I. Love. Fugakyu. I haven't been to a ton of sushi restaurants, but I still feel like I can say this one is and probably always will be my favorite. Their maki is the best I've ever had, ever ever ever. I can't emphasize that enough. I've been here two times with a friend, once by myself for lunch, and one time with my mom most recently.
The Shrimp Tempura, Ebi Mango, and BJ maki are probably my top three favorites, but I don't recall anything that I've tried that wasn't good. The latter two of those are expensive, but I'd gladly pay the price many times over if I lived nearby and could eat here more often.
Fugakyu is probably the nicest sushi place I've been to in terms of atmosphere and decor too. I've never been seated at one of the little private booths, but they look really neat. The upstairs area is quite a bit different than the rest of the place. It's a bit more...romantic, I guess? Ha. I like the lighting though. But I could be eating their sushi in a box on the street and be perfectly happy. It's just that good.
Oh, and don't forget to save room for the red bean ice cream for dessert!
16 Handles, will you marry me? I am truly head over heels in love with you. I know that I forgot about you for quite some time, but I am sorry. I hope you'll forgive me. Please! Your closest competition, Yogurtland, temporarily stole my heart. But I have come to my senses and realized that my devotion is to you.
Your frozen yogurt is creamier and more flavorful than Yogurtland, which is downright watery by comparison. Your mango fro yo may possibly be the best thing in the world. And don't even get me started on your PB & J flavor. It really DOES taste like a PB & J sandwich. That's a major turn-on!
Your toppings blow Yogurtland completely out of the water. Your fruit is fresher and you have more wet and dry toppings to choose from. You still have those epic macaroon brownies that made me fall in love with you when you first opened your doors.
I do hope you'll take me back, 16 Handles. I promise I will never let myself be tempted by another fro yo store again!
I must start by saying this - check out their bargain books! I purchased a book here for six dollars that I saw at Barnes and Noble a coupe days earlier for more than double that. If that doesn't spell out "five star worthy," then I don't know what does. And now that I know that there are such great deals to be had, I am going to make a point of stopping by more often when I'm in Coolidge Corner. And you should too. You never know what you might find, for dirt cheap.
What else makes Brookline Booksmith five star worthy? Yes, they have hilarious cards and silly gifts, as just about everyone else has already mentioned. But they also host talks and readings by famous authors! More specifically, they've had my absolutely favorite author there - Jodi Picoult!
Overall, an awesome bookstore with a real bookstore feel, that you can't find at a Barnes and Noble.
Oh, Lineage. You were doing so well. My dinner was bordering on five star territory. But then dessert came, and I had no choice but to knock off a star.
But let's start from the beginning. My friend and I had a reservation for 5:30 (yes, I know what you're thinking - who eats that early?). We arrived and were seated at the bar so we could take advantage of their $1 oyster deal. We ordered ten (for ten dollars!), but in hindsight we should've ordered a lot more. I dribbled a little lemon and cocktail sauce on mine and they were gone in no time. Delicious!
After looking at the menu, my friend and I decided to split a bunch of appetizers and one entree, which turned out to be a really good decision. For appetizers, we chose the wood oven pizza, the cod fritters, and the spicy lobster tacos. The wood oven pizza was topped with pear, cranberry, ham, and a generous amount of goat cheese. Yum! The cod fritters were four golf-ball sized pieces of frittery (yes I know that's not a word) goodness. Both of those were fantastic but the stand-out for me was definitely the lobster tacos, with their scrumptious bits of lobster, spicy and fabulously creamy avocado mousse, and mango salsa. I don't know quite how to describe how much I loved those little tacos, so I will just say the following: they were heavenly.
So our meal was off to a fantastic start and I was one happy camper. So happy that I wasn't at all irritated by the fact that they forgot to serve us our rolls until we inquired about it.
