Tag Archives: Dining

Thank you Nola’s Fresh Foods

Nola Fresh FoodLast week Nola’s Fresh Foods stopped by my place with their salsa and chips for me to try out.  I should say, while I love free food, I don’t write about it unless I like it. The fact that I think their bean salsa might be the best I’ve ever had made writing this shout out all the more pleasant.

A quick look at their website will tell you that Nola’s is a local company based in Roslindale, MA and more importantly, their products have no preservatives, sugar, oils, artificial color or flavors.  Their food is actually vegan and gluten free.

Give this local company a try next time you go shopping

Where you can buy it:  Nola’s is sold at Foodies in the South End and Southie and I placed a quick call to the new Whole Foods in the South End and they confirmed they carry these products as well.  Nola’s website, nolasfreshfoods.com has a map to point you to the closest store nearest you.

Coppersmith in Southie could open in late April

Southie Dining, foodies, Travis TalbotFor those of you who regularly traverse A Street in Southie or live near there, you have noticed all the construction going on at 40 West 3rd Street in what was formerly a dilapidated building (or at least that is how it appeared to me).

Last week the owners distributed a press release, indicating their new restaurant named, Coppersmith, is on track to open in late April / early May and they are actively hiring for positions which you can find out more about on their Facebook page here.  When complete, the huge space will include outdoor dining space, a full restaurant, separate cafe and food truck.

To stay up to date, like Coppersmith Facebook page here

Stay tuned for more details to follow in the coming weeks.  This massive endeavor will bring options to those of you who live and work nearby and enhance the Southie dining scene, bringing more foot traffic and curious foodies like me to the neighborhood.

2015 Winter Dine Out Boston

dining, foodie, boston restaurantDINE OUT BOSTON CONTINUES THROUGH MARCH 13th

Winter Dine Out Boston started last week and resumes for its final week today. For more information about 2015 Winter Dine Out Boston, including details about participating restaurants, visit www.bostonusa.com/visit/dineoutboston.

If you have an American Express card, you can get $5 back when you spend $21 or more at Dine Out Boston if you register and use your card.  Details about how to register your card here.

Taste of the South End: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TOSE, AIDS Action, AAC, South End restaurantsI previously wrote about this fun annual tasting that raises money for the AIDS Action Committee of MA, but I wanted to give one more shout out for those of you who may have been contemplating attending but had yet to buy tickets.

Taste of the South End, Tuesday March 3, 2015

More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will share tempting bites that range from the savory to the sweet.  In addition there will be plenty to drink and entertaining cooking demonstrations from some of the neighborhood’s most admired chefs.   If you have any questions about this social South End event, feel free to reach out to me.  Otherwise, grab tickets while they last.  Here is a quick video from a Taste of the South End from a few years back. 

Dining in Grand Cayman

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Calypso Grill’s deck in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman has no shortage of great dining options and I would encourage anyone visiting to leave their hotel and do some exploring.  Trip Advisor does a nice job of listing a wide selection of dining options.  One of our more extravagant meals on the island was at Calypso Grill.  If you decide to go, request a table outside overlooking the water. For this New Englander, dining outside by the water in February is a rare treat and added to my dining experience.

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Bread and Chocolate French Toast

As much as I enjoyed Calypso and some of the other places, it was two of the more casual dining establishments that Sergio and I enjoyed the most.  Neither of these places are by the water so if that is a must then simply bypass these options.  For visitors coming by cruise ship the first option is within walking distance of where you will disembark and is called Bread and Chocolate.  This tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves delicious (vegan) food and is a favorite among locals. I had no idea eating vegan was so delicious.

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Casual dining at Cimboco in Grand Cayman

The other restaurant I wanted to give a shout out to is Cimboco.  It is located just a few minutes by car from The Westin and Ritz Carlton in a small strip mall that also has a burger shack, smoothie store and coffee shop.  Cimboco hosts a $5.00 breakfast Monday thru Friday from 7:30 – 11:00 am that is tough to beat. Additionally, they make delicious sandwiches and pizzas (I’d recommend trying the eggplant pesto pizza) all very affordable.

While there were many more options, I thought I’d limit this post to three of my favorites: Calypso GrillBread and Chocolate and Cimboco. For more dining tips check out Trip Advisor rankings or contact me, and I’d be happy to share a few more suggestions suitable to your taste, price range and near where you will be staying.

Boston’s best sandwiches

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BosGuy’s Wicked Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The current issue of Boston Magazine has a fantastic article about the best sandwiches served in town.  As you can imagine there are a number of delicious options and the South End gets a bunch of shout outs, including Myers + Chang’s Bacon and Egg sandwich – which is only available on weekends,  Flour Bakery + Cafe’s BLT, Mike’s City Diner’s, “Mike’s Famous Pilgrim” sandwich just to name a few.  Also South End cheap eats, Blunch which is only open for breakfast and lunch is spotlighted as a must try place.

Despite all the sandwich joints in this town I still have to say my favorite is probably Downtown Crossing’s Sam LaGrassa’s. Do you have a favorite sandwich that you like to make or a particular place you go to grab a sandwich?  I love making grilled cheese sandwiches in the winter.  I actually wrote about it last January in my post Best Grilled Cheese Evah.

Cafe Quattro opening in the South End

Pizza, pizzeria, boston, south endBoston Restaurant Talk reports that Cafe Quattro, a popular Italian / Pizzeria with Beacon Hill residents will reopen in the South End.

Apparently the popular restaurant lost its lease in Beacon Hill after the landlord essentially forced them out to make room for a larger upscale restaurant.  Beacon Hill’s loss is the South End’s gain.  Cafe Quattro will reopen at 817 Harrison Avenue on the corner of East Springfield Street.  The owners were scheduled to go before the licensing commission this week (not sure if the weather has delayed that meeting). One hopes they will be opening soon.

About Cafe Quattro: We serve a wide array of sandwiches, panini, wraps, and pizza, as well as cappuccino, espresso, latte, and coffee.  Our breads are baked especially for us and delivered daily.  Our thin crust pizza is hand tossed and made to order, using fresh dough.  Pizza is available by the slice, small personal pies, or 20″ Large pies each made in the old fashioned Italian-American tradition.