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imag0874We popped down to the Cape for the weekend and had to stop at one of my favorite restaurants, Quicks Hole in Woods Hole. A popular destination for locals, tourists and those catching the ferry to MV, Quicks Hole offers fresh seafood tacos that are to die for.

imag0887Parking can be scarce here so plan accordingly – and bring lots of quarters for the meters. If it’s a nice day like it was today, you’ll want to hang out and drink on the back patio for a good portion of the day.

imag0875For those of you looking for some shade, they have indoor seating as well as a few bar stools. You order and pay at the counter and they bring your food to your table when it is ready.

imag0876Sweet baja shrimp (6.95/ Two 13.95) filled with pico de gallo, pickled onions, cabbage, queso fresco, and fresh Baja sauce. Look at how amazing those colors are!

imag0880Fresh lobster taco (9.95/ Two 19.95)  filled with pico de gallo, pickled onions, cabbage, queso fresco, and fresh Baja sauce. The sauce on the lobster tacos was a bit heavy and drowned out the sweet flavor of the lobster, but it was still delicious.

What’s your favorite kind of seafood taco?

Quicks Hole

6 Luscombe Ave., Woods Hole, MA

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IMG_4607On our way up to Kennebunport for the weekend, we stopped in Portland for lunch. Located on a fence between Long Wharf and the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in the Old Port, people put padlocks (love locks) to symbolize their love for one another.

IMG_4601We order inside at the counter and they give us a lobster buzzer. We scope out seats – while it’s sunny outside, there is a cool breeze, but in the end we decided it would be a waste not to eat outside.

IMG_4602There are great views of the water outside, some tables have some shade under the umbrellas. For those not as adventurous, there are tables inside as well.

IMG_4605The lobster roll was pretty good. What threw me off is that the lobster meat was cold but they pour warm butter over it, so if you don’t eat the lobster roll quickly, the butter starts to congeal. The Portland Phoenix voted Portland Lobster Company’s lobster roll the best lobster roll in 2014. In addition to lobster they have a good selection of fried food, salads and wraps. And don’t forget about dessert! Try the locally made blueberry pie.

Portland Lobster Company

180 Commercial Street

Portland, ME

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IMAG0481I met my friend Julia after her golf lesson at Fairsted Kitchen. My friends had been raving about it, and I knew it was time to get in and try it for myself.

IMAG0480They have a great little bar where they mix up inventive cocktails. The dining room is cozy and the ambiance makes you feel a little nostalgic. We are lucky enough to be served by Steve Bowman, one of the co-owners. The way that Steve talks about food is wonderful – his descriptions are so vivid, you can tell how passionate Steve is about the food by the way he talks about it. The service was impeccable.

IMAG0476We decide to start with some cocktails – all of the drinks on the list have great names. This is the Giuseppe’s Lady ($12) made with Terroir Gin, Cynar, Pomegranate, and Lime. I love gin drinks, and this one was perfect – sweet, but not sickingly sweet like some can be, it was clean and crisp and I love the glass.

IMAG0469All the dishes come out on miscellaneous china plates – so charming! The menu is divided into snacks and bites, small plates and large plates. Above is the spaetzle, a small plate.

IMAG0470Next we have the potato gnocchi with peas, fava, fiddleheads and maitake ($13). I love this dish, and don’t even mind the veggies (usually I just eat around them) but the fiddleheads are just so delicious.

IMAG0472Next up is the seared sea scallop with charred leek,  butternut and cashew ($13). The scallops are enormous and perfectly cooked, one of the best dishes of the evening.

IMAG0477The cauliflower with eggplant, raisin, caper and red pepper ($17) was good, but by the time we got to it, we were pretty full.

IMAG0479The strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert was delicious, light and sweet, a perfect way to end a meal.

Fairsted Kitchen

1704 Beacon Street

Brookline, MA

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IMG_1445Last Wednesday, May 21st, the Langham Hotel debuted their new lobster pop up on their patio – kicking the season off with a lobster roll eating competition. The weather could not have been more perfect.
IMG_1444Local celebrities were in attendance along with Radio BDC, who was broadcasting the event live.

IMG_1446Guests at the event were served mini versions of the lobster rolls.

IMG_1447The menu for the patio at lunchtime has three items: Creamy clam chowder, lobster rolls on a New England style bun, and strawberry shortcake. You can stop by Monday – Friday from 11:30am – 2:30 pm.

IMG_1443Our local celebrities competing today were: Planitz Collide – co captain of the Nutcrackers and a Boston Derby Dame, Henry Santoro of Radio BDC and Jenny Johnson from NESN’s Dining Playbook.  They faced off against two contest winners from Radio BDC.

IMG_1454Their mission, to eat as many lobster rolls as they could in 5 minutes. Each lobster roll had the meat from a 1lb of lobster!

IMG_1476The Langham’s Executive Chef, Mark Sapienza was in attendance to judge the competition.

IMG_1471Planitz killed it, she had it down to a system! She came in a bite shy at the end of 5 minutes, with 3 lobster rolls under her belt! They crowned Radio BDC personality Henry Santoro the winner of the competition! Congrats to all! Check out the video on Instagram.

