Friday, November 17, 2017

BEAR-SIZED BREAKFASTS AT FLAPJACK'S PANCAKE HOUSE IN LINCOLN, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Friday, November 17, 2017
Pumpkin pancakes
The line on the weekend is worth the wait!
Flapjack's sells these coffee mugs along with other Flapjack's merchandise.
Flapjack's Pancake House
Lincoln, New Hampshire 
www.flapjacks.biz

Don't let the line outside of Flapjack's discourage you. A hearty New England breakfast at this Lincoln, New Hampshire breakfast spot is worth the wait. My party of four waited for about a half hour on a Sunday in October. Not too bad. Once we were inside, we settled in at their little bar. Yes, they serve alcoholic breakfast drinks like mimosas, but I enjoyed a hot mug of coffee.

Flapjack's takes pride in their pancakes. There are many flavors to choose from like blueberry, chocolate chip and Reese's peanut butter cup. I was excited to try their seasonal pumpkin flapjacks topped with maple butter. AMAZING! They were part of my breakfast platter which came with eggs, bacon, sausage and some fantastic home fries. What a meal!

The menu also consists of breakfast staples like three-egg omelets, eggs benedict and French toast. Go wild with their buffalo chicken omelet or their bacon cheeseburger omelet. Flapjack's is also known for its clam chowder, which customers can take home. 

Flapjack's is a wonderful family spot. Kids will love the train that circles its way around the restaurant, along with the fish pond outside. They are open for breakfast, Wednesday-Sunday.

Monday, November 13, 2017

THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE WATER AT BROOKYLN WATER BAGELS

Monday, November 13, 2017
Coffee ice cubes
Onion bagel with hash browns
Watch the bagel-making process.
The Framingham location is Brooklyn Water Bagels only shop in New England.
BROOKLYN WATER BAGEL
www.brooklynwaterbagel.com

There's something in the water in Brooklyn that makes their bagels taste so good, according to Brookyn Water Bagels. The small chain says the water is so key to making their bagels, that it filters the tap water at all of its locations and adds unique elements only found in Brooklyn water. All of their bagels are boiled in that Brooklyn water and baked fresh at all of their shops.

Brooklyn Water Bagels' only New England location is in Framingham, Massachusetts. Customers can watch how bagels are made before ordering. There are many types of bagels to choose from, including multi-colored bagels for the kids. I enjoyed their onion bagel with cream cheese. The coffee was an extra-special treat. All of their iced coffees, known as Cubstas, come with coffee ice cubes. It's a pretty tasty way to set themselves apart from all of the other bagel places. A few of their coffees are named after Larry King. He's a shareholder in the company and owns half of its Beverly Hills franchise.

Breakfast sandwiches are served all day. For lunch, try one of Brooklyn Water Bagels deli classics served on a bagel. Choose from favorites like a tuna melt, hot ham & swiss, roast beef and hot corned beef.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

DELICIOUS DISH: SHORT RIB BOLOGNESE

Saturday, November 04, 2017
Short Rib Bolognese
DELICIOUS DISH

Bourbon's Kitchen & Cocktails
Framingham, MA
www.bourbonsframingham.com

The temperature is dropping and it's getting dark earlier. We all need some comfort this time of the year. Soothe your soul with the short rib bolognese on the menu right now at Bourbon's Kitchen & Cocktails in Framingham, Massachusetts. This hearty dish is made with generous portions of tender gnocchi and short ribs. It's topped with a thick, satisfying layer of cheese before it's baked. I paired the bolognese with a can of Citizen Cider from Vermont. It is the definition of PERFECT comfort food.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MUFFINS LIKE GRANDMA MAKES AT COUNTRY DESSERTS IN NEWTON

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Lemon poppyseed muffin
Muffins are the star of this bakery.
Country Desserts is all decorated for the fall!
Country Desserts
Newton, MA

Country Desserts is my favorite bakery in the Newton area all because of one thing: their muffins. These huge homemade delights are crispy on the outside and perfectly moist on the inside. My favorite is their lemon poppyseed, which often sells out. There are many other flavors including blueberry, apple, cranberry nuts, chocolate chip, corn and banana nut. This time of the year, they are also baking pumpkin cream cheese muffins. 

