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IMG_3258Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin, literally Brasserie on the corner is part of the Aquitane Group who bring you restaurants such as Aquitane, Cinquecento, Union Bar and Grille and Metropolis Cafe.

IMG_3259Gaslight is run by Executive Chef Seth Woods and Michael Zentner, his Chef de Cuisine.

IMG_3261The decor is that of a traditional French Brasseie, from the white subway tiles and dark booths to the reclaimed wood floors.

img_20140713_093916We planned on heading over to the SOWA market today, so we came to Gaslight to fuel up (that and they offer free parking!!) We start with a Cafe American ($2.95).

imag1057Meredith raves about the raspberry croissants ($3.25), which were good, but a little on the well done side.

IMG_3265The French toast ($10.50) was good, but very sweet. With such large slices, it was hard to finish the whole dish.

IMG_3263The Pork Hache ($15.50) was outstanding: Confit pork, crispy potatoes, chili sauce verte & fried eggs. It was a stick to your ribs kind of meal with the perfect balance of saltiness. I would definitely come back for this again. Service was excellent, our waiter took good care of us.



560 Harrison Street, Boston, MA

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imag0797We headed over to Harvard Square on Sunday afternoon for brunch. We missed the window to sit outside, and they unfortunately closed their patio.

imag0790We grabbed a corner table inside. You may know the Sinclair as a live music venue, but have you tried their food?

imag0789No donut holes, bummer. So we go with the brunch tots ($8) that come with cheese sauce and red jalapenos. They were good but a little difficult to eat with a fork.

imag0791I had the baked French toast with salted bacon fluff (whaaaaat!?!?!?!), maple syrup and fresh berries ($13).

imag0793We also had the waffle burger, grass fed beef on a buttermilk waffle bun with shallot jam, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, fried egg, and maple syrup with a side of tots ($15). One word. AMAZING. All of my favorite things wrapped up into one sandwich! It was little messy to eat, but oh so good.

imag0796And the  turkey hash ($14) with turkey, crispy potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, 2 poached eggs and five spice. Another really great, really flavorful dish. Service was ok, considering that it was the tail end of brunch. Will definitely be back again for brunch, everything on the menu looked and sounded delicious.

The Sinclair Kitchen

52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA

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IMAG0575Day 7 of our burger research lands us at Craigie on Main for brunch. (See Trade, LAH, jm Curley, Gibbet Hill Grill, Back Bay Social Club, The Gallows)

IMAG0574Craigie on Main has been on my list of “to try” restaurants for quite some time, so I am glad that I am finally getting there – killing two birds with one stone.

IMAG0573We head over for Sunday brunch, when the burger is on the menu. We showed up at the tail end of brunch – make sure to make a reservation, as it was super busy when we first arrived. Parking can be tough in this area – make sure to leave enough time to circle the block a few times if you’re driving.

IMAG0569We had to balance out eating burgers with something else, so we ordered the House made semolina spaghetti ($18) with boudin noir ragout, scallions and a farm fresh egg. I love anything with an egg on it – it gives the dish a lovely creamy texture and I love the salty flavor. A delicious dish.

COMLocal grass fed burger ($17 + $3 fried egg) with Shelburne Farm cheddar, mace ketchup, house-made bun, crispy potato fries (add fried egg 3, add house-smoked bacon 3) Of course we added the egg! This burger was my favorite of all the ones we tried. The burger was flavorful and it may sound funny, but it felt light. Some burgers just sit in the bottom of your stomach like a rock, after we finished this one (too quickly I might add) we were ready for round two (but don’t worry, we didn’t).

IMAG0570Thanks to our friends at SoonSpoon who tweeted at us while we were at brunch and recommended we get the donut ($5). How can you not love a place that has a donut as a “side”?

What’s your favorite menu item at Craigie?

Craigie on Main

853 Main Street

Cambridge, MA

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BBSCStop 5 for the burger research for Tastetrekkers takes us to Back Bay Social Club. (See Trade, LAH, jm Curley, Gibbet Hill Grill). At this point, after 4 days of burgers, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to make it…that’s a lot of red meat – I’m feeling like a juice cleanse is in my future.

It’s misting outside, otherwise it would have been a great day to sit outside on the patio.

The Back Bay Social burger is made entirely with dry aged beef: prime rib, short rib, skirt and flank. Next they take a 25lb bag of white onions and reduce it for 4 hours until it’s about 7 cups – we are talking serious caramelization. Then they add on Vermont cheddar cheese – simple but delicious.  This burger is one of my guilty pleasures.

