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Reserve Makes Dining Out with Friends a Breeze

16 Jul Images from Reserve's website

Do you love technology? Do you love making things easy? Reserve is a dining concierge app, which is actually backed by founders of Uber and Foursquare, that allowed diners to make reservations, but also split the bill in the app.

Here’s how it works: after confirming your reservation on Reserve, you can add your guest through your phone’s contact list and Reserve will send a text message inviting them to share the bill.  From there your guest can accept your invite, and have their portion of the bill charged to the card on file in the app once the meal is over. The entire check — including tax, tip and Reserve’s $5 concierge fee — is divided evenly between everyone who accepts.

Reserve also provides recommendations of great places to go, and makes it easy for you to invite friends to join you. I haven’t used it yet, but for those that are looking for a seamless way to enjoy a meal with friends, it seems like a great app.

Reserve is available for iOS and Android.

Are you using Reserve? Do you like it?

Friday Food Roundup

13 Mar menu_fries_large

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

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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

Shake Shack – 2 new locations coming to Boston

27 Feb Shake Shack

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.

Upcoming Events! (That I can’t attend)

17 May

There are so many great things happening while Stud Muffin and I are on our Honeymoon. I’m not complaining because we will be on an amazing trip, but I hate to miss out on awesome events in Boston!

So, if you don’t have plans for May 31 or June 7, or even if you do and you want a good excuse to cancel your other plans… check out these upcoming events.

May 30 & May 31 – times vary – American Craft Beer Fest  – According to EventBrite invite, “The 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) is the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston by BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery. The 2-day fest will feature 3-session and 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers.”

Saturday, May 31 starting at 5 pmWink & Nod in the South End is celebrating Ardbeg Day (I had to look this up to be honest) by opening a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo, a 12-year old single malt that was ranked best in the world. This will only be served on this day and at midnight, it will be closed and saved until next year’s Ardbeg Day. So if you are into exclusives, hand over $11 and sip it down straight or in a cocktail!

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June 1 2 – 6 PMCREATE – The Waterfront Gallery & Harbor Walk at Fairmont Battery Wharf

CREATE sounds like an awesome event. I have never heard of it before, but apparently this is the 3rd year! So here is the description, “Chef Louis DiBiccari will showcase some of Boston’s brightest rising art, culinary and mixology stars in Boston. Chefs and bartenders will be paired with visual artists to create a dish and drink that corresponds, interacts or interprets the art. There will be six art/food/drink stations set up. Art will vary, may be 2D or 3D, and may be interactive (live). Guests are encouraged to peruse and purchase at their leisure— seeing, sipping and tasting a trifecta of Bostonian culture. Outside of the winery, tunes from Moe Pope and DJ TJ Connelly keep the energy amped.

Participating Artists:
· Ind!v!duals
· Karen Jerzk
· Mark Sebastiano
· Moe Pope
· And more to come….

Participating Chefs:
· Jade Taylor, Bondir
· Alex Crab, Asta
· Scott Jones , Menton
· Jason Cheek , Merrill and Co
· Monica Glass , Clio
· Meg Ward, Coppa

Participating Bartenders:
· Emma Hollander, Trina’s Starlite Lounge
· Palmer Matthews , Drink
· Daren Swisher, JM Curley
· Steve Schnelwar, 80 Thoreau
· Sabrina Kershaw, The Franklin Cafe
· Tyler Wang, Audubon

Tickets are $35

June 7 2:30 – 5 PM – Landmark Center parking structure – Bacon & Beer Festival

I mean it is bacon and beer. What more could you ask for? I have yet to go to this event. BUT that is not surprising because the thing sells out in 45 seconds. YES – THAT IS WHAT I SAID! 45 SECONDS! If you got a ticket, good on you. Tell us how it is.

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From Boston Bartenders with Love!

10 Oct

Fall is here. Time to soak in the last hours of sunshine and foliage. Time to prepare ourselves for the darkness of winter ahead. If you are like me, a good fall cocktail can ease the pain. Check out these great fall cocktails with rum from two local Boston bartenders. I personally love Eastern Standard and will be making my way there soon to try this deliciousness.

Do you have a favorite fall cocktail in Boston? Share with us!

