“Anoush’ella” says it all

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

The South End is known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods around and nowhere is this more evident than in the food scene.

That is why I was so excited to find a new place that brings a new style of dining and an entirely new part of the world to Washington Street!

Created by the Armenian-Lebanese team of husband and wife Nina and Raffi Festekjian, Anoush’ella takes its name from a traditional Armenian greeting that means “may it be sweet.” And while the community-minded corner meeting place with its floor-to-ceiling windows and a cozy back room with an even cozier cushioned couch and locally-sourced art offers a Nutella-based sweet m’’anoush (which is the signature flatbread that is finished fresh on an authentic saj oven) and an entire bar dedicated to the strained yogurt known as labne (which is also defined on the menu’s helpful glossary), they are also becoming known for savory dishes, including a chicken za’atar and overnight braised beef that melt in your mouth. The combination of fast casual and upscale chic eatery also offers grain bowls made with lentil rice or toasted couscous, as well as Armenian and other salads and sides that include baked za’atar fries. Though they have only been open a few months, they also already have a full liquor license and dispense beer, wine, and signature cocktails (including a date-sweetened lemonade and peach and thyme martini) on tap!

So whether you want a fast casual bite that is fresh and healthy or a new place to eat and relax with friends and associates, anoush’ella is a sweet choice!

 

http://anoushella.com

Don’t “Welsh” on these great cakes

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

 

Having recently visited the United Kingdom after 20 years away, I was impressed by the vast improvements in their culinary culture. And while the legendary likes of Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are making waves on both sides of the pond, there were still many smaller chefs and food artisans who made an impression. One of these is Helen Coates, a Welshwoman who has taken her traditional tastes to the Colonies.

Copper Kettle Bakery in Westwood offers traditional Welsh cakes. For those who may not be familiar (though I recommend becoming so as soon as possible!), the Welsh cake is somewhere between a scone and a pancake. Coates’ family-inspired recipes include cakes that are filled with traditional fruits like cranberries and currants, as well as chocolate chips and pineapple. On her website (www.copperkettlebakery.com), Coates also offers Welsh cake mixes and her own traditional jams so fans can enjoy a proper Welsh tea or a satisfying snack.

 

 

 

Alvin!!! This is GREAT stuff!

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

It is fall; the time when animals store food for the long winter to come.

The folks at Munk Pack have found a great new way to help we humans store great food and great nutrition too.

Created by a team of campers, Munk Pack takes inspiration from the noble chipmunk and ingredients from Mother Nature herself to create a new set of minimally-processed, organic, gluten-free, and kosher superfood packs that are convenient, nutritious and addictively delicious!

From squeezable pouches that combine oats, fruits, chia, flax, and other healthy ingredients to protein-packed cookies that combine up to 18 grams of muscle fuel with real oats, raisins, dark chocolate, fresh peanuts, and other sweet but beneficial treats, Munk Pack makes foods and snacks that are sure to keep all campers happy and that are just as enjoyable for kids as for adults.

So instead of stuffing your cheeks with sugary snacks and empty calories, grab a Munk Pack and be ready for any season.

 

www.munkpack.com

 

 

 

Ssh! It’s Del Frisco’s new menu

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

As the seaport continues to fill with more and more amazing eateries (including the latest Tuscan Kitchen and Andy Husband’s Smoke Shop), it is becoming more challenging to stand out.

As they prepare to open a new base camp at the Pru next summer, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is upping the ante by taking a page from the likes of In-n-Out Burger and Starbucks.

As part of their newly-revamped menu, Del Frisco’s is offering a selection of “secret menu” options, including their “Double Eagle,” a double-bone Ribeye that is both wet- and dry-aged and carved tableside, making for a bit of dinner theatre in one of the most beautiful dining spaces in the area.

Other menu additions include a new Prime NY Strip and Prime Ribeye, as well as salmon and other seafood, and an app list that is a bacon-lover’s dream. Among the amazing sides are a spaghetti squash gratin with pistachios and creamed corn with blistered Shishito peppers. To wash it all down, Double Eagle’s own wine line is great, but the dangerously yummy fruit-infused VIP may win the prize. And when it comes time for dessert, the butter cake is a sweet meal in itself!

So even though they have always been known as on of the bet steak houses in Boston and cross the country, Del Frisco’s continues to innovate to make sure their customers all leave satisfied.

 

www.delfriscos.com

 

 

 

Kisses Sweeter Than (Huckleberry) Wine

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

The last time I encountered Huckleberry it was on a Saturday morning with a big bowl of sugary cereal in front of me and my not-smart TV on.

And while my tastes have changed, I am still a fan of that sweet stuff!

Fortunately, the folks at Ste Chapelle understand and have come out with a new huckleberry Riesling that is a treat for any age (over 21, of course!).

Their crisp and soft Riesling is already one of the Ste Chapelle’s most popular varietals, but when they add fresh Northwest huckleberries, it takes on a sweet smoothness that brings in notes of peaches, apricots, and other succulent fruits. The end result of their 10-week infusion process is a wine that is smooth, sweet, and satisfying either with food or on its own.

