When adulting gets too hard, take a break with traditional English tea (and dainty, delicious treats) at Dorset.
In the midst of checking lists twice, I sometimes forget what I enjoy about this time: family and friends, festivities, resolutions and good food.
That’s what brought me and a family member to Dorset European Bakery and Café one Saturday afternoon. If you need a sophisticated little break, I suggest you stop by, too.
The café, located in Wellesley, has an afternoon tea that is steeped in English tradition. (Yes, I just made that pun).
Beat your winter cabin fever with a tasty trip to one of Boston's most historic foodie attractions.
When quarters start to feel cramped, it's a good time to get your house guests out on the town. Faneuil Hall is just the answer. Yes, you'll face the tourist crowds ambling along the charming cobblestone streets. But it's worth it because you'll also find some of Boston's best local eats to help you power through a day of shopping. And you'd be hard pressed to find a more festive outdoor mall.
Believe it or not, eating out on Christmas Eve has become something of a holiday tradition.
My dad used to joke that if you wanted to know how many Jews lived in our rural New England town, all you had to do was go to the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve and count the patrons. The night of December 24th, or “Jewish Christmas,” as it’s sometimes called, is marked by the sacrosanct tradition of dining out on General Tso’s and sesame beef before taking in a movie at the multiplex and sleeping in as late as you want because there aren’t going to be any presents to open.
It's the best time of the year... to celebrate an early Cena de Navidad in East Boston.
Going to East Boston and seeking out South American Christmas foods might seem like an odd assignment for a New England son of a rabbi. But I’ve never been good at turning down a challenge, so I did my homework and made a list of traditional Navidad fare, hoping to find some of the dishes at local restaurants. I carried the handwritten note on a sheet of unused resume paper with me: lechon, tamales, pavo relleno, pan de jamón, buñuelos, pan de pascua, rabanadas, natillas, rosca de reyes.
After honing their craft in Kazakhstan, the Drapers bring their house-roasted beans to the Boston Area.
If you’re looking for a place to plug in your computer and soak up some free WiFi, 4A Coffee in Brookline isn’t it. There aren’t any tables; most of the customers come in to grab coffee to-go or pick up a bag of beans roasted fresh in-house. But that doesn’t prevent this spot from having a sense of community. Almost from the moment I step in the door I’m welcomed like an old friend.“Latte, whole milk,” co-owner Erke Draper says over her shoulder as I walk up to the cash register.
Spending all afternoon in the chaos of a large department store can make you pretty hangry. Here's an alternative for this year's holiday shopping.
With the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the rear view, it’s time to think about a more civilized shopping experience.
In our book, that means one with snacks and libations.
The Tiglianidis brothers and their family serve authentic Greek food at their Norwood restaurant.
George and Kosta “Charlie” Tiglianidis opened the Feisty Greek on Route 1 in Norwood four years ago. For 15 years, the brothers’ family ran the Orchard Café in a location next door to the space that would one day become the Feisty Greek. The Orchard Café served traditional breakfast and lunch fare with the occasional Greek specialty.
The old yogurt, granola and fruit standby is elevated to another level at 3 Little Figs.
We know it well. That classic combo of fruit, granola and yogurt that makes up a breakfast parfait.
Let's be honest: the grab-and-go staple, which often contains runny yogurt, soggy granola and under-ripe fruit, is usually nothing to write home about.
But this heavenly creation from 3 Little Figs ($5.50) on Highland Ave. in Somerville, is an entirely different beast.
As the city experiences a development boom, top restaurateurs are moving in and making Waltham a must visit neighborhood for food lovers.
The city of Waltham recently became a food destination. I’d been hearing good things for years but was reluctant to go. For one thing, it’s a long way from my home in Somerville. But the real obstacle is that I went to high school there in a bank building on Main Street and I wasn’t in a hurry to get back to my teenage wasteland. So that explains why I’m having a hard time leaving the house.
As a New Englander, it's not only your right, it's your duty.
Pie season is upon us and happily, digging into this dessert for breakfast is a New England tradition. As a consummate pie-lover, I've put together a sampling of some of the top spots to nibble sharp cheddar with your cold apple pie and sip hot coffee with the perfect pumpkin slice—even when your craving hits well before lunch.
Northeast Pie Company
The best seat in the house is often at the bar.
We are suburban empty nesters who never make reservations. We are simply incapable of planning ahead, and balk at the very early or very late options proposed when we do call. But we still manage to get into the best restaurants. How? By eating at the bar. In fact, we prefer the bar for its intimacy and great service, as well as the camaraderie that forms between patrons and the chance to see what everyone else is eating.