Friday, August 16, 2019

Happy National Rum Day

Happy National Rum Day!  How lucky are we that it occurs on a Friday.  So, this weekend we'll be heading over to The Friendly Toast to enjoy this Tiki Flight which features all sorts of festive rum happiness.

The Tiki Flight is offered all summer long and features FOUR specialty tiki cocktails:  The Shandy’s Painkiller (Flor de Cana silver rum, Rumhaven coconut water rum, crème de coconut, pineapple, OJ), the Singapore Zing (New Amsterdam gin, cherry & orange liqueurs, passionfruit puree, pineapple, grenadine, bitters, fresh lime) as well as an original Mai Tai (Silver & dark rums, amaretto, pineapple, OJ, fresh lime) and the beautiful Mermaid’s Tail (Rumhaven coconut, water rum, spiced rum, blue curacao, pineapple, fresh lime).

Come and join us on the patio.  The alfresco dining season will be over before you know it and, as always, when you go tell them that The Boston Foodie sent you.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Carthage Co Stoneware

Dadasi Soup Bowl in Adriatic from Carthage.Co Stoneware

When hosting a dinner for friends, or even for every day, a delicious meal is often elevated to really memorable by the way it is served.  Quality is indeed in the details.  I'll never forget many of the very best suppers enjoyed in Europe began with the exclamation:  "Look at that beautiful stoneware." 

Well, America is catching up and not just with more educated palates than we have ever had before but also with these beautiful things imported from Tunisia.  Yes, many still believe that quantity is more important than quality and complain about "portion sizes" when dining out but increasingly the food experience is seen to be something that takes place on many levels.   It should look good, too.  Thank you Carthage.Co.

This bowl was provided by Carthage.Co with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

111 East

We enjoyed the spectacular summer weather last weekend by spending some time in the Seaport District which was crowded with many people having the same idea.  We stopped in to 111 East, a new restaurant on Fan Pier for a few appetizers and a delicious Hot Pot dinner.

The Duck Egg Rolls, Soy Duck with Cilantro Lime Aioli, pictured above were excellent and described by my dining companion as the best egg rolls he has ever had.

The Rosé sangria, made with sake, passion fruit and strawberry, was not too bad either!  

The Crab Salad with King Crab, Crab Stick, Jicama, Jalapeño, Scallion, Wonton Chips, Spicy Aioli.  Also excellent.

Then, of course, was the Hot Pot.  We chose the Miso and Sczechuan broths.  It comes with a great selection of vegetables and we took the scallops and shrimp for proteins.

Extremely fresh scallops boiled in a few moments to perfection.  The shrimp was just as good.

Tiny bowls of Udon and Egg Noodles rounded out the dinner.  The broths, the condiemts and all of the ingredients were excellent quality.  Just superb.

The decor is artsy in this comfortable space with a crowd that ran the gamut from preppies and upper crust millenials to tourists and couples out on the town.   The Seaport District really does have a New York City kind of vibe.  Overall a great experience that we can't wait to try again.

111 East
11 Fan Pier Boulevard
Boston, MA  02210
Telephone:  617.443.4111


We were guests of the restaurant for this dinner with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Lunch At Mamaleh's

It was my birthday week and friends kept asking me:  "Where does one take a food writer for dinner?"  Well, there was really only one thing I had been craving for months and that was good, old-fashioned deli food.

Mamaleh's in Cambridge did not disappoint.  There was not one iota of fat on that extra lean pastrami sandwich, mine served on a super fresh challah roll with a thick slice of Swiss cheese, mustard on the side and a beautifully brined pickle.

For sides, I went with the potato salad, a classic with chopped egg that reminded me of my many satisfying lunches at Lieb's Deli in Belmont and then Langley Deli in Newton Centre, both long-closed (and us still mourning) now.  Quality all the way.  My dining companion had the cole slaw, also excellent and what, of course, is the best accompaniment than a root beer float?  Absolute heaven.

