Category Archives: Dining

Museum of Science presents Chocolate: The exhibition

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourThe Museum of Science (one of my favorite museums to visit as a kid) often falls off my radar as an adult. How else can I explain that I had no idea there was an amazing exhibit underway called Da Vinci – The Genius until I learned about the Chocolate exhibit, which initially made me check out their website?

While the Da Vinci exhibit sounds interesting and I may go check it out, Chocolate: The exhibition sounds like something I could really sink my teeth into so to speak. The temporary exhibition which opens today and runs through May 7, 2017 will test your chocolate knowledge of this delicious food and help you appreciate the role it has played through history.

The exhibit shares interesting facts about the plant, the products and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of science, history, and popular culture.  Tickets to the exhibit are $25 for adults and $20 for children if you are not a member.

Chocolate: The exhibition at the MOS

Frenchie in South End opens Tuesday

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Source: Frenchie Facebook page

Frenchie, a new bistro will open on Tuesday, January 24th in the South End. Located in the space formerly known as Kitchen at 560 Tremont Street, Frenchie is a casual wine bar that will be open daily for lunch and dinner and serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from Sandrine Rossi and Loic Le Garrec from Petit Robert Bistro. For more information you can like their page on Facebook.

Troquet Boston to close and reopen in Leather District

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Photo Source: Troquet Facebook Page

Troquet announced today that after 15 years in business at 140 Boylston Street the restaurant will close on Saturday, January 28th only to move and open in a larger space in the Leather District in early February. Details about the new space were not mentioned in the media release, although it did allude to a larger kitchen and wine cellar as well as more bar space, which will make it far easier to grab a drink than their current location which I believe can only seat 6-8 people.

I’ve had several meals at Troquet over the years, in part because they are so conveniently located in Boston’s Theater District, making it a great place to grab a meal before or after a show. You can read my restaurant review: Troquet Boston is a wine lovers restaurant.

I’ll share more about Troquet’s new home when I learn more. Stay tuned.

Elephant Walk South End

elephant-walk-restaurantIt has been a while since I’ve included a restaurant review and I wanted to start this year by giving some love to those places that I most enjoy. I thought I’d start with The Elephant Walk. It is easily one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants and a place I consistently recommend and bring friends who visit.

Nataing is a delicious appetizer made with Ground pork simmered in coconut milk with garlic, peanuts and served with crispy rice

Nataing is a delicious appetizer made with ground pork simmered in coconut milk with garlic, peanuts and served with crispy rice cakes that add a lot of crunch to each bite.

The Elephant Walk is a neighborhood gem for several reasons.  First, the food is consistently good and the menu is always changing. The staff know most people have no idea what Cambodian cuisine is, and they do an excellent job explaining the menu. While I have successfully convinced even the least adventurous eaters I know to try Cambodian cuisine, nearly one third of the menu is also French so you can always order the steak frites if you can’t bring yourself to try Cambodian.

Khar Saiko is boneless beef short ribs braised in tamarind, ginger, chili pods and soy that are served with garlic fresh Shanghai noodles (it is like a garlicky linguine) and pickled cucumber

Khar Saiko is boneless beef short ribs braised in herbs that are so tender you can cut them with your fork; served w/ Shanghai noodles (which taste like a garlicky linguine).

Another reason I love this place is that the staff is quirky and friendly. They take their job seriously answering endless questions about the menu, ingredients and how everything is cooked so don’t be shy – ask away. I can guarantee you won’t be the first or the last person that day to ask whatever your question is about the food, its prep or what it tastes like.

Shown here is Loc Lac Salad (half portion) Beef tenderloin (8oz) caramelized in black pepper, garlic and mushroom soy, fresh lettuce, limegarlic dipping sauce

Shown above is a half portion of the Loc Lac Salad: beef tenderloin caramelized in black pepper, garlic and mushroom soy, fresh lettuce, lime garlic dipping sauce.

A third reason for the praise is the price is right. Few items on the menu are more than $25, making it one of the most affordable options in the neighborhood. Many dishes are even more affordable if you order their half portions (like the Loc Lac shown above) and their menu has more gluten free options than most restaurants in town, likely due in part to the Cambodian diet.

The Elephant Walk is a restaurant to put on your list to try or to return to if you’ve not visited them recently. The food is great but you don’t have to take my word – read the consistently excellent reviews they get on sites like Open Table and Yelp.  If you’ve not ventured to The Elephant Walk in the South End recently, add them to your list and make a reservation. You’ll have a great time and you’ll thank me for the suggestion.

Elephant Walk South End
1415 Washington Street
(617) 247-1500

Note: Photos were not my own and were taken from the Elephant Walk Facebook page.

Super Hunger Brunch to benefit Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater boston food bankEnjoy brunch from one of the many restaurant partners on January 28 or 29, and every $1 you spend will provide 3 nutritious meals to those in need across Eastern Massachusetts.

January 28-29, 2017
Be sure to purchase the correct amount for the restaurant of your choice ($25, $35, or $50) and note which day they are participating.

Once purchased, your gift certificates will be mailed to you. So visit today for details and restaurant contact information. The website also provides a list of participating restaurants.

Lions Tail: New craft cocktail restaurant and bar coming to Ink Block

lions-tail-ink-block-south-endEarlier this week the @InkBlockBoston twitter account announced that a “craft cocktail” and high end dining spot called Lions Tail will be opening.  A link for job opportunities as well as the restaurant’s facebook and twitter accounts are on the restaurant’s website,

No further information has been provided regarding a scheduled opening but check back for more updates and like their Facebook page, here.

Boston Magazine names the top 25 new restaurants

boston-25-best-new-restaurantsDo you enjoy dining out in Boston? This month’s Boston Magazine might be worth picking up as they feature what they are calling Boston’s “Top 25 New Restaurants”.  Despite the fact that I eat out more than most people, I’ve only been to 5 of the restaurants on the list. I find the article more interesting for the restaurants that didn’t make the list.  After spending the past year listening to hype about new restaurant openings nearly every month in the Seaport, I wasn’t surprised that not a single one made the list.

Kava Neo Taverna South End BostonOn a more positive note, I wanted to give a shout out to several restaurants in my neighborhood including 2. SRV – an equally beautiful and delicious Italian restaurant worth trying; 7. Bar Mezzana – also Italian in the Ink Block is on my list to try but I’ve yet to visit; 21. Gita at Wink & Nod is New England inspired cuisine; and 22. Kava Neo-Taverna is a delicious Greek restaurant in a cozy space on Union Park that I can’t rave enough about.