Sweet Review: Tom’s Bao Bao

I always believed that food was an art form, but watching the employees stretch, roll, pull, form and fill the baos at Tom’s Bao Bao in Harvard Square was like watching a live art installation; magic before my eyes. A little dramatic? Nope, not when you love food as much as I do!

What is a bao you ask?

A Bao, or baozi as it is known in it’s country of origin: China, is a steam-filled bun usually eaten for breakfast or an on-the-go snack.

Tom’s Bao Bao serves out delicious and authentic baos through a very thorough and precise bao making and steaming process. Each bao weighing about 60 grams and filled with about 40 grams of meat (pork, curry beef, chicken, lobster) or veggies. Once the dough is stretched, hand rolled, hand pulled and hand filled and formed, then they are placed into these intricately made bao baskets and steamed for 10 minutes.

The baskets are hand made in the Fujian province of China. Each time it’s used and with each mark it acquires, the bao baskets develop character and authenticity.

With so much attention to detail and the care that goes into making these baos, it’s no wonder the flavor profiles are through the roof. Using local ingredients such as bok choy, mild curry, smoked tofu, beef, bean sauce etc, the experience makes you feel good for eating and supporting local. 

Authentic baos, handled with care. Head to Tom’s Bao Bao right now! (they also have a location in Providence, RI)

Tom’s Bao Bao

84 Winthrop St ,Cambridge, MA 02138

617-945-0067

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own.

 

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Sweet Review: Tip Tap Room

Four or so years ago, I ate at the Tip Tap Room for the first time and was blown away by their exotic choice of meat selections on their menu. I had antelope for the first time! Needless to say, I was hooked. I was super excited to continue my Tip Tap Room infatuation last Thursday and try some new items that I knew wouldn’t disappoint.

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Kataifi Shrimp
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grilled avo w/ lobster

Chef Brian Poe has to be one of the most genuinely kind and warm human beings I have ever met. I have visited a few restaurants where I’ve had the opportunity to meet the chef, but Chef Poe’s hospitality really made an impression on me. You could tell he really cared and was really attentive and really passionate about the amazing things he’s doing at the Tip Tap Room. Those are the things I remember and that make me want to keep coming back for more. 

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boar meatballs

We got to try several of the small plate apps: kataifi shrimp (amazing), boar meatballs (tender/ melt-in-your-mouth), grilled avocado with lobster, and delicious house-made bread.

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For dinner, my boyfriend ordered the bison ribeye which he described as a lighter and healthier option to a heavy steak. I had a few bites and it literally melted in my mouth. I kind of wish I ordered that on top of my entree, so many good dishes to choose from!

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I ordered the boar and gnocchi dish which consisted of braised wild boar, roasted garlic, glazed carrots, cauliflower, and parmesan. So-freaking-good! I honestly don’t have gnocchi enough and am over the moon when I get my hands on a plate. I don’t think I’ve had boar before and was quite surprised that it didn’t taste like pork at all, it tasted more like braised short rib.

Now, time for the libations. If you’re a beer person, definitely try their Upland sour beer. So good! It kind of tastes like kombucha mixed with cider. I need to find a case to keep in my fridge for myself. I also had their 2:15am (vodka, pamplemousse liqueur, grapefruit, lemon, soda) and “swipe right”(vodka, pimm’s, lemon + lime, soda) cocktails. *insert okie dokie emoji*

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We never have dessert, but Chef Poe was quite convincing and brought us out a lovely chocolate mousse and bread pudding. I have never had bread pudding before and, even though I was full, I devoured the the whole thing. Just look at it, could you blame me?

Thank you Chef Poe and the lovely folks at the Tip Tap Room for a lovely evening and outstanding food. We will definitely be back.

Tip Tap Room

138 Cambridge St ,Boston, MA 02114

857-350-3344

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own.

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Sweet Review: The Holy Donut | Portland, ME

The new year is in full swing and your sweet tooth is already bugging you, isn’t it?; throwing off your equilibrium every time you walk past the candy or pastry aisle? There has to be a way to indulge in the decadent desserts that are always being paraded in front of us: “sweet truffle double chocolate” this, “crème brûlèed-caramel-toffee-and-marshmellow filled” that. 

Although it is still advised to eat sweets, no matter how “healthy”, in moderation, The Holy Donut is a place where you can check the guilt at the door. 

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Located in Portland, ME and started by the lovely Leigh, The Holy Donut was created out of a need that Leigh had for a healthier donut option, made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. She couldn’t find it anywhere near her, so just as a Girl Boss does, she created it herself. Leigh’s donuts are made using one specific ingredient: Maine potatoes. A donut made from a potato? Yeah, I know, sounds weird, but let me tell you, it adds an amazing texture and a more desirable consistency. Although eggs and buttermilk are used in the donut recipe, The Holy Donut also offers Vegan and Gluten-free options which, honestly speaking, taste just the same as the non-vegan options. 

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You can really tell the difference in taste with these donuts since they use ingredients that are fresh, locally sourced and in season. My favorite flavor would have to the be Vegan berry glazed donut. It was bursting with flavor and melted in my mouth. On top of that I scarfed down the Dark Chocolate sea salt, Hand-squeezed and zested Fresh Lemon, Maple Bacon and Coffee Brandy flavors. My mouth is watering just reading the names of these, I need to get more!

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If you ever find yourself taking a trip to Maine to try the famous lobster rolls, make sure you make a pit stop in Portland and grab as many treats from The Holy donut as you can. You’ll never want to settle for a Dunkin Donut or a Krispy Kreme ever again, I’ll tell you that much.

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The Holy Donut

7 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

207-775-7776

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own.

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Sweet Review: City Tap House Boston

 

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Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name! Okay, so that’s the theme song of Cheers (which is located in Boston, btw), but it can be applied to any neighborhood spot that everyone frequents. The spot where the staff knows that Joe always sits at the table in the back and orders a coke and a black coffee before anything else. The spot where the chef knows that Deidre likes her chicken wings and bacon extra crispy (….so do I Deidre, so do I). The spot where all the young adults run to after work because they know they have a plethora of beer to choose from, and beyond delicious and creative bites to eat. Ladies and gentleman, I have a feeling that City Tap House is that spot for us Bostonians. 

With four other locations (2 in Philly, 1 in DC and 1 in West Palm Beach, FL), City Tap is a place, as they say, that has an extensive and “innovative beer list, as well as craft food that inspires and surprises the palate”(Citytaphouse.comI can put my hand on the bible and vouch for them; the food is amazing, the staff is beyond attentive and full of personality (hey Fhi and Liz!) and the decor is cozy and to-die-for! 

I had the opportunity to attend their Grand Opening with other bloggers and press (check out the photos in the slideshow above) and was so impressed that I came back two days later, in a snowstorm, to try their brunch. The grand opening was one of the best I’ve been to (and I’m not just saying that) and the brunch lived up to the hype I attached to it. At brunch, I immediately ordered the beermosa, as well as the chicken and waffles. Accompaniments included: honey-thyme butter, molasses syrup and red pepper jam.  A side of bacon was also ordered for the table because what brunch is complete without a side of bacon? My boyfriend ordered the roast pork hash and we went half and half on each dish.

This place is more than just a bar, it’s an exploration of great food, creative drinks and a welcoming atmosphere. I cannot wait to go back.

CITY TAP HOUSE

10 Boston Wharf Rd, Boston, MA 02210

617) 904-2748

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