Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DELICIOUS DISH: BREAKFAST SANDWICHES AT THE TRAPP FAMILY LODGE

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont is a beautiful destination, with breath-taking mountain views and cozy rooms. They are also known for their homemade English muffin breakfast sandwiches. The muffins are made from scratch each day at their DeliBakery. The eggs are fresh from their farm and their cheese is local, Vermont's Cabot cheddar. Choose from bacon or sausage to fill the sandwich. Enjoy it on their back patio, which offers an incredible view of the mountains. Breakfast outdoors at The Trapp Family Lodge. It doesn't get much more Vermont than this.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

THE DOUGHNUT DUDE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The smell of fresh apple cider donuts fills a small corner of downtown Montpellier, Vermont. That delicious aroma comes from The Doughnut Dude! This small food cart specializes in small, crunchy apple cider donuts. Watch The Doughnut Dude make the donuts fresh. Order as many as you want. He'll fill up a bag for you and then top them off with cinnamon.  

These donuts are hard to refuse because the first donut is free. Once you have one, you'll want more! Look for The Doughnut Guy in downtown Montpellier and at fairs across Vermont.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THE BOATHOUSE IN HARVARD SQUARE

Thursday, August 18, 2016
The Boathouse in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts is just steps away from the Charles River, making it the perfect place to grab dinner and drink. The Boathouse prides itself as a pub and grille, mixing a long list of beers, rums and cocktails with a tavern-style menu.

I tried one of my favorite new American pale ales, Harpoon Camp Wannamango, at the Boathouse for the first time. What a perfect summer beer. It goes down like water!

We started off our meal with their calamari with marinara sauce. It was crisp and there was plenty to share with our table of five. Other apps include Parmesan truffle fries, mussels, fish tacos and popcorn chicken. I ordered their chicken sandwich for dinner. It's a panko crusted chicken breast drizzled with ranch dressing and served with fries. It was so good. They also have burgers, a steak sandwich, a veggie burger, and a hot Italian sausage sandwich. Other entrees include steak tips, mac & cheese and Shepard's pie.

The Boathouse's bar is open until 1 am every night. They also serve brunch on the weekend.

T: @theboathousepub
theboathouseharvardsquare.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

FREE BURGERS AT SHAKE SHACK...BUT YOU'RE PROBABLY TOO LATE!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Shake Shack was handing out free burgers at all of their locations today, but customers had to act quick. They were only free for the first 100 customers. Shake Shack is celebrating their 100th location in Boston's Seaport, so everyone gets a burger! I got this cheeseburger at their Dedham location this morning. I think it's the first time I've enjoyed a burger in the morning.

Friday, August 12, 2016

IT'S PRIME BLUEBERRY PICKIN' TIME AT WILDWOOD BERRY FARM IN VERMONT

Friday, August 12, 2016
It's blueberry harvest time all around New England. For the first time, Eat Up New England stopped by Wildwood Berry Farm in East Dorest, Vermont. This place is nestled in the woods. You'll know your there when you see their big wooden bears guarding the crop.

Wildwood Berry Farm is owned by a former newspaper man named Rick and his wife, Brenda. They tend to the countless blueberry bushes themselves and welcome visitors to their property every summer. The Vermont mountain air makes for optimal growing conditions for their high bush blueberries. There were still tons of blueberry last weekend, but Rick told be they only have a couple of more weeks to go this season. 

Wildwood also has their own tasty homemade berry popsicles, jams, honey, honey straws and syrups in their country store. They also make several Vermont and blueberry-themed shirts. I bought one with a blueberry Bernie Sanders that says, "Feel The Blue."

wildwoodberryfarm.com

Saturday, August 06, 2016

BOOZY CUPCAKES AT NORA CUPCAKE COMPANY IN CONNECTICUT

Saturday, August 06, 2016
NoRA Cupcake Company prides itself on being "not your mother's cupcake company." One look at their cupcakes and you'll understand what they mean by that. Their cupcakes are HUGE. Eat Up New England stopped by 4th of July weekend and ordered the patriotic chocolate cupcake pictured above. It was so large that I saved half for later.

NoRA offers an impressively long list of flavors that differ from day to day. There's the "Adult Twinkie," a yellow cupcake filled with whipped cream filling. The "Time to Make the Donuts" cupcake is coffee cake, cream filling with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  Or try the Pan-Cup-Cake Bacon," a maple cupcake top with cream cheese frosting, candied bacon and toasted walnuts. The list goes on and on. 
  