Our entree arrived, and Lineage continued to impress. We split the lobster gnocchi, which was perfectly complemented by roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onion, and spinach. After all of that delicious food, my friend and I debated over whether to get dessert or just go to Berry Freeze instead. We took a look at the dessert menu and decided to go for it. We were ready to order the toasted cashew tart, but at the recommendation of our server, we changed our minds at the last second and ordered the dark chocolate cake with port ice cream.
Unfortunately for us, this was a big mistake, and this was where our meal took a nosedive. The cake was warm and gooey, but burnt. The port ice cream was OK but the portion size was tiny. My friend seemed to like it, but the flavor just wasn't for me.
And so our dinner at Lineage ended on a low note. If we had skipped dessert and gone to Berry Freeze instead (which we did anyway even after having dessert), I would've walked out the door with my brain working overtime on a perfect five-star review. Next time, Lineage. Next time.
I experienced a tremendous sense of deja vu when I visited Paris Creperie the other day. It was as if I had been there before, probably when I was visiting Boston during my pre-Yelp days (Can you imagine your life without Yelp? No, neither can I.).
I'm glad I came back though, because the crepes here are delicious! No more Mr. Crepe for me! Paris Creperie is where it's at when you're looking for crepes in the Boston area. Just reading their menu is enough to make you drool. I don't think there's a single item on the list that doesn't sound like a must-try.
I came back twice in one weekend so I could try both sweet and savory crepes before writing my review. I tried the steak and cheese on visit #1. It was served on a scallion-infused crepe, which honestly was delicious enough to eat entirely on its own. The steak, American cheese, sauteed onions and mushrooms and green peppers were just icing on the cake.
On to visit #2. Sweet crepe time. I tried the Nutella Cannoli crepe and nearly died and went to heaven. Crepes with Nutella and ricotta filling and powdered sugar on top? It does not GET any better that, and that's coming from someone who doesn't really like sweets all that much. Serving size was huge, but I'm still ashamed to admit that I wasn't able to finish more than a third of it.
And the smoothies! I've tried their fruit smoothies, and they really are great, but it's the Nutella frozen hot chocolate that reigns supreme. You will never taste anything quite like it. If you're a Nutella lover, try it. If you're not a Nutella lover...try it anyway and fall in love from the very first sip.
The only downside is everything's a bit pricy. A crepe and a smoothie will run you about 15 dollars. A small Nutella frozen hot chocolate alone is almost five bucks. So yes, I did spend over 30 dollars here in two days, but was it worth it? You betcha.
I had never had a cemita before coming here, but I can still tell you that the ones at Dorado are really good. At the recommendation of someone who worked there, I got mine with the pork loin milanesa, despite not being a big pork eater. And this was a wise choice indeed. The cemita comes with black beans, avocado, Oaxaca cheese, and cilantro on it, and all of these worked together with the pork to make one delicious sandwich. I was a little disappointed at its size, and it was served with approximately three tortilla chips, but other than that, not complaining.
One last tip - while you're here, be sure to check in on the Yelp app. I checked in and got a free watermelon agua fresca!
Genki Ya is certainly no FuGaKyu, but it definitely is my second favorite sushi place around. $13 for a 3 roll special, salad, and miso soup is nothing to sneeze at, especially considering the sushi tastes a whole lot better than you might expect that it would at that price.
They have an online ordering system that is straightforward and easy to use. There's a section where you can include any specific instructions that you might desire (my friend always asks that the hot and cold items be placed in separate bags), and they have always been great about accommodating any sort of special requests.
I don't live nearby, so I've only ordered take-out here with a friend a couple times, but all of the maki I've tried so far has been fantastic. Whether you get a simpler roll or some of the fancier ones, Genki Ya does them all and does them well. What more does anyone need from a sushi joint?
I love sushi, and Osaka's is definitely up there among my favorites. Each of the rolls I tried was delicious, not to mention the presentation, which was gorgeous as well.
You probably really can't go wrong regardless of what you try, but I'd highly recommend the Amazing and the American Tango rolls. The former boasts tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, scallops and kamakazi wasabi. And the latter contains hot pepper tuna, cucumber, avocado, goat cheese, tempura shitake mushroom with strawberry and balsamic vinegar sauce. It sounds like it could be a rather peculiar combination, but trust me, it's not.
