Monday, November 25, 2013

DELICIOUS DESSERTS AND DRINKS AT CAFFE VITTORIA IN BOSTON'S NORTH END

Caffe Vittoria in Boston's historic North End is a legendary spot for dessert and a warm drink. There's nothing better than going for a hearty meal and then stopping by Caffee Vittoria for dessert. They have all of the Italian favorites. There are canollis, eclairs, ricotta pie, Italian cookies, flan, chocolate ganache and so many more delicious treats. Their cheesecake is absolutely amazing. Caffe Vittoria also offers many dessert martinis and hot specialty coffee drinks. The service here is also so fast and friendly, but be sure to stop at the A.T.M. first. Caffe Vittoria is cash only.

CONTACT
www.vittoriacaffe.com , , , ,

Saturday, November 23, 2013

FALL FUN & CIDER DONUTS AT A VERMONT CIDER MILL

Sample the apple cider.
Making apple cider donuts
If there was ever a place that screams fall in New England, the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont certainly is it. As soon as you drive in, you'll notice the lush, green Vermont mountains in the background. When you walk inside, you'll have trouble deciding on what to look at first.

Cold Hollow has all of the fall favorites. Of course, there is their apple cider. They squeeze it fresh on sight and if you're lucky, you'll be able to see them doing it when you visit. It comes in several different sizes and you can always help yourself to a free cup.They also sell hot cider by the cup. You've also got to try their fresh apple cider donuts. You can watch them make the donuts the old-fashioned way and then take some to go. Good luck eating just one!

Cold Hollow also sells all kinds of cooking supplies and Vermont food products. They have fruits & veggies, cookies, pancakes mixes, cheese, fudge, jelly, syrup and all kinds of jelly. They also carry several kinds of honey. Don't leave without seeing Cold Hollow's honey comb with live bees! Christmas is coming and Cold Hollow sells and makes gift packs with their products and ships them anywhere.

After you visit Cold Hollow, take a ride up the road where you'll bump into the Ben & Jerry's factory and a Cabot Cheese shop. , ,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

NEW ENGLAND DINING OPTIONS FOR THANKSGIVING 2013

Thanksgiving is coming and if you'd rather have someone else do the cooking, check out these New England dining options:

CONNECTICUT
Check out this long list of Connecticut Thanksgiving dining options from CTNOW.COM.

MAINE
Harraseeket Inn - (Freeport) Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet; HUGE menu featuring turkey, lobster, scallops, ribs, pork, multiple salads and soups, pumpkin pie and several other treats for dessert; $60 for adults Full Menu HERE 
Jameson Tavern - (Freeport) Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30am-4:30 pm; www.jamesontavern.com
Sea Dog Brewing Company - (Bangor) Thanksgiving dinner starting at 11:00am; pub opens at 4pm; www.seadogbrewing.com


MASSACHUSETTS
75 on Liberty Wharf - (Boston) 3-course prix fixe menu; turkey, pumpkin bisque; rum raisin pudding; $55 for adults 75onlibertywharf.com
Asana - (Boston) Dinner includes a carving station with turkey and prime rib; table of desserts; $89 for adults; Full menu HERE
Boston Chops - Three-course menu with filet mignon, roasted Misty Knolls turkey with spiced cranberry and fig chutney; spiced pumpkin cream pudding for dessert; $69 for adults bostonchops.com
Davios - (Boston) Oven-roasted turkey, green beans, stuffing and apple pie for dessert $47 for the meal; $10 for dessert only www.davios.com/bos
The Fireplace Restaurant - (Brookline) Highlights include cider-glazed turkey and three kinds of stuffing; see the menu HERE
Harvest - (Harvard Square) Three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings; $68 per person harvestcambridge.com
King's - (Dedham, Lynnfield, Boston) - "Keep Calm and Gobble On" Thanksgiving night event. Opening at 6pm on Turkey Day. Also open all day on Black Friday and offering deals on gift cards.
Legal Harborside - (Boston) - Misty Knoll Farms turkey, seared scallops, salmon; $60 per person
Morins - (Attleboro) Lunch buffet with turkey; $23.95 for adults; morins1911.com

RHODE ISLAND
Capitol Grille - (Providence) Offering a traditional turkey dinner; thecapitalgrille.com
Legal Sea Foods - (Warwick) Traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $21.95
Public Kitchen - (Providence) Traditional Thanksgiving meal for $38; publickitchenprovidence.com
Redlefsen's - (Bristol) Buffet lunch with turkey, ham, salmon and all of the fixings; $28.95 for adults; redlefsens.com

Check out The Providence Journal's extensive list of Thanksgiving Day dining options.
 
