Brunch at Kirkland Tap and Trotter in Somerville

I’ve been wanting to try Kirkland Tap and Trotter (KT & T) for a while, when I found out that the Boston Brunchers were invading invited, I got super excited. Chef Tony Maws is also the chef and owner of Craigie on Main, which is in Cambridge and I’ve heard great things about it.

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We sat at a long table with benches on both sides.
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We started with sharing some sticky buns.
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I was really glad that we ordered them. I was starving. They were a good combination of flakiness, sweetness, and crunchiness!  Look at the inside.

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Photo of the brunch section of the menu:

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Since we’re the Boston Brunchers, I wanted to order brunch-y food. However, KT & T is known for their burgers! Sooooo.. I did what any other person would do, I volunteered to split items with someone who also wanted to try a few things. Why not?!?!

Orders up!

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Someone at the table ordered the frittata ($16). She described that it was more an omelet, with salmon, with a salad on top.

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Here was the brunch-y item: brioche french toast with warm apple compote ($16).
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It was okay. The thing that stood out was that it was warm and kept it’s temperature while I ate the other shared plate.  It didn’t come with any sides, so I thought it was over priced.

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The grass-fed burger with emmantaler cheese, a fried egg, and bacon!
($16 + $2 w/fried egg)

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The kimchee Russian dressing was on the side. And the fries were the star of the brunch for me. Yes, the fries. They were crispy- my favorite.

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After our meal, I walked around to get a better view. I really liked the decor.

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It’s located next to Dali, on Washington Street, just a few minutes from Harvard Square and Inman Square.

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Here’s a view of the front looking out at the windows on Washington Street. There is a TV at the bar.
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I liked that they had an entry way, so that there were 2 doors to get inside the restaurant. There’s nothing worse than sitting near the door and being cold EVERY time someone enters or exits. The large coat rack is a plus as well. Oh, we also noticed that they had little coat/purse hooks near the tables too.

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I had another great meal with great bruncher blogger friends.

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Kirkland Tap & Trotter
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
http://www.kirklandtapandtrotter.com/

This meal was provided free of charge, but these are my opinions!

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Recap of Boston Christmas Festival 2014

The Boston Christmas Festival took place over 3 days (November 7th-9th 2014) and I went on Saturday November 8th.

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It was in the World Trade Center area and was a quick walk from the WTC T-stop (Silverline). It was on my old route to work and I had to really pay attention not to miss the WTC stop.

It was a beautiful November day! The sun was shining and everything!
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In my mind, there were 3 areas: arts and craft vendors, specialty food vendors, and the gingerbread competition. It opened at 10am and I arrived at 10:05. There was a line to get tickets, but lucky I had gotten my tickets earlier and walked right in.  Once in the exhibition area, I started with the arts and craft section.

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There were a few pottery booths, including one with a potter making things in front of you. That was pretty cool and I had to wait to get to see it.
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There were booths with photography, paintings, wood painted items, and leather products.
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They also had booths selling sewn products, soaps, lotion, and hand-made jewelry.
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There was 1 (or 2, I can’t remember because it got so packed) aisles with booths selling baked goods, dip mixes, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, nuts, and olive oil.

Here were largest whoopie pies I’ve seen.
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Baked goods
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Hot Chocolate Balls. I was bummed they didn’t have samples, but you drop the ball of chocolate into a milk, heat, and then stir!
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The gingerbread competition was neat. Different restaurants/bakeries made them and other businesses “bought them” as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization called Housing Families. They were also judged and had different categories.

I liked the Paris scene with the Eiffel Tower.
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The Frozen gingerbread house, which all the kids loved!
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A scene from Never Never Land.
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I liked this house and barn.
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This was probably my favorite. I’m a traditionalist!
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Side detail
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Another Frozen Castle
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A cute house.
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It was fun!  It got packed, on Saturday morning, so I’d suggest to go at a different time next year!

 

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Boston Christmas Festival 2014

Have you been to the Boston Christmas Festival before?? I haven’t, but I am planning on going this weekend (November 7th-9th 2014).

If you are going/want to go, message me and I’ll see if we can coordinate a time. I may also have an extra (FREE) ticket  :)

(I pulled up some of my favorite Christmas photos to get me into the holiday spirit)
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The hours THIS WEEKEND:
Friday: Noon-7pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Location: World Trade Center Boston and Seaport Hotel

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I am excited to see what decorating and gift ideas I see- and I also heard about a gingerbread house competition. (Note to Kay: I’ll take pictures of anything interesting for you!!!)

Here’s a link for a coupon: $3 off

Information from their website:

The Boston Christmas Festival is presented by Boston-based Artisan Promotions, Inc., organizers of top-quality arts & crafts shows since 1982.

The premier holiday crafts festival in New England, The Boston Christmas Festival is rated among the top shows in the country by Sunshine Artist, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft show exhibitors, promoters and patrons. Each year, this blockbuster event featuring a charity Gingerbread House Competition draws over 30,000 visitors to Boston’s World Trade Center.

