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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. 

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.

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.

Haymarket

This open marketplace is located between the North End and Faneuil Hall right next to the Haymarket T stop. It’s open every weekend, Friday to Saturday, from dawn till dusk.  At Haymarket, you can bargain for a variety of fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cheeses, and flowers.  Looking for  potatoes, pineapples, pears, or prawns?  How about some strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries? They have it all.

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The produce sold here is usually the extra food that did not sell in the grocery store that week.   The fruits and vegetables are very ripe so you have to be careful when picking out the best ones.  They have great bargains and are some of the lowest prices I have found in the city.

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Tip: Shop early for the freshest produce or shop late on Saturday to find cheaper prices.

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Tip: Don’t buy too much at once because it doesn’t last very long

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CHEESE & NUTS

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~ Kitchen Surfing ~

Chef Sean O’Brien

My sister and I booked a chef through Kitchen Surfing to have dinner one night together after work.  Kitchen Surfing is a website where you can find a chef to cook for you in the city you live in.  You can choose to have them come into your home and give you a cooking lesson, cook for you and your guests, or just drop off a meal.  It’s very easy to do; first, request a chef, the date and time, your budget, and then work with your chef to customize a menu.

We chose Sean O’Brien because of his positive reviews and we heard he was a great chef. We suggested a few dishes that we read on his website that looked appealing to us and asked for the dinner to be gluten-free and dairy-free because of my sister’s food allergies. Chef Sean O’Brien was very accommodating and put together a delicious and healthy menu for us.

The chef arrived on time and the food was warm and ready to eat. He came in and showed us each meal and what was in it. The food was packaged neatly in separate, labeled containers. We started with the Roasted Stuffed Eggplant, then the Salmon Sliders, and finished with the Lamb. Below are more detailed descriptions of the menu items and pictures of each dish.

Mahshi Batinjaan (Roasted Stuffed Eggplant): Baby bell eggplant stuffed with a combination of onion, fresh tomato, herbs, and pine nuts, roasted and finished with butternut squash oil. The eggplant was very delicious and soft and the veggies were tender.

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Salmon Dosa Sliders: Herbed Salmon patties with brown mustard seed, carrot, fresh coriander, onion, and ginger with a mint coriander chutney.  These are usually served on fresh made Dosa cakes, but since our meal was gluten-free, he left those off.  The salmon patties were so moist and full of flavor from the Indian spices, cumin, coriander, and ginger.

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Lamb Tagine: Tender lamb, slow cooked with purple carrots, sweet potato, celery root, and a blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices. So good! The lamb was cooked perfectly.  It was flavorful and very tender. The Indian flavors were subtle and not too overpowering.  There is a balance of sweetness from veggies and spice from the Mediterranean herbs.

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DOUZO SUSHI

~ Back Bay, Boston, MA ~

Douzo Sushi is a modern Japanese restaurant located in the Back Bay on 131 Dartmouth Street, right next to the T stop.  I went to Douzo on a Monday night and it was packed, which proves how good the sushi is! Douzo also has 4 stars on Yelp!  We had a dinner reservation for 4 and we were seated right away.  The staff is very attentive and friendly and they have a coat check which is convenient.  The atmosphere is modern and trendy with a lot of energy! Douzo is great for both a group of friends or for a date. The sushi hand rolls range from $4-$9 and the specialty rolls range from $9 – $17.  The quality of the food and the great service makes the menu prices worth it.  We had a great time and there were no complaints.  I highly recommend this restaurant and would go back again.

We started off with some cocktails: The Cucumber Martini, The Kentucky Mule, a Grapefruit & Orange Mocktail, and I chose the Secret Garden: A ginger martini with Domaine De Canton & ginger beer on the rocks with mint.  For appetizers we ordered the Seaweed Salad, Edamame with Spicy Garlic Sauce, and Shumai.

DINNER:

Summer Roll: cucumber, avocado, topped with spicy tuna & tobiko.

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Torch: avocado, cucumber & spicy mayo wrapped with seared yellowtail, yuzu sauce and tobiko.

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Tiger: eel & cucumber wrapped with smoked salmon, torched squid, salmon roe, & mayo.

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Shrimp Tempura and Spicy Yellowtail

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DESSERT:

Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Cherry Sauce Drizzle

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Fried Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream on a Banana Leaf

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

~Seaport, Boston, MA~

On Saturday March 1st, I attended my first blogger event with the Blog and Tweet Boston group at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse located in the Seaport in Boston, MA. The restaurant’s vision is to “embody the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse, with our impeccable chef-driven cuisine, extensive award-winning list and unparalleled hospitality”.  When we arrived we were given a choice of two martinis from the Cocktail Menu. Both were very good and refreshing! 1) Signature Martini “The VIP”: Svedka Clementine Vodka Infused With Fresh Hawaiian Pineapple Juice. 2) Pomegranate Martini: 360 Vodka, PAMA Pomegranate Liquor, & Splash Of Cranberry. Lunch at Del Frisco’s was fantastic! Everything we tried was delicious and the service was outstanding. One of my favorite parts was the view.  We sat in the Harbor Room with large glass windows so you can see the Boston Harbor. I would definitely go back to Del Frisco’s again.

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Robert Foley Vineyards2011 The Griffin Napa Valley ($85). A blend of Calistoga Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah & Charbono.

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Ahi Tuna Tartare: Citrus, Capers, Kalamata Olive Spread & Crostini.

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad: Shaved Napa Cabbage, Arugula, Mango, Chilled Noodles, Toasted Almonds, Avocado, Tomato, Ginger-Sesame Dressing.

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Crab Cake: Fresh Crab meat with Cajun Lobster Sauce.

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Shanghai-Style Fried Calamari: Sweet Chili Glaze, Bean Sprouts, Cherry Peppers, Crushed Peanuts & Scallions.

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Steakhouse Salad: Broiled Prime Rib Steak, Deviled Egg, Baby Mixed Green, Watercress, Avocado, Cherry Tomato, Bacon, Parmesan, Blue Cheese & Horseradish Lemon Dressing.

Onion Rings: Beer Battered, Thick Cut. (HUGE!)

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Sole Francese: Lump Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Cherry Tomato, Lemon Chive Beurre Blanc.
Prime Shaved Steak Sandwich: Au Jus, Horseradish Sauce

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Del Frisco’s also served us Sirloin Strip Steak, NY Strip Steak, Prime Ribeye & Filet Mignon and side dishes including Maque Choux Corn, Sautéed Mushrooms & Skillet Chips.

Filet Medallions: Red Wine Demi-Glaze, Scallion Mashed Potatoes, Thin Green Beans & Lemon Butter Sauce.

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Dessert: 6 Layer Lemon Doberge Cake Topped With Lemon Buttercream Frosting.

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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.