Food is awesome!

Food is awesome!
Food is awesome! (photos on this blog are borrowed from the interweb, friends, and/or are personal shots)

Friday, February 1, 2019

NOLA/Royal

Please enjoy my article on New Orleans in the February issue of IT'S ALL ABOUT ARTS published by Janice Williams.  Read about my food travels in the Big Easy on pages 16-17.

https://issuu.com/artstudio99







Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy 2019!!

Hello everyone!  Long time, very long time, and not a peep outta me!  Well, I'm baccckkkkk!

So excited to announce I've had my very first article published, 'Art of Cooking.'.  It's featured in an on-line magazine entitled IT'S ALL ABOUT ARTS, pages 9-11.  Edited by Janice Williams, a fantastic local artist and way more!   She invited me to participate in her wonderful magazine, along with many other talented individuals.  I am so grateful and psyched for this opportunity.   Please follow the link below to read the fabulous articles on local arts, music, food, and much more.



IT'S ALL ABOUT ARTS, JANUARY 2019

https://issuu.com/artstudio99/

Thanks for reading!!  Stay tuned for my February piece in IT'S ALL ABOUT ARTS.  NOLA baby!














Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tony's Market, 02131

Out and about on this glorious June morning getting my daily Dunks fix.  Iced, milk, one sugar.  You know.  As I have a few times before, I decided to pop into Tony's Market on Washington Street in  Roslindale. www.tonysmarketroslindale.com

Over the years, I have become a big fan of supporting local businesses.  It is important to have a community type feeling and what better to center around than...FOOD.

Something came over me urging me to get an Italian sub with everything.  I love me an Italian with everything.  And when I get a food desire, it needs to come to fruition.

Tony, himself greeted me with a warm welcome.  I ordered my sub and we started chatting.  Tony has been in business for over fifty years.  He proudly pointed out his framed picture of his original shop in East Dedham (my hometown).  Then from Dedham, he moved to Roslindale Square where his meat market became the hidden gem of the neighborhood/city.  Now his Italian specialty shop is on Washington Street.

Tony artfully made my sangie as he inquired how long I have lived in Roslindale.  Also, we talked about how many local restaurants feature his famous sausage and other products.  Sophia's, 753 South, and the Squealing Pig to name a few.

Good.  To.   Know.

As we continued to chat, I perused the shelves and glass case of delicious treats.  Pizzelles, Nutella, breads, cookies, and don't forget about all the fresh MEAT.  Lamb, pork, steaks, EVERYTHING!  The bread is beyond fresh and the sub ingredients only the best.  Oh and the little fridge holds the most scrumptious ready to cook chicken cutlets, eggplant, meatballs, and more!

I had to admit to Tony that I have yet to enjoy one of his homemade Italians sausages so I added two to my order.  Can't wait for the hubs to grill them up.

If you are in the area and appreciate great customer service, fresh and delicious Italian yumminess, head on into Tony's.  You will not  be disappointed.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

La Taqueria! (02131)



2018!  Dang.  It's weird to even type those numbers but here we are.  Another year filled with so many wonderful food voyages to look forward to.

What up party people!  It's been beyond way too long since I have put my yummy opinions out here on the interwebs for you to savor.  So appreciative of the few of you who have inquired about my lack of Rozziefoodie entries.  Really warms my heart to know that people enjoy my food for thoughts.  So here's to a happy and healthy 2018 full of delectable treats.

La Taqueria!  Que rico!  (www.lataqueriaboston.com)
Mi esposo and I have ordered delivery from this joint on several occasions.  Like even twice in the same damn week because ADDICTED!

The restaurant is located on super busy Hyde Park Avenue with a very small parking area.  The business is always booming as in phones are ringing off the hook.  The staff is friendly, efficient, and apologetic for wait times when you are lucky enough to get through.  So as mentioned we get delivery and opt to order on-line.  Mentioning for your convenience because that's how I roll.

You may wait up to an hour for your comida to arrive so plan accordingly when you get the urge for some Mexican cuisine that you surely will never forget after tasting.  People LOVE this place for obvious reasons so they are usually busy, busy, busy!

