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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Sweet Review: Double Chin HK Cafe

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In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, on the corner of Harrison and Stuart, sits an almost obscure establishment. Unsurprisingly, if you’re reading this, and you frequent the Chinatown area of Boston, then this restaurant isn’t obscure to you in the least bit….and why would it be? but to me and my “creature-of-habit” ways, I am just now stepping foot into Double Chin; and boy am I happy I did….(yes, I did just say “boy”….I’m officially getting old)

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Two very important things you should know about this place is that #1 they serve alcohol and #2 they stay open late night…you know, the “late-night” you used to yearn for during a night out at college; the party after the party, if you will…minus the annoying frat boys. When you go, be sure to try their newest drink pictured above. It’s called “Under the Sea” and has Soju (Korea’s most popular alcoholic drink), lychee and gummy worms! It’s not too strong or too sweet and can be shared with friends or thrown back by your lonesome…we won’t judge. 

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The feast that took place during this visit was unbelievably incredible, and full of umami. We started off with the crispy salt and pepper wings which were cooked to perfection. If you know me or follow me on Instagram, then you know that I am picky about my wings (extra, extra crispy please, leave the sogginess behind).

Quickly after the wings were placed in front of us and devoured instantaneously, we were, dare I say, #blessed with a Mac & Cheese skillet (wide rice noodles, cheese, bacon, scallion, panko), Poutine Your mouth (waffle fries topped with kimcheese, sriracha mayo, scallion & seaweed seasoning) and avocado toast (egg and furikake)

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And as if the cheese porn couldn’t get any better, it just did! We were then served Portuguese Chicken Rice topped with coconut milk and turmeric cheese. I know, it sounds like “huh?!” but everything just meshed well together and formed a complete palatable adventure for my mouth. 

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Not surprisingly, my favorite of the night was the vermicelli “pizza” with soft shell crab…what can I say? I love seafood! Pizza is in quotes due to the fact that this wasn’t at all a pizza, but it did have layers, and each layer was bursting with flavor and was enjoyed thoroughly. 

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But the real star of the night was the Berry Healthy (no joke, that’s the actual name) “cubed toast”. It’s basically fried brioche toast, sliced and diced, and topped with vanilla ice cream, berries, pocky, mochi, granola and strawberry sauce. PHEW!

I’m not afraid to admit it….we ate every single last bite. 

So if you’re ever in the area, check out Double Chin, and give them a follow on Instagram too!

         China Town Boston
    86 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

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

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Sweet Eats: Green & Tonic: Westport, CT | Review

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green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

I recently took a trip back home to Connecticut to visit family and friends and to get some suburban relaxation. I know people always hate on Connecticut due to the fact our highway, I-95, is so long (93 exits to be exact) and boring. While I can’t argue that fact, I can argue that Connecticut is far from boring. I grew up there, I had my first boyfriend there, met all of my best friends there (who 18 years later are still my best friends) and I had the time of my life growing up there. Not everyone has a deep connection like I do with this quaint state, I get that, but hopefully I can get a few of you to see the beautiful state of Connecticut the way I’ve seen it growing up, and how I still see it when I go back and visit.

Now this isn’t a PBS special on all the ways Connecticut is worth visiting, rather, this is a post about an amazing green juice place I found during my last visit. I try and eat healthy as often as I can, you know, balance. It’s so easy to do so when I’m home in the city of Boston, but when I go back to Connecticut to visit family, the green juice places (I’m talking organic, non-GMO type places) are hard to find.

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green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
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So, I found myself driving down the winding, tree-lined roads of the gorgeous town of Westport, the colors of autumn dancing in front of my eyes and the crisp New England air whipping through my hair. The destination: this bright and inspiring shop called: Green and Tonic. Why inspiring? Well, as soon as you walk into the door and take a look to your right, you see a wall filled with catchy sayings and words (“food should taste good naturally” or “consider how your food dollars shape the future of our food system”) that make leading a life filled with organic, plant-based and whole foods even more desirable. Looking around the shop you see merchandise, books, green juice (obvs) that they make, cold-pressed and ready to serve, vegan salad bowls, vegan soups, vegan wraps and much more (check out their menu, here). They also have have local honey, body oils and scrubs, boosters for brain & memory, sinuses and digestive health. I was in clean-eating heaven.

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The staff was very knowledgable as to what I should add to my smoothie and acai bowls, which they have an array of smoothie and acai combinations to choose. I got the Zenergy superfood smoothie, which has Matcha Green Tea, Banana, Spinach, Almond Butter, Coconut Mylk, Cinnamon, Bee Pollen. I also got an acai bowl topped with granola, banana, goji berries (my favorite!) and blueberries. Sooooo good!

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green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

Besides the juices and smoothies, I’d also recommend the lemon miso soup, the spicy avocado wrap and the delicious (tastes like the real thing) taco salad. All of the things I’ve mentioned are vegan and gluten-free!

So, ladies and gentleman (especially those who say “CT is boring”), take a pit stop in Westport and visit the folks at Green and Tonic; eat in, or take your healthy bites to go, you won’t be sorry. It’s time to take back your health.

Check out their other locations as well:

        Cos Cob, CT

 7 Strickland Road

Cos Cob, CT 06807
203.869.1376

Greenwich

 85 Railroad Ave

Greenwich, CT 06830
203-622-1479

Darien

 1098 Boston Post Road

Darien, CT 06820
203-656-1036

New Canaan

 5 Burtis Avenue

New Canaan, CT
203-920-1395

Westport

 17 Jesup Road

Westport, CT
203-557-6392

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

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Sweet Review: Italy in Medford | Real Gusto

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Picture it, Italy, 1943…..Well, not exactly, but it very well could be, and if you got that Golden Girls reference then you’re my new bestie.

Francesca and Matteo Ronzio, natives of Italy, came to visit Boston on vacation years ago and decided to never leave. While here, they had the idea to open up a restaurant that brought a little piece of their beloved Italy to the Northeast, and I am happy they did. Thanks Francesca and Matteo!

One of my close friends has parents who are from Italy, and when they invite you over for dinner, you know to 1. not eat that day and 2. wear your stretchy pants. The Italians know how to throw down in the kitchen and at the table. Plate after plate, after meat, after pasta dish is brought out steadily as you stuff yourself with the magical flavors of the mother land.

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