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Naco Taco

Went again last night with a different group of friends. Tried the pig's head torta this time which was the clear winner of both of my trips. Super delicious and loved both the bread and sauce (and pork and bacon of course). I tried the guac this time and was a little disappointed in the size (pretty small) for $9...especially when you compare it to all you get for $15 with the salsa combo.

I will say that there were some changes or inconsistencies with the salsas from last time. I loved the pumpkin dip last time and it still tasted delicious this time but was pretty firm and hard to dip in (our chips kept breaking with each attempt)...but we adapted. Also, they had a new cilantro dip Instsad of the smoky almond dip which was good but they didn't tell us there was a switch until we asked what the dip was.

Again, there were some issues with the service. Everyone was very nice but the pace and explanations of the food and how it is served (I.e. Tacos come as they are ready so some in your party may have 2 tacos while others have none) is still lacking. I'm sure it'll get better with time- they've only been open one week! And Scelfo has been there on both occasions. Will definitely go back more but might give them a few more weeks to work out some kinks.

May 19, 2015
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Naco Taco

I went opening night. We were quoted a 30-45 minute wait and waited a little over that and eventually (with some prodding) got a table outside next to one of the heaters. Loved the patio space- I'm guessing this will be very popular this summer.

We started with the red sangria which was pretty good, although a touch watered down for my taste. We then went on to try the salsa sampler- love all the different salsa options. My favorites were the pumpkin pikil sak, avocado crema, chipotle crema and the beet salsa. This was pretty filling for 2 (with a lot leftover) but we pushed on to try serval tacos: the offal, beef, lamb belly and smelt. My favorite by far was the lamb belly- can't wait to try this next time as a torta.

Servicd was friendly but a little shaky. There was a mixup with our tacos but we ended up with one extra so can't complain about that!

Overall, food was delicious with lots of attention to detail (I.e. Salsas and toppings) and I'm looking forward to going back next week!

May 14, 2015
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant in Orlando near Ritz Grand Lakes

I'm a Boston chowhound heading to Orlando tomorrow for a conference and staying at the Ritz Grand Lakes. I won't have a car for most of the time and am hoping to avoid expensive cab rides to restaurants 20+ miles away (looks like there are some good ones though!). Any recommendations for restaurants nearby besides what they have in the hotels? (I plan to check out Highball and Harvest and Whisper Creek Farm) I will be driving out Monday to the West Palm Beach area- any recs for lunch heading south from Orlando along the way? Thanks in advance.

Apr 28, 2015
AnjLM in Florida

Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

Living in Beacon Hill I find myself at Harvard Gardens (I have a weakness for their truffle fries), Finn's sushi and Seoul...and "takeout" from Whole Foods.

Feb 24, 2015
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Blackbird Donuts?

I tried them last weekend. Tried the siricha sesame, salted toffee, vanilla glaze, pistachio lemon and chocolate old fashioned. I really enjoyed them although probably prefer the donuts from union square if I had to choose.

These donuts had a nice light texture to the donut. My favorite was the salted toffee. My friend loved the siricha- it's actually a pretty nice balance of sweet/savory/spicy but a few bites were enough for me. Runner up was the chocolate old fashioned- delicious even the day after purchase! I didn't love the pistachio lemon- too much lemon, not enough pistachio.

Overall, I was impressed and am excited to go back and try new flavors!

Jan 22, 2015
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

Thanks! I'll definitely inquire ahead of time re: vegan options.

Jan 08, 2015
AnjLM in France

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

It looks delicious but might be over our budget and doesn't seem to have much that might be vegan friendly. Will keep it in mind for now though. Currently thinking La Grande Cascade that one chowhound recommended sounds like it could fit the bill.

Jan 07, 2015
AnjLM in France

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

Any places you'd recommend instead?

Jan 07, 2015
AnjLM in France

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

Thanks, I'll look into those. It doesn't have to be right at the Louvre, we don't mind taking a cab. And it is for dinner not lunch in early September. Thanks for all the suggestions so far! Too bad Maceo isn't open Sundays, it looks great!

Jan 07, 2015
AnjLM in France

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

Thanks for the link. I'll take a look at it. The wedding will likely be outside the Louvre so somewhere near there would be nice if possible. I've only been to Paris once before (I'm from the US) so I'm not very familiar with any restaurants there.

Jan 06, 2015
AnjLM in France

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

My brother is getting married in Paris in September and we are looking for a nice restaurant to eat afterwards. I understand a lot of restaurants are closed, however, on a Sunday. There will only be about 10 people and the bride is vegan (the rest eat anything). Looking for something that feels celebratory for their special day and that takes reservations. Aiming to spend about $150-200 per person including alcohol. Thanks in advance.

Jan 06, 2015
AnjLM in France

Vietnamese not too far from French Quarter

We ended up going to Lily's Cafe on our last day and loved it! It was a nice break from the heavy cajun/creole food we'd been eating. And added bonus- Tom Colicchio recommends it! Thanks for all your suggestions!

Apr 23, 2014
AnjLM in New Orleans

Vietnamese not too far from French Quarter

Thanks for all the recs. Will look into them, excited for my trip!

