Sunday, November 24, 2013

Restaurant Review: Tasca


Tasca is a Spanish Tapas restaurant in our neighborhood we wanted to try out. Friday, we walked the whole 1/4 mile to the restaurant for our 7:30 reservation. 

We walked in and the hostess said it would be a few min, so we ordered drinks at the bar. Almost immediately we were seated, and told our drinks would be brought over. 


 

We sat, browsed the menu and got some water. No drinks. 10 min later: no wait staff, no drinks. 

15 min later. no waitstaff, no drinks. I started to get annoyed. It's clear this place caters to groups of 5+, but don't neglect the 2-4 tables! I closed my menu and started to try to catch the eye of ANY waitstaff the walked by. Nothing. 

Finally out waitress came by and was clueless that our drinks were at the bar waiting for us. Clearly the guy who sat us and assured us our drinks would be delivered was not in communication with his staff. ugh.

anyway - I WANTED to love this place. The atmosphere is great, the wine and sangria were delish, the food was overall pretty good. The service was out of control HORRIBLE. They left a comment card, which I turned into the hostess (cause what if the waitress tossed it in the trash?!) Maybe we can give it another try. It is so close and has so much potential! 


On to the food: 
Tapas, In case you have never gone (it was my first time) - are a lot of small plates of food. They reccomend 2-3 plates per person. We ordered 6 total dishes. 

Per the menu: 
12 Pincho de pollo y chorizo 
Grilled chicken and chorizo skewer with peppers and onion in a spicy chili sauce

Delicious! spicy sauce, chicken, peppers, onion - no complaints! 

21 Alb√≥ndigas 
Beef and pork meatballs with romano cheese and fresh herbs in a green peppercorn sauce

meh. the meatballs were squishy and bland, with some sort of potato chip shredded on top. Do not order. 

29 Brie a la plancha 
Grilled imported Brie cheese with a homemade savory apple and raisin chutney served
with a grilled baguette

meh. the grilled brie was cold, and the grilled baguettes were soft. If they were crisp, and the brie warm, it would have been great! sadly, that was not the case. 

35 Canel√≥n rellono de pollo 
Chicken and spinach stuffed canelon baked in a duo of tomato and smoked cheese sauces

OMG delish. Saucy, chicken and spinach cheesy goodness. Definitely recommend. 

18 Couscous con verduras 
Israeli couscous tossed with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, tomato and
grilled artichoke in a fresh basil marinade

Pretty good. refreshing and yummy. maybe a little heavy on the balsamic vinaigrette but overall worth ordering if you like the components. 

Also, we had Chicken Croquettes (not on the current menu) which were Delicious! and in some sort of red sauce. 

Introducing....

Scott's blog!! Moving from suburban CT to Boston is a bit of a change, and in good spirits and fun, Scott refers to his getting used to urban life as "Scotty in the Big City". I'm able to contribute (mostly the intro and pictures) but he is chronicling his adventures and our life in Boston! 

Check him out! 

http://scottyinthebigcity.blogspot.com/

Tool Time



When Home Improvement was on the air, my grandma typically referred to it as Tool Time. So now, when I have any home improvement projects, I think of them as "Tool Time" 

Anyway - This weekend we had some typical cleaning to do, but also we had to defrost and de-ice our fridge. Our refrigerator had a wall of ice on it, that literally took up half the shelf space and froze all our produce and yogurts. We were throwing out a bunch of food, so we had to fix it. 



Cut to Saturday - when I unplugged the fridge, and melted the ice with a hair dryer. Scott and I used a knife sharpener and a hammer to break the glacier. After an hour or so, we had our fridge back but are still battling with the temp to get our yogurts to not be frozen! 
 
Scott hammers out the ice                              ice.                        

Tis The Season


Saturday night was the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting / Blink!  Scott has always been very into the Christmas Spirit, and I'm coming back around to loving the season. We've listened to Christmas music already and even watched The Santa Clause last weekend. (sorry for breaking the rules, Heather!

We arrived super early after grabbing a bite to eat at Mija, and settled in at the outdoor bar of the Ames Plow Tavern. So glad we waited there, it was roped off, capped off on entry, with a good view of the tree and access to beer! It was a bit cold (we had to buy gloves and a hat at Urban Outfitters) but fun to watch the insanity that we were not a part of. People were trying to climb over and under the chain to get in, and bouncers were so annoyed. When the event started, local radio DJ's intro'd the musical guest, Paula Cole. (Yes, the Dawson's Creek theme song singer) After the build up - the tree was lit! Countdown, cheering, and then a 2.5 minute light show ! 

  






They even shot out paper "Snow"! so fun! 



The crowd was intense. I didn't get a pic of it, so I borrowed one from Twitter.
 In the pic below, you can see my location was much closer, so think of how far back some people were and how crowded it was! Insanity. We took refuge in the Ames Plow Tavern for a bit before tackling the T crowd. 


Photo courtesy of https://twitter.com/OIITVideos 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Broken Hearted


 November 11, we lost our best friend, Ozzy.
He was the most loyal, loving, sweet natured dog, 
and 
would do anything for his main man, Scott. 

Oz and I had a special friendship. 
He let me in to his relationship with Scott, and let me know that he knew
Scott was OK in Boston.  He followed me around when Scott wasn't 
home, and made me feel special that I was second in command. 
I have never been so heartbroken, or loved and lost so hard. 
I have lost pets I was close to, but Oz was something special. 
He literally took a piece of my heart with him, and will always be a part of mine. 

Rest in Peace my little Baybo. You will always be missed and loved. xo.