Country Desserts also sells fantastic chocolate cupcakes, pies and cookies. Check out Eat Up New England's archives for more on those sweet treats.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

FALL IS IN FULL SWING AT PADDY'S PUB!

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Apple Cider Sangria
Paddy's Pub
West Newton, MA
www.paddys.us
 
If you're looking for some spiked hot cider, pumpkin beer and some hearty fall flavors, Paddy's Pub in West Newton, Massachusetts is calling your name. This Eat Up New England Favorite has just been renovated and is serving all of the tastes that make autumn such a great season.

Let's start out at the bar. Every fall, I order their apple cider sangria. It's a big ole glass with a cinnamon stick for that perfect fall flavor. Other fall libations include a pumpkin spice martini, autumn mule and Elesha's Hot Mulled Cider, which is spiked with Applejack brandy or Captain Morgan spiced rum. Paddy's also has an extensive beer menu with plenty of pumpkin brews and Oktoberfests for all.

Prepare for hibernation with one of their special entrees including pumpkin ravioli, maple & mustard ravioli or Catherine's Flatbread, which is topped with butternut squash, Craisons and ricotta & mozzarella cheeses. I enjoyed their Pasquale's Pasta, with fresh fusilli, crumbled Italian sausage and kale. If that doesn't fill you up, nothing will!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

BUY A PINK DRINK AT STACY'S JUICEBAR TO BENEFIT NEW BREAST CANCER CENTER

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Stacy's Wellness Cocktail
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stacy’s Juicebar in Needham, Massachusetts is hosting a month-long fundraiser to benefit Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham's BreastCare Center. Stacy Madison, the founder of Stacy's Pita Chips and owner of Stacy's Juicebar, along with Needham's Julie Weissman Havsy are hosting the fundraiser to honor Julie’s sister, Stacy Gold, who passed away from cancer.

For every $5 “Wellness Cocktail” smoothie sold in the month of October, Stacy's Juicebar will donate $15 to the hospital’s new BreastCare Center to remember Stacy Gold and raise money for breast cancer prevention and treatment. They are hoping to raise $15,000. Customers will also get a free bag of Stacy's Pita Chips for buying the Wellness Cocktail.

The Wellness Cocktail is made of blended of pineapple and cherry juices with oranges and lemons added in. Customers can also try samples before ordering it. I stopped by today and was happy to see several people ordering the Wellness Cocktail.

#needhamdrinkspink

Friday, September 29, 2017

CRAFT BEERS AND LOCAL FOOD AT VERMONT'S PROHIBITION PIG

Friday, September 29, 2017
Prohibition Pig brews their own beer. Their selection changes with the seasons.
Skillet of Fries
One of the many beers on tap.
Cheeseburger with onions and bacon.
Prohibition Pig
prohibitionpig.com

Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Vermont gets busy. So busy, that Eat Up New England didn't get to sit down without an hour wait until our third visit. This brewery and restaurant was worth the wait.

Prohibition Pig takes pride in brewing much of the beer it sells. The selection changes with the season. Right now for the fall, there's their Jack Be Little pumpkin beer made with house roasted pumpkins. How good does that sound? They also have their own Oktoberfest, along with some ales, a double IPA and a vanilla bean porter. Customers can choose from half and full servings.

