OCEAN PRIME – Seaport – Boston

OCEAN PRIME

Seaport District, Boston, MA

~ Seafood, Steaks, Cocktails ~

Gluten-Free Menu Available

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LAVENDER CITRUS SODA

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Appetizers

LOBSTER ROLL

poached lobster tail, kiwi, pickled serrano pepper, masago, spicy mango puree

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SURF N TURF

sea scallops and slow braised short ribs

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Entrees

CHILEAN SEA BASS

with whipped potatoes and champagne truffle sauce

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FILET MIGNON

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Chophouse Corn Salad

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My sister (Gluten-Free Boston and Beyond) and me

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Ocean Prime Boston Gluten-Free Lunch Menu

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 Disclaimer: I received lunch free of charge, with exception of gratuity, which I happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all of my opinions are my own. 

SRV – South End

SRV

569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA  www.srvboston.com

SRV is a new restaurant that just opened on January 17, 2016 in the South End in Boston. It is owned by The Coda Group which also owns Salty Pig, Coda, and Canary Square. SRV is a “Venetian Bacaro” (a traditional Venetian wine bar) serving temporary Italian cuisine and small plates.  The executive chefs, Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell, came from the Salty Pig. I am sharing my experience at this restaurant with you all and have added pictures and descriptions below. The menu is not yet online, so I took a picture of the menus and added them in this blog post for you to see!

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The atmosphere is modern and sleek with dim lighting. Above the wooden dining tables hangs old crystal pitchers and vases that have been turned into lamps. They have tall windows in the front of the restaurant which bring in lots of natural light. There is a 20-seat bar that serves an extensive wine list, Italian craft beers, and extravagant cocktails.

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We decided to try it out for our first time on the night of the snowstorm #jonas.  There were 6 of us total, so we put our names in with the hostess when we got there around 7:45 pm and ordered drinks by the bar area while we waited. It was so busy regardless of the snow and bad driving conditions, but we were fine with waiting and just excited to try out this new restaurant.  After about an hour, we were finally seated. If you are going on a Friday or Saturday night, I suggest trying to make a reservation or going ahead of time to put your name on the wait list.  If you are brave and like to new, unique foods, have an extensive palate, and can spend a few extra bucks, then this is the place for you. If you are a picky eater and have a big appetite, I suggest somewhere else.

We were with two other couples: one couple being a vegetarian and a vegan. The restaurant was able to accommodate their dietary needs which was another reason why we were able to come. Something negative I remember was that we waited very long for the table and the restaurant ran out of bread and we were starving. I think they are still trying to work out the kinks.

For drinks, we ordered the Livon Pinot Grigio from Northern Italy, the Aperal Spritz (aperol, prosecco, soda), the Bicicletta (Campari, white wine, dry vermouth), and Allagash white beer. The Livon Pinto Grigio was very good; it was light and refreshing and I would definitely recommend it for having with seafood, light cheeses, or salads.

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Our waitress was very nice and brought us waters right away. She answered any questions we had about the menu and gave us her honest opinion about which plates to order. For apps, we started off with the Quail Egg & Anchovy plate, the Baby Octopus (preserved lemon, pine nut, celery hearts), and the Italian Chicories (gorgonzola dolce, walnut, and valpolicella dressing).  Our friends ordered the Baccala Mantecato (black bread, herbs, garlic) and the Suca Baruca (heirloom squash, brutti ma buoni, lardo, quince mostarda). Then came the Fegato alla Veneziana (calf’s liver, Vidalia onion, sage) which no one at our table was a fan of. Our favorites were the Quail Egg and the Squash dishes.

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Fegato alla Veneziana (calf’s liver)😦

For our main courses, my boyfriend and I shared the Casunziei (ravioli with beet, ricotta, tarragon, poppy seed, nori) and the Buckwheat Bigoli (duck ragu, soffrito, sage).  I preferred the beet ravioli dish over the duck ragu, but I probably wouldn’t order either of them again.

