Brunching at Puritan & Co

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Whether it was the Napa Valley charm or the assortment of pastries laid out on the long wooden, rustic table, I felt like I was dining in my own kitchen when enjoying brunch not too long ago at Puritan and Company. Well lit, with subway tiles along the walls, bright flavorful dishes, and a knack for hitting that sweet spot with their renowned pastries,  P&C as I’ll call it, is not to be overlooked. I had the honor of joining the lovely Boston Brunchers for an afternoon out, where they (much more knowledgeable than me) quickly filled me in on Puritan & Co’s philosophy, mission, and values. Definitely a New England style menu mixed with ethnic styles and flare, combining the elements of farm to table, all within a cozy restaurant located in Cambridge. There is an excitement and passion that can be felt through the menu choices, which included Sourdough griddle cakes, wagyu steak, and a coppa ham sandwich. All of their eggs come from Pete and Gerry’s, an organic farm in NH that produces eggs that I soon discovered can’t be beat! Add in flavors such as honey butter, creme fraiche, and applewood bacon, and mmm-mmm good is what we’ve got at P&C. 

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We were first greeted with their pastry assortment, all of which we couldn’t get enough of! Banana bread, Boston Cream donuts, blondies, and a ham cheese pinwheel to name a few. I tried one of each of course and settled on the dulche de leche and coconut danish. My taste buds were more than delighted.

I ultimately went with the cheddar and broccoli scramble for my main dish seeing as brunch cannot be complete for me without some vegetable and protein. Though a little too oily and fatty to my liking, I did enjoy the side of arugula salad that came with it. It was refreshing and light and complemented the heavy scramble. I also enjoyed one of their “sunday sippers,” the Park Ave, which was just a tad too strong for my liking. I am always one for a mimosa but wanting to venture out of my comfort zone a bit, I chose this drink instead. Looking back I would have stuck to my guts and chosen the house mimosa and the Corned Beef Hash or ham sandwich, which were out of this world. The chef came over after and mentioned to us that the beef is cured in house (no wonder it was so tasty!).

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One of my favorite aspects about the brunch was the lovely toast that was served with most dishes. It was either grilled in butter or cooked with butter because it had such a nice flavor to it. I don’t indulge in white bread often, but the slices were small and too good to pass up! You can tell that Puritan & Company strives to be unique and unconventional while also mixing in the comforts of New England fare, very similar to the atmosphere you will encounter there. Their cozy, warm, and friendly environment is what allows you to feel comfortable enough to venture out of your typical culinary food and beverage preferences, once again combining the elements of new and old. 

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The whole experience was truly something special and I enjoyed chatting with the bloggers. Whether we had been here or not before, we all seemed to appreciate their attention to detail, flavor, and color combinations on the plate. Located in the Inman Square area of Cambridge, Puritan & Company’s menu truly fits the description of that neighborhood in being diverse and community-oriented. Oh- and you can’t overlook the eccentric bathrooms, with the sinks being located side by side OUTSIDE of the restrooms! Talk about unconventional. 

 

Special thanks to Puritan & Co. for providing this brunch free of charge to the Boston Brunchers. All opinions are my own. 

Holiday Galas and Blogger Meetups

One of the many perks of living in Boston and being a blogger: Always having a full social calendar, especially around the Holidays!

I was recently invited to the annual Boston Blogger Meet-up as well as Boston Common Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide Gala. More than 400 trendsetting companies came out to enjoy the Holiday party, equipped with Land Rover’s, Asian-inspired chef cooking station, signature cocktails, handcrafted beer by Stella Artois, Champagne by Bauer Wines & Spirits, French macaroons by C. Crowell Fine Confections, Jimmy Choo auction items, perfume, delectable desserts, and Mozart Liquor. You name it, it was there! I mixed and mingled and even got to climb inside and experience the interior of the 2013 Range Rover with other excited guests of the party as you can see below.Image

Before that however, I attended the Boston Blogger Meet-up at The Warehouse in downtown Boston. I got to meet Jill Tomich, CEO of the Bombshell Revolution, Molly K, who blogs at WickedCheap Boston, and caught up with GlutenFree Boston Girl. We sipped back wine and chowed down on sliders, while engaging in conversation about our blogs. Some of these bloggers truly amaze and inspire me. Some do this for a living, while others do it as a hobby. But whether it is a job or for fun, many of these women have such successful blogs and are doing great things. It is an honor to get to meet them 🙂

So thank you bloggers and thank you Boston Common Magazine for an incredible evening!