NoRA also has a long list of cupcakes based on drinks. They call them "Dranks." There's the Irish Car Bomb made with chocolate Guinness cake. There's a Blackberry Margarita cupcake made with vanilla margarita cake mix with blackberries. There's a hot cocoa cupcake. An espresso cupcake. A White Russian. A strawberry peach lemonade cupcake. A root beer float cupcake. See why they say they're "not your mother's cupcake company." I've never seen a cupcake shop with so many different and unique flavors. It's truly impressive.

NoRA has two locations in Connecticut: West Hardford and Middletown.

NoRA tweets out their menu everyday. Follow them @NoRACupcakeCo.

www.noracupcake.com

BLUE ROCK RESTAURANT IN SHELBOURNE FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS

Saturday, August 06, 2016
The Blue Rock Restaurant and Bar is just steps away from the famous Bridge of Flowers in Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts. If you visit in the summer, I highly recommend dining al fresco on their porch. Step inside to check out their spacious dining room and their beautiful, modern bar that's stocked with many local beers.

This new American restaurant prides itself on fresh local foods. Just look at the fish special I order. It was served in a parchment paper. The carrot looked like it was just pulled right out of the ground! Very delicious and very healthy. At the time of this post, other entrees include sea scallops, grilled cauliflower steak and vegetable & peanut curry. (Check their menu online as it's always changing.) They also have several sandwiches and burgers like their PB & jam burger, which is topped with home made peanut butter and onion jam. 

www.thebluerockrestaurant.com

Thursday, August 04, 2016

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN AT BRANCH LINE IN WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS

Thursday, August 04, 2016
 
Branch Line in Watertown, Massachusetts specializes in delicious rotisserie chicken and fine drinks. Eat Up New England recently stopped by for lunch and loved their chopped salad. It's topped with their chicken and mixed with avocado, feta and ranch dressing. I enjoyed a couple of glasses of their fresh-squeezed lemonade with it. It was so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Branch Line is also open for dinner. Entrees include a half or full chicken, rotisserie cauliflower, seared salmon, fontina baked zita and pork & sausage. Apps include Maine mussels, lemon chicken soup, arugula salad, sugar snap pea salad and grilled squid. Everyone gets rolls, but for an extra $5 they'll give you a side of rotisserie drippings and garlic for dipping. Branch Line also has a lovely, long bar with 20 specialty cocktails, wine and bottles & cans of beer.

Rotisserie chicken plus an ultra modern atmosphere make Branch Line the place to be in Watertown.

www.branchlinearsenal.com

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

DELICIOUS DISH: MODERN NACHOS AT MET BURGER BAR

Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Eat Up New England loves a good plate of nachos, especially with a beer or two to wash them down. One of best plates of nachos can be found at the Met Bar & Grill. These aren't your average nachos with chips, salsa, beans, tomatoes and olives. Their "Modern Nachos" kick it up a notch with pork shoulder, truffled cotija and pepper jack cheeses, fresh avocado and pico de gallo. One of their margaritas is the perfect complement to this perfect plate of modern nachos.

The Met Bar & Grill has four locations in Massachusetts. One at Legacy Place in Dedham, along with Boston's Back Bay, Natick and Nantucket.

metbarandgrill.com

Saturday, July 30, 2016

PERFECT HOT DOGS AT DOOGIE'S IN CONNECTICUT

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Bacon-cheeze and Coney Island dogs
Some of the finest hot dogs in all of New England are found inside an unassuming little shanty in Newington, Connecticut. Doogie's has lines out into their lobby at lunchtime. All you have to do is try it once and you'll understand why. Doogie's has been featured in food magazines, raved about on TV. The very afternoon we visited, Fox 61 in Connecticut profiled Doogie's on their afternoon news.

Doogie's has just about every topping imaginable for their hot dogs. They come in three different lengths: 10, 16 and a whopping 24 inches. They even have a challenge: eat two two-footers, fries and a drink in 20 minutes and they'll but your picture on the wall and give you a gift certificate.

Doogie's Dog include caramelized onions, kraut, chili, bacon-cheeze, chili-cheeze and a classic Coney Island dog with chili, onion mustard. I LOVED their 10-inch Coney Island dog and their 10-inch bacon-cheese dog. So much flavor. They are amazing. 

Doogie's also has specialty dogs. There's the Tijuana with jalepenos and melted pepper jack cheese. There's the Dixie with BBQ pulled pork and homemade cole slaw. There's also the College special hot dog. It only comes 16 inches and it's topped with chili, cheeze, bacon, kraut, onions, jalapenos, melted cheese on a toasted garlic roll with surprises. I wonder what those surprises are?