To be honest, I wasn't sure how this was going to go.  I've had some incredible deli food over the years and it would be hard to hit that mark.  It did, however, exceed all my expectations.  Yes, it's not cheap (almost $70 for lunch) but as I have always said - you get what you pay for.  We'll be back.  And again.  And again.

1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA  02139
Telephone:  617.958.DELI


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Dinner At Home With Azuluna

Azuluna is not just your average meal kit service.  In fact, it's not a meal kit at all.  There is no mixing and chopping and all that and what's even better is that all of the ingredients are from local sources.  A TV dinner, basically, made with whole foods and even some gluten-free dishes offered and fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients sounds almost too good to be true, right?

My favorite was the Glazed Salmon and the Roast Chicken but the Chicken Pot Pie was also good.  It was all very easy and the portion sizes were just perfect for someone like me who is not an overeater.  We tested two samples of each of those three and found the quality consistent across the board.  Plus, there are many other dishes to choose from.

So, for all that what do you think you'd have to pay?  How does $15.00 per meal sound?  Yeah, I know.  Impressive.  We absolutely loved these meals and the service.

Check out more about Azuluna here.  You will not be disappointed.


We were invited to sample this service as members of the press/media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Sailing On The Adirondack III

Despite the oppressive heat it was a beautiful day for a cruise aboard the Adirondack III, The Classic Harbor Line's 80 foot schooner out of Rowe's Wharf.  

It was the Saturday morning Mimosa Cruise.  We joined about a dozen or so other guests, mostly young professionals, to enjoy the cool breeze, sunny skies, great views of the Boston Harbor and ice cold mimosas or whatever drink one wants.

We've been on other cruises where drinking was basically the name of the game.  This one is more the classy one.  Maybe it's the wooden schooner or the hoisting of sails, the lack of a dance floor and disco ball but everyone here was just relaxing, sipping, chatting and laughing, a perfect venue for a birthday celebration, a special weekend or a nice surprise before lunch reservations.

So, yes, we give a two thumbs up, way up, if you've graduated from the standard booze cruise and are looking for a great morning with friends or family.  You can't go wrong.

Classic Harbor Line
60 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
Telephone:  617.951.2460


We were invited on this cruise as members of the press/media with no promise of any editorial consideration.  

Friday, July 12, 2019

Karma Pizza Company In Newport

Another one of our favorite stops on the Newport Foodies Stroll was Karma Pizza Company on Thames.  Formerly Crazy Doughs, the place has been totally revamped and the menu now features some great thin crust offerings.  What was funny was that we had actually visited the place a few days earlier for a quick, delicious slice of the Balsamic And Ricotta which we highly recommend.  It's also a great late night stop when one has the munchies after a long day on the boat or at the beach.  They are open until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Owner Paul Duffy (a Charlestown native) was there to greet us and could not have been more thrilled that I happened to be sporting my Karma Club hoodie that I picked up in Galway.

446 Thames Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.619.3343


We were invited on this food tour as members of the media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Winner Winner In Newport

Next up on our Newport Foodies Stroll was Winner Winner.  Let's just say right at the outstart that this new spot in town is a TOTAL winner.  Even before this post we already had friends visiting here and raving about it.  Thank you, Dawn!  Our tour guides also informed us of several Newport resident Jay Leno sightings here.  

The Fried Chicken is incredible and so are those biscuits.  We also sampled the Mac 'N Cheese and a very good cole slaw.  If you're in Newport and love fried chicken, white or dark meat, you absolutely cannot go wrong at Winner Winner.

Winner Winner
677 Thames Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.848.CHIX


We were invited on this food tour as members of the media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Harry's Bar And Burger Newport

Our second food tour in Newport was the Newport Foodies Stroll which also brought us to some new restaurants with great food.

First up was the Cheeseburger Slider at Harry's Bar And Burger and this was a great way to begin.  It was delicious and about half of those joining us on the tour voted it as their favorite.  It was a tough choice.  This was an excellent burger.  they also have locations in Providence and Lincoln, RI.