Our vegetarian/vegan friends ordered the Buckwheat Bigoli (vegan pasta) with red sauce, and the Squid Ink Risotto (cuttlefish, parsley, preserved lemon). They both liked them and were happy with their meals.  The other couple we were with also ordered the Polpette (pork & beef meatball, tomato, pecorino romano) which they loved, but were only given two small meatballs. The picture below to the right is the Gnocchi (lamb neck, kalette, yogurt, garlic) which was disliked by our friends who ordered it.

I give this restaurant an overall rating of 3.5 stars. I based this on 4 starts for atmosphere, 5 stars for creativity, 3 stars for service, and 3 stars for taste.

Disclaimer:  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Homemade Turkey Soup

Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe

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I am sharing this homemade turkey soup recipe with you. My mom usually makes this every Thanksgiving with the leftover turkey meat and it is SOOO GOOD! You can also use leftover chicken. Here it is! Enjoy🙂

Ingredients:

  • Cooked Turkey carcass, cut up into bite size pieces
  • 4 Large Carrots, sliced
  • 4 Medium stalks Celery, sliced
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • Dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • Store Bought Organic Turkey Broth (2-3 cups)
  • Water
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil or Butter
  • (Optional: add noodles or rice at the end)

Directions:

  1. During Thanksgiving, do not throw away the bones, leftover drippings, skin, or giblets. Remove all the unusable turkey meat/bones. These will be used to make the stock. The good turkey meat should be in bit-sized pieces and set aside. Put the bones and rest of the unusable leftovers into a large pot with enough cold water to cover them, cover the pot, and bring it to a boil on high heat. Once boiled, simmer on low heat for 2 hours. (see Step #2) Add salt & pepper and stir occasionally. Skim off any foam and fat. Strain the stock with a fine strainer into a separate bowl.
  2. While the stock is simmering, heat another large pot over medium heat with 1 tsp. olive oil (or butter, whichever you prefer). Add the chopped carrots, onion, and celery. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add the minced garlic and dill. Add your homemade stock to the vegetables along with the store-bought turkey broth (add 2 or 3 cups of the store-bought turkey broth, depending on how much more you need). Return the good turkey meat into the soup. Simmer on low heat for 3 hours, or until vegetables are just cooked through, stirring occasionally. Add more salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Flywheel Sports

Flywheel Sports – 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA (PRU)

#BlogandFLY

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Last Saturday I went to an indoor cycling class at Flywheel Sports Studio at the Pru.  Blog and Tweet Boston teamed up with Sweetgreen and Flywheel for a blogger fitness event.  This was a 60 minute long spinning class. They also offer FlyBarre total body sculpting classes that includes light weight training and core exercise. Each class is either 45 minutes or 60 minutes long. They blast some awesome tunes during the classes to get you pumped up and have really motivating instructors.  Our instructor’s name last weekend was Catie and she was a really fun instructor.

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After the class, Sweetgreen provided us with some sample salads that were delicious and healthy.

They will be opening a new Sweetgreen restaurant location in the Pru soon.  It was a great workout and I would definitely go back again!

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Carmen’s Cafe Nicole – Plymouth Waterfront

Carmen’s Cafe Nicole

Plymouth, MA

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Carmen’s Cafe Nicole is located on the Plymouth Waterfront at 114 Water Street, in Plymouth, MA.  It has spectacular views of the Plymouth waterfront and it conveniently located near some historic sites such as the Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower. There is a parking lot and parking meters close by.  It is kid friendly and an affordable place to grab some fresh seafood for lunch or a Mexican style breakfast.  It is located right across the street from the water and has a casual and beach-y atmosphere.

Café Nicole’s has a blend of tastes for everyone. The lunch menu includes fresh seafood like their Lobster Roll and Fisherman’s Platter, Mexican style food such as the Fish Tacos and Enchiladas, traditional American food like the Hamburger or the Cranberry Walnut Salad, or you can go Italian style with the Sweet Italian Sausage Sub.