Now to the point!  The menu features authentic homemade Mexican food from homemade chips and guacamole (delish) to appetizers, street food, tacos, entrees, burritos, salads, desserts, horchata and much more.  The ingredients are fresh and tasty and packaged in a proper manner.

 The category/choice for tacos are Traditional or International with the options of corn, flour, or hard tortilla.  Fillings include chicken, beef, pork, veggie.  I have not been able to get the Americano on a hard shell and the Chicken Tinga on a flour tortilla out of my head.  The Americano is seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and Jack cheese.  So so good.  Always order a second SOFT tortilla to wrap around the hard one.  Believe me!  You will thank me later.  The Chicken Tinga diced onions, cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime is Heaven on Earth.  Obv.  you can add anything you want to the tacos, burritos, etc.  My fave additive is the gauc. and sour cream for the win.  The chicken and cheese quesadilla is grilled just right and jammed with meat and cheese.  Yeah baby .  My man has indulged in the Carne Asada burrito with the works minus the rice.  The thing weighed a good four LB'S.  Also super fresh and very delicious.

Unfortunately, I can not speak on many of the other various food options because once I find something I love I stick to it.  I do know the nacho chips are crisp and worth ordering.  Maybe sometime in the near future I will broaden my horizons and get an entree or salad.  The entire menu looks fantastic.  No matter your choice of food lifestyle, there is something for you at La Taqueria.  Muy Delicioso!



Monday, February 20, 2017

Pier 6, Charlestown Navy Yard



Happy (super late)  New Years to all of you left out there that actually read my entries!  It's never too late to wish happiness and prosperity on anyone.    Cheers!

This past weekend we celebrated birthday festivities for mi madre!  Yes, another year has passed us right on by.  2017 is here!  Dang.

Last year her choice was The Top of the Hub for (if you can believe this) their mini hot dogs.  Ha!  But just an fyi, they are actually pretty tasty.  This year we enjoyed a lovely brunch at Pier 6 (www.pier6boston.com)  in the Navy Yard in Charlestown.  It was a fantastic sunny, bright Sunday but a bit too cold to dine al fresco.  Though we had the panoramic views of the ocean and historic C-town which were outstanding from our cozy corner table.  The room's constructed of windows from floor to ceiling and the building is positioned on the pier as if to give a feeling of being right on the water. And just a tidbit,  it was formerly known  as Tavern on the Water.

Through the second floor entrance we met the hostess who greeted us with a huge smile and our table was immediately ready per our reservation.  The bar area is on the smaller side.  Metallic high tops filled that room with a step down into a smaller dining area.  The whole staff was friendly and efficient.  Music was blaring popular tunes including Adel, one of mi madre's faves which was pretty neat.

We each ordered a libation.  Mi madre went with sangria filled with fresh fruit, the hubs opted for an OAKTOBER SMASH-Absolut Oak-lemon, mint, simple, my bro and I for the Manmosa-oj, champagne, Ketel orange vodka, and bro's girlfriend chose a Bloody Mary stacked with veggies.  Coffee was had by most and several more unique beverages including a Cider Mule and a Hottie Toddy were had throughout our meal.  

Of course I had to get a starter of fried pickles because I LOVE PICKLES!  They were average, a bit salty.  For our main brunch lunch, mi madre and I went for the Banana Split French Toast made with caramelized bananas, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and Vermont syrup.  Added a side of the best cooked bacon evah and boom goes the dynamite.  So YUMMY!  My hubs went for the Lobster and Spinach omelet which was filled with a whole lobster tail with Bearnaise sauce drizzled on top.  It was accompanied by home fries and a grilled  English muffin.  He thoroughly enjoyed every last morsel.  My bro ordered the Hanger Steak and Eggs, poached eggs with tarragon Bearnaise sauce which also came with home fries and an English muffin.  The steak was cooked to perfection.  Melted in your mouth.  My bro's girlfriend had the Huevos Rancheros which I didn't sample but looked awesome.  Black beans, rice, fresh salsa, fried eggs, tortilla .  Muy Bueno!!

