Lumiere – Newton, MA

Lumiere – Newton, MA

I may have mentioned that my birthday and my fiance’s birthday are a mere seven days apart. As a result, we decided that instead of scrambling within one week to get gifts for one another and essentially trade off festivities, we decided that each year we would take one another out to a great meal. … Continue reading

North Restaurant – Providence, RI

North Restaurant – Providence, RI

During a “Guys’ Night,” a few of my friends and I went to North in Providence, RI. It is a relatively “young” restaurant having been established in late 2012 in place of the now closed, “Ama’s,” but has quickly made a name for itself. My friends and I had never been there before and were … Continue reading

Roasted Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

Roasted Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

I’ve posted a lot of main meals, but not many side dishes. Considering that I’ve been to some restaurants where the entrees are incredible, but the side dishes are only mediocre, I know that a good side dish can make or break a meal. These green beans go really well as a pairing with almost … Continue reading

Cibo Matto Caffe – Mansfield, MA

Cibo Matto Caffe – Mansfield, MA

Cibo Matto is an Italian restaurant just off of 495 in Massachusetts. Even though it’s a little off the beaten path in terms of location (i.e. it’s not in a big city), it’s easy to get to and worth the trip. At his suggestion, I met my producer friend, Joe, at the restaurant just to catch … Continue reading

Rasoi – Pawtucket, RI

Rasoi – Pawtucket, RI

I love Indian food and almost always enjoy it whenever I have it. That gave Rasoi a pretty good base of expectations to meet on my part. When I found out that the owner of Kabob and Curry, Sanjiv Dhar, also owned Rasoi, the bar for excellence went even higher. The reason I had high expectations … Continue reading

Kobeba / Kibbeh Recipe (Baked in a Tray)

Kobeba / Kibbeh Recipe (Baked in a Tray)

Kobeba (pronounced Ko-beh-buh) or Kibbeh, is a classic Middle Eastern dish consisting of a filling of ground beef surrounded by layers of a ground beef and cracked burghul (bulgur) wheat mixture. It is very commonly found in single-serve preparations shaped into conical, fried, meatballs. While the meatball version can be very good, I prefer it … Continue reading

Birch – Providence, RI

Birch – Providence, RI

Birch opened up in June 2013 and I finally had a chance to visit the restaurant when I went there to eat with friends. When I entered the restaurant, I wasn’t ready for how small it is. It basically only seats 16-18 people around a U-shaped bar. Nonetheless, this tiny restaurant, run by chef-owners Benjamin … Continue reading

Oga’s Japanese Cuisine – Natick, MA

Oga’s Japanese Cuisine – Natick, MA

I’d heard about Oga’s from a few food bloggers who had nothing, but good things to say about the restaurant. One blogger I read likened Oga’s to a more affordable, but same quality as some of the best sushi places in Boston like Oishii (see my review here). With rave reviews like that, I knew … Continue reading

Mushroom Stuffed Pork Chops Baked in Stuffing

Mushroom Stuffed Pork Chops Baked in Stuffing

This year some friends and I had an early Thanksgiving in Connecticut because my friends weren’t able to make it home this year. Our hostess called it, “Friendsgiving,” in an appropriate attempt at distinguishing the event from its usual late-month predecessor. While trying to come up with what dish to bring, my friend, Flex (of … Continue reading

Farmstead – Providence, RI

Farmstead – Providence, RI

I’ve known about Farmstead for a long time, but for some reason every plan I made to go there somehow derailed and I kept postponing the trip. After finally having a meal at Farmstead, I can see the error in my procrastinating ways. Farmstead is known for its commitment to sustainability, local food sourcing, and … Continue reading

Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

As it gets colder, a bowl of piping hot soup can often hit the spot. This version of potato leek soup is relatively low calorie, but it contains a ton of hearty flavor using very simple ingredients. The richness of the soup makes it filling, so it can serve as a side dish to a … Continue reading

The Proposal – A Day in Paris

The Proposal – A Day in Paris

This is a milestone post for two reasons. The first is that this is the 100th blog post on Man Fuel (!!!) and the second (although much more important) is that today is the second anniversary of when I started dating my fiance, Sophia. That’s right, I said, “fiance.” As a doubly special post, this … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you love peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, then this recipe is perfect for you. While it isn’t made from scratch, it does use pre-made ingredients to form an entirely new creation. You can’t beat the simplicity of these cookies, especially during the Holiday Season when everyone is already so busy. They’re great for Halloween, … Continue reading