Brunch in Boston – Tatte

This is a very “basic” thing to say but I can’t help it – I love brunch. It’s a combination of my favorite meal of the day, breakfast, with an excuse to be decadent and linger over your meal. Luckily my sister shares a love for this perfect hybrid meal and whenever we are together, we make the effort to have an extra special brunch at least once. When I visited her in Boston in October, she picked another perfect spot for our special brunch – Tatte.

Tatte has several locations in Boston, but our visit took us to the Charles Street location. We wandered on cobblestone sidewalks under trees with red, yellow and orange leaves to this quaint spot in Beacon Hill. I personally think Boston is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited and Boston in the fall is truly hard to beat.

We were met with a line at the door but my sister assured me that it would be worth it. I honestly didn’t mind waiting in line so I could drool, figuratively and somewhat literally over the freshly baked pastries on display. I believe heaven is a heap of croissants like this one. Normally I am only interested in savory items for brunch but I couldn’t walk by all of these gorgeous baked goods without sampling one.

My sister and I split a cinnamon roll as well as an almond milk latte for each of us. I am slightly lactose intolerant, a fact I will deny when I am presented with gelato, so it is pleasing to see more coffee shops and restaurants offering lactose alternatives.

After our appetizer and coffees, the brunch entrees arrived. My sister had the vegetable tart tatin and I had the shakshuka. Everything on the menu looked incredible but it’s hard for me to ever pass up on shakshuka. Both dishes were delicious.

I would definitely recommend stopping by Tatte when you’re in Boston if you’re looking for a quick, delicious brunch. I can’t wait to go back during my next visit!

 

 

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Fall Flavors Baking Class

My sister and I are really the chefs in charge when it comes to our family’s holiday meals. We start planning it weeks in advance down to the appetizers we are going to eat during the day while cooking. One of the most exciting parts for us is planning the desserts.

While visiting my sister in Boston in October, we took an Autumn pie baking class to get our creative baking juices flowing! The class was at the Sur la Table store in the Prudential Center.

The first recipe was for a rustic cranberry galette and the second was a traditional apple pie. We used homemade pie dough for each that was made ahead of time and then we got to make our own at the end of class.

My sister is really the master chef, I’m more of a line cook but a great taste tester. These galettes were straight out of the oven and I wish I could describe how incredible they smelled.

The class had a total of twelve people including two mother-daughter duos and a family so this type of class is perfect for all groups. Everything was simple and straightforward but still fun and informative. There are Sur la tables all over the country so I definitely recommend checking out a cooking class or even their online classes! http://www.surlatable.com/category/cat2211278/Find+a+Cooking+Class

 

Dining al fresco at The Pavilion

 

The Summer in New York is difficult for many, many reasons but one of the city’s most redeeming qualities is eating al fresco (outside). Living in Union Square, I pass a stone pavilion in the middle almost everyday as I head towards the subway for work. Come summertime, this stone pavilion is transformed into a restaurant, aptly named The Pavilion. The restaurant opened in 2014, apparently to some controversy. It is only open seasonally, the website says from April 15th until October 15th but I think this year it opened much later than that.

Photo by - Cherie Cincilla

Photo by: Cherie Cincilla

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All My Exes Live in Texas – A visit to Dallas

Before I visited Dallas in April and May of 2016, I didn’t really understand just how big the city it is. The first thing to understand about visiting Dallas and understanding the magnitude of it is the “Metroplex” which is fancy term to describe the combination of Dallas-Fort Worth area.

During my past two visits, I have spent most of my time in the Uptown area and had a chance to visit Downtown and the Bishops Arts district. If you are interested in learning more about the other neighborhoods of Dallas before I have a chance to visit and report back, visit http://neighborhoods.dmagazine.com/dallas/central-dallas/.

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