Bubble Tea | Tea Do | Chatime | Chinatown Boston, MA

there are two boba/bubble milk tea joints opened up in boston chinatown recently.

ive been to each one a few times now and here are my 2 cents.

tea do

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pros:
- spacious. it’s more like a cafe/tea house. you can actually hang out there. they have board games and cards for you to play.
- milk tea drinks taste like they are made with real tea instead of powder.
- takes level up (i forget my wallet all the time but never my phone) and credit cards
- also sells food such as takoyaki, onigiri (although i havent tried)

cons:
- limited selection of drinks
- the milk teas didnt taste as rich

Chatime

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pros:
- a large selection of drinks
- you can customize your drink (ice/sugar level or different toppings)
- takes credit cards

cons
- drinks are made from powder instead of real tea therefore taste very artificial.
- overly sweet. i always get 30% sugar which tastes like full sugar. ive never tried their full sugar; i cant imagine how sweet that would be
- limited seating, more like a take out joint
- can be a long wait. they are slow although they have 10 ppl working in the back.

in conclusion, both new boba joints are underwhelm in terms of drinks. although kung fu is easily better than both of tea do and chatime, tea do can be a nice hang out spot.

Tea Do
8 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Beach St & Kneeland St in Chinatown
Phone number (617) 988-8002
kenshinteado.com

Chatime
31 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Oxford Pl & Beach St in Chinatown
Phone number (617) 982-6928
chatimeboston.com

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Bergamot | Chef’s Tasting Menu | Somerville, MA Boston

it was our 4th anniversary a few weeks ago, we celebrated at bergamot in somerville. this time we opted for the 7 course chef’s tasting menu.
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beef tartare
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Grapefruit and Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Goat Cheese, Mesclun Greens, Banyuls Vinaigrette, Sunflower Seed Wafer
i hate beets, it tastes than carrots.
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more salads
why?
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Squid & Octopus
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Pan-Seared Salmon
Creamy White Beans, House-Made Bacon
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Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin
Carrot-Date Puree, Confit Potatoes, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Pork Jus
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sorbet
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food was well executed, but the 7 course tasting menu was more like a sampler of their regular menu. i was anticipating something more adventurous/different for the chef’s tasting menu. if i knew, i would’ve just ordered a variety of dishes off the regular menu and shared with pork belly. that being said, i dont think the tasting menu was worth it at all.

Bergamot
118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone number (617) 576-7700
bergamotrestaurant.com

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El Chato Taco Truck | Los Angeles, CA

man i love tacos and sadly taco places in boston are jus really underwhelming (although there is one exception), so whenever im in cali, i def go ham on the tacos. i talked about my new fave taco joint in a previous post; el chato is another taco truck we visited.

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everyone was full since we came from dinner. i had to have some, so i got some to go.

lengua, cabeza, asada, pollo
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paired with that mexican coke
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probably the best dollar you could spend.

5300 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Mid-Wilshire
Phone number (323) 947-3651

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“Chef’s Whim” Tasting Menu | Craigie On Main | Boston, MA

ive been to craigie on main many times. this time we went to check out their “Chef’s Whim” Tasting Menu, which supposed to be an inventive and spontaneous meal by Chef Carl Dooley.

but it turned out to be… not so inventive. we opted the five course tasting, which turned out to be… four course.

Civilian – sombra mezcal, lime, date, sour orange, thai chili – my fave drink @ craigie
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goat pate
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halibut w/oyster and mushrooms
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pasta made from beets
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pork three ways – i loved this dish and the crispy pork skin and the melt in your mouth tenderness blew my mind; however, the pork belly didnt come with crispy skin this time. very very disappointed.
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we ordered Hardwood-Roasted Bone Marrow as an extra dish because my friend was craving it.
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palate cleanser – sorbet
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although these dishes are craigie’s signature dishes, i was expecting a more inventive and spontaneous or even adventurous meal as described for the chef’s whim tasting menu. the 5-course meal was indeed a 4 course meal. (unless they are counting the palate cleanser as one course now. they used to be complimentary with the 3 course meal.) i was also disappointed by the pork 3 ways which i used to worship. although the food was still delicious for the most part, i dont recommend the chef’s whim tasting menu.
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Craigie On Main
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone number (617) 497-5511
craigieonmain.com

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Terramia Ristorante | North End Boston, MA

this was my 2nd time here. i thought the food was decent last time so i wanted to come here again, but food was rather disappointing this time.

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birra moretti beer
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Antipasto Tradizionale
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Raviolone Aperto
Open-face ravioli, scallops & shrimp, zucchini segments, lobster mascarpone reduction.

i had this last time and remembered it was good. this time the seafood didnt taste too fresh and a lot less scallops and shrimps than last time. the ravioli was stuck at the bottom of the plate.
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Cavatelli
Cavatelli pasta, broccoli rabe pesto, chili flakes, pork sausage, torn burrata, confit panko.
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Gnocchi con Agnello
House made potato dumplings, lamb roast tomato & pepper ragù, aromatic vegetables and herbs.

the gnocchi was rather mushy and the whole dish tasted like canned pasta.
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not sure what happened, food was pretty disappointing. i dont think i’d be back again.

Terramia Ristorante
98 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
Phone number (617) 523-3112
terramiaristorante.com

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Manna House | Arlington, MA Boston

went to check out manna house in arlington last weekend.

very cozy, super super warm inside.
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banchans were noticeably fresh
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i really like the tofu
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Soondubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew) – it was bland for me, so i had to ask for salt. not as spicy and well flavor as i wished.
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yuk gae jang – better flavored than the soondubu, no major complains except the beef was a little too tough.
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food wasnt the tastiest but felt very homemade with quality ingredients. i would come here again if i were in mood for korean food.
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Manna House
9 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington Center
Phone number (781) 648-8878
mannahouse-cuisine.com

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