Porkbelly here. I had the great opportunity to eat at NeBo in Boston to try out the new fall menu featuring the delicious locally grown tomatoes from Backyard Farms. Backyard farms is a year round Tomato producer in Madison Maine, you heard that right, year round in Maine! They produce the freshest Tomatoes and they happen to be right in our Backyard (pun intended). I am excited to announce that Backyard farms is releasing a new beefsteak tomato, the Somerset Pink in the up and coming weeks. They are the very first large tomato producer to bring this beefsteak tomato to the market! The tomato will be available only in Maine, New Hampshire, and on the new NeBo fall menu. The tomato is like nothing I’ve ever had, it has a very rich flavor (and light in color), almost a うま味 (Unami) flavor, like a deep savory taste, it is like nothing I’ve ever had in a tomato before!
Nebo Boston is located off of Atlantic Ave next to the Intercontinental Hotel. I took an extended lunch break today to attend their new fall menu tasting luncheon featuring the tomatoes from Backyard Farms. Nebo was founded by two sisters the Chef/owners Carla Pallotta & Christine Pallotta, utilizing the receipts inherited from their mother, inspired by their travels to Italy and Italian upbringing. Nebo stands for North End Boston, They originally opened in Boston’s North end, they have since moved to a larger location near Boston’s Financial district.
The menu looks very promising!
First up is the Backyard Farms Somerset Pink Tomato with Burrata, Saba, and EVOO (Extra Vigin Olive Oil). The Burratta complimented the Somerset Pink Tomato very well, the Burratta tasted extremely fresh, and the Somerset Pink tomato gives it further depth. The olive oil is excellent, I believe it was imported from Italy.
We received a gift bag from Backyard Farms, we’ll reveal what we received further below!
This bread is called Mama, it is a potato based bread, the potato is cooked, broken down and incorporated into the dough. The starter for this bread is over 100 years old, the reason why it is called Mama is because when they would feed the dough, they would sing the song Italian song Mama, it is a starchy potato based bread that goes very well with the tomato jam. When the owners moved restaurants they had a 5 month period between locations, they had to keep the dough alive, originally they didn’t know how they would keep it alive, they researched and researched, and through perseverance the dough is here with us now. Once the bread hit the table, I could tell it was something special, the aroma of the bread is intoxicating.
Backyard Farms Vine Ripe Tomato Jam….
The Bread matched very well with the sweetness of the tomato jam. It is quite addictive. I think I helped myself to 4th or 5ths.
Salumi Misti – Prosciutto Di Parma, Mortadella, Finocchiona Salami, Coppa, Speck, and Asiago cheese. Standard Italian fare, very delicious, everything went will with each other. The bread, jam, salumi, and cheese it was like they were made for each other.
The restaurant was packed during lunch
As I said, the jam is very addicting…… the Backyard farms tomatoes were very fresh.
Handmade Pasta – Spaghettini, Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomato, Capers, Olives, and EVOO. The pasta was delicious, at BunnyandPorkBelly, we love hand made noodles. Nothing can compete with that Chewy texture. Everything paired well together, the tomatoes are sweet and flavorful without being mushy, and the capers are delicious, I believe they are imported from Italy. The pasta was perfect, I don’t believe I’ve have had handmade pasta in Boston before…..
Veraci In Brodo – Baby clams, Finicchiona Salami, Ceci, Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomato + Bruschetta with spicy Aioli…. The clams were like nothing I’ve had here, they were imported from Italy, they have a nice sweet succulent flavor. The Finicchiona Salami is a nice addition, the bread is great for dipping into the sauce, and of course the Tomato gives it a nice sweet hint. An overall well executed dish with the best ingredients.
Finally we get to the Pizza Blanco – Backyard Farms Beefsteak Tomato, Prosciutto Cotto, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Arugula, Parmigiano.
I love Ricotta on a Pizza, it adds a unique texture and taste. All of the ingredients tasted extremely fresh, especially the Somerset Pink Tomato, which added to the savory pallet of the pizza. The Arugula gave it a nice balance.
Finally, we can find out what was in the gift bag…..
Some delicious Tomatoes, Somerset Pink and Cocktail, a cutting board, Knife, and a USB stick. Thank you Backyard Farms, I can’t wait to enjoy this.
