Forage – Cambridge, MA in my overalls… #fobstyle

Oh hai!  It’s been awhile since Yeah I wore overalls, made me feel like a forager lol jk… totally didn’t do it just to dress for the restaurant.

So the night of the big fight on Saturday… Mayweather vs McGregor (FYI where was Bieber? Ha!) I first headed to Forage in Cambridge to grab a quick snack to eat… I say snack because we all know that house parties and any sports game will be plenty of beer, booze, and of course delicious fat-inducing food… which sadly I didn’t take any pictures of. But let’s just say I was pupu-sa’d out from ha! Pupu was, fried shrimp and wings, chicken and beef tacos, etc… the list goes on.

So first off.. Forage is hidden in the middle of a residential area in Harvard Sq. You have to walk down into the basement of what looks to be an apartment complex. The interior is very homey and it looks pretty much like it was an apartment turned restaurant. An inviting bar as soon as you walk in, they have a crazy cocktail list…. but Narrow ways to walk through to get to the bathroom and kitchen…. I was bumping into people just to go pee.

They had gorgeous mushroom artwork like this, which was next to our table, all over.  Wait for staff was a little slow… but being for a Saturday night at least we were seated immediately with no reservations. We were finally given two cherry tomatoes, one each… and salt to dip it in.

I felt like Oliver Twist but I found myself wanting to ask for more. Hungry. Slow wait staff. Waa. When are you gonna take our order?

When we finally got our order taken, btw, not hating, they were super gracious and even apologized straight off for being slow….. we got the bread!!!  They had amazing fresh baked bread… screw my gluten allergy. I eat what I want. They, also simply, just serve it with some delicious extra virgin olive oil… poured right in front of you. Crunchy crust (my favorite!) and a fluffy soft interior… yummy.

We finally got our orders in and the food came out really fast. We ordered three appetizers to share… didn’t realize the portions. “This is what he feeds me when he takes me out on a date!” Haha jk! But I joked about instagram-ing that phrase so I figure better here than nowhere.

This was actually a pretty tasty dish. But the name is definitely not what I thought I’d get. “Cured Fish Plate”

Cured Fish Plate
Cured Trout, Lacto Carrots, Clam Ice Cream, Whipped Brookford Cottage Cheese and Scented Geranium

What made me want this dish was the clam ice cream [duh!] you guys know me too well!  And it was AMAZING!!!!…  I was also curious about what was “lacto carrots” because I just think of lactose, am I right?!?!?!… But seriously. It was ONE piece of trout.  And it didn’t taste like anything, let alone fish or smoked.  Fail.

Anyways next up was the highly antisipating “Confit Lobster Mushrooms”  I love mushrooms… remember when I went on that rage and just ate as many different mushrooms as I possibly could from the farmers market?!…. It was like like 30+ kinds but still :]  So here it is……

DUN DUN DUN *cue music* — oh wait I already started it

Confit Lobster Mushrooms
Cantalope, Blackberries, Salt Brittle

Concept was good.  Execution, not so much.  First of all, the mushrooms were overpowered by everything else, and everything was overpowered by the brittle [which was, btw, not salted]  I felt like this needed some green and some acid to really round up the dish.  Each part on it’s own was great – but come on, it was cut up cantaloupe and blackberries on plate.  Not sure how they did the mushrooms, but definitely not the taste of lobster mushrooms when I’ve cooked it myself.  The texture was meaty but it needed a mushroom taste.. I say add some lemon-y herbs and have a variety of mushrooms to amp up the plate.

And here it comes, what D was coming for — the “Cured Beef Plate”

Cured Beef Plate
Jerky, Biltong, Bresaola, Dried Liver, Mustard, Pickles & Toast

The Biltong was definitely missing from this dish but instead we had a delicious Beef sort of Paté with a big thick disc of beet in it [didn’t really have much taste to it though…. so definitely not pickled].  Yeah I suck at descriptions about this because I couldn’t hear the waiter well.  The Bresaola was tasty, a bit too salty for me, but tasty…. and the Jerky was chewy and full of that good packed in beef condensed flavor.  Gnaw gnaw gnaw.

And then… ” Where is the liver?”

