On a recent weekend trip to Maine, to Kennebunkport, we had some time to kill so we stopped in to Morning in Paris. I had been reading about how they sold macarons and had to stop in to try them out. The inside is cute, if not a little cramped at the tables.
When I ordered the macarons, they put them in this box and I was a little disappointed to see that they were from Macaron Cafe, not housemade.
Morning in Paris
21 Western Ave., Kennebunk, ME
When we left Keystone on Sunday, the hotel told us to leave at least 4 hours before we needed to get to the airport. Traffic was supposed to be heavy because of the holiday weekend. We got to Denver in no time, and found ourselves driving aimlessly trying to find something to do. And that is when we spotted voodoo doughnuts. I had seen the on the Food Network channel and my friends who have been to Portland rave about it. The lines are supposed to be legendary but we happened to show up at an off time and breeze right in.
Good news for us that all locations are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. There are so many doughnuts, and they all look so delicious, it’s hard to choose.
We limit ourselves to a half of a dozen doughnuts, hearing endless comments through the airport about having to “confiscate” them…
So how do you go to Voodoo Doughnuts and not get the voodoo doughnut? You don’t. Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake! (characteristics of Voodoo Dolls are all different) ($2.10)
My dad loves chocolate doughnuts, I’ve heard him complain endlessly about how now only select Dunkin Donuts has them, and they are small…blah blah blah. So I brought him back one from Voodoo and he was raving about it! ($1.10) For a full list of doughnuts, see their website.
1520 East Colfax, Denver, CO
Street parking only – make sure to have quarters for the meters.
Guests were invited to participate in the Eat. Play. Love theme and dress in red, purple and yellow. The event was a modern take on Machiavelli and raised awareness for Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a program that was created by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association to promote local, sustainable seafood in order to benefit the local economy, the environment, and the overall health of our community.
Good Ones Co Founder, Jennifer Brooke in an amazing hand made outfit and Good One Tau Zaman.
Nancy Kwan sits for a caricature by Mark Penta.
Graham Wright, Founder of Opus Affair getting his caricature.
Eric Kramer of B&L Associates.
The afternoon had a great turn out – lots of new faces alongside some familiar ones.
Guests were treated to some amazing entertainment for the afternoon. Not only was Julian Sayles of Team Sayles Music and Lighting throwing down old school beats but there was also a live interactive show!
Two hip hop hula hoopers performed for guests – amazing!
Good One Tau Zaman getting in on some hula hoop action – there was even a hula hoop off between Tau and fellow Good One Tom Severo.
Guests were tentative to join, but once they did, they had a great time!
Graham Wright showing off his skills.
Good One Kimberly Giardino having fun with the hula hoops.
Jennifer Brooke, Co Founder of the Good Ones, showed off her natural athleticism – she was nothing short of impressive.
(Left to right) Nancy Kwan, Melyssa Cantor, model Drea Elizabeth, Jimmy Guzman – founder of JNG Design, Elena Kollarova -Miss Bulgarka in the US and Nicole Solano – Account Executive at Trip Advisor.
Model and Miss Bulgarka in the USA, Elena Kollarova adding on accessories by Heloisa Fitzgerald. Dress by Carlos Villami of Zero Waste Fashion. Headpiece by Jimmy Guzman of JNG Design, make up and hair by Kashmir of Viselli Santoro Salon.
The bracelet featured here is dynamic and can be worn as a brooch or as a necklace.
Zero-waste fashion refers to items of clothing that generate little or no textile waste in their production.
Whole Foods was a sponsor of this chef battle. Each chef was given $150 to shop for ingredients for the dishes they would prepare later that afternoon. Chefs were asked to bring the Machiavelli theme into their dishes, whether is be the original or Tupac, who was once known as “Makaveli”.
Ben Harwood, Sous Chef at Tico was the challenger for the afternoon. Following four years of service with the Air Force as an intelligence analyst, Ben worked the line at Farmshop (owned by Thomas Keller’s sous chef of 15 years, Jeff Cerciello) in Santa Monica, CA, while attending Le Cordon Blue. Ben later returned to the East Coast as Executive Chef of Pickity Place in Mason, NH.
The first course from chef Harwood. The hazelnuts and figs were lovely – I dig the seasonality of this dish.
First course from the reigning champion Brendan Burke, Sous Chef at Bastille Kitchen. I loved this dish. Stracciatella crostini, confit cherry tomatoes, shaved asparagus, pesto hollandaise, black salt. The black salt was such a nice touch and and I loved the shaved asparagus.
Chef Burke’s sous chef for the afternoon, Tico Hunyh, Sous Chef at Bastille Kitchen.
Second course from Chef Burke. This dish was a winner to me. The flavor of the seafood really shined – it just screamed summer to me. Blini with seared lobster- seafood sausage, apricot gastrique, chive sabayon, balsamic “caviar. The apricot gastrique was really quite lovely.
