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Good Eats Boston: by Chloe

If you live in Boston you have probably heard the buzz about by Chloe, a vegan fast casual spot which serves delicious and wholesome plant based food. I recently visited the restaurant for the first time and I am hooked. I am by no means a vegan but I eat plenty of meatless meals so this place is up my alley. You know the place is on fire if a non-vegan like myself is into it. Even the Fiancé gave it a thumbs up.

by Chloe spring menu items including confetti pancakes, roasted asparagus, avocado toast. Good Eats Boston
Photo by: Mikey Pozarik

When you hear vegan restaurant, you are probably thinking healthy and boring but by Chloe is far from that. Their menu includes bountiful salads, juicy burgers, breakfast and brunch foods like quinoa hash browns, smoothie bowls and pancakes. It’s a vegan menu that anyone will enjoy.

I am especially excited for their spring 2018 menu specials which includes the items below; available now through March 31st 2018 before new additions arrive.

DAILY SOUP
CARROT GINGER + TURMERIC W/ COCONUT CREAM + PARSLEY

MARKET VEGGIE

ROASTED ASPARAGUS W/ TAHINI VINAIGRETTE + RED CHILI

SMASHED AVOCADO TOAST VEGGIE

MARINATED CUCUMBER W/ TOFU FETA, DILL + ALMOND PARM

SEASONAL LEMONADE

BASIL LEMONGRASS

BREKKIE + BRUNCH
DAILY PANCAKE

FUNFETTI PANCAKES W/ RAINBOW SPRINKLES, POWDERED SUGAR + PURE MAPLE

        Since arriving in Boston in 2017 By Chloe has become a Boston favorite and its only fitting that it joins the Good Eats Boston list. They already have 2 locations in the Boston area with a fab new location opening up in Back bay this summer. You can visit the by Chloe website to learn more about their story and menu items.

Current by Chloe Boston Locations:

Seaport : 107 Seaport Blvd

Fenway: 100 Van Ness St. Boston, MA, 02115

Have you tried vegan restaurants? I would love to hear your experiences in the comment section below! If you are looking for more good eats Boston you can check out another fab Boston spot here

Happy eating and remember, eat well to live well!

Good Eats Boston: Grainmaker

Good Eats Boston: Grainmaker

With the fast casual restaurant scene booming in recent years its no surprise that my first good eats boston experience of 2018 is at Grainmaker, a fab fast casual dining spot in Boston. What drew me to the restaurant is their innovative menu with South East Asian influences, which I absolutely love.

The ordering process is like most fast casual spots where you build your bowl. The veggie selection is pretty awesome including delicious string beans, zucchini and my favorite wok fried seasonal greens. I thoroughly enjoyed selecting my garnishes from many choices including a cabbage slaw, fresh cilantro, scallions, pickled veggies and more.  Grainmaker also offers some popular street fare like Banh mi sandwiches and street tacos. There is definitely something for everyone.

Good Eats Boston: Grainmaker

The restaurant is conveniently located in the Boston’s Downtown crossing area and is steps away from major subway stations. I highly recommend this place for your next lunch stop for excellent food flavors and healthy food choices.

eatgrainmaker.com

Location: Boston –  91 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110

Phone: (617)482-0131

If you are on the hunt for some good eats in Boston se more restaurant suggestions here!

This meal was complimentary and as always, all opinions are mine alone.

Eating Out: Verts Mediterranean Grill

It has taken me a while but I am happy to finally talk about another fast casual restaurant that I am loving these days. Verts Mediterranean Grill is a restaurant that serves savory and healthy food from scratch daily. Because I am a big fan of Mediterranean food and flavors, it’s no surprise that Verts has become one of my favorites.

Verts Mediterranean GrillAt Verts, you get build your own Entree’ and you will be glad to know that most of them are under 600 calories. I like that I get to pick what I want in my bowl as opposed to getting a standard serving. If you have not been there before you can read how to order at Verts so you come prepared.

