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Olives in Charlestown to be Replaced

28 Aug

Todd English’s Olives has had a long history of issues. You can read more about those here. As a result, Olives in Charlestown has officially closed and has been for months. However, rumors are starting to swirl about what will take its spot. Some have said a hotel, some expect another restaurant. According to the comments in this Charlestown Patch post, Mario Batali took a look recently and apparently just bailed on a restaurant in Fort Point. Will Batali open something amazing in the old Olives space? Let’s hope someone does, if not him. It is prime realty and while we have some good eats in The Town, another option would be welcome.

What do you think would be a good option for this spot?

 

 

[Photo: Myspace]

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Winos rejoice! Drync is a new wine app for you!

14 Aug

I have heard about Drync a few times before from one of my PR friends – she loves it. Then I received an email from Drync’s PR person and I read it and was like oh yeah that may be something I’ll look into. To be fair, I haven’t downloaded the app because I have an Android, but I have to say that the whole idea of it is pretty damn cool, and when it comes to Android, I will be downloading it. I then got another email stating that the company just received $900k in funding to expand fulfillment and marketing and further develop the product. This made me say wow – they are doing some big things. What’s better? It is a Boston-based company! Love supporting the local start-ups!

So what is Drync? Drync is the first mobile app that allows you to find, track, share and purchase wine for home delivery, while you are drinking it. Some are referring to the app as “Shazam for wine”. Drync is now emerging from beta and has a network of fulfillment partners with over 30,000 wines available for sales to consumers in 41 states.

The free app, available today for iOS and coming soon for Android, offers:

  • Instant identification of over 1.7M wines
  • Highly accurate image recognition technology, that works on wine bottle labels, as well as wine labels in magazines, billboards and on computer screens
  • Text search capability to find wines by name
  • Secure, instant in-app checkout
  • Sharing wine activity with friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • Detailed wine information, including collaborative ratings and wine descriptions
  • Personal wine ratings and tasting notes that can be shared publicly, or kept private
  • Ability to submit unmatched labels for human curation
  • Soon to come – personalized and social recommendations

You can follow Drync on Facebook and Twitter for updates and you can download drink on the App store.

For all you winos out there and I know we have a few followers that would consider themselves winos – download it and let us know how you like it!

Drync

Bacon Playing Cards

22 Jul

Don’t fall off your chairs. This is actually happening. You are not going crazy, and you are actually reading a blog post on The Eats.

What do I love? If you said bacon, you’d be correct. Well, the other day my blogging buddy sent along this wonderful information that I HAD to share with you all, hence the post.

What is it, you ask? Bacon-themed deck of playing cards + “Bakin’ with Bacon” card game created by Baconery and Vända Playing Cards.

Here is a description from their Kickstarter site. Everything about this makes me happy, so like I said, I had to share. I may even be picking myself up some of these amazin’ cards if they are still available.  Do me a solid and just go check out how awesome this is!

We have created 2 decks of cards that we would like to get printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPC):

Deck 1 — Bacon Playing Cards (a completely custom designed deck of standard playing cards).

Deck 2 — “Bakin’ with Bacon” game (a unique card game where the goal is to collect the necessary ingredients to complete your recipes before your opponents complete theirs). Please check out the video below for details on how the game is played.

We also have some exciting extra items that were designed specifically for this project and complement the decks of cards (see below).

This is a standard deck of playing cards (52 cards + 2 jokers + 2 extra cards) and can be used for playing any standard cards games (poker, bridge, gin, go fish, solitaire, etc…). Every card is completely custom designed to fit the bacon theme with a fun and clean design style.

This is a limited edition deck – only 2500 1st Edition decks of Bacon Playing Cards will be printed. The decks will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company(makers of Bicycle and Bee brand cards) on Bicycle card stock with Magic finish. These are the highest quality playing cards available in the world!

Back Design
Back Design
The Four Aces
The Four Aces
King and Queen of Hearts
King and Queen of Hearts

 

The Basics

Bakin’ with Bacon is a card game for 2-4 players consisting of 2 decks of cards: The Bakin’ with Bacon game deck and Bacon Playing Cards (a standard deck). The game deck includes recipe cards, action cards, wild cards, and instruction cards.

Each recipe is made up of 4 ingredients, represented by specific cards from the standard deck. The goal is to collect all four ingredients to complete a recipe and then to complete all 3 recipes. The first person to complete all 3 recipes wins the game.

Bacon Recipe Cards
Bacon Recipe Cards

Gameplay

Each player begins with 7 cards held in his/her hand and 3 unique recipe cards face up on the table. Players take turns in a clockwise direction. At the beginning of a turn, a player draws one card from the deck. The player ends a turn in one of three ways: applying 4 ingredients to complete a recipe, playing an action card, or discarding an unwanted card into the discard pile.

When a recipe is completed, that recipe and the 4 cards used to complete the recipe are no longer in play, unless reactivated with an action card that specifically affects cards that are out of play.

At any point during the game, if a player draws the last remaining card from the deck, at the end of that player’s turn, the discard pile is shuffled and then becomes the deck to draw from.

The game ends when one player completes all three of his/her recipes and is declared the winner.

Wild Cards (5th "Stars" Suit)
Wild Cards (5th “Stars” Suit)
Action Cards
Action Cards

Too busy to write.

