Category Archives: Menu

Little bites

The cupcake trend has been around for a few years at this point, but it’s one trend I hope will stick around awhile longer. Not only are they cute, but it’s automatic portion control — and for someone like me who loves baked goods a little too much, that’s important.

We made a late afternoon stop at Babycakes in Quincy the other week. We didn’t realize they were about to close until we walked in the door of the cute little shop on Beale Street, a list of daily flavors taunting us from the wall, and discovered  our choices were limited to the three kinds of cupcakes they still had left at that late hour: lemon coconut, vanilla chocolate and chocolate vanilla. We grabbed two of each.

Our favorite of the three was the chocolate cake with vanilla frosting ($1.50) — rich but not too rich, and mine was still moist even after two days in the fridge (incredible control, I tell you — we’re talking heavy cream and real butter in these delights, so I made the decision to not eat them in one sitting. The same was not true of my husband, who ate two as soon as we arrived home and quickly declared his love of the aforementioned chocolate with vanilla frosting cupcake). My love of lemon in baked goods will also bring me to order the lemon coconut again, though if I’d change anything it would be to add a touch more lemon to the cake, but overall a good summer treat.

The offerings do vary from day to day, and you can find that list here. As for me, I will be making a stop this week to pick up a few more cupcakes, including the french toast cupcake (a heavyweight at $2.75), which I’ve heard is supposed to be incredible.

Babycakes
163 Beale St., Quincy
617-773-4458
http://www.babycakesshop.net

Taste Quincy

More than 35 establishments will take part in this year’s Taste Quincy, which kicks off this Sunday, March 22, and continues through Friday, March 27. The list of participants includes places you would expect to be involved in a restaurant week (um, restaurants), but even Babycakes, Coffee Break Cafe, Edible Arrangements, Fratelli’s Pastry Shop, Ginger Betty’s Bakery, Gypsy Kitchen and Montillio’s will be offering specials that week.

I’ve mentioned that I love these types of weeks that encourage you to get out there and try different places with minimal risk. That said, I still do appreciate a menu I can see ahead of time, and so far I’m at a loss to find anyone with a special Taste Quincy menu posted anywhere on the Web. What year is this? Apparently there are still a few things to be learned from Boston Restaurant Week, especially when Quincy has timed its event as a competitor.

Check out the Ledger story here.

The A-Roid

The A-Roid cocktail at Bonfire.

The A-Roid cocktail at Bonfire.

My favorite press release today comes courtesy of Todd English’s Bonfire, where they’re getting geared up for the start of the baseball season with a new drink aimed at a Red Sox fan’s favorite target:

“The A-Roid starts with a shot of El Mejor Tequila, served straight up.  To give the shot a little something extra; a spicy smoky splash is served on the side in a convenient syringe…minus the needle.  Inject the Performance-Enhancing Boost of Spicy Tomato “Juice” right into the shot or use it as a chaser.  However you use it, come clean and acknowledge it…don’t deny it.”

I had to think they were kidding when they wrote that a syringe was involved in the making of this drink, but no, it’s right there in the photo. And if you’re curious about what the “performance enhancer” is made of, that would be spicy tomato juice made of house-smoked tomatoes, tomato juice, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce and jalapenos.

The A-Roid ($11) will be available with a host of Red Sox-loving items come April 6.

Bonfire
50 Park Plaza, Boston
http://www.bonfiresteakhouse.com

Fish, chips and chowder

Morrell’s Country Kitchen in Abington normally closes after lunch, but through Lent it will stay open on Fridays until 9 p.m. Those extra hours mean more customers can try the “fresh fish and chips special” – $4.99 for fish fresh from the market, served fried, with chips and a cup of chowder. The special, which owner Peter Morrell is calling their “recession-buster price break for customers,” is available for the lunch crowd everyday.

Morrell’s Country Kitchen
222 North Ave, Abington
781-871-0446

The inaugural lunch menu

In case you were wondering, or can’t get your fill of President Obama info today, here’s what was on the menu for the luncheon held by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:

First course: Seafood stew; Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 sauvignon blanc
Second course: A brace of American birds (pheasant and duck); sour cherry chutney; molasses sweet potatoes; Goldeneye 2005 pinot noir
Third course: Apple cinnamon sponge cake; sweet cream glace;  Korbel Natural “Special Inaugural Cuvee” sparkling wine

Sound good? You can get the recipes on  http://inaugural.senate.gov/luncheon/.

Chef to ‘perform’ at James Beard House

Chef Richard Garcia of Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro in Foxboro is picking up his knives and driving to NYC. His destination? The James Beard House on April 4, for a one-night show at the home of the celebrated foundation.

Those who want to taste for themselves what Garcia, an Abington resident, will be cooking can make a reservation for the event by calling 212-627-2308 or go to http://www.jamesbeard.org. Tickets are $150 for foundation members, $200 for nonmembers.

Luckily for my budget, Garcia will also feature these special items at Tastings in March. Check out Garcia’s blog for menu details: http://www.chefsdailyfoodbank.com/.