Can You Guess This Week’s Secret Spotlight Offers in Boston and New York?

Secret Spotlight Offers Can You Guess This Weeks Secret Spotlight Offers in Boston and New York?Nobody seems to like Mondays, but here’s something to brighten this first day of the week. OpenTable Spotlight offers are going to turn on in Boston and New York tomorrow night! Can you guess where?

Boston’s restaurant features fresh herbs and olive oil enhance the Mediterranean minimalist fare at this spot that’s named after the owner/chef’s hometown.

The site of New York’s Spotlight restaurant was home to pushcart vendors 70 years ago. Today, it’s home to a bustling bar scene and inspiring culinary combinations.

Make your guesses here or over on our Boston Spotlight and New York Spotlight offer pages. And, tune in tomorrow night to get in on these amazing deals — before they’re gone!

Endless Summer: Do Diners Tire of Tomatoes and Other Seasonal Ingredients?

Sick of Seasonal Ingredients Endless Summer: Do Diners Tire of Tomatoes and Other Seasonal Ingredients?I was dining with a good friend recently, and as we looked over the menu, I noted that there was an heirloom tomato salad on it that I must try. I usually attempt to order something different than my tablemates, so I asked if he were interested in it. “No,” he said, “You get it. If I see another heirloom tomato, I’m going to throw up. I’m sick of them.” Mon dieu! I’d never imagined anyone could tire of fresh summer tomatoes — let alone be sickened by the thought of them.

You see, I’m a tomato junkie. I always order them when dining out. I even grow them. During the high season, I eat tomatoes every single day! To me, they are the best of summer’s bounty. Their aroma is as intoxicating as the sweet-acidity that packs every bite! And not only do they taste good, they are stunningly gorgeous. Okay, so, you get where I’m coming from: I’ve NEVER seen a tomato dish on a summer menu that doesn’t draw me in like a chocoholic to Ghirardelli Square. Still, I will consider that it’s possible that some diners get tired of the ubiquitousness of ingredients during a season’s denouement. After all, I have had chefs tell me part of the fun of seasonal cooking is that the ingredients start to shift just as their interest in them wanes.

So, tell me, diners, do you tire of any ingredients during certain seasons? Do spring ramps make you want to spring forward to summer? Do you get sick of sweet summer corn? Do squash blossoms drive you bonkers at some point? Share your thoughts in our comments section.

Top Chef D.C. Episode 10: Not-So-Brilliant Disguise

TCDC10 WD Top Chef D.C. Episode 10: Not So Brilliant Disguise
"I'm not sure that wd-420 would have been a better name, Padma."

My DVR didn’t need to work this week as I was watching live. No Memorex for me, baby. Future (C’mon, Bravo!) cheftestant Ed Hardy and I were IMing throughout. And, just like last week, we’re sharing our convo about everyone’s fave cooking contest.

Hey, Ed…first thoughts at beginning of this episode…is Alex going down? And, would you just do your best to not help him in the kitchen?

I absolutely think Alex will be going down. Everyone thinks only the food matters the most in a kitchen, but, in reality, relationships are important. No matter what your culinary ability you can always use a little help. Alex has obviously done nothing on-screen or off-screen to endear himself with his fellow cheftestants. I would have given him that can opener he was looking for, but only after freezing it in a block of ice first.

Is Angelo sincere? He’s all “Kenny was the biggest threat,” but he hated him. Are these crocodile tears — or good editing?

More than anything else, Kenny going home might have damaged Angelo’s bravado. Remember the old Angelo from Episode 1 when he wanted to be the first cheftestant to win every challenge? Where has he gone? When Kenny left he might have taken some of Angelo’s confidence with him, and so, in a way, he might miss him. A bit.

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There’s No Place Like OM — or I Trulli: Don’t Miss Today’s Spotlight Offers!

Il Trulli Theres No Place Like OM    or I Trulli: Dont Miss Todays Spotlight Offers!OpenTable’s Spotlight deals in Boston and New York are ending tonight at 12AM EST. Don’t miss your chance to purchase $50 worth of food and drinks for just $25 — a 50% discount! OM, in Cambridge, is a terrific place to soothe your soul with aromatherapy cocktails and satisfy your appetite with summer-fresh dishes that will awaken your all your senses. I Trulli in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood is renowned for its housemade (or we should say ‘mom-made,’ as the owner’s mother is I Trulli‘s resident pastamaker) pastas and its use of seasonal ingredients to serve authentic Italian fare.

Grab your Spotlight deals before they go dark tonight. And, stay tuned for next week’s deals.

Who do you think should step into OpenTable Spotlight in Boston and New York? Suggest a restaurant in the comments section!

OpenTable Spotlight Shines Again Tonight on Boston and NYC Restaurants

Spotlight OpenTable Spotlight Shines Again Tonight on Boston and NYC RestaurantsOpenTable’s weekly Spotlight offers begin tonight at 8PM EST in Boston and New York. You can purchase $50 worth of food and beverages for just $25 at two top restaurants. Still under wraps, we’ve put together a few clues to help you figure out which restaurants are participating. Share your best guesses here or over on our Boston and New York Spotlight message boards. And, remember to set your alert so you don’t miss out on this week’s offers. Quantities and time are limited!