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West Bridge, Kendall Sq

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Where: West Bridge – 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

I haven’t spooned anyone in so long! Actually, that’s not true, I have been spooning like its going out of style but just haven’t polished up any drafts to a postable state in a while.

You know its been too long when you are writing about a menu item that no longer exist, as the case here at West Bridge in Kendall Sq. A colleague and I headed across the street from our office to West Bridge for lunch on one of those fall days where the sun was no where to be seen and the chill of the rain goes through you right to the bone. Obviously I got soup. And a glass of prosecco on tap. Just kidding, I would never do that during the work day…

I started with the Sunflower Chowder featuring a Woodbury clam as an ode to the traditional clam chowder. I had emailed Jared at West Bridge who told me that Chef Matthew Gaudet blends sunflowers into a familiar cream-based broth and finishes it with smoked pork shoulder. This chowder was… simply amazing. It was creamy and salty but not heavy. It was so damn good I regretted ordering a meal on top of this as I wanted another bowl. I don’t think a rainy day goes by that I don’t think about this dish. They also feature a larger portion for dinner, thank god.

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I then got the GLT, which is the item no longer on their menu. The GLT stands for Guanciale (an Italian style of unsmoked bacon), Lettuce and Tomato. Its a glorified BLT, which is probably one of my favorite sandwiches. It came served with thinly sliced fried chips and some pickled veggies. I loved the flavors of this sandwich but the Guanciale was a wee bit too fatty for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love fat, but this was Fatty with a capital F. Even putting aside my concerns about having a heart attack on the spot, I couldn’t eat more than half of it as it was just too much for me. I ended up wrapping up the other half and eating it later on a flight. It did travel well.

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Overall, the chowder was phenomenal, the service was great, loved the clean simple design of the restaurant, and they have prosecco on tap (so I hear). The sandwich was good but I don’t think I could get it again (and I don’t have a choice as they don’t have it on the menu anymore anyways) as it was just too fatty for me. I’m happy to have West Bridge just around the corner for many more lunches, dinners, and after work libations.

How did West Bridge measure up? 3.75 Spoons!

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City Slicker Cafe, Somerville

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Where: City Slicker Cafe, 588 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
When: June, 2012

Something very special happened to me on Memorial Day. Something very memorable. I went to the park near my house, Danehy Park, with a blanket and a book to read in the sunshine. I was walking around looking for a spot to lay my blanket, daydreaming apparently, when next thing I know I hear a unpleasant snap and am on the ground. Foot broken. Just like that. Yikes.

For the first three weeks I was restricted to crutches and told that I absolutely cannot put any weight on my right foot, even when it was all wrapped up and protected in the gorgeous walking boot they gave me. With such limited mobility I relied on dinner delivery from restaurants and my very generous friends. Here is the first of a slew of Cambridge area restaurants that deliver!

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I had a friend over dinner the day after I broke my foot and we decided to order from City Slicker Cafe as they have a good variety of sandwiches, among other things, to choose from. The delivery was quick and fries still warm by the time they arrived at my place. I was actually surprised that they were still pretty good as everyone knows that fries don’t travel. I got the California BLT which came with hickory smoked thick cut bacon topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo. You have a choice of a couple of types of breads but I got the Soft French bread. The bread wasn’t good, too soft and chewy and in need of toasting. But… the inside of the sandwich was very good. The creamy avocado with salty bacon and spicy mayo all went really well together. I’d order from here again (hopefully by choice and not because I can’t leave the house on my own), but would shy away from the soft french bread.

How did City Slicker Cafe measure up? 2.75 Spoons!

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Spicy Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayo, Recipe

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Do you remember when you were really little your teachers showed you that flashcard with the witch made out of sand and convinced you that you sandwich was spelled “sandwitch”? You obviously didn’t believe that for long, right? I mean, it certainly wouldn’t have stuck with you until your late 20s, right? Yes, of course, me neither.

Its summertime here in Boston and sandwiches just belong. I stumbled across this recipe last summer and its been a favorite since. The shrimp are spicy, the mayo creamy and zesty, bread crunchy, and lettuce fresh. I think I ate these for two weeks straight. Hope you like them as much as I do!

