Taj Update!

We’ve been busy at my job the last couple of months with Easter and Mothers Day being big brunch holidays! I’ve been lucky enough to get the chance to practice showpieces and really experiment with new flavors and designs. It’s been a lot of fun! Check out some of the work my teammates and I have been up to!

 

Restaurant Review: Sarma

To round out my sister weekend, I wanted to cross another restaurant off the bucket list! We chose to go to Sarma located in Somerville at 249 Pearl Street! We chose to drive as the restaurant is in a semi-secluded location. There’s plenty of street parking available but for real, this restaurant is worth the extra effort!

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Sarma is affiliated with the restaurants Oleana, Sofra and the vendor Sienna Farms. I’ve been to Sofra before and am a biiiiig fan. Check out my review by clicking here! And I’ve also visited the Sienna Farms storefront and am impressed with their product quality and knowledge. Sarma was not a disappointment in any way shape or form!

Sarma had such a cool vibe. Very laid back and hipster with their tastefully worn down furniture, urban hanging light fixtures and textured plates lining the walls. There was a bar and high tops as well as the regular tabled seating to choose from. We made reservations a few days in advance and unless I wanted to chance a seat at the bar, I would call in advance again.

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We had a great waiter who explained their menu- there’s a bunch of categories ranging in snacks, to share plates to “entrees”. He told us that based on their size, 2 people could be very happy sharing 4 to 6 plates. And of course being the gluttons we are, we ordered 6 plates, one from each category.

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The menu was super helpful and provide a glossary on the side in case you weren’t familiar with a lot of middle eastern cooking terms (which of course, I wasn’t). We got this awesome flatbread with spices and olive oil for dipping to start. Our first official course was from the meyhane snack category:

Parsnip Fritters- cilantro, walnut, sesame, pepitas

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This dish was so beautiful, that I instagrammed it (no filter!) the second it came out! While beautifully presented, I thought this dish could’ve been a little more flavorful. I was a big fan of all the crunchy bits that opposed the soft parsnip on the inside of the fritter though!

Meze: Almond Fried Cheese- ratatouille, arugala pesto, dates

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I NEED this dish in my life every. single. day. I wish I didn’t have to  share with my sister. Anything that is fried and has cheese has my name written all over it. The ratatouille was super flavorful as well and perfectly paired with all of the dishes components!

Vegetables: Asparagus- avgolemono, egg katayif, black truffles, dill

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I’ve become a big fan of asparagus lately as well as yolky eggs. I loved the texture contrast between the phyllo dough and garlic butter sauce that the asparagus laid in. So delicious!

[avgolemono= egg and lemon, katayif= shredded phyllo]

Pancakes, Pie and Pide: Nettle Spanakopita- cucumbler sorel tzatziki, za’atar, walnuts

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Nothing is more classic than spanakopita! We were getting super full at this point..

Sarma: Pomegranate Glazed Lamb- green wheat, swiss chard, parsnip

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I was a big fan of the parsnip puree but the texture of the lamb was throwing me off a bit. Great flavor though and an awesome share dish!

Shish: marrow bean plaki, whipped feta butter, pita crumb

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This last dish was so tender and amazing! I love love loved the pita chip crunch and really savored the meats flavor.

Overall, we left super stuffed and happy! I felt like this food was very genuine and made with love. Sarma proved to be an awesome place to explore a new cuisine all the while making it accessible and affordable to the audience. This place is definitely high on my recommendation sheet!

Next Food for Thought Thursday, I’ll be sharing some of my work from the Taj Hotel from the last couple months! Thanks for reading and have an excellent weekend! I plan on celebrating with my friends this Friday for my Birthday de Mayo! Party complete with pinatas and fake mustaches! Bon weekend!

 

Restaurant Review: Bistro Du Midi

This restaurant was listed on my Bucket List post from a couple weeks ago! One of my friends from college, Devon, is an assistant pastry chef at Bistro Du Midi and received an awesome employee of the month gift card in recognition of her hard work! She decided to share the gift card with me so we could eat our hearts out!

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Bistro Du Midi is located at 272 Boylston Street, Boston MA. It’s a 2 minute walk from the Arlington T stop on the green line so it’s very easy to find. The restaurant is two floors with the kitchen being on the second floor. The view from the second floor overlooks the Boston Public Gardens! This place is definitely full of class, so dress up! The food and drinks were amazing too so let’s not dilly dally anymore:

Devon and I each ordered a crudite, entree, two sides to share a la carte and one dessert. But since she works there, we ended up getting…

Amuse Bouche: Smoked White Asparagus Soup with Escargot Beignet

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Fluke Crudite with Fried Squid Ink and Bottarga Consomme

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Faroe Island Salmon Crudite with Parmesan Crisps and salmon roe

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Pate Plate with Crispy Pork Belly Pate

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Duck Breast with Sweet Potato, Artichoke, Almonds and Duck Jus

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Thyme Garganelli Pasta, Lamb neck, Morels, Spring peas, Manchego

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Spring peas, favas, crispy pork belly

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Mushrooms, trumpet royale, hen of the woods

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Earl Grey and Elderflower Souffle

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Ice Cream Flight with Black Sesame , Caramel and Ganache, Marshmallow and Red Velvet Ice Cream

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Wild blueberry cheesecake, hazelnut cremeux, lavender sponge cake

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Mascarpone beignet, citrus sugar, pear cardamom butter

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Everything was so yummy! My personal favorites were the Smoked Asparagus Soup, Salmon Crudite, Duck Breast and the Ice Cream Flight! Such a great experience and service was impeccable. We each got awesome drinks that were well balanced and tasty. I definitely recommend this place for a splurge night out! Devon’s gift card was for $150 so after that, her employee discount and the free plates that were sent to us, the bill was ONLY 12 DOLLARS! I literally couldn’t have asked for a better deal or experience!

