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UFood Grill with Boston Food Bloggers

31 Mar

This past Monday night I had the opportunity to check out UFood Grill with a group of Boston Food Bloggers.

I have been a fan of UFood Grill ever since it was originally called Low Fat, Know Fat. I was curious to see what they were doing with a new menu. Luckily after a few name changes and menu tweaks, I’m still a fan.

We were greeted by a couple of representatives of UFood Grill, and after drinking some complimentary wines and beer, we were told to take our seats. After a rather long spiel about UFood Grill, it was on to the food! And be prepared, there was A LOT!

First off was a nice tossed salad with cherry tomatoes, feta, walnuts, and a blueberry pomegranate dressing. One of my favorite dishes of the night. It had a good crunch and the flavors melded extremely well.

Next up were the baked fries. I absolutely LOVE the baked fries over at B. Good and these tastes almost exactly the same which is a good thing! They still retained a crispy exterior and a soft interior. These were eaten up quite fast!

Next up was some balsamic glazed steak tips served with sweet potato and broccoli. The steak tips took the main stage, and they were bursting with flavor and were VERY tender. The sweet potatoes and broccoli were barely seasoned, but mixed together, they weren’t that bad. This was definitely another favorite dish.

Next up was a sausage pizza. Ever since discovering Naked Pizza (damn, that reminds me I need to do a write up on them too!! SO BEHIND!) I have yet to find a “healthy” pizza that I like more than them. This still stands. The crust was alright, crunchy and still chewy. The cheese was the right amount of stringy, but the sausage and the herbs turned me off. Too much oregano. The sausage was on the dry side and didn’t pack a lot of flavor. Later on in the night we got to sample their pesto pizza:

Thankfully the pesto pizza was a lot better, but I’d skip on the pizza here and go to Naked Pizza instead.

Throughout the night, we also got to sample some of their smoothies. I am a SUCKER for smoothies, and all of the smoothies we tried were refreshing and delicious! Perfect compliments to our meals!

Our next meal was the turkey burger with chitpotle mayo. I was VERY surprised at how juicy the turkey burger was. I was really impressed. I would definitely order this again!

The pulled chicken with brown rice had mixed reviews at our table. I appreciated the kick from the adobe sauce, but the brown rice was overcooked and too hard. The chicken itself was ok, but not something I would get again.

The next “course” was the pesto chicken panini. They explained to us that their pesto is made without pine nuts or any kind of nuts. It was very tasty! The pesto had a strong flavor, and the mozzarella was stringy, just how I like it.

At this point in the meal we couldn’t quite believe there could be more food coming!!! We definitely left quite satiated upon leaving. I’m never one to say no to anything with bacon on it, but I was not impressed with the bacon cheeseburger. After having the turkey burger I was excited to see if this burger would be just as juicy. It wasn’t. Sad face. This was also the part of the night when Kathy, Megan, Nicole and I started sharing plates instead of getting our own!

I did not enjoy their baked falafel wrap at all. Being Middle Eastern, I’m obviously very picky when it comes to items such as falafel, but this failed miserably. I’ve made baked falafel before, and it’s come out juicy and full of flavor. This falafel had no flavor, had the consistency of sand paper, and was just disappointing overall. I appreciate the pickled beets and the tahini sauce was tasty, but please, just skip out on this one.

Last but certainly not least, it was time for dessert. We had the option of choosing frozen yogurt with chocolate/vanilla or vanilla/berry. I went with the chocolate and I don’t regret it. I’ve had a hard time finding a chocolate frozen yogurt I can get behind, but UFood’s version is great! It had a strong chocolate flavor and I was very happy with it.

Overall I really enjoyed UFood Grill. There are definitely some hit and misses on the menu, but it’s nice to be able to find some good and healthy food that’s fast. They explained to us that they try to get all the food out in 3.5 minutes, so any place that can do that and have the food taste good, has my vote. We also learned that they try to source their food locally as much as they can, which I appreciate!

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Fly Away to San Francisco: Part 5

22 Mar

We’re going to skip ahead to our last full day in San Francisco. Why? I don’t need to tell you why, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want!

