In a neighborhood with virtuous fast-casual options aplenty, Fuku remains unabashedly naughty. Robots make our food now , but at least that food tastes good. A group of MIT graduates created Spyce, in Downtown Crossing, which features dishes prepped and garnished by humans but otherwise prepared by a robotic kitchen. This results in all kinds of efficiency : meals completed in three minutes or less, a kitchen that runs on nothing more than electricity and water, a reduction of labor that leads to a reduction in price. Happily, human chefs Daniel Boulud and Sam Benson are on the creative end of things.
The result: satisfying meals like the Latin bowl, with chicken, black beans, cabbage slaw, corn, radish, and avocado crema over brown rice, and the vegetarian Lebanese bowl, which contains lentils, feta, kale, tahini, and more. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong? Many Egyptians think of koshari pronounced KO-shar-ee as their national dish. In London, restaurants specialize in it. The truck sells koshari plain or with toppings, such as chicken shawarma or the Middle Eastern salad fattoush.
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Even with all those grains in one bowl, Abdalelah manages to keep her version light and flavorful. Her truck is at Harvard Science Center Plaza for lunch Tuesdays and dinner Wednesdays; the schedule will expand come spring. Tacos and burritos in West Concord? Yes, thanks to ambitious restaurateur Kristin Canty, who injected new life into the quiet neighborhood with Woods Hill Table, spotlighting ingredients sourced from her New Hampshire farm.
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Now she works the same magic at Adelita , drawing crowds with organic Mexican food, much of it vegetarian and gluten-free. In an area short on dining options, Adelita is a bustling refuge. Unexpected touches dot the menu: duck egg and duck-fat frites on poutine, pepitas and manchego with roasted Brussels sprouts, and paprika mayo with chickpea fries. Decor in the cavernous space includes bucket chairs, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and statues and figurines left by a previous tenant, including a statue from Thailand holding a boom box and take-out menus at the door.
Lucky Needham commuters can step off the train and into The James , a gastropub right next to the tracks. Crowded and convivial, it serves gourmet takes on Irish pub fare and more: soda bread with honey butter, a killer Scotch egg, and a short rib and ale pie beneath puff pastry with horseradish mascarpone. Plus, grilled jerk prawns with sweet potato puree, an oyster roll with white kimchi, grilled octopus with chickpea puree, and house-made fettuccine with squash, mustard greens, and sage brown butter.
The bar pours a proper Guinness and has excellent cocktails. Everyone is here, from babies to grandparents, and Sunday afternoons bring live traditional Irish music from the band NightSide. The solution is the Wellington , a reliable joint from the DeMagistris family, which runs the swankier Il Casale across the street.
No surprises here — just an on-point roster of burgers, mussels, and steak frites delivered by servers who know how to read a room. Every town needs a gathering place versatile enough for families with small kids, business dinners, and celebrations, and this restaurant brings all that to Stoneham. Chef and co-owner Patrick Campbell No. Jon Olinto and Tony Rosenfeld, who founded b.
Order kebabs here on a rice bowl, in a wrap, or in a pita pocket and add hummus, pickled red cabbage, and other toppings. Giant, crunchy falafel are also on the menu, along with many delectable eggplant dishes. The Buffalo Jump, open from April through December, serves inventive cafe fare by day and tasting menus by night. You can get a lobster roll anywhere.
Come here for risk-taking and envelope-pushing food on beautiful Coonamessett Farm tour included with dinner. Its after-dark sibling, Towneship , is a glimmering space in a reclaimed church. Filled with warm wood, plants, and a fireplace, it features classy New England bistro fare — duck confit with Brussels sprouts, oyster and fish stew with apple and root vegetables, chicken pie, lamb chops with cassoulet, and much more.
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A Kamakura bento ruby. Cook Keara Garcia passes a dish to a server. Huevos rancheros at The Little Dipper. A dish at Mae Asian Eatery. Truffle Sho Yu at Oisa Ramen. Apricot-ginger glazed fish, kale with beef sausage, and pilaf at Soleil in Dudley Square. Classic biscuits at Southern Proper. Matthew J. Squid ink fettuccine at Talulla in Cambridge. The interior of Vester.
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Bluefin tuna at Whaling in Oklahoma. A super greens bowl with spicy lamb meatballs, hummus, tzatziki, harissa, tomato, onion, cabbage slaw, crumbled feta, and greek vinaigrette at Cava on Boylston Street. Chef garde manger Marcos Lemus adds the final details to a bowl at Spyce in Boston. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Gl. Chickpea fries are among the menu items offered at Balani in Waltham. Lamb Scotch egg at The James in Needham. Hamachi crudo in leche de tigre at the Wellington in Belmont. Great movie, great post.
Glad they gave you a copy to give away! I knew firsthand what happened and how we got our food. But since I was a freshman in high school, none of my peers understood or supported me not that it stopped me. None of my family has been or is vegetarian. This really is an incredible movie. We are definitely creatures of habit, particularly when it comes to the powerful ties to our family past. Initially it feels like giving up turkey is, in a way, turning your back on Gramma and Grampa and all the fun traditions that went along with it.
Great post, Cadry! We all have the power to choose compassion over convenience. People need to stop hiding behind lazy excuses. Thank you for hosting the giveaway, and thanks to Forks Over Knives for providing a copy. This is the best movie. I got some of my coworkers to borrow the dvd from the library and they started requesting vegan recipes.
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I know that it has already changed many lives. I think the fact that is accessible and promotes a message of hope is brilliant. I wish everyone would watch it. Thanks for having such a great giveaway! I absolutely loved this movie. I just finished reading The China Study too. The research on the plant-based nutrition is amazing. The political reasons for not advertising to the public are ridiculous!
Such an awesome film, so powerful! Nice writeup of the film! I would love to have a copy of my own, one that I could loan out to anyone willing to watch. Look forward to Forks over Knives. I walked into the China Study eating meat and I walked out not eating meat. I have lent my copy to a family member who has had it for months without opening it!
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I have heard so many good things about this movie watching it recently made a good friend go vegan!! Such an insightful post. Coming from a rural area, with lots of farmers, I hear some of the same conversations. Doing what you or your ancestors have always done can be so limiting. My library could use it! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!