I have a couple more posts planned coming up but I’ve been busy at work working 6 day weeks consistently so my time is tight! Stay tuned for more things to come!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

 

 

Restaurant Review: Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Boston has WAY too many restaurants. I feel like no matter how many places I try, my list doesn’t get any shorter. Perhaps this is because I keep adding new places to my list… ugh my poor wallet! This place was a particular brunch treat because I was able to share it with my boyfriend Nick and eat some  pretty fantastic food.

Kirkland Tap & Trotter is located on 425 Washington Street in Somerville, Massachusetts. It’s a 15 minute walk from the Harvard T stop on the Red Line. Tony Maws is the chef and entrepreneur of Kirkland along with another acclaimed restaurant Craigie on Main. Kirkland Tap & Trotter  used to be The Kirkland Cafe under different ownership and really embodied connecting with the community and being the best dive bar around town. Kirkland Tap & Trotter maintains some of that dive bar/neighborhood charm with innovative menu items.

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I won’t lie, but this brunch was on the pricier side but I can promise worth every penny. Nick and I started with their housemade donut with apple cider glaze. Service was very attentive and they were great at upselling their products hence us buying into a “brunch appetizer”. Not that donuts are ever a hard sell for us… Overall, perfectly sweet donut and fluffy. Perfect sharing size pre-brunch entree.

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I ordered the mushroom and reggiano frittata served with a winter vegetable salad and housemade foccacia. Despite being an avid olive hater, the salad and frittata were a great balance for each other. I especially loved the reggiano crusted on top of the frittata! I want more right now just thinking about it!

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Nick ordered the Crispy Fried Bone-In Pork Chop and it was the best decision of his life. It was served with a fried egg, parsnip puree and foccacia bread. I coudn’t not try a bite with Nick proclaiming how amazing it was. The pork chop was so tender and rich and was enhanced by the fried egg. The foccacia would be great to sop up whatever was left on the plate too! Ugh, I’m still dreaming about that bite.

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Kirkland Tap & Trotter is fun for drinks at night as well as they have a fairly creative drink menu. Perfect for casual drinks where you can sit at a table and actually converse with friends. I would definitely recommend KTT to friends!

Thanks for reading and of course, I would always love more restaurant suggestions! Enjoy your weekends!

Food Porn!

As most of you know, I’m a professional pastry chef and I’m obsessed with the food industry. I’m constantly on the look out for new trends, great restaurants and amazing chefs. Instagram is my go-to guide to  inspiration, without a doubt.

I follow almost twice the amount of people who follow me with at least half of them being food instagram accounts of people  I don’t know. I love waking up in the morning and drooling over delicious breakfasts, getting ideas about what to make for dinner or even inspire me to make something new at work!

If anyone is a self proclaimed foodie like myself, this is the post for you! Here are some of my top favorite Instagram accounts!

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And of course, best for last… Me! Follow me to stay up to date about what I’m up to at the Taj Boston!

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Thanks for reading and be sure to check back on Tuesday for another post!

 

Restaurant Bucket List: Boston!

It’s no secret that I love food and experiencing a great restaurant or new dish. Boston has so much to offer and despite being here for two years, my list is still long! So without further adieu and in no particular order, here’s my Boston Restaurant Bucket List!

Sweet Cheeks Q

Mistral

Craigie on Main

Bistro Du Midi

Alden and Harlow

Harvest

Sarma

Oleana

L’Espalier

Cutty’s

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Toro

Central Kitchen

Fairsted Kitchen

Neptune Oyster

Bronwyn

Lumiere

The Beehive

Highly recommended:Tiger Mama
Deuxave
Ribelle
Posto
Deep Ellum
Lulu’s

I’m 100% open to suggestions to beef up my list! What kind of restaurants are your favorite? Thank you for visiting and be sure to come back on Tuesday for another post grad blog!

Townsman and Haru!

Short post for the day! This past week has been filled with a lot of fun activities and included two new restaurants- can’t beat that!

I’ll start with Haru. So for Christmas, the pastry staff promised to take our Chef out for sushi because he’s a total glutton for it. My co-worker chose a restaurant called Haru located minutes off of the Prudential T stop on the Green E line.

I’m really not a huge fan of sushi so I ended up just eating some calamari that was served with a sweet chili peanut sauce. The sauce was a fantastic balance of sweet with a little heat. I don’t have much to say about everyone elses dinners, but I heard nothing but good things about the quality of sushi!

The restaurant itself was really nice; it had simple but elegent decor and the staff there was very polite. Looking for a different kind of drink menu? Look no further with Haru’s ecelectic menu featuring a number of hot and flavored sakis as well as a selection of plum wine.

I also had the pleasure of visiting Townsman for the first time! A could of my friends from college were visiting the city for dinner and I met up with them at the end for a drink and catch up! I was so so happy to see my friends; it had literally been months since we all caught up!

Townsman has an special layout as a restaurant. The restaurant itself is very long. It has a couple tables in the front, followed by a long bar and a couple lounge chairs and small tables for small parties. Towards the back, you can request to be seated at the chef’s table and watch some of the line cooks in action!

Townsman is just a few minutes walk from the Chinatown T stop on the Orange Line. I’ve been really looking forward to a trip to Townsman because the Executive Chef, Matthew Jennings, owned a great restaurant in Providence (my college town) called Farmstead. While I only went for drinks, I was really impressed by their hospitality and knowledge so I cannot wait to make a return trip for dinner!

I ordered Dram #2 which had Jamaican rum, allspice and orange juice. YUM! That’s my kind of drink! Check out a couple pictures below of my time at Townsman!

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I have some fun blog posts floating around  in my brain for the upcoming weeks so be sure to check it out! Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!