Vine Brook Tavern: A Lexington Revival

In it’s heyday Vinny Testa’s was a hot spot, a suburban gathering hall, one of the few places in town you could catch up with neighbors and enjoy a casual meal.  Those were big shoes to fill and after Vinny Testa’s lost it’s luster Lexington sort of lost it’s dining hall.  Of course they weren’t…

Lunch at Menotomy Grill & Tavern

Long gone are the days of a video store in every neighbourhood and in this particular spot in Arlington, on the Cambridge line, an old video store has been replaced with a big, modern, metropolitan Tavern with touches of an old vibe but the comfort, food and style of a modern restaurant. Today, I sat…

Lunch Meeting at West Bridge (Cambridge)

I love having lunch at West Bridge.  The first time I went, the restaurant was new and lunch was very quiet.  It was nice to see that this time the restaurant was probably 1/2 full. West Bridge has a beautiful rustic/industrial vibe (if that makes any sense – lots of nice wood and metal).  It…

Foie de Poulet: Chicken Liver with Apple Brandy Dijon Sauce (Recipe)

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Chef Tony Maws and Chef Carl Dooley about one of Craigie on Main’s most exceptional special events, The Road Less Traveled, where the ingredients are more nose and tail than anything in between. I have always preferred liver to steak but have never prepared it successfully…

Wagamama Opens at MarketStreet in Lynnfield

Although I love to support small local businesses, I am okay with chain restaurants every once in a while, especially ones that do what they do well.  Wagamama is one of those places.  I was recently invited to visit Wagamama Lynnfield before they opened to the public and along with several other bloggers and writers…

Falling for Cheese: Grilled Cheese Two Ways

Grilled cheese is definitely a treat and this is the best time of year to enjoy it. There is a bite in the air and fall fruit- apples and pears- go so well with cheese. As a child, I hated that my mom insisted we have open-faced sandwiches. Now, I think especially for a sandwich…

Somerville and Cambridge Get a Bit Tastier

Somerville is lucky to have a little piece of the Area Four world. A4 pizza opens today and every day at 5:00. The spot looks like a place you could hang out on a regular basis with some good friends, a cold local brew in hand accompanied by some amazing pizza and other little bites….

Simple Lunch for Mom & Son

Sometimes a simple quiet lunch in the kitchen is better than any fancy meal out. It is all about finding those spaces between that help stretch out summer days in a good way. After dinner last night, we had pasta left over. Keep even a small serving of leftover pasta for a day. It is…