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imag1453I met Melissa over at Wink and Nod to check out Josh Lewin’s Bread and Salt. From the moment you meet Joe, who greets you outside at the front door, you feel like you are part of a private supper club. As you descend the stairs and walk into the restaurant, you see a dimly lit room with comfy sofas and armchairs. Is this the bat cave? I already know I want to come back soon and we haven’t even eaten dinner yet.

They have recently added bread service – and you’ll be glad they did. Here is the soda bread with a schmear of lobster butter which may rival my all time favorite honey butter from Sweet Cheeks. They also make a delicious saffron roll.

imag1455I’ve met Josh a few times and he knows Melissa too, so he comes out to the table  and chats for a bit. He brings us delicious Pani Puri with Tamarind Chutney, Truffle Oil, and Potato Purée. I try to be lady like and make it into two bites, but really, it’s a one bite kind of thing.

imag1456We start with a lovely peach with ricotta salad with a honey film- I’m trying hard to hold on to the last bits of summer!

imag1457The lobster curry ($13) is an excellent dish made with spiced corn broth, pork rinds, pickled onion, puffed rice.

imag1459The insanely talented Sous Chef, Kate Holowchik, comes out next to say hello and brings us some scallops with grapefruit and avocado – such a wonderful dish- sweet, creamy and perfectly acidic.

imag1460The hand rolled pasta is cooked perfectly al dente and comes topped with mushrooms and rabbit cakes.

imag1461Peaches & Corn. This dessert features popcorn panna cotta and peach sorbet with cornmeal crumble and bay leaf mousse for a slight savory note that cuts through.

Not pictured (because we were too eager to eat), the fernet bon bons. Kate Holowchik stabilizes the alcohol first before adding it to the ice cream base so that more alcohol can be added and you get an intense fernet flavor – not to mention a buzz!

Monday nights join Bread and Salt for their night market menu from 8pm-12am. They print up menus that look like newspapers with the evenings selections. Most are small plates/bites, all priced at under $20. The also have #winktiki Mondays, where guest bartenders come in and serve drinks –  this particular evening, Angel’s Envy was getting mixed up in cocktails.

Bread an Salt

Located at Wink and Nod

3 Appleton Street, Boston, MA

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img_20140830_165300On our way out of town on a Saturday morning, we stopped back in at Cafe Madeleine to try some of their delicious pastries. The almond croissant was by far my favorite. Just perfect – the right amount of sweetness, a little crunch to the outside while being soft and light on the inside. I probably could have eaten three of these.

IMG_6466The cinnamon roll was different than I thought it would be – only because when I think of a morning bun, I think of Joanne Chang’s version from Flour. Still a tasty treat, but not top of my list.

IMG_6476I picked up a bag of macarons for later – they came in a variety of flavors: lemon, salted caramel, rose, and chocolate. A nice treat – chewy with filling that was bold but not overwhelming. You can also buy these individually.IMG_6475The signature madeleines were tasty, a hint of sweetness in these spongy cakes – just lovely with a cup of tea.

IMG_6471I can’t recall the proper name for this apple dessert, but it was outstanding. While I love summer and berry season, I really look forward to fall and apples – apple pies especially. This dessert had a lovely eggy consistency with a sweet finish.

Cafe Madeleine

517 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA (South End)

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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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Cafe Madeleine 15I was able to pop in to the newly opened Cafe Madeleine on Thursday after work. At 6:30 they were almost fully sold out, a great sign after only being open for 4 days!

Cafe Madeleine 9The space is open and bright, designed by EMBARC studios, the same architecture firm that designed Liquid Art House. I had the pleasure of sitting next to (and chatting with) Dartagnan Brown, at the Christofle dinner at Liquid Art House. He couldn’t have been nicer and more down to earth. EMBARC does primarily residential projects but has some great commercial property work under their belt. Cafe Madeleine has large windows and counter seats for 6.

Cafe Madeleine 3Cafe Madeleine serves high end pastries at neighborhood prices.

Cafe Madeleine 5Customers can look through the large glass window and see the chefs making each and every dessert.