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Spicy Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayo
From Life Ambrosia

Serves 2

1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 pound medium shrimp (about 20 shrimp) peeled and deveined
1 avocado, pitted and diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 chipotle pepper
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 french rolls
4 romaine lettuce leaves

Combine cumin, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, chili powder and olive oil together in a bowl. Place shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat.

Combine avocado, mayonnaise, chipotle pepper, lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.

Place shrimp in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Toast rolls, if desired. Spread chipotle avocado mayonnaise on the roll. Place lettuce leaves on the bottom half of the roll and place 10 shrimp on each sandwich.

EAT.

Mustard Horseradish Sauce, Recipe

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One of the things I was most excited about when I made a Roast Tenderloin of Beef was leftovers to make sandwiches with. I loaded up on arugula, cheddar cheese, and topped it all off with mustard horseradish sauce on wheat bread. The mustard horseradish sauce was really easy to make and was so good (especially with homemade mayo to start it off with). That was a week of delicious lunches to look forward to! What else could I have this sauce with? Hmm….

Mustard Horseradish Sauce
From Ina Garten

3/4 cup good mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons sour cream
Kosher salt

Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustards, horseradish, sour cream, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Serve at room temperature.

Homemade Mayonnaise, Recipe

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I know its not the most exciting, exotic, or appealing post I’ve ever done but I have to dedicate one blog post to homemade mayonnaise. I know a lot of you hate mayo so I apologize in advance but I’m the girl that would dip her fries in mayo every night of the week given the opportunity. Its the french in me.

I looked up a few mayonnaise recipes and their reviews before settling on this one from Epicurious. The lemon and dijon were mild but added a nice freshness to the mayo. If you follow the recipe exactly you will get about 3/4 of a cup of delicious homemade mayo. Be warned: your whisking arm will be tired when you are done.

I made this mayo to use on chicken sandwiches with roasted red peppers, avocado, provolone, and leftover roasted chicken. Definitely worth the effort.

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Ingredients
1 large egg yolk*
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
3/4 cup canola oil, divided

Preparation
Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Whisk until blended and bright yellow, about 30 seconds.

Using 1/4 teaspoon measure and whisking constantly, add 1/4 cup oil to yolk mixture, a few drops at a time, about 4 minutes. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup oil in very slow thin stream, whisking constantly, until mayonnaise is thick, about 8 minutes (mayonnaise will be lighter in color). Cover and chill. do ahead Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

* Raw egg is not recommended for infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. To avoid the risk of salmonella infection, you can use pasteurized egg yolk instead.

Clover Food Lab, Harvard Sq

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Where: Clover Food Lab – 7 Holyoke St., Cambridge MA 02138
When: March, 2012

Who hasn’t heard of Clover Food Lab? Their food trucks have been popping up everywhere in Boston and Cambridge. I’d been wanting to try their food since participating in their 5k in December (on one of the coldest days of the year, might I add).

Reading the reviews on Yelp everyone raved about the Chickpea Fritters, Egg and Eggplant Sandwich, and French Fries with Rosemary so I knew where I had to start.

Libby and I went to Clover Food Lab in Harvard Square before heading to The Hawthorne for drinks on Friday night. We were looking for cheap and cheerful and we got it. We ordered the same thing – the Chickpea Fritter Sandwich – and then split an order of French Fries with Rosemary.

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The Chickpea Fritter Sandwich was much bigger than I expected for a mere $5. Check out this long list of delicious ingredients: homemade hummus, israeli salad (tomato and cucumber salad with Za’atar and fresh lemon juice), sliced pickles, homemade chickpea fritters, pickled veggies (carrots, red cabbage, and red onions), all topped with tahini mixed with lemon juice and served in a who,e wheat pita.

Whoa, did you guys get all that? Holy delicious list of healthy stuff I want to feed my body. When I got the sandwich I had a moment of panic as I really hate tahini and saw it on top but it was actually really mild as it was diluted with lemon juice – thank goodness. I really loved the sandwich, everything worked really well together. I loved the layers of flavor – well done!

We split the French Fries with Rosemary which had the right favors but were almost soggy tasting.  They were made then and there (I know as I had to wait for them) but they were soft and borderline stale tasting. Not sure what was up with that as they had gotten rave reviews. Sad.