Dominican Old Fashioned3 (credit Emmanuel Cayere)

Photo cred: Emmanuel Cayere

Dominican Old Fashioned

Created by Kevin Martin, Eastern Standard

1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum

.5 oz. Santa Maria Al Monte

1 Barspoon St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram

1 Barspoon Sugar

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

In a mixing glass combine sugar, Angostura, Peychaud’s with a splash (.25oz) of soda water, stir to make a paste. Add Brugal Rum, Santa Maria Al Monte and Dram with ice, stir until properly diluted and chilled. Strain cocktail into a chilled lowball over fresh ice, garnish with a long orange twist.

Old Orchard Style

Created by John Henderson, Tavern Road

2 oz. Brugal 1888 Rum

.25 oz. Demerara Syrup (2:1 Demerara or raw sugar to water)

1/8 of Granny Smith Apple

1/8 oz. Allspice Dram

Old Orchard Style6 (credit Emmanuel Cayere)

Photo cred: Emmanuel Cayere

Muddle apple in a mixing glass, add other ingredients and stir with ice until well-chilled. Fine strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass, top with freshly grated cinnamon and a thin slice of apple.

Interested in more cocktails and recipes? Follow Brugal Rum on Twitter.

A Voyage Into the Unusual with Hendrick’s Gin

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We arrived at Space 57 in Boston at 7:15 p.m. on October 1, 2013. There was a line of people waiting for the doors to open at 7:30. Luckily, we were able to sneak in a bit early, and when we walked in, we traveled back in time, into a rather peculiar era.
Hendrick’s Gin prides itself on its peculiarities as stated in its brochure from the night, “The peculiar unusualness of Hendrick’s resides in our subtle and sensually wondrous botanical signature of flowers, roots, fruits and seeds from the world over. Our eleven botanicals are analogous to a spectacular chorus of flavors. They function to complement and set the stage for our delicious duet of infusions: Roset Petal and Cucumber. Together, these two odd bedfellows represent the finishing touch that makes our oddness so sublime.”
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The Voyage into the Unusual event did a great job of presenting the peculiar, while highlighting the flavors and deliciousness of the specially made cocktails. To present the different cocktails, Hendricks created different stations to receive them, while being serenaded by the peculiar, old-timey music of The White Ghost Shivers. The Airess looked over the entire event on a platform about 15 feet high, and if you were lucky you could be invited to have a drink under her extremely large skirt. There was a flower-girl in a pot. There was a wall of hands, which was practically throwing out presents to us. We not only got a great drink out of a random drawer, but we also got an Uber gift card, which we used to get home after the event.
Here is how Hendrick’s describes it in its press release about the event, much better than I did above, “Guests will be entertained all night as they voyage into the unusual with a cast of characters including: a botanist that demystified the eleven botanicals found within the Hendrick’s bottle, a chemist that takes guests into the Apothecary Shop, and music interspersed throughout by the eclectic band, White Ghost Shivers, along with other unexpected surprises. An array of tipples will be served, from the signature Hendrick’s & Tonic to more complex creations such as the “Traveling Punch,” which will be modified to reflect the best local and seasonal ingredients each city has to offer.”
The Traveling Punch was a great ode to Massachusetts, incorporating cranberries to represent the bogs that cover the South Shore. It was a lovely cinnamon-y concoction that I am hoping to incorporate into the holiday season.
Yes it was an event, yes we got free, great drinks, but more than that it was an experience. I’ve never really considered Hendrick’s before, but now after tasting all of the possibilities of the gin, it will certainly be making an appearance on our booze shelf soon.
This is the 2nd Annual Voyage and the tour made it to Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and will be in Philly on October 23, so if you are there, sign up to go! It is free to the public, you just have to RSVP.
Join the conversation at Twitter.com/HendricksGin and Facebook.com/HendricksGin #HendricksVoyages
Recipe for your enjoyment:
Traveling Punch
1 part Hendrick’s Gin
1 part Kalustyan’s Fruit Tisane Tea
1/2 part Clear Creek Cranberry Liqueur
1/4 part lemon/orange oleo-saccharum*
3/4 part sparkling water
3 dashes Angostura bitters to taste
Serve in a punch bowl with a block of ice. Garnish with nutmeg dusted orange slices.
*To make oleo-saccharum: Take whole lemon peels and orange peels and muddle in demerara sugar. Let sit for at least 3 hours before adding fresh lemon juice. Stir to dissolve sugar. 
Hendrick’s & Tonic
1 1/2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
3 1/2 parts tonic
1 cucumber spear
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