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National Grilled Cheese Month

23 Apr

April is National Grilled Cheese Month! I love grilled cheese. Add bacon and we have a serious situation on our hands. The other day in our cafeteria I ordered a grilled cheese with bacon and the guy next to me looked at me like I was 1. a genius and 2. like I had 10 heads. He said, “Did you just order a grilled cheese with bacon?” To him I said, “You’ve never had bacon on your grilled cheese? You should try it, it is life-changing.” He agreed that anything with bacon is infinitely better, and we went our separate ways. I am pretty sure he probably came back the next day and ordered a grilled cheese with bacon.

Image from All Recipes

Image from All Recipes

Anwyays, if you are looking for a few ways to up your grilled cheese game, check out some that I’ve tried in the past:

And if you are in the Boston area, or if you visit Boston, I implore you to seek out Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck.

Image from Roxy's Grilled Cheese

Image from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

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National Chip & Dip Day: March 23

20 Mar

While my social feeds are filled with angry people regarding their March Madness brackets, I am excited to report to you a different kind of March Madness. On March 23, the nation celebrates National Chip & Dip Day! If you remember from my post on What I’m giving up for Lent, I said I wasn’t going to set myself up for failure and decided to leave chips off of the fried food list. Thank goodness because I LOVE chips and dip!

Favorite dip: french onion dip with ruffles.

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Second favorite: chips and (white) queso dip from Mexican restaurants.

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Third favorite: chips and guacamole.

Dos Caminos Guacamole

 

Like I said, I love chips and dip. Watching a sporting event on TV is an excuse for me to have some sort of chip & dip. Super Bowl… more like scooper bowl.

When I found out that Tostitos is giving one free dip to anyone in America named Chip, I got really excited! No, my name is not Chip, but my BFF’s dad’s name is Chip! That is exciting for him! Don’t believe me, check it out! www.EveryChipGetsADip.com 

To all you Chips out there, you’re awesome. Enjoy a free dip from Tostitos!

Happy National Chip & Dip Day!

Also, here’s a recipe for magic and my 4th favorite dip… Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Friday Food Roundup

13 Mar

Photo credit: Chiclfila

  • Apparently today is National Ginger Ale Day. I can’t find much more about it, but Gosling’s Rum is taking advantage of it. 

For other food-related events happening in Boston this weekend, check out the calendar.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Everything’s Comin’ up Beverly

1 Mar

When I first moved out of the city of Boston it was to Salem, MA. The Love Muffin and I had a fantastic apartment right near the walking mall on Essex Street and The Wharf. But as time went on, we realized a house was in our future and decided to settle one town farther North in Beverly, MA. Beverly is great. It’s on the water (we have multiple beaches), there is a cute downtown, we are a stones throw from Boston (30 minute train ride into North Station) and we are still close to all of the things we fell in love with in Salem (ahem, 62 Restaurant).

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There is a great art scene downtown with Monserrat College of Arts, Cabot Cinema and the Larcom Theater. I know you’re thinking, Cdog, this is great and all but what does this have to do with food?? Well, I’m getting there. The food scene in Beverly has changed for the better since we moved here five years ago. Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing Beverly restaurants that have been around for a long time (you hear me, Nick’s Roast Beef, Super Sub, Anmol). However, in the last two years there have been some AMAZING places open up. These aren’t just fancy shmancy sit down restaurants (although there are some of those too).

Cabot Cinema

Are you looking for a hip (really good) hot dog stand? Beverly has it. 
Looking at you, Scotty Dog. This place is a Saturday lunch must (my recommendation: CFO Dog)

Are you looking for authentic Naples-style pizza? Beverly has it. 
Prides Piccola Napoletana is more than just your run of the mill pizza place. They have a special wood-fired pizza oven. Just one of four in the world, made in Naples, Italy (this is in Beverly guys!!!).

Are you looking for barrel-aged homemade cocktails, plus local eats? Beverly has it. 
Barrel House was one of the first restaurants that was new on Cabot Street a few years ago and they continue to turn out amazing food and drinks. And don’t think you can just walk in, this place is booked almost nightly. Whether you’re having one of their barrel aged cocktails (to.die.for.) or snacking on their version of poutine or eggs and bacon, coming to Barrel House won’t disappoint.

Are you looking for Mexican food? Beverly has it.
La Victoria Taqueria is the little sister to (now closed…cries) Celito Lindo. La Victoria serves up tasty tacos, quesadillas and (the hard to find in this next of the woods) tortas. The Love Muffin and I frequent this place and Miss C loves their black beans (beans beans beans).

This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.

We have a disgustingly great coffee roasting company, Atomic Cafe Coffee Roasters and Cafe Gusto serves up coffee, gelato and Italian pastries (yes please!).

And not for nothing, but some of Salem’s finest have found out about the hidden gem of the North Shore. Funky gift shop Roost & Company is building out their second location in Beverly, set to open in the spring. And popular Salem burger joint, A&B Burger is trying to move their operation from Salem to Beverly. By Summer 2015, our downtown scene will be even better!

Cabot Street - Beverly, MA

So long story longer, if you’re in the Boston area and haven’t visited Beverly…what are you waiting for?

