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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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: 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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