Cafe Madeleine 1Owner Frederic Robert is a 2007 James Beard award winner for his book Grand Livre de Cuisine: Alain Ducasse’s Deserts and Pastries, which he co-authored with Alain Ducasse, whom he partnered with for over 25 years. Fred and Alaian’s partnership began in 1987 at the 3 Michelin Star Louis XV Monaco at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco and included the 3 Michelin Star Plaza Athenee, Paris; 3 Michelin Star 59 Avenue Poincare, Paris; The Essex House in New York; Mix, New York; 1 Michelin Star Spoon, Paris; Spoon Byblos, St. Tropez; Spoon Tokyo; Spoon London; 1 Michelin Star Abbaye de la Celle, Provence; and 1 Michelin Star Auberge de Moustiers, Provence. From 2004 to 2011, Fred was Executive Pastry Chef at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. From 2011-1012, he was Executive Pastry Chef at PB Boulangerie & Bistro.

Cafe Madeleine 13In addition to mouthwatering sweets, Cafe Madeleine also offers a variety of savory items: Croque Monsieur ($9.50), Quiche Lorraine (slice) –( $4.50) or ($5.50) with Salad, Vegetable Crudite Tart – ($4.50) to name a few.

Cafe Madeleine 8In addition to their house made coffee, Cafe Madeleine offers La Colombe coffee, which is a real treat!

Cafe Madeleine 7For cold beverages, they offer French nectars and juices, which look AMAZING ($7).

Cafe Madeleine 4The girls prepping some coffees.

Cafe Madeleine 6Pastry Chef Hana Quon. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Hana changed careers from working with the National Endowment for the Humanities to pastry cook at the National Harbor convention center. She later transitioned to working as sous chef to Chef Frederic Robert at PB Boulangerie & Bistro, in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Hana received her certification in Paris, France in classic French pastry, doughs, gateau de voyage, petit fours and macarons at the Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil, where she studied under M.O.F. Jean Michel Perruchon. Hana talked to me about the great mentor/protege relationship that she and Frederic have. She raved about how talented he is and how rare it is to have an Executive chef that is so hands on.

Cafe Madeleine 14The croissants ($2.75) are light with a buttery flavor.

Cafe Madeleine 2They carry fresh baked bread  from Clear Flour Bakery: French Baguette, Rustic Italian, and Pain de Mie.

Cafe Madeleine 11The fruit tart ($5.50) is almond cream baked in a sweet pastry crust, topped with vanilla pastry cream, fresh local fruits.

Cafe Madeleine 10The vegetable crudite tart ($4.50) was a work of art.

Cafe Madeleine 12The large berry tart.

Cafe Madeleine is open from 6:30am to 7pm, 7 days a week. Stop in for a delicious treat!

Cafe Madeleine

517 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA

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IMAG0593Stop 6 of our burger research for Tastetrekkers lands us at The Gallows. (See Trade, LAH, jm Curley, Gibbet Hill Grill, Back Bay Social Club)

IMAG0588Every time we go to The Gallows, it’s packed. Last time we stopped in for a drink we could barely maneuver around the bar area. For some reason this Monday evening it was pretty quiet.

IMG_1968 We start with the pulled pork corn muffin ($7) served with jalapeno jelly, avocado and picked red onion. I love all of the southern flavors here – a really nice appetizer to kick off the meal.

IMG_1971The scotch egg ($7) that is wrapped with crispy pork sausage – one word – AMAZING! You just have to try it…there are no words…

IMG_1975Short rib taco ($13) with napa cabbage, nuoc cham, sesami aioli, sriracha and herbs.

IMG_1978Carpet burger ($18) fried oysters, remoulade, iceberg lettuce, picked and American cheese. A little messy, but still delicious. I liked the fried oyster on top, it made the burger stand out from the crowd.

IMG_1989Our waiter comes back and tells us the strawberry glazed donuts are a must try. I loved the glaze of the donut, very flavorful. The actual donut was a little dense for my liking but that didn’t stop us from eating it 😉

IMG_1992The fluffernutter extravaganza ($8) caramelized bananas, peanuts, torched fluff? What’s not to love about this dessert?

What’s your go to dish at The Gallows?

The Gallows

1395 Washington Street

Boston, MA

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imag0751Thursday afternoon I stopped by to see Nina from Moochie’s Macarons – she was doing a tasting of her delicious macarons at Olives and Grace in the South End.

imag0749Nina debuted two new flavors this particular evening!

imag0747Moochie’s macarons come in these amazing flavors: pistachio, lavender honey, toasted coconut, Belgian dark chocolate, fig preserves and espresso. Limited edition flavors include: creamed honey cinnamon, maple pecan and picnic in Paris.

imag0752This was my first time in the new shop – Sofi, owner of Olives and Grace, moved from her previous location in the South End onto Tremont Street.

imag0754The store is so lovely, lots of wonderful products – it’s the kind of place where you go in for one thing and walk out with 10.

