Eater 38 Challenge: #11 Highland Kitchen

After weeks of apartment hunting, Ryan and I finally decided on a place and we are moving to Coolidge Corner come June! We are going to miss our fair city of Cambridge, and we are going to try to hit all the fantastic places to dine in Cambridge and Somerville before the move. We went for Sunday brunch at Highland Kitchen with one of Ryan’s friends from undergrad who recently moved into the area.

Tip: Get in line early for Sunday Brunch- like 10:30 AM early!

We arrived at 11AM (when service starts), and there was a long line out the street. The people at the front of the line were seated right away. However, if you are at the tail end (like we were), you have to wait for that entire first group to finish their meals, which means you’re waiting at least an hour. The hostess told us the wait was going to be 45 minutes, but we waited closer to 1.5 hours. The place was so crowded, it was difficult even getting to the bar (where there is a full brunch service as well) to grab a drink while you wait. There was live folk music in the corner though, so that and good company helps to pass the time.

I sipped on the classic Hemenway Daquiri, which was phenomenally prepared. For my meal, I ordered the special omelette, which was very St. Patrick’s Day inspired and stuffed with corned beef, cabbage, and cheddar cheese. The best part of the plate were the home fries- crispy and salty potato, but meaty on the inside. The watermelon garnish left me wondering where they get their ingredients from.

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Overall, I was quite satisfied with my meal, but I’m not sure it was worth the extremely long wait. I am excited to return for dinner service another day to try their ever popular goat curry.

What do you order at your weekend brunch? Are you a sweet or savory bruncher? I always go for the savory despite my enormous sweet tooth!

-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