How to order at Verts:

  1. Select your Base – The 4 main options are Pita, Rice bowl, Quinoa bowl, Salad with some seasonal bases like Arugula.
  2. Pick your protein – Verts protein selection is pretty good. You can choose either beef & lamb, chicken, falafel, Turkey & Mushroom Meatballs and some locations offer slow-cooked pork.
  3. Add your toppings – It is safe to say that Verts has the best toppings compared to similar restaurants. There are so many delicious options including red cabbage slaw, carrot slaw, spiced chickpeas, pickled onions, grilled corn, marinated green olives, cauliflower tabbouleh, feta and more.
  4. Choose your sauces – This is one of my favorite parts of the process because everyone knows the sauce is the difference maker. Verts wins again in the sauce department. With sauces like Spicy Cilantro, Roasted red pepper, Tzatziki, Herb vinaigrette, Hot Harissa and Hummus.
  5. Get a side – I have not tried the sides yet as the bowl is enough for me but you do have the option to choose a side like french or sweet potato fries, falafel, chips & hummus, pita & hummus and the dip trio.

My Verts Experience:

I am a big fan of any meal that comes in a bowl so I tend to choose the rice or quinoa bowl when I go to Verts. Maybe next time I will go for the Pita option. On my last Verts experience I got the rice bowl with beef & lamb. My toppings were the carrot slaw, red cabbage slaw, hummus, the cucumber tomato mix with a spicy cilantro sauce.

You definitely taste the Mediterranean flavors with every bite. The hummus was smooth with the right amount of tang from the lemon. Don’t even get me started to the beef & lamb which was perfectly seasoned. The carrot and red cabbage slaw were crunchy and fresh which offered a great contrast to the heaviness of the rice and the richness of the meat. The spicy cilantro sauce is very vibrant and  completes the meal. I am salivating just thinking about my meal.

Verts Mediterranean Grill

Verts Mediterranean Grill Giveaway!

Verts Mediterranean Grill is opening their 3rd Boston Location on Washington St downtown Boston on Aug 11th. Head out there on opening day btwn 11am-9pm as they will be offering free entrees while supplies last. You can also win a meal voucher worth 2 free entree cards valued at $25. To Enter all you need to do is follow @EatVerts on Instagram. Good luck!

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Eating Out: Aceituna Grill, Fresh Mediterranean

I had the pleasure of being invited to Aceituna Grill, a mediterranean restaurant located in Kendall Square. Being a lover of Mediterranean food, I was very excited to try their food and Aceituna did not disappoint. The food was amazing and best of all it was fresh and you guys know how I feel about fresh food.

Aceituna grill vegan falafel with baba ganoush and moussaka

I ordered falafel over a bed of Tabbouleh with baba ganoush and moussaka on the side, it was yummy. Being a falafel fanatic who truly believes that if a restaurant knows how to make delicious falafel that is not too dry and flavorless then they really  know what they are doing. Aceituna certainly passed the test .

Aeituna Grill Spicy Chicken Shawarma with hummus and fattoush

I also had the rice plate with spicy chicken and chose the fattoush and hummus as my sides. The chicken is made on site everyday and is absolutely tender and delicious. My friend Kristin ordered the pita roll up, greek salad and she was raving about it. I will probably try it on my next visit.

Aceituna Grill Fresh food fresh ingredients

In addition to the tasty meal the owners took us on a tour of the restaurant and it was great to see the action in the back of the restaurant. Look at those fresh tomatoes! I love seeing fresh and local ingredients being served in restaurants.

Aceituna Grill sides

So the way the menu works is that you start with a base either a rice plate, salad or roll up then you choose your protein. Protein options are either beef & lamb shawarma, chicken shawarma, spicy chicken shawarma or vegan falafel. After the protein you choose sides. They have so many delicious options like spicy potatoes, hummus, fattoush, tabbouleh, greek salad, falafel and more. You also have to try the fried cauliflower which is off the charts.

Aceituna Grill Baklava

Because every great restaurant has delicious desserts, Aceituna is no exception and offers 2 traditional mediterranean desserts, baklava and osmalieh. Baklava is made with layers of filo pastry, nuts, honey and topped with a little ground pistachio. I loved that their baklava is not drenched in honey like some I have tried before. Osmalieh is made with ashta cream pastry and shredded filo pastry. The Osmalieh was my favorite as it is not too sweet.