Second course from Chef Harwood. The arancini was tasty, paired with mushrooms and pickled cherries (which were the star of the dish for me). Chef Harwood said that this dish was inspired by Tupac, the cherries were inspired by the lyrics “the darker the berry the sweeter the juice”.
Chef Harwood preparing the third course.
Third course from Chef Harwood. The poached egg on top of the hash was perfect.
Chef Burke prepping his third course. Chef Burke is the reigning champion. For three years, Chef Brendan Burke lived it up, cooking and snowboarding at a Mammoth Mountain resort in his Native Cali. That is, until he split from the small town to make a name for himself in Boston. After filling the role of executive chef at Kevin Long and Big Night Entertainment Group’s Gem Restaurant and Lounge, Burke recently took his culinary accomplishments to the next level by snagging the sous chef position at Seth Greenberg’s Bastille Kitchen.
Third course by Chef Burke. A taza chocolate and mascarpone tortollini with salted espresso whipped cream garnished with nutmeg. Heavenly. I could have eaten 5 of these.
At the end of the night, after 6 judges deliberated…Chef Burke was the winner! Congrats chef!
Good Ones events are by invite only. To request a membership, check out their website: http://thegoodones.co or email Carolyn at Carolyn@thegoodonesboston.com
If you missed the event but want to try either of the chef’s delicious food, you can visit them at their respective restaurants:
222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
49 Melcher Street, Boston, MA
A while back I headed over to meet the marketing specialist for Bon Me over at their brick and mortar location. Erica and I grabbed a quick bite to eat for dinner while she told me what new things were going on at Bon Me.
The BBQ pork noodle salad: Soba or rice noodles, red onion, bean sprouts, seasonal greens, shredded carrot, and cilantro. Drizzled with your choice of toasted sesame, spicy peanut, miso lime, or Vietnamese Vinaigrette.
A BBQ pork rice bowl, Brown Rice or white rice with seasonal greens, bean sprouts, shredded carrot and daikon, and cilantro along with a deviled tea egg: A Bon Me spin on deviled eggs. Eggs are soaked in a black tea mixture then topped with house made spicy mayo, cayenne pepper, and scallions.
One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
The new space has a very spacious feel to it. The windows on the far side open up to the street to let in the summer breeze. A perfect place to grab a drink after work with co-workers or perhaps have a drink at before you sit down to dinner.
Grill 23 is owned by the Himmel Hospitality Group that also owns Post 390 and Harvest. For the last 30 years, Grill 23 has provided the highest quality steak and seafood and their service is top notch.
The event was a great success with such a great crowd. While at the bar, I ran into an old colleague, Kevin, who is one of the best bartenders I know. Kevin is not only charming (and humble on top of that) but he is a master of his craft. He has a following of regulars who have followed him over the years from bar to bar. As we were chatting, Kevin mentioned to me that some other former co-workers also work at Grill 23. So if Kevin isn’t manning the bar, ask for Chris!
Dan Mazursky is the founder of SoCo Creamery – an ultra premium, small (micro) batch ice cream, gelato and sorbet company. After college, Dan moved back to the Berkshires to take over the family ice cream business (formerly Bev’s). As the founder of SoCo, he is on the road helping with sales and has his hands in new flavor creation. Dan was a featured guest at the event and was sampling a handful of flavors that weren’t even in stores yet!
Co-founder of the Good Ones, Jennifer Brooke enjoying some raspberry sorbet.
Jennifer never ceases to amaze me. I already knew that she is talented at so many things, and then tonight I found out that she is also an artist. She was giving one of the featured guests a piece of original artwork.
Marco Ferrara, one of the featured guests for the evening, is an inventor and entrepreneur focusing on technologies and business models to enable the transition to a renewable and sustainable future for our society. Marco holds a PhD in nuclear science and engineering from MIT and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of L’Aquila, in Italy.
Always dressed to impress, tonight being no exception (in his blue tux), is James Michael Sama (center), founder of the New Chivalry Movement. Sama is a writer, a public speaker, and he is now adding relationship coach to his resume. Sama is pictured with featured guest Cyndal “Cici” Maria Todd (left). Not only is Cici the current Ms. Massachusetts but she is also an accomplished actor (The Proposal, Surrogates, The Fighter, Grown Ups 1&2, Ted and Black Mass) and model. In addition to being a beauty queen, Todd spends her days as a paralegal and is in her second year of law school. Pictured on the right is Nina Murray, current Miss Teen Massachusetts.
Never been to a Good Ones event? For the power hours, a hand picked group of founders, executives, journalists, students, creatives and mentors come together for an evening of networking. The people are dynamic and the conversations are always interesting. Heloisa Fitzgerald (center) is a talented jewelry designer – her pieces will be showcased at Sunday’s final chef battle at Tico.
