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Scholars Bistro in Boston has good food and service

May 2, 2011

At least that was my experience on Saturday evening with a bunch of friends. Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge just recently opened at 25 School St. in Boston near the Park Street T stop. Their wine is a little pricey (you can’t get a glass for less than $7), but I suppose that’s often the case in downtown Boston.

They have some unusual items on their menu, which I appreciated. Those dishes include rabbit fritters, braised beef tongue sliders, lasagna cupcakes, apple cider pork belly, and prosciutto pizza. I didn’t have the biggest appetite, so I just went with the mussels appetizer.

My mussels

From my experience, it’s kinda hard to screw mussels up. But the smoked salt, tarragon, and roasted tomato sauce made the meal tastier than your average mussels plate. Plus, they provide plenty of bread to dip in the sauce. My fiance had Tuscan flatbread pizza, which included sun-dried tomato, pesto, goat cheese, and red sauce.

My fiance's Tuscan flatbread pizza

He was quite a fan. Another friend of ours, who adores hummus, ordered the Za’atar flatbread pizza. That one’s made up of pine nuts, goats cheese, hummus, and labneh (Middle Eastern yogurt cheese). For an appetizer, another friend ordered some raw oysters. She let me have one, which is always a ton of fun.

Me slurping down the oyster

While staff didn’t seem 100 percent sure of the menu (that’s understandable as the restaurant just opened), they were nonetheless attentive. At one point, there were three waitresses serving us drinks and asking how things were going. When we first arrived (around 6 p.m.), we were practically the only diners in the whole place. But around 8 p.m. or so, things started picking up.

I think this would be a neat place to go for an after-dinner drink or two. Upstairs there’s a billiards room, comfy chairs, and dim lighting. It’s the perfect environment for enjoying one of their many creative cocktails. Beer fans will be glad to know they have 15-plus brews on tap. I will surely return to this awesome restaurant/bistro/lounge!

Sound Bites Restaurant: Good food, cozy ambiance, great service

December 19, 2010

My boyfriend and I stopped by Sound Bites Restaurant (in Somerville’s Ball Square area) yesterday for dinner. He started off with a draft beer, and I ordered sangria.

My sangria

The restaurant, which is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday, has a full bar. It’s thoroughly decorated for Christmas, making you feel right at home. We were the only customers at one point, but that may have been because we ate so early (around 5 p.m.).

I ordered the Mid-East Combo Plate #1. For this dish you choose three of the following: falafel, hoummous (commonly spelled hummus), mujadra (includes lentils, caramelized onions, rice and yogurt sauce), baba ghanough (mashed eggplant with various seasonings), grape leaves, sauteed cauliflower, and tabbouli. I ordered mujadra, grape leaves, and baba ghanough. It came with a salad and yummy olives (and was just $9.99!).

They accompany the meal with warm pita bread.

It was quite good. My boyfriend had shrimp scampi. While my meal was good, his was fantastic. I don’t know what they put in that sauce, but it really made the meal.

The kind waiter gave us a free plate of fruit afterward. What a nice touch! All the fruit was fresh and tasty.

I will definitely be going back there!

I love Christopher’s in Porter Square

September 3, 2010

christopher's restaurant in Cambridge

Isn’t the outside portion of Christopher’s Restaurant & Bar so cute?

Inside is nice, too. There’s nothing better than getting a seat on one of the bar stools (don’t worry Mom, I only have a drink or too) on a blustery, winter night. The wooden bar area and nearby fireplace make you feel nice and cozy. The bartenders are very friendly, and the clientele is laid-back.

I’ve had quite a few of their menu items. For appetizers, I prefer the spinach and artichoke dip and southwestern tofu dip. For dinner, I like their sirloin tips and chicken piccata. I’m not so much a fan of the stir fry (not too tasty) or spinach and artichoke burrito (I didn’t like the combination of spinach, artichokes, goat cheese, cheddar and mozzarella, red sauce, vegetarian black beans, mango slaw, greens and pico de gallo– call me crazy since it sounds good on paper!).

For dessert I loooovvvvee their chocolate mousse. One time I went there for an after-dinner snack and had that with a glass of their Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile (best wine there). It was the perfect match! I also like their caramel apple granny pie.

For you beer lovers, they have an extensive list of beers on tap (including nine weekly specials).

This post makes it sound like I go out to eat all the time. That’s not really the case– it’s just that my boyfriend used to live right near Christopher’s so that’s where we went when we didn’t feel like cooking.

A walk down Belmont Street

April 2, 2010

Today I got my hair permed at the Belmont Beauty Salon at 195 Belmont St. The owner, Nahrein Zavaro, did a fabulous job.

Before, my hair was dry, dead (well I know hair is already dead, but let’s say it was especially dead), and colored at the bottom.

Now my hair is curly, healthy, and all one color.

Me after the perm

I HIGHLY advise people living in the Watertown/Belmont area to check out Nahrein’s place.

It’s only been around a month or so, but she has years of experience. She is very sweet, and not afraid to be honest about your hair and its needs.

Since today is gorgeous out, I walked to the hair salon. I took a few pics on the way.

Here is a sign my bf and I have long joked about. It’s hanging up in the window of the Olympic House of Pizza.

Does spag sauce and M. balls sound appetizing to you?

We think that the House of Pizza couldn’t have done a better job making spaghetti and meatballs sound less appetizing. But maybe you disagree.

Also, I didn’t realize eggplant was in fact two words. Is this not eggplant in the traditional sense, but rather a plant made of eggs?

