Pinkberry in Boston, MA

Pinkberry
288 Newbury St.
New Orleans, LA

Newbury st

I love walking down Newbury St. in Boston. It’s fun to see how many stores they try to cram into one block (there’s a downstairs, a upstairs and a regular entrance all in the same area………there really is no organization to the numbers of the addresses on the blocks (like  in Philadelphia, one block is one set of hundreds).

something new

I figured since I wasn’t payin for my dessert, I would go all out. I got to try the new pumpkin flavor the guy behind the counter suggested some cinnamon on top which totally made it amazing. So I got the pumpkin w cinnamon, some peanut butter crunch (pulling out all the stops!), mochi and heath bar bits.

joe's

Joe got something like my usual creation from Pinkberry. The regular yogurt and all fruits (altho he did personalize it with the chocolate chips). The service here was very friendly and awesome at letting us sample the various yogurt flavors.

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Tacos Lupita in Haverhill, MA

Tacos Lupita
194 River St
Haverhill, MA 01832

the front

I’m not too familiar with Haverhill but when I read about this place, I really wanted to check it out. Luckily for me, this restaurant is on the major street right off of HWY 495 which makes driving here really convenient. But I did drive right by it when I was looking it. The red sign blends in well with the brick. Street parking is a bit tough to find but there are a few 15 min spots right in front.

lots of choices

For vegetarians though, seek elsewehere. My mom usually goes for vegetarian burritos but the only option here was rice, beans, tomatoes and lettuce which is pretty disappointing for vegetarians. They also don’t have any seafood options for those of you who thought, well I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish.

"vegetarian burrito"

My brother and I got the steak burritos. The meats all looked great and there were so many juicy flavors: al pastor, steak, chicken, chorizo (pork sausage). This authentic mexican joint is a gem outside of Boston. This is great for those who don’t want to deal with the chaos that is Boston traffic and parking. The food is great and all the prices are under $10 per entree (the burritos were like $5!!). They also serve tacos (hard shell, soft shell), quesadilla, gorda (Mexican sandwich).

my extra spicy steak burrito

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Juice Bar in Boston, MA

Juice Bar
44 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA

the front

After we had read thru the menu, we tried to order but the woman behind the counter was pointing to items on the menu so I was scared that something would get lost in translation and I would end up with the wrong order. Luckily,that was not the case. As I took my camera out to take pictures, the woman said something in very loud chinese and when she realized that I didnt understand, she pointed to my camera and shook her head no very violently.

taro milk tea

black sesame seed milk tea

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Guru the Caterer in Somerville, MA

Guru the Caterer
1297 Broadway
Somerville, MA

the front

I was having a hankering for Indian food but didn’t want to deal with the crazy boston lunch rush. This place opened at 11 AM, so while in my pajamas at 11:10 AM, I called this place from my bed in Andover to place an order for take out (should take like 20-30 min which is about the time it will take for my commute). When I called to place my order, the guy on the phone said “10 minutes.” I thought “CRAP!” and jumped out of bed and got ready so fast and yet I was still 20 minutes late to pick up my food. The awesome thing was that my food was waiting for me on a heater and so when I finally got my food home, it was still warm.When I got to this location, I could see why this is a take out location, there were only 2 tables!

chicken tikka masala

This chicken tikka masala lived up to its hype. This was one of the best I’ve ever had. It came with a side of aloo methi (potatoes with fenagreek leaves and spices).

sloo methi

the flavor of the aloo methi was actually too strong for me

samosa

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the filling was the kind where they mash up everything and then put it inside the dough. I prefer the other way where you can tell what is what.

RECIPE: Lobster

Live lobsters from the shore (not Jersey)

Ingredients:
Live Lobsters
Butter
Lemon

my mom named this one Mr. Lobster

Directions:
1. Boil the water
2. Melt the butter and squeeze in lemon

cut up the lemon

3. Add live lobster to boiling water until the shells are a nice bright red.

yummy lobsters

Being a Boston girl, my mom said I should know how to crack my own lobster so I gave it a shot. First you flip it upside down so that the stomach part is up, then you run a knife from the neck (??) to the tail. Then crack on either side of the tail to help crack the shell, then pull out the tail intact if you can (it takes mad skills!). Then crack the claws for the rest of the meat. yea, can you believe it? for how expensive a freaking lobster is, about only 20% of it is edible lobster meat.

check out those skills!!!

 Some other seafood recipes
Bruschetta with shrimp
honey ginger grilled salmon
Salmon cakes
Salmon in chipotle sauce
Spicy korean fried shrimp

Moo Modern steakhouse in Boston, MA

Moo Modern Steakhouse
15 Beacon St.
Boston, MA

bread rolls

My family came here for dinner for the 3 courses for $35. When we arrived, the valet drivers were quick to jump out and assist us from the car. I found out that the valet drivers are paid by the restaurant and insisted that we don’t tip either. When these bread rolls came out, they smelled like salty bread! These just melted in your mouth.

house salad

This place was super hyped up and won Best of Boston overall excellence category of restaurants.  Service was pretty slow for a group this large. It was shocking really. Maybe it was cause we all ordered from the 3 course menu except for my sister.

lobster bisque

This was probably the star of the night, the lobster bisque sang! It was amazing. The flavors were just popping! And it was perfect hot soup for this freezing weather.

sirloin steak

Four of us got the sirloin steak as our main entree. This was super tough to chew. It’s like the meat was actively resisting getting ingested. Our meat also had a ton of fat on it. I was surprised to see how much meat was left on my table when I had cut off all the fat. I wouldn’t say this is the worse steak of my life, but I don’t think I’ll be returning.

bone marrow butter served in a bone!

