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Food & Foliage at Nancy’s Airfield Cafe

As a mom who loves good food and a cool experience, I’m pretty open to dining adventures that allow my kids to be included.  This weekend, we celebrated my husband’s birthday with lunch & extended family at Nancy’s Airfield Cafe in Stowe, MA. We loved every buzz and bite that came our way.

After a ride along the foliage filled backroads that left me mesmerized we wound our way to Nancy’s Airfield Cafe.  Situated at the edge of Minuteman Airfield,  Nancy’s offers aviation aficionados the opportunity to watch aircraft depart and arrive at this small air field while enjoying a hot meal and cool cocktail. Ideally situated for arrival by car or aircraft, this dining destination will have those who came by car rubbing elbows with those who made Nancy’s part of their leisurely flight.

The quaint interior is filled with country charm. From the artwork for sale on the walls to the simple tables set to allow guests to catch sight of the aircraft coming and going, the simplicity of Nancy’s lures in locals who regularly make this a must for breakfast and lunch.

Lines around the corner are a normal part of dining at Nancy’s where reservations are not allowed (although large parties are encouraged to call) and 10 is tops for those seeking seating together. If dining with kids be warned that the best seating is in the exterior room on the runway. However, children are not allowed to be seated in that room due to an unlocked emergency door that opens onto the runway (apparently too many kids have tried to escape). Topping out this week with our party of 10, we were seated within the interior space of Nancy’s where the windows offer obstructed views of the choppers and planes parking on-site.

Expecting little of the food at a place that pride’s itself on its location, I was more than pleased by my meal. I took a chance ordering a specialty cocktail, hoping that at it’s $9 price tag it would please my picky palate. And it did, just strong enough my gin based libation was tart and refreshing with little sweetness; I enjoyed it so much I ordered a second.

After skimming the regular menu and specials I decided on something I would not typically order- bratwurst on a pretzel roll. For $14 two hearty sausages, topped with sauerkraut and mustard arrived with a few pickles on the side.  A bit too much for me, I quickly passed one to someone with more of an appetite and set to work enjoying what was on my plate. The meat was juicy, and full of flavor with just enough topping to enhance the flavor and just enough bread to enjoy the juice. I ate every last bite and left feeling comfortably full. Those with me ordered an array of dishes ranging from lamb burgers  to breakfast favorites like pancakes and egg sandwiches. Everyone left happy.

When the kids got restless and their food was gone a few adults brought them to the small expanse of lawn in front of the landing strip to run around while we finished our drinks and payed the bill. At that point, it was clear Nancy was ready to turn the table; upon seeing part of our party depart, she rushed over to request we relinquish one one of the tables we were using so she could set up another party. One can’t fault her as many of those lined up had hungry kids in tow and no chance of being seated in the other room so we happily obliged and made our way outside for goodbyes.

Much to our pleasure, a helicopter had landed on the lawn mid lot and our final treat was a close encounter of departure, which left the kids cheering and the adults happy to have successfully made it through a meal in a restaurant as a family without any tears (from kids or adults).

-Filling your desire to dine one family friendly spot at a time, Jess

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St. Patrick’s Day Happenings in Boston

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was known for bringing Christianity as well as its rich history and culture to Ireland. Observed on the day of his death, March 17thSaint Patrick’s Day is credited as the drunkest holiday. Every March 17th the Irish diaspora celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick and pay homage to “the Apostle of Ireland” and his legacy by wearing green, eating and drinking, and attending parades all over the world.  But you don’t have to be from Irish decent in order to join in on the fun.

Here is what is happening in and around Boston that will bring the Irish out in everyone:

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade South Boston – March 15 

The “Southie” parade as locals know it, is one of the largest St. Patty’s Day parades in the country. Held the Sunday before Saint Patrick’s Day, you can join in the festivities on Sunday, March 15th at 1pm (regardless of the snow banks).

The 2015 parade route has been shortened due to record snow still lingering along Boston’s streets. Starting on West Broadway the parade will end on Farragut Road.

If you plan to attend the parade, plan accordingly; people start lining up as early as 9am to save spots along the route.  If you can’t stay for the duration of the parade, be sure to note that the streets of Southie will close at 11am until the parade has finished; no cars are allowed in or out during that timeframe.

If you are heading in as a family (with children), make your way to the east side of the parade route as it is more family friendly than the west side.  Parking is available along William J Day Boulevard and a short walk brings you to the parade route.

As a former resident of South Boston, and an annual attendee, I can say with expertise that this parade is a must see for kids and adults alike.

