Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PULLED PORK MAC & CHEESE AND FOOD THAT WILL FILL YOU UP AT 110 GRILL

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
110 Tater Tot Poutine (with the gravy on the side)
Apple Cider Sangria
110 Grill in Wayland, Mass.
110 Grill
Locations across Massachusetts
www.110grill.com

110 Grill is not one of those restaurants that has been around forever. Its first location is opened in Chelmsford, Massachusetts in 2015. Since then, they have been quickly expanding. With its spacious dining rooms and outdoor seating, 110 Grill is the perfect place to spread out with the family. Its large bars, high tables and large drink selection are welcoming to the after work crowd.

Comfort food is where it's at 110 Grill. Just look at their appetizers. There are BBQ chicken nachos, crispy fried pickle chips, tater tot poutine. For dinner, there are salads, steaks, sandwiches, burgers and flatbreads. Chef specialties include shrimp & clam linguini, Cuban swordfish, sesame ginger chicken and chicken caprese parm. I overindulged in the ever-so-outrageous pulled pork mac & cheese. Dig for the cavatappi pasta under a pile of crispy onion rings and BBQ pulled pork. They should hand out medals for people who can finish this behemoth.

110 Grill is quickly expanding across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, locations are planned for Worcester, Wrentham, Woburn, Maynard in 2018. They will open in Manchester and West Lebanon, New Hampshire this year. 110 Grill is also opening a location in Albany, New York this year.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES AT THE WAYLAND WINTER FARMER'S MARKET

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Bagels from Bagel Alley
Cannolis filled right in front of you!
Seafood chowder - enjoy some there or bring a bag home.
A large crowd on the first Winter Farmers' Market of the season.
New England winters can be brutal. The cold. The endless snow storms. It starts to feel like spring is NEVER going to be here. Every Saturday this winter, Russell's Garden Center in Wayland, Massachusetts is giving everyone a break with their Wayland Winter Farmers' Market. Each week, dozens of local vendors fill their greenhouses with fresh food. If you're a good lover, than THIS is the event for you and the perfect way to get rid of the winter blues.

The Farmers' Market is a wonderful way to sample many tasty local flavors. There are wines, fruits, vegetables, bagels, popovers, even a nacho grilled cheese sandwich. I enjoyed some seafood chowder for lunch, along with some perogies. For dessert, I chowed down on a cannoli, which was filled right in front of me and dipped in chocolate chips.

The Winter Farmers' Market is going on through March 10, 2018 every Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Follow "Wayland Winter Farmer's Market" on Facebook to see photos from each week's event and for a look at the vendors who will be there.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT BULFINCHS IN SUDBURY, MA

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Everyone gets a plate of pastries to kick of Sunday brunch.
Farmer's Omelet
Huevos Rancheros
Bullfinchs serves brunch on Sundays only and dinner nightly.
BULLFINCHS
Sudbury, Massachusetts
www.bullfinchs.com

Sunday brunch at Bulfinchs in Sudbury, Massachusetts is like dining in the the city, without the long ride and the meaty check. Throw in their LIVE jazz band and you have the recipe for the perfect Sunday morning.

Brunch at Bullfinchs begins with a complimentary plate of pastries. There are scones, a muffin, coffee cake and a croissant. It's served with just enough butter and strawberry jam. For a moment, it felt like we were in France!  Enjoy a cocktail, coffee or some juice as you want for the main course. 

There are many filling favorites for brunch, meals like sausage & potato waffles, smoked salmon & bagel and a belgian waffle. I enjoyed their "Farmer's Omelet," with cheddar, mushrooms, ham, tomatoes and onions. The cheese was oozing out of the side, just the way I like it. If you're in the mode for lunch, try their mussels, pecan chicken, salads (apple, Caesar or beet) or pizza. 

Brunch is served every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It gets busy, so Eat Up New England recommends reservations.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BOOZY MILKSHAKES & BIG BURGERS AT BRGR BAR

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
"The BRGR"
Thin Mint Adult Milkshake
BRGR Bar in Portsmouth, NH
The BRGR Bar
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
www.brgr-bar.com
 
The BRGR Bar in Portsmouth, New Hampshire specializes in burgers that are so BIG, you may need to cut them in half with a knife. This is a family restaurant, but it also has a full bar that makes many adult milkshakes. I loved the thin mint milkshake with brownie bits, rum and peppermint schnapps. Other boozy milkshakes include an apple pie ala mode, "The Oreo Lift" and special Christmas milkshakes around the holidays.

Knowing that the burgers are huge, we skipped on the appetizers like buffalo brussel sprouts and mac, cheese fritters and poutine. I ordered "The BRGR," TWO patties with American cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and a special sauce. Fantastic! It came with a pile of fries, which you can substitute out for a salad or tater tots. Also on their menu, a burger called "The Mac Daddy," which is topped with mac & cheese. Or try one of their  tuna, turkey or duck burgers. Vegetarians have not been forgotten about. There's a "Just Beet It" burger and an "Earth Burger" made of quinoa. 