But alas, regretfully, I found it in the parsley and onion salad.  Super condensed, rich flavored liver, dried out and grated onto the salad.  It. Was. INTENSE.

I don’t like liver, aside from foie gras, so this was just eye-twitching for me.  Just a few small flakes packed SO MUCH PUNCH… Now I know why they paired it with the onions and parsley, the mellowed it out a ton — but once I had that liver taste in my mouth I couldn’t get it out.

It was all paired with a great fresh house-made mustard, tons of horseradish in it.  I liked it.  D, not so much haha. MORE FOR ME :]

And for dessert, we got complimentary Tomato Sorbet…. and then two savory ice creams.  A Gochuchang ice cream with Kimchi and a Cilantro ice cream, both with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.  My taste buds were confused, but apparently the highlights of the night for me were all ice creams.  The sorbet

Me: So how does it taste?
D: Tomato-y
Me: Really? That’s a great description….
D: You try it…
Me: *takes a bite*
D: So how does it taste?
Me: Super tomato-y

This was literally a tomato bomb in your mouth!  Refreshing, smooth, and absolutely amazing!

I had a bite of the kimichi and it was a cauliflower.  They gave just the right amount to balance the sweetness… the gochuchang was seriously ridiculously mind-blowing MIND-F.  Like what is going on?!  Slightly spicy, salty and a good amount of sweetness.  The cilantro I loved… and actually would’ve paired great with the mushroom dish we had above.

So pretty.  All in all, it wasn’t a bad meal, it wasn’t a great meal.  Not sure whether or not I would go back, but then again I only had some appetizers.  XXXOOO

Miami Day 3… Pool, Cigars, Bubble Bath and Blade Sushi at Fountainbleau

After a super crazy fun night… we just wanted to relax… and cover up from all our sunburns.. of course J took caution and I didn’t…

Ready to beach….

After our free breakfast!!!

That’s a pulled beef  benedict…. OMG….

We also got some cigars for later…

Adult Pool

Beach

Yep I got tanner and burn-ier….

And then it was cigar time.. the “cheaper” one so we can compare

GANGSTA YO

And then I left J to the balcony and a good book and I decided to bubble bath…. not enough bubbles….

CAW CAW CAW CAW

Ok too many bubbles…

Drowning…

UHHH…

I am now dubbed the bubble/foam Queen <3

This is After I let the water out and got out of the tub…

And awesome BF cleaning up my mess hahaha

SO MUCH BUBBLES

This is for you Steve. Stellar Revival shoutout YO. Wait what… yo… way to be so famous and have a FAN OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE….

OK cleaned up and time for my last night in Miami… Mokai here I come….

So first we had dinner at Blade Sushi Bar/Lounge at Fountainbleau… yes yes remember I came here last year? Well we were supposed to go to Hakkasan… but decided that partying after dimsum and Cantonese food/dimsum [omg I’m so craving dim sum tho] would suck [food coma] more than sushi at Blade.

BLINDING menus. Unnecessary

Magical hot towels that grow…

Edamame


I love piping hot edamame… freshly steamed and large sexy sea salt flakes… :]

We couldn’t choose which sake to to buy so our waiter suggested we try a flight first and then choose what we liked most.

Sake Flight

The Sake we ended up choosing… delish! Oh and J called it… we liked #1..  the others were way too sweet…

Octopus Carpaccio
Sweet pepper, Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber and Spicy Vinegar Dressing

AMAZING. I remember I loved it when I got it the first time and was asked if I was in the food industry/food critic – cuz I guess, people don’t REALLY get the things I do?!

Yellowtail with Yuzu Miso Glaze
Asian pear, Avocado, Micro greens, Yuzu Miso vinaigrette

Amazing… delish yellowtail… yuzu tang… and the sweetness of the asian pear and creaminess of the avocado… this literally MELTED in my mouth. SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD.

Salmon Sushi and Uni Sushi

You can never fuck up OG sushi. AMAZE.

Geisha Maki
Yellowtail, Ooba leaf, Orange, Asparagus wrapped in Soy paper,  Wasabi, Tobiko, Yuzu Miso Glaze

This was my roll choice. I loved it… jalapeno… light, refreshing.. definitely super fusian…. so Miami.. reminded me of Samba Sushi.