Back Bay Social Club

867 Boylston Street

Boston, MA

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IMG_3662Matt Jennings is a two-time finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Northeast” award, has been named one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs”. He was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Big thinkers, changing the way Americans eat.” He was recently the keynote speaker at the Taste Trekkers convention that took place in Providence in September. He’s in the kitchen while his wife Kate tackles the pastry and baking. My old boss was good friends with Matt, I used to hear about Matt frequently – Matt even did the charcuterie at his son’s wedding (*note to self – I need to find a friend that gives charcuterie as a gift). So it’s been years since I left that job, it only took me how many  years to check out this place?

IMG_3663Jennings is a native Bostonian – he worked as a cheese buyer at Formaggio Kitchen, and it was there where he met his wife Kate. On the first Sunday of every month, Farmstead hosts a “Biggie and Brunch” event. We were there at 10:15 and the place was already jammed! I love the decor here – so charming!

IMG_3664It combines two of my favorite things, the music of Biggie Smalls and good food. They have a great DJ spinning in the corner – the music is turned up, so if you’re looking for a quiet morning, you should look elsewhere. But you can’t help dancing in your seat here – and trust me, there were people who were doing just that!

IMG_3666It’s a good idea to make a reservation well in advance, as when we were waiting for our table, we overheard the wait time to be estimated at 2 hours!! There are about 40 seats and I would say that the table turnover isn’t quick, we were there for about 2 hours!

IMG_3665They have some great cocktails to start off the morning.

IMG_3667Check out their website for potential menu items (things change from month to month).

IMG_3669The menu is divided into “biggie” and “smalls” plates.  Everything looked so good, we wanted to get one of everything. Check out my Favecast video:

IMG_3671Sweet potato latkes ($9), served with short rib, smoked apple butter, and curried sour cream. The short rib was tender and complimented the sweet potato nicely. The latkes were so crisp!

IMG_3673Chocolate cream donuts ($6) I think they speak for themselves. I wish that they had come out warm, and that there was more chocolate filling inside, but they were delicious!

IMG_3674Barley porridge ($7.50), served with pear butter, honey, and pecans. A really nice dish, a little hint of sweetness with some good texture, this really filled you up!

IMG_3675Our baked cheesemonger’s mac n’ cheese ($12), molten center & a golden crusty top. Ok, so how do you go to a cheese monger’s paradise and NOT order the mac and cheese? Right? This was the best dish of them all – the golden crusty top was delicious –  a really nice alternative to the breadcrumb topping – although there were a few breadcrumbs sprinkled on top. The blend of cheese was really delightful and the sauce had a good consistency. My biggest pet peeve is over sauced mac and cheese, and this dish blew my mind – just the right amount of sauce! Good thing there was a delicious glass of orange juice to wash it down! We walked out satisfied, our bellies were full for the rest of the day. I highly recommend a trip down to Providence for brunch, you won’t be disappointed.


188 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI

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IMG_3944It’s Dine Out Boston week – so many great restaurants to choose from, so little time. Check out this great article by Eater that lists the best bets, broken down by meal and by price. New to Dine Out Boston? It’s the revamped restaurant week. Lunches are $15, $20 and $25 and dinners are $28, $33 and $38 for a prix fixe menu.

IMG_3946After careful research, I chose Tremont 647 for one of my Dine Out Boston meals. They have plenty of things on the menu that just sounded delicious. I have been here before, but that was for brunch. Andy Husbands, the owner and chef at Tremont 647 was recently recognized at the New England Food Show that took place over the weekend.

IMG_3962They are offering the following:


Asparagus & Leek Soup
lamb bacon, smoked paprika

5 Spice Pork Rilllette
sambal, scallion pancakes

Molly’s Quinoa Fritter
harissa aioli

House Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps
herb crème fraiche, sweet red onion relish

Agave Glazed Grilled Asparagus
zaatar, pistachio, preserved myer lemons

Somerville Buratta
grilled and marinated spring vegetable salad, grilled foccacia

Lobster Mac’n’Cheese
mornay sauce, topped with ritz crackers

Korean Beef Dumplings
soy sake sauce


Skuna Bay Pan Seared Salmon
cilantro israeli couscous, carrot ginger purée

Andy’s Famous 180 Ribs
st. louis ribs, coleslaw, cornbread

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
bacony collards, rosemary biscuit, 3-chili gravy