Not only do they have amazing beer, Prohibition Pig also offers fresh food from local farmers. For lunch, there are salads, sandwiches and burgers. Sides include a skillet of fries, cheddar grits, maple baked beans and macaroni salad. There are more options for dinner including a hush puppies appetizer, craft mac & cheese and large plates of chicken, BBQ pork and beef brisket. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

THE BIG E: A NEW ENGLAND FALL TRADITION

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Pierogies stuffed with cheese and keilbasa
Draft beer from the Vermont Statehouse
Vermont's Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Vegetable Tempura
Del's Lemonade in the Rhode Island Statehouse
Turkey Legs - A Big E Favorite!
Lobster Roll from the Maine Statehouse
"Blueberry Pie" from the New England Craft Beer Pub
Baked potato from the Connecticut Statehouse
THE BIG E
www.thebige.com
The end of summer is more tolerable for New Englanders every September because we have The Big E! The annual festival in West Springfield, Massachusetts attracts countless vendors and visitors every year. There's a live camel show. There are HUGE pumpkins, gourds that are more than one-thousand pounds. There are carnival rides and endless things for sale. If you're patient enough, you can even see some baby chicks hatch. The main attraction for Eat Up New England and so many others is, of course, THE FOOD.

If you like fried food, you're in lucky, because EVERYTHING is fried at The Big E. There are fried Oreos, fried vegetables, fried jelly beans, and even fried butter! I enjoyed some of the vegetable tempura from one of the vendors. We got a mountain of mixed veggies and ranch dipping sauce for under $10.

The New England statehouse replicas are one of my favorite parts of The Big E. They are models of each state's original statehouse and inside there are foods and items for sale from each state. Eat Up New England started off at the Rhode Island Statehouse, where I sipped on some cold Del's Lemonade. I enjoyed some craft beer in Vermont, a lobster roll in Maine and an incredibly satisfying baked potato at the Connecticut Statehouse.

There are so many drinks, alcoholic and non, at The Big E. The wonderful thing is, you can carry your beer or cocktail around all over the fair.  The New England Craft Beer Pub is one of my favorites, selling New England beers like Shipyard Pumpkinhead (with a cinnamon rim) and Vermont's Woodchuck Fall Cider. I LOVED their Blueberry Pie concoction of Sea Dog Blue Paw, pie syrup and a caramel cinnamon sugar rim.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

EARLS OPENS IN BOSTON'S PRUDENTIAL CENTER

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Entrance inside of the Pru
Swordfish Tacos
Avocado Super Toast and Green Dragon Roll
New York Style Cheesecake
Downstairs Bar
Upstairs Dining Area
Some of the many refreshing cocktails at Earls
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Boston, MA
www.earls.ca/locations/prudential-center

Earls Kitchen + Bar has opened its newest location at the Prudential Center in Boston. This spacious restaurant based in Canada prides itself on diverse flavors from near and far.

Eat Up New England stopped by on a very busy Saturday night and was lucky to score a table on the first floor by the bar. The service was exceptional, with our waiter going above and beyond to make sure we were happy. Their drink menu is very impressive, with beers from near and far. I enjoyed a massive glass of Clown Shoes from Ipswich, Massachusetts. Our server encouraged us to sample the beer and wines before we choose one and we were happy to take him up on his offer.

We shared some small plates for dinner, including the vegetarian-friendly Green Dragon Roll and some Avocado Super Toast. Both dishes were excellent and I loved the large size of the sushi roll. I also ordered their Blacked Swordfish Tacos. They are made with a roasted jalepeno crema, which proved to be way to hot for my taste, but our server was happy to bring me an option that was far less caliente. Earls menu is also made up of steaks, burgers (including a local Fenway Burger), salads and main plates like BBQ chicken, salmon and fish & chips. 

Earls dessert menu includes New York style cheesecake, which I can never pass up. This favorful and filling slice of heaven is served with strawberries.  

Earls serves brunch on the weekend and offers a happy hour weekday afternoons and nights.  This is their second Boston-area locations. There's also an Earls at Assembly Square in Somerville.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

BRUNCH AT GASLIGHT IN BOSTON

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Julia Child's raspberry shortbread
Omelette Lyonaisse
Entrance and outdoor patio
Gaslight
www.gaslight560.com 

Summer is winding down, but at restaurants like Gaslight in Boston's South End, customers can still find plenty of sunshine and cool breezes. Eat Up New England was lucky enough to enjoy Saturday brunch on their outdoor patio. The spacious stone patio is dotted with tables and umbrellas. There are string lights above. Geraniums and petunias provide added summer ambiance. It is the perfect setting for the perfect French-inspired meal.