VERMONT
Grafton Inn - (Grafton) 3-course Thanksgiving meal; $50 for adults; Grafton Inn
Inn at Baldwin Creek - (Bristol) Huge buffet menu with turkey, cod, ravioli. Cheesecake, apple pie and carrot cake are among the dessert options. $49/adults. Buffet menu
Pauline's Cafe - (Burlington) Three-course Turkey Day dinners; Pauline's Thanksgiving menu
Stoweflake Mountain & Resort - (Stowe) Thanksgiving feast; turkey, pork, duck, pumkkin ravioli. Pumpkin cheesecake and other desserts. $45 for four courses Stoweflake Thanksgiving menu
Three Mountain Inn (Jamaica) - Offering a Thanksgiving getaway package complete with Thanksgiving dinner for two, afternoon tea and cider, Vermont cheeses and breakfast Three Mountain Inn

Sunday, November 17, 2013

CHECK OUT THE WEGMANS IN NORTHBORO, MA

A giant fish on display in the seafood section.
A train circles the daity department.
There's a definite buzz around the Wegmans chain of stores. This grocery store on steroids started in Rochester, New York and is making its way to New England. Wegman's is coming to Chestnut Hill soon, but is already open in Northboro, Massachusetts.

You really could spend hours here. The place is huge and their are all kinds of specialty departments within the store. There's an Asian bar with chefs preparing sushi. The seafood department features live lobsters and huge fish on ice. The cake and pastry sections have a wide selection of sweets. They even have a huge display of pumpkin cakes, cupcakes and pumpkin pie. It was hard to resist the pumpkin pie!

There are several aisles of health food and gluten-free items. The beer and wine department is enormous and I was happy to see they were selling one of my favorites, Shipyard Pumpkinhead. Wegmans even has its own little restaurants within the store. There's a coffee shop, a sandwich shop and pizza shop. They also have a huge buffet and salad bar area with hot and cold items. Wegman's was hopping, but there was plenty of staff to keep things moving.

CONTACT
www.wegmans.com

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
Be sure to ghet a Wegmans Shoppers Club card at customer service. You'll get a Wegmans Menu magazine for free, along with coupons for a free reusable shopping bag and a free food item. The card is key because it also allows you to get all of the sale items in the store. Without it, you'll pay full price. ,

Thursday, November 14, 2013

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE OPENS IN CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.

Cheesecake dolchino
Brio Tuscan Grille is officially open in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The place was abuzz with activity during its opening last night and I was happy to be there on the first night. There's nothing like an opening. There was an excitement in the air, staff from other restaurants were training and the place was sparkling. You should always give restaurants some time to perfect things, but based on what I experienced last night, Brio is ready already a well-oiled machine.

Brio is one of the few places were I order wine. They big you a big ole' glass and it's priced right. So, I started with a glass of Merlot. They have great apps. I always have their bistecca salad, which is half a head of iceberg lettuce, Gorgonzola cheese, tomatoes and bacon. It's served ice cold with a steak knife for cutting into it. Wicked good. I also enjoy their tomato and mozzarella caprese. For the main course, I tried their "pasta pesto," with angel hair, grilled chicken, onions tomatoes and peppers. Delicious. They have many pasta entrees. I can also recommend their "campenelle carbonera," but be sure to bring your appetite, its a big dish! Other menu options include a variety of flatbreads, steaks and seafood dishes.

One of the things that I really like about Brio is their dessert options. It's impossible not to order a dessert because the waiters always bring a tray out to tempt you. They have regular-sized sweets, but I always go for one of their "dolchinos," a smaller portion of their bigger desserts. I love their cheesecake dolchino and went for it last night. They are only $2.99 and worth every penny.

Brio is located in the new Chestnut Hill Square development. Be sure to check it out before the new Wegman's opens because by then, the parking lot with be a disaster.

Contact
www.brioitalian.com

Deals & Discounts
- Be sure to get one of Brio's Passport to Rewards cards. It's free and you'll be emailed all sorts of discounts and free food offers. You'll also get a free meal on your birthday. , ,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TRY "THE BOBBIE" THIS THANKGIVING SEASON

Go ahead. Try to look at this sandwich without drooling. You're looking at "The Bobbie" and you can only find it at Capriotti's Sandwich Shop. I've told you about this sandwich before. This delicious dish is one of the reasons I started Eat Up New England. When you eat something like this, you've got to share the experience with others!

So, what makes The Bobbie so special? This sandwich is packed with a very generous portion of homemade turkey. It's topped off with an equally generous portion of stuffing. Oh yeah, there's the cranberry sauce and mayo, too. It's the perfect combination of flavors. Be sure to try it this Thanksgiving. If you can't make it to Capriotti's over the next two weeks, don't worry! The Bobbie is available all year long. Capriotti's has a location in Foxboro, Massachusetts at Patriot Place and will soon be open in Mansfield, Massachusetts. While you're there, go for turkey overload and try their turkey soup. Like The Bobbie, it's packed with their delicious hand-carved turkey.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

MAKE IT MINI AT MY LITTLE CUPCAKE IN VERMONT

Big cupcakes smothered with frosting can sometime be too much. That's where My Little Cupcake in Burlington and Essex, Vermont comes in. They specialize in small cupcakes. This makes it much easier to sample their long list of flavors. We got a half dozen, including some cute ghost cupcakes for Halloween and they are delicious.

