Archive | June, 2011

Diner Review – The Early American

30 Jun

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but one of my favorite parts about being in New England is being near my Gramn. She’s going to be 88 this year and still works at the same place she’s worked for as long as I’ve been around. Saturday or Sunday mornings we got to brunch. It’s a great weekend ritual that I’ve come to love and look forward to. We tried The Early American at 1054 Hancock St.  It’s quaint and decorated with Patriotic pieces and quirky sayings, a common theme I see in diners. Ordered their homemade hash and while I am a fan canned hash, this was delicious! Their coffee is also great. They have a giant industrial brewer that I’ve never seen in a diner/restaurant before. My Gramn got scrambled eggs with crisp bacon (always sure to ask for it crisp) and toast.

The prices aren’t bad and include coffee with the meals.

I’ve never had to wait for a table but if you don’t time it just right, you’ll see morning after couples, hungover guests, old couples and more waiting in line for a table.

9 Stars (if I had a star scale) Go check it out!

C’est si Yum!

CBS Scene – Review II

30 Jun

In a previous blog posting, I raved about the buffalo chicken nachos at the CBS Scene in Foxboro.

I will now rave about their coconut shrimp that seems like it is not frozen before being battered and fried but who knows, some of the things that restaurants do with frozen to fried food is pretty impressive. I went into watch the Bruins play after sitting in no joke, an hour and a half of traffic to go three miles. The USA Soccer team played the Spain Soccer team. No, I didn’t go to the game, but I did go out to see the fella, who did go to the game.

Our seats at CBS Scene were right at the bar in front of a great projection screen. The Bruins since went on to win the Stanley Cup (woot woot) but CBS Scene was far from “winning.”

After the coconut shrimp wow’d us, I ordered a margarita pizza, spelled that way too on the menu. 20 minutes later, the pizza did not arrive and I asked if I could cancel it. The bartender said that it should be out soon. 15 minutes later I asked to speak with a Manager. The Manager came by and said that they kitchen “lost” the ticket but it would be out in five minutes and he would take it off the bill. Another 15 minutes later I asked the bartender where the pizza was and he said that he didn’t realize it was still coming out…Fail CBS Scene. The pizza was not great and I suspect it had been sitting for quite some time based on the texture of the crust.

Overall not a great experience and the Bruins lost that game.

New Knife Review

6 Jun

I love my santoku knives but don’t have a serrated one. I recently purchased Pure Komachi by Kai 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Bread Knife . LOVE it. I actually used it today to cut a baguette for toasty bread and the moment I thought to myself, “gee, this is a really great knife” I sliced into one of my fingers. No gross details but the knife is really good!!

I recommend getting one if you don’t already have one!!

Restaurant Review & Such – Tastings

2 Jun

Went to Tastings in Foxboro before, you guessed it a Revolution game. It was a pre-game visit so this review is only based on appetizers. We actually have gone twice and the first visit was much better than the second.

Visit One:

Service was great. We ordered the three cheese board, served on an AWESOME plate that we decided we will own one day. The cheeses were a bleu cheese, a sharp cheddar and White Buck goat cheese. Why did we only remember the White Buck? Because it was the favorite. I actually have looked in several stores here and have been unable to find it. The cheese plate came with a membrillo, also known as quince paste.

We also ordered calamari, which was awesome and had some sort of smeared sauce (not a fan of the smear presentation) but it was good.