IMG_2704The new picnic in Paris flavor is made with  Doves & Figs preserves: strawberry conserve with orange and lavender.

IMG_2708The maple pecan flavor is bold, and just the  right amount of sweetness – such great flavors. It is made with local maple syrup from Campton, NH. These are mixed with the chocolate hazelnut macarons (pink).

IMG_2724And my favorite, the pistachio, mixed in with the Belgian chocolate ganache.

Check out Olives and Grace frequently as they have some great tasting events. The next event is Big Spoon Roasters on 6/24 from 4:30-7:30pm.

Moochies Macarons

Olives and Grace

623 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (South End)


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IMG_2218 Roosters is a new barber shop in the South End that has been open a little over two months. I was invited to their official kick off party last week!

IMG_2229Owner Tyson White with the amazing Janet Wu from 7 News.

IMG_2234Roosters is a classic American barbershop that blends modern men’s grooming techniques with classic barbershop elements.


For product, Roosters carries the Aveda men’s line.


Roosters Club Cut: Haircut and Wash with a Hot-Towel $38

Signature 7 Step Facial Shave: Straight-Razor Shave with Hot-Towel $38

Gentlemen’s Choice: Club Cut and Signature 7 Step Facial Shave $65

Professional Hero Cut: Club Cut for Military, Police, Fire and EMS $30

Young Man’s Cut: Club Cut for those 12 and under $30

Headshave: Close, professional head shave $38

Neck Trim: FREE

Beard Trim: Detailed edging and grooming $18

Hi-Lighting: Subtle color treatment $45

Camouflage: Natural-looking color blends grey away $35

IMG_2232Local business owner Pete Dziedzic, of Skoah (South End, Back Bay and Chestnut Hill) won a raffle prize!

IMG_2240CBH Communications intern, Kasjah Scarlett (right) and Mikey Janey (left), freelance photographer and intern at Society Original Products.

IMG_2203The talented Jeremy Kean, of Whisk, was providing light bites for the evening.

IMG_2201Smoked tomato toasts.

IMG_2230Mushroom arancini.

IMG_2231The pork cheek steam buns were amazing!

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Peroni beer was at the event, as well as Deep Eddy vodka. Really great party with a fun crowd!

Stop in for a haircut and/or a shave today!


518 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

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IMG_1568Tweed Barbers, formerly State Street Barbers, is located in the South End.

IMG_1566Last Thursday night they hosted a party to debut the Massachusetts based, Men’s Soap Shop products. Bully Boy cocktails were served and Loic Le Garrec, owner of Petit Robert, provided bites by their new chef, Stefano Quaresima.

IMG_1563Owner, Peter Solomon (middle) with Joshua Pelletier (right) and Samuel Lopez (right) from the Men’s Soap Shop.

IMG_1542Tweed’s services include haircuts, hot lather shaves, beard trims, coloring and facials. See their full menu here.

IMG_1540Meet Stone, a master barber.

IMG_1571Midou, also a master barber, came to Tweed after working 15 years in Paris.

IMG_1539Radio personality, Chris Shine of MAGIC’s 106.7, was in attendance along with Susan Holaday, Alessandra Pollina and Diane Mantouvalos,among others.

IMG_1555Petit Robert has location in Kemore Square, the South End, Needham and in Downtown Crossing.

IMG_1538 - Version 2The Men’s Soap Shop has some great looking (and smelling!) products. I think that the Bergamot was my favorite scent, it was warm and citrusy.

IMG_1545From their website:

When we founded the Men’s Soap Shop in a small apartment in Boston, Massachusetts, a smooth gentleman had limited choices for all-natural body-care products. We decided to change that. Today we brew, pour, cut, and cure our soaps in a nineteenth-century factory building, a daily reminder of the role of good, old-fashioned artisanship in our business. Painstakingly handcrafted in small batches from simple, all-natural ingredients, our soaps and aftershaves represent a resurgence in traditional masculine grooming rituals

Welcome back to smooth.


Tweed Barbers

1313 Washington Street, South End, Boston


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IMG_1299SoonSpoon is about 60 days old and they already have over 1,000 people signed up on their email list. For those that actually make last minute reservations through their website, you get first shot at their amazing pop up events. This one, a southern family dinner, was at a private home in the South End on Sunday night. Chef Jade Taylor, sous chef at Bondir, was cooking up a four course meal. Fourteen people showed up for this dinner – and it was really refreshing to be with such an interesting group of people who were brought together by their common love of food.