See you on Cabot Street!

~Cdog

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I’m giving up…

1 Mar

For Lent this year, I decided to give up fried food. I typically try something like swearing, but that doesn’t usually last more than an hour. Other years, I decide that I am just going to be a better person, but I mean I’m already nice, so I don’t know how to be better (sarcasm). This year, I needed to decide on something that I can control. So far, I have only slipped up once. I had a few munchkins last week. I forgot those bitches are fried. They were good, but fried. For those of you that know me, you know my LOVE for french fries and wings. It is going to be a rough stretch, but I can do it. I’ve also decided to not set myself up for a complete failure, so I let chips be off the list of fried food. But, if you see me with something fried in my hand, smack it away from me, please!

 

Stud Muffin gave up sweets and soda. I wish he had just decided on soda because now when we go out, I can’t order dessert. And I feel terrible for bringing anything sweet into the house. I mean, I need Easter candy! I guess I’ll have to hide those little Cadbury Mini Eggs of deliciousness. I will say, he has been really good. A few weeks ago, I went to the grocery store and had a moment of weakness and bought double-stuffed Oreos. First, there are still some left. Second, he hasn’t touched them since Ash Wednesday. #proud However, they are also still there because I can only eat them on the weekends. Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t eat them for breakfast and I cannot eat chocolate past 3 p.m. because it keeps me up all night. So therefore, I can only eat them around lunch time on the weekends. I know, it is like I am a child. If I do decided to indulge, I twist it open as one would and then proceed to just eat the cream. Back to Lent…

This year, we are hosting Easter because we moved into our new house and my sister usually hosts everything else. We will gladly host, but I hope the family is good with french fries and buffalo wings for Easter dinner!

What are you giving up for Lent this year? How are you doing?

The struggle is real.

Shake Shack – 2 new locations coming to Boston

27 Feb

I have to admit, I have never been to a Shake Shack. I hope that this can change soon with the opening of two new locations in the Boston area. One will be added to Legacy Place in Dedham, which is convenient that my sister lives so close to there. The Legacy Place location will open on Sunday, March 1st. The second location will be at 234-246 Newbury Street, opening Monday, March 2nd.

Shake Shack Boston

Image from Shake Shack website

Anytime I hear about this place, it is always about how packed it is. I would like to think that is a testament to how good it is. Those that have been, can you confirm?

According Shake Shack’s press release: “In addition to all the Shake Shack classics, both the Newbury Street and Dedham Shacks will offer a selection of location-specific frozen custard concretes. The Dedham Shack’s selection will include Wicked Crunchie (vanilla frozen custard blended with salted caramel sauce, shattered sugar cookie cone, and banana) and Shack Attack (chocolate frozen custard blended with fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Mast Brothers Shake Shack dark chocolate chunks, and chocolate sprinkles), a classic Shack fan favorite that originated at Shake Shack’s flagship location in NYC’s Madison Square Park.  

The Newbury Shack menu will feature NewBERRY (Vanilla custard blended with strawberry jam, cheesecake blondie, and cinnamon sugar) as well as the aptly named Back Bay Blend(chocolate frozen custard blended with peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee, and chocolate sprinkles).

The new Dedham Shack will quench shoppers’ thirst with draft root bear by Abita and seasonal Shack lemonades, while the Newbury Street Shack will feature an expanded beverage menu, including our exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister Ale, Shack White and Shack Red wines, and rotating seasonal draft beers.”

For more news and updates, follow Shake Shack on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Cool Event Alert: HopChef Beer and Food Pairing Competition

8 Apr

I’m all about the puns and well, I’m all about the beer and food too. So, this seems like a perfect event. I’m sad I won’t be able to go, as it it will be a few days before Stud Muffin and I get married, and I’m sure I’ll be a ball of stress. Wait a second, maybe I should go and drink some beer to unwind.

Anywho – here are the deets if you are looking for some good food from some local chefs and for some good beer from Ommegang.

From the press release:

Brewery Ommegang will host its expanded third annual HopChef Competition on Wednesday, May 21 from 7-10 p.m. at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The event will bring together Boston’s beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with Ommegang’s Belgian-style ales and compete for the title of Boston HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at http://hopchef2014.ticketleap.com/boston/, are the only way to take part in the HopChef action and experience samplings of each chef’s delectable dishes and a selection of Ommegang ales. 89

A lineup of six chefs from leading, local restaurants has been hand-selected to participate:

Kyle Stamps – Coda Bar & Kitchen
Julie Cutting – Cure (Portsmouth)
Johnny Sheehan – New World Tavern
Alex Jenkins –Foundry on Elm
Brian Reyalt –Franklin Cafe
Jeff Howe –Teatro

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each developed to pair with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score. The Boston judging panel includes StarChef.com’s Will Blunt, Craigie on Main Chef Tony Maws and Brewbound.com Editor Chris Furnari, with more to be announced shortly.

The HopChef winner from Boston will be invited to the Grand Finale to compete against winners from Miami, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia at Ommegang’s annual “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” festival on Aug. 9, 2014. The 2014 Grand Prize winner will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEURTastemakers™ chef advisory board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & StarChefs.com editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

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