Harry's Bar And Burger
464 Thames Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.619.3617


We were invited on this tour as members of the media with no promise of any editorial consideration.

Friday, July 5, 2019


We stopped by MooYah recently, visiting the Boston Common location for a couple of burgers.  It's a quick, easy fix when you are out and about enjoying the city on these great summer days,  

We sampled the Mushroom Swiss Burger and the Cheddar Bacon Burger, both good.  All of the burgers are made with 100% Angus Beef and they also have Paleo and Gluten-Free options.  New on the menu are Turkey and Veggie burgers, too.

The Fries are good and the shakes are great.  What more could you ask for?

140 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone:  857.277.0176


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Roots In Newport

Root Vegan Juice Bar and Eatery

Our tour of Newport continued this time with a stop for vegan options at Root on Broadway.  We enjoyed these very colorful smoothies called Green With Envy:  Avocado, Kale, Mango, Orange, Lime and Mint.  A very refreshing sip on a warm day.

6 Broadway
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.847.2727


Monday, July 1, 2019

Perro Salado In Newport

Funky Perro Salado served us up some very nice Mexican food and refreshing Margaritas while on the RI Red Food Tour.  There are two levels and outdoor seating which makes it fun in the warm weather and the place always seems full no matter when you go.

We enjoyed those succulent, melt-in-your-mouth ribs pictured above as we people-watched what seemed like a surprisingly international crowd.  It's also one of the few places where you will see Lobster Tacos on the menu.

19 Charles Street
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.619.4777


We were invited on this tour as members of the media whith no promise of any editorial consideration.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Flo's Clam Shack In Newport

The Clam Roll Plate at Flo's Clam Shack.

It's your classic clam shack:  popular, reasonable, consistent quality and within a very short walk from the beach.  What could be more New-Englandish?  Flo's Clam Shack.  Since 1936.

We stopped in for a late lunch on an overcast day and leisurely enjoyed the fried clams, scallops and, of course, chicken fingers and burgers for the kids.  It was all good.  The price is as expected.  What more can one say except that it embodies all of what one would expect?  The tables are picnic like, the plates paper, the trays red plastic and it has that funky sort of tiki bar feel that I am sure turns quite sudsy after dark.

Don't miss the seating on the upper floor for the better view and, yes, they have take out boxes but watch out for the sea gulls.

Flo's Clam Shack
4 Wave Avenue
Middleton, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.847.8141


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Nitro Bar in Newport

Nitro Vanilla Latte, Lemonade and Avocado Toast at Nitro Bar.

On our first full day in Newport we were lucky enough to be guests on a food tour hosted by RI Red Food Tours.  You may recall that we took one of these last year but this time around some new and very exciting restaurants have been added.  We were on the Newport Neighborhood Food Tour.

One of these turned out to be an instant favorite and a very cool place to hang out:  Nitro Bar.  Plus, the food and drink was great.  We sampled the excellent Nitro Vanilla Latte and the Avocado Toast, which now seems a bit of a cliche since we've had it so much, had a very flavorful addition of herbs and spices which hit all the right notes.  Unquestionably the best we've had in a sea of mundane, flat-tasting and even boring avocado toasts.  The coffee is cold brew, baby, and the snacks and sandwiches are served for breakfast and lunch.

We also liked the ambiance here with a clean, airy, light-filled space that was both comforting and modern.  It was also the best-looking crowd in town!  Call it a hipster meets classic, young preppy vibe where everyone is welcome

Morgan was our tour host.  With a flair for the theatrical, both amusing and informative, we have since made it a vow to refer to her from now on as "our favorite millennial."  Her jaunty, humorous, entertaining style made the tour very fun.

Did we like it?  Of course we did.  Will we go back?  You bet we will.

Given it was Pride Month it was great to see so many Newport businesses celebrating the diversity.  Congrats to all of you.

2 Pond Avenue
Newport, RI  02840


We were invited by Rhode Island Red Food Tours to enjoy this tour as members of the press/media with no promise of any editorial consideration.  Loved this tour and this place y'all.