Monthly Archives: May 2009


Littleneck clams, cherrystone, clams, razor clams, cockles,  steamers, chowder clams – I love clams. I love them raw on the half shell with a squeeze of lemon, baked oreganata, grilled on the plancha, steamed, chowdered or any of a […]

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Aldea – George Mendes in the Kitchen

George Mendes is a hands on chef, especially early on as he familiarizes his kitchen staff with his personal style and vision. Here are some scenes from the Aldea kitchen.


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Aldea: George Mendes Puts Iberia on a Plate

Poemas da Nossa AldeiaFerreiros 22-2-77
Bello largo da republicao teu nome e um luaraofoi daqui que naseulindo Ferreiros Do Dao
Ferreiros quando nasceuja com vontade de trabalharfazia umas enxadaspara a terra descravar
Foi baptizado de Ferreiróse logo coberto de gloriasfez a festa dos […]

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The Green Spider – Jose Duarte’s Taranta in Boston

The Celtics and the Green Monster at Fenway Park are not the only things that are green in Boston. The unique Peruvian-Italian restaurant Taranta, located in Boston's North End has developed a reputation as being one of the most […]

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Taste of the Week – May 3-9th

This was a great week of eating and drinking for me. Reaching the half century mark, I made sure that I would do it in style. I had so much special food and drink that to choose from amongst […]

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Happy Mothers’ Day!!!!

Happy Mothers' Day to all mothers everywhere!!!! I wish to extend a special Mother's day wish to my wife, Kitty, the mother of our children, who also has the patience and fortitude to tolerate and support my culinary and blogging […]

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Toro: Tasty Tapas in Boston

Much has been written about the growth of Spanish restaurants and cooking in the United States in recent years. Led by Jose Andres' Jaleo in D.C., there has been an incredible growth of this cuisine (perhaps my favorite). New […]

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A Q&A with Aldea’s George Mendes

With a background that includes a degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and the experience of working for a Who's Who of chefs like David Bouley, Alain Passard, Sandro Gamba, Alain Ducasse, Roger Vergé, Martin […]

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A Nice Surprise

While enjoying a lovely Italian wine dinner at Max London's Restaurant in Saratoga last night and listening to the commentary from Jens Schmidt of Montecastelli Selections, I strained to listen to his words on the upcoming tasting of the […]

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Ideas in Food Meets Studio Kitchen: The Action

In addition to world class food and excellent company, one of the major attractions of a meal at Stdio Kitchen or with Ideas in Food is the personability and interactiveness of Shola and Alex and Aki. Here is a photo […]

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