Red Wine Marinated Short Rib
sweet potato grits, braised kale

Spit Roasted Pork Loin
serrano mashed potato, mushroom jus

Pan Roasted Sea Scallops
roasted baby vegetables, spring pea & parmesan puree

Steak Frites
chipolte fries, almond mole, grilled asparagus


Dark Chocolate Cremeux
pretzel crunch, red currants

Rhubarb Cobbler Cheesecake
vanilla ginger honey

Banana Cream Pie
caramel and chocolate drizzle, bacon almond chocolate bark

caramel whip, prickly pear jam

IMG_3949We start with the Lobster Mac’n’Cheese with mornay sauce and topped with ritz crackers. Really tasty, I like the consistency of the sauce and the amount of lobster in this dish.

IMG_3951We also have the Korean Beef Dumplings with soy sake sauce – and odd choice, but they are indeed delicious – the filling has really nice flavors.

IMG_3953For an entree we have the steak frites with chipolte fries, almond mole, and grilled asparagus. The fries are hot, hot, hot. After a few bites, we can feel ourselves getting a little warm!

IMG_3955I order the buttermilk fried chicken with bacony collards, rosemary biscuit, 3-chili gravy. The chicken was tender, it fell off the bone. And the biscuit, holy hell was it tasty – the flavor was subtle and the biscuit just melted in your mouth. The greens, which I would normally pass right over (I try and put as few vegetables in my body as humanly possible) were to my surprise, very tasty. They were  little bit sweet from the onions. A really  great dish.

IMG_3960The best part: dessert. Dark Chocolate Cremeux with pretzel crunch, and red currants. The pretzel crunch, I could have eaten for days, I wish there were more of it on the dish. The dessert was VERY rich, you have to have bites of everything to cut the  heaviness of the cremeux. I love the presentation of this dessert.

IMG_3961On paper, this is not a dessert I would have chosen. Rhubarb Cobbler Cheesecake with vanilla ginger honey. These two desserts were like night and day. The cheesecake was impossibly light without giving up a creamy texture. The crust had a hint of sweetness and was probably my favorite part. An excellent dessert by Heather Paige, the resident pastry chef!

Tremont 647

647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

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IMG_3884Located in the Back Bay, on the corner of West and Washington Street, Back Deck is a casual restaurant serving charcoal grilled favorites.

IMG_3907We went for brunch at around noon on a Saturday and the restaurant was packed. We were able to grab a seat by the window, which was great for people watching.

IMG_3906As you walk in, you see the open kitchen and the bar area.

IMG_3905The decor really does make you feel like you are on someone’s deck…

IMG_3886Our waiter was polite, shy and soft spoken (it felt like he may have been new). He made it a point to check on us multiple times during our meal.

IMG_3893There was a steady hum to the restaurant, with a mix of people watching tv at the bar, tourists and young families coming in for a bite to eat.


We started with the sausage & mashed ($9), grilled andouille, gumbo greens & mashed potatoes. The sausage was flavorful – as would be expected, grilling is definitely in their wheelhouse. The potato salad was also exceptionally delicious, I may have enjoyed it more than the actual sausage, They were creamy and nicely seasoned. The gumbo greens were a bit to salty for my liking, but complimented the dish nicely.

IMG_3895Spicy Sweet Potato & Grilled Chicken Hash ($9) two poached eggs (that we had over easy instead) & pipitas, grilled toast. This was a good dish, while the chicken was a tad over cooked, but the flavors were really nice. The dish was spicy, but not too spicy and the eggs were perfectly cooked.

IMG_3899Challah French Toast ($9) bourbon & brown sugar glazed banana or whipped strawberry cream cheese stuffed. The dish comes with three enormous slices of toast, cut into 6 pieces. I can’t imagine that people finish this dish. The bourbon and brown sugar glaze is sweet, but not overly so, and so good that we pass up the maple syrup that was brought along with the dish. The dish was tasty, but I wish the bread could have soaked a little longer in the batter before being thrown on the grill.

See my Favecast video here:

*Disclaimer, I received a discount on the meal, but all opinions are my own.

Back Deck

2 West Street, Boston, MA

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IMG_1425Sunday’s Seasons has a jazz brunch. We were leaving early in the morning, so unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy much of the jazz as it starts late morning. They were just getting started in the lobby as we were leaving.

