Sunday, June 26, 2022

Newport Tour 2022

 

You won't want to miss our multi-part series on touring Newport.  Heading there, thinking of it, or revisiting, we'll have all the highlights on places to go, things to see and experience and, of course where to eat and sip including some exclusive peeks.

Whether you like to just relax on a cruise or seaside, visit the gilded age mansions of unimaginable wealth, hit the tap rooms and vineyards or dine all over the island we will give you the inside scoop from high atop our tower suite perch at Ocean Cliff.


Needless to say it was non-stop fun, very interesting and relaxing, too.  Save yourself some time.  There is so much to do and see it can be overwhelming.  Stay tuned for our best recs and must-sees.  So, Join us in Newport this season!





Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Newport 2022


The Gilded Age and all of that.  We will be kicking off the summer season in Newport relaxing, dining and just all over the place.  Maybe we see you on Thames for a bite, or elsewhere.  Early mornings, late nights.  Or, just drinking champagne overlooking the bay.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Mohegan Sun Wine And Food Festival 2022

 

It's been a few years, well almost ten, actually, since we were invited to our first Mohegan Sun Wine And Food Festival.  Of course, a lot has changed over the years, the last few being the most upending of all.  The restaurant landscape has been decimated, public events look so different with less crowds, more masks and still some apprehension.  Yet, we have always maintained that things will bounce back despite the staff shortages, supply chain issues and now inflation in full bloom.  And we still believe this.  Sure things have changed but we adapt, survive and go on.  So, as we head back to Mohegan this year for a weekend of celebrating great food and wine we ponder what the future will bring.

Yes, our readers have noted that we've had fewer in-depth blog posts.  There simply hasn't been the full schedule of splashy restaurant openings, grand social affairs and public food events to cover.  Much of this has been moved online to virtual events that are just not the same.  We have mourned the loss of that vibrancy, the getting dressed-up and heading into town to rub elbows with old and new friends alike, the laughter, conversation and all of that great food and drink.  Watching it on a screen is just not the same.

The future will bring back some of these beloved events in a different form (see our posts on the Newport Mansions Food And Wine Festival last Fall which actually brought to us a fabulous, more intimate new approach) and, yes, we are going forward with a new, perhaps more modern take.  

So, our future will be newer social media with more easily assimilated glimpses.  Yes, there will be all the same glittering events but with more videos with the people who make it happen, the Chefs and celebrities, the interesting attendees, behind-the-scenes stuff and the different angles that we have become famous for.  After 13 years there have been many people who have imitated our name, stolen our photos, reiterated our curation and we have welcomed it as flattery.  We have always been and will continue to be THE Boston Foodie, the original, with all the flaws and fun.  

With 16 nieces and nephews (and counting) there will definitely be more cooking with the kids and other family moments.  There will be more personal discoveries that branch out beyond food to travel, fashion, art and all of the cultural experiences that inspire us.  And there will be lots of laughter and fun and probably controversy as we have learned over the years.  What is life without other opinions? 

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Head Of The Charles Regatta 2021

 

Stellar.  Spectacular.  There are not enough words to describe this year's Head Of The Charles Regatta today.  From the stunningly perfect weather, the competitors and their stories, the record crowds after last year's cancellation and all of the events and festivities.  Enjoy all of the photos.  Just a perfect day!





















Thursday, October 14, 2021

Hub Hall, North Station

 

We stopped by Hub Hall at North Station recently in search of a great roast beef sandwich or some seafood, just to check things out and see what was going on after the long pandemic shutdowns.  

It was a pretty active lunch crowd of local workers and tourist types.  Slightly disappointed that the promised Cusser's Roast Beef wasn't in the mix, we settled in for a fish sandwich from the Sullivan's expansion.  Bostonians will know what this means.  



Have to say it was good.  The menu is limited (no hot dogs) and the seaside feeling is not the same.  Verdict:  the jury is out on this one.  Guessing it's probably mobbed on game days.  Let us know your thoughts.


