Lauren Friel

Lauren Friel is a writer and consultant living in Boston. You can follow her wine-soaked adventures at @vin_drop and VinDrop.com.
Julia Child’s Roast Chicken Fixed My Broken Heart
Vadim rolled his own cigarettes. He had broad shoulders, six-pack abs, and a chest tattoo that read “Rock & Roll.” He was the lead singer in a rockabilly band and had a hot rod he planned to fix up. I met him when I took a part-time job as a cashier at Savenor’s Market, a specialty foods shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was the head butcher. Yeah, butcher. Hot, right?
May 24, 2019
The Foolproof Method for Washing Salad Greens
Every restaurant kitchen has an unsung hero — someone who keeps the wheels turning, the food coming (and, as a result, the lights on), but who never makes it into the magazines. Sometimes it’s the dishwasher, sometimes it’s the fry cook. At Oleana Restaurant, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I worked for several years as sommelier, it was Pacho. Pacho was a prep cook and a legend.
Sep 21, 2017