the bronburger is only available at the bar, so we sat there
the Giant Haus Bretzel with horseradish mustard is my absolutely fave thing at bronwyn. i LOVE the mustard, strong, just cant get enough of it.
Bronburger – made with 80% Local Massachusetts Grass Fed Beef and 20% Wagyu Brisket. Small rendered pieces of housemade bacon are dotted throughout the patty, which is topped with melted comté cheese, honey mustard and a slaw of sauerkraut, pickles and raw cabbage. The burger is sandwiched in an oat-honey challah roll. Gruner sauce (German 7-herb mayonnaise) is served on the side, along with German potato salad, piled high with shoestring onion rings tossed in paprika and bacon bits.
GIANT WURST PLATTER
6 sausages, potatoes, sauerkraut, house mustard
. Kielbasa smoked pork, garlic, coriander
. Lemon Weisswurst veal, pork, parsley
. Spicy Bierwurst pork, paprika, cayenne
. Cotechino pig skin, cinnamon, nutmeg
. Zungenblutwurst blood, tongue, pork
. Thüringer Bratwurst veal, pork, egg
note on the photos:
ive been testing out my new fuji x100s, i couldnt get sharp pix using the biggest aperture and high iso at low light settings with this camera, so i have to shoot at a relatively smaller aperture and lower iso. in order to do that, i need use longer shutter speed, but its impossible to take a non shaky pic anything beyond 1/20 seconds. i bought a table tripod a while back. i planned to bring it to restaurants, but it never happened. my camera is big enough as it is, with the tripod, it might jus occupy the entire table. now that i have a smaller camera, i could totally start using it. so this time, i bought my table tripod to bronwyn so i can test it out.
the bff finally graduated and moved back in town. we went to check out fairsted kitchen, a relatively new restaurant by Andrew Foster and Steve Bowman in Washington Square, last wednesday night.
drinks are a MUST at Fairsted Kitchen!!!! their cocktails are really really bomb.
top: Antigua Plaza – Rye, Cocchi Americano, Mezcal, Benedictine, Bitters
if they have mezcal, i just have to order it
bottom: Genever Know – Cocchi Americano, Genever, Grapefruit, Peychaud Bitters
celeriac & potato tart – sea urchin – shiso
i love uni, but the star of this dish was the potato tart. the crust had the perfect texture and most importantly it was still WARM when it was served which made a HUGE difference. almost very therapeutic.
top: green zephyr – Vodka, Cucumber, Lime, Dry Vermouth, Kummel
bottom: Up South – Peach, Gin, Lemon, Soda
i was pretty impressed with their drinks. really well made using fresh ingredients and everything tasted just right.
food was excellent and all very well executed. drinks were superb. service was extremely warm and friendly. ambiance was lovely, relaxing, and cozy. beautiful beautiful plates and silverware; i couldnt stop taking pix of them. def one of the best all around dining experiences ive had in boston. the bff and i were just drinking, eating, talking, laughing for hours and really enjoyed ourselves. i secretly wish they dont become too popular too soon.
Category: American (New)
1704 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
bibim is a relatively new korean restaurant in allston. ugh, pork belly forced me to check it out.
the ambience doesnt feel like a korean restaurant. cozy, more like a cafe.
banchan – the potato one is usually my fave banchan, but this was wayy too sweet.
since when korean food tastes so sweet and subtle? not sure if they are trying to cater to non-asians, i sure didnt like the food at bibim. never again. it’s almost comical when i read the 1st line on boston global ‘Nothing at Bibim, formerly Color restaurant, has been Americanized and the heat hasn’t been toned down either.‘ it’s completely the opposite haha.
i wish bibim was a cafe or a dessert place; very cozy to hang out, but for korean food, i would walk down the street to Seoul Soulongtang
if you must try this place out, i heard their bibimbap is good.