 

http://stechapelle.com

Davio’s comes to South Shore

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

 

There is nothing I like to do better in Braintree than hang out with my friends at Chart Productions. But soon, I am happy to say, we will have a brand new place to go for our lunch meetings.

From Boston to New York to Philly to Atlanta, the locally-based kingdom of Steve Di Fillippo’s Davio’s continues to expand and impress. This month, Steve will be bringing Davio’s Italian-inspired (and inspiring) steak house menu and stellar customer service to the South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

With a layout by by famed restaurant designer Steve Todisco, the 300-seat restaurant is comfortably similar to other Davio’s with its high ceilings, impressive columns and even more impressive menu and will also include a 10-seat Chef’s Table overlooking the bustling open kitchen, as well as three private rooms that can accommodate up to 90 guests and a patio that hosts an additional 75. And while there will be plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their signature seafood, steaks, and other treats, Davio’s makes every guest feel as if they were the only one.

Who knows- maybe we can broadcast from there sometime!

 

www.davios.com

 

 

Maple Water expands line and pours into CVS

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

It’s fall in New England, and that can mean only one thing- Watermelon!

Now stick with me here.

Maple Water – the VT-based company that has bottled God’s purest electrolytes before they become sugary syrup – has recently expanded their line to other nutrient-rich liquids. Among these are…watermelon water!

And not just plain watermelon water (though that IS delicious)! They have also released a series of flavors, including tart cherry watermelon water and grapefruit maple water.

And not only are these all-natural liquids great on their own. The maple water website (www.drinkmaple.com) also has a slew of recipes that use their waters to help add more flavor and nutrients to other delicious treats like oatmeal, lattes, and even sangria and other “adult” beverages.

So whether you want more electrolytes and manganese in your diet or just a new, natural, non-GMO, low-calorie and low-sugar way to revive and refresh, tap into maple water and its fruit-full line of offerings, which are now available (by the way) at CVS.

 

(www.drinkmaple.com)

From Portland with Aphrodisiacs

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

 

I know that we recently raved about the stellar scene to the south in Providence, bur another notable noshery it north in Portland, ME. Whenever you go (which you all should, if only for the potato donuts at Holy Donuts, which are to Maine what Kane’s is to MA), you are sure to end up in (and enjoy) one of the venues that are overseen by Big Tree Hospitality. From the historic charm or Hugo’s to the contemporary Asian flair of The Honey Paw, the folks at Big Tree know how to make a very bear-able meal. And now they are coming to Boston with the opening of Eventide Fenway!

A sister to the popular Eventide in Maine, the new Fenway location will bring all the locally-sourced seafood and great beer and wine lists to the booming baseball-based neighborhood and wrap it all around a counter that will serve it all hot (or cold) and fresh.

In addition to their famed oysters and brown butter lobster rolls, the new Eventide will also offer signature sandwiches, including an eponymous burger with Gochujang-tallow mayo and such worth-the-trip desserts as charred corn and brown butter soft ice cream. So even if the Sox are not around, Eventide will surely be a great place to hang around and enjoy the flavors of the off-season.

 

www.eventideoysterco.com

Rhode Island on the radio

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

Living in the Boston area, I am amazed (and perhaps spoiled) by the diversity and quality of the booming food scene. Many are the times when I have been enjoying a meal in my home state and felt there really could be nothing better.

Fortunately, the independent-thinking Roger Williams was “encouraged” to head down to what is now Rhode Island and the lively experiment has been delicious.

While RI is known for the Newport mansions and music festivals and Brown University and the RI School of Design, the food scene has become a huge draw. And while the menu of options may be overwhelming, a great way to get a good taste is the RI Red Food Tour. The tour takes locals and visitors alike through the streets of DownCity, stopping at a wide range of faves that range from the local legend coal-fired pizza to Chinese Bao Bao to a beer-lovers haven tucked in one of the city’s most historic buildings. And at just three hours, it also leaves plenty of time to explore other eateries before and after.

Tours operate April through November and private tours can be arranged. So while Boston may have more than its fair share, it is truly worth the $6 commuter fail fare to see and taste what our southern neighbors have to offer.

 

www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

 

 

 

Cooking for a good cause

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

Recently, I found an amazing and engrossing cookbook/memoir called Cooking with Adrienne that was written by an amateur chef about her more proficient friend who is dealing with dementia.

In addition to telling an amazing and entertaining story of barnstorming some of the greatest kitchens in the world, the book also profiles some of he famed chefs with whom Adrienne and her friend and co-author Joan Harper learned and offers some of the favorite recipes discovered along the way.
Proceeds from the book support dementia research, so please go to www.cookingwithadreinne.com and get a copy.

The story is engaging and the recipes are delicious. Along the way, readers get to know Adrienne and get acquainted with the issues related to dementia in an approachable and encouraging way. For even though dementia can steal a chef’s mind, their delicious soul can never be taken!