Thursday, 21 March 2019

La Neta to Open in Boston's Back Bay

Last summer, we reported that a brand new Mexican restaurant appeared to be in the works on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, and the person behind it is also behind several local dining spots. Now that we have learned that he will be opening another restaurant at a different location on the same street.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Allan Rodriguez of El Centro and La Catrina is planning to open La Neta at 221 Newbury Street, which is about a block east of where Rodriguez had been looking to open another spot called Taqueria Urban Kitchen. The post says that La Neta will be a fast-casual eatery that offers tacos, tortas, enchiladas, burritos, and more, with the plan being to open sometime later this spring or early in the summer.

Locations of El Centro can be found in the South End, Belmont, Brookline, and Dedham, while La Catrina can be found in Brighton; it appears that plans for Taqueria Urban Kitchen have fallen through because it is so close to the upcoming La Neta, but if any new information comes, we will post an update here.

[Earlier Article]
Taqueria Urban Kitchen Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Kasha Mixed Mushroom Gratin

In North America, kasha refers to roasted buckwheat groats or kernels. Roasting the groats brings out a strong nutty flavor that makes kasha a popular grain in eastern European cooking where it is enjoyed not only as a porridge but also in savory dishes like soups where its firm and chewy texture makes for an added appeal. And since buckwheat is not a grain in fact but a seed that cooks like a grain, it's gluten free too. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed the goodness of kasha, but a routine cleanup of my cupboards revealed a sadly forgotten jar of it. I've been looking to mix up my grains lately anyways, and cracked buckwheat is often a favorite breakfast cereal porridge that I serve warm with fresh berries and maple syrup. So...

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First Bite: Indulgence by Irene Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love all sorts of cookies--from the commercially produced ones to the gooey batches you get from home bakers. Lately, I've been obsessed with the latter and would often find myself grabbing a few at food fairs. And I was lucky to get my hands on some Indulgence by Irene cookies a few weeks back when I met the foodie couple Richard and Irene. 
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Indulgence by Irene has been baking and delighting foodies for years now. Known for its delightful cheesecakes, Irene can definitely bake addictive cookies too!

I was given a jar of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (PHP250, 19 pieces | PHP150, 9 pieces) during one of our eat ups and I was told by my fellow foodies who sampled some that it was yummy. I wanted to try mine with milk so I resisted the urge to open my jar till I get back home.

And it was indeed great!

These soft cookies had the perfect level of sweetness. Each bite had this rich peanut butter taste that would remind one of Reese's chocolates. The slight salty flavor made me hooked and I could easily finish a jar in one sitting!

Its pocket friendly price also makes this a great gift idea during holidays or special occasions.

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Six String Grill and Stage to Open in Foxboro

A new restaurant, bar, and music venue is on its way, replacing a popular spot for country music that closed earlier this year.

According to a press release, Six String Grill and Stage is opening at Patriot Place in Foxboro, moving into the old Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill space. The upcoming spot will feature Southern-style food and classic American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails, and live rock and country music from local and national acts. Six String Grill and Stage is a collaboration between The Briar Group, which runs such spots as Anthem, City Table, Gather, Glass House, The Harp, Ned Devine's, O'Connor's, and Solas, and DFTR, whose partners include Mike Mushok of the band Staind, radio and music veteran Dennis Callaghan, and Dan Millen of Thunder Road in Somerville.

Six String Grill and Stage will be located at 275 Patriot Place, while its website will be at

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Bukhara Indian Bistro in Jamaica Plain Moving to New Space in Forest Hills

by Marc Hurwitz

An Indian restaurant in Jamaica Plain is moving to a new location nearby.

According to a Facebook post from Steve Garfield, Bukhara Indian Bistro on Centre Street is moving to Washington Street in Forest Hills on April 1, with Universal Hub stating that it will take over the space that had been home to Tonic until it closed in 2013 (a location of Grass Fed also took over the Tonic space but it shuttered in 2017). It is not yet know what might be going into the current location of Bukhara; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The address for Bukhara is currently 701 Centre Street, with its upcoming address being 3698 Washington Street.

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Dig Inn May Be Coming to Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a New York City-based group of  "farm-to-counter" restaurants could be opening a fourth location in Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @danpflock, Dig Inn is apparently looking to open in Fort Point, with the tweet showing an alteration permit that mentions the eatery is seeking to open in a vacant commercial space on Thomson Place. If it does get approval to open there, the new location of Dig Inn would join others at the Pru, on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and on Boylston Street across from Copley Square.

Dig Inn, which first started out in 2011, offers locally-sourced healthy food options including "market bowls" that have a grain or salad base with items such as chicken, beef, and salmon.

An exact address is not yet known for the proposed location of Dig Inn at Fort Point, but the permit notice does show an address of 19-39 Thomson Place. (The website for Dig Inn is at

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