Sweet Eats: Welcome to Boston by CHLOE!

As a non-vegan, the fact that I nearly died and went to heaven while trying some menu items at last night’s by CHLOE Grand Opening party should be a testament to how amazingly delicious vegan food can be. The food is 100% vegan/ plant-based, 100% GMO-free, organic,seasonal and locally sourced whenever possible, and they offer nut-free, soy-free and gluten-free options as well. Talk about a health food mecca. All food is made in house and the folks at by CHLOE are doing just what they set out to do: “redefining what it means to eat well”. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no neophyte when it comes to the vegan lifestyle or healthy foods in general, I just never knew it could taste this good! I tried mac + “cheese” with shitake “bacon”, “lobster” rolls made out of the inside of bamboo shoots (who knew that was a consumable thing), out of this world pesto pasta and double chocolate “nice” cream that is decadent on it’s own with no help from a cow, goat, sheep or any other animal whose milk humans shouldn’t be digesting in the first place(but that’s for another post). There were mini meatball subs that I had to triple check weren’t real beef meatballs, vegan cupcakes and cookies and 100% organic wine! (phew, did you get all that?). Check out their menu here to see some other things they offer. 

I constantly keep telling myself, and those around me, that I want to eat more plant-based foods, so thank goodness that by CHLOE is here to eliminate any excuses and setbacks to my pending lifestyle.

Thanks to Boston Common Magazine for setting up such a beautiful event last night, and I can’t wait to see the amazing things that by CHLOE does here in Boston! (opens to the public on Thursday, 2/23/17)

mac + “cheese” with shitake mushroom “bacon”

 

pesto pasta
double chocolate “nice” cream

by CHLOE

107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

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Sweet Recipe: Boston Wine Expo + Giveaway!

The Boston Wine Expo is quickly approaching and to celebrate I will be giving you TWO cocktail recipes using wine as the main ingredient, as well as TWO tickets (worth $106.24) to Sunday’s, 2/19/17, Grand Tasting.

“Featuring more than 200 wineries pouring over 1,800 wines and many food and lifestyle vendors, the Grand Tasting lives up to its name as the main event of the Boston Wine Expo.  It’s the perfect place to learn about your favorite wines and food or to make new discoveries.”-Bostonwineexpo.com

If you’re reading this, then I can only assume that, like me, you are a wine enthusiast. I think we as wine lovers, guzzlers and all of the above, need to step it up a notch with how we drink wine. Enhance the flavor profile with vodka, citrus or tasty liqueurs. Gone are the days of the juvenile wine coolers that we used to sneak from the fridge in our parents garage at the age of 16, it’s time for a big kid wine cocktail!

The Italian Sgroppino

        What You Will Need

  • 1 cup chilled prosecco
  • 2 tbsp vodka (I used tequila because I didn’t have vodka)
  • lemon sorbet
  • chopped mint for garnish

The Mamarita c/o Cosmopolitan.com

         What You Will Need

  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cabernet (I used 90 Cellars, a participant in The Boston Wine Expo)
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice

Now time for the GIVEAWAY! Head to my Instagram, hit the follow button, then head to Boston Wine Expo’s Instagram and follow them. While you’re at it, leave a comment under my Boston Wine Expo Giveaway picture on what your favorite wine is and tag a friend! Giveaway ends on 2/10/17

Good Luck!

(If you don’t win, don’t worry: tickets are available here

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Sweet Review: Pokè Works Boston

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I feel like the pokè craze came and went with the beaming sun (it’ll come back this summer for sure). That makes sense since when you think of eating pokè you think of places like Hawaii and California; sunny locales with swelling surf and sandy shores. Wanting to see what all the hype was about I was truly eager to get my hands on a bowl of pokè, but, living in New England, a good bowl of pokè was hard to come by…until now.

What exactly is pokè?

Hawaiian Classic

Sashimi, pokè, tartare, ceviche…they all seem so similar, right? What differentiates them is country/region of origin and the way each is prepared. Pokè is a hybrid of ceviche and sashimi and originated in Hawaii (read more here). Since I love sashimi, tuna tartare and ceviche, I knew I’d fall in love with pokè, so when the folks at Pokèworks Boston reached out, I quickly made my way over. Located in Somerville, Pokèworks is a franchise with most of the locations in sunny California (also NY, TX, WA, IL and VA). They have signature pokè bowls that have been crafted to bring a diverse flavor, or you can “pokè your way” and make your own combination.

Shiso Salmon

I met with Josh, the owner, and he quickly got to work making some signature bowls (Hawaiian Classic & Shiso Salmon) and a sushi burrito. Chunks of fresh and sustainable tuna and salmon piled high and topped with different types of crunchy seaweed, pickled ginger, avocado, tobiko and more. I tried a more filling brown rice bowl and a lighter bowl with a lettuce base, each replete with oodles of flavor. Want to bring the flavor profile over the edge?, add sauces such as wasabi aioli, spicy ginger and sweet chili gochujang. Adding a side of miso soup and 2 flavors of their infused teas, my first pokè experience was out of this world. 

If you’re ever in the Somerville area, stop into Pokèworks. Let me know what you get and how you liked it!

Pokèworks

261 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

617-996-1198

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

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Sweet Review: Pikaichi | #sweetsceneramencrawl

Pika Miso Ramen

Located in a somewhat sketchy (and amazing all at the same time) food court of a grocery store, Pikaichi is the first restaurant where I experienced the rich and savory flavors of ramen. Since then I have had ramen from three other Boston locations…I’m hooked. The goal is to try and eat ramen at every single ramen joint in Boston, so I think I might do a ramen series as I go….thoughts? You can follow along via my instagram, here. 

Jigoku Ramen
Fried Tako Balls

Typical to authentic ramen spots in Japan, Pikaichi is very small inside with minimal seating. The staff greets each guest with a traditional Japanese greeting: “Irrashaimase” which means “welcome/come in”.

Service is quick, servers are attentive. The food isn’t fussy, the noodles are made in house and the broth is heavenly. 

Fried Shrimp Shumai

If you like spice, get the Jigoku Ramen. Like your broth with a bit of a nutty flavor? Get the Pika Miso Ramen. Don’t like meat? They can make a vegetarian style ramen bowl for you. The Shumai is perfectly cooked, and I actually enjoyed the Tako balls for a first-timer (though I wouldn’t get them again, as I didn’t finish). 

The first time I had ramen I had leftovers, these days, I clear my bowl clean. You’ll leave feeling full and satisfied, trust me.

Pikaichi

                                       1 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
                                                 617-789-4818
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