IMG_1285First course: Hooligan and pistachio tartlets – Hooligan cheese is a soft cows milk cheese. These were so savory and delicious.

IMG_1293Pickled shrimp with sauce gribiche. I loved this dish, it was really bright and light with a little zip at the end – a really nice summertime dish.

IMG_1278Chicken in aspic with ramp jam – another really nice summer time dish and the ramp jam knocked it out of the park!

IMG_1279The table was simply set – the tulips were just lovely.

IMG_1281Jade’s sous chef Peter was in the kitchen helping with all the prep work!

SoonspoonJonathan Fenelon, Assistant General Manager at Clio/Uni provided the wines for the night. When we were gathering before dinner, we sipped on cremant du jura. As we sat down to dinner, we drank a 2012 Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay; moved on to a Chilean wine, a 2012 Mayu Pedro Ximenez that was quite dry and paired well with the seafood; with the meat we moved on to a 2010 Domaine Maestracci Corse Calve E Provi. And for dessert we had a 2003 Otter Muscat from Alsace.


I don’t usually like vegetables, but how can you resist a dish this colorful? The carrot salad was dressed with tarragon and cucumber and had raw milk cottage cheese that was creamy and salty.

IMG_1315The main course was slow roasted beef brisket with black eyed peas and pork shank. The brisket was served with Louisiana mustard sauce and fish pepper hot sauce (home made of course).


The amazing chef, Jade Taylor, with her sour cream pound cake covered in a caramel sauce and served with a sassafras jelly and rhubarb.

IMG_1302Hoe beautiful is this cake? I have to admit that by the time that we got to dessert, I twas completely full, but the cake was too good to pass up!


One of the guests requested gluten free offerings, which the chef accommodated – check out how amazing these brownies look!

So check out SoonSpoon and make your reservation today!

Follow Chef Jade Taylor on Twitter and visit her at Bondir.

And Jade will also be hosting an event on June 15th at Merrill and Co., a southern buffet of sorts called “Supper Y’all“. I heard a rumor that there will be grilled oysters!

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IMAG0099Every month until they publish their cookbook in April 2015, Chef Richard Chudy, and Chef Samuel Monsour will host pop up burger nights all around town. Chudy is the creator of Boston Burger Blog and co-owner of the Skinny Beet, a personal chef and catering service. Monsour is the former Executive Chef at JM Curley and you may have heard about his “The Future of Junk Food” series of pop up dinners. The Super Burger Bros. event on Thursday night was at Boston Chops in the South End.

IMAG0089The event started at 10pm and went ’til 1am. When I made reservations, they had over 100 people already booked. We arrived a few minutes before 10 and the place was packed.

IMAG0086Mark and his fiance joined us for dinner. I wasn’t sure that I was going to make it, dinner at 10pm is late for this girl – it was a school night after all.

IMG_20140417_221800The two burgers we didn’t try were: Oktoburger by Chris Coombs/Ryan Marcoux: House sauerkraut, monkey first mustard, smoked beef tongue pastrami ($10) and the Boston Chops Signature Late Night burger: Government cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, caramelized onions, pickles, and secret BC sauce ($6). While they all sounded delicious, we were all basically on the same page.

IMAG0091The pop up started with a hot dog amuse bouche!

IMAG0093Even after grabbing drinks at the Gallows ahead of time, I decided to have a “pick me up boozy milkshake” with coffee ice cream, Jameson, Van Gogh vodka and chocolate liqueur ($8).

IMAG0096Pops Double Stack by Samuel Monsour: shaved vidalia’s, yellow mustard, NY state dog sauce, and homemade American cheese ($10) with a side of fries ($2). This burger had classic nostalgic flavors. A bit messy to eat, but oh so good.

IMAG0094Canadian Steakhouse by Richard Chudy: Montreal spiced onion ring “poutine” Canadian Club and maple gravy, fresh curds ($9). My personal favorite. Fresh curds, say no more. The burger was delicious, sweet and salty, and well seasoned. The bun stayed in tact until the last bite – which is pretty important for a good burger.


IMAG0098And instead of fries, I decided to grab the duck fat fingerlings with lardons from the regular Boston Chops menu($10). Love everything about this side dish.

The service was what your would expect for a busy Thursday evening. The music was loud, but I loved the old school jams they picked out to be the soundtrack for the night. Can’t wait to see what these guys think of next!

Boston Chops

1375 Washington Street, Boston, MA

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