Service was both hit and miss. Our waitress was kind of blah, but I have to give them props for doing a great job at keeping our water glasses filled the entire time.
Why hello, Yogurtland! How could I have missed you coming to Coolidge Corner?
I may be a bit slow on the uptake, but I'm so glad that I found Yogurtland eventually. Their fro yo is to die for. After much sampling, I've come to the conclusion that the strawberry and orangesicle are the absolute best two flavors on their current rotation. The former really does taste like fresh strawberries. The latter is super creamy. Neither are too sweet, and both are some of the smoothest fro yo I've tried pretty much anywhere (that goes for the rest of the flavors I sampled, too). And it stays creamy, which is a good thing because I am known to take an excruciatingly long time to eat even the smallest cup of fro yo. And when it gets mushy and watery, it's pretty gross. Luckily this isn't the case at Yogurtland.
Their toppings are pretty standard for a DIY fro yo joint. I highly recommend the boba. The brownie bites were more like enormous chunks, and they were chewy and very fresh. Everything else is pretty typical.
Seating is extremely limited, so I had to resort to eating my frozen yogurt at Coolidge Corner T station, next to a huge splat of vomit, but even that couldn't lessen my enjoyment of my Yogurtland deliciousness. That shows one of two things: 1. Yogurtland fro yo really is that good, or 2. I'm just really disgusting. Take your pick!
All joking aside, a trip to Yogurtland may be really far out of the way for me, but that won't stop me from coming back.
I was absolutely obsessed with the Pita Pit that was on my college's campus back in the day, so I squealed with joy when I realized there's one in Brookline (and yes, I really did squeal...if you can imagine what they may have even sounded like).
Technically, they're a fast-food joint, but all of their veggies and other ingredients are super fresh, and the meat isn't overly greasy, so you don't feel like you're eating fast food at all. You get your choice of white or wheat pita. They offer tons of choices for pita sandwiches, but I almost always ordered the chicken Caesar when I was in college, so that's what I got this time, too. And what I like so much about Pita Pit is that yes, there are certain things that make a chicken Caesar a chicken Caesar and not something else, but they still let you add on whatever other toppings and dressings you may want at no additional cost.
The woman working here when I came was insanely friendly and patient while I initially ordered a chicken Caesar, changed my mind, and then inevitably went back to the chicken Caesar. Most people working behind a counter would have shown some sort of visible sign of frustration with me and my total indecisiveness by then.
Oh, and your pita comes with a coupon - buy 3 and get your 4th free. Not too shabby.
Wine samples, pesto Gouda samples, stuffed mushroom something-or-other samples... I LOVE THIS PLACE.
I don't live close enough to shop at this particularly awesome TJ's in lovely Coolidge Corner, but from time to time, I like to tag along with my sister when she comes here to get groceries. Mostly for the free samples. Actually, entirely for the free samples. And the cheap but delicious wine. And beer! And for the sheer variety of products that is severely lacking at other TJ locations closer to where I live.
It's always packed to the gills. But there are check-out areas at both the front and the back of the store. I'm sure the intention of that was to alleviate some of the lines... but it doesn't really. Oh well. At least the staff, all of them, every single one of them, is ridiculously friendly, which definitely takes the edge off the frustration that comes from weaving in and out of people as you walk up and down the aisles and waiting in long lines.
In my excitement over trying my treats from Athan's, I spilled my hot chocolate all over myself. Twice. Seriously, someone needs to tell me to calm the heck down!
Anyway, I am happy to report that what little of the aforementioned beverage that didn't end up all over my lap was delicious. Perfect for a chilly Sunday morning.
The place was packed, not surprisingly, so I got everything to go. Ordering is a little confusing, despite the signs. There is no table service. You order baked goods as well as drinks up at the counter in the area where you enter the bakery, and pick up any beverages at the bar in the next room over.