Thank you Nebo for inviting us, and Thank You Backyard Farms for supplying the delicious Tomatoes! If you have a chance, try the new Fall Menu with the Tomatoes! Overall everything extremely fresh, NeBo uses the highest quality ingredients, most of it imported from Italy. The Tomatoes taste spectacular, I can’t believe it in grown year-round in a greenhouse in Maine. Everyone has to try this!
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i went to costa rica back in august. i accidentally wiped my memory card and didnt realize it til it was too late to recover. i lost a lot of pictures i took in manuel antonio. i was so heart broken so i wasnt in the mood to write these posts til now. i still cant believe this happened, but oh well shit happens.
costa rica is rated #1 happiest country as well as the greenest country in the world. its one of a few sovereign nations without a standing army.
normally i’d rent a car and drive myself, but costa rica is notorious for terrible road conditions. since we are only two girls traveling by ourselves, i didnt want to risk it. we mainly depended on private shuttles and tours. the roads were indeed terrible; i wouldve not been able to make it if i drove myself.
day 1. we arrived to san jose around 11:00 am. i booked a private driver to drive from the airport to our first hotel Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in arenal. shared shuttles to arenal wouldve been cheaper, but i wanted to visit poas volcano on the way to the arenal so we had to hire a private driver to drive us. the driver warned us that the best time to see the volcano is very early in the morning, we only had 40% chance of seeing the volcano at noon due to the clouds. i still insisted on going because we wouldnt have another time to go.
it supposed to look like this when its not cloudy oh well
we finally arrived to tabacon grand spa thermal resort
early sept i attended this year’s The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival 2014 Chef’s Gala Reception. the reception featured 25 of the best chefs in boston. all the dishes were paired with selected wines and craft beers.
i had a blast at the taste of wgbh food and wine festival chef’s gala reception. the food and wine were great and it was nice to be able to talk to some of my fave chefs in boston. great live music as well. i hope i will have a chance to come again next year.
it’s been a while since my last post. i am still on vacation in asia, will be heading back to the states soon.
here’s a cat cafe ive been to in beijing. im not a fan of cats but i like taking pix of animals. the cats were kinda cute too, so i kinda liked it.
地址： 东城区 北锣鼓巷北下洼子胡同14号(北锣鼓巷南口400米金色凉山餐厅斜对面)
beijing bei luo gu xiang
Here is a snippet of how I met bunny
I first met bunny in Beijing the summer of 2009. I was meeting up with her friend at a bar called 火山人(Volcano People)
Bunny didn’t say much, I was blabbing too much about nothing trying to be funny or something, but she didn’t really find me interesting, in fact she thought I was annoying and immature. We went to 后海 afterwards (houhai ), I was smoking at the time, because I thought it would make me cooler, but she saw right through me, she knew I wasn’t a natural smoker. After that, I never thought I would see her again. Almost half a year later, Bunny contacted me on Facebook, letting me know that she was visiting Washington DC, where I was studying. I agreed to meet her up and show her around, which I did, but I didn’t pay for anything, her and her friends thought I was cheap. Restless and unwilling to accept defeat, I still tried to keep in touch with her. I decided I was going to visit her in Syracuse, a 6-hour drive from where I lived.
I made the drive a few times. Bunny became my girlfriend after I forced her into it.
I knew bunny was always down for adventures from when I met her. Our first week hanging out, I proposed that we go to Toronto. She agreed with no issues. One of the first movies we watched was UP, this is still our movie. I never seen someone cry so much from the intro. It was then I realized how big of a heart she had.
Eating at Aji Ichiban in Toronto….
As time went on, we had our falling out and our getting back together. Through all of this we persevered. We went on many adventures together, LA, Beijing, Tokyo, Monteral……
Us watching a f1 race in Montreal
I am happy to be getting married to Bunny. In my life I have not found anyone else as caring, with the biggest heart, always putting other people ahead of them, and so awesome at anything they put their heart to. She can accept me for my flaws, and makes me a better person day by day. She is the most beautiful person, inside and out. I’ve come a long way from the boy that was smoking in Houhai. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you, “Adventure is out there!”
pork belly likes to buy random stuff more than anything. today he bought a ring flash, so i took a few pix with my new sony a7 with a canon lens. this was the raw file straight out of camera with no editing. so far, i think the sony is def better than my fuji x100s, but i dont think it is as good as my 5d mark ii or 6d yet. maybe its because im not using sony lenses. the wifi/app on the sony is wayyyy superior than the 6D tho.
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