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Latest Boston Eats & Sips

It’s been awhile since my last round-up of awesome food and drink I’ve had lately in Boston! But that doesn’t mean I’ve been short on items to share. In fact, I’ve just been short on time to do so because there has been so much to taste these days. My Restaurant To-Do List never ceases to grow, and neither does the list of spots I hit up regularly. Here are some eats and sips I’ve tried recently, at restaurants both old and new.

The Jesuit @ Ruka Restobar

Ruka Restobar, located inside the Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing, is from the same folks behind Yvonne’s and Lolita. While the food hasn’t necessarily been calling my name (just not my type of cuisine), the creative drink menu is right up my alley. Upon visiting the bar area with some coworkers, I immediately noticed a beautiful drink being served in some of the coolest glassware I’d ever seen. I knew I had to try it.

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I received the food and drinks featured in this post free of charge. All opinions of my experience are my own. You’ll likely see me at Stella again, whether I’m buying or not!

Last Wednesday I had the chance to visit Stella, an Italian restaurant in Boston’s South End, with my coworker Jeannie. She works with them and needed to stop in to try/photograph new spring cocktails and food items – tough job! Luckily she recruited me to help, because after all the more people in your party, the more cocktails and food can be ordered and sampled. And we had some VERY tough cocktail choices to make!


I love love loved the white and yellow color scheme!


Pretty bars are the best.

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WIAW: Sorella in Downtown Hartford

I received this meal free of charge. The opinions in this post are my own.

I briefly mentioned dining at a new restaurant this past Sunday night, and if you like Cait Plus Ate on Facebook you saw a carby preview. Now it’s time to share the full scoop on my dinner – with Kat – at Sorella in downtown Hartford.

This What I Ate Wednesday could otherwise be called What I Ate At Sorella!

Sorella is under Dish Restaurant Group, which also owns the downtown Hartford spot just across the street, Dish Bar & Grill. The owner Gary was nice enough to ask Kat and I to come in…though I probably would have made it to Sorella eventually anyway, because Kat has been giving it rave reviews.


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Tasting Tuesday: Whiskey With Dad!

Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford, my favorite restaurant for events lately, set my excitement at a whole new level when they added a whiskey tasting class to their calendar for Monday, April 8. I was subsequently devastated when the class was cancelled due to a staffing shortage (I understand the need to staff the bar for all customers above the class) but said devastation lasted but a few seconds because when Exec Chef Alex Feldman informed me of the cancellation, he followed up with an invitation to come in on the same night, sit at the bar, and engage in a private whiskey and tapas tasting with one of the restaurant’s best bartenders, Emily!!! That way she could still work the bar AND I’d still get to do a tasting. Alex is a genius, both culinary and logistical!


The Manhattan which served as the grand finale…but I’ll get there.

My dad had never been to Barcelona (my mom still hasn’t been) believe it or not, and I adore showing my parents new restaurants that I already know I love, so I asked him to join me. I got my love of whiskey (my favorite spirit) from him after all, so he seemed an appropriate dining companion!

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Max Amore Monday

Happy Monday! Yes, happy. Let’s try to make it that way. I had a great weekend and a lot of marvelous things to share with you over the next couple of days. Let’s get down to it.

It’s no secret to regular readers that I am a huge fan of the restaurants of Max Restaurant Group. Two locations, Max Fish and Max Amore, are even in my hometown. Talk about convenient! But can you believe it – I had only been to Max Amore one time, back in June 2007, for my high school graduation dinner. And to be honest I don’t even count that visit, because I wasn’t a foodie and was still an extremely picky eater. I’m pretty sure I ordered pasta with butter. Maybe there was plain grilled chicken involved.

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Real Housewife of New Jersey at Mohegan Sun – Giveaway!

I’m glad you guys have been enjoying my recaps of Shake Your Soul dance yoga and Max Fish’s Tiki Dinner! A little bit of movement, a little bit of enjoyment. That’s what I’m trying to keep in mind – the fact that it’s all about balance. I also can’t believe I forgot to show you guys yesterday what I did with my Tiki Dinner lei the day after the dinner:

Very me, right?

