Tag Archives: Dining

Boston Wine Expo is February 18-19, 2017

Amisfield Pinot Gris 2012, New ZealandDo you enjoy wine? Next weekend, February 18-19, 2017 is the annual Boston Wine Expo and tickets are selling fast for this popular event which sells out.

This year’s two day event will feature more than 1,800 wines from more than 200 wineries. In addition to a lot of great wines, the 2017 Boston Wine Expo will feature multiple ways to learn about and sample great wine and food. For those of you who enjoy wine this is a great local event not to be missed.

More information about the two day event and to purchase tickets visit their website wine-expos.com.

L’apero des heros from the Chef Club

If one of your New Year’s resolutions included losing weight – do not watch this video. However, for the rest of you enjoy this quick video and tempting idea for your next dinner party. This looks equal parts delicious and easy.

Thank you Sergio for sharing this. We’ll definitely have to try it.

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 gbfb.org/superhungerbrunch 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, www.lionstailboston.com

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