We all wait patiently (and anxiously) for the arrival of our city’s Restaurant Week, during which we can dine out at terrific discounts. Maybe, though, it’s time to stop waiting and start thinking about taking advantage of Restaurant Weeks in other cities. You don’t have to take weeks — or even days — off to do it. Just ask Philadelphia food blogger Mary Bigham, of WCDish and her friend of Danielle Friel of Iron Hill Brewery. Southwest Airlines provided the flights to get these foodie friends from Philadelphia to Boston and back again in just a day’s time — with lots of stops for fine dining and more Restaurant Week Boston-inspired fun — in between.
You can follow their adventures on Twitter via our @OpenTable_BOS handle as we chat with them throughout the day and drool longingly over their food photography! They’ve already had eggs benny and French toast at Eastern Standard (I only have coffee, so thanks for rubbing that in, ladies. No, really.). Stops along the way will include Parker’s Restaurant at the Omni Parker House and dinner at Barbara Lynch’s trattoria Sportello, where they’ll meet up with area food bloggers for what I’m sure will be a pretty amazing meal.
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.
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.
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’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!