5 Reasons you should try Aceituna Grill

While there are so many other reasons to try Aceituna Grill I have picked 5 of the main reasons I think you should try this restaurant.

  1. Delicious and affordable food: Every thing I ate at Aceituna was full of flavor and a party in my mouth. Good thing is you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy their delicious food.
  2. Fresh Ingredients: There is no denying that fresh ingredients are the key to delicious meals. Aceituna meals are made from scratch and fresh ingredients are used always. Even their chickpeas don’t come out of a can and the meat is not processed.
  3. Healthy menu options: You will not find any greasy and fatty foods in Aceituna grill, instead you will find freshly made salads, vegan falafel, shawarma which are foods that can be included in any healthy diet.
  4. Locally owned and locally sourced ingredients: I am all about supporting locally owned businesses that also locally source their ingredients as it contributes to the wellbeing of the community.
  5. Simple and authentic menu: I love that the food is true to its mediterranean background with traditional recipes. The menu is easy to figure out and ordering is a breeze.

If you are visiting Massachusetts I strongly suggest Aceituna Grill. They are located Kendall Square, Cambridge and are opening another location in Boston’s Seaport district. See below for location information.

Kendall Square   : Address605 W Kendall St. Cambridge, MA 02142 , Website: aceitunagrill.com Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm Sat: 11:30am-8pm

Boston Seaport District (Coming soon), 57 Boston Wharf Rd. Boston, MA 02210

 

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Disclaimer: This meal was complementary however the opinions and content of this post are completely my own. 

Eating out: Besito Mexican Restaurant

I was craving Mexican food and was glad I tried Besito Mexican Restaurant last weekend after hearing so much about it. Mexican food is very popular and is one of my favorite cuisines because of the rich and complex flavors. The BF and I enjoyed Besito so much and once you see the pictures of our food you will know why.

Besito mexican appetizers
For appetizers we had an amazing guacamole and Queso Fundido, which is a cheesy dish made with baked queso chihuahua, chorizo, onions and cilantro.
Besito Mexican Camarones Jalisco
For my entrée’ I had the Camarones Jalisco which is made with Pan seared shrimp over mashed boniato with a tequila chipotle glaze. Absolutely amazing!
Besito Mexican baby back ribs
The BF ordered one of the baby back rib specials they had that night. He pretty much inhaled the whole plate.
Besito Mexican dessert
The dessert was out of this world. Topped with whipped cream and fresh lime zest, it was pure deliciousness.
Besito Mexican outdoor seating
We chose to sit outside near the fireplace. The ambiance of this place is amazing! perfect for date night.

We went to the Chestnut hill MA location which is closer to my home and about a 20 minute drive from downtown Boston. They also have a location in Burlington, MA as well as locations in New York and Connecticut.

5 Reasons to visit Besito Mexican Restaurant

1. Best Guacamole in town: Besito Mexican Restaurant is worth visiting just for their amazing guacamole which is made table side to your liking.

2. Consistent quality food: Everything we had was delicious from the appetizers to the dessert which is very important to me . Nothing I hate like having a great appetizer and a blah entrée’ I enjoyed everything I ate here.

3. Great ambiance: If like me you value the ambiance of a restaurant then you will love Besito. The restaurant is well decorated and has a warm cozy feel to it. You can tell they put a lot of thought to the design.

4. Fun drink menu : They also have a wide variety of cocktails, margaritas and drinks, I ordered a mango margarita which was very refreshing. Next time I will try their sangria which looked really good too.

5. Great Service: What’s a great restaurant without good service. Our waitress was very pleasant, patient and not overbearing. Even the managers checked up on us and they did this with other patrons which I loved.

Overall the food was delicious and we had a great experience, we will certainly be going back to try more fun Mexican dishes.

Disclaimer: Although this was a complimentary visit, the views and opinions in this post are strictly my own.

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