Labneh Dip with Tomato and Cilantro

Labneh Dip with Tomato and Cilantro

A while ago, my wife and I were hunting for foods we hadn’t tried in a Middle Eastern market. As a lover of yogurt and cheese, she spotted a container of Labneh, which is a kind of Arabic Yogurt. It goes by other names and pronunciations as well, like “Labne,” “Laban,” or, “Kefir Cheese,” although … Continue reading

Grilled Eggplant and Feta Cheese Rollups

Grilled Eggplant and Feta Cheese Rollups

After purchasing our new propane grill and effectively hogging it to myself for 4 consecutive dinners, my wife finally declared that she now wanted to use the grill on her own terms. That meant grilling up some eggplant. Personally, I’m not a big fan of eggplant anymore (unless it’s in some baba ghanoush!). I got … Continue reading

Kayem Artisan Sausages Review and Recipe Ideas

Kayem Artisan Sausages Review and Recipe Ideas

A little while ago, a representative for Kayem contacted me and asked if I would like to sample some of their new line of Artisan Sausages that I could review. I’m not one to pass up free things, so of course I agreed and shortly after I received an incredibly generous package from Kayem. I thought … Continue reading

Tequila Summer Shandy

Tequila Summer Shandy

Ever since my first trip to Paris with my buddy, Dirty, I always thought the idea of tequila flavored beer was just wrong. Mostly, this was due to purchasing a single can of “Desperados – Tequila Flavored Beer,” from a convenience store in Paris. Needless to say, that decision was a regrettable one; however, I … Continue reading

Chomp Kitchen and Drinks – Warren, RI

Chomp Kitchen and Drinks – Warren, RI

Chomp is truly a hidden gem nestled on the edge of Warren, RI. I only noticed it while driving by one day because the restaurant seemed to pop up out of nowhere like an oasis. It’s a little out of place in a woodsy neighborhood, but does not seem to be lacking in a strong … Continue reading

Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole Recipe

There are few foods that herald summer like the freshness of homemade guacamole. For those of us well acquainted with the cool, deliciously earthy, yet creamy flavors contained in this dip or garnish we know that a good meal usually accompanies a good guacamole. Then there are those of us who may never have tried … Continue reading

Mirasol’s Cafe – Dartmouth, MA

Mirasol’s Cafe – Dartmouth, MA

  Mirasol’s Cafe 439 State Road Dartmouth, MA 02747 (508) 996-2323 Service and Atmosphere Like many diamonds in the rough, Mirasol’s is part of a tiny strip mall. The parking lot for Mirasol’s get’s quite busy around lunch time and people often wait with their engines running to pounce on an open parking spot. The … Continue reading

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