Of the treats that I tried, my favorite was definitely the baklava "cupcake," which was basically baklava topped with frosting. The baklava was very sweet, so the light frosting atop it complemented it perfectly. The only less than satisfactory part of it was the baklava was a little too watery.
I also tried the framboise, a chocolate mousse-like cake topped with raspberry cream. It was good, but i wish the raspberry flavor was more prominent. Same goes with the blueberry truffle that I tried. The chocolate was so rich and dense that I couldn't catch any hint of blueberry in it at all.
All in all, a nice little bakery to try if you're in Washington Square.
You can't walk into Party Favors without a big stupid grin magically appearing on your face. This place is fun, even if you're just browsing. Though I gotta tell ya, you will be wishing you could buy everything in sight. As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by a gigantic case of chocolates and candies on your left, and a gigantic case of cakes and cupcakes on your right. Oh and then there's cookies behind all that. Sugary sweet paradise resides in Coolidge Corner, and I never knew!
Before I go any further, I just have to say this: they've got penguin cupcakes!! Alright, Party Favors, before I had even tasted anything that you sell, you had already won my heart. I'm a penguin maniac, in case you didn't know. They had all sorts of other character cupcakes, but I only had eyes for those penguins. Totes adorbs!
Once I finally did try the cupcakes, Party Favors stole my heart once again. The cake is moist and delicious. The frosting is smooth and sweet. My favorite of the four that I tried was the chocolate raspberry. Not only was there raspberry frosting on top, there was some in the middle too. That was a yummy surprise. I also tried the rocky road, strawberry, and peanut butter cupcakes. All were good, the strawberry was a little boring, but it is that chocolate raspberry that wins for me. And before you say it, I know four cupcakes is a lot! I did share, okay??
Anyway, what a great place for any and all sugary needs - candy, cupcakes, birthday cakes... you name it, Party Favors is the place to go for it!
I wasn't planning on getting lunch here last time I was in the neighborhood, but lemme tell you, it was a great last second decision to make! I got a plate of spaghetti carbonara that was so rich and filling, and a bottle of soda water, for easily under ten bucks. Bottega Fiorentina is definitely one of my favorite, cheap Italian places outside of the North End (second only to the unbeatable Casa Razdora). Service is fast, and the people working at the counter take the time to answer your questions about the menu. You can tell that they really care about their food and about their customers.
Oh, and in case you needed more reason to check them out... they've also got a case full of delicious cakes and Italian cookies... Yeah, I'll be back.
|That I've been beyond lucky enough to attend!||Taking up the challenge again this year!|
|Door-to-door service from the T to these places!||Boston Back Bay. But you knew that from the list name, right?|
|Places in and around Boston that are, simply put, the best.||Easy on the wallet and satisfying to the taste buds!|
|The meal I wish I could have 7 days a week.||Shopping and food on this famous street in Boston Back Bay.|
|A lovely neighborhood in Boston where I've eaten some hella good food.||Places that sell the best kind of pie - the pizza pie!|
"Don't look back. You're not going that way."
Arlington, MA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Juli 2011Dinge, die ich mag
Movies, penguins, movies about penguins...Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
indecision over what to choose off a menu.Heimatort
Pittsfield, MAWenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm playing Candy Crush Saga. But I'm usually Yelping.Warum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
Because I Yelp like it's my freaking job!Meine zweitliebste Website
What? You mean there are websites besides Yelp??Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakMein erstes Konzerterlebnis
American Idol Season 7. When I was 20. Sad.Mein Lieblingsfilm
DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE! THERE ARE TOO MANY! 80 characters isn't enough, Yelp!Meine Henkersmahlzeit
Steak mac & cheese from The Fat Cat in Quincy.Erzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
I listen to "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen an unhealthy number of times dailyMeine neueste Entdeckung
BollyX. Who knew working out could be that much fun?!Ich schwärme gerade für
Cory Monteith, always. RIP.