The patio will also be open after work as well, Monday – Friday 4:30-pm – 8:30pm and will offer the same menu as lunch in addition to dishes like lobster guacamole, chilled colossal shrimp and Mediterranean olive misto.

The Terrace at the Langham Hotel

250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA

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IMG_9998We are familiar with Max Brenner, we went on one of our trips to NY. This is our first trip to the location in Boston, even though they opened a few years ago. We went for a late night dessert – it was a nice night so we sat out on the patio – great people watching. Note that Max Brenner does offer a full food menu consisting of burgers, pizzas, salads and waffle sandwiches. We ordered the chocolate espresso milkshake ($7.95) with vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate ganache, espresso and whipped cream. Extremely decadent.

IMG_9999The “Alice Cup” with “drink me” printed in bold letters on the front is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. They have these cups available in their retail store, located just in side the doorway of the restaurant (along with chocolates and other goodies).

IMG_0003We didn’t realize just how big the sundaes were, otherwise we would have shared one…above is the s’mores concoction: marshmallow fluff, milk chocolate mousse, graham crackers and caramelized bananas ($10.95)

IMG_0004We also ordered the Euphoria Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Sundae ($12.95), chocolate peanut butter and dulce de leche ice cream mixed with caramelized toffee bananas, chocolate chunks, and peanuts, topped with whipped cream and hazelnut, topped with milk chocolate and warm peanut butter sauce. I love peanut butter sauce, so this was a natural choice. The sundae was 50% whipped cream, we had to ask for a side dish to take some of it off. I have to say that the dessert could have been great with half of the ingredients – I thought the bananas, like in the s’mores sundae, were an odd addition. I loved the toffee crunch and the salty peanuts.

Service was slow even though we just ordered desserts and our waitress wasn’t particularly chatty – overall, our Boston experience was just average.

Max Brenner

745 Boylston Street

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IMG_0407It’s a beautiful day on the Harbor so we decide to have lunch at the Sea Grille. Check out the Iroquois, John Henry’s 164 foot yacht. IMG_0406Located right on the harbor in the Boston Harbor Hotel, the restaurant has a wonderful outdoor patio. It is a bit chilly when not in the sun, but they have heat lamps all around the perimeter. IMG_0408We are gearing up for a big week, so we decide to treat ourselves to margaritas ($15) Don Julio Reposado, Licor Beirao Orange-Caramel, Japanese Yuzu, Agave Nectar, Smoked Chipotle Salt. The bartender makes a strong drink, certainly getting your money’s worth. IMG_0405I had the Maine lobster roll on a challah roll ($24.95) with crispy french fries (not pictured).  The lobster salad was delicious, but the roll certainly sent this lobster roll into it’s own category. Really delicious sandwich with lots of lobster meat. I even enjoyed the heirloom tomatoes in the salad. The service was good, although not as good as should be expected with lunches at $25 a plate. The couple next to us tried to use their open table gift check for their meal and they wouldn’t accept it, saying that they don’t take checks of any kind. Finally after escalating and speaking to a manager, they were reluctantly allowed to use their gift check. Overall a lovely meal with views and people watching that can’t be beat. Rowes Wharf Sea Grille Boston Harbor Hotel – 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA Rowes Wharf Sea Grille on Urbanspoon

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IMG_9235Flat Patties is located just steps from the Harvard Square T stop. They are a cute little place with outdoor seating in the summer time as well as a balcony up top if you want to eat in.

IMG_9237Their shakes are delicious, so far I’ve done coffee and strawberry and have yet to be disappointed. The shakes are creamy and are drinkable from the get do – no waiting for a hunk of ice cream to melt.

IMG_9236Burgers are ground daily and the fries are hand cut. They have this fountain of butter to flavor the rolls before throwing them on the grill.  I order a cheeseburger with bacon and mushrooms. Pretty tasty, not heavy at all, and at around $5, the price is right!

IMG_9441After hearing about this from Katie, who works around the corner, we decide to go back and try the Asian salad, with napa cabbage, scallions, toasted noodles, toasted almonds, sesame and sweet soy dressing. Per Katie’s recommendation, we go with add ons. One salad gets chicken and a fried egg.

IMG_9440My salad gets avocado, sauteed mushrooms and a fried egg, There is something so great about this salad, and it is so simple. First, fried egg on anything makes it an instant success in my book – creamy, salty yolk, umm…yes please. the avocado is creamy and delicious, the mushrooms give this salad a little bit of body, and the crunchy noodles make the whole salad. The dressing is subtle but adds just the right hint of sweetness. So stop over and grab a meal at Flat Patties, you can’t beat the price and it doesn’t seem like you can go wrong here.