Mar 28, 2014
AnjLM in New Orleans

Vietnamese not too far from French Quarter

I'm visiting New Orleans from Boston with my foodie friends and we're interested in trying some Vietnamese. We'd prefer not to have to rent a car although I know from what I've been reading that the best places require a car ride. Most of the boards I have seen on this topic are a little outdated. Any recommendations for Vietnamese that are a quick street car/cab ride/or walk away from the french quarter? Some places I've come across are Magasin and Doson's noodle house- any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Mar 26, 2014
AnjLM in New Orleans

Merrill & Co.

I don't mind the "shotgun" style of service but oysters should come out first! It would have been nice if the brussel sprouts and fries came out with the fried chicken but I was fine with them as a pseudo appetizer.

No one has commented yet on the smokiness of the room- am I the only one that experienced this? Perhaps I went on a day when they had a problem with the ventilation system?

Mar 17, 2014
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Merrill & Co.

Went to Merrill & Co. last night and was overall impressed. We had a reservation for 4 but had to change to 2 last minute and they were very nice and accommodating. We were seated right away at a high top by the kitchen. Both the waiter and front of the house staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Our waiter recommended the Jim Rose cocktail to start which my friend and I both loved- sort of a sweeter take on a Manhattan.

On to the food- We split a few oysters which were delicious. They had 3 varieties including Duxbury oysters and gave us some free shrimp cocktail with our order! We then shared the brussel sprouts, waffle fries and fried chicken. The brussel sprouts were browned with lemon and garlic and a nice side. The waffle fries, although good and excellently fried, were a bit too salty. I couldn't tell if it was from the old bay seasoning on the fries or the aioli. Regardless, we ate them all :) On to the fried chicken…the coat was crispy although fell off the meat quite easily. The meat itself was moist and tender (apparently it is brined in lipton tea). However, it contrast to the fries, it seemed a little under salted.

We finished with the nutella tart which was a rich and decadent chocolate, hazelnut fudgey tart. The crust was a bit bland but it was overall very good.

Our only complaints about the night were:

1) Our food was brought out in a weird order. First the brought the brussel sprouts, then fries, then oysters and lastly the chicken. I would have expected the oysters to come out first followed by the rest of the meal. However, it is only the first week so they are probably still working out some kinks.

2) The room was very very very poorly ventilated. It was very smoky and by the end our eyes were actually starting to burn. I'm not sure if they were having trouble with the ventilation system that night but I will be hard pressed to go back, despite really enjoying the food, until this is fixed.

Mar 16, 2014
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Looking for 1 day butcher(?) classes for bachelor party

Not sure if this is too late but my friend just took a butcher class at Savenor's in Boston. He loved it. Not sure how many people they can accommodate though.

Aug 03, 2013
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

What's your favorite chilled soup?

Just made this delicious white gazpacho with grapes and cucumbers. It was delicious and refreshing: http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

Jun 18, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Flour by Joanne Chang

I love her original cookbook, Flour and she just came out with Flour, Too. I have made many items from Flour (oreos, chocolate chip cookies, sticky buns, chocolate filled brioche, cupcakes, carrot cake, brownies, scones) from her first book and everything has been delicious. I just started exploring Flour, Too and it looks like she has another hit! Check out some of my cooking experiences with her recipes on my blog: aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com

Jun 18, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

That pie was delicious!!!!

Jun 10, 2013
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Which restaurants are on your "to do" list right now?

Tavern road
Blue dragon
Westbridge
Belly Wine Bar
Bondir
Journeyman

Jun 10, 2013
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Momofuku Milk Bar Cook book

The cornflake cookies are definitely worth making. I made them last week and everyone loved them! Here is my review from my blog:

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

I also just made the crack pie (also on my blog) which went definitely deserves it's name!

Jun 09, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Sounds like a fun experiment! Let us know how it turns out!

May 29, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Just saw the first batch of local strawberries at my neighborhood whole foods and made "Strawberry Hand Pies" this weekend for a friend's birthday.

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 28, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Thanks! Love the idea for the white chocolate curls!

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Thanks! I've been on a baking spree lately since starting my blog. It has been fun experimenting with new flavors. I loved the lemon raspberry combo so much that I just made these lemon shortbread raspberry cookies (they use almost the same frosting as the cupcakes): http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Ideas for an awesome birthday cake flavor?

I recently made a delicious Chocolate Nutella Buttercream cake. This is only a 2 layer cake but the chocolate ganache in the center and nutella buttercream frosting definitely kicks it up a notch.

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

I recently made lemon raspberry cupcakes with lemon curd filling. I'm normally more of a chocolate dessert girl but these may be my new favorite cupcakes. They were a hit at work!

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking
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favourite sorbet recipes

I just made a watermelon mint sorbet. Delicious flavor but was a little more granita-liek in texture.
http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Loved the cake! Had a great texture.

Thanks for the tip for the filled cupcakes. I'll have to try that next time...I also work at a hospital so I could probably get some syringes to inject the cupcakes with.

May 07, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking