Posted tagged ‘basil’

The best hidden secret in Watertown’s Arsenal Mall…

September 5, 2011

…is definitely Coffee Traders, a family-owned coffee and wrap/sandwich/salad business. Every time I go to the mall or am in the vicinity of the mall, I stop there for a mozzarella and basil wrap.

The mozzarella and basil are always super-fresh, and so are the tomatoes that are also included in the soft pita. I like how the pita is nice and thin, so you don’t feel too full after eating it. You can have them add whatever sauce you’d like (including ranch and blue cheese), but I always go for their staple sauce: olive oil, salt and pepper. Perfecto. Today I introduced my sister to this hidden gem.

I got my usual mozzarella and basil wrap:

And she got a buffalo chicken salad:

She got her salad with ranch dressing (and buffalo sauce of course), and loved it. According to her, it was nice having grilled chicken instead of the usual fried chicken. She felt nice and healthy, which is a big reason why I love this little joint. It’s definitely much healthier than the other eateries in this food court (including Regina Pizzeria, a Mexican place and Burger King). She also liked how the buffalo sauce was less spicy than what she’s accustomed to.

If you can, try to support this business! It’s nice knowing the money goes to a family versus a big corporation. And they have ice cream and a wide variety of coffee drinks.

New water pitcher

July 18, 2011

I just found out one of my friends can’t come to my wedding, but she did send me this lovely water pitcher.

I absolutely love it, and even used it for dinner tonight. My fiance and I attempted to make meatballs with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, breadcrumbs, and anchovies, but we forgot to add the breadcrumbs and accidentally bought sardines instead of anchovies. So yeah, they weren’t as good as they could have been. But they were still pretty tasty (guess mozzarella will do that!).

 

 

 

Tomato and basil quiche and Finnish mushroom salad

July 19, 2010

I tried out two new recipes last week, and loved them both.

One was for a tomato and basil quiche, and the other was for a Finnish mushroom salad.

Here’s how the quiche looked when it came out of the oven:

A big reason why it tasted so yummy was the flavor from the tomatoes. Before adding the tomatoes to the quiche you cut and peel them, sprinkle them with flour and basil, and saute them in olive oil.

Here’s how the Finnish mushroom salad looked as it was being chilled in the fridge:

This was such a refreshing, tasty dish! I loved the slightly soft texture of the mushrooms after having boiled them for just a minute.

The sauce of chives, cream, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper was also great! And what’s best is the recipe is so easy to make.


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