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 Review: Anna’s Taquería

al pastor + carnitas

Now, I’ve never been to Mexico before, so I can’t say with 100% certainty what authentic tacos taste like, but if I had to guess, I’d say Anna’s Taquería hits the nail directly on the head. Serving up tacos, quesadillas and burritos (plus so much more) since 1995, Anna’s (as the locals profoundly call it) has  7 other locations, and is locally owned. 

The staff prepares your order right in front of you and piping hot. If you feel overwhelmed, just ask what they suggest and they won’t steer you wrong. I’m a HUGE fan of their super burritos. I think I’ve tried every meat combination possible, but I’d suggest the Steak en salsa roja with rice, black beans, extra guacamole and sour cream on the side.

The tacos are very affordable, so bring a group of friends and try them all! Kick up the flavor profile a notch and ask for extra spicy sauce on your Chili Verde taco.

Round out your meal with a few bottles of Jarritos (guava is bomb), and you’ve got yourself an amazing Anna’s experience.

chicken ranchero burrito
chili verde taco

822 Somerville Avenue
Cambridge, MA
617-661-8500

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

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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 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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