Author: Tracey

Earls Kitchen + Bar, Prudential Center, Back Bay

Over the last few years we have been watching the changing face and modernization of the Prudential area in Back Bay, Boston.  The Pru now has a sleek, glass fronted entrance way from Boylston Street leading into the mall while the new sprawling Mario Batali‚Äôs grocery store and eateries, Eataly next door flows through to the walkways of the same upgraded shopping center.  Part of this transformation was the closure of Legal Seafood and the most recent opening of Earls Kitchen & Bar.  Earls is a huge chain with restaurants across the US and Canada with the opening of...

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Dirty French, Lower East Side, NYC

Visiting NYC for me is always one of utter frustration with the traffic, crowds, protests and parades and one of total joy and childlike excitement for new experiences.  I was in NYC this past week for work and decided to stay for the weekend with some friends.  Planning is taken out of my hands, which is a refreshing change and put into the very capable ones of Stacey (my traveling friend) and her husband Eric.  Our Saturday started with a walking tour of the Chelsea Galleries where I spent my time jaw dropped with both amazement and disbelief of...

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Lemon Chicken over Herb Quinoa

Quinoa has become my go to grain for many dishes.  I use it instead of pasta, potato or really anything that calls for carbs.  The great thing about quinoa is that you can easily manipulate it to most dishes.  Serve it warm for supper or cold as a salad for lunch.  Given last week was for the most part was chilly and rainy in Boston, I decided to stay in on the Sunday night and cook a light, easy meal for friends.  Chicken with quinoa was on the menu so all I had to do was come up with...

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Nickel & Nickel Darien Vineyard Syrah 2013, Russian River Valley

Earlier this year I led a workshop on how to taste and write about wines at our company retreat in Savannah.  The wine we tasted was a Nickel & Nickel Chardonnay 2015, one of my favorite Chardonnays.  The workshop resulted in some inspiring and fun reviews of this fabulous wine.  In May I finally got to visit the gorgeous Nickel & Nickel Winery in Napa Valley.  We were taken on a tour of the of the entire place starting in the house. We walked across the yard in the breezy, warm May weather to the wine cellars. After the...

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La Casa De Pedro, Fort Point Channel, Boston

A few weeks ago I enjoyed appetizers and cocktails at La Casa De Pedro and promised I would be back would to explore their broader menu and write a review.  Well, I am a woman of my word so here goes. I had dined at La Casa De Pedro in Watertown many many years ago not long after I first moved to Boston and always had fond memories of this welcoming and warm restaurant.  Later last year I was excited about its second location opening up near my home and work in the now hugely vibrant dining scene of...

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