The BRGR Bar has another location in Portland, Maine with another restaurant opening soon in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

THE J&M DINER IS BACK OPEN AND BETTER THAN EVER

Sunday, January 07, 2018
Welcome to the new J&M Diner!
Pull up a chair at their coffee bar.
Wicked Monte Cristo
Massive pancakes
J&M Diner
Framingham, Massachusetts
jmdiner.com

The J&M Diner in Framingham, Massachusetts has been a favorite since it opened in 1998. Last March, the family-owned breakfast spot suffered a major setback when it burned down. Its sign was about all that was left. Now, it hangs proudly in their new location on Worcester Road.

The new J&M Diner's menu has all of the hearty breakfast favorites that regulars have come to love over the years. There are massive pancakes. One is enough, unless you just ran a marathon. To them with fruit, whipped cream or chocolate. They also cook up several specialty omelets and egg dishes. I enjoyed their Wicked Monte Cristo this morning. This monster is packed with turkey and ham in between cinnamon and sugar French toast.

The service couldn't be any better at the J&M Diner. A word of warning, wait time on the weekends can be over an hour, but the food is well worth it. J&M Diner is open everyday from 6am-2pm, except on Christmas.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR AT ASSEMBLY SQUARE

Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Steak frites, fries and mushrooms at Earls
Key lime pie at Southern Kin Kitchen
It wouldn't have been proper to end 2017 without a good meal. This year, Eat Up New England and friends checked out some of the restaurants at Assembly Square in Somerville, Massachusetts. We enjoyed dinner at Earls. We started off with a couple of apps. Their warm spinach and three cheese dip was very good. It's complemented very nicely by artichokes and feta cheese. For dinner, I enjoyed their steak frites, fries and marinated mushrooms.  We went to the Southern Kin Kitchen for dessert. Their key lime pie is fantastic! Happy New Year to all of my readers! May 2018 be full of good food.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

EAT UP NEW ENGLAND'S FAVORITE DISHES OF 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017
Before the ball drops on 2017, let's take a look back at some of Eat Up New England's favorite dishes of the year. Enjoy the look back and have a safe and happy new year.
Hot lobster roll - Dead Eye Dick's - Block Island, RI
Taco Mac - Mr. Mac's in Portsmouth, NH
Fried fluffernutter - Biltmore Bar & Grille in Newton, MA

Baked ziti with meatballs - Panza, The North End, Boston
Pumpkin pancakes platter - Flapjacks in Lincoln, NH
Julia Child's shortbread with raspberry jam - Gaslight in Boston
Local sausage flatbread - North Country General in Jamaica, VT
   

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CLASSIC ITALIAN AT PANZA IN THE NORTH END

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Baked ziti
Classic Italian food at Panza
Panza
Boston 
www.panzarestaurant.com
 
There's nothing like the North End at Christmas. Every restaurant is decorated. There are huge wreaths with big bows. Holiday pastries on display. Panza fits right in with its large snowflakes hanging in the windows and Christmas music playing in the dining room. It offers the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the season and enjoy a classic Italian meal.

Panza is cozy, just like other restaurants in the North End. Daily specials are handwritten on a mirror. The menu is full of Italian favorites and every meal begins with Italian bread with olive oil. Appetizers include calamari, bruschetta and grilled Italian greens. Entrees include hearty staples like chicken or veal picatta, eggplant, chicken or veal parm, braised beef short ribs and seafood risotto. 

Pastas include linguine carbonara, spinach & ricotta ravioli, lobster ravioli and linguine with clams. I ordered the baked ziti. This was a HUGE plate of pasta with two incredibly flavorful meatballs. Those meatballs were the star of the show. I had enough for lunch the next day and the leftovers were just as good as fresh.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CHEF MARIO BATALI ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Monday, December 11, 2017
Celebrity Chef Mario Batali is being accused of sexual misconduct by four women over the course of two decades. He is off of "The Chew" while he's being investigated. Batali is also giving up daily oversight of his restaurant empire, which includes Eataly and Babbo in Boston.

Three of the alleged victims worked for Batali. Among the things he's accused of: groping the chest of one woman and grabbing one from behind and holding her tightly against his body.

Batali released a statement saying in part, "I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family."

Monday, December 04, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN A CUP AT EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS

Monday, December 04, 2017
Einstein Bros. Bagels
www.einsteinbros.com

If you're looking for a taste of Christmas in a cup, then check out the Cinnamon Winter Blend at Einstein Brothers Bagels. This hot brew is made with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Plus, all cups are bottomless, so drink up! They also have a snickerdoodle bagel, cinnamon caramel latte and a tasty Croque Melvyn for the holidays.

Einstein Bros. has several locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, along with a shop in Concord, New Hampshire.
 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

INSIDE OF THE NEW WHOLE FOODS IN SUDBURY

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Whole Foods is the first to open in a new development in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Check out the cheese section, where there is plenty of sampling.
Local pretzels for sale with a side of mustard.
There are many self-self stations like this one.
There's even a Clover restaurant inside of this Whole Foods, along with a Pressed juice spot.

Friday, November 24, 2017

THANKSGIVING ON A PIZZA

Friday, November 24, 2017
Thanksgiving Dinner Pizza
So many sub shops offer turkey and stuffing sandwiches this time of the year, but here's a new twist. Stew Leonard's in Newington, Connecticut is selling a Thanksgiving pizza. It's topped with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and green beans. There's gravy instead of cheese and tomato sauce. Stew Leonard, Jr. got the idea after watching Mario Batali make one on "The Chew." If it's a hit this year, they will bring it back next Thanksgiving.

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