I came here last weekend on a Sunday. Our server, Aria, was friendly and seated us within 5 minutes. She brought us menus and waters right away.  She knew the menu inside and out. Our drinks and food came out right on time and served hot. I was able to ask her about the menu and what are some of the most popular food items on the menu. Here is her reply: “I would have to say people flock to the cafe for the Mexican cuisine breakfast and fresh local fish for lunch. But we have such an even amount of everything. I literally see a ton of people ordering the Tuscan Poboy or the Pilgrim wrap for lunch as well as the Enchiladas de Carne Fish Tacos, and Fish N Chips or the Fisherman’s Platter. Breakfast is all around, from our lemon ricotta French toast to our bananas foster French toast. Not a lot of breakfast places offer these specials. As well as the California Omelette, the Pedro and the chili cheese, you can’t go wrong with any of the fluffy fresh egg options”.

They serve an elaborate menu in which they prefer to serve one at a time and it’s in the bester interest for the customer. The quality of the food is plentiful and fresh.  Café Nicole has a full bar, but they don’t make frozen drinks or martins, just simple drinks. This is after all a breakfast and lunch café.

This is an allergy friendly restaurant.  They have an abundance of customers that come into the café with allergies including gluten, dairy, and nuts. The café carries all products and they have been successful in accommodating everyone’s dietary needs without any problems.

Here are some pictures and descriptions of what we ordered:

Taco Del Mar (Fish Tacos)

Your choice of Tacos: Fish or Shrimp – sautéed with cabbage, topped with lettuce, monterey cheese and pico de gallo.  Comes with a side of rice and your choice of black beans or homemade refried beans.

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These fish tacos were so good and the fish that day was haddock. It came with a mini corn muffin too!

Greek Goddess Wrap: Mesclun greens, protabello mushrooms, swiss cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers served hot on a wrap, asparagus, and spinach.  I ordered it with a side of perfectly cooked sweet potato fries.

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I loved the Greek Goddess Wrap because it was served hot so the cheese was melted and it was a healthier option.

Carmen’s Café Nicole serves breakfast & lunch daily in the summer months.

Hours:

M-F Breakfast 7-11am, Lunch 11:30 – 3

Sat – Sun Breakfast 7– 11:30/12 and lunch until 3

After Thanksgiving, they only serve breakfast from 7 am to 12 pm.  Lunch returns in March.

Dinners are served starting Memorial Day weekend, and then Friday’s and Saturdays.  They are hoping to serve dinner Wednesday through Sundays in the future.

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Disclaimer:  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

BUFFALO CHICKEN PINWHEELS

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BUFFALO CHICKEN PINWHEELS

Ingredients:

  • 8 large flour tortillas (1 package)
  • 6 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Colby jack shredded cheese
  • ½ cup blue cheese
  • ½ cup hot wing sauce
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce, shredded

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low, add in the hot sauce, cheeses, and green onions. Beat until all ingredients are blended together.
  2. Stir the cheese mixture in with the chopped (cooked) chicken with a spoon.
  3. Spread ½ – ¾ of the mixture on one of the tortilla wraps evenly and then roll up the tortilla tightly. Repeat this with the remaining tortilla wraps.
  4. Slice each wrap in half and then each half in half again, so you make small size pinwheels. Discard the ends.
  5. Place pinwheel slices on a serving tray with toothpicks to hold them together.
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This is a perfect food to bring to a party or to watch a game and they’re really easy to make! I brought them to a pool party last weekend and everyone loved them!

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Pier 6 Boston Waterfront – Charlestown, MA

Pier 6 is located on the marina in the Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA.  It overlooks the harbor and has amazing views of the Boston skyline and the waterfront. Formerly, The Tavern on the Water, Pier 6 has a new owner and was renovated to be a more modern and upscale looking waterfront restaurant.

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I’ve been wanting to go to Pier 6 since it opened in August, 2013 and was so happy when my boyfriend finally took me here! We went on the Sunday evening after the 4th of July and sat outside right on the deck. It was a gorgeous and hot summer day and a perfect spot to grab dinner or drinks while watching the sun set on the water! The reggae music in the background, the nautical theme, and the fun atmosphere made me feel like I was on vacation.

