Sunday, January 17, 2016

Nico Ristorante in the North End

We decided on an early pre-show dinner at Nico Ristorate in the North End because there was a Groupon special, pay $35.00 for $60.00 worth of food.  Since our show was at 6:30 PM, we tried to reserve our group for 4:00 PM but the only available slot on Opentable was at 3:30 PM.  On the bright side, there's free street parking in the North End on Sundays before 6 PM (then it turns into residential permit parking only) After driving in torrential rain and running down Hanover street wet, we arrived at the restaurant to find out we were the only patrons there.

The server was not welcoming, he told us to remove our Starbucks coffee off the table. I didn't even think of that and I totally forgot. We were trying to warm ourselves up.  I didn't mind putting it away but he could have asked us nicer.

We didn't have much time to settle in when he came back with bread and ask us for our drink order. What's the rush? We were the only ones there at 3:30 PM!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jacquet French crepe recipes

I'm a huge fan of crepes but I don't really have what it takes to make the delicate thin pancake.  The temperature has to be right, the flour mixture has to be accurate and the time on the pan has to be almost exact for it to be perfect.  I say screw it, I found these delicious premade crepes at Wholefoods  and came up with a few "semi-homemade" dishes on my own. Each package came with 10 crepes and was about $4.49.

The crepes are made with "pure butter, cage free eggs and high quality, non-GMO products."  They are absolutely soft and delicious eaten alone or part of a recipe.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Recipe: Asian seared tuna salad

Alright, it's the first week of the year... I guess that means its time for new (or old) resolutions to eat better. Tonight, I made an Asian seared tuna kale salad. What makes it Asian? I suppose the water chestnuts, beansprouts and sesame ginger dressing.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Executive lunch at Strip by Strega

To end the year, the Mo and I headed into Boston for some "last night" debauchery. Before we did that, we enjoyed the city before the sun went down.  We checked into our hotel and hopped on the T towards the Boston Common and strolled around the park.  There were lots of tourists and families out and about the area.

Roasted Duck and noodle soup

After a long night of drinking and partying, I wanted something easy on my stomach.  The original plan was to go out for dollar oysters, brunch and bloody mary's but I just couldn't do it.

We drove from our hotel to Chinatown and paid $15.00 for parking at Chau Chow since street parking wasn't available. I didn't want Vietnamese Pho noodle soup since I could get that in Lowell (and I'd be going over to the in laws to eat that later) so I looked up "Chinatown Boston Noodle Souip" on Yelp and Hong Kong Eatery came up.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Seafood lunch at Legal on the Mystic

After driving around the city and not being able to find parking by Copley, the Mo and I headed to Assembly Row  where there is a plethora of free parking.  We picked up some things for ourselves at the outlet stores before grabbing lunch at Legal on the Mystic. It was Sunday around noon and the restaurant was only half occupied.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Bibimbap, drunken noodles, sushi and more at 3 Country Bistro in Woburn

To kick off our four day holiday weekend, Tayla treated me to a nice Asian luncheon in Woburn. She introduced me to 3 Country Bistro on Main Street in the smack of Woburn Center.  I've heard of the restaurant and always thought the name was weird, "country" suggests there would be grits and gravy on the menu. Then I realized, that "3 Country" implied that the menu boasts dishes from Thailand, Korea and Japan.

Monday, December 21, 2015

All-You-Can-Eat-Soup at Uno's

Uno's has an amazing "All you can eat soup" special during the lunch rush. For only $6.99, you get breadsticks, a garden or Caesar salad and unlimited soup! Choices change daily but you can always count on French onion, clam chowder, tomato and some kind of vegetarian soup.

Unos Lunch Soup Combo $6.99
It was a cold afternoon and my friends and I were in the mood for some hot soup to warm us up. We headed to the Uno's in the Woburn Mall location a few miles from our office.  The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived and we were seated in the dining area where the soup station was located.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

10 things to make with that leftover turkey

Dishes made with Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers
Although we had a fantastic meal at the Delorie's during the afternoon on Thanksgiving, we still had our own turkey that had been brining in salt water and spices for two days.  After a quick nap, I popped the bird into the oven, breast side down for 4 hours.  I know.. what a faux pas!.. I'd rather have a moist bird than risk dry breasts.  Who cares? It's just us two tonight and there's no one I need ti impress.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Modern sushi and Asian cuisine at Nobo in Chelmsford

Move over Sushi Yanagi, I've found a new favorite sushi joint in Chelmsford! I've been meaning to check this place out since its opening earlier this year but for some reason, we never got a chance to.  The Mo and I finally visited last Friday to celebrate my birthday (and to rack extra points on Chase First Fridays Dining!)
Spider Roll $9.50
We went around 9 PM and the place was pretty busy.  There are 2 sides, one is more of a lounge and the other is a dining area with a sushi bar where you can sit and watch the chefs prep maki rolls and sushi boats.