Bleau Maki
Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Avocado, Scallion, Masago wrapped with Daikon, Soy Onion dressing

J’s choice. Also good. It was tasty but WAYYYYY over-doused in that dressing…. ugh.. drowning in it….

And dessert…

A gorgeous Key Lime Tart with pineapple and blackberries

The tart was creamy and also grainy from the sugar. Not sure how much of a fan I was… but it was quite delicious, super sweet…. hey we had a HUGE ASS bottle of sake to finish, we needed to keep on eating until it was gone… and while, yes, if you havent noticed we rarely do dessert, we did it and loved it.

Afterwards…. we decided we were old. We hit up the Lobby Bar… got some scotch, whiskey and champagne… brought it up to our balcony and had our other cigar and drank the night away in the beautiful weather and view. Life is perfect.

What Could’ve Been…

I hate food disappointments….

I also always end up holding too high of expectations… the longer I wait to try a new place, the harder the fail – but only if it fails, of course…

And so begins my journey at the Langham Hotel‘s Cafe Fleuri for their Chocolate Bar Buffet…

Now, what should’ve tipped me off first was the price… 38$ for adults on all you can eat desserts? I’ve been to places where the cheapest dessert was 38$ and consisted of two bites.. maybe three, depending on how large your mouth was [hehe]

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I’m SO BEHIND :[

I’ll catch up on posting my latest recipes, but life has been a blur or business @_@

I still owe you guys the rest of my Taiwan posts, Chinese New Years posts… and pictures off of my regular digicam. That’s my problem, getting them off… so much easier when I just take photos on my iphone… haha

I’ll (RE)start off with yesterday’s eats.

Brunch of Fruits
1/2 Pomelo, Blackberries, Pear

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Imagination brought to life! & SUGAR RUSH

(This first part was written yesterday early morning haha)

I woke up at 5am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, not to walk my parents or my puppy up, I snuck into the kitchen, whipped up a quick breakfast, snuck a quick pic and gobbled it up while I worked (w@h baby!!!)

BUT MY STUPID IPHONE GOT IT ALL UGLY :[ *kicks it*

SO. A little imagination time, thanks to my beloved FLICKR!!!


kallifornia24

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carreon

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roboppy

w/ a nice side of


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ONWARDS!!!

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Snowed in Sunday :]

Snowy with the chance of snow.

I made a yummy chicken broth soup with eggs and corn, some scallions and FISH BALLS.. I was lazy and just wanted something warm in my belly. And I needed to get my daddy to eat something nutritious since he’s got a cold. TEEHEE. No pic tho. Use your imagination.

Before:

HUGEEE!!!

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Boo, you Bore!

I haven’t slept this much in like… a year!!! At least… man. I fell asleep around 8? I woke up at 930 and then 1230 and then 330…. and then 630… I hung out in bed for a bit and decided to get up, do some morning exercises & stretches and start work early.

Eats yesterday were boring because…. jetlag has got me. And, like I said, nothing here is as good as Taiwan food :[

Late Breakfast

Grapefruit & Blackberries

Early Dinner

Steamed Kale, Carrots & Steamed Butternut Squash (that’s my hand trying to get Dior off of the food haha) – there’s some leftover chicken under there..

But today’s Taiwan post will be exciting!!! It’s when I go to this mega grocery store the size of Costco :D So look out for that, and if I don’t fall asleep I’ll update ya’ll on today’s eats.

EDIT:

I totally forgot to mention my GIFTS I got in the mail yesterday!!!


DELICIOUS Yogurt Passion from my lovey Erin @ Care to Eat!!!!!!


Rum Cake & Aromatherapy set from my Di <3


Anonymous, I duno who got me these, they had a note but no name :[
Dried figs & pluots

Forgive me, I’ve been sleeping…

Taiwan withdrawal has also made my eats incredibly boring. Except for a sudden Taiwan craving last nite… but we’ll get to that. I’m about to make my first HUGE Taiwan post later today. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this. I think I’ll go by days instead of groups of things (groceries, dinners, night markets, etc…) since I tended to group specific big things into each day. :D

I left Taiwan Sunday at around 11am there and got back to Boston (after about a day or so of plane time) at 8-9ish here. So forgive my temporary insanity from jetlag.

