Thursday, January 3, 2008

Bits & Morsels

Parker House rolls in The Parker House Hotel in Boston.
"Bits and Morsels" is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs:

I am really enjoying the new cookbook Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson. The book is designed to look more like a novel than a cookbook and is filled with very sweet illustrations. It originally was published in Britain in 1994 and only recently released in America to rave reviews. The tone of the book is interesting, genuine and comfortable (it's also printed on paper that is thicker than most books) and it reminds me of reading the Social Diary.

A lot of cookbooks are cold and impersonal when they are just filled with bare recipes. English Chef Hopkinson fills each page not just with recipes but also with fun anecdotes and useful cooking tips. [The Wall Street Journal]

Parker house rolls. The Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston is one of the oldest operating hotels in America. It opened in 1855 so has many stories to tell. Ho Chi Minh worked there as a baker; and it was there that JFK proposed to Jackie. Many Culinary delights were invented at the hotel such as Boston Cream Pie and Parker House Rolls. I stopped by the hotel to try the legendary rolls and while the hotel was a bit ... spooky ... the rolls were flaky, buttery, and divine. They're so good that even First Lady Laura Bush served them on Christmas. []

“If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal.” For a traditional Boston fish dinner you can't go wrong with Legal Sea Foods. The quality of the food and the service is consistently good.

I like to keep it simple and usually order the wild salmon or the fish and chips. The Boston based chain has been in business for over 60 years and their reputation for fresh fish is untouchable.
Legal Sea Foods on State Street.
The Wild Salmon.
Fish and chips.
Harpoon Root Beer, perfect with fish and chips.
One of my favorite areas of Boston is the North End, which is the little Italy of Boston. The neighborhood is filled with old-fashioned mom and pop stores and restaurants. I love the Neptune Oyster for whipped baccala and salmon tartar. The restaurant only seats about 20 people so there is a lot of turnover and everything is super fresh. I especially like that they sensibly serve the salmon tartar over ice. For dessert you can’t beat a cannoli from Modern Pastry. Unlike most cannolis, which are dense and soggy, the Modern Pastry version is light and crispy. There are many bakeries in the North End but Modern Pastry is my favorite, although not so modern, having been in business for over 70 years. [Neptune Oyster] & [Modern Pastry]
Whipped baccala.
Salmon tartar over ice.
Modern Pastry on Hanover Street.
A cannoli from Modern Pastry.
If you are already one of the addicted, and are looking for a healthy snack during the day, head over to Starbucks. The coffee chain just unveiled a plan to offer healthier latte drinks made with sugar free syrup. The new latte drinks made with nonfat milk and sugar free syrup will only have about 90 calories. If you swap out your daily regular vanilla latte with a skinny vanilla latte you will end up saving 700 calories and 35 grams of fat per week. [Yahoo!]

Till we eat again,
Jordana Z.

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