They also serve cheese steaks, burgers and sandwiches. They have regular "fryz" and "curly fryz" which can be topped with cheeze, bacon-cheeze and chili-cheeze. Did I mention they also have a large seafood menu? My grandmother got the clam bellies. I snagged a few and they were pretty good. they also have lobster rolls in the afternoon. Shrimp, crab cakes and clam strips. There's also clam chowder and lobster bisque.

Doogie's is just phenomenal. It's a must-try for any hot dog lover.

doogieshotdogs.com

STEW LEONARD'S EMBRACES THE POKEMON GO CRAZE

Saturday, July 30, 2016
While some public places are shunning the new Pokemon Go game, Stew Leonards' Norwalk, Connecticut location is showing it nothing but love. Check out those bagels, dyed in the colors of a Pokeball and Pikachu! They also have a huge sign that reads, "WE ARE A POKESTOP!" with a huge pokeball on it. Stew Leonard's just gets it. Smart marketing and a great way for customers to have some fun.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

TASTE OF HARTFORD AT FIRST & LAST TAVERN

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Taste of Hartford is in full swing! Now through July 31st, diners can get multi-course meals for one low price at restaurants across the city. Like I do every summer, I headed to First & Last Tavern for their restaurant week menu. They are offering three courses for $20.16.

Course one: Tossed salad or Caesar salad. I love their tossed salad. It comes with a pile of chickpeas and some provolone cheese and salami under the lettuce.

Course two: Cheese pizza with one topping, margherita pizza, chicken carciofo, salmon or stuffed eggplant. I ordered the pizza with hamburger, so I'd have enough for lunch the next day.

Course three: Cannoli or strawberry short cake. No brainer here. I got the strawberry shortcake, the perfect summer treat. The huge scoop of vanilla ice cream was welcome on a 95-degree day.

www.connecticutrestaurantweek.com/restaurant-weeks-ct/taste-of-hartford
Twitter: @CTRestaurantWk

Saturday, July 23, 2016

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, $1 OYSTERS AT BACK BAY SOCIAL CLUB

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Back Bay Social Club's weekend brunch is where it's at! They serve everyone's favorite boozy beverages - Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's. Start of your meal with their famous $1 oysters. We sucked down a tray of 10 of them this afternoon. They are soooo good.

Check out the chicken and waffles. This crispy white meat was drizzling with just enough of their house BBQ maple syrup. Amazing. Other brunch options at BBSC include a lobster roll, build your own omelet, Belgian blueberry waffle, lobster benedict along with several salads, burgers and pizzas. 

Brunch is served from 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Sunday. You can also get those $1 oysters during the week, Mondays thru Fridays from 4pm to 6pm. 

backbaysocialclub.com
Twitter: @BackBaySocial
Instagram: @backbaysocialclub_boston

EATALY BOSTON TO OPEN THIS FALL

Saturday, July 23, 2016
The long-awaited Eataly Boston is coming along. I snapped this photo outside of their storefront in the Prudential Center today. All three glorious floors of Eataly Boston are now set to open this fall. They are aiming for September. This $20 million dollar market will feature some 15,000 products, a 300 seat rooftop grill, six restaurant, a brewery and cafe. 

 I'll be one of the first people in line. It will be so nice to enjoy one of their amazing hot chocolates this winter without have to travel to New York City.

Facebook: @eatalyboston

COOL OFF WITH A QUART OF FRESH LEMONADE FROM WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Saturday, July 23, 2016
The West Newton Farmer's Market is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Every Saturday during the summer, local farmers, bakeries and shops set up along Elm Street to sell fresh and local foods to the community. When Life Gives You Lemons is always a must stop for me. For $5, you get a big ole quart of lemonade that's squeezed right in front of you. Add blueberries, strawberries, mint, honey or as much sugar as you'd like. With temperatures approaching 100 degrees today, I bought a quart with blueberries and mint to sip on all day. When Life Gives You Lemons is at the WNFM every week and you can also find that at other area at other Farmer's Markets in Framingham, Wayland and Worcester.

Instagram: whenlifegivesyoulemonsss
Facebook: @lemonadelady

Monday, July 18, 2016

CELEBRATING #NATIONALICECREAMDAY IN WESTERN MASS

Monday, July 18, 2016
Did you have some ice cream yesterday? It was #NationalIceCreamDay. Eat Up New England enjoyed a cone of mint chocolate chip at Mo's Fudge Factory in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. They have many flavors of locally made hard ice cream, along with flavored cones. Mo's also has a large selection of penny candy and many different flavors of fudge.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

WELCOME TO THE ALL NEW EATUPNEWENGLAND.COM!

Sunday, July 10, 2016
Hello Eat Up New England fans,

EatUpNewEngland.com was launched in January 2013. Since then, I've showed you some of the best restaurants, foods and drinks all across the six great states of New England. It's been a long time, so it's time for an upgrade. Welcome to the all new EatUpNewEngland.com!