We ordered the crab dip for an appetizer to share. It’s served with tortilla chips and there was avocado underneath the crab dip.  We wiped that plate clean!

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We were in the mood for a light dinner.  I got the Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad with arugula, feta cheese, and citrus mint vinaigrette. My boyfriend ordered the Fish Tacos that came with a grilled corn salsa, guacamole, and fries.

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Pier 6 offers brunch, lunch & dinner. Check out their menus here.  The portions aren’t huge, but the food is fresh and delicious. It’s a good spot to go on a date or with a group of friends.  I would definitely go back!

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Disclaimer:  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Del Frisco’s Grille

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This weekend I attended Blog and Tweet Boston’s lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill.  There were about twelve other Boston bloggers there and we all had a great time.  We received excellent service and the food was fantastic.  This location opened in 2013 and is under the ownership of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group and is slightly more casual than Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Seaport that I went to in March.

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Once you enter the restaurant and make your way up the staircase made out of Japanese charred wood and steel, you see an eye catching Del Frisco’s Grille sign that instantly provokes the contemporary, yet sophisticated atmosphere.  The restaurant has a modern and fun environment with a variety of seating styles including high tops, booths, traditional low tables, and bar seating. Windows up to the ceiling surround every wall letting guests have a view of Hammond Pond Reservation.  The menu is seasoned with top quality steaks, plentiful salads, appetizers to share, and creative entrees.  They use local and fresh ingredients to create inspirational dishes.

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As soon as we arrived to our dining area, we were pleasantly greeted with DF’s signature cocktail, the V.I.P.  This drink is made with fresh pineapple juice and clementine vodka which is so good and refreshing.  Then we sat down to enjoy a variety of different dishes involving seafood, salads, flatbreads, and steak. Below are some pictures and descriptions of the meals we tried.

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Ahi Tuna Tacos with Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Spicy Citrus Mayo

Cheesesteak Eggrolls with Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce, Honey Mustard

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Wood Oven Baked Flatbreads

Wild Mushroom – Fontina Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Baby Arugula & Lemon Vinaigrette

Shaved Brussels Sprout – Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions & Mozzarella

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Jumbo Lump Crabcake with Cajun Lobster Sauce

Deviled Eggs with Truffle-Chive Vinaigrette

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12 oz Filet & Crab Cake

Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff with Pappardelle Noodles & Crispy Onions

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Seared Asian Tuna Salad: shaved Napa cabbage, arugula, mango, avocado, almonds, tomato, chilled noodles, with a ginger-sesame dressing

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Lemon Doberge Cake – Six Layers, Lemon Buttercream Icing, Lemon Glaze

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Artisana

Artisana Organic Foods is a US. manufacture of raw and organic nut butters.  The company offers peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, and GMO free products and everything they make is 100% vegan. They were so kind to send me some samples of their nut butters.  I received a variety pack including coconut oil, nut butters and chocolate spreads to review on my blog.  Artisana also has recipes on their website for baking, cooking, and even making your own hair and body treatments.

 

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Healthy and organic butters packed with essential vitamins and minerals

 

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Perfect for spreading on rice cakes or toast

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Barry’s Bootcamp – Boston

Barry’s Bootcamp is a group fitness class that involves cardio and strength training in each class.  Last week, I took a class at Barry’s Bootcamp in Boston called the “Full Body” workout.  Thanks, to blogger Little Miss Runshine, we were able to attend this class and have an awesome workout. Our class was led by Chad, whose enthusiastic attitude was very motivating.  Every fifteen minutes for one hour, we rotated from the treadmills to the floor.  We ran at a variety of speeds and inclines and then switched over to weights and other floor workouts such as squats and burpees.  The fitness center has a modern, clean, and upbeat atmosphere.  The staff is friendly and helpful.  Located right in Downtown Crossing, Barry’s Bootcamp is very easy to find.  When you’re done with the class you can buy a  smoothie or snack from their “Fuel Bar” and then take a nice shower using the Malin + Goetz bath products.  Overall, I had a wonderful experience and an extremely intense work out.  I felt so good after the class and would definitely go back.

 

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