Posts for December 6, 2012

Clover Food Lab Heads to the 'Burbs

First Harvard Square, then Inman Square ... and now Burlington? The funky, veggie-lovin', decidedly non-pastoral Clover Food Lab is making plans to open in the mallish suburb, land of the Cheesecake Factory, a forthcoming Wegman's, and soon, Bobby Flay, as well as the Burlington Mall. Writes owner Ayr Muir on his website: "There are cool wetlands behind the building, but you can’t get to them really. And there are technically cross-walks, but when I used them I think people were giving me strange looks. I realized step one is going to be accepting what it is and what it’s not."

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Fort Point Is About to Get A Whole Lot Tastier


Spotted today on Farnsworth Street right next to Flour Bakery: signage for the Bee's Knees, the forthcoming gourmet market from Jason Owens. They'll sell wine, craft beer, meat, seafood, and produce, as well as the largest cheese selection in downtown Boston. This is about to become a very fattening block. [Earlier]

Western Hemisphere’s Largest Cheese, and Its Dancing Team, Arrive in Boston

A scene from last year's cheese ceremony.Photo: Lyons PR

Be jealous: Boston is now home to one of the world's largest hunks of cheese. The 400-pound Crucolo from northern Italy, which we told you last month is as tall as a typical 4-year-old child and is rather mild, lands at the Concord Cheese Shop this afternoon — the only place in the country to carry this, the Western Hemisphere's largest fromage. As befits such an occasion, there will be a parade involving cheese-wielding teens.

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Vegan Sushi and Artisanally Candied Salmon

Don't get any ideas, Photoshoppers of the world.Photo: Bravo

According to Padma, there are fourteen “cheftestants” remaining. (My count was closer to 15,619, but what do I know?) Josh broods over his inconsistent performance thus far — is his cartoon-undertaker’s mustache sapping his power? Meanwhile, Tyler, ever doleful, steels himself for future disappointment. He vows to “continue to do the best I can.” I’ve seen a fair amount of reality TV and am pretty familiar with the standard “types” of characters — Tyler’s self-hating, hangdog persona feels unusually sincere and fragile. He’s my favorite cheftestant.

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Apparently Someone Found a Black Widow Spider in Her Bag of Organic Whole Foods Grapes

Someone get this spider a book deal.

This 27-year-old yoga instructor was about to start snacking on some organic grapes purchased from a Whole Foods in Fairfield, Connecticut, when she noticed a little Charlotte's Web action happening within. It turns out that a potentially deadly black widow spider had stowed away inside the bag, perhaps in Mexico, where the grapes were grown. Nora Weiss reacted by calmly posting a Facebook message that read: "Attention all Fairfield Whole Foods Customers!!!! I just found a black widow spider in my Sunview Organic Table Grapes bag!!!! If you just bought or will be buying these grapes or any other produce from them, carefully inspect and wash them with rubber gloves!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!! Totally freaked me out!" A day later, Weiss says no harm, no foul, and wishes the spider the safest of travels and the best of luck. "My boyfriend let it go outside,'' she tells the Connecticut Post. "That's how we live. It's a living animal and we have no hard feelings.'' [CT Post]

Strip-T's Will Expand to Brookline in March

Where the magic happens.

Townie-hangout-turned-food-nerd-favorite Strip-T's will expand, which is just about the biggest news to hit Chowhound ever. Our mates at Eater Boston say that Tim Maslow, who famously toiled under David Chang in New York and then returned home to work for his dad, Paul, plans to open a 70-seat restaurant in Brookline's Washington Square. Details are sketchy at this point, but look for it come March. Does this mean that the skeptical Watertownies can have their old restaurant back?

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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