Food is awesome!

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

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!!

My 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.
Add 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!!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Eat With Jack O'Neill, West Roxbury



How's it going PEOPLE?

Yeah, it's been quite a long time since my last entry so fingers crossed I still know how to express my food thoughts!  No sah!!
 It's all good in my hood and I hope in yours, too.

Last Sunday, the hubs and I headed out on a date night to the old West Roxbury Pub which is now totally reconstructed and called Eat With Jack O'Neill.  eatwithjack.com

The Pub side was jamming with young (like babies) to old (like old) and all ages in between.  A group of volunteers musicians sat in the corner by the entrance. The traditional Irish seisiún was in full swing.  Fiddles, guitars, accordions, tin whistles, and banjos played good old Irish tunes.  Players came and went and the music went on for hours.  The crowd tapped, clapped, sang, and danced along.  It was the best way to get geared up for the best holiday EVER...Saint Patrick's Day!!

We were psyched when we spied a huge booth when we first walked in but we quickly learned it was being held.  No worries.  We ended up sitting at the very end of the long, shared dining table in the middle of the joint.  Usually this seating arrangement would really annoy me but since there was adequate space between parties, I agreed.  Also, the session was legit right in front of us which made me one happy camper.

There are huge booths lining the wall and a corner one towards the end, couple of smaller tables, the large dining table, and a pretty good sized bar.  The light fixtures are really funky.  They reminded me of an old time pub like in Pirate times.  :)

Our waitress was from Germany and super friendly, informative, efficient, and funny.  As you know, I am a beer drinking kinda girl but this evening I decided to go with the Jack’s Rose-- Georgi Apple Cider Vodka, lemon juice, pomegranate.  YUMMY!!  The hubs went with a nice, cold Allagash White.  After cheersing it up, we put our order in for wings.  Buffalo, glazed, perfectly cooked, and crispy, amazing wings with blue cheese dressing and carrots.  I devoured four of them in minutes.  Best wings I've had in a long time fo sho.  Other items the Pub menu offers--small plates-devilled eggs and Scotch egg, salads-kale, greens, and, pies-chicken, meat, , burgers, sandwiches, etc.  Lots of choices.  I noted they serve brunch on the weekends.  Irish breakfast, pancakes, fried chicken and more.  I will be returning swiftly.

For supper, the hubs went with his usual, fish and chips.  Very lightly battered, big pieces of fish and tartar sauce with handmade fries drizzled with vinegar!  YESSSS!  He thoroughly enjoyed his choice.  Yours truly went with the Steak and Guinness Pie with a beyond flaky pie crust.  The meat was tender, the thick, brown gravy tasted fantastic, and the veggies were just right.  It came with a simple green salad with goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar.  Perfect accompaniment but you could choose the fries if you preferred.

Before ordering dessert, I ventured over to the restaurant side.  Whoah!!  Whole other world up in that piece.  Smaller bar area,several white clothed tables and the atmosphere was chill, quiet, and a bit more fancy.  The menu is more extensive.  It features Irish and American Cuisine with delish choices including cheese boards, healthy salads, favorites from the grill, and mouthwatering sides like ham hock greens.  They also have a Rotisserie with fish and meats like chicken, pork, and more.  Good stuff.    I swear there was a bakery counter type area but was not very clear on that sitch.  I will have to investigate more in depth.  Which leads me to our choices for dessert.  They did not have the Bailey's cheesecake or much of anything else it seemed.  We went with our server's recommendation of the berry like ambrosia.  Didn't love or hate it.  Hubs seemed to enjoy it.  Chocolate is what I desire after a fabulous supper and Jack let me down big time.  But don't fret, I have high hopes that the bakery area I nosed around will grow into something I can really dig.  They do make their own selection of Irish breads so I am confident there is decadent dessert in my near future.

After finishing up, we ordered another round and headed over to sit at the bar to continue our wonderful evening of tasty food and music.  Can't wait to return for more delicious food, fun, and fiddles.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Redd's in Rozzie! First Sunday of the Month!

FRIED CHICKEN is all I had to see on Redd's Facebook status regarding their special for the first Sunday of the month.  Sold!

To be fair the hubs had mentioned going to Redd's earlier in the day which I had agreed to but you know me,  I'm always changing my mind so thank you God for the update via the interwebs about one of my fave foods ever to be created!

Per usual, I could barely make it to 5pm before dying of starvation so we got there super early as in pick of choice of where to sit and indulge.  In for the a/c or out for the fresh air?
Nice little table for two in the shade on the patio is what we (I) chose.  I quickly put my pocketbook down and walked over to peruse the new beer/movie/herb/chilling out garden that Redd's recently built.  Best idea ever in my opinion, because on Brunch days it can get downright BUSY up in that piece.  Can't wait to leisurely enjoy a mimosa and/or beer while waiting for our next delish meal at Redd's.

