Thursday
Oct272011

Best Little Restaurant - Chinatown

Last week I had the privilege of meeting up with a group of Boston Chowhounds for a delicious meal at Best Little Restaurant on Hudson Street in Chinatown.  I met this group of folks years ago and they have expanded my culinary horizons in so many ways, one of which is having introduced me years ago to this hole in the wall restaurant with authentic Cantonese food.

Always a favorite, we ordered the long bean and minced pork lettuce wraps and since we love them so much we ordered the minced turkey version as well. 

I had never had the squid with XO sauce before and it was quite good.  The squid was cooked tender and the XO sauce, which is a spicy sauce with dried seafood, is a very savory sauce with a deep umami flavor.

The garlic spare ribs were meaty, porky goodness at its best.

I'm always a fan of sauteed pea pod stems and this girl's got to have her green veggies!

Wednesday
Oct262011

80s

Chanel jacket and flats, J Crew pants and sweater, Louis Vuitton bag, J Crew and Chanel necklaces

Today was my last day of work for almost a week and I had to go to a client conference.  It didn't dawn on me when I got dressed that I would be a beacon of orange light in a sea of brown, beige, navy and black.  I had decided to wear this pair of J Crew trousers that I've had for years with a J Crew cashmere sweater from this fall.  And I almost left it at that until I realized that this very 80s wide shouldered Chanel jacket was almost exactly the same orange as my sweater. 

Tuesday
Oct252011

Red Wide Leg Trousers

Zara jacket, DVF pants, Kate Spade top, Balenciaga bag, Hermes bangle, Zara shoes, J Crew necklace

I love these very wide leg DVF trousers in this deep brick red color.  They are super long and wide which gives them a lovely swing when walking.  I paired them with a little heart printed Kate Spade top and this tan Zara blazer which is just about seasonless.  I wore it all spring and summer and still find myself reaching for it often.

Monday
Oct242011

Shop to Benefit Dress for Success - November 5

Fall and holiday shopping are in full swing and to give Boston fashionista's a budget-friendly opportunity to stock up on stylish new clothes, Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is hosting a  “Fashionista’s Field Trip" on November 5th that is sure to bring a smile to your face! The day includes luxurious transportation from Boston to Wrentham, courtesy of Boston Common Coach; a gift bag with exclusive savings from Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Vince Camuto, Elie Tahari, Theory and more; a delicious cupcake courtesy of Sweet Cupcakes and styling tips/trends – just for these shoppers!
 
Tickets cost $40, which includes everything mentioned above, plus $10 for every ticket sold will benefit Dress For Success ® Boston Chapter. Shoppers will be picked-up at two central Sweet Cupcake locations where they can pick out their own complimentary Sweet cupcake for the road or purchase coffee and Sweet rolls should they want to save the cupcake for when they return. Pick up times are 11AM at the Harvard Square Sweet Cupcake bakery and 11:30AM at the Mass Avenue Sweet Cupcake location. Shoppers will then be brought to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets via Boston Common Coach, where they can explore over 170 stores (including the recently opened, Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Store) until 5PM, when they will be brought back to their respective pickup locations with bags full of fabulous finds and fantastic deals!
 
Tickets can be purchased  by calling  877-723-3833, 617-773-2784 or visit www.bostoncommoncoach.com. For more information about Dress For Success in Boston, please visit their website at www.dressforsuccess.org/boston.

Monday
Oct242011

Sunday Supper - Pasta and Polpettone

This past weekend I had a little soiree at my place in celebration of a dear friend's upcoming wedding. A friend picked up an array of cheeses from Bacco's Wine and Cheese

We whipped up a homemade onion and chive dip by sauteeing 3 large onions and then after cooling, mixing them up in the food processor with sour cream, cream cheese, lemon juice and zest. 

My sister and I prepared a feast for the ladies using a recipe that we grew up with.  Our family social life always revolved around the dinner table.  Dinnertime was an important time each day where we spent time with each other without distractions.  No tv, no telephone, just each other and a table full of good food.  We based our dinner on a recipe in Jack Denton Scott's Complete Book of Pasta and while he calls it "Catherine's meat roll", we've always called it a polpettone.

The polpettone is an Italian meatloaf stuffed with hard boiled eggs and Italian sausages.  It's delicious and decadent and a crowd pleaser. Plus it allows you to spend time with your guests since you can prepare the meat ahead of time and put it in the oven when you're ready. 

We served it with pasta with homemade tomato sauce.  The pasta we used was a dried pasta from Rao's and I have to say it was perfectly toothsome and I would definitely buy this brand again.

Then we finished the night off with cupcakes from the Buttery.