Apr 03

Restaurant Review: The Barking Crab & a new menu featuring gluten free options

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Boston’s Iconic Waterfront Seafood Shack Introduces New Chef and New Menu to Kick Off its 20th Anniversary Year The Barking Crab restaurant, Boston’s beloved seafood shack, went back to basics this past year, paring down its menu and reemphasizing its commitment to serving fresh, local seafood prepared with a “hook-to-table” sensibility. Now, the Barking Crab has completed ‘phase 2′ of its reinvention with a new executive chef, Joshua Brown, along with a new menu—just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary year! ABOUT THE BARKING CRAB & “20-YEARS” Opened in Boston in 1994 as an outdoor summer seafood shack, an adjunct to Neptune Seafood & Lobster Fish Market, the Barking Crab now stands in the gateway to The Seaport District of Boston, a much loved stop on The Boston Harborwalk. Offering a unique on-the-water dining experience—outside on the back deck under the tent… Read More »

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Mar 14

Dine Out Boston Gluten Free Options (Formerly Restaurant Week)

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Perhaps you’ve heard – Restaurant Week is now Dine Out Boston. Whatever name it goes by, I’ve still got you covered when it comes to gluten free options. From March 16th-21st and then again from the 23rd-28th participating restaurants will be offering tasty prix fixe lunch or dinner menus (or both). New this year are the three pricing tiers for each meal period. Lunch menus are available for $15, $20 or $25, and dinner menus are priced at $28, $33 and $38. Price and number of courses vary by restaurant. Below is list of participating restaurants that offer gluten free options on their Dine Out Boston Menus. Some offer full Gluten Free menus while others have a few gluten free options on the menu, or can accommodate very easily by subbing gluten… Read More »

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Mar 04

Gluten Free Menu Options at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse // Seaport

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On Saturday I attended a complimentary lunch at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House with Blog and Tweet Boston. Del Frisco’s was born more than 20 years ago and embodies the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse, with impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an extensive award-winning wine list, and unparalleled hospitality. The Boston location is nestled in the Seaport District at Liberty Wharf. Featuring spectacular harbor views, a sprawling waterfront patio, and a grand circular bar, the sleek, modern main dining room is flanked with deep booths, private and semiprivate dining rooms. The entire restaurant is skirted with jaw dropping display of wines behind glass. Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by a friendly staff. At the bar we were treated to samples of two of Del Frisco’s most popular drinks:… Read More »

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Feb 03

Kitchensurfing: Bringing Personal Chefs into Your Kitchen & Fine Dining In to your Home {and $100 promo code}

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My girlfriends and I are always looking for any reason or excuse to get together to eat, drink, and have a good time. Rather than go out I decided to invite a few friends over for Girls Night, and hired a chef through Kitchsensurfing, to make us appetizers and dessert.  I love Kitchensurfing, I’ve been using the service for a few months now for private dinners (Valentine’s Day is coming up!) and a cooking lesson (click on the links to read about my other KS experiences). My friends, on the other hand, were newbies, and they were just as excited to try something different, as I was to introduce them to Kitchensurfing. So what is Kitchensurfing? Kitchensurfing is a marketplace for chefs of all kinds. It’s a service that allows… Read More »

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Jan 05

New Holiday Menu & Gluten Free Options at Au Bon Pain

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I was recently invited to attend blogger/media tasting at Au Bon Pain, hosted by Chief Brand Officer, Maria Feicht and Executive Chef/Director of Culinary, Roger Bowles. Unfortunately, I had to work and could not go. But, lucky for me, I was invited to check out the new holiday menu and gluten free options at a later time. When you think of Au Bon Pain what comes to mind? Bagels? Sandwiches? GLUTEN? Yes, they do have a gluten-filled menu, but they also have many gluten free options, including; salads, soups, a chicken harvest rice bowl, oatmeal, hot and cold lunch bar items, and other gluten free snack options. Au Bon Pain strives to create healthier yet flavorful convenient options for everyone. ABP’s website offers nutritional and allergen information for every single… Read More »

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Nov 08

GIVEAWAY: Win 2 tickets to Spirit of Boston’s 80’s Dance Party Cruise!

