Brunch at Puritan and Co

Last weekend, Miss Niss had the pleasure of joining the Boston Brunchers for Sunday brunch at Puritan and Co in Inman Square.  It’s been a long while since the last time I brunched with this wonderful group of bloggers, and I was so excited to see Renee organized another brunch at a new-to-me restaurant.

Immediately upon entering Puritan and Co, I made eye contact with the pastry table.

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What other restaurant can you name that even has a pastry table?  The croissants, the donuts…

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I wanted a bite of everything.

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And then I looked up and saw Renee waving to me from the table.  I settled into my seat, chatted with old and new bloggers, and soon enough we had coffee and brunch cocktails.

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The coffee was actually a big weak for my liking, but my mimosa hit the spot.  Our server brought us plates full of each pastry from the pastry table to sample as we enjoyed our brunch beverages.

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Based on looks, I expetect the Boston Cream Donut to be my favorite, however the Dulce De Leche and Coconut Danish blew me away by surprise.  I didn’t think I liked coconut, but combined with the dulce de leche and flaky danish this was a unique and scrumptious pastry.  It was clear that all of the pastries were baked fresh.  The donut, lemon corn muffin, and chocolate cherry blondie were are creative twists to breakfast pastries and had me really looking forward to my main meal.  I actually would’ve been happy to eat this whole plate of pastries as my meal.  Anyone else?

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My Spinach and Cheddar Scramble also surpassed my expectations.  This seemingly simple dish was anything but.  The ratio of eggs, cheddar, and broccoli was perfect and it was cooked thoroughly, just how I like it.  The arugula salad was a light side dish, and the small toast was deceptively well buttered and tasted like fresh homemade bread.  My whole meal was delicious!

I am so glad I had the opportunity to dine at Puritan and Co with the Boston Brunchers and discover a new restaurant to add my brunch rotation.  Thanks for organizing another successful brunch, Renee!

This meal was provided complimentary to the Boston Brunchers.  We only paid a tip.  As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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Boston Wine Expo 2014

Back in February, Miss Niss attended the Boston Wine Expo at the Seaport Wold Trade Center.

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I was really excited to check out the Wine Expo for the first time, and to see how it compares to the Mogehan Sun Wine Fest.  After experiencing both events, I can tell you that they are very different.  The Boston Wine Expo is set up in a huge space which allows the wine to be well organized by geographic region, a whole separate section for food vendors, and it never felt crowded even though the room was buzzing with people.

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I love Italian wines, and they were easy to find with the large hanging banners throughout the room.

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The Mr. has a fondness for South American wines, so we split our time between the two sections.  The wines available were high class wines and tasting pours were generous.  We took photos of our favorite bottles, but I don’t recall not liking anything I tasted.  The food at the Boston Wine Expo also set it apart from other wine events.  There was a row of food vendors almost as long as the room.

The truffle popcorn was as good as it sounds

The truffle popcorn was as good as it sounds

This chocolate granola could've used more chocolate!

This chocolate granola could’ve used more chocolate!

Of course I tried the Blonde chocolate - and of course it was delicious with its caramel notes.

Of course I tried the Blonde chocolate – and of course it was delicious with its caramel notes.

A bite of eggplant rolatini from Sebastian's in Revere, MA had me craving more.

A bite of eggplant rolatini from Sebastian’s in Revere, MA had me craving more.

We each made our own spice mixes, thanks to Celebrity Cruises.

We each made our own spice mixes, thanks to Celebrity Cruises.

Even this wine was surprisingly good!

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The most surprising wine I tasted and enjoyed was TY KU Sake.  I never thought of sake as a casual wine that I could enjoy as a whole glass, but TY KU changed my mind.

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The Coconut Sake reminded me of Malibu rum, and I would happily drink this one as a cocktail.

My Mr. and I had a lot of fun drinking our way making our way through the Expo.  We even bought a vacation!  It may not have been our smartest decision to buy a vacation at a Wine Expo, but I don’t think we’ll have any regrets when we’re relaxing in the Berkshires this summer.

When we were ready to leave, we wanted to grab a bite to eat before we headed home.  We meandered across the street to Tamo in the Seaport Hotel.

My veggie tostada was fresh and tasty.

My veggie tostada was fresh and tasty.

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His Tamo Burger was juicy and satisfying.

His Tamo Burger was juicy and satisfying.

The Boston Wine Expo is well worth the ticket price for the experience of tasting so many different wines, chatting with knowledgeable wine connoisseurs, and tasting new foods.

Have you ever been to the Boston Wine Expo?  What’d you think?

 

My tickets for the Boston Wine Expo were complimentary.  As always, all of my opinions are my own.

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Boston Wine Expo 2015

Better late than never.  That old saying is still true, right?  A month ago, Miss Niss had the pleasure of attending the Boston Wine Expo for the second year in a row.  The event was even better this year.  There seemed to be more wine and more food – all of the things that make the Wine Expo so much fun.

Have you tried 90+ Cellars? It's like the TJMaxx of wines. Fine wines at a discount. What's not to love?

