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Eater 38 Challenge: #10 West Bridge

My twin sister Linda and her boyfriend Joe came to visit last weekend. Linda and Joe are fantastic cooks and love their food and drink. They are always up-to-date on the local food scene. Linda made reservations at West Bridge, which makes number 10 out of 38 in our Eater 38 Boston Challenge!

First we stopped by Cambridge Brewing Company for a beer. It goes without saying that Linda and Joe really love their beer. Since I moved to Cambridge, the only place Linda knows how to get to without having to use google maps is CBC =). We had the Vienna Secession (a Vienna lager) and Joe got the Tall Tale Pale Ale on cask. I personally liked the Vienna lager more.

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At West Bridge, we started with some cocktails, which were spot on!

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Conspiracy Theory (left) and Love and Fear (right)

The menu encourages family style eating, but you could certainly order things individually if you prefer that. We ordered two “smalls”, one side, and three “shares”. All of the dishes were beautifully presented. By far, the stars of the meal were the small dishes and sides. Unfortunately, the larger dishes fell flat. In fact, the pork and calamari dish was so unpalatable that we didn’t even finish it! It was served cold and was under-seasoned.

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Lamb Belly with Spaetzle (left) and Egg in Jar (right)

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Sunchoke (left) and Duck (right)

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Pork and Calamari (left) and Short Ribs (right)


In summary, go here for cocktails and the small plates and sides (especially the egg in a jar). I would definitely skip the large plates, and go somewhere else if you are still hungry!

Happy Dining!

-Lisa

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Eater 38 Boston Challenge #8: Trina’s Starlite Lounge

I love reading the blog Eater. When I saw their recent recommendations on “The 38 Essential Restaurants” of 2015, I knew  a challenge was in the making. So many of these fantastic restaurants are right in our neighborhood, and while Ryan and I make it a point to cook at home as much as possible, I love indulging ourselves once in a while. It is a great way to explore a city and get to know some new neighborhoods. The challenge is to try all 38 restaurants by the end of the year. I already tried seven of them in 2014 (Oleana, Jm Curley, Hungry Mother, Craigie on Main, Bronwyn, Casa B, and Gene’s Flatbread), so I have a head start. Follow us as we eat our way through Boston!

Last weekend, Ryan and I scratched off number seven on our list by going to Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Inman Square. We dined here the night of the NFC/AFC championship games, the one in which the Patriots played the Colts. You can imagine that here in Cambridge (a city full of die-hard Patriots fans), this was a very important and big day. Thus, our experience may not be truly indicative of what average service is like here. This is a no reservations type of place. Despite the crowds, we were actually seated right away. The decor here is retro and so much fun. All the television screens were playing the game and the fridge near the bar was appropriately decorated with letter magnets that read, “Keep Calm and Go Pats!”

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We started off with a cocktail called the Shaddock (above). Trina’s is known for its cocktails so pass on the beer when you come here. The Shaddock is a classic cocktail made of Genever, St. Elder, Aperol, and lemon. This cocktail was perfectly executed and delicious. Now  we cannot stop eyeing the bottles of Genever whenever we go to our local liquor store. Soon we will give in and purchase a bottle so that we can make our own version at home, I know it!

Starlite hot dog Starlite chicken and waffles

Then we got the Starlite hot dog and the fried chicken and buttermilk waffles. The Starlite dog was topped with french fries, coleslaw, and a mayonnaise based sauce (that I think had sriracha in it?). It was overall a bit too decadent for me. But maybe this is the kind of hot dog you want to watch a game and have a beer with? For five bucks, it was worth trying- but next time I’d order something else on the menu.

The chicken and waffles are one of Trina’s signature dishes. I can see why! These waffles were crisp on the outside,and the chicken moist on the inside. I would have liked more of that hot pepper sauce because it was so tasty. None of these plates came with any accompaniments. If you want a more balanced meal, order some sides. The very reasonable prices would allow you to do that and the portions are fairly large.

Decor: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Food: 4/5

Total Rating: 4.3/5 stars

I definitely see myself coming back here for a casual drink and snacks! I would love to try their “industry brunch” on Mondays some day.

Happy Dining!

-Lisa

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Yelp in Boston

Ryan and I went to our first Yelp event since moving to Boston a few weeks ago, and it was such a blast! We have been writing Yelp reviews consistently for several years now and we are proud to be Elite members. Being an Elite member is so much fun and comes with many benefits including invitations to exclusive events usually involving food and drink of some sort. If you use Yelp at all, you should definitely write reviews and nominate yourself to be an Elite member!

The event we attended was held at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville. Brooklyn Boulders is a dedicated rock climbing gym and it is every indoor rock climbers dream. This place is extremely spacious with many walls for bouldering, auto-belaying, and belaying. If rock climbing isn’t your thing though, there are treadmills, stationary bikes, a weight room, yoga classes, a ping pong table, and for those that don’t want to move a muscle-a coffee shop and lounge area. As part of our invitation to the Yelp event, we got free day passes and went climbing yesterday. We bouldered for about an hour, and it was tough! It was so much fun though, but my forearms and fingers are definitely sore today.

The yelp event was called “Somer-Lovin” (see here) and it was a collection of numerous local businesses in Somerville. There were samples of cocktails, beer, food, chocolate, macaroons, and dance and aerial performances. Here are a few pics:

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Name tags on and ready to explore!

 

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Plantain and Yuca Chips from Casa B

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Cocktails from Backbar (which is the best bar I’ve been to in Cambridge or Somerville yet)

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Dance and Musical Performances by  The Dirty Dottys

We were SO full from all the food and drink. Other great vendors there that are worth trying if you are in the area were:

Aeronaut Brewing

Slumbrew

Taza Chocolate

The Kebab Factory

Messy Mike’s BBQ (although I wasn’t a fan, food was pretty flavorless and underseasoned)

Some ‘Ting Nice (Also was not a fan of this for the opposite reasons. The jerk chicken was so spicy, I almost choked from the heat of the peppers!)

Overall, this event was one of the best Yelp events I’ve been to. I am so excited to go to more in the Boston area. Start yelping and join us!

-Lisa

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