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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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 Soul: A Balanced Life | Britt St. George

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

Have you ever stumbled across an Instagram account and look up to find that you’ve literally scrolled through all one-thousand, one-hundred and ninety-eight of their pictures?  Yeah, well that was me when I came across Britt St. George’s  (@therelevancereport) account. Her unique eye for detail, her calming aesthetic and her keen fashion sense are all factors that make you hit the follow button immediately. Aside from being one of Boston’s “must follow” accounts, she is also a content strategist, a digital art director…and, oh yeah, an attorney. Beauty and brains; everything that makes a Girl Boss and a truly inspiring Balanced Babe. 

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