The Last Word: Waban Kitchen, Infusions and More Sandy
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!
We love to support local business, so when Newton’s new Waban Kitchen opened up this week, we were chomping at the bit to check it out. Full suggestion to follow once they have gotten their feet wet, but just this small taste was enough to make us want to go back. Soon.
The Harvest Moon (earl grey-infused gin, creme de violet, maraschino, lemon; $12)
Chef Fournier’s Famous Bolognese with House Made Rigatoni; $15 / $25): This one led Jon to proclaim it’s one of his favorite bolognese dishes, and with an Italian gourmet cook for a mother, you had better believe he has high standards. Jon also had the Waban Kitchen’s Signature Five-Spice Roasted Half Chicken (not shown) with Black Garlic Mashed Potatoes, French Green Beans & Chicken Jus for $24, which he describes as deliciously unlike any roasted chicken he’s ever had.
Perhaps inspired by Waban Kitchen’s tea-infused gin, Jon was busy in the kitchen this week working on this own infusions of a spiced bourbon, syrups of mint and basil, and of course, an earl-grey gin infusion (Which is easy to make: 750ml of dry gin and 4 or 5 tea bags. Steep for 2 hours, then bottle).
(Recipe from Imbibe, altered slightly by Jon)
- 750 ml Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
- 3 Gala apples
- 2 whole star anise
- 4 whole cloves
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- Tbsp of Peppercorns
Core and cute each apple into 8 pieces. Combine all ingredients in a sealable container (mason jar works well), cover, and let rest at room temp for 24 hours.
More Infusions: From left to right, cranberry-infused gin, small batched barrel-aged cocktails, mint and basil simple syrups and the makings of raspberry simple syrup. Who’s coming over for a cocktail?!
Read of the Week: Meghan from Travel Wine Dine writes a personal and touching post, reminding us all in Boston of the hardships that are still going on in New Jersey.
From the BE Archives: A year ago to the date, we were excited about the small plates and winter cocktails you can find at Teatro.
Event not to be Missed: This One’s for Murray at jm Curley on Sunday.
In Case You Missed It (posts from the week)
We are looking into ways to help out those in need from Sandy; any suggestions?