Posts for November 26, 2012

Of Course European Dairy Farmers Riot With Milk-Filled Hoses

Dangerous for the lactose intolerant, and possibly Cap'n Crunch.Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP

If you're like us, you've always wondered what it'd be like to wield a fire hose full of Belgian cow milk against a squad of cops in riot gear. Well, the European Milk Board "unleashed torrents of milk" today outside the European Parliament in Brussels in protest of quotas and unfair pricing schematics, which they say are putting small farmers out of business. Hundreds of tractors were moved into the city center during the protests, and hay bales and tires have been set on fire. Dairy producers sprayed hundreds of gallons of the full-fat stuff at the government building complex, splashing police and passersby in the process. If you happen to be in Brussels, the farmers plan on protesting outside of Parliament until tomorrow afternoon. Bring chocolate syrup. [NBCNews, Related]

Lines You Wouldn't Read in 1977

"More than 600 housing units are under construction at the edge of what was once the Combat Zone. Across the street from the strip club Centerfolds is the Kensington, a 381-unit apartment tower that will feature an outdoor pool, solarium, and ­yoga lounge for young, affluent renters. A block away on Washington Street, a 15-story residential building is rising across from the Ritz Carlton Residences. The complex, known as Millennium Place, will include 256 luxury condominiums, a winetasting room, and outdoor gardens." — The Boston Globe describes upcoming developments in Downtown Crossing, which is also getting a Wegmans

What, Not Strega Waterfront?

Locals Matt Damon and John Krasinski strayed from the usual celeb-friendly haunts (Strega Waterfront, Legal) over the Thanksgiving weekend and ended up at two lesser-known locales instead: Jamie Mammano's Teatro and Beacon Hill's quiet 75 Chestnut. Meanwhile, in other 75 Chestnut news, we're told that their brand-new sister restaurant 75 on Liberty Wharf has launched a brunch menu complete with a DIY Bloody Mary bar that features "international sauces." Spicy! [Herald, Earlier]

Burger Dive Opens This Week

Meat on the move.Photo: Burger Dive

Tavern on the Water might be closing, but Legendary Restaurant Group's new protein palace at Somerville's Assembly Row, Burger Dive, will open this week, Grub Street has learned.

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Cheese Ball Sophistication and Undercooked Kale

Emeril is not nearly so excited about that turkey.Photo: Bravo

Can we talk about cheese balls? When I was a kid, cheese balls were a gooey talisman of sophistication, a sure sign that I was at a grown-up party featuring classical music and debates about Rite I Eucharist versus Rite II Eucharist. So naturally, this Thanksgiving, I brought a cheese ball to the table in order to class up the proceedings. It had been years since I’d partaken of a cheese ball’s pleasures; I was excited!

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Mario Batali Pizzeria Is Boston-Bound (‘Wheeeeeeee!’)

Batali poses at his Otto, not the other Boston Otto.Photo: Melissa Hom

So Mario Batali replied to a queston on Twitter over the weekend that he's opening a pizzeria in Boston, or, to quote him directly, "Very soon !! Babbopizzeria! Wheeeeeeeeee!" Eater Boston says an "industry source" suggests a Seaport or Fort Point location. This fits with the whole "mystery celebrity chef opening a new restaurant in Fort Point" thing, though he's probably not the same mystery celebrity chef who plans to open a French restaurant in the neighborhood.

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Will Charlestown's Tavern on the Water Stay Afloat? [Updated]

Don't go!

Sad post-Thanksgiving news: Charlestown's much-loved seasonal sipping spot Tavern on the Water won't reopen in the spring, says Adam's Hospitality via the Boston Business Journal. Maybe the Legendary Restaurant Group, who owns the spot, is busy with their other endeavors, which include Downtown Crossing's new Sip/Avery Provisions and Somerville's soon-to-open protein palace Burger Dive?

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No Makeover for Union, Reps Say

The other day we mentioned that the South End's Union Bar & Grille could receive a makeover and a new name, once the Aquitaine Group is finished opening Cinquecento in the former Rocca space, per a rumor floated on the oft-reliable Chowhound site. Well, their rep tells us that this is most definitely not happening. "Not true," says the e-mail. "Perhaps it's a mix-up with the Aquitaine Group soon opening Cinquecento." Which should happen very soon. [Earlier]

Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag