It’s that time of the year to lock away wintertime blues, throw away the key and never look back. Savvy spring mojo is just around the corner with refreshing treats, and well, us city-goers surely know how to celebrate and impress with the most sumptuous seafood and ice cream around. Beantown is fully prepared to welcome its city into the best time of the year…so think and scrumptiously savorthese spring options!
Relish the first juiciest and crispiest “famous fried clams” of the season at The Original Clam Box. This casual, lively venue is the perfect place to embrace springtime, as it is located on the gorgeous Wollaston Beach. You can enjoy a sunny afternoon on the shore, pack a picnic blanket, and order your whole belly clams takeout style, or savor succulent clam strips in house! The Clam Box also serves a delicious variety of seafood on its menu, including scallops, oysters, shrimp, haddock, calamari, clam cakes and more. Other Clam Box options include mouthwatering burgers, buffalo wings, hot dogs, steak tips, gyros and more. Why not go for a buttery Lobster Salad Sub, or how about a Steak Bomb? Whichever you choose, The Clam Box will certainly not disappoint.
With all the hype about love and romance in the air, it can be pretty hard being single on Valentine's Day. You might even want to stay in, turn on something crappy on TV, and drown your sorrows in a gallon or three of ice cream. Well, while we're totally telling you to cheer up and not to be down on yourself, we will also post this helpful guide to five of the newest Ben & Jerry's flavors...you know, just in case. And, for good measure, we'll be pairing them with some quotes from fellow romance cynics.
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch
Vanilla Honey Caramel Frozen Yogurt
Ever heard of Graeter's ice cream from Cincinnati, Ohio? Well, Oprah says it's her absolute favorite and Bill Clinton gets it shipped to his house on dry ice, so it's probably batshit amazing. And now Bostonians can sample what is possibly the best ice cream in the world because Whole Foods markets in the area are now carrying the coveted brand.
Graeter's is hand-packed and painstakingly made in small, two-gallon batches using an old fashioned "french pot" process that commericial manufacturers have long since abandoned. Because of their careful technique and high quality ingredients, the frozen result is unique: a dense, creamy, and fresh-tasting dessert. The Boston Whole Foods will carry a limited number of flavors including Graeter's signature Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
If you're interested in the company's process and why it makes their ice cream taste better than anyone else's, check out this video below:
Leave it to the Four Seasons to take Miami’s culinary scene by storm! Ever since the Brickell hotel giant decided to revamp its dining options and bring Chef Aaron Brooks up from down under, it seems that the talented Australian chef is winning awards everwhich way you look. He is also turning the attention of savvy foodies’ toward Edge, Steak & Bar, where he mans the kitchen. Few local chefs have been able to more astutely capture Miami’s food culture than chef Brooks, whose offerings showcase a love and understanding of many Latin American cuisines, as well as a respect for local products.
When we were told we’d be trying out a new restaurant on Ocean Drive, we were stoked! Heading down to South Beach is not something that we get to do as often as we’d like because of the usual presumption that the place is too far, expensive, and crowded. We were delighted to find that South Beach’s newest gem, Miami Beach Caffé and Restaurant, was not only affordable and centrally located, but it provided a great time as well!
We decided to sit in their comfortable outdoor area so that we could people watch. First we were given a breadbasket with a choice of a tomato sauce or herb butter to spread over the top. You can either take your pick or mix the two. I elected to mix the two and loved it! While we were deciding on our meals, we were given the opportunity to sample a few of their cocktails. The strawberry margarita comes served in an elegant martini glass with a few slices of strawberry for garnish. Liquid nitrogen is poured over the top for an imaginative look. This cocktail entertained me before I even had the opportunity to taste it! The tequila sunrise came with a modern presentation, served in a cylindrical glass with multicolored layers and an orange wedge for garnish. Both of these cocktails were refreshing and exactly what one would expect from a restaurant on South Beach. Next we were given a sample of a new drink that will be added to their menu soon: The East Side Bellini! Now this was my favorite of all the ones we tried. The mix of Grand Marnier, champagne, peach schnapps, orange and pineapple juices, with liquid nitrogen over the top to give it that cool, smoking look, was crisp and refreshing! I can’t wait to go back and have this again!