Contact us: Tel: 617-742-3973 or email: info@BostonChristmasFestival.com.
200 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

HAHA! I found this too! It’s from Christmas 2012 at my cousin Wendy’s house.
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And here’s a picture of snow, driving back to MA 2 year ago.
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This was fun to pull out old photos!!  :)

 

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November Catch-up

Hi,

It’s been a while since the last update!  I’m not sure where to begin, so I’ll include a few pictures for each month where I didn’t already write a post!

In September, my aunt Pam from Kentucky was passing through Boston on her way to Canada and her cruise ship left from the area of my (old) work. I got to meet up with her for about 15 minutes and got to see her ship leave!

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I went to Harpoon Fest with work friends! Here is Jen and I.
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I ran in the Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K and found Alaina, a fellow blogger (and runner obviously) before the race and I ran with her most of the way until I hit the last slowly sloping hill- I couldn’t hang with her.

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Action shot by Tamaginivisuals

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Tony gave a concert at the local library.

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My last day at my old work was October 8th. We went to Harpoon on the day before my last day.
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I took pictures of the city on my last day in.

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We ordered lunch on my last day.
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The view leaving the building. Already miss those fun people!
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Driving toward the city to get around the city- weird, I know.
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Such a gorgeous city!
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I am 3 miles from home and the car stalls at a light. It’s at the end of rush hour. Someone does stop behind me and we try a few things. Nothing helps. Except the state trooper who calls in a tow truck.
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2 hours later, I get towed home.
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He’s not sure what’s wrong with it.
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The next morning, I have a 6am flight back to KY! Tony spent the next 3 days working on the car and got it to work. Something with the hose between the radiator and something else! Thank goodness for him! He was on a mission to fix it!

I spent Friday morning walking in downtown Louisville and had lunch with old Humana co-workers. I took zero photos- ugh!
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I had dinner with Kay and Rick. Only I would take food pictures and forget to take pictures of people. Regardless, here is my first Kentucky Hot Brown.
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On Saturday morning, my mom and I went to the local harvest Festival.
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On Saturday evening, my mom’s family came over for dinner and then I went out with my cousin Kristen and we met up with my old coworker Kim.

On Sunday morning, I had breakfast with Lynn (who just got married).
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And then I went to lunch with my family!
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I went to the Louisville Zoo on Monday and met up with my Aunt Pam.
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On Monday afternoon, my mom and I went to Huber’s Winery and Farm.
The pumpkins carts:
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We had a cheese and fruit tray with seasonal drinks!
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I came back to Boston on a Wednesday and had 5 days off before starting my new job and filled it with cooking…
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And sewing!
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I made a dress!
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I need to take a non-selfie of it still!
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More cooking!
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And baking cookies!
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And cross stitching!
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A few weeks ago, Tony and I volunteered at a local festival for the music school he teaches. I took a few photos, it was a lot of fun.

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The group
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That’s it for now! I hope to write more frequently now that I have more free time since my commute went from 75 minutes to 15 minutes each way!

-Erica

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Cruise, Lunch, and Shopping at Cambridgeside Galleria

A few weeks ago, I attended the “Fall into fashion” Cruise & Lunch organized by the Cambridgeside Galleria.

We met behind the Cambridgeside Galleria, boarded a Charles Riverboat cruise boat, saw some fall fashion, ate at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, got dessert at The Cheesecake Factory, and did some shopping at the Cambridgeside Galleria.

We took a cruise with the Charles Riverboat company.
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Our captain gave us an introduction and also pointed out sights on both the Cambridge and Boston side of the Charles River. Between May and October, they offer a 60 minute narrated tour.

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It was a beautiful day in Cambridge. We really lucked out!

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We took advantage of great photo opportunities at the front of the boat.
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View of the Back Bay
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Some fall fashion items on display. Some trends that I noticed that I’d like to try to incorporate into my fall wardrobe:  wool, plaid, shearling, fringe, shiny textures, and embellishments.  Some things that I noticed but probably don’t match my style are: red, floral prints, and midi skirts (skirts that fall below the knee to the mid-calf).
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My favorite piece was this wool cape from Anne Taylor.
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After docking back at the Cambridgeside Gallery, we went to P.F. Chang’s for appetizers.

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We sampled the lettuce wraps and spring rolls.
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And the handmade dumplings. We also had crab wontons, but I’m pretty sure that we ate all of them before I remembered to take a pictures. Those were my favorite. They had real crab.

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And we did some shopping!  My favorites were francesca’s, Roster, and Banana Republic.
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Then we went to the Cheesecake Factory and selected a slice.  It was difficult to decide which!

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I picked chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake!

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This was a great event! Thank you Cambridgeside Galleria and Boston Brunchers.

Note: I received the cruise, lunch, and dessert free of charge, but these are my opinions!

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