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Dining Digital: The Future

 


We have to adapt.  We have to change.  It's the only way to thrive.  So, it's going to take me a bit of time to get used to going to a restaurant or café where everything is digital.  


You can only make a reservation online.  Even if it's the hottest spot in town, knowing someone will not get you in.  No one will take your order, or even make eye contact with you.  The menu is a QR code.  Point and shoot at it for what you want and it will be served "within ten to fifteen minutes." 


You cannot pay with cash.  Everything is completely, coldly digital.  The servers look away, masked, as they drop the plate.  But I have an open mind.  Life is a scramble.  We got out our phones and figured it out and transferred the funds, more like a stock transaction than a dining experience.


The upside?  The place was quite comfy.  The food and coffee was great, no question of it.  The bathrooms were sparkling clean.  It was filled with interesting people.  (The couple at the next table, he in freshly-lacquered black fingernail polish, were discussing their next HBO series writing project).


The other side:  what about the people who don't have the latest iPhone iteration?  Or, older people who just want to stop in and pay in actual paper currency, including a generous tip?


I must admit it threw me.  But not for long.  Exclusive, yes.  It's now wrapped in limited edition sportswear worn by very wealthy international students and friends far more attached to their mobile devices than the people right around them.  Very nice space.  Freezingly polite.  Not a weary busboy or smiling server in sight.  And not a lot of laughter.  Interesting to find that it's a big, corporate chain, not a local coffee spot.





Harvard Square Oktoberfest 2021

 

It was a bit pared back this year but after being cancelled last year it was still a welcome event.  The Harvard Square Oktoberfest 2021 was once again filled with laughter, fun, some great street performers, food and live music.  The crowds were not overpowering but there was plenty to do and see and lots of fun people out celebrating.







Saturday, September 25, 2021

Easy, Delicious Fall Weekend Breakfasts

 


Scrambled eggs with Mediterranean Couscous.  SO, easy to make and an impressive breakfast or brunch idea.  You know how to make the eggs, couscous takes five minutes in a pot, chop some spinach, crumble in some feta cheese, drizzle that pesto, onion, whatever you like or have in the fridge.  I added the grilled sausage from last night's barbecue.  Served with fresh bread, pita or toast.  A mimosa and you are set to go.  

Friday, September 24, 2021

Wines Of Rioja At 22 Bowen's, Newport

 


We raced off to our second wine dinner of the night at 22 Bowen's, luckily just around the corner.  We arrived just in time, breathless, to have a Chilled Peach Soup appetizer and Olive And Anchovy Crostini.  We were seated at the head of a long table and surrounded by an older, genteel crowd of locals part of a group hosted by an apparently very successful financial advisor.  One runs into these things in Newport.  The conversation and stories of exotic world travels over the decades, often dangerous, was fantastic.  One even shared gossip about a certain food "celebrity" in Boston who trashed her rental property while on vacation.  Fun stuff.


This Mushroom Torta was our first course.  Served with an ice cold Viura, Malvassia, Blanco, Finca Allende 2015 from Rioja, our wine sponsor for the dinner.  Maybe it was because it was a warm, humid night and we just ran for two blocks but it was the most refreshing, delicious drink I've ever had.  I am a white wine guy and Rioja is famous for reds.  I loved this.  The torta was served with a manchego cheese and almond pesto.  We gobbled it up.


Braised Cod was our second course.  A creamy pimento sauce and littlenecks encircled it.  We sipped 2015 and 216 Reserva.


The third course was an aromatic Roasted Leg Of lamb which we all so devoured that the room was literally silent except for the sound of knives hitting china plates.  Yes, we didn't even get a photo of this one.  


But we did get several photos of the Fruit Tart dessert paired with a Satinela 2020.  Not one to complete a dessert plate and already overindulged, I savored every, last calorie.

22 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI  02840
Telephone:  401.841.8884