Nuts, bananas, dulce de leche – sign me up!

Masa
439 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
United States
617.338.8884

 

This place is hoping in the mornings, and no wonder as it was one yummy breakfast! The Nut Crusted Texas Toast Stuffed with Caramelized Bananas with Dulce de Leche Syrup is perhaps one of the most memorable breakfast dishes I’ve had. I’m getting excited just thinking about it… Cornbread for breakfast with yummy flavoured butter – woo hoo! Our breakfast mains were solid – but nearly to the standard of the texas toast. I’m giving Masa a very good, but the texas toast on it’s own gets a GREAT!!!!

 

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“Gunga Din is not a, a swatch kind of movie”

Terramia Ristorante
98 Salem St., North End, Boston, MA, 02113
617.523.3112

 

Do you know that feeling when you are at a good restaurant with a close friend enjoying a bottle of fine wine with the vibrance and bustle of the restaurant around you yet the lighting is dim enough you feels like you could be the only people there? You’ll talk about anything and not worry that anyone might be listening, and the food experience is heightened by the ambiance. Terramia Ristorante is one of those places, nestled on a cobblestone street in the heart of Boston’s North End. I’d say the food was a solid 8. Rumor has it that it used to be even better, but that it has a new chef, although it is still quite good. My mushroom soup starter was something special, and the lobster fritters were yummy as well. The second course was a tomato tarte that was too heavy on the onions and too sweet for my palate. My veal was ginormous and very good. They don’t usually serve dessert, but offered us Tiramisu (reminds me of one of Tom Hanks’ jokes in sleepless in Seattle…. “Some woman is gonna want me to do it to her and I’m not gonna know what it is!”), however we had to pass because we were so full. I’m going to give it a Very Good.

 

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These are a few of my favorite things…

Flour
1595 Washington St., Boston, USA
617.267.4300

 

On my most recent trip to Boston I was treated to many wonderful things. The Science Museum, the Aquarium , a backstage pass to a hockey game, and several yummy food experiences. But one of my foodie stops, Flour, was so good, I had to go twice. In a thrown down with Bobby Flay Pastry Chef and Owner of Flour, Joanne Chang beat out Bobby in the sticky bun category…and now I know why! I only ate the sticky buns once, and I only had a half, but that was the most delicious half of a sticky bun I’ve ever had. But what is more the reason I actually went back again was for the sandwiches. I love sandwiches! The breakfast egg sandwich has a dash of horseradish in it, the basil pesto tomato sandwich comes with roasted tomatoes, and the fresh bread (whole wheat or white) will make you think you are in carbohydrate heaven. I stole a bit of the smoked salmon sandwich which is amazing, but don’t get too attached to it, because it is on the special menu, so I don’t know how often they make it. I’m glad I don’t have to walk by this place on my way to work, because I wouldn’t be able to resist! Joanne has a career path I have to admire, from consultant to Pastry Chef, and in following her passion she has been successful. I’m giving Flour a Great!

 

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Hey POPS

POPS RESTAURANT
560 Tremont Street
Boston MA
617.695.1250

If you’re looking for that, “I’m so much cooler than Eddie Bauer or L.L. Bean anything” then you’ll appreciate Pops’ self-involved shabby chic chandeliers, black and white décor, and tin ceiling panels. We were seated at a table overlooking the private garden in the back; the perfect oasis setting for a rainy morning brunch. My companion had the excellent eggs with chorizo and chilaquilles – which roughly translates to tortillas, eggs, and tomato sauce. It’s about as close to Taco Bell as the Beverly Hills Chihuahua is to an Oscar. I had the mushroom and truffle oil omelette, which is always a tricky choice given that the truffle oil can overpower. To my pleasant surprise, it was perfectly done, coupled with eggs of equally perfect consistency. Most surprising, though, was the South End’s best texas toast. This homemade slice of heaven could have been a meal to itself, served with nothing but West Texas “wide open space.” Its density was rich with with flavours of egg and yeast, –leading my companion astray from his gentlemanly duties of sharing. Hard to explain, but It is possible I’ll go back to Boston just for the toast. Our meal was reasonably priced with brunch mains around 10$, with sides in the 2-4$ range.
This place was a solid 8.5, or Very Good using the Malaysian inspired metric.

Special thanks to M.S.

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