The Last Word: A Birthday, Chocolate, Zagat, and Clams
Our week in review: snippets of food, drink and fun stuff that didn’t make it in to a full post but we thought good enough to share. Happy Friday!
Beagle-Style Birthday: Last weekend kicked off with a birthday dinner for Jon at Regal Beagle with some friends. As always, our meal was fabulous, but I discovered a new favorite appetizer: Gorgonzola-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates. I could have eaten the entire plate myself, and for $5 (for 4 dates), these little bites are a must-try.
Best of Taste Boston: Purfections chocolate. Monday brought with it Boston Magazine’s Taste Boston, where I found my new favorite chocolate. You might know by now I am not the biggest chocolate fan, but these little discs from Purefections was simply incredible. While their P2C2 (chocolate, the caramel, the peanut and potato) top-seller was featured in Food and Wine, I fell in love with their simple dark chocolate with a hint of chili powder and sea salt. Purefection chocolates would make a great gift for any chocolate lover this holiday season (or treat yourself!).
Event of the Week: 30 Under 30. Zagat and Google Boston partnered for Boston whose-whose-type event at the Boston Public Library to honor Boston’s top talent for under the age of thirty. The list of honorees can be found here.
Meal of the Week: Farmstead Table. We could not be happier for our neighborhood friends Chefs Chad and Sharon Burns for the recent reviews in the Globe and Improper. I discovered a new menu item last night: Clams in a mild creamy-garlic sauce with bacon. Not only where the clams delicious, but Sharon’s now-famous smelt bread was perfect for mopping up leftover sauce. Jon went with his favorite for dinner, Pan-Seared Cod (featured image). In a lovely and generous birthday gesture, the staff brought out an Apple Tart for Jon’s birthday; it was so good we were almost fighting for who got the last bite (he won, being the birthday boy ).
What we are looking forward to this weekend: Bourdain! Once again, Anthony Bourdain will take the stage at Symphony Hall as part of his Guts and Glory tour. If it’s anything like the show him and Eric Ripert put on last year, we are in for a treat.
Read of the Week: It’s a toss up. Read both, they are pretty hilarious.
From the BE Archives: What went down during Bourdain and Ripert’s good cop, bad cop routine in 2011.
Highlight of the Week: Being a part of #MurrayAid and help raise $6,000 for Seattle bartender Murray Stinson’s medical treatment.
In Case You Missed It (posts from the week)
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!