla Harrity of Wicked Bites was in the house interviewing all the chefs.
Harpoon Brewery provided the beers for the evening.
Taza Chocolate was at the event, sampling chocolate and each guest got one full size bar to snack on.
Devin Thomas (top right), of the popular Twitter handle Only in BOS, was in the house. Follow him on Twitter for all the latest news.
Workbar 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA
On a rainy July 16th, fashionable guests made their way out to Alex and Ani on Newbury Street for a night of shopping, beauty, bites and summer cocktails.
BeStyled Blowdry Lounge was downstairs treating guests to beach waves.
Small bites were provided by Tony Naser of Crush Pizza, located on State Street in Boston. Tomato, basil, mozzarella and balsamic on toast.
Crush also had their amazing gelato on hand in two flavors. See my previous post here.
Alex and Ani 115 Newbury Street, Boston, MA http://www.alexandani.com/
Crush Pizza 107 State Street, Boston, MA http://www.crushpizza.com/
They have a great little bar where they mix up inventive cocktails. The dining room is cozy and the ambiance makes you feel a little nostalgic. We are lucky enough to be served by Steve Bowman, one of the co-owners. The way that Steve talks about food is wonderful – his descriptions are so vivid, you can tell how passionate Steve is about the food by the way he talks about it. The service was impeccable.
We decide to start with some cocktails – all of the drinks on the list have great names. This is the Giuseppe’s Lady ($12) made with Terroir Gin, Cynar, Pomegranate, and Lime. I love gin drinks, and this one was perfect – sweet, but not sickingly sweet like some can be, it was clean and crisp and I love the glass.
Next we have the potato gnocchi with peas, fava, fiddleheads and maitake ($13). I love this dish, and don’t even mind the veggies (usually I just eat around them) but the fiddleheads are just so delicious.
1704 Beacon Street
We start off with a cheese plate – they have two of my favorites: Ascutney Mountain ($7) and Landaff ($7). The jam is housemade and delicious – and they sell it in the attached market, so you can continue to enjoy the condiment at home.
Pat’s clam chowder ($11) comes with littleneck clams and housemade crackers. I’m loving the presentation of the dish and the chowder is really flavorful. The chowder has just the right amount of creaminess and the bacon adds that bold flavor to the dish that you will crave for days.
We also had the pistachio ice cream on top of french toast bread pudding ($8) which was equally delicious.
11 Broad Canal Way
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