Have you tried 90+ Cellars? It’s like the TJMaxx of wines. Fine wines at a discount. What’s not to love?

Delicious chocolates from Birnn

Delicious chocolates from Birnn

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Red velvet strawberry cheesecake with cream cheese frosting

Red velvet strawberry shortcake with cream cheese frosting

 

The photo in the background is so vibrant it's like I'm in the vineyard.

The photo in the background is so vibrant it’s like I’m in the vineyard.

Au Bon Pan has a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. They're crispy and full of chocolate.

Au Bon Pain has a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. They’re crispy and full of chocolate.

I love samplng olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the Wine Expo. This Greek olive oil tasted so fresh and full of flavor.

I love samplng olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the Wine Expo. This Greek olive oil tasted so fresh and full of flavor.

My favorite balsamic vinegar made with truffles!

My favorite balsamic vinegar made with truffles!

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I love Pasta Chips in every variety. Yes, I sampled each one and took home a back of Garlic Parmesan.

I love Pasta Chips in every variety. Yes, I sampled each one and took home a back of Garlic Olive Oil.

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I also love Brownie Brittle in every flavor. Such a smart creation, the flavor of brownies in the texture of a chip.

I also love Brownie Brittle in every flavor. Such a smart creation, the flavor of brownies in the texture of a chip.

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I love seeing new wine and food vendors at the Expo.  Just like last year, we sampled our way through the Italian and South American sections and tasted one delicious wine after another.  We ate our way down the food aisle and filled up on chocolates, cheese, popcorn, desserts, and sliders for the meat eaters.  It was a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

 

I received 2 complimentary tickets to the Boston Wine Expo.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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Celebrating National Pancake Day with Nutella

Today, Tuesday March 4, is National Pancake Day! The Foodies love pancakes and are happy to celebrate this national holiday for a versatile breakfast indulgence. Growing up, Miss Niss had pancakes at home every Sunday, so celebrating National Pancake Day only feels natural.

While I don’t make pancakes every Sunday anymore, I do make them quite often on weekends.  I’ve experimented with a few recipes and a few ingredients, incorporating Greek yogurt or almond milk, but my favorite pancake recipe is the one I used to eat every Sunday at home with my parents. (Thanks, Mom.)

The recipe is from the Joy of Cooking cookbook, and I found it here online. When Nutella offered to send us two jars in order to celebrate pancakes, I knew my go-to buttermilk pancake recipe was the one to use. The recipe is so simple, and the pancakes cook light and fluffy and taste delicious. These buttermilk pancakes are the perfect canvas to “spread the happy” with Nutella. Allow me to introduce Pancake Man.

I'd be grinning from ear to ear if I was wearing a whipped cream suit and hat too!

I’d be grinning from ear to ear if I was wearing a whipped cream suit and hat too!

Pancake Man and Pancake Lady love their whipped cream hairdos,

Pancake Man and Pancake Lady love their whipped cream hairdos.

Even Baldy is happy!

Even Baldy is happy!

A-Tooch and Miss Niss go way back with Nutella. When we were roommates in London, we ate Nutella with everything from ice cream to cookies to, you guessed it, a spoon. We’ve always loved Nutella and are more than happy to celebrate National Pancake Day with Nutella.

As part of Nutella’s “Spread the Happy” campaign, they’d like to spread happiness to one lucky reader. One of you will also receive two jars of Nutella to enjoy with pancakes, waffles, toast, apples, your finger – or however else you’d like to eat it!

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling us your favorite way to enjoy pancakes. Are you a buttermilk pancake fan? What are your favorite pancake toppings?

The giveaway is open until Thursday, March 6, at 7 PM ET.  One winner will be selected by random draw and notified by Friday, March 7.

Two jars of Nutella were provided complimentary.  As always, all opinions are our own.

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Product Review: Red’s All Natural Burritos

Let’s face it, sometimes we are way too lazy to cook. Work day was long, just want to sit on the couch…we’ve all been there. When the day calls for something from the frozen aisle though, TFAW look for the most flavorful and (sometimes) healthful options out there. reds_chicken_teriyaki_We received some gratis coupons for new-to-us Red’s Natural Burritos. Not the easiest to find in-market, but worth a try if you can get your hands on some.

My favorite was the Chicken Teriyaki — a fresh taste and juicy, savoury combination of ingredients with pulled chicken, veggies and a light sauce. Perfect with some Amy’s Chunky Tomato Bisque (a personal fav for quick dinner).

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A note for the Miss Niss crew out there: the brand only has a couple vegetarian options, which are even harder to find than the products themselves.

What is your go to food when there’s no time to cook?

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Candied Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella and Vodka Sauce Pizza

We make a lot of pizza here in Miss Niss’s home, and this pizza using up leftover ingredients is probably the best one to come out of the oven. It has so many ingredients I don’t know what to call it without listing them all, or calling it The Best Leftovers Pizza Ever.