My Little Cupcake really does have every kind of cupcake imaginable. There are the standards like chocolate, vanilla, carrot cake and cookies and cream. Walk on the wild side with some more exotic flavors like Vermont maple walnut, s'mores, pumpkin chocolate chip, blueberry pancake and margarita. Check out their website to see pics of all of their cupcakes and read more about their flavors. If you're really hungry, My Little Cupcake also sells big cupcakes. Many of them have fillings. They also have coffee and hot apple cider to warm you up on these cold fall days.

CONTACT
http://mylittlecupcakevt.com/
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CUPCAKE CHARLIE'S NOW OPEN IN FOXBORO, MA

Business is booming at the new Cupcake Charlie's at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts. When I was there yesterday, the line was out the door. Fortunately, the wait time wasn't long. I went for a more traditional chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting. Very good. They also sell many cupcakes with fillings like raspberry and chocolate. Their cupcake of the month is pumpkin pie and looks hearty enough to eat as a meal. If you're looking for an easy Thanksgiving dessert, Cupcake Charlie's is also taking orders for Thanksgiving cupcakes.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

CLASSIC ITALIAN AT SARDUCCI'S IN MONTPELIER, VERMONT

Penne with shrimp and scallops
If you ever have your fill of Cabot cheese, syrup and pancakes in Vermont, head to Sarducci's in Montpelier for some classic Italian food. They have all of the traditional favorites and use a wood burning over to really bring out the flavor. 

Start your meal with one of their salads. We went for the "mixta" with greens, black olives, tomatoes. You can choose from my two favorite dressings: creamy Italian or bleu cheese. Other salads include Caesar, Greek, spinach and apple & hazelnut. 

Lunch and dinner meals include pizza, pasta and panini. There so many pastas on the menu. Go for the traditional. They have penne bolognese and fettuccine alfredo or try their crab ravioli with shrimp or their "Capellini di Verdure," angel hair with spinach, sun-dried tomato, olives, artichokes and goat cheese. I enjoyed one of their "Pasta al Forno" dishes. These pastas are cooked in their wood oven. The penne with scallops and shrimp was sooo good. It's actually made with a cheese sauce instead of tomato sauce. Other oven menu items include baked sausage, mac & cheese and chicken breast over penne. 

If you're in the mood for a pizza, they have many pies on the menu. There's the "Roma," a carnivore's delight with bacon, sausage, pepperoni or go for the "Il Fungo," a veggie lover's dream with roasted portobello mushrooms, blue cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. 

Sarducci's has many vegetarian meals and gluten-free options. And yes, they have a full bar!

CONTACT
www.sarduccis.com
3 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
802-223-0229 
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Sunday, November 03, 2013

HAND-ROLLED, WOOD-FIRED MONTREAL BAGELS AT MYER'S BAGELS IN VERMONT

Drive too fast and you might just miss Myer's Bagels in Burlington, Vermont. This bagel shop is as unassuming as it gets, tucked in off of the road and advertised only by a small sign. Myer's doesn't really need any advertising. All of the locals and visitors know all about their Montreal-style bagels.

So, what is a Montreal-style bagel? Walk right in the front door of Myer's and you'll find out. Montreal-style bagels are always baked in a wood-fired oven. You'll see it and feel the warmth from the oven right away. They are also handmade. You'll see workers hand rolling these bad boys before they are put into the oven. Myer's offers all of the traditional bagel flavors and then some. A bagel and schmear is just two bucks. They also offer breakfast sandwiches, hash and fruit yogurt. Stop by for lunch and you'll find a variety of Vermont inspired sandwiches like "The Causeway," with curry chicken salad lettuce and tomato, and the "Groovy UV," with hummus, cucumber, onion, lettuce, tomato and sprouts. They also offer a few salads and soups. Order whatever you want, but be sure to try one of their bagels!
Contact:
377 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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DELICIOUS DISH: COSI'S TURKEY AND STUFFING SANDWICH

It's only around this time of the year and every November, I go to Cosi over and over again for one tasty reason: their turkey & stuffing sandwich. This is by far one of my most favorite sandwiches. Order it hot or cold. I prefer it hot. The sandwich packed with delicious white turkey breast, warm stuffing and a good portion of tart cranberry sauce. The combination of flavors is simply incredible. Cosi has locations all over New England, so be sure to try this sandwich this November! , , ,