Gaslight's prix fixe brunch is the best deal in town at just $11.95 per person. The meal starts off with TWO drinks. Choose your juice: orange or grapefruit. Choose your caffeine: coffee or tea. Then, my favorite, Julia Child's spiced shortbread with raspberry jam. It's a fantastic sweet treat before the main course arrives. There are usually four options, including omelets, scrambled eggs and vanilla French toast. The French toast is FANTASTIC, but this visit I ordered the Omelette Lyonaisse, which is filled with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and potatoes.

Gaslight serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays all year. Eat Up New England highly recommends getting a meal or two in on that patio before the cold weather moves in.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WELCOME BACK SWEET TOMATOES!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Open again
Sweet Tomatoes in West Newton, Massachusetts is finally back open. The popular pizza place has been closed for 18 months after a car crashed through their building and killed two people. 

Eat Up New England enjoyed a couple of their HUGE slices for lunch today. It was very busy. I also overheard a few people congratulating the owners on their re-opening.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NEW FOODS AND FAN FAVORITES COMING TO THIS YEAR'S BIG E

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Big E
September 15-October 1, 2017
www.thebige.com

This Big E is less than one month away. The annual fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts will feature all sorts of new foods to try, along with fair favorites.

A Belgian Waffle Sandwich will be served by Amy's Sweet Treats for the first time this year. It will be made of two thin waffles with Neapolitan hard ice in between them. Also new, Porky's will be serving up at BBQ Brisket Sundae. Hofbrau's Joe's will be serving up a Burger Bomb, a burger topped with cheese, bacon, onions and sauerkraut before being wrapped in pastry dough and deep fried! The West Springfield Lions Club with be offering their Flatliner Burger, two layers of cheeseburger and chili. topped with fries, cheese sauce and bacon. For dessert, Deep Fried Holy Cannoli will be on the menu at Coffee Break. 

The foods fairgoers know and love will be making a return. Marion's Fried Dough will be making Deep Fried Oreos. The Donut Family will have their Cinnamon Caramel Apple Mini Donuts. Poutine Gourmet will be serving plenty of poutine. Moolicious will be making their Blueberry Pierogi Sundaes.

Stop by on September 15 to see V-One Vodka make the world's largest Cosmo. The drink will be made in front of the crowd and smaller portions will be sold for $10 with proceeds going to the Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield. There will also be a Sam Adams Brew Garden with pub food and salads, while the New England Craft Beer Pub will have lobster mac 'n cheese, beef stew, popovers and a fair favorite called Beer-Amisu.








Sunday, August 13, 2017

BIG BEER SELECTION & COMFORT FOOD MENU AT THE BREWERS COALITION

Sunday, August 13, 2017
California Club
Many of their draft beers are served in mason jars.
Beer bottles line the wall.
Brewers Coalition
brewerscoalition.com
Newton, MA

Brewers Coalition in Newton, Massachusetts describes itself as a "neighborhood restaurant and bar with a focus on craft beer." This is a restaurant for beer lovers. They always have so many varieties on tap, like Narragansett's Del's Shandy, Eat Up New England's favorite summer shandy. If you can't decide on what to drink, go for their Brewers Beer Browser, with 5-ounce pours of any four draft beers you'd like. They also list their current draft beer selection on their website.

Their menu goes along nicely with their beers. I often make a meal out of their sliders, three mini burgers with a pile of their homemade fries. I also enjoy their California Club, which is stuffed with chicken, bacon, avocado and tomatoes. Appetizers include nachos, calamari, chicken quesadilla, wings and edamame. Brewers Coalition has many meal-sized salads like their Coalition Stuffed Wedge and Roast Chicken & Apple Salad. They also offers many "Specialties," which tend to change throughout the year. For summer, they have dishes like fish & chips, baby back ribs, mac & cheese, penne ala vodka and a black & bleu sirloin. One year, they featured a tasty turkey & stuffing wrap around Thanksgiving.

