Saus

This weekend, I had two really great meals that I’m so excited to be sharing this week and next.

On Friday night, I had an early dinner at Saus.  This restaurant is located location near Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market which tend to be tourist traps. However, Saus is tucked on a cobblestone street serving made-from-scratch comfort food like belgian-style fries and waffles. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that the fries have fifteen different dipping sauce options.

I went to Saus with my friend Christine, a fellow food lover, before we saw a musical over at Boston College (which was fantastic and I have to admit made me miss my theater days). When Christine and I go out to eat together, we have a tendency to order quite the smorgasbord of menu items. Since we were trying a new place this time, we definitely went a tad crazy, but it was a treat night.

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Starting top left (clockwise): Veggie Croquettes; Shaved Brussels Sprouts; Bread N’ Butter Pickles; Poutine; Crispy Wild Mushrooms

The Veggie Croquettes were so yummy. They were made from mashed potato, cauliflower, carrots and served with the Samurai sauce which is chili paste and Saus house-made mayo. They were crunchy on the outside and creamy in the inside. The Samurai sauce is really well paired with this dish because it’s unexpected but definitely complimentary in flavor to the croquettes.

Next, the Shaved Brussels Sprouts which come with a blue cheese vinegarette were amazing. They have a sprinkle of bacon bits on top which makes this dish reminiscent of a chopped wedge salad. This was totally delicious and made me wish that all wedge salads were made with shaved brussel sprouts.

The Bread N’ Butter Pickles were also great. I loved these because, although they were sweet as most are, they also had a slight saltier, dill flavor to them providing an interesting a tasty twist on traditional bread and butter pickles.

Okay, so this Poutine was great. Homemade fries topped with homemade gravy and Pineland Farms (a home state favorite!!!) cheese curds – basically it couldn’t go wrong. If you like putting malt vinegar on your french fries, don’t hesitate to put a couple shakes on these! We did and it was fantastic!

Now these Crispy Wild Mushrooms, were awesome. They’re a variety of fried, breaded cremini, portobello, oyster, shiitake mushrooms served with the Saturday Night Chive sauce. I personally liked the oyster mushroomed the best in this snack, and the Saturday Night Chive was great to balance out the oiliness and saltiness of the fried food. However, these are also pretty awesome dipped in the Samurai sauce.

Okay, so when authentic Belgian waffles (made with pearl sugar!!!) are available…

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Left: Waffle with Lemon Cream; Right: Waffle with Salted Caramel

The waffles are insane. Enough said. My favorite was the waffle with Lemon Cream but the Salted Caramel was also great.

Overall, this place is totally awesome. It’s pretty affordable if you’re looking for a treat. That being said, this place is a once-in-awhile kind of treat because let’s be honest – they fry their vegetables.

I’ll see you next week! Until then! Xx

Here and There: Parent’s Weekend!

This past weekend was very exciting because it was Parents’ Weekend at Emerson. This meant a weekend well spent with my parents and free of the dining hall! We had lots of great meals so let’s get started…

On Friday we had lunch at Union Oyster House which is the oldest continuously running restaurant in the United States. The atmosphere is very fun with the restaurant decorated wall-to-wall in Boston paraphernalia.

Below is the clam chowder and corn bread that I enjoyed.

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Cornbread and Clam Chowder at Union Oyster House

Later that night, we had dinner at La Summa since it was a quick walk from where my parents were staying. My mom and I both got the Pappardelle e Melanzane which is fresh wide noodle pasta gently tossed with thin pieces of eggplant, lightly flavored with basil and garlic in Marinara sauce.

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Pappardelle e Melanzane from La Summa

This dish was so delicious. I love eggplant parmesan, but I wanted something lighter that night, and this dish was perfect. It has all of the same flavors with the piles of fresh pasta and tender eggplant in a creamy marinara sauce but much simpler and arguably more flavorful.

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So yummy!

On Saturday morning we went over to the South End to try The Beehive. This restaurant was such an awesome discovery. The food was delicious and the service was so welcoming and friendly.

I ordered the crisp salmon cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise.

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Crisp Salmon Cakes, Poached Egg, Hollandaise Sauce from The Beehive

I love that this dish was served with a side salad because the salmon cakes were quite hearty with potato mixed in so you didn’t miss the carbs which generally come with brunch dishes. The hollandaise was just right and the eggs were poached just how I like them. The salad had a nice, light balsamic dressing on it to round out the dish. I would highly recommend this if you like eggs benedict but want to try something new!

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And finally, I went back to The Thinking Cup with my mom later that day so I could taste test their Vanilla Ginger Latte.

The Vanilla Ginger Latte was much better than the Cinnamon Honey Latte I reviewed in my last Here and There post. The cinnamon in the last latte clashed with the bitterness in the espresso, but the vanilla ginger latte was the perfect amount of sweetness with a little zing from the ginger.

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Also, we each got a Salted Caramel Blondie which was so good. It was caramely and crumbly but also had a surprisingly rich buttery flavor which was just delicious. It really complimented the latte well.

That is all for this week! A huge thank you to my parents who treated me very well this weekend! You are welcome any weekend in Boston 😉

Until next time. Xx

Myers + Chang

I love Asian food. Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, you name it, and I love it. I was intrigued and excited at the prospect of a new restaurant following these cuisines when I heard about Myers + Chang, which serves Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese food in the South End of Boston. The menu is very similar to my favorite restaurant in Portland, Empire, and Myers + Chang certainly didn’t disappoint in its delivery.

At Myers + Chang the menu consists of shareable dishes and depending on your hunger level, they suggest ordering 1-3 dishes per person. Therefore, there are lots of dishes you will see below because 1) I was having a special dinner with my dad and aunt, and 2) we were all very hungry. Here are some of my favorite dishes from our meal.

Sticky Glazed Lamb Ribs

At the restaurant, typically you order everything at once, and the kitchen sends out the food as it is made so your food is made as fresh as possible. The Sticky Glazed Lamb Ribs was the first dish to come out, and it was amazing. I didn’t expect to like them, and initially I didn’t want to try them because I don’t like to eat lamb, but they looked so amazing when they came out that I couldn’t resist. The meat was tender, and the “sticky glaze” complimenting with a sweet flavor to balance the savoriness of the lamb. I definitely recommend ordering these if you eat meat!

Esti’s Hot + Sour Soup

Okay so this Hot + Sour Soup was amazing. Empire had my favorite version for a really long time, but Myers + Chang really hit it out of the park with this one. The soup had lots of tofu, mushrooms, cabbage and the juiciest, mini pork meatballs. It was a great twist on a staple. My favorite part was how the broth was really flavorful, but it was thinner than most hot and sour soups which was why I particularly loved this soup.

Braised Pork Belly Buns

I never pass up an opportunity for bao. These Braised Pork Belly Buns did not disappoint. Braised pork belly on a light as air bao with the crunch of housemade pickles – you can’t go wrong.

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Fried Chicken + Ginger Waffles

The Fried Chicken + Ginger Waffles was one of the highlights of the meal for me. The chicken was moist and the waffle was flavorful. The pinnacle of this dish is the surprising sauce. It’s a sweet, chili garlic sauce that perfectly rounds out the dish.

Below are some of the other delicious items we ordered:

Pomegranate Vinegared Duck Wings

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Ming’s Market Greens

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Mama Chang’s Pork + Chive Dumpling

Twice-Cooked Lamb Belly Stirfry

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

If you save time for dessert get the Coconut Cream Pie! It’s made by Flour Bakery so it is guaranteed delicious.

Coconut Cream Pie from Flour Bakery

Until next time. Xx

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