Monday
All we had was oranges (most were bad) left so I had 2 oranges…

I went grocery shopping and made the cheapest salad bar salad ever, only 10$ (a big deal for me)

I bought mushrooms and placed them on it.
I SWEAR I bought beets but they got lost :[

I nibbled on a HUUUUGE bowl of grapes ALL night :]


Caught up on some reading… :]

I also had a big tub of pineapple for dessert… picture is lost in space.

Tuesday
Grapefruit + Blackberries

HUUUUGE Honeycrisp

Raspberries + Banana + Soyogurt

I made some simple, but bombass, garlic chicken and mushrooms with broccoli… and some white rice. Buttttt, I didn’t take a pic, so just imagine and drool.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries + Apples (Xmas gift from Coworker from Edible Arrangements)

PineNut Cakes (3)
Pineapple Cake (1)

Japanese Jelly

Japanese Hello Kitty bean-filled cakes ♥

Outtards:

Innards:

BTW, Oh how I’ve missed this furry little thing.

I’ve been catching up to everyone’s blogs, over a thousand of entries… @_@ I’m surprised my google reader didn’t selfcombust :D

BTW, how exciting!!! I came back to the States and Gossip Girl, Secrets of an American Teenager AND Nip/Tuck started. I am the happiest girlie alive!

It snowed Larabars!!!!!

Woohoo!!!!! Guess what I got in the mail yesterday???

I already ate THREE!!!!!

Tuesday
Guava

Dinner was a nice big hot steaming overflowing bowl of figgy pear blackberry oats (I’m boring)

Always makes me happy :D

Dior loves oatmeal & soyogurt

For dessert I had some chocolate covered peaches and pears :]

There was some swedish fish action going…. but unpictured so… *cough* it doesn’t count.

Wednesday
I had no appetite yesterday and I MADE myself eat dinner. But I did have a cup of HOMEMADE coffee for lunch.

After I told him my dinner my daddy laughed at me. “You like oatmeal so much”
Yes daddy, I do :]


Turkey Oatmeal w/ Chinese Chives & Tofu Ru

I had another huge bowl of the rest of my chives :]

Turkey Oatmeal made with a cup of turkey broth (I have them made from the Thanksgiving turkey and frozen in 1c baggies), tons of shredded turkey breast, a dash of black pepper and hot pepper flakes :] Wheatberries, flax, wheatgerm (the usual)

Dessert was 28 DELICIOUS candy like cherries!!!!

[more picture coming soon, I’m too lazy to get them off my phone right now]

And then I had tons of work to catch up on… I had a sudden craving for gingerbread cookies… so I had a gingersnap Larabar… and then PB Cookie… and then a Banana Bread *blush* OH but it doesn’t end there. I found a hidden bag of Gummy Tummies (demolished it all) and 2 freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from Sel De La Terre (now in belly)

One day I’m gonna wake up 400 lbs :D Until then thank goodness for metabolism!!!

BTW, don’t forget to stop by ZestyCook to enter to win a 100$ gift card!!! :] And happy 100 posts!!!!

Is it snowing yet?!

Hiiiii!!! I love feathers in my hair :D

I whipped up a quick soyogurt, Blackberries, Figs parfait :D

I added tons of cinnamon, wheat germ, flaxseed and wheatberries and headed off to eat it at Starbucks!!!

I enjoyed my usual, Venti Americano!!!

I found some 枇杷 (Pipa)/Loquats at Russo’s today :D OMG, delicious!!! The ones in Rome were better tho…

For dinner I made some Apricot Ginger Pork Loins and Roasted Veggies (zucchini, red pepper, carrots, radishes, sage & asparagus!) I was going to make a Lemongrass Chicken and Papaya Salad, but ended up not cuz I wanted to make something quicker cuz I was feeling nauseous… 

I also finished off a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge bowl of the rest of my butternut squash + Kale soup with shredded turkey breast!!

Lots of hot pepper flakes… I ended the night full but still eating 5 loquats & 38 Longans :D And 2 HUUUUGE glasses of shiraz!!! I REALLLLLLY want a caramel apple right now, but I shouldn’t.. it’s late…

It’s supposed to snow tomorrow…. yay!!! I got WANTED today and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES… but no Britney yet, tomorrow :D