Archive for August, 2012

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TND – Montreal & Back Again

August 22, 2012

As noted previously there was no Dinner last week because my roommate and I took ourselves up to Montreal for a vacation.  I believe on Tuesday night we were tucking into plates of poutine (verdict: eh, I’d rather just have the cheese curds and gravy, I don’t really need the fries).

I really liked Montreal – I kept comparing it to other places I’d been (the outside, throw open the windows, sidewalk culture of San Diego – the French heritage of New Orleans – the quirky fierce independence of San Francisco – the sheer Canadian-ness of Toronto), but in the end I think that comparisons are a little unfair.  It feels like itself, and itself is a quirky city with charming neighborhoods that embraces its French heritage and its Canadian identity.  I’d cheerfully go back and spend more time exploring the Mont Royal neighborhood, going over to the Botanical Gardens which we didn’t have a chance to visit, peering in the windows of art galleries in the old port area, and gorging myself on excellent food and wine.

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TND – Standing Here On My Own Two Hands

August 10, 2012

How is it that the week before you go on vacation brings out the crazy in everyone you work with?  The tail end of summer is supposed to be a lazy, scoot out of work early, kind of a time.  Instead my week was full out crazy-cakes nuts.  However, there’s a bottle of wine in my fridge with my name on it, and next week I’m on vacation – Montreal + Stowe + a calendar stacked with (hopefully) good food – and with those two things kept firmly in mind I made it through.

No Dinner next week – I plan to be eating poutine, or possibly smoked meat, on Tuesday night.  I’ll see you on the flip side, and shall regale everyone with tales of eating my way through Montreal and Vermont. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – “Hush, now — spoilers!”

August 1, 2012

This will make more sense in about a month (I’m waiting for a full house for the reveal, which apparently won’t be until September what with my schedule + everyone else’s schedule).

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TND – Reinventing the Wheel

August 1, 2012

If you live in a major urban center in the US, or if you’ve watched the Food Network recently, you’ll have witnessed the explosion of the food truck movement. Boston is not exempt from this, and if you work in the downtown area you can have your pick of Southern-style barbeque, Silk Road-style barbeque, bahn-mi, noodle bowls, grilled cheese, popsicles, cupcakes, and (most excitingly) pickles. The grand daddy of all the Boston food trucks, however, is the Clover Food Lab truck. It didn’t quite start the movement in Boston, but it’s probably one of the best known, and with six trucks scattered around the city (Park Street, South Station, Longwood Medical Area, Kendall Square, BU and the South End) and two store front locations (Harvard Square, Inman Square, and theoretically coming soon to Hynes Convention Center) it’s also one of the most easily available. Read the rest of this entry ?