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Show Your Moves on Boston’s Best ‘80s Dance Party Cruise.The Spirit of Boston on Boston Harbor delivers the most entertaining and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment, and spectacular views. Cruising year-round from Boston’s historic Seaport District, the Spirit of Boston offers Lunch, Dinner, Cocktail, Moonlight Cruises and much more! On November 16, 2013, come aboard Spirit of Boston for a great dinner and fun night dancing to your favorite ‘80s hits. Come dressed in your best ‘80s gear and get ready for a totally radical cruise on Boston Harbor. Parachute pants, leg warmers and yes, even mullets, welcome. One lucky winner will win two tickets for the 80’s Dance Party Cruise on Saturday, November 16, 2013. This is your chance to spend an evening dancing to 80’s tunes and… Read More »

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Oct 04

Drizly Delivers Alcohol Right to Your Door

A new alcohol delivery service app called Drizly, developed by three Boston College alums, rolled out this past spring and we used it tonight for the first time. I don’t know what took us so long to get on board! Drizly is a convenient and enjoyable way to buy alcohol. Drizly allows users to have their favorite beer, wine, and/or liquor delivered to their door in 30-60 minutes, without the hassle of going to the liquor store, and without any markup! I’m sure you’re asking, “How is this legal?” Well, rest assured, it is completely legal. The Drizly team is following Massachusetts law and has worked with some of the best law firms in the state to ensure that everything is absolutely on board. They have a state of the… Read More »

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Aug 13

Boston Restaurant Week Summer 2013 Gluten Free Options

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Attention Gluten Free Diners! Believe it or not, delectable dishes await you at a number of restaurants this Restaurant Week. It’s that time again, when some of Boston’s finest – and most expensive – dining establishments offer dinning experiences for affordable prices. Last year’s 3 course dinner menu cost $33.12, and the year before $33.11. Well this year they decided to raise the price by not only 1 cent, but $5.01. However, this is still an unbelievable price for many of the options available. At The Capital Grille, the Bone-in Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin will cost you $43 on a regular night. Pigalle’s Cassoulet braised lamb shank runs at $31 on the dinner menu and the seared salmon at Davio’s will set you back $29. Now that you have… Read More »

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Aug 09

Review of MJ O’Connor’s Gluten Sensitive Menu

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I was recently invited to check out MJ O’Connor’s Gluten Sensitive Menu at their Waterfront location (the Park Plaza location does not have this menu.). I took my friend Alex along with me for our last meal together before she heads out to UC Berkley for grad school, and we sampled a few items off the Gluten Sensitive Menu. Owned and operated by The Briar Group, MJ O’Connor’s is one of three restaurants within the Group that offers a Gluten Sensitive Menu— the other two being City Table and Anthem Kitchen + Bar. The restaurant, located in the Westin Boston Waterfront, has a warm friendly atmosphere and beautifully handcrafted bar.  MJ O’Connor’s is an upscale Irish pub – unlike those you are used to in Faneuil Hall. Also, during the… Read More »

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Aug 02

Salvatore’s Gluten Free Review

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Looking for great Italian food but don’t want to go to the North End? Salvatore’s is a great choice for high quality, authentic cuisine at reasonable prices. Salvatore’s opened about 5 years ago by Sal Lupoli, famously known for his approximately 30 pizza restaurants around New England called Lupoli Companies. Salvatore’s offers a gluten free menu with many options to choose from. I was very impressed with this menu, which offers seven appetizers, two salads, seven pasta dishes, and nine entrees. This is bigger than most gluten free menus in Boston. The appetizer menu includes both fried calamari and breaded chicken tenders, a rarity in the gluten free restaurant scene. It’s not that often I find these dishes on gluten free menus, and if I hadn’t had calamari the night before… Read More »

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