IMG_2501Using some leftover ingredients from the birthday dinner my Mr. cooked me and some ingredients from our Valentine’s Day dinner we cooked together, The Best Leftovers Pizza Ever is topped with fresh sliced mozzarella, chopped candied sweet potato, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and drizzled with creamy tomato vodka sauce. It was so simple and so delicious I just had to share it with you!

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What’s the best pizza to come out of your oven lately?

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Brunch at Beat Brasserie

Two weeks ago, Miss Niss had the pleasure of joining the Boston Brunchers at Beat Brasserie, formerly Beat Hotel, in Harvard Square.  We’d just received our first few feet of snow in Boston.  Since then, we’ve received a few more feet of snow and as I am writing this, there is another foot of fresh snow falling outside.  Enough, already!

Snow storms cause me to crave comfort food.  It’s a safe assumption I’ve been eating plenty of comfort foods these days.  High on my list of favorite brunch and comfort foods are pancakes.

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Beat Brasserie satisfied my pancake craving with uniquely savory pancakes.  I shared Wild Flower Honey and Lemon Pancakes with my fellow Brunchers.  I liked that they were fluffy, full of flavor, and offered something new to the girl who usually opts for chocolate chips.  There actually is no brunch entree with chocolate on the menu, which is a little disappointing and surprising to me.  To get my chocolate fix, I ordered a hot chocolate.

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Hot chocolate is served in an individual pot.  This makes a cute presentation and keeps the extra chocolate hot until I’m ready to drink it.  The hot chocolate tasted like real chocolate, melted with milk.

My table companions and I shared everything we ordered.  In addition to the pancakes, we ordered a coffee cake, an omelette, an eggs benedict, and a bowl Azteca. Beat Brasserie must change their menu often, because I don’t see the exact dishes we ordered on the menu anymore.

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We enjoyed this thick slice of a berry coffee cake; now there is a pumpkin coffee cake on the menu.

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I believe this was a mushroom, spinach and fontina omelette, but now there is a tomato, mozzarella and basil omelette on their menu.  Their new omelette sounds better than the one we had two weeks ago.  I am a picky egg eater, so I don’t always chose them when I am out for brunch.  This omelette appealed to me though so I gave it a chance.  When I cut into the omelette to share it, I cut through a big chunk of spinach and was excited to see so much of it.  After I gave out pieces of the omelette, I was surprised that I had also given out almost all of the spinach, as it was concentrated on one half rather than spread evenly throughout.  The eggs seemed too liquidy to me; I’m not sure if it was just too cheesy for my taste or if the omelette was lightly cooked. I like my eggs completely dry and cooked so long they start to brown.  This omelette was either too cheesy for my liking wasn’t cooked as long as I’d prefer.  Others may love a super cheesy omelette.  The fries were delicious, nicely crisped and seasoned.

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Not photographed, the girls I dined with voted the Braised Short Ribs Eggs Benedict their favorite entree of the day.

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We were seated in a prime spot near the stage.  I enjoyed the live music, and appreciated it was loud enough to liven up brunch, and not too loud that you can’t have a conversation.

Beat Brasserie has an eclectic collection of savory dishes.  If you love savory brunch, this is the spot for you.  I prefer a sweet brunch, but am tempted by their dinner menu.  The Earth Bowl and Thai Bowl are calling my name!

 

This meal was provided complimentary. All opinions are my own. 

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Mohegan Sun WineFest 2014

A-Tooch and Miss Niss were lucky enough to be invited to the Mohegan Sun WineFest again this year. We look forward to this event for a few reasons:

1) Mohegan Sun is equidistant between New York City and Boston, so it’s a perfect meeting place for us.
2) We love wine. A lot.
3) We also love to eat, and WineFest has plenty to eat!
4) We love beer, a perhaps lesser known (but almost equally important) part of the event; it keeps the men’s attention!
5) We love sampling wine, food and beer together! Not to mention, one of us got pretty lucky at a penny slots machine.

There are many things to love about a room full of wine vendors, so we will share our favorites.

Miss Niss walked past the big screen at the right time to see A-Tooch's tweet!

Miss Niss walked past the big screen at the right time to see A-Tooch’s tweet!

Mimosa in a bottle tasted just like one you'd make yourself.
Mimosa in a bottle tasted just like one you’d make yourself.
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Portable plastic wine cup WITH wine already inside?! Um, genius!

And we can't forget about the hard liquor! AT went back for thirds of this summery mix featuring Blue Chair Bay Rum.

And we can’t forget about the hard liquor! AT went back for thirds of this summery mix featuring Blue Chair Bay Rum.

Girl photo with the banner was a must.

Girl photo with the step & repeat was a must.

Freshly filled cannoli

Freshly filled cannoli

A sampling of Cabot cheese — a classic favorite of ours. PS, did you know this cheddar is lactose free for our non-dairy friends?!

A sampling of Cabot cheese — a classic favorite of ours. PS, did you know this cheddar is lactose free for our non-dairy friends?!

Butternut squash risotto was delicious!

Butternut squash risotto was delicious!

Our stay at Mohegan Sun including tickets to the WineFest were provided complimentary. As always, all opinion are our own.

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