166 Harvard Ave
(between Hefferan St & Glenville Ter)
Allston, MA 02134
doing a year end list has been a tradition for me. i wrote a total of 142 new posts in 2013. ive eaten so much in 2013 and gained a lot lbs that i am the heaviest right now that I have ever been. we also started doing this thing called ‘restaurant hopping’ whenever we are traveling and eating 3-4 meals per lunch or dinner so we can try the maximum amount of food. i uploaded about 36 pages of photos to my flickr in 2013. i was browsing through my flickr to pick out my favorites of year, but there weren’t many dishes i ate that i absolutely loved and memorable. even harder to find my boston favorites.
i am a picky eater for sure. a lot of my reviews have been very negative, but the more food industry people i know, the less critical i can be. how can i hate when i get free meals and they try hard to please us; i ll have to be heartless. i understand the restaurant business is a very tough business; most people works very very hard day and night to serve their customers. i even got a taste of this when i was doing my macaron business. now, when i have a very bad meal, i do take into consideration that so much hard work went into that meal so i should be more forgiving. BUT as a customer, i really have no sympathy. i work hard for my money too and i believe i deserve to be satisfied especially when i spend a lot money on my food. if you cant make good fresh food everytime, maybe you should just do something else with your life instead. i dont get many 2nd chances in life so why should i give not to mention there are opportunity costs?
anyways, thanks so much for supporting my blog and leaving me comments. i really appreciate all comments but im just very bad at replying. sorry!
here are some of my favorite food moments in 2013:
Pappardelle With Wild Boar- black trumpet, juniper and aged parmigiano
CRÈME BRÛLÉE FOIE GRAS
spicy chicken from Garlic ‘n Lemons
kungfu tea – not sure if they put crack, but we come here at least once per week.
Wood Grilled Filet Mignon with Soft Whipped Potatoes, Horseradish Onion Cream Meritage Syrup
selfie with a pig at WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey | Rialto
1st time serving food and made tips at Fine Dining at Home with Private/Personal Chef Event
never knew cooked salmon could taste good til i had this at Gaslight Brasserie Du Coin
i come to douzo for lunch at least once a week and i get this toasted pork udon most the time.
sin burger from the blue ox by matt o’neil from 2nd Annual BATTLE OF THE BURGER 2013– usda prime beef burger, applewood smoked bacon, truffle aioli, tomato, lettuce, brioche bun
korean bbq at Kogiya | Annandale, VA
beef potato at Fu Run | Flushing, NY
pork 3 way @ craigie on main
soy milk taiyaki @ Tokyo, Japan
huge clams at new golden gate
truffle egg toast + semolina bread, shishito peppers, lally egg
tacos | Guisados | Los Angeles, CA
yakiniku | Manpuku Tokyo BBQ| Los Angeles, CA
looking back, most of the dishes i picked out are very simple dishes like a piece of seared salmon or the beef and potato stew, some were even uncooked/raw. quality ingredients is the key, but all of these dishes were surprisingly well executed and def demonstrated integrity and craftsman’s unique skills. my stomach is not hard to please after all. just do it right even it’s something very simple.
happy new year everyone! cant wait to see what 2014 will feed us! :))
there are two tsujita ramen shops crossed street from each other. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle has a more elaborate menu and only serves ramen during lunch. tsujita annex serves only ramen throughout the day.
it was super hot in LA that day, so we opted for tsukemen ‘dipping noodle’ dish. it’s great for a hot summer day because many find it more ‘refreshing’ than regular ramen. the noodles are chilled on the side then you dip them in the warm broth (NOT boiling hot) as you eat.
the broth – 60 hours slowly simmered pork bone broth with pork fat. there was even a little sweetness peaking through the rich savory broth from the seafood they used. the spicy sauce also gave much more depth and flavors to the broth.
Categories: Japanese, Specialty Food, Soul Food
2050 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
there’s one thing that the east coast is def lacking and i absolutely love is tacos. nothing can compare to the tacos on the west coast, although Taqueria Jalisco in east boston is a close match.
i have to make sure i OD on tacos whenever im in cali, so last trip to cali was no exception. we heard a lot about guisados so we went to check it out and it BLEW MY MIND.
if you have a hard time choosing what you want or just want to explore a variety of the tacos, they offer a sampler of six mini tacos.
before stuffing your face with their amazing tacos, be sure to have a drink in hand. my totally fave drink was this melon drink. it taste like straight up cantaloupe in a cup.
the drink on the right was armando palmero which was the combination of limon (lemon, lime) + jamaica (hibiscus tea)
guisados means ‘stews’ in spanish, so the tacos are not your typical tacos but rather in stew form. the juicy braised meat with its sauces def hold a lot MORE flavors and all served with different condiment and a hearty thick housemade tortilla. every single bite was a party in my mouth.
i loved every single bite i had at guisados. every taco and drink was perfect and without a doubt scrumptious. fireworks in my mouth. if you love tacos and visiting LA, this joint is a must.
2100 E Cesar Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Neighborhood: Boyle Heights