We were on a quest for boneless beef short ribs for a recipe that we had to make. (You know how it is.) We'd tried Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, and the slightly sketchy grocery down the street, and we were starting to get desperate.
Then a friend suggested McKinnon's in Davis Square. We walked in, and in about five minutes, we'd found exactly what we needed...and a whole lot more!
Looking for an escape from the city last weekend, we hoofed it an hour north of Boston to visit the lush pastures of Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts. After chowing down on BLT's made with all local ingredients, we toured the farm and chatted with farm manager Andrew Rodgers.
For more pictures from our farm tour, click through!
Massachusetts will surprise you with the food and produce you can find here, as we've seen.
We have to admit that wine is not something we'd ever expect to find "locally grown."
But an article in the most recent issue of Edible Boston says otherwise. In Will Oenophiles Embrace What's Being Made Here? Clare Leschin-Hoar explains that Massachusetts wine-production is challenging, but far from impossible!
It's a bit crazy. It's a bit dirty. It can get a bit crowded.
But C-Mart definitely delivers.
Just a hop and skip down the street from the Boylston T Stop, Boston Common, and Emerson College, this Chinese grocery provides us with everything from durian fruits to some of the freshest seafood around.
This past weekend, we neatly lined up with a few hundred of our closest friends, received our 2 oz. tasting cup with suitable grace, and proceeded to sprint into the tasting hall without a backward glance.
Yes, it was Beer Fest 2008.
Hosted by the Beer Advocate and Harpoon Brewery, this event gathered 75 brewers from all over the United States offering 300 craft beers between them. No, we were not quite able to sample all 300 beers. But we did make a nice dent in the selections!
Read on for tasting notes and top beer picks from the event!
We don't have a green thumb and honestly we don't really aspire to have one. Incidentally (or not) we don't even have a smidgen of a yard - our house is literally surrounded by concrete on all four sides. But we love the idea of supporting and eating locally grown food so if we did have a little plot of land and some discretionary funds, we'd definitely call Greenbean Gardens. We met Gabriel Erde-Cohen, urban gardener and owner of Greenbean Gardens this past weekend at Bike's Not Bomb's Greenroots Festival in Jamaica Plain. He's landed on a brilliant business idea....
Home to discount housewares and party supplies galore, China Fair is the kind of store in which you could easily spend an entire afternoon wandering the dusty aisles and not even realize it.
We went to the Porter Square store in search of a basic set of plates to replace our mismatched Goodwill collection, and came away with our arms laden. Our wallets, however, were still comfortably full. No buyer's remorse here!
The weather in New England has only just started to show a softer side, but we already want to leap ahead to summer. And we're not the only ones--farmshares and CSA's around Boston have been filling up fast!
After enjoying their farmer's market produce for a few summers, we signed up for a CSA with Stillman's Farm this year. Any other New Englanders out there with a favorite CSA?
And for those of you who are looking for one, here are a couple of farms around Boston that still have openings...