What may be even more exciting than the new music venue that just opened in Harvard Square, The Sinclair, is the new restaurant that opened along with it. Between the gastropub-style Michael Schlow menu, fantastic cocktail program by Dave Werthman of West Side Lounge and a kitchen that's open til 1am, The Sinclair restaurant is so much more than just a pre or post concert meeting spot, it's a dining destination in itself.
After a number of visits to the Sinclair I've tried almost all of the small plates. That is definitely your best bet when meeting up for a quick snack and a drink with friends. Here are some of my favorites (plus one dessert for good measure):
Not pictured: the Kale Salad with golden raisins, sunflower seeds and crispy parsnips that never seems to last long enough for its photo op.
The Sinclair is great for a number of occasions. The downstairs bar area has communal tables that are perfect for drinks and a snack, and the upstairs dining room provides a better setting for dinner. Did I mention they also have brunch? What's not to love about this place?
Something about cold weather makes me crave Asian food, and apparently I'm not the only one. Beginning this weekend, local Chefs Marc Orfaly of Pigalle and Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q will be taking over the private Townhouse room at Met Back Bay with Asian inspired menus celebrating the Year of the Snake. That means dim sum, ramen, pork buns, wok noodles, Sapporo, sake and everything in between.
Orfaly will be cooking this Friday Feb. 22nd and Saturday Feb. 23rd and Faison will be cooking the following weekend, Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd. There will be two seatings each night at 6 and 9pm. Tickets are $50 per person which includes 3 courses - buy tickets here.
Even though our fun blizzard weekend has officially ended, there is no better time than Monday to start thinking about mid-week wintery cocktails. I know you probably ate and drank all weekend, but after two days of commuting back and forth in this post-Nemo slush, you're going to want a drink. It's science. Since I am no cocktail expert myself I consulted with Jon of Beantown Drinks for some cold weather cocktail suggestions from a trusted local source. This is what he came up with, and what you should be drinking this week:
1. Spiced Apple Bourbon Fizz
- 2 oz Spiced Apple Bourbon Whiskey*
- 1/2 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
- 4 oz Fresh apple cider
- Top with Seltzer (or any sparkling water)
- Garnish: Apple slice, fresh thyme sprig, cinnamon stick and fresh cranberries
Fill mason jar or pint glass up with ice. In a separate glass, add bourbon, ginger liqueur and apple cider together with no ice. Give the mixture a quick stir and then pour over the ice in your glass. Top with seltzer water and add garnish.
*This drink is really good with a straight bourbon whiskey, but is even better with an infused spiced-apple bourbon -- recipe for homemade infusion here.
2. Hot Whiskey (aka Hot Toddy)
Combine all ingredients in a warmed mug and stir to combine. Garnish. Full post here.
3. Milk Punch
Combine milk, half-and-half, and sugar in a pint glass; stir to dissolve sugar. Add bourbon, 1 cup cracked ice; cover with a shaker and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a highball glass full of ice and sprinkle nutmeg over top. Full post here.
Find Jon on twitter @BeantownDrinks
I hope everyone had enough time to stock up on food for the weekend. Given the mad house that was Whole Foods yesterday I will assume a lot of cooking will be taking place between now and Sunday. If you don't have your recipes planned out yet, here is some winter cooking inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers.
1. Italian Sausage, Potato, And Kale Soup by Megan of Delicious Dishings
2. Coffee Braised Short Ribs by Dan of The Food in My Beard
3. Mushroom, Leek and Chicken Sausage Savory Bread Pudding by Simply Life
4. Aztec Hot Chocolate by A Beautiful Mess
5. Smoked Gouda and Pumpkin Mac and Cheese by Bianca of Confessions of a Chocoholic
About the authors
Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.