Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dine out Boston Summer 2016: Tuscan Kitchen Burlington

Boston's "Restaurant Week" or "Dine out Boston" is currently being featured at many Boston restaurants along with dining establishments in the suburbs. I love that Burlington offers great places to eat so we don't have to go into the city every time we want a decent meal.

To kick off restaurant week and to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary, the Mo and I headed to Tuscan Kitchen in the newly renovated "District" area (where my company did most of the site lighting!!) I love it there. Tuscan Kitchen hosted our holiday party, many of our business lunch and dinners and I've attended a few of their special events in addition.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Senmonorom special spicy soft shell crab

So here's a restaurant that we've been to a bunch of times and I've blogged about it on more than one occasion but this post will be short and sweet.

TRY the SPICY SOFT SHELL CRAB! It's out of this world! Of course you have to like fried things, and "kroeung" spices but it's definitely a different dish to try in Lowell and not your usual fried calamari that every other Cambodian restaurant in Lowell offer.

Senmonorom Spicy Soft Shell Crab $17.95

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pho and Thai lunch combos at Cilantro Woburn

I've blogged about the Vietnamese pho at  Cilantro in Woburn before but today my workers and I ordered off the lunch menu.  For under $10.00 bucks, one can get a chicken broth soup, a choice of an appetizer (fried spring rolls or crab rangoon) and an entree of curry or stir fry.  Protein options include tofu, pork, chicken, or beef. You can even get seafood for a dollar more.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sunday Brunch at Connector Cafe in Lowell

The Connector Cafe and Grill in Lowell is great place whether you want a hearty fat-ladden meal or a healthy gluten-free paleo plate.  We went on a Saturday morning and small restaurant was pretty busy.

We snagged a table for two and the waitresses came by with hot delicious coffee. I usually don't fuss about coffee but this one was really good, so good that I saw customers coming in just to buy the coffee.  The best part is, the coffee is bottomless! 

They also serve a "Bullet proof' coffee with Kerry's Irish butter added.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Booze lunch specials at Osteria Nino in Burlington

Osteria Nino on Third Ave in Burlington caught my eye when they started to offer lunch combo specials. For $9.50, guests can choose a panini, pizza or pasta dish from a special list - in addition to a glass of wine or beer AND a huge garden salad. That is a STEAL!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Luxurious brunch at the Taj Boston

For celebratory occasions (or if you just $86.00 to blow), the Rooftop Sunday Brunch at the Taj Boston is a must.  The all you can eat buffet is served on a higher level of the elegant hotel overlooking the Boston Public Garden.  The menu features quite the selection of charcuterie cured meats, cheese salad, sushi, raw bar, Indian and Western entrees.  There is also a made to order omelet station as well as a Belgian waffle station.

We were a group of girls in Boston for a bachelorette/birthday party and we all love to eat! The rooftop Sunday brunch perfect for us.   I was so excited to be greeted by the raw bar station! There were crab claw, oysters and colossal shrimp. Screw the pastry offerings nearby, I was diving into the seafood offerings.

Taj Boston Rooftop Sunday Brunch
 The oysters were a bit on the skimpier side and the crab claws seemed like they had been prepped hours or days in advance but it was still good.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mexican Lunch for under $6.00 bucks in Woburn

My coworkers and I were talking and the average lunch will set you back more than $10.00 for a sandwich, chips and drink at most deli shops or take out joints.  We stumbled upon Xtapa Cantina Mexican Restaurant in Woburn Center and decided to give it a try.

Similar to most other Mexican restaurant, warm complimentary tortilla chips were served and each guest had their own cup of salsa. I loved that I didn't even have to ask because I sure do love to double dip! The chips were nice but the salsa was a bit on the watery side.

The $5.99 lunch menu was pretty extensive. There were tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and taco salads. Each meal was served with rice and refried beans.  For protein choices, there was chicken, pork and beef.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sizzling Kitchen in Downtown Lowell

I've been meaning to try Sizzling Kitchen in the old T&M Vietnamese spot since it opened its doors late last year.  I've heard good things and that they serve macaroons, pho and Italian pasta on the same menu????

The Mo and I finally made our way there on a weekday night and we were the only dining patrons at 7 PM.  Service was friendly and quick.

We started off with some traditional eggrolls (because you know how much I love eggrolls!) and their Signature Sizzling Kitchen specialty rolls. It featured teriyaki beef, rice, kimchee, scallions, and mushrooms.  It reminded me of bimbim bap in a rice paper roll. Tit was delicious but a bit overwhelming with the different flavors and textures.

Eggrolls (3) for $4.00

Sizzling Kitchen rolls (2) for $5.00

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Loui Loui Seafood Boil in the suburbs of Boston

The Mo and I haven't really been venturing out to try new restaurants much but we kept seeing Facebook friends pics and updates about this new seafood boil restaurant in Stoneham.

The restaurant opened back earlier this year and is located in a strip plaza. Parking is plentiful.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Good Happy Hour Specials at Lui Lui

One of the cons of living in Massachusetts is the restriction of booze related Happy Hour Specials.  Restaurants and bars can offer half off appetizer specials but they cannot discount anything alcohol related as a "special". Pricing has to be consistent throughout the day/week.

Luckily for us, we live 13 minutes from the New Hampshire border and Nashua has some great Happy Hour specials. Pizzico and the Billards has some great specials where you can imbibe without feeling broke.

The Mo and I were Nashua on a random Tuesday night and wanted to grab some food. We saw a sign by Lui Lui that read "All Day Happy Hour" on Tuesdays so we turned into the parking lot.  I haven't been to this place since HIGH SCHOOL! 

Since it was a week night, the place was pretty empty.

We were seated in a booth and the server brought over some menus.