7 Dec

I know. It’s no excuse. Cdog and I have failed our blog once again. I am pretty sure the same thing happened this time, last year. I know Christen has been away most weekends since October. I have not been away, but slammed pack with activities. It’s that time of year, I guess. However, I wanted to let you all know that we are sorry. We are. We won’t let this happen again (we probably will).

For now, we leave you with this.

Jelly meat from Russia. Just because we love you.

nasty.

nasty.

If we don’t blog again before the holidays, Happy Holidays!

Here is my favorite cookie and a recipe for it. What is your favorite cookie? Share in the comments!

LOVE!

1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Directions:
  • In large bowl, mix oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray.
  • Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat and shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

*To ensure recipe success, do not use self-rising flour in this recipe.

Bon Voyage… with Top Chef

21 Aug

You may know how much Cdog and I love Top Chef. We also love the water and vacation, wait what does that have to do with Top Chef? Well, we just found out that Top Chef is taking the next season to the seas. Yep, that’s right, April 11-15, 2013, Top Chef is loading up a Celebrity Cruise Ship and filming part of the next season. What’s awesome about this, normal people like you and me can take part and sail away with awesome people like, Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Derry, Chris Hanmer, Michael Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sosa and Casey Thompson.

I love this idea because it provides a chance for regular old folk to join in on the fun. I’m sure there will be plenty of staging on the ship, but not like the show where I feel like more is scripted and staged.

If I didn’t already have a vacation planned during this time, I would totally be  booking my stateroom.

Here is the press release about the opportunity (from Eater.com):

FANS OF BRAVO MEDIA’S “TOP CHEF” INVITED TO SET SAIL ON LUXURIOUS CULINARY JOURNEY

Inaugural “Top Chef: The Cruise” on Celebrity Constellation to
feature show’s judges and chefs in series of interactive events

NEW YORK, August 14, 2012 The most sought-after “reservations” in town for April 2013 will not be on land, but rather will be at sea, with the launch of the first-ever “Top Chef: The Cruise,” aboard the modern, luxurious Celebrity Constellation. The announcement was made today by Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves and Rose Tours, and offers fans of the Emmy-winning “Top Chef” reality competition series the chance to spend quality time with the show’s judges and chefs, making this a one-of-a-kind culinary vacation experience.

Hosted by two of “Top Chef’s” most beloved stars, Tom Collicchio and Gail Simmons, and featuring past “chef’testants,” the April 11-15, 2013 cruise will sail roundtrip from Miami, Florida, with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. During the voyage, guests will have the opportunity to savor events such as interactive “Quickfire” cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, Top Chef menus and more. Guests also will enjoy Celebrity’s own award-winning culinary offerings, with cuisine created by a James Beard-featured chef, and inimitable, personalized service.

“The incredibly engaged fans of Bravo’s Top Chef are in for a one-of-a-kind and personal opportunity with Top Chef: The Cruise,” said Ellen Stone, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Bravo. “With complete access to talented former chef’testants and our amazing judges, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, fans will experience and taste the Top Chef culinary feats firsthand!”

Joining Colicchio and Simmons are chefs from past seasons of “Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters” and “Top Chef Just Desserts,” including Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Derry, Chris Hanmer, Michael Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sosa and Casey Thompson. Additional chefs to be announced shortly.

“There’s no better setting for ‘Top Chef: The Cruise’ than a Celebrity Cruises ship, because of the complexity of our culinary operation, the quality of our food offerings and the variety of our dining concepts,” said Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President, Sales, Celebrity Cruises. “We offer an update on the luxury vacation, so not only is food a standout aspect of what we offer, but so are modern, of-the-moment experiences and the chance for guests to explore what they’re passionate about – just like what they get by watching ‘Top Chef.”

Staterooms go on sale on August 16, 2012, at 12 pm EST at http://www.topchefthecruise.com. Additional information can also be found at the site.

 

If you love Top Chef and have an open week to go on a cruise, you should and then write a guest post for us!

-Kteb

Keep Cool with Boozy Ice Cream!

21 Jun

So it’s freaking hot in Beantown right now. I am from S.C. and this feels like home to me, but others may not be loving it as much as me. So why not try these awesome boozy ice cream recipes to stay cool?

These recipes are perfect for a fun party treat or special occasion dessert and with a shot of booze in each cup, how could you go wrong? [part description from amazon…]

So who’s ready for an Ice Cream Happy Hour? The recipe book from Valerie Lum and Jenise Addison include some of the following:

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to try out the recipes from the awesome recipe book that we were sent. However, I think I may need to pull it out and try a recipe this weekend! I can attest that the recipe book provides detailed step-by-step instructions and beautiful photos. Even though I haven’t been able to make some boozy ice cream, I wanted to share in case you all were looking for a way to stay cool this week. Another option – stick your head in the freezer.

Stay cool kids.

Sweating in Boston,

Kteb

Also check out their Facebook page here.

Happy Birthday to FatMan

13 Jun

That’s right. It’s Fat Man’s birthday. Even though he hasn’t made an appearance on the blog in awhile (frankly, neither have we), we still love him.

So here’s a big birthday shout out to the one and only Fat MAN! We hope your 40th isn’t too much of a CLAM-ity! And we wish you a year of happiness and joy – but who couldn’t with those cute little munchkins and your awesome wifey (whose birthday is tomorrow. So happy birthday to Mrs. Fat Man a happy as well!)!

These guys also say Happy Birthday:

And finally, here’s your bday cake:

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