I did like how that garlic butter came out in a carved out bone. It freaked out everyone else at the table but I loved it. It gave our meal a paleolithic spin to it, like eating with cavemen.

salmon

my mom wasn’t in the mood for steak and so she ordered the salmon which she reported was good.

filet mignon

My sister had the filet mignon (she broke the cardinal rule of eating with the Foodographer by taking a bite out of her food before I took a picture of her dish), but I stole a bite of it and hers was really good. Very soft texture.

creamed spinach

I had the creamed spinach as my side dish. This was very creamy. I thought the cast iron little pot was a cute decorative gesture.

B & B mushrooms

brownie sundae

This was a creative smore deconstructed. The roasted marshmallow on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of warm brownie. This was soooooooo delicious and the different elements going on, chewy of marshmallow vs. crisp of brownie, warmth of marshmallow and brownie vs. frost of the ice cream.

white chocolate cheesecake

the white chocolate and cheesecake combination sounded good on paper but when it came to fruition, not a winner. I don’t know how to describe it, the taste just would not settle on my tongue. I ended up trading Joe for his brownie sundae.

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The Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston, MA

The Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St
Boston, MA

the front

We could not find parking in chinatown (surprise, surprise) and so I parked in the main parking lot in Chinatown. As I waited in line to pay and hand in my keys, I’m pretty sure I saw a drug deal go down between the parking attendant and a hooded figure in front of me. I told Joe what happened and he flipped out and insisted on opening the trunk so that he could take his work bag inside the restaurant with us…..

ambiance

Luckily we got there early (11:30) and the place wasn’t that crowded.  We barely had time to look over the menu before the waiter came by to take our order. we already knew two of our items, so we randomly picked the second two items. I figured with almost 500 reviews on yelp with an average of 4 out of 5 stars, anything we order would be good. right?

beef chow fun

The beef chow fun came out first. This is by far my favorite dish of all dishes that came out of china (Joe says this is not true, that this is actually an americanized version but why ruin my skewed vision). This was soooooooooo good. Not too much soy sauce so that the other flavors could come out.

stinky tofu

the stinky tofu came out at the same time as the beef chow fun, and wow did it stink. It was such a rancid smell, and soooo overwhelming. Think of a rotten egg and multiply that by infinity and you’ll get to about a fraction of what I was dealing with here.  Every time I ducked my head to eat my food, the smell made my head snap back up. I ate one but the smell was too much for me even from inside my mouth. I told Joe he was on his own for finishing this off since this was one of his last minute orders. It almost ruined my authentic beef chow fun! (joe has told me to stop calling it that)

special soy sauce for soup dumplings

soup dumplings

The soup dumplings came out next (that was fast! it said it needs at least 15 minutes but I guess since we were the only ones that ordered it –that’s right! I scope out other tables’ dishes when I’m eating out at restaurants). Joe said I don’t know how to eat a soup dumpling. My first dumpling broke as I picked it up with a chopstick and all the soup and other filling came out. Joe told me to use a spoon, so my next one I picked it up with the spoon and then took a bite, then I dipped it into the soy sauce and again all my filling fell out………Grrrrrrrr. But still good. I gotta be honest tho, looking at the filling come out, I was shocked at the appearance. NO BUENO. the first thought I had when it filled out, after “oh crap! it came out!” was that is supposed to go into my GI tract? the oil and soup and filling floating around in a gelatinous goop? For the next few ones, I try to to recall what I saw and just focus on the yummy taste. I guess that’s why some people eat these things whole in one bite.

salt and pepper chicken

Surprisingly, the fried chicken was the last thing to come out. We were so stuffed though that we each ate one for taste and then got the rest to go. The fried chicken was delicious! The salt and pepper dry rub was soooooooo perfect for this dish. I can see why this place has such rave reviews, with delicious food at an affordable price. Just getting to Chinatown is an adventure in and of itself, might as well enjoy yummy food while you’re at it.

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Yankee Lobster Co in Boston, MA

Yankee Lobster Co
300 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA

the front

I had never been to this area before but this restaurant had rave reviews online and my man needed some clam chowder before he finished his Boston trip.  We got here early for lunch, it was nice! No one else was there. But in the time it took me to scan the menu,a long line had formed behind me which worried me that we wouldn’t find a table (not much space in this joint but the free parking is a definite plus).

the goods

the menu

Lots of choices and the selection looked fresh!

clam chowder

My friend and Joe had the clam chowder which they both said was good. When I sampled some, it was on the watery side for me.

lobster bisque

The lobster bisque was amazing! It was silky and yet there were 4 intact lobster claws in my bowl! The flavors really stood out and I felt bad for hogging it so I gave Joe 2 of the lobster claws.

crabcake sandwich

My friend had the crabcake sandwich. Looked good!

crab roll

lobster roll

These rolls were so money. So much crustacean meat between these two buns. The meats didn’t have too much flavor but the amount of meat was impressive for mid-December. Very generous meat proportions! If you can swing by here for some lobster bisque and lobster roll, you’re in for a treat!

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Quincy’s Place in Boston, MA

Quincy’s Place
254 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston, MA

Quincy Market

So it seems that Quincy’s Place has taken over Slugger’s dugout which was known for its ice cream. We decided to check it out.

Quincy

I love that the interior had been decorated to look like an ice cream shoppe from the 50s.

I loved the old ice cream shoppe feel to the place

We probably sampled too many flavor but they were all so good!

lots of ice cream flavors to choose from

We went with a mint oreo variation called Green monster. Pretty expensive but if you’re going to Faneuil Hall, be prepared to spend $$.

Green monster

this might be every m & m color in existence

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