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Overall, Clover Food Lab is casual and a great place to go for a quick bite with friends. They only have counter service which is fine but I sort of felt as though I was being yelled at or in trouble as it was hard to hear them calling my name which was a little anxiety provoking. The sandwiches were delicious but I’ll have to pass on the fries in the future. Maybe I’ll get a whoopie pie instead. I’d definitely go back for the sandwich alone.

How did Clover Food Lab measure up? 3.75 Spoons!

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All Star Sandwich Bar, Inman Sq

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Where: All Star Sandwich Bar – 1245 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02139
When: January, 2012

How did it take me well over a month to write about a sandwich shop? Too much eating, too little time I say! Plus this is a bit of a dodgy photo so was hard to motivate myself around it.

Alyssa and I had plans to get together for brunch / lunch on MLK Day as we both had it off from work. After I researched a bunch of local places that had a Sunday brunch I wanted to try (TW Foods being on the top of my list) I was reminded that it was not Sunday but, in fact, Monday. Turns out not many places advertise Monday brunches. Alyssa suggested the All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Sq which I had never been to so was happy to try after hearing many good things about it!

We got there shortly before noon and were quickly seated. Anyone that came in after us had to wait quite a while before getting a table as the place quickly filled up. Yay for being an early luncher / failed bruncher!

I got the BLT which came with thick-sliced bacon, Boston lettuce, tomato, and herb mayo on sourdough. I love BLTs and this one was no exception. The bacon was perfect with just the right amounts of tomato and mayo. The bread was nicely toasted but not too hard as some tend to get after being toasted. Alyssa got the Gobbbler (I think? It’s been too long although I clearly remember mine!) which came with oven roasted turkey, apple-sausage stuffing, orange-cranberry relish, mayo, and gravy on rustic white bread. She had gotten it before so knew exactly what she wanted and was not disappointed. Their pickles and fries are both worth getting as well, if your sandwich doesn’t already come with both.

One of the perks of this place is that they have a big cookie jar of oreos at the counter that you can help yourself to on your way out (or on your way in, I suppose). Love me some oreos.

Overall, great sandwich place to go to with friends or when you just want to grab a quick bite. Might be tough getting a large table for a group based on the line but worth a try. Casual, comfortable, good service, great sandwiches.


How did All Star Sandwich Bar measure up? 4.5 Spoons!

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Hi-Rise Bread Company, Huron Village

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Where: Hi-Rise Bread Company – 208 Concord Ave, Cambridge,MA 02138
When: December, 2011

When I found my apartment in Huron Village a year and a half ago one of the first things I noted was that its near the Hi-Rise Bread Company (and Formaggio Kitchen). Hi-Rise now has another store front open on Mass Ave between Porter and Harvard but this one is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from me.

I love their selection of wines, desserts, and breads. I love their sandwich names like “Ken’s Big Mouth” and “Fern’s Problem Solver” (especially since I have coworkers named Ken and Fern). I love that the bakeshop is open to the dining floor so you can see the bread being baked right in front of you. There is a lot to love about this little neighborhood place that is quickly outgrowing its reputation.

Since I first had “Fern’s Problem Solver” a little over a year ago I’ve been hooked. I’m not really a turkey fan but with monteray jack, avocado, russian dressing on grilled semolina bread the combination is heaven. As you can see, they don’t skimp on the turkey so I actually end up taking about half of it off (save it to scramble with your eggs in the morning!) which I think makes the sandwich even better as the cheese to turkey ratio is more on par.

How did Hi-Rise Bread Company measure up? 4.5 Spoons!

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Bacon, Apple, & Smoked Gouda Panini, Recipe

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I bought smoked Gouda for a soup I am planning on making and knowing I’d have extra I thought it prudent to eat what I could of it right away. I hate wasting. Especially cheese and sweets.

A panini sandwich really doesn’t need a recipe, does it? You basically choose your ingredients, put it between two slices of bread (don’t forget the bread or you’ll make a mess of your panini press!) and press it. Voila! But here’s the recipe anyways.

Ingredients:
1-2 slices of smoked Gouda cheese
2 strips of cooked bacon
half an apple, cored and sliced
2 slices of bread

Heat your panini press (or skillet but then don’t forget to butter the outside of your bread!) over medium. Assemble sandwich (I refuse to explain this in more detail). Place in panini press, close, wait patiently until golden brown, about 3-4 mins. EAT. Grumble as you try to clean the melted cheese off your panini press.

Protein, fruit, dairy.. What a healthy meal.