Tasting Counter

Tasting Counter is a unique dining experience, a U-shaped counter with twenty seats along it.  Service is at either 6:00 or 8:00.  Diners begin and end together. There are no menus, there are no tips, there are not "add-ons".  You buy a ticket in advance, indicate allergies and aversions, pick a pairing, and the rest... Continue Reading →

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travel bite: The Veranda – Fort Myers, FL

In the winter, Fort Myers is full of Bostonians.  Some are the lucky ones who every year escape the cold and snow of New England and spend moths down south.  Others, like me, are just there for a day or two to take in a Red Sox Spring Training game and then return to face... Continue Reading →

travel bite: San Francisco and Napa

February is my least favorite month to be in Boston.  It is cold and snowy and dark.  With that in mind, it seemed a good idea to escape to California for a week.  It turned out, however, that last week Northern California was 50° and covered in rain while Boston was celebrating record high temperatures... Continue Reading →

o ya – grand omakase

  The grand omakase at o ya is one of the most famous, if not expensive, meals in Boston.  Despite the high price tag, it is worth every penny.  A good buddy of mine invited me to o ya to celebrate the end of 2016. It was a great meal to wrap up the year.... Continue Reading →

tommycooks: red wine braised short ribs

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs If you are stuck in on a snow day and want something hearty and comforting, this is a rich and flavorful dish that is sure to do the trick.  Best served over mashed potatoes, it takes a good amount of time to make so start early. The good news is that... Continue Reading →

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