Quick Hits Boston: The Hautest Food Related News

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Despite yesterday’s blizzard, we have lots of exciting food news going on here in Boston. Here’s a look at some of the hautest happenings you won’t want to miss this winter.

For a limited time (through the end of the month), Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is hosting a Pop-Up Shop Counter and Chocolate Shop where you can stay and indulge in a trifecta flight or pre-order and pick up sweet treats like red velvet cupcakes; dark chocolate and coffee truffle French macarons; and aged rum and vanilla handcrafted bonbons.

Bar BouludPhoto Credit: Bar Boulud

We told you about it back in November, but it’s now official – today, Aceituna Grill unveils its second Mediterranean inspired outpost in the Seaport District (the original is in Cambridge). The opening was delayed a day with yesterday’s winter storm warning in effect.

Aceituna GrillPhoto Credit: Nina Gallant

Haute spots like Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, Committee and Porto Boston headed up by some of the city’s best chefs gave us an introductory taste to authentic Greek fare. From shared meze to skewers of grilled meats and vegetables, Greek food has become one of the most coveted in the city for its slow-cooked delicacies, not to mention hand-crafted desserts. We knew it was only a matter of time before a casual outpost opened on Newbury Street, and the time has finally come. Introducing GRE.CO where uber soft melt-in-your-mouth pitas are overstuffed with lamb, pork, ground beef or chicken. Pair it up with a side of Greek slaw or golden fries topped with feta, but be sure to save room for the Loukoumades, Greek fried donuts like the Tasos version made with dark chocolate and coconut flakes or the classic with Greek honey, walnuts and cinnamon (think of it as a baklava inspired donut).

GRE.COPhoto Credit: GRE.CO

Make-your-own sushi burritos and poke bowls with sticky white rice? Yes, please. Thanks to the folks at New Sushi, Inc., we can now indulge in shrimp tempura, tuna and salmon at this popular lunch spot located just steps from Government Center.

New Sushi, Inc.Photo Credit: New Sushi, Inc.

Despite yesterday’s blizzard, Catalyst Café opened yesterday in Kendall Square. The European style café from chef/owner William Kovel, who made a name for himself when he opened Catalyst Restaurant near MIT nearly six years ago, features everything from supercharged smoothies to breakfast bowls filled with a fried egg, black beans, salsa, chipotle, avocado and tortilla chips.

Catalyst CafePhoto Credit: Catalyst Cafe

Over in the North End, Il Molo will be dishing up Sunday brunch starting this weekend. Look for dishes like smoked salmon toast with sour cream and onions, and mini lobster rolls; the TBE (tomato, burrata and two poached eggs) with pesto Hollandaise; a Lobster Benny with farm eggs, Maine lobster and Hollandaise; as well as a blueberry griddle cake made with Maine blueberries

Il MoloPhoto Credit: Il Molo

BRIO Tuscan Grille located in haute and tony Chestnut Hill Square recently introduced a limited time “Flavorful Features” menu now through February 28 that includes everything from burrata and prosciutto bruschetta to start; crab stuffed shrimp and broiled Maine lobster tail with orzo and our favorite dish – sea scallops and ratatouille risotto. Be sure to save room for the butterscotch Budino, Italian for “pudding” topped with Marcona almonds, caramel, and vanilla whipped cream that you won’t want to miss.

Sea Scallops & Ratatouille RisottoPhoto Credit: BRIO Tuscan Grille



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