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IMG_6644I had anxiously been awaiting this years honey dinner since I missed it last year. The Intercontinental Hotel has 8 beehives up on their roof.  If you are at Miel for dinner, you can check out the observation camera by the host stand and see activity in the hive.

IMG_6645Guests were greeted with a honey infused champagne cocktail.

IMG_6648The cocktail reception started at 6pm. Servers came around with a green cleanse and a peekytoe crostini. The creaminess of the avocado paired nicely with the saltiness of the crab.

IMG_6652There was an observation hive on display for guests to view. Did you know that in the summertime bees cool down their hive and in the wintertime they heat up the hive to a constant temperature?

IMG_6654This is how the trays come out of the hive – they harvest honey twice a year at the Intercontinental.

IMG_6653The color of the honey depends on the nectar source – they plants and flowers bees visit. Honey color can vary from almost colorless to a deep brown. Generally, lighter colored honey has a milder flavor and darker honey has a bolder flavor.

IMG_6655The other appetizer was a chilled honey and lemon glazed jumbo shrimp.

IMG_6656I was pleased to see my friend Noah, of Best Bees, at the event. Noah’s company took over the care of the bees this year for the hotel. See my previous post on Best Bees here. Noah gave a a brief overview about bees – including information on the different types of bees and which cities are the most “bee friendly”.

IMG_6661The first course  was a shaved pear, fennel, zucchini salad with truffle honey dressing. A really nice way to start the meal, a little sweet with a little tang.

IMG_6663The entree was Georges Bank scallops and squab, wrapped with Maine smoked bacon with celery root gratin, vegetable tagliatelle and a honey beure blanc. The beure blanc sauce was divine – rich and flavorful. The scallops were a tad overdone, but still quite tasty. The squab, or pigeon, tastes like dark meat chicken. The bacon added a nice salty quality to the dish.

IMG_6665Dessert was a goat cheese ice cream with warmed seasonal berries and honey. This was probably my favorite part of the meal. The goat cheese ice cream was cool and light – not too goaty. To me, nothing is better than honey and fresh berries. Dinner was $65 per person and Miel will be doing more of these types of dinners in the future. They have a wine dinner coming up, a cheese dinner, a seafood dinner and a steak dinner all on the books. Check out their website and social media channels for more information.

Miel at the Intercontinental Hotel

510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Visit their website here

Miel Brasserie Provencale on Urbanspoon

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imag1327I have to admit, in the weeks building up to the opening of Janky Donuts, I was actually pumped at the thought of a new donut shop. Yup, Janky Donuts, you fooled me. If you don’t know by now, Janky Donuts is an art installation (which opened in July) – creatively marketed like it was going to be a new restaurant -I even saw it show up on Urbanspoon for a minute.

imag1326The installation was the brain child of five friends: Colin Driesch, Winston MacDonald, Luke O’Sullivan, Dominic Casserly, and Andrew Meers. See the Individuals Collective website here.

imag1325The “donut shop” is a front for a back room gun operation.

imag1328_1All the pieces in the installation are for sale.

imag1323Move into the back room and that is where things get interesting.

imag1324Fake guns made out of salvaged materials line the walls.

imag1330Getting ready to put a gun in a donut box with a false bottom.

Loved the exhibit and the marketing behind it was brilliant. I attended on a night when Tavern Road paired up with the team to offer real donuts for one night only. Thank goodness, because after huffing up 4 flights of stairs, I deserved some real donuts! Ha.

This exhibit is now closed.

Janky Donuts

145 Pearl Street, #5, Boston, MA

http://jankydonuts.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jankydonuts

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IMG_4289Mark had some Level Up cash at Tossed, so we ventured over there for lunch.

IMG_4288While they are known for their salads, they also have wraps, paninis, soups and artisanal sandwiches.

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They  have a bunch of salads to choose from on the menu, but I choose to make my own. I think this is where I always get myself into trouble, as I always love the pricey add ons. This salad has iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, hard boiled egg and avocado. While sweetgreen is my “salad bar” restaurant of choice, Tossed is still a good second option.

Tossed

1 Post Office Square, Boston, MA

http://www.tossed.com

Tossed on Urbanspoon

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IMG_3031Looking for a way to beat the heat? Stop in to Crush Pizza for some housemade gelato. Unlike those touristy places nearby, Crush makes all of their flavors fresh, using only premium ingredients.

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See my original post on Crush here. The State Street location is owner Tony Naser’s second location – the flagship store is in Nashua, NH.

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Crush serves up authentic Neapolitan pies – my favorite is the Toscano.

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The pizzas are cooked in a 900 degree oven, it only takes 90 seconds for it to be fully cooked!

IMG_3018Check out the amazing ovens!

IMG_3033Back to the gelato. Crush has 18 seasonal, rotating flavors. Above is the Lemon Grisbi (flavored with Italian cookies with the same name).