There’s only one word you can use to describe the weather in New York City—HOT! The heat is enough to drive a seemingly sane person to do unnatural things. The price of air conditioners and energy bills will certainly go up but don’t let this heat allow you to loose your cool. Fight off your stress with summertime comfort food: ice cream. And we’re not just talking plain vanilla or chocolate, let the heat sway you to try some crazy, innovative flavors.
Jennifer Welser and Jonathan Baker allowed their disappointment in cookie dough ice cream drive them to create their own versions of the flavor of which a growing number of people just can not seem to get enough. Flavors like Earl Grey Ice Cream with Shortbread Cookie Dough and Cardamom Ice Cream with Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough certainly don’t ring a bell to most people. They even have a treat for those with a more strict diet in Vegan Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Macaroon—perhaps it’d be easier to order if you just point.
In 1979, as a way to thank their loyal customers for their support and for enjoying the "chunkiest, funkiest" ice cream flavors Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, created Free Cone Day. Since then the fan-favorite event has spread to 800 shops in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Now in its 34th consecutive year, Free Cone Day is upon us for all ice cream lovers to take a lick. Brace the lines at your local Ben & Jerry shop this afternoon through tonight at 8 p.m. to enjoy a complimentary scoop of your favorite flavor. Choose from any of their famous ice creams, frozen yogurt, sorbets, or the new member of the Ben & Jerry's family, Greek Frozen Yogurt, available in four great flavors. A must-try today, or any day, is the Greek Frozen Yogurt in Banana Peanut Butter.
The artisanal ice cream extraordinnaires, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, is coming out with a new collection, which will be available from February 3rd through April and is called Super Pop Cakes!, featuring 5 new flavors.
Sink your teeth into southern-inspired Hummingbird Cake loaded with bananas, pecans, pineapple, and cinnamon.
Icelandic Happy Marriage Cake features a combination of skyr cheese, sweet oat biscuits, and rhubarb compote.
Mango Kiwi Special Cake contains just what it sounds like, strewn with angel food cake.
Carnation Café, Disneyland, Main Street
The Carnation Café provides a old-tyme feel that complements Main Street’s Victorian theme. Featuring wait service and fantastic people watching, The Carnation Café is a great spot to rest your feet and enjoy light American fare such as Mickey-shaped waffles, fried chicken, seasonal pot pie and the Matterhorn Sundae. Look for the bright candy-cane striped umbrellas to be sure you’ve found the right café!
Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque, Disneyland, Frontierland
If you love a great juicy BBQ ribs, then this hidden restaurant is a must! Featuring delicious all-you-can-eat BBQ chicken, ribs and all the fixing’s--Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque is ideal for families and large groups. For vegetarians, there is a vegetarian BBQ skewer available. At certain times you will also be treated to a toe-tappin’ musical performance that truly does put a little ‘yee-haw’ into your BBQ.
Best Variety of Food in Close Capacity:
Wharf, Disney’s California Adventure, Golden State
If there are a few picky eaters in your group, or you simply all want to try something different, check out Pacific Wharf. Perched next to the iconic Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf offers a café with bread bowls and sandwiches, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill and Lucky Fortune Cookery. And if you feel like truly relaxing with a glass of wine, be sure to check out the three wineries near by--Mendocino Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery, Wine Country Tattoria at the Golden Vine Winery and Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery--for a taste of some of the fine wines that California is famed for.
Best Quick Vegetarian and Healthy Snack:
Fairfax Market, Disney’s California Adventure, Hollywood Pictures Backlot
Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure are filled with quick delicious bites for non-vegetarians and those ready to indulge their sweet tooth here are numerous corn dog stands, hot dog stands, turkey leg stands, cotton candy stands and churros! Yet there is a lack of healthy snacks. Thankfully, Fairfax Market, modeled after a vegetable stand in Los Angeles Farmers Market, is a great alternative--the stand features seasonal fruit, drinks and healthy snacks.
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Disneyland, Main Street
If you love ice cream, this charming shop is a must-eat. The delicious ice cream and handmade dipped cones are hosted by Dreyer’s and will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time a hundred years--in a delicious way!
Of course there are many other delicious options at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (this list didn’t even cover all of the great food stands, such as the corn dog stand on Main Street) but does touch on a few different options!
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