Hard Rock Café Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, www.hardrock.com/cafes/boston) – March 13 – 17

The Hard Rock Cafe Boston will offer St. Paddy’s Day limited-edition Irish inspired fare. This fare includes:

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Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe
  • Irish Mule – made with Jameson whiskey, ginger beer and lime. An Irish twist on an old favorite!
  •   Irish Reuben- this sandwich is filled with slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, then topped with crispy sauerkraut, creamy Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese atop a salt-crusted pretzel roll, served with Hard Rock’s special crispy fries and a side of citrus-spiked coleslaw.

On March 17, The Joshua Tree (The nation’s premiere tribute band to U2) will be playing U2 hits live from the Hard Rock Cafe Boston’s cavern club stage on St. Patricks Day from 7pm – 11pm. Tickets available for $10.

Saloon (255 Elm Street, Somerville, www.saloondavis.com) – March 17

The Saloon in Davis Square is serving up a trio of hearty, traditional Irish dishes to complement its extensive Irish whiskey portfolio.

  • Guinness Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage – roasted red potatoes and baby carrots, stone ground mustard – $20
  • Shepherd’s Pie Vol-au-Vents – Yukon Gold whipped potatoes – $18
  • Bangers & Roasted Garlic Mashed – caramelized shallot beef gravy – $12                                      

For entertainment or for anyone that wants to get their jig on, The Saloon is featuring the Dunns River band live from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. From 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Dunns River will play an Irish set at Saloon’s sister restaurant upstairs, Foundry on Elm.

The Independent, Union Square Eatery and Bar (75 Union Square, Somerville, www.theindo.com) – March 17

The Independent will open its doors at 11am to celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick with an Emerald Isle traditional inspired menu and cocktails.  Classic dishes include:

  • Irish Breakfast – two fried eggs, grilled tomato, black and white pudding, Irish sausage, Irish bacon, fried potatoes, Irish baked beans, Irish soda bread – $12
  • Corned Beef Dinner – corned beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots and onions – $16
  • Irish Bangers & Mash – Irish pork sausage with mashed potatoes and baked beans – $13
  • Irish Guinness Beef Stew $16
  • Lamb Sandwich – Lamb with Irish cheddar, roasted garlic puree, fries – $14

The special lineup of liquid courage includes:

  • The Brotherhood – Jameson, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, lemon – $11
  • Chicory Stout – whiskey, chicory maple syrup, whiskey bitters, Guinness – $10
  • Ceangoba Toddy – apple-cinnamon infused Jameson, Benedictine, lemon peel, served warm – $9

Puritan & Company (1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, www.puritancambridge.com) – March 17

Puritan & Company is offering guests a delicious three-course prix fixe boiled dinner this St. Patrick’s Day for $40.  Dinner begins at 5pm and for an additional price there will be a selection of local craft beers for meal pairing.

Give Amazing Matriarch a shout out on social media by using the #AmazingMatriarch and don’t forget to #GoGreen4PatricksDay with your St. Patty’s Day attire.

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Being Irish is very much a part of who I am.  I take it everywhere with me.” – Colin Farrell

– Just one Irish girl sharing a taste of my traditions, Thia

National Pi Day Specials in Boston Tomorrow

Tomorrow is National Pi Day and Boston area restaurants are serving up pies in all shapes and forms in honor of this smart day.  Put on your smartie pants and take advantage of these delectable specials (3/14/15 only) in and around the area.

Salvatore’s – All Salvatore’s restaurant locations including  Boston’s Seaport & Theater District as well Medford, Andover and Lawrence  will serve up their signature flatbread pizzas for $3.14.  This special offer is only available on March 14th, 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. 

The handcrafted pizzas include Bruschetta with tomato, basil, garlic and red onion, fresh mozzarella and balsamic reduction, Rabe and Bacon with braised broccoli rabe, bacon, pepperoncino and mozzarella, Sweet Orchard with sweet Italian sausage, spinach, caramelized apples and gorgonzola, Salvatore’s take on the traditional Margherita, and Sweet Chili Chicken with roasted chicken, sweet chili sauce and mozzarella.

Salvatore’s will also offer specialty cocktails to pair with the many flatbreads including:

  • Basil Berry Martini ($11) with New Amsterdam vodka, St. Germaine, lime juice, and fresh strawberries.
  • Boston Sunset ($9) with New Amsterdam red berry and orange vodkas, Bacardi dragon berry rum, peach schnapps, orange juice and a splash of grenadine.
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Photo courtesy of Brass Union

Brass Union is serving up some special all american apple pie : three mini apple pies, burnt sugar, ice cream, cinnamon, apple compote for the low price of $6. Brass Union is located at 70 Union Square, Somerville – 617.623.9211 – www.brassunion.com

Photo courtesy of Cask ‘n Flagon
Photo courtesy of Cask ‘n Flagon

Head on over to Fenway for one last pre-season look at this soon to be bustling area, and bite into a slice of Oreo Cookie Pie at Cask ‘n Flagon; this cake batter ice cream and Oreo cookies creations adds special touches like raspberry swirls and chocolate fudge for 62 Brookline Avenue, Boston – 617.536.4840 – www.casknflagon.com.