IMG_3032I mixed it up with a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of dark chocolate!! So amazing! The strawberry tastes so fresh and the dark chocolate is decadent. Add the two together for a winning combination. I was there two days in row getting this gelato.

IMG_3036As I mentioned before, Naser makes these all in house and the flavors range from classic dark chocolate and strawberry to flavors like avocado (it was delicious and creamy) and fresh mango. Pictured above is the stracciatella, similar to chocolate chip, but with ribbons of chocolate.

IMG_3038The Americhino Cherry  (specifically imported from a select region in Italy).

IMG_3039The oreo.

IMG_3043Reese’s (Crush makes their own peanut butter gelato then add the Reese’s).

IMG_3045M&M.

Naser plans on remodeling the front entrance with an accordion style window that will allow customers to walk up and order gelato to go. The small (two scoops) starts at $3.25, medium (three scoops) at $4.25, and the large (four scoops) hails at $5.25.

Crush Pizza

107 State Street, Boston, MA

http://www.crushpizza.com/

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TradeI was asked by Tastetrekkers to do a guest blog post about my top 5 _______. With summer just around the corner, and Battle of the Burger in August, the likely choice for me was top 5 burgers. There is a certain familiarity with a burger – no matter where you travel, you feel like it’s a safe choice – you know what you’re going to get. People are more likely to try rare game meat like bison or elk if it is in burger form. But I digress. My first stop was to Trade in the Financial District. (See my second stop, Liquid Art House here)IMG_1583They have a great space with amazing floor to ceiling windows. I was there at lunch time and it went from this to bustling in a blink. James Beard award winner Jody Adams co owns Trade with restaurant industry veterans  Sean Griffing and Eric Papachristos. Chef Andrew Hebert came out to talk to me about his burger.

IMG_1598The burger starts with Pineland Farms ground beef and pancetta, top that with Vermont cheddar, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles and onion all on top of an iggy’s brioche bun ($15). Great burger! The bun stands up to the burger, which is key, there’s nothing worse than having the bun fall apart halfway through your burger. The flavors all meld together well – the saltiness from the pancetta, the sweetness of the onions and the bite of the house-made pickles. The burger patty is flavorful – adding the pancetta to it makes it stand out from the crowd. Have you voted for the Trade burger in the Battle of the burger? Every time you vote you are entered into a drawing to win 2 free tickets to the Battle of the Burger on August 13th.

Trade

540 Atlantic Avenue

Boston, MA

http://trade-boston.com

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Barking Crab11Tuesday night the tent was packed with well-wishers helping the Barking Crab celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Barking Crab10Glad not to be anywhere near the JPMorgan race this year in the Back Bay, Marisa and I headed over to the iconic red and yellow tent to celebrate.

Barking Crab7You could not have asked for more perfect weather!

Barking Crab6They had a great live band playing for the party.

Barking Crab5The Barking Crab has a second location in Newport, RI.

Barking Crab4The tent has a very casual feel to it, with communal dining picnic tables and entrees served in red plastic baskets.

Barking Crab3The evening celebrated the Barking Crab’s new executive chef, Joshua Brown, a Natick, Massachusetts native. Chef Brown comes to the Barking Crab after 7 years at Tomasso Trattoria and Enoteca in Southborough.

Barking Crab2The Barking Crab spared no expense with an extensive raw bar and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres.

Barking Crab1Check out those oysters!

Barking CrabThe Barking Crab

88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA

http://www.barkingcrab.com/

Make a reservation with Open Table.

The Barking Crab on Urbanspoon

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YEC5AI was fortunate enough to be SoonSpoon’s +1 for the YEC happy hour event on Wednesday. YEC is an invite only community that elevates small businesses with concierge level support. Potential new members need a referral from an existing YEC member and are carefully vetted. With membership comes  a member concierge team to help facilitate connections with the right people, professional editorial services and in person lunches, dinners and events.

YEC7AThe event took place in the WeWork South Station location and they had a great band playing live music – they did a killer version of Valerie!

YEC6AYEC was mixing two kinds of adult slushies with the Margarita Man machines.

YEC-AOne flavor was mixes with Espolon tequila.

YEC1AThe other flavor was mixed with Bully Boy White Rum.

YEC2ASuch a great idea, everyone was raving about what fun this was!

YEC3AThe event was catered by Savvor, a new restaurant open in the leather district.  The Mac n’ Cheese orechiette, Cabot clothbound, rye bread crumbs, confit garlic, Pretty Things Jack d’Or.

YEC4APlantains with dip. Most of the items on the menu are snacks and small plates with only two options meant to be for 2 or more.

Savvor, the French spelling of the English word ‘savor’, is a southern restaurant with a Caribbean flair. Executive Chef Carey Dobies, formerly of Clio, Upstairs on the Square and Salts, is at the helm of Francois Eddy Firmin’s restaurant, showcasing dishes reminiscent of Firmin’s childhood. Savvor will have live music Wednesday – Saturday night.

 

Savvor

180 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA

http://www.savvorbostonlounge.com/

Savvor on Urbanspoon

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IMG_1330Bostonia Public House took over the space that was formerly Kitty O’Shea’s (2 floors) and has been open since April – packing the house both at lunch time and after work.

IMG_1331The restaurant has a really great vibe, and the decor is fabulous – from the dark wood to the mustard colored seats to the amazing bar. HGTV’s Taniya Nayak designed the space. The team and I took Mark out to celebrate his upcoming wedding.

IMG_1333We started with the pickle pot ($5) that was lip puckering good. Love the presentation.

IMG_1334Most of the team had the burger, which did look delicious. I had the housemade ricotta dumplings ($22) that came with shrimp, peas, carrots and a crispy prosciutto cracker. A great dish, really nice bright flavors – very summery. With lunch entrees ranging between $16 and $29, the prices are a bit steep for lunch, but the food was delicious and Mark was happy.

IMG_1341They offer 38 wines by the glass (check out how cool that is!) and live music in the evenings. They are open late night, 11:30am – 2am daily.

Bostonia Public House
131 State Street, Boston, MA
http://bostoniapublichouse.com

Make a reservation with Open Table

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IMG_2193Every year in June, Langham hotels around the world celebrate the anniversary of Europe’s first grand luxury hotel, which opened in 1865. This year, the Langham Boston invited me to join them for “Tiffin at the Langham” afternoon tea, celebrating their 149th anniversary.Tea is served in The Reserve, a lounge in the lobby, that has been newly renovated. It looks like it is a set from Mad Men with the bold patterns, mirrors and gold bar.

They have a lovely selection of tea in the following flavors:

The Langham tea blends
The Langham breakfast, Palm Court exotic, Silk road or English flower
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Harney & Sons teas
White tea, White peach, Green tea
Japanese sencha
Lung ching, Jasmine dragon pearl, Tropical green, Pomegranate oolong, Black tea, Darjeeling
English breakfast, Earl grey, supreme, Boston, Pu’erh, Lapsang souchong
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Decaffeinated earl grey, Herbal infusions, Chamomile, Peppermint, Mint verbena

IMG_2194The tea sandwiches included the following:

House smoked salmon mousseline on Boston brown bread
Chicken, tomato and spring onion salad on sour dough bread
Pink grapefruit crab and dill salad in a phyllo tart
English cucumber and pimento, cheese brioche

IMG_2196They served traditional cream scones with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd.

IMG_2199For dessert, a pink almond macaron pop.

IMG_2198Valrhona chocolate dipped strawberry, peppermint buttercream chocolate cupcake, raspberry mousse tartlet.

Disclosure: The Langham provided me with complimentary tea service for me and a guest.

The Reserve at the Langham

250 Franklin Street

Boston, MA

Visit their website here and make a reservation with Open Table here.

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IMG_2141Week 2 of The Good Ones Power Hour, where women come to network and make lasting friendships. See last week’s event here.

IMG_2142We headed over to the WeWork South Station, located at 745 Atlantic Ave. Check out the cool wall art in the lobby.

IMG_2154As I had mentioned in my previous post, all WeWork spaces have common threads, but each has their own distinct personalities. The conference rooms here are inspired by nature – love these glass doors!

IMG_2155All the offices have glass walls to make the space feel open and bright. I love this little meeting nook.

IMG_2158The sign at the reception desk.

IMG_2159The elevator bank makes a statement!

IMG_2146How amazing is this conference room table? Swings!! I’m pretty sure I would never get any work done here!

IMG_2160This weeks theme was nautical inspired outfits! Ariana Zadek Morris from Monster.com and Jennifer Brooke, co-founder of The Good Ones.

IMG_2152Ak Maral (Designer and Entrepreneur – Akmaral Design); Kimberly Giardino (Actress/Model with The Good Ones); Melissa Choi (Entrepreneur and Educator at Harvard).

IMG_2143Motto sparkling matcha tea was at the event, man is this stuff good!

IMG_2145Jeff Venuti, field marketing manager for Hint Water was there with samples of their new flavors.

IMG_2164Delicious cocktails courtesy of Deep Eddy vodka.

IMG_2149Organic Bath Co. was at the event with their Stress Less lavender sugar scrub and their naked body scrub. The 11oz scrubs retail for $27 and for every purchase made, Organic Bath Co. will donate to 1% for the Planet and other charitable organizations.

IMG_2173And Cocomama Foods was sampling their new line, Crunched Out. It comes in two tasty flavors, vanilla cinnamon and fudgy chocolate. The clusters are made from 7 ancient grains and the best part is, it’s gluten free!

IMG_2179Have a closer look at those amazing clusters!

Want to attend the next Good Ones networking event? It’s Tuesday, June 17th from 6pm-7:30pm. Email Carolyn for an invite to the party: Carolyn@TheGoodOnesBoston.com.

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