Flat Patties

33 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

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IMG_9416It was a friend’s birthday – he loves steak, so the natural choice was to try out Del Frisco’s by the water. The weather was perfect and we snagged a seat by the window, taking advantage of the great view. We arrived early and there were only a few tables sat, but they still asked us to stand at the bar for 10 minutes.  When I think of steak houses, the first things I think of are blood red leather booths, dark corners and businessmen. Del Frisco’s has all those things, but I wouldn’t consider it a classic steakhouse. The crowd has money to spend and they’re looking to impress whomever they brought here, whether it be a girl, a client or their buddies. There are a lot of big personalities in the dining room tonight (and very few women). We are brought to our table by a hostess – there are a few of them, and they are all dressed in skin tight black dresses. All I’m saying is that if I am paying $100 a head for dinner, I don’t need to see the hostess’ stomach, because she’s wearing a crop top, while I’m being led to my table. I’m sure that there are a lot of people that come to Del Frisco’s that like that aspect of the restaurant, but it made it feel more like an upscale hooters as opposed to a fine steakhouse.

IMG_9410The VIP ($13) Svedka Clementine Vodka infused with fresh Hawaiian pineapple is a sweet refreshing drink to start the night. While we are looking over the menu we notice that there are quite a few servers, all appear to be men, dressed in vests and long aprons – dressed to the T. While we are looking over the menu, one of the hostesses walks towards me while showing a party to their seat. I kid you not, I was flashed with lady business. If your skirt is so short that you’re showing off your you know what, and you have to pull it down to (just barely) cover it, then you should re think your outfit. Some of the clientele don’t want to see what you’re offering. And please, wear some underwear.

IMG_9414Our waiter is professional and knowledgeable. The 16oz Ribeye ($46) was really well flavored – probably some of the best steak I’ve had. I had asked for it medium but it came out more like medium well – not a deal breaker, but unfortunate. When you’re at a restaurant like this, you are here for the experience and the quality of the food.

IMG_9413Sides are all a la cart. We have three waiters bring over our food so that we are served simultaneously. The spinach supreme ($12) didn’t taste like there was anything healthy in it, and that’s a good thing in my book. It was creamy and rich – really well seasoned.

IMG_9412King Crab Gnocchi ($16) was amazing – creamy, decadent – we couldn’t even eat the whole side dish.

IMG_9415Steakhouses aren’t known for their desserts. We order the cheesecake ($10) which tasted like it was unsweetened and felt like we were taking a bite out of a bar of Philadelphia cream cheese. I think we may have had two bites.

Del Friscos

250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

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IMG_9358We just had our annual summer retreat for my company. Finding a place that can hold 30 people without a room charge or a food and beverage minimum is tough. The folks over at Remy’s really took care of us. We had two long tables side by side inside, but right at the open windows – so we were set no matter what the weather was going to be. We started the day off doing a fun photo scavenger hunt, so by the time lunch came, we were famished. Sounds silly that we were tired from a photo scavenger hunt, but we are all fiercely competitive.

IMG_9354It had rained the night before, and it was cloudy all morning – with serious humidity, but by the time the afternoon rolled around, the day had cleared up completely. We could not have asked for better weather and the view from Remy’s was impressive.

IMG_9355We pre selected items for staff to choose from. I picked the lobster salad (above). I was hoping for large pieces of delicious sweet lobster, but this was shredded and heavy on the mayo, sort of made me think of a lobster sandwich at D’Angelo’s or something along those lines. The fries were the saving grace, they were delicious – crisp and salty.

IMG_9356We ordered two desserts, the turtle cheesecake is pictured above. Delicious – loved the crust on the cheesecake. It was by far the most popular dessert.

IMG_9357We also had the key lime pie, that was good, but not great – not after tasting the turtle cheesecake at lease. The service was good, our waitresses were attentive – keeping our drinks filled and clearing away dishes quickly. Not the best food on the water, but the views make up for it.

Jerry Remy’s

250 Northern Ave

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IMG_8112Date night! We headed over to Strega Waterfront – my co-workers RAVE about it. We had been to Strega in the North End, and didn’t love it, but hey, they deserve a second shot. We arrive down in Fort Point and are greeting by a guy who looks a little like Paulie from the Sopranos. There may also be guys there that look like Sil and Bobby. Our waiter was attractive, polished and knowledgeable. Tonight we ordered all the specials. To start we had the burrata special with tomatoes and prosciutto and a nice drizzle of balsamic. Delicious!

IMG_8113The steak special – talk about a Fred Flintstone steak!

IMG_8118I had the seafood fra diavlo special – half a lobster in its shell, shrimps, scallops, calamari, clams and mussels. There was barely any room for the pasta!

IMG_8116Our waiter recites the dessert menu from memory. We grab a slice of ricotta pie, and it is delicious! We licked the plate clean.


We love amaretto cake, so how could we pass it up? Equally delicious and we finished it squally as fast.

This location, open since 2010, is much larger than the North End location. As in the North End, they also have TVs on the wall playing mob movies. There is a huge circular stone arch in the middle of the dining room which is confusing as it feels almost Asian inspired – but Nick Varano is bold, always making a statement. They have a traditional private dining room with walls covered in wine and bold artwork. The bar area has a very different feel to it, you walk into a grand piano in the entry way and walk into a very retro feeling space. All that being said, we had a really lovely experience there, and look forward to heading back there now that the weather is nice, and grabbing a bite outside on the patio. Even if you don’t see any celebrities, the people watching is always amazing.

Strega Waterfront

One Marina Park Drive, Boston

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