Monday, December 31, 2012

Boston restaurants

We spent the past few days visiting Boston.  We ate at many yummy places along the way.  Here are my reviews.

Friday

Antico Forno, in Boston's Little Italy area.  We were in the area for lunch.  I wanted to go in Fanueil Hall and check out the holiday decor in the area.  It was seriously busy with people shopping so we left to find a quieter spot for lunch.  Hubby and I shared a salad at the restaurant.  I think you probably can't go wrong at any of the Italian places along these streets.  I had ossobuco with saffron risotto.  It was fabulous!  

Hubby and walked to the Aquarium.  We waited in line to get tickets for about 50 minutes.  I really do enjoy going to aquariums though and I thought the one in Boston was nice.  They don't have a huge shark tank like the National Aquarium in Baltimore though.

I highly recommend Franklin Cafe (southie)
They were pretty great with gluten free paleo friendly food.  Hubby and I went with friends for dinner on a Fri night.  They don't take reservations yet we had no wait time getting a dinner table.  They have some awesome sounding cocktails on their menu.

Flashers.
We went to Flashers to meet up with more friends and just drink.  A neighborhood bar which for a Fri night we had no problem grabbing a table for 6 people.  Hubby had a few interesting beers.
We never did get around to doing a brewery tour in Boston.  There are a few breweries to take advantage of! 

Saturday

We did the Boston Tea party and ship museum.  I thought it was a blast! 

Barking Crab.
I don't eat any seafood.  I know this is a seafood restaurant.  I went because my hubby and our friend do eat seafood and we were in Boston  It's what Boston is known for.  We walked from the museum to the restaurant for lunch.  I got a salad with chicken and it wasn't great.  The sweet potato fries really were great and were $7.  I think if you did one of the big platters or seafood boils meant for sharing you'd have a great experience. 

After lunch we went to the ICA, a Contemporary Art Museum.  I was not a huge fan.  I just think I don't like contemp art very much. 

It was crazy snowing heavily Saturday afternoon.  Huge flakes, messy roads.  We ended up not going out to a friends place to play games and ended up eating a diner for dinner near our friends place in Watertown.  When we headed back into Boston it was only raining in Boston.  We went to see Les Mis and by the time we got out it was snowing in Boston too.  I like snow so it was cool.

Delux Diner was known for sweet potato pancakes and waffles.  It was very tempting but being paleo no carbs were eaten.  I did get the fried green tomatoes that were made with cornmeal and came with a yummy salad on top.  I also got roasted chicken with steamed veggies.  It was mostly squash, carrots, broccoli.  I had to avoid a few green beans.  The chicken was a huge portion that I couldn't finish.  I will say we walked by a table with a pile of pancakes and they smelled wonderful.

Sunday

We spent all day at the Museum of Fine Arts, MFA. It was the best!!!!  We did leave the museum to go eat at Sweet Cheeks.  A BBQ joint owned by Tiffany from Top Chef.  I ordered a pork platter, with salad (without farro because we cant eat grain) and the broccoli casserole.  It was hard to choose a hot item that was paleo.  The broccoli casserole ended up not being a great choice.  I was tasting it the rest of the day...  The pork was awesome and he bbq sauce was awesome.  The portion of meat was huge.  This is not a cheap BBQ joint.  I think the platter might have cost $18.  The food was very good though.  I'd go back.  In fact, when the museum was closing we heard tons of people saying they were headed over to Sweet Cheeks.  The great thing about the MFA ticket is you can leave and return.  The ticket will let you leave and come back anytime within 10 days!

Sunday night for dinner hubby cooked dinner at our friends place.  We had roast beef stuffed with spinach, pears, and pecans, a salad on the side with apples, grapes, pecans, and some friend plantains.
It was perfect.  I was really really full though.

Thus ends our Boston trip and eating way too much food.  I'm afraid to look at the scale tomorrow.

Happy New Year everyone!!!






Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs

4 Bone in Chicken Thighs
Honey plus a little coconut balsamic vinegar
Spice mixture:  I had some chili powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and I think I threw in some dried parsley.

Baked in the oven.  Look at how the honey got black and yummy!
I've made the recipe twice now.
Served with mashed cauliflower and roasted brussels.
Served with a little garlic spinach and butternut squash.


This recipe adapted from this blog!


Breakfast

Sunday breakfast!  I usually make bacon for breakfast but we finally found a store that sells Logan's sausage.  We tried it at the Metro Cooking Show and almost all of their sausage is sugar free. The one that is not is sweet Italian.

Eggs
Spinach
Logan's Argentine Spicy Chorizo (no added sugar)
Pacific Rose Apple


Mustard and herb pork chops

I coated the pork chops in spicy brown mustard, black pepper, and rosemary.  Then I let them chill in the fridge for a few hours.  Bake the pork chops for about 30 minutes and serve with roasted brussel sprouts.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pumpkin Soup


Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

I made m&m sugar cookie bars for my work secret santa.  She said she liked baking and liked plain m&ms :) I hope she liked them!


Chicken Soup, minus the noodle

Boneless Chicken Breasts
Carrot
Onion
Celery
Cauliflower, pureed in the food processor.  I did not get a rice like texture I was trying for in the soup.
Salt free organic chicken stock

Everything tossed into the crockpot :) I usually cook on low for 6-8 hours




Pesto Crusted Rack of Lamb


The problem with store bought pesto is it has parmesan cheese in it.  I don't mind having a little of the hard cheese but it's not strict paleo.  If you made your own pesto you could leave out the parm!  I was lazy and going for a quick dinner.

Rack of Lamb
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Store bought Pesto

I followed the cooking directions on this blog

In a pan, heat olive oil and sear lamb on all sides.
Heat over to 375 and cook about 30 minutes.  I felt ours needed a little more cooking time.  It depends on your preferred doneness.  On a steak I'm always a medium well girl.  On roast beef and lamb it can be more pink.

Served with some purple turnips, onion, and mushrooms.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

I must blog this recipe because I have it on a little card from a cookie swap and the cookie was so good!

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies
Yield 3 dozen
Cook time 10-12 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling cookies
1/2 cup pure pumpkin
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. In stand mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth.  Add the pumpkin, molasses, egg, vanilla, and mix until well combined.

2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, spices.
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until combined.

Refrigerate dough for an hour.  Can be chilled for 2-3 days.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.  lace sugar in a small bowl.  Roll tablespoon sized balls of dough in sugar.  Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookie look cracked and set at the edges.  They will be soft.  Let cool, transfer to wire rack.  Store in tupperware.