So I clearly haven't had much time or resources for cooking. But, as always, be patient, because I'll finagle some recipe to post soon.
In the meantime, I've obviously been eating things. And taking random pictures of my food while fighting looks of "what the hell is she taking a picture of?" and thought I'd share then with you!
During this trip to Fenway Park I decided to *gasp!* forgo the Fenway Frank for a steak and cheese. Total, this lovely little meal of sandwich, fries, and beer was about $20. Why mediocre baseball food is so very pricey is beyond me, but it was satisfying enough. What's even more satisfying--the Sox won! :)
Whenever I try a new fancy restaurant, I get the creme brulee to finish the meal. I absolutely looove the crunchy sugar atop a creamy custard--I tend to stay away from heavy chocolate desserts after a huge meal, just my preference. This is a Kahlua creme brulee from one of my old favorite "fancy" restaurants in Western Mass: The Whatley Inn. Enjoyed after a huge and amazing meal celebrating my Nana's 75th Birthday. It was lacking the crunch of a traditional creme brulee, which was disappointing, but as a whole it was a lovely, tasty little dessert.
My friend John made some amazingly rustic homemade pizza with his new pizza stone. The dough and sauce are homemade. He even kneaded in some herbs into the dough (basil I think, possibly others), which was amazing. We had a few slices in his kitchen before packing up the rest to snack on while we took an impromptu drive three hours away to see a Grateful Dead cover band at 8pm one night mid-week. Definitely a fun trip--I love random adventures! I accompanied it with some orange-pineapple juice with seltzer.
This amazing little cupcake is a Pina Colada choice from one of my absolute favorite Boston stops: Sweet. A sweet vanilla cupcake filled with pineapple and topped with coconut buttercream. I paired it with a Stewart's Key Lime to fully get the island feel. I devoured it in a total of ten seconds and went on to my second favorite flavor there, a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese buttercream.
And, though I have no picture of it, I thought I should share my experience with trying duck for the first time. In short: it was awesome! Thanks to one of those silly group purchasing sites, I was able to snag a gift card for 50% off my new favorite local fancy-food place, Eclipse. I decided that since the duck breast was their specialty, I couldn't properly experience the restaurant until I tried it. And what a good idea that was! I was a little leery of the statement that the duck is cooked "medium rare" since I'm used to chicken being so throughly cooked (I actually asked if they could "just cook it regular medium?" like the true impostor foodie that I am) as to avoid sketchy things. But as I soon discovered, duck is nothing like chicken. It was so tender, juicy, and full of flavor. I kept saying it tasted like the most delicious steak, though I think that's more of a consistency thing. It was a seriously satisfying meal and there was no bit of ducky left on that plate when I was finished. If you live in Western Mass and have yet to check out Eclipse, you're truly missing out.
So there you have it folks, a rundown of the fun things I've been seeing and eating. I had many more, and about five more that were just sushi alone, but somehow they were deleted from my camera.
Recipes soon, I promise!