…Just kidding.

Anyway, like I was saying, our last day in San Francisco was spent on the other side of the Bay in Berkeley. We took the BART from downtown and as soon as I came above ground I thought I was back on the East Coast. In fact, I swore I was in Cambridge, Central Square to be exact. And then Harvard. And maybe some Porter and definitely a splash of Davis thrown in for good measure.

It was kind of amazing and scary all at the same time.

The next time we come to the West Coast, I plan on spending a lot more time in Berkeley. So many amazing sounding restaurants stretched before us. Coffee shops galore. Crunchy granola. Lots of crunchy granola.

For lunch we decided to stop at Cheeseboard, which was highly recommended to us by two of our local friends.

Cheeseboard is a co-op and their menu is tiny. One pizza special. One dessert special. One salad special. $3 beers. That’s it. A whole pizza will set you back $20 and it feeds between 2-4 people. They list their pizza specials on their website so you know what they are going to have for the week.

The special for this particular day was red bell pepper, onions, mozzarella, feta, kalamata olive tapenade, garlic oil, and italian parsley. They only serve white pizza, so no sauce. But don’t worry, it doesn’t need it.

The pizza was pretty freaking amazing. I loved the saltiness of the olives with the stringiness of the cheese. The sauce was not missed at all. It was a huge burst of flavor in my mouth. There wasn’t much talking while we consumed our pizza.

But that’s ok! Because we got to listen to one of the live bands that plays there every day! It was a beautiful day outside, so the windows were open and there were tables outside.

Cheeseboard was definitely a great finish to our stay in San Francisco and makes me itching to come back to explore the awesomeness of Berkeley!

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Fly Away to San Francisco Part 3

9 Mar

After our lunch at Boudin Bakery we decided to head up to Coit Tower.

But first we had to climb a lot of stairs.

I mean, A LOT of stairs. And people LIVE off of those stairs. I mean, #1, I would LOVE to live there, but I just have to say, how the hell did they MOVE?!?!

But I digress….

When we got to Coit Tower, before getting onto the elevator to the top I noticed a ton of murals on the walls.

Hubby explained to me that the murals were part of the Public Works of Art Project that were commissioned during the Great Depression. Basically, unemployed artists were hired to create these murals. They surround the entire bottom floor of Coit Tower and they were amazing to look at.

After taking the elevator up to the top of Coit Tower, we got a 360 degree view of San Francisco. I have to admit though, I was kind of enthralled by all the change on the outside of the windows.

I noticed that there were a lot of Guatemalan coins, which I thought was amusing. But you don’t want to see pictures of coins now do you?

After all that climbing we decided to head back to M&K’s apartment. We had an early dinner because we were heading to see Avenue Q at the Opera House. By the way, if you haven’t seen Avenue Q, YOU NEED TO SEE IT RIGHT NOW. If you tend to be inappropriate on a daily basis (like I am) then this is right up your alley.

For dinner we decided to stay in the neighborhood and go to Piccino. Piccino is a lovely and small classic Italian pizzeria that feels like a coffee shop. Maybe because when they aren’t a pizzeria they are actually a coffee shop. Huh.

They served their water in a milk bottle and I just couldn’t get over how cute it was.

Depending on where you were sitting in the tiny restaurant you could practically see everything. Since they are mainly a pizzeria the pizza oven dominated. I also noticed that they had a single induction burner which I thought was cool.

We weren’t very hungry so we went with a shared pizza. We got a classic Margherita pizza which was tomato sauce, mozzarella and dried oregano. What seemed to set Piccino apart based on all the reviews I had read is that you have the option of adding egg to your pizza.

Runny, yolky, perfectly soft EGG on pizza. I would like to hug the person that thought of this idea because it totally MADE the pizza. I thought the pizza was great, but there was a little too much tomato sauce and not enough mozzarella. I was also disappointed that there was no basil on the pizza. Other than that, the dough was chewy and crisp and wonderful.