Good Ones? Who are they? Members are curious, original, and charismatic influencers from all walks of life who are committed to driving positive growth. Events are invite only, so head to the website to request a membership.
Jose Carlos Ribera (AIA), another featured guest, is an Architect focused on a global practice of architecture and urban design, with built projects in countries across Asia, the Middle East, and domestically within the US, spanning over eleven years of creative and professional journey in Boston. His portfolio of work includes national and international award winning design projects for Cultural, Civic, Educational, Public, and Urban Development clients, within leading and renowned creative firms like NBBJ, Machado and Silvetti Associates, and Marlon Blackwell Architects.
Guests had the option of two signature Good Ones drinks: The “Tuesday Afternoon” with Sapphire east gin, St. Elder, grapefruit and prosecco float ($11) and the “Your Wildest Dreams” made with tequila, Stones ginger and St. Elder with a spicy rim ($10).
Featured guest Kristina Makris is a talented makeup artist. Makris has her own business, Flawless Face and Body, Inc. providing both makeup and airbrush tanning services.
Co-founder of The Good Ones, Carolyn Meenan (center) with Cici Todd (left) and Nina Murray (right).
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA (Back Bay)
I am excited to attend this year’s Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival! This year over 25 of the top chefs in the city will come together for this great event. I will be attending the Chef’s Gala on Thursday, September 11th. Readers of A Little Bit About a Lot of Things can get a 20% discount on tickets! I hope to see you there!
Some of this year’s participants will be: 80 Thoreau, Alden & Harlow, Bondir, Boston Chops, Brasserie 28, Catalyst, Deuxave, Douro, Four Seasons Bristol Lounge, Il Casale Cucina Campana & Bar, MC Spiedo, Millwright’s, Oleana, Prohibition Pig, Puritan and Co, The Red Lion Inn, Ribelle, The State Room, Tao Yuan, Tavern Road, Tremont 647, Zapoteca and Zebra’s Bistro.
You can purchase tickets online at http://www.wgbh.org/foodwine/festival_tickets.cfm and use the code FOODBLOG to get 20% off your ticket.
Here is the full schedule:
Chef’s Gala Reception
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Dress code: Cocktail attire, business attire
7-10pm open to general ticket purchasers
Tickets, general admission: $150
The event is held inside the WGBH Calderwood Studio, and Atrium
Imagine 25 of the best chefs from the far corners of New England under one roof! Don’t miss this incredible gastronomic adventure in food, wine, and craft beer! The Chef’s Gala Reception is an elegant evening with 25 unique stations showcasing cuisine of local chefs/restaurants paired perfectly with selected wine and a few select craft beers from 25 featured artisans. Meet and mingle with your favorite chefs, and discover new favorite restaurants. Learn about the magic of pairing various dishes with the perfect wine to enhance flavor, and your experience.
*Must be 21 to participate
The Artisan Taste
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Dress code: Business casual-casual
Two Sessions: 1pm-3:30pm and 5pm-7:30pm
Tickets for one 2 1/2 hour session: $50 for members and $60 for non-members
Located in back WGBH visitor parking lot
Experience a wide variety of artisanal foods featuring New England’s renowned restaurants, chefs, and local producers.
· Exhibitor tables featuring more than 100 wines from around the world, local food purveyors, and local fare.
· Clarke Sub-Zero Wolf Celebrity Cooking Stage to include two chef demonstrations during each two and a half hour session.
· Interactive displays and sponsor activations and entertainment will be included on the stage between each of the cooking demonstrations
*Must be 21 to participate
Sat. 9/13 11am-5:30pm and Sun. 9/14 10am-3pm
FREE event, open to the general public
Will feature 15-20 farmers/vendors with a wide assortment of fresh produce, spices, herbs, and baked goods. Check the website for updates in the coming weeks ahead with a complete list of participating vendors
(will be located in front parking lot by Newbury Comics and our parking garage in same configuration that we had in the 2012 Wine Fest)
Sunday, September 14, 11am-1:30pm
Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members
Dress code: Business casual-casual
We’ve taken the guessing out of where to have brunch with this exclusive event. Have Sunday Brunch at the Brunch Bar with more than 100 different restaurants, artisan food producers, craft breweries and wines serving up sumptuous tasting-sized portions of foods from the exotic to down-home. The event features live chef demos, live music and an unbeatable way to travel New England in the span of a couple hours.
Also on Sunday Sept. 14 are two
Food & Wine Festival Seminars
These will be located inside Cahners Conference Room, Reno and 3rd fl cafe
Pickled: Preserving the honored tradition
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2-3:30pm
Capacity: Capped at 40 guests
Presented by Tia Pinney, Naturalist/Adult Program and Eco-management Coordinator from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Join us for a visually, aromatically, and gastronomically exciting event, as we explore a plethora of pickles with our friends from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. The art of pickling has made a comeback in recent years with the popularity of the do-it-yourself movement. This class will provide you with the basic skills you need to pickle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables at home.
