I’m eating out more lately — which isn’t necessarily bad. For a while I was spending more money on groceries and skipping dinner outings during the week so I could keep my diet as clean as possible. I like having control over what I put in my body — and the easiest way to do that is by cooking at home. I try to reserve dinner/drink escapades for the weekends… but sometimes you just really need a girls’ night.
When going through my iPhone camera roll the other night, I started salivating. There are a few food pics I’ve been holding hostage, and others that I posted without explanation. Now you too can drool over — then go find/make — these delicious foods thanks to this roundup.
Here is where I’ve eaten out lately:
Whole Heart Provisions, Allston
Nothing like a hot yoga class followed by delicious [vegan] eats. This orange miso dressing was sweet and hit the spot. Elena’s meal was more savory — next time I’ll go that route. Also pictured is Whole Heart Provisions’ seared avocado and shishito peppers.
Finally got some uni! The food was great, but the small plates we small. I would have loved a big serving of Hokoko’s okonomiyaki (like 5x bigger). Also, it was pricier than I would’ve liked. Maybe I feel this way because I’ve been to Japan and eaten these things for much less $$$. Next time, I’d go just to drink pitchers of Sapporo with friends.
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen, Brookline
Now, this is dangerous. I’ve already been to Ganko Ittetsu a couple of times since it’s right down the street. The ramen is delicious, authentic and filling. It might be a weekly routine this winter.
Bee’s Knees, Allston
I’ve popped in here a couple of times now, but never made it for breakfast. This egg sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin is … oh my… so good! Some of you might be familiar with the Bee’s Knees store in the Seaport. Both locations sell a plethora of local specialty foods.
Nourish Your Soul, Southie
Nothing better than an early morning class with Eliza/Kick It By Eliza followed by Nourish Your Soul. All I have to say is… Get your asses to EBF by GF3. Then, go up to the juice bar and get a coffee with cashew milk. That’s it.
Here’s what I’ve made at home:
Oatmeal with berries
Veggie burger, Boston Magazine
I’m so happy to report that I perfected my veggie burger! I’ve made a batch almost every other week to bring for lunch or heat up for a quick dinner. Check out the recipe on Boston Magazine’s website.
On two separate occasions, I’ve made chicken thighs for my gal pal friends. They are all converted. The meat is a little darker than the breast making the thighs more juicy — and tastier (IMO). I like to pan-sear mine in bulk or roast with veggies like this dish. Also pictured here are green beans and Japanese sweet potatoes — try them!
Fudgy mocha pudding cake, Oh She Glows
I made this twice over the weekend for two different dinner parties. It’s easy, gluten-free and vegan. It was a huge hit at my gal pals dinner! (Thanks for hosting, Ana!) Find this recipe and more in The Oh She Glows Cookbook.
Eggs with roasted red pepper spread
This spread is so simple! I roasted (broiled) two peppers with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. When the skin charred and started to bubble, I took them out and peeled the skin off. Then, everything went in the food processor with 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp of olive oil. The first time around we served it on bread, and then I used the leftovers for eggs.
Soba noodle salad with tahini dressing
I’ll share this one in detail soon. For now, gawk at the picture.
What Boston spots are you loving lately? Do share!