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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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 Soul: A Balanced Life | Zoie Esposito

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.

It’s a new year & a new day, and I bring to you my first Balanced Babe of 2017, Zoie Esposito! You might be trying to rack your brain of which red-carpet celeb she might be, but no, she’s not famous, although her name does have a Hollywood-esque ring to it. Although she’s not being chased down by TMZ on the streets of New York, I wouldn’t be surprised if Zoie became the next fitness sensation of our social media crazed generation. Zoie and I went to college together and were always rubbing shoulders in the Greek community….yes, I was in a sorority (fun fact!). Post-college, I am glad to see, but not surprised, that Zoie is leading a life of fitness (her and a friend curate an Instagram account full of all of the hotspots to run, sweat and have fun in NYC.), balance and wellness. 

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