Brewers Coalition cooks up Sunday brunch most of the year, except during the summer.  Check out their other two restaurants, John Brewers Tavern in Malden and Waltham, Mass.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

EAT UP NEW ENGLAND FINALLY TRIES SONIC

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
The many options at Sonic's drive-thru.
#4 Combo Meal
Sonic in Peabody, Mass

Sonic
www.sonicdrivein.com
Locations: Stoughton, Somerset and Smithfield, RI

Sonic has been slowly expanding in New England for a few years. Eat Up New England has always wanted to try out this national chain and FINALLY got to. I went though the drive-thru of their Peabody, Massachusetts location. The lunch line went fast on a quiet summer Monday. Customers can also eat inside or outside in their cars, where carhops will deliver the fast food on roller skates.

I ordered the #4 combo meal: a Bacon Cheeseburger Toaster with tots and a small lemonade. The burger was sinfully good, stuffed with lettuce, BBQ sauce, a large onion ring, cheese, bacon, and pickles. The tots were crispy on the outside, yet soft and flavorful on the inside.

So, besides the tots, what puts Sonic on the map? They have a massive selection of drinks.  There are several frozen lemonades and limeades. They have slushes in every flavor imaginable. Sonic also has candy slushes, like a Green Apple Jolly Rancher with Hard Candy. Many of these drinks are half off during happy hour. They also have a bunch for hot dogs on their menu like their Chili Cheese Coney, Chicago Dog and Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog. Yes, you can even get a corn dog. For dessert, there are milkshakes, waffle ice cream cones and a bunch of candy bar concretes.

Monday, August 07, 2017

KICKING OFF "DINE OUT BOSTON" AT STREGA IN THE NORTH END

Monday, August 07, 2017
Course 1: Calamari
Course 2: Fettuccini Carbonara
Course 3: Tiramisu
Strega on Hanover Street
Strega
www.stregaristorante.com

Dine Out Boston is in full swing, and there is no better place to kick off restaurant week than in the North End. Strega is offering a three-course lunch menu for just $20. 

We had the best table in the house. Up front, with the window open on a beautiful summer day. It was only made better by this fine food and a parade that just happened to be passing by.

The meal started with their delicious olive bread, olive oil and olives. For course one, I enjoyed their light and fresh calamari, which is served with plenty of warm sauce. I really enjoyed their fettuccini carbonara for my main course. The pasta was homemade and the sauce was perfectly creamy. For dessert, I choose the cold and refreshing tiramisu over a cannoli.

Dine Out Boston is going from August 6-11 and 13-18.  Log on to DineOutBoston.com to check out menus from restaurants in Boston and the 'burbs.

Friday, August 04, 2017

OREO COOKIE MONSTER AT MARYLOU'S

Friday, August 04, 2017
Oreo Cookie Monster
Marylou's Coffee
www.marylous.com

Marylou's Coffee is one of Eat Up New England's favorite local chains. It's known for their unique flavored coffees like Banana Split, Butterfinger, Chocolate Mint Cookie, Strawberry Shortcake, to name just a few. Eat Up New England's favorite non-caffeinated drink is their Oreo Cookie Monster. I often order it at their Sagamore Beach location before spending the day at the beach. It's so cool, refreshing and amazingly tasty.

Monday, July 31, 2017

CLOVER TO CLOSE DOWN ITS FOOD TRUCKS TO FOCUS ON ITS RESTAURANTS

Monday, July 31, 2017
Inside its Boston location near Dana-Farber
Chickpea fritter sandwich
Clover Food Labs is taking all of its food truck off of the road so they can focus on their brick-and-mortar restaurants. On its Website, Clover's CEO, Ayr, Muir writes that it has mixed emotions about this. Clover started out as a food truck. They were a staple at SOWA Market and could always be seen at busy spots around the city. The good news: we can still enjoy all of Clover's fast food vegetarian menu at its restaurants. I'll have one chickpea fritter sandwich, please.