Saturday, May 23, 2015

WaterFire kickoff Memorial Day Weekend in Providence

Family & Pet friendly beautiful afternoon at Sakonnet Vineyard


With Chewie and Odie in tow, we drove down to Little Compton for some day drinking at Carolyn Sakonnet Vineyard and Winery in Little Compton Rhode Island.  The drive was about 75 minutes and luckily for us, the holiday traffic had already passed.

Seafood at Evelyn's Drive in Tiverton, Rhode Island

I knew we were going to be in Rhode Island so I googled "Best Seafood Rhode Island."  Evelyn's Drive-In kept coming up and had conflicting reviews.  They were featured on Phantom Gourmet  and Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives on the Food Network.


After a trip the nearby Carolyn Sakonnet winery, we headed to Evelyn's Drive-In for a waterfront seafood lunch.  The eatery had a beautiful location overlooking Nannaquaket Pond in Tiverton.  There are two seating options available; a shaded self serve patio that is pet friendly or a full service patio attached to the restaurant.  We opted for the later.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise


Whether if you are a tourist or a local, the Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise is not to be missed.  The cruise departs daily at 7 PM at Long Wharf.  Before the cruise, guests can visit the Aquarium nearby or Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall area.  Christopher Columbus Park is a really beautiful waterfront location to sit back, relax and watch the boats go in and out of the harbor.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Indian Buffet at Chettinad Grill Burlington


The restaurant located on Cambridge street has undergone many different management in the past few years.  It's been called the Mughals, Bombay Club and something else.... I forgot already. Hopefully, Chettinad Grill is here to stay. I visited on a Thursday afternoon and the restaurant was the busiest that I've ever seen.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dissapointing dim sum at Great Wall - New Haven

We took my mother to the Great Wall in New Haven for a belated mother's day brunch.  She had a great experience at Hei La Moon in Boston and was excited to go for dim sum again.


The five of us arrived at noon and it was packed.  There was no sense of organization and the people waiting just stood in the take out area not knowing what to do or how to get "in line."  The takeout area was pretty neat, one could pick a selection of hot foods and get it to "to go."  Dim sum was also available for take out for those who didn't want to dine in.  We should have done that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

28 Days of Salads: Spinach & Red Quinoa Salad

Salad # 4 : Spinach & Red Quinoa salad

We had a busy weekend so my salads this week are store bought and pre-made.  My favorite store bought salads are from Roche Brothers but when I can't get there, Market Basket will suffice.  They have some fun salads packaged at $3.99 each.

I picked up the Spinach & Red Quinoa salad that had fresh spinach, carrots, romaine, endamame, red quinoa and dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette.

Prepared Salads at market Basket $3.99

Monday, May 11, 2015

Simple braised beef short ribs



This recipe is pretty easy. You can sear the meat ahead of time or just throw everything in a slow cooker and set it and forget it. I prefer to marinate the short ribs overnight and sear it.

Ingredients
  • 2-3 pounds of bone in or boneless shortribs. ( I like the bone in but it's a bit more expensive so I buy a combination of the two)
  • Poultry mix herb seasoning (Thyme, oregano, rosemary etc)
  • Dash  of Adobo seasoning
  • Fresh garlic- minced 
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of spaghetti/pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup of red wine ( I used cab)
  • Black pepper
  • Coarse sea salt
  •  3 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • optional: one jalapeno pepper
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped.
Sprinkle a dash of salt, black pepper, adobo seasoning and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic to the short-ribs.  Fridge and let it sit overnight.

The next day, heat a large sauce pan with olive oil until hot.  Once the heat is visible, add the marinated meat to the pan and sear evenly on both sides.  
(Usually seconds for the first side then   minutes for the seconds side.) 

Throw in a few springs of poultry seasoning for the aromas. Turn of heat

Transfer the short ribs into a slow cooker.  


Add in the wine, pasta sauce, beef broth, celery, remainder of the garlic and a few other poultry sprigs.  Throw in an extra dash of salt, pepper and Adobo (Just a dash, not too much!)

Set the slow cooker on low and cook for hours or until the beef is tender and falls off the bone.  It's actually prettier and more appetizing to get the beef tender and leave the bone intact.

Serve with rice, pasta or my favorite, potato gnocchi. I love the pre-made gnocchi from Wegman's.  All you have to do is parboil them for 90  seconds.  Leftovers are the best and it actually tastes better the next day!

Enjoy!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

28 Days of Salads: Asian noodle salad

Salad # 3 : Asian noodle salad

It's been over a week since my last salad post . I guess I could have been healthy and ordered a salad when I was out but I opted for steak and carbs instead.

Today's salad is a traditional Vietnamese/Cambodian salad called "Banh hoi."  There are different variations and "toppings" that could be used.  Due to the eggrolls, it's probably better to prepare and eat on the weekend when it's fresh.

Due to the high fat in the eggrolls and the sugar in the dressing, this is not a healthy salad. If you want to make it a bit "heart friendly ", I'd nix the eggrolls for some pan fried tofu and make an alternative lime cilantro dressing.

Banh hoi with shrimp, sirloin and eggrolls

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Italian dining at Osteria Nino on 3rd Ave in Burlington


My coworkers and I went in for lunch the day after their grand opening.  We sat in a booth in the bar area.  The hostesses and managers were all friendly and welcoming.