And F to the Y to the I-- during the summah they show movies on certain nights of the week so check their FB page/website.  I know he already played the "The Big Lebowski" so you can get an idea of the quality films that shall be featured.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Redds-in-Rozzie

Our server, Cristian was on point throughout our whole delicious supper, super friendly, informative, and he detailed the specials and the wine/beer accompaniments.   Since the Fried Chicken was the special of the evening, it was served as three courses which included the Summer lettuce salad-
local lettuce, cherry tomatoes, creamy blue cheese sherry vinaigrette, croutons, radishes, cucumbers, fried chicken with buttermilk mashed, a biscuit, and slaw, then a piece of buttermilk pie for dessert.

 Drop the mic is all I have to say!  Freaking delectable!

And now while writing this entry, I referred to the on-line menu and came across the side of Swiss chard.  Damn!  That would have been perfect with my dinner.  Well beggars can't be choosers.  I just LOVE food so MUCH!

Of course we ordered some oysters as an appetizer with a Mignonette sauce and a ginger dressing to top the little buggers.  Six in total and I dogged my two.  Can't recall where they were raised but I can say they were fresh as hell.

Because the salad special of tomato, basil with house made mozzarella sounded so awesome, the hubs decided on that to start with his oysters.  The Roslindale red and green tomatoes which I grow and know for a fact are bombastic were so tasty mixed with the vinaigrette and fresh basil.  The mozzarella was creamy and scrumptious.

After looking over the menu
http://www.reddsinrozzie.com/content/rations-n-refreshments
and to my surprise because I was sure he was going with the Paella for his main entree,  the hubs decided on the Wood-Grilled Pork Chop.   The chop was slow-cooked with sea peas, diced carrots, watermelon, and a SC-style mustard BBQ sauce.  In addition, he ordered a side of buttermilk mashed.  The piece of meat grilled to perfections was legit bigger than my head and the hubs devoured that mofo down to gnawing on the bone!  You know I shared my chicken and he loved that, too.  

Dessert for me was not a choice as buttermilk pie is not at the top of my list.  First, it's not chocolate and last it's not chocolate.  It was a sliver of a custard/flan like dessert.  I chose the hubs dessert as he instructed me to do and ordered up a big old piece of S'mores pie.  One of the servers even fired up the blowtorch which toasted up the marshmallow nicely.  My last course became my hubs' and his mine.  The three bites that I took were beyond chocolaty and rich and just what the doctor ordered.

 At that point of our lovely evening I was oh so full and could honestly not really move with ease.  It was fantastic.

You may be wondering what we washed our grub down with and  you guessed it!  Brother Shandys all day long.  So, so good that they are dangerous!

Yeah, yeah I know I have not taken time to write about my love of food for you or me for a very long time.  Well, I'm back in action and tipping my hat again to Chef Delicious of Redd's in Rozzie.  As I mentioned on my Rozziefoodie FB page,
https://www.facebook.com/Rozziefoodie

"Redd's in Rozzie rocked the party that rocked the party tonight for supper! And I even heard 'shake, shake, shake, Shenora' while dogging my fried chicken, mashed and biscuit. I would call that a win-win situation!"




photo cred to Redd's FB page

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Garden 2015!

Fresh, ripe tomatoes, 
plump zucchini, yellow squash, 
green beans on the vine.  



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lunch, Friendly's and LIFE!

Sitting here waiting for my fave pair of Yoga pants (my uniform) to dry, I am thinking about lunch.  Lunch, food, and all the joints I have not enjoyed to date.  I have a written running list on a tiny post-it stuck to my counter.  Suggestions are very welcome!

Sam LaGrassa's, Brewer's Fork, Sully's at Castle Island, Tuto's for of course an Italian with everything, and the list keeps growing.  Beginning next week, I'm aiming for one lunch spot per week.  Word.

So much time has passed since my last entry and wisdom I have been granted.  Turning the big 40 wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined.  Although when I was eighteen, 30 was wicked old to me.  OMG and seriously!  With racking up another year, I have come to realize it's time to make ME happy and worry about yours truly and what I want in life.  I'm done with trying to please others who have no clue about being kind and considerate.  I will surround myself with loved ones who are supportive of me and want to have a chill time.  Number one on that list is my main squeeze, THE HUBS!  And to be honest, I am blessed with a wonderful and loving family.  My friend family is the bomb, as well.  We have been friends for almost 20 years plus.  It's an amazing feeling when you have that kind of trust in others and vice versa.  Food is what brings us together.  We all love eating, drinks, laughing, and having a good time!

Onto Friendly's last night with my  sweet Godchild.  She is almost 4 and the most adorable, little girl you could meet.  The hubs, Godchild, and myself shared the clam strip with fries entree as our appetizer.  Pretty much gone in 60 seconds.  SO good!!  Even the little one was dogging the strips and fries while dunking them in tartar sauce!  The hubs and I ordered bacon cheeseburgers with onion rings and our smaller companion went for the grilled cheese with fries which she did eat at least half of.  Hubs dogged his and half of mine then we of course all ordered ICE CREAM!

Three scoop Sundae for the hubs, kids birthday cake ice cream cup for the little one, and a waffle cone with chocolate ice cream and extra jimmies for yours truly.  So yummy!

It's the little things in life that are the most precious.  That's what I have come to realize.  Don't rush that last bite.  Take time to enjoy every little flavor.  Get dessert and the Bailey's in your coffee and savor every last second of deliciousness.  :)