We’ll review the elements that go into crafting a good pickle, including acid, flavorings, spices, produce choices, preparation, and storage. You will have a chance to sample some delicious pickled fruits and vegetables during the seminar, and you’ll even be able to take home your own pickled creations at the end of class. Bring your appetite, and get ready for this adventure in pickling.
Shaken & Stirred
Sunday, September 14, 2:00-3:30pm
Capacity: Capped at 40 guests
The dedicated staff from the James Beard Award-winning Kenmore Square cocktail lounge, The Hawthorne, is calling class into session to teach guests a little about the history of the cocktail, and the style and technique that go into mixing a drink. Katie Emerson, The Hawthorne’s bar manager, will cover ratios for a few original classic cocktails, while mixing up a classic Bee’s Knees. Katie will provide the details needed to assess your home bar, and the tools to customize cocktails using three basic formulas for a variety of delicious and time- honored variations. You’ll leave armed with the fundamentals to mix the perfect cocktail and a few goodies to take home to your own bar.
Altitude sickness is no joke, 1 beer up on the top of the mountain could feel like 3 beers on the ground. We didn’t experience any of it, but another guest certainly did and needed some oxygen.
There was a little sprinkle before the ceremony started, but the weather held through the ceremony and the cocktail reception outside on the balcony. It didn’t start to rain until we sat down for dinner. My friend Gabe goes to at least 10 weddings a year. I joke with him that he should stop making eye contact with people so that he can finally use his vacation days for somewhere he actually wants to go. That being said, when you have been to that many weddings, you know what works and what doesn’t – you’re a pro. So no doubt, the food was going to be delicious.
A delicious way to end a meal. A lovely wedding overall. Simple and understated while being beautiful and classy. Guests danced the night away until around 10 and then the afterparty moved to a bar in Keystone. Congrats Gabe and Jill!
This scenery reminds me of our recent trip to Vegas.
Loveland is the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season.
Tuesday night, guests gathered at Post 390 for a Good Ones event. The group featured a hand-selected group of Bostonians who are founders, executives, journalists, entertainers, students, creatives, mentors and mentees. Guests came decked out in their interpretation of the theme, “Moody Blues”.
Chef Moreira participated in The Good Ones chef battle a few weeks ago. This Sunday see reigning champ Brendan Burke go head to head with Ben Harwood, the Sous Chef at Tico Boston. Moreira tempted guests tonight with his delicious bites.
Moreira is a graduate of Johnson and Whales and he was previously at Hemenway’s Seafood & Grill, Aspire Restaurant at the Hotel Providence, and at Excelsior Restaurant.
Another featured guest was the talented Mark Penta. Penta is a freelance illustrator that draws caricatures of guests at private parties and corporate events. Penta’s works have been used by Google, Celebrity Cruises, Neiman Marcus, Harvard and Barnes & Noble.
When he’s not caricaturing, Mark creates fine art pencil portraits and books. He is the author/illustrator of two traditionally published books, Cape Cod Invasion! (Commonwealth Editions) and Young Jesus Chronicles (Andrews McMeel). His most recent book for kids is called Wicked Weird Story Starters, co-authored with writer T.M. Murphy. It’s a self-published project (available on Amazon.com) that Mark will promote at schools with the goal of inspiring kids to write, draw, and use their imaginations.
Featured guest Shannon O’Brien is the Founder of Whole U. – an agency that supports clients’ personal, professional, and civic development. She is also the Producer and Host of Whole U. TV, interviewing experts on topics of Wellness, Career Satisfaction, and Service.
Good One Tau Zaman checking out Mark’s artwork.
Good Ones Kimberly Giardino (left), Naz Senaldi (middle) and Carolyn Meenan (right).
Thanks to all of the event sponsors for the evening: Motto, Maple Water, Organic Living Superfoods, Mozzarella House, Clif Bar, Super Digital, Team Sayles Music and Lighting, Mark Penta Caricatures, and Lumenmuse.com
For more information about The Good Ones, please visit their website here.
Hungry Mother might be one of my favorite places to eat. Not only is their food delicious, but their service is impeccable. The dining room feels more like you are at a dinner party at a friend’s house rather than a restaurant. I was excited to introduce my friend Melanie to this place – as a fellow foodie, I knew that she would love it here.
It’s hard to choose what to get, everything sounds so delicious. I order the steak that was so tender and juicy. If it is possible, it even felt light. The complete opposite of when you walk out of a restaurant with the steak sitting in the bottom of your stomach and you feel the need for a nap.
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA