About this blog

My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Boca Muse

March 26, 2009
Boca Muse is one whacky place. Formerly an English-style pub, its now part pub, part restaurant, part cafe, part lounge. Apparently many of the employees of the nearby restaurants have made it their regular hang out. The wine list was actually a collection of reviews, some with ‘suggested retail prices’ but none of the actual retail prices. Instead of selecting a wine from the list, we were asked to just tell the waitress what were looking for and she would make some suggestions. We just looked in their wine refrigerator and finally found a reasonably priced 2006 Sancerre. After being told everything was on the menu, including the ‘too big for one’ empanadas, we found out they were in fact out of empanadas. Despite all the whackiness, we found the food to be pretty good. We had ‘mac-n-cheese’ (this was OK but nothing special); quesadillas, a small tomato basil pizza, grilled cheeses with pesto, a blt sandwich on multigrain bread, fish tacos, and a delicious crab cake. For dessert, we had a ‘smores cheese cake. A real good time was had by all.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Brasserie Beck

March 23, 2009 Washington, DC.

On Monday I went to Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC with my brother and son for a Belgian-style lunch. We of course had mussels and all ordered the traditional style – steamed with white wine, garlic and parsley. They were served with a nice bowl of crispy frites and a trio of mayonnaise. There was plenty of baguette to sop up the broth. We finished the meal with two desserts – a
clafoutis with fresh fruit and a warm pear tarte tatin with crème frâice ice cream. Finally we had some excellent coffee served in a bodum press pot. A good time was had by all and definitely worth a visit.

Chinatown New York

We made a quick trip to Chinatown on March 7, 2009. Our first stop was Prosperity Dumplings on Eldridge Street. 5 fried dumplings for $1 or 8 steamed ones for $2. Enough said. Our next stop was Doyers Vietnamese Restaurant on Doyers Street. We had summer rolls, Vietnamese crepes and a fresh, young coconut, which was delicious. We did not however order a 'buddle' tea.