IMG_1426You can order a la carte or you can order the full buffet for $54 per person which includes all the things on the top half of the menu as well as one of the plated entrees. Coffee, tea, juice, mimosa, sparkling wine and bellinis are included in the price of the brunch, the blood mary bar is additional

IMG_1427While the service was good here, it wasn’t as good as dinner the night before.  We walked by this delicious display of baked goods on the way to our table by the window. Croissants, scones and muffins, they all looked delicious.

IMG_1428And check out this raw bar!

IMG_1429And you know my eyes zoomed in on the desserts!

IMG_1430I love this cute little pumpkin in a nest on our table.

IMG_1431There are so many things to choose from, it’s almost overwhelming. Of course we hit up the raw bar, but there is also a great meat section and a make your own crepe station. I have to admit I was a little put off by the meat being slice and then slapped on my plate from your hand, it just seemed weird after witnessing the level of attention to detail in every other way here. I’m thinking tongs would have been the way to go.

IMG_1440We pick out a bunch of desserts.

IMG_1439How delicious does this look?

IMG_1435Huevos Rancheros came with extra tortillas on the side and avocadao. Lovely presentation, and the meal was delicious – really great flavors in this dish.

IMG_1433Gingerbread waffle was amazing and it came topped with berry patch jam which is to die for! There was some sort of fuzz or something in the second half of my waffle. When I alerted the server, I said, do you see this thing on my waffle, and she replied, “I do now” and  whisked it back to the chef, but that was the beginning of the end. She didn’t offer me another waffle, nor did she discount our bill, which I had to admit, I was really surprised by.

IMG_1432So moving on, the granola parfait is above.

IMG_1444Believe it or not, this is carrot cake, and it was pretty tasty, sweet and nutty with delicious cream cheese frosting.

IMG_1443The inside of the chocolate bon bon dessert – it was filled with milk chocolate with a dark chocolate shell.

IMG_1442Isn’t the presentation beautiful?


The espresso cheesecake had beans inside as well as on top, quite delicious. Overall a good experience, not sure I would go back and spend that much on brunch for that kind of service.


At the Ocean House, One Bluff Ave, Watch Hill, RI

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IMG_9537We had gone to Hash House A Go Go in San Diego a while back. We were excited to find out that there was one a little closer. We meet my cousins every few months, and this time we picked Mohegan Sun Casino. This sort of feels like the “was museum” version of Has House A Go Go. Yes, it looks like the one in San Diego, but doesn’t quite have the same feel. That being said, the food was still delicious. Since I had eggs the last time, I was determined to get a pancake this time. And while I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat it all, it was certainly amusing trying. I had the blackberry granola pancake – it was as big as a dinner plate. It came jam packed with berries and even had a few raisins in it. Pretty delicious and decadent – although it takes a few bites to get used to the granola texture inside the pancake.


And sticking with “the basic” we were happy with the two scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage and a biscuit. The food was good, but we longed for the ambiance and personality of the San Diego location. The service was decent – our waitress was so so, there were times when we were searching for someone to freshen our coffee cups…and no one was in site.

Hash House A Go Go

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382

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IMG_9617This summer we have been to the Cape TWICE! Insanity. We decided to take an impromptu trip to the Cape on Saturday. We had to stop at Ikea (which on a weekend is like the 7th circle of hell as far as I’m concerned) and the traffic there wasn’t bad at all, so we figured we’d just go the rest of the way! Hangar B just won Best of Boston for best brunch on the Cape. Located at the CQX Chatham airfield, this place has good food and a great views.

IMG_9629We arrived at around 1 and there was only about a 5 minute wait. For such a beautiful day, it was weird that no one else wanted to eat outside and watch the planes take off.

Hangar B

You would think that the proximity to the airstrip would make eating here noisy, but it was surprisingly not loud at all.

IMG_9621I had read mixed review on service, but we had a very nice experience. We were seated promptly, our food came out hot and in a timely manner, and our waitress was good. First cake the home made jams and whipped butter – the raspberry was my favorite.

IMG_9624The lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing ($12). They were light and fluffy with a really nice subtle lemon flavor to them. Three pancakes was too much for me to handle – so I shared 🙂

IMG_9625Three strips of bacon on the side came nicely plated ($4).

IMG_9626The breakfast sandwich was delicious – two eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato, avocado, and lettuce on a grilled croissant served with a side of home fries ($12). The eggs were light and fluffy as well, and the avocado brought something extra to the dish. All the food looked delicious – we will certainly be back to try everything else on the menu.

Hangar B

240 George Ryder Road, Chatham, MA
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