The portions were on the larger side and we all put a good effort into dogging our selections.  The food was so delicious and the view amazing.  A wonderful afternoon was had by all.  Day drinking is the bomb.  Haha!!!!

Cherish each passing year with your family and friends and enjoy every bite!  Life is too short!!






Monday, June 13, 2016

My Tomato Sauce Recipe!!

tomato sauce recipe!!
2 cans San Marzano crushed tomatoes
1 can Hunt's tomato paste
1/4 cup Olive oil
good amount minced garlic
basil
oregano
salt
pepper
sugar
bay leaves -1
thyme
red pepper flakes
garlic powder
one whole yellow onion-peeled
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Saute' minced garlic and olive oil for about two minutes over medium heat.
Use medium sized crock pot.
AdMy d all other ingredients to the crock and stir. Throw in the delish garlic and olive oil to the concoction. Stir.
Optional-sprinkle cheese on top and cover. I wait for the full spread then add cheese if needed. 
Cook on low for five to six hours or high for three to four hours. Remove whole onion and enjoy!!
Just use your judgement on how much of each spice, etc. Don't be crazy but don't be stingy. I heart garlic so I use tons!!
Make sure to pick up some fresh bread for dipping and boil up some pasta of your liking. I toss the pasta with a little butter. It holds the sauce better.
YUMMYYY!!!!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brewer's Fork, Charlestown

Over the weekend the hubs and I headed over to Charlestown for an early supper for my bro's belated birthday celebration.  Brewer's Fork located next to McCarthy Bros. Liquors  http://www.mccarthyliquors.com   (shout out!), and a five minute walk from my family's home was his restaurant of choice for this year.  http://brewersfork.com

Since it was on the early side, we were seated right away in the outside area.  It was a super nice day, the sun was shining and the air was crisp.  Perfect.  The dining room was on the quiet side filled with tons of staff, high ceilings, funky lighting, popular music blaring, and a brewery type feel with a good amount of tables for all party sizes.  The kitchen has a huge wood fire burning oven and is an open set up for all to see.  You know I love that.  The bar is a decent sized area featuring a back wall lined with craft and local brew taps.  Beer lovers should be all up in this piece.

The birthday boy ordered a beer from Framingham called JACK’S ABBY EXCESS IPL described on their menu as -outrageously hoppy golden lager featuring toasty caramel malt notes alongside bold citrus, pine, and tropical fruit in the nose.  It was served in a HUGE mug about the size of his head.  The hubs went with the same in a pint glass, the women went for the house cucumberish sangria (was not a fan), and I ordered a glass of the 2013 PINOT NOIR RESERVE DOM. BRUNET.  Very nice!!  After a few rounds, we switched to carafes of the House Red.  The end of the evening is a bit blurry so luckily we ordered and ate before the wine had it's effect.  Ha!

To start, we shared  a couple of orders of the over roasted meatballs-tomato sauce, sheeps milk cheese-SO good, a dozen local oysters with lemon and mignonette-yumyum, crispy maple pork belly-not a huge lover but the fam dogged it, and finally, the flat bread salad-veggies, feta, lemon, oil-super fresh!

Our three pizza choices included the Marge-tomato, mozzarella, basil, the Salami-Genoa salami, tomato, and mozzarella, and the Baconjammy-asparagus, 3 onions, bacon jam, and mozzarella.  The third was the best by far.  All were tasty and plenty to share among the five of us.

Service was spectacular.  Plenty of staff, water glasses and drinks full at all times, a team type of situation, down to earth, and friendly.  Prices are what you would expect at an up and coming joint in C-town-reasonable but on the higher side.  The food was served as it was prepared which spaced out our courses.   Lunch and dinner menus are similar with small plates with other options such as a pickle plate or tuna crudo.  The star of the menu is the wood fire cooked pizza.  All sorts of flavors and concoctions.  Also big enough to split.  Sunday Funday brunch is served 1030am-3pm.  Lots of breakfast and lunch plates.

No dessert which is always a big bummer for me!  But the beverages, food, and company made up for my chocolate void.  Next time I will stick a Hershey's with almonds or a brownie in my purse.  Haha!!