I've tried to make Eat Up New England easier to navigate by including the six New England states at the top of the site. Click on any of them for ALL of the stories I've written for that state. All the way over to the right on that same navigation bar is a drop down menu, that I will customize. Right now, it's set up with quick links to stories I've written about the foods of summer.

On the right, you'll see all of my "Tasty Topics," another quick way to get to all of the different restaurants, foods and themes on this blog. There are several ongoing themes:

Delicious Dish - Profiles of amazing foods/drinks that Eat Up New England highly recommends.
On The Road - Eat Up New England's main focus is food in the six New England states, but I also like to shares some amazing spots I've found outside of New England. I've blogged on restaurants in San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Chicago. There are also plenty of recommendations in New York City. It has its own Tasty Topics label: NYC. 
Fall Favorites - A seasonal theme that includes restaurants with fall foods and/or cocktails. If you like pumpkin-flavored foods, cinnamon donuts and apple cider cocktails, then this is the Tasty Topic for you!
Season's Eatings - Another seasonal theme, these are places/dishes that are all about the Christmas season. There are lots of gingerbread martinis in this theme.
Sizzlin' Summer Spots - These are restaurants that are the perfect places to go during the summer. They tend to be by the ocean and serve summer favorites like lobster and clams.

Also, EatUpNewEngland.com has a wonderful new logo. It was designed by my very talented brother, Mike. Thank you for your hard work.

Get hungry looking around at the all new EatUpNewEngland.com. Follow me @itsthejoeshow on Twitter and @eatupnewengland on Instagram. If you let me know you're a fan of Eat Up New England, I'll follow you back! You can also catch me in the #foodiechats Twitter chat every Monday night, along with the #FoodTravelChat every Wednesday night.

Happy eating!

Joe
EatUpNewEngland.com

Saturday, July 09, 2016

LOBSTER TOUR: LOBSTER MAC 'N CHEESE AT ROX DINER

Saturday, July 09, 2016
Sometimes the best advertising is free. This afternoon, Rox Diner in Newtonville, Massachusetts posted a photo of their lobster mac 'n cheese on Instagram. It made me crave it. So, as you can see, that's where I wound up for dinner. This very hearty bowl was just $12.95. Their Newtonville location is also offering a lobster roll, lobster reuben and a lobster cobb salad this summer. I may have to try them all!

Instagram: @roxdiner_newtonville 

MARGARITAS IS GIVING FREE MEALS TO POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Saturday, July 09, 2016
@MargsMexican on Twitter
In the wake of the deadly police ambush in Dallas, Margaritas is giving free meals to all police officers AND their immediate families. Any member of town, county, state or federal law enforcement will get their whole meal FOR FREEE now thru July 13th at any of their New England locations. The only rule: you have to eat there and this does not include alcohol, taxes or tip. Spread the word!

Monday, July 04, 2016

MOUTH-WATERING SUBS AT DIBELLA'S SUBS IN NEWINGTON, CT

Monday, July 04, 2016
Every sandwich shop has something about it that makes it stand out in the crowd. At DiBella's, it's their homemade bread, their hearty sandwiches and their old school sandwich shop ambience. DiBella's started out as a small corner grocery story in Rochester, New York nearly a century ago. Right now, they have 44 sub shops in six states. Eat Up New England checked out one of their newer shops in Newington, Connecticut.

I loved the decor, from their neon signs to their vintage lighting. They also have a huge dining room with plenty of room for families. DiBella's has a huge counter for ordering. You can watch them make your sub right in front of you. All subs come in small, medium and large. The DiBella's Cheesesteak above is a small and it was more than enough for lunch. I enjoyed it with provolone cheese, peppers and onions. Check out that bread! That's their everything bread. It's just like an everything bagel. DiBella's also has sesame, multigrain and plain breads. They make them all in house.

Some of their classic subs include the "Godfather," with genoa salami, capicola and ham. There's the "Uncle Louie" with roast beef, turkey and ham. You can even get a cheese sub with assorted cheeses.  Specialty subs include "The Cowboy," with bacon, BBQ sauce, chicken and cheddar cheese. There's also the "Buffalo Chicken," with grilled chicken smothered in Buffalo sauce, ranch or blue cheese and topped with melted cheese. Add a pickle, pasta or potato salad to any of their sandwiches. They also make chocolate chip cookies in house!

As of today, DiBella's is only in Connecticut. They have other locations in Milford, Hamden and Wallingford.

www.dibellassubs.com
@DiBellasSubs