Let’s get to the purpose of today’s post. How many Real Housewives fans do we have here? Come on, don’t be shy. I know you’re out there. I’m not one of you, but I do have a fan living in my midst – my sister DVRs the series like it’s her job. And while I may not be a fan of the Real Housewives shows, I AM a fan of food and fitness.

Coincidentally, those happens to be the topics of focus in the Real Housewives of New Jersey star (and Celebrity Apprentice contestant) Teresa Giudice‘s new cookbook, “Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit“. The 60 recipes inside are lighter versions of some of Teresa’s favorite Italian fare. The dishes are also extremely easy to prepare – key tools to living a healthy lifestyle while on the go, as many women nowadays are. Some overarching lessons (like a veggie grilling tutorial) are also included. They can be widely applied to food outside of the recipes included in the book! So even if Italian isn’t your favorite type of cuisine, you can still learn a thing or two from Teresa. She definitely looks healthy and vibrant! Though I have to admit…a Jersey-girl tan may also have something to do with that 😉

Mohegan Sun Casino is hosting a FREE book signing with Teresa herself next Friday, 7/6, at 9PM! It’s all part of the Shops at Mohegan Sun’s Reality Check series, in which fans of reality shows can come meet and hang out with their favorite reality TV stars. Again, I do not watch much reality TV myself, but could not resist the chance to share this event and opportunity with my readers, many of whom I know love their reality TV guilty pleasures!

So who wants to meet Teresa? Do you want to read her cookbook? My friends at Mohegan are offering a giveaway to a Cait Plus Ate reader! The winner will be able to choose one of two prize options:

  • two front-of-line passes for you and a friend for the 7/6 event at Mohegan Sun – and a free copy of “Fabulicious!: Fun & Fit” to have signed
  • an already-signed copy of “Fabulicious!: Fun & Fit” mailed to your doorstep

I’m so thankful to Mohegan for sponsoring a giveaway that all of my readers can enter. Even if you don’t live near Mohegan Sun and can’t attend the event, a new fit and healthy cookbook is always a treat!

Want to enter? All you need to do is (leave a comment for each):

  1. Comment on this post and tell me your favorite Italian dish (mandatory).
  2. Follow @MoheganSun on Twitter.
  3. Follow @CaitPlusAte on Twitter.
  4. Tweet “@CaitPlusAte is hosting a @MoheganSun #RHONJ giveaway! http://wp.me/p1SfTW-16E” and include the tweet’s link when you comment.

Sorry, US entries only. Giveaway will remain open until this Friday 6/29 at 11:59PM EST! GOOD LUCK!

Vinifera Imports: Italian Wine Tasting

My go-to spot for fantastic wine, Sonoma Wines & Spirits of Glastonbury, held three tastings the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Christmas. Joe and I attended the grand finale on Saturday (Christmas Eve) with Jeff of Vinifera Imports, a provider of wonderful Italian wines. I enjoyed each wine that I tried, but there was a favorite white and a favorite red, as there usually is.

Both whites were poured chilled, which of course really added to their flavors. The Pra Soave was my favorite white. It was nice and light, and so very refreshing. A fun fact – this wine was in “Romeo and Juliet”! I did like the second white, the Sant’ Elena Sauvignon, as well. It’s actually a Sauvignon Blanc, but due to labeling restrictions, cannot be called what it is! It had a fuller body, making it not quite as refreshing as the Pra Soave.

The next wine was the Pelissero Dolcetto d’Alba, a tasty, lighter-bodied red from last year.

I really liked it, and could tell it was a real Italian red, but the next wine completely overshadowed it with its…well…wonder. And at $40/bottle, I would say it should!

The Sapaio Volpolo was an experience in itself. The scent alone gave off the strong aroma of fine oak barrels. The taste was a whole other story – never before have I been able to see the process that a wine goes through, from vine to bottle, just from its flavor. That’s probably the reason why the only word I can think of to describe this pour is “sensational”.

The label is very fitting – this wine was crowned king of the tasting by me, and I’m sure by many others who participated. I’m not sure if the cheapskate in me could ever spend $40 on a bottle of wine, but I do understand that there is definitely a long, extensive process that goes into making those bottles. You may not be able to see it, but you can certainly taste it.

Have you ever spent money on an expensive bottle of wine? Was it worth it?