For dessert we shared the special blood orange upside down cake with homemade vanilla bean whipped cream. This.Was.Amazing. The blood orange was sweet, the cake was extremely moist, and the whipped cream tasted like vanilla air. I wanted to eat 3 of these.

Because I wanted to stay awake for the show I ordered some of their coffee which is brewed by Blue Bottle Coffee Company in San Francisco. Coffee is considered the nectar of the gods on the West Coast. I could go on a tangent about how Boston is lacking in great coffee houses but I won’t. Just know that this coffee was some of the best coffee I had ever had.

Piccino is definitely worth the stop if you are in the neighborhood. And whatever you do, ALWAYS order your pizza with an egg.

 

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Meatball Pizza

2 Oct

Remember those turkey meatballs I blogged about a few months back? I make them A LOT and I always forget to cut down the recipe so I end up with way too many meatballs I don’t even know what to do with them anymore. So I decided to make them into a pizza!

I mean, why settle for boring spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs when you can have meatball pizza? You really shouldn’t even think twice before making this pizza. I love making homemade pizza because it’s simple and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Meatball Pizza

  • 6-8 turkey pesto meatballs (or meatballs of your choosing), sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • your favorite pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • sliced mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder and oregano to taste

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Saute onions and peppers in saute pan on medium high heat and flavor with seasonings listed above. I like to bake my pizza crust for about 10 minutes before adding my toppings, it prevents and liquids from leaking and I think it makes the crust crunchier.

Ladle on your pizza sauce and then add sliced meatballs to the pizza.

Then add the peppers and onions.

And finally the sliced mozzarella.

Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until the mozzarella starts to brown.

Let pizza cool for a few minutes, cut, serve and consume immediately.

Brie and Fig Pizza

20 Aug

I love making homemade pizza. Don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic pizza places in my area (Pino’s & Presto’s to name a few) but sometimes it doesn’t get any better than a homemade pizza. The possibilities are endless and it only ends with your imagination. It’s just about as easy as picking up the phone and ordering one.

When I first started making homemade pizza I usually bought the dough at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Then one day I actually made pizza dough and never looked back. As of right now my go-to pizza recipe is straight from the King Arthur Flour Site. It’s pretty straightforward, but I have to admit the instructions get a little too complicated to my taste. After the intial rise for the dough I wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refridgerator overnight. Usually I make the pizza during the week so when I get home from work I’ll take the dough out of the fridge and let it sit out for about 30-45 minutes, until the dough is maleable. Then preheat the oven to 450 degrees and using my pizza stone I spray it with some cooking spray and throw a little flour on and shape my pizza dough. Sometimes I go for a traditional round but other times I feel like being more organic and just shape it until it covers the whole stone. Then I stick it in the oven for about 10 minutes. By precooking the dough, it has proved to be chewier and generally tastes better. Plus, if I’m using wetter ingredients it doesn’t seep through the dough and I don’t have to cook my ingredients as long.

The inspiration for this particular pizza is from a local restaurant called Figs, which is a Todd English restaurant. You see, they have an amazing Fig & Prosciutto pizza that is out of this world. The Mr. and I took our mothers there for Mother’s Day, and they raved about the pizza. Everytime we come here we order the same pizza. It’s so fabulous that we can’t even bother looking at the rest of the menu. This take on the pizza is a little different as I used a different fig paste and used Brie instead of Gorgonzola. It came out great and I was tempted to eat the entire pizza.

Fig & Brie Pizza

  • 5 or 6 dried figs, sliced thin (fresh is also good and reccomended, but didn’t have any when I went to Whole Foods, drats!)
  • 1 wedge of Brie – About half a cup
  • 4 or 5 slices of prosciutto
  • Fig jam or similar (I used one with orange and fig)
  • pizza dough

After shaping and baking your pizza dough, take it out of the oven and spread the fig jam liberally on the crust. Use the whole jar if you want! Next layer the sliced figs followed by the prosciutto and finally the brie. Drizzle with a little olive oil if you feel like it.

Stick in the oven for another 10-15 minutes – Until the brie is browned and gooey. Let stand for about 10 minutes until it has cooled down enough to cut through. Stuff self silly.

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