Next is a picture of Guido’s, an Italian restaurant/bar I recently checked out.

Guido's

It definitely caters to the older crowd at night (mostly people in their 40s, 50s and 60s), but that’s all good. They were rocking the oldies classics on the electronic jukebox machine, and gossiping about west-side Cambridge happenings. One man had met WCVB’s Bianca de la Garza in Harvard Square the previous day and was proud. My Smithwicks tasted like it had been on tap a little too long, but besides that it was a fun experience. Oh yeah, the joint also has cool Red Sox photos on the walls.

Here’s a generic shot of Belmont Street:

Belmont Street

Not too exciting, I know, but I keep it real.

Next we have a photo of the Eastern Lamejun Bakers. For those of you who don’t know, Lamejun is Armenian pizza. it’s a pita crust with meat, peppers and spices on top. I had one from this place a few weeks ago, and thought it was quite tasty. You can get it with lamb, beef or chicken, or vegetarian-style.

This bakery has a variety of other Armenian products, including cheese, breads and coffee.

Eastern Lamejun Bakers

The next two pictures are of places I want to try out. One is Conley’s Pub & Grill, and the other is Michael’s Pizza. Michael’s Pizza apparently sells calzones, something a few friends and I have every Thursday for “calzone night.” Calzone night is a longstanding tradition for several members of the group, who have been regularly gathering for the tasty treat for more than six years now. My favorite calzone is the Christinezone (named it after myself since I discovered it). It’s spinach, sausage, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Michael's Pizza

Conley's

Moving on, here’s a picture of Belmont Street Gas.

Nothing too exciting, but I thought I would credit them for their relatively low gas prices. Of the various gas stations I passed by today, their gas was the cheapest.

Belmont Street Gas

My last photo was taken on the way back from the hair salon. I was admiring my perm in storefront windows when I heard “Miss, would you like to buy some lemonade or iced tea?”

I turned my head and saw three children behind a lemonade stand. They were so cute, maybe about 6 or 7 years old. I think they were home early from school because it’s Good Friday.

Anyway, I bought a cup of lemonade for 75 cents (How could I say no?). They were very happy. I asked them how much they had earned so far, and they told me $4. But they had just started, so they hoped to earn a lot more.

Their plan was to later spend their money on slushies at Belmont Variety. Sounds good to me!

Here’s a pic of the yummy lemonade:

My cup of lemonade

My cup of lemonade

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Looking for something to do? Why not make some beer?

February 2, 2010

A few weekends ago some friends and I went to Barleycorn’s Craft Brew in Natick to make beer for my boyfriend’s birthday. He’s a big beer fan, so it made perfect sense.

I would recommend the experience to anyone who enjoys beer and is looking for something fun to do. Also, of course, you have to make sure that you and those you’re with have enough money for the activity.

Seventy-two 12-ounce bottles of beer and custom labels for your beer bottles cost between $150 and $200 to make/buy. You either have to pay extra to buy beer bottles from Barleycorn’s Craft Brew or supply your own bottles.

You can choose from over 130 different types of beers. Making the beer takes several hours. You add the necessary ingredients, stir the mixture while it boils, and then let it cool. (more…)

Two awesome restaurants: one in Saugus and one in Framingham

January 18, 2010

I checked out two new restaurants this past weekend: The Pushcart in Saugus and the British Beer Company in Framingham. The Pushcart is actually a new restaurant, while the British Beer Company is just new to me.

Both had excellent food. At The Pushcart I ordered veal and eggplant Parmesan, and also sampled fried cheese, and ravioli in a sun-dried tomato sauce. At the British Beer Company I had haddock in a cracker crust, fingerling potatoes and a squash and zucchini medley.

I also had a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale with my fish. Delish!

The cool thing about The Pushcart is it was originally located in the North End, and is named after the pushcarts poor restaurateurs used to sell their food from.

That location closed years ago, and it just opened back up in Saugus.

What I love about the British Beer Company is the restaurant’s British feel. It has dark brown wood, a giant rectangular bar that seats 35 guests, and italicized quotes around the ceiling.

Here’s one of the best quotes: “Bessie Braddock: ‘Sir, you are drunk.’ Churchill: ‘Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.’”

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Great Mexican restaurant in Cambridge

November 26, 2009

I checked out the Forest Cafe on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge the other night. Even though the restaurant was super crowded (and it was a Tuesday night), our waiter was attentive to our needs. He was the only waiter on the floor, but each time we got low on chips or salsa, he was right there with new batches.

The shape of the restaurant is kind of different. It’s a pretty long and narrow room, with booths on one side and chairs and tables on the other. There’s also a bar section. The restaurant’s lighting is pretty dim, which I didn’t mind, and the walls’ wood paneling, brick, and brightly colored┬áMexican decor makes for a nice scene. (more…)

Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant: Overall good experience

September 23, 2009

castleA friend and I ate at the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant in downtown Boston last night. Overall it was a good experience. The appetizers were delicious. We took advantage of the three appetizers for $16 special, and ordered bruschetta, chicken kabobs and pot stickers.

By far my favorite appetizer was pot stickers, or Chinese dumplings containing seasoned pork, vegetables and a sweet chili sauce. A bite of one of these, along with a swig of Smithwick’s Irish ale, seems to make everything right in this world. While my friend and I were waiting for our meals, we agreed to participate in a Scotch whiskey tasting sponsored by Dewar’s, a brand of Scotch whiskey. (more…)


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