Brunch Delights at Towne Stove and Spirits

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When it comes to food, there is nothing I love more than a good Brunch. Though my recent work schedule has prevented me from frequenting brunches with some of my favorite ladies in the #BostonBrunchers group, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the latest gathering. And boy am I glad I did! Boston has quite the hopping Brunch scene, and one of the places on your Go-To list, must include Towne Stove and Spirits.

Located next to the Pru, this classy restaurant boasts quite an exquisite arrangement of dishes to meet your pre and post-shopping fuel needs. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, but their Sunday Brunch Buffet is what really Wow’s the crowd.   Here is an inkling of what they offer

·  Breakfast Breads and Pastries
·  Coffee Cakes
·  Cereals
·  Grilled Vegetable & Salad Station with weekly Salad Specials
·  Raw Bar Including Wellfleet Oysters & Jumbo Shrimp
·  Bagels, Salmon & Other Smoked Fishes
·  Selection of Cheeses, Pates & Terrines
·  Carved Meat of the Day
·  Three Hot Entrees (Fish, Meat or Poultry)
·  Including Vegetarian Pasta
·  Maple Bacon,
·  House Made Sausage
·  Grilled Ham
·  Made -to- Order Omelet Station
·  Made -to- Order Pancake Stations
·  Dessert Display

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Their menu changes weekly, so when we arrived we were first greeted with glasses of prosecco and coffee and a first course of (my fave) Oysters! I should back the story up a bit by saying I actually arrived late because I had to work, so when I was taken upstairs to the table I first saw just a man with a glass of prosecco. I couldn’t see the rest of the brunches behind the curtain so when the hostess insisted that that was our table, I kindly replied ” Um..no..that’s a man..we don’t have men in our group!” Well- in fact we do! Welcome to the group Alex! Anyways, after I was sat and settled with my coffee and libation, we were asked to go indulge.

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The first course arrangement included a cobb salad, shrimp, fruit smoothies, crab, smoked salmon, and a cheese assortment. If you don’t enjoy brunch, at least go for their cheese platter and warm bread pudding. Living with someone who eats paleo, I don’t often get to eat cheese so you can bet I enjoyed every single one of the cheeses they had to offer.

As you can see I kind of went with the unorganized messy approach and just went to town (literally!), as it is an all you can eat buffet.

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The second course consisted of maple glazed pork (yummy!), with a maple syrup glaze. The salmon and kale were also really delicious and cooked to perfection. There was also a carving station, made to order omelets (which I unfortunately did not try), and an entire breads and pastries section. Pacing myself for dessert was a challenge.

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But, between mini red velvet whoopie pies, chocolate mousse in champagne glasses, and of course their famous warm bread pudding with layers of deliciousness, chocolate bits, and topped off with whip cream, how could I say no? I was in dessert heaven.

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Overall, a wonderful time with new friends and old, chatting about Vegas, nutrition, chefs, and of course our blogs! As Towne could put it

“a delightful mingling of international flavors & solid american fare,” was had by all!

Thanks for having us!

On a side note: Fun brunch promo!: The Sunday after Black Friday (Sunday, December 1), Brunch guests will receive a free house-made candy bar (layers of handmade caramel and cookies dipped in milk chocolate) as a way to fuel up before hitting the Pru/Newbury Street for holiday shopping.

Note: Towne Stove and Spirits provided the Boston Brunchers this brunch free of charge. But all opinions expressed here are my own.