Posts for January 10, 2013

Watch These Amazing Tim Hortons Customers Sing ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’

This adorable group of senior-citizen doughnut-shop crooners are better known as the Entertainers, CBS reports. They are members of the Oakville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and they convene at their local Tim Hortons after practice on Monday nights to share doughnuts and coffee. Sometimes, awesomely, they burst into song. Prepare to feel happy, and perhaps crave a cinnamon-sugar doughnut or two.

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds shed a tear or two. »

More Craft Beer: Never a Bad Thing

Belmont's awesome Craft Beer Cellar is applying for a license to open in Needham, the Needham Times reports. The Cellar is run by Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow, former general manager and beverage director of Cambridge Common, and it's a great, homey little place to search for peculiar and native brews.

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Mojo Sauce and Thai-German Fusion Lollipops

"You need to wear a great hat if you want to cook in this kitchen."Photo: Courtesy of Bravo

Thanks to Hugh Acheson and Chef Josie for writing nice things about these recaps on their twitter feeds! On to the show ...

Lobster bisque with Thai spices and Bavarian cream lollipop garnish. »

Here's a Preview of Boston Chops' Menu

Chef Chris Coombs

We got our Grub-by little mitts on the tentative menu for the hotly anticipated Boston Chops and feel compelled to share a few highlights. (And, because we know you're wondering, the outre steakhouse at the old Ginger Park is shooting for an early February opening.) Now, let's ponder the menu's intriguing points, shall we?

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Ana Sortun's New Restaurant Will Bring Mezze, Russian-Style Service to Somerville in June

Chef Sortun

Ana Sortun tells Grub Street that her newest restaurant, replacing the Paddock at 249 Pearl St. in Somerville, as first reported by Boston magazine's Chowder, should open in June. She says it'll be mezze-focused, with the area's first "Russian-style" service (think: food passed through the dining room on trays, not unlike at San Francisco's wildly successful State Bird Provisions). Cassie Piuma, chef de cuisine at Sortun's Oleana, will head up the kitchen. In addition to novel service, expect a "huge" bar, hot 'n cold eastern veggie-centric Mediterranean dishes (with a bit of Spain thrown in, courtesy Piuma's Spanish background), and a "very casual" feel, Sortun tells us.

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Woman Named Beautiful Existence to Live Off Only Starbucks Food for a Year

Name to change to Painful Existence.

And the cult of scary Starbucks fanatics gets a new leader: Ms. Beautiful Existence (legal name) has taken a vow to only eat food from Starbucks for an entire year. Apparently, this act is somehow driven by feminism: "Where are the WOMEN challenging themselves in the world? Where are the effects being shown on a woman’s culture? A woman’s family & children? ... Where is HER VOICE on how an international company is directly or indirectly impacting everything from her waistline to her bottom line and every other woman’s, man’s, child’s, societies and planets world with their presence?" she writes on her blog. This isn't the first time Existence has attempted a stunt like this: Last year, she lived her life according to Parents magazine, and in 2011, she only shopped at Goodwill. Definitely not as painful as subsisting off "artisan" breakfast sandwiches and processed protein lunch boxes. Good thing Existence lives in Seattle; at least there's booze at her local Starbucks. [Earlier, Earlier, HuffPo]

Boston Will Get a Mobile Veggie Truck

A veggie truck on wheels, decked out with a "retrofitted school bus," hits the streets this spring. BRT reports that it will dispatch fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the city to promote health literacy. Mobile avocados for all! Check out Fresh Truck's site, and back their Kickstarter campaign right here. [Facebook, BRT]

Nebraska Man Crashes His Car Into Pizzeria, Orders Pizza Anyhow

An elderly man in Nebraska crashed his Honda Fit through the facade of a Valentino's Pizza in Lincoln, Nebraska, yesterday, shearing off the chain store's front doors and launching glass into its dining room before he came to a full stop inside the restaurant and placed an order. "The gentleman said his foot had stuck on the gas," a witness says, "and that he was going to go ahead and order some pizza." It's almost as if he was trying to do one better than the Seattle man who decided to go for coffee right after he was hit by a bus earlier this week. No one was injured, and it seems as though the man did not get his large pie — instead, he was taken to the hospital, where the pizza isn't as good.

He said his foot got stuck on the accelerator. »

‘Knife Guys’ Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling Cut Into Jimmy Kimmel’s New Time Slot

If you've ever wondered what a knife-selling show on QVC hosted by Ryan Gosling and Will Ferrell would look like, well, it happened last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Apparently Kimmel didn't realize his new time slot was already taken by the Ginsu-wielding duo. "What the hell are you doing here, Jimmy?" Gosling asks. "We sell knives at eleven-thirty. Everyone knows that." Click through for the best chocolate-milk-slicing demo you'll probably see all day. [Vulture]

Chef Jamie Bissonnette Can Really Eat

Cassandra Landry of the Boston Phoenix heads to Hong Kong to meet up with chef Jamie Bissonnette, who reveals between bites that he was a straight-edge vegan teen, a former MMA fighter, and a once-restless Hare Krishna. The pair set off on a fact-finding (and eating) mission through the city's night market stalls, then headlong into piles of preserved mustard greens, bowls of hot broth, steamed buns, sliced scallions, lotus leaves, sun-dried gallbladders, and lots of lap cheung sausage. All of this just makes us in New York super excited to welcome Bissonnette, who is opening an outpost of Toro with Ken Oringer in West Chelsea any day now. [Phoenix, Earlier, Related]

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