Photo courtesy of The Tip Tap Room
Photo courtesy of The Tip Tap Room

The Tip Tap Room at 138 Cambridge Street, Boston, has a very special sweet treat Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pie on the menu in honor of Pi DayChef Poe’s family recipe, this $8 delight is the ideal end to a fulfilling meal.  857.350.3344 – www.thetiptaproom.com

Photo courtesy of Legal Seafoods
Photo courtesy of Legal Seafoods

All of Legal Sea Foods locations  will be serving up an area classic, Boston Cream Pie. Making it a little extra special they’ll be incorporating a chocolate sauce, rum caramel sauce, and toffee almond crunch  into this $7.95 must try dessert. 

Photo courtesy of Legal Sea Foods
Photo courtesy of Legal Sea Foods

They’ll also transport you to the tropics with the sweet/tart combo of their Key Lime Pie. Served with a side of lime cream, and pomegranate sauce for $7.95 this is one dessert you won’t want to skip. www.legalseafoods.com

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Pi Day at the Charles Hotel – Enjoy 31.4% off Room Rates – Sale Starts 3/13

Enjoy 3.14159 Day on 3/14/15 with 31.4% at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. March 14th is Pi Day, a time for math lovers, and those who like any excuse for a party, to celebrate. 

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Get in on the Pi Day action by taking advantage of a great hotel deal.

In recognition of Pi Day, The Charles on Harvard Square is holding a one of a kind FLASH SALE.  The sale takes place on Friday March 13th from 9am-5pm. What a better way to celebrate 3/14 than to be in Harvard Square with scholars and intellectuals alike at the Charles Hotel; the ‘smart’ place to stay.  Not available to spend Pi Day at the Charles Hotel, no problem!  This offer is available for travel dates:  March 14th – May 11th ensuring you get your stay at Pi Day prices.

To add a bit of fun trivia, 3/14 was also the day Albert Einstein was born.

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”  – Albert Einstein

Experience the Charles and follow the pattern; make a smart decision to book a stay at this smart hotel!

Boston Restaurants Invite You to Dine Out

Running March 1-6 and March 8-13, 2015, Dine Out Boston is the perfect opportunity to support Boston’s service industry.  It’s been a long couple of months in the Northeast. With storm after storm piling snow on top of snow, and keeping diners out of restaurants who are in need of their patronage. Transition into March with a great deal at many of Boston’s top dining establishments and help these hurting business owners get back on track.

If you’re in tune with social media, share your Dine Out Boston experiences and be entered to win a $100 Gift Card to a participating restaurant.  Snap a photo of your meal, tag your location, and share. Use the #DineOutBoston on  Facebook or Instagram and you’ll have the chance to win one of the two (one via Facebook, one via Instagram) $100 gift cards each day.

Selections vary from restaurant to restaurant as does pricing. Options include lunch for $15, $20 or $25, and dinner for $28, $33 or $38. Additionally, restaurants can choose the number of courses offered at their set price point so you’ll find variety in what you get from spot to spot.

If you can’t take part in Dine Out Boston, you can take part in the  charitable auction. This year, all proceeds go to ArtsBoston, Inc. Get in on the action at the auction to win gift certificates (provided by participating restaurants) starting March 2.

Find participating restaurants at: www.DineOutBoston.com. Like Dine Out Boston on Facebook: www.facebook.com/dineoutboston; follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dineoutbos, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/dineoutboston.

Then Dine Out, Boston.

-Sales, steals and deals are even better on meals, Jess

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The Breakfast Club Serves Up A Monthly Special this Spring: Breakfast for Dinner

A reservations only event you won’t want to miss is coming your way each month at Allston’s Breakfast Club. This 80’s pop culture icon brings lines of locals waiting outside the doors for plates of comfort breakfast specialties.

Sign up for their seatings starting at 6:00pm featuring seasonally themed menus on the first Monday of the month this spring and dig into four courses of creative breakfast specialties during dinnertime.

Add breakfast inspired specialty drinks like mimosas made with freshly squeezed oj, and Narragansett Autocrat coffee milk stout and you’re breakfast is truly a dinner.

Best of all, this dinner is a deal at $35/person (including tax & gratuity) and includes your four-courses along your choice of with mimosas or Narragansett Autocrat coffee milk stout.

Order tickets at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-for-dinner-series-tickets-15498852485

The Breakfast Club is located at 270 Western Ave, Allston, Breakfast for dinner is from 6-9pm on 3/2, 4/6 and 5/4, 2015

Boston Heats Up for National Margarita Day

Saturday February 22nd is National Margarita Day.  Head out for a night (or day) on the town and follow this special Boston margarita crawl to pay homage to this sacred cocktail of tequila, triple sec and lime.  For some extra fun, slip into character by wearing your best sombrero and poncho.

Legal Harborside in the seaport district is featuring 2 extra special margarita’s:

  • Top Shelf Margarita – Patrón Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime cordial, lemon juice ($13; available on the first floor)
  • Top Deck Margarita – LSF barrel-selected Corazon Anejo Tequila, triple sec, lime (single – $10; small – $28 large – $55; available on the rooftop)

One of each, please!

Mango MargaritaWalk across the street to Legal Test Kitchen (LTK) and try the Mango Margarita.  For $10 you can wet your pallet with Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, Bols Triple Sec, mango nectar, lime, agave.  This delicious mango concoction will be also be featured at all Legal Sea Food locations.

A little taste of the tropics in the middle of winter.

Green Tea MargaritaGrab a ride across town to Haru at the Prudential.  Sip on the Green Tea Margarita ($13) consisting of Patrón Silver Tequila, Cointreau, sweet green tea powder and sour mix.

Indulge in this delightfully different drink on National Margarita Day.

Cranberry Jalapeno MargaritaFinsh the day with a quick walk over to Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake on Boylston Street.  Sip on their spicy winter spin on the day’s drink of honor- a Cranberry Jalapeno Margarita for $12 which consists of Patrón Añejo, muddled jalapeños & cranberries, Drambuie, Rattlesnake margarita mix.

Cheers!

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“I drink to make other people more interesting.”   – Ernest Hemingway

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Somerville’s Saloon Satisfies Your Stomach With Food for Whiskey Lovers

120 whiskey selections are available at Somerville’s Saloon  and now their menu is meant to compliment the lovely brown liquor in this  pre-Prohibition themed restaurant.  

Open for dinner Sunday-Wednesday until 10:00pm, and Thursday-Saturday until 11:00pm, Saloon offers shareable plates of hearty fare pairs nicely with the restaurant’s whiskey to create a comfortable dining experience for friends who share a love of whiskey.

Enjoy plates of snacks with friends like their Fried Pickle Chips, Duck Wings or Chips Benedict or share a charcuterie, selection of cheeses, or flatbreads. Or heart warming entrees like Short Rib Pie and Chicken Fried Rabbit Leg. 

Whatever you order, pair it with your favorite whiskey drink, sit back, sip and savor.

-Just one foodie who’s fond of whiskey, Jess

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Some Food is Worth the Search: Three Secrets of Boston’s Food Scene Unveiled

Boston’s full of secrets be it tours and attractions, bars or even restaurants. These three restaurants have secrets, be it an entrance, location, or menu items to order. And these secrets are worth revealing because what good is it to have something great and not share it.

With only 20 seats, and only for those who are legally adults, Bogie’s Place is tucked inside jm Curley. The steakhouse meals served here come a la carte, warranting a sharing of sides. Caviar fans will be happy to know that Bogie’s place has a small selection on their menu. And be sure to leave your cell phone behind because the sign clearly states they are not allowed. It would be a shame to get kicked out of such a cool secret dining spot.

A4 Pizza may not be hard to find, but their secret slice is never listed. Changing with the chef’s whim, the secret slice can only be ordered if you know to ask for it. The funky combinations will pleasantly surprise you. When the chef is at their sit down sister spot, Area Four, you may be able to order a secret slice there as well.

Get in on the pop up action at a Kitchen Kibitz dinner. Constantly changing locations, this supper club moves its location for each event; you never know where the next will be, unless you follow them on Facebook. Partnering with a different Boston chef each time, Kitchen Kibitz adds a modern twist of old world Jewish cuisine.

Reserve your seats, buy your tickets, and order off the menu to experience three of Boston’s best dining secrets.

-Revealing Boston’s secrets one at a time, Jess

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Open In Boston During Winter Storm Marcus, 2/9/15

School’s closed, offices are shuttered, and the Governor has declared yet another snow emergency. 2015 is one for the record books for sure!

For some, the show must go on; so if you’re in the office, on the manufacturing floor or living in the city and just want to escape the confines of your four walls, head out to dinner tonight.

Here’s a heads up on a few restaurants that are open for business around Boston today and even some specials in honor of the snow day.

Search #OpeninBos on social media for more. And check out 10best for Jessica’s reviews.

-Helping you sneak out during a snowstorm, Jess

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