Terramia Ristorante

Here are few of my favorite pictures from dinner at Terramia Ristorante. Untitled

I went to Terramia a few weeks ago with the Boston Blog and Tweet group and knew most of the bloggers at my end of the table, including Jodi (to the left of me- front right), Janelle (to the right of me), Kerri (across from me), and Adrienne (front left). Lovely group of ladies that I am thankful I know!

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I snagged a picture that someone took with Jodi’s phone of us!

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Here’s what Terramia looks likes from outside. It’s right on Salem Street in the North End. You’ve probably passed by if you’ve walked down Salem Street. It’s on the left walking into the North End.

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Below are the fried zucchini blossoms- amazing!

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My other favorite appetizer was the lobster fritters with crispy sweet potatoes on top, over a balsamic honey glaze.

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I also enjoyed the caprese salad (fresh buffalo Mozzarella, tomato, and fresh basil).

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You can see the inside, which is small and cozy. They say that they specialize in creative interpretations of Italian classics. You won’t find only red sauce dishes here!

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They opened in 1993 and have about a dozen and a half tables for 2. It’s very intimate, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. We were there on a Sunday and basically took over half the restaurant.

Jodi ordered the risotto of the day, which included wild mushrooms and asparagus.

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I ordered ravioli of the day, which was fig and mascarpone cheese. It was so good. If you ever see it, order it!!  Kerri’s veal chop is in the background.

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For dessert, we tried/sampled/split the tiramisu, bread pudding, and flourless chocolate cake. All wonderful. I couldn’t pick a favorite.

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They are participating in Dine Out Boston this year, which is August 16-31. They will have a 3 course prix fix dinner menu for $33. Check them out!

 

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Volunteer in Boston with One Brick

Looking for ways to volunteer in Boston?

My work encourages volunteerism, so I have been looking for opportunities recently. I have volunteered several times with One Brick Boston, including a few 5k events in Cambridge.

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I love the way that One Brick Boston is set up. They partner and support local non-profit and community organizations and create a unique, social and flexible volunteer environment for people like me. One Brick posts opportunities to volunteer without the requirements of individual long-term commitments. I don’t always know what my schedule looks like months in advance and I can’t commit to the same day each week or month. I like to look at their calendar a few weeks out and pick events to volunteer. From their website:

Our ‘commitment-free volunteering’ allows you to choose when you volunteer, rather than having to make commitments for a certain number of volunteer hours, or agree to be available every week at a specific time.

My first 5K, I worked the bag check and had a fun time working with the other volunteers and runners before and after the race.

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Another way to help is to use a special link before making an Amazon.com purchase. Amazon donates 7% of the total sale to One Brick.

In April, I volunteered at the Banned in Boston event. The Governor and other local politicians and media people put on a comedy show.

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Before the show, I was stationed with other volunteers to check in people by looking up their name on an iPad app and by giving them different colored wristbands.

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Check out One Brick Boston if looking for ways to help out in Boston.

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Fiorella’s is a hidden gem in Newtonville

A few weeks ago, we ventured out to Newtonville and went to Sunday Supper at Fiorella’s.   Lucky for me, it’s just 5 minutes from Belmont. Otherwise, it’s just 6 or 7 miles from Cambridge.

Here is the front of the restaurant. I love the rustic, Italian outdoor decor.

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While I waited for the group to arrive, I stood near the bar area. It’s good to know that they have a TV.
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Before we sat down to order, we were offered a glass of Blueberry Smash. It was made with simple syrup with blueberries and also Bourbon. They mentioned that they wanted to showcase the Bourbon but not overwhelm. It was refreshing. Of course, I had to mention I was from Kentucky when they talked about Bourbon!

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While meeting with the owner, we learned that this location opened 15 years ago (and added additional seating and the bar area over the years) and they added other “Express” locations over time. They have 3 takeout/delivery locations in Brighton, Belmont, and Cambridge. These Fiorella Express locations have the same quality and most of the same menu items, offer a few seats and are a great value. They wanted to reach more people for delivery and takeout.

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We ordered a few appetizers to share, including Calamari Fritti and Toasted Ravioli. 

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And then the largest Arancini  ($7) I have ever seen. It is a ball of risotto stuffed with mozzarella cheese & served with their signature marinara sauce.

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They also prepared an antipasto board ($13) that included salami, pepperoni, parmacotto~ham, imported prosciutto, provolone cheese, marinated long stem artichoke hearts & mixed kalamata olives.

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We also specifically requested to try the flatbread and pizzas. They brought out a mushroom & truffle flatbread with prosciutto & fontina cheese drizzled with truffle oil.
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Pictured below are the Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese & basil over tomato and basil sauce, sprinkled with pecorino romano cheese and also the Marinated eggplant & goat cheese pizza with grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts & fontina cheese

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I ordered the Seafood Fettuccine ($25) which included shrimp, scallops & imported prosciutto prepared in a creamy alfredo sauce, tossed with fresh fettuccine.

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Here’s a view of the table of food.

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We also had dessert! I shared a cannoli with someone.

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 The tiramisu ($7) was my favorite. It is sponge cake soaked with vanilla & espresso coffee, layered with sweet mascarpone and then dusted with cocoa powder.

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Thanks for hosting us Fiorella’s!

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

 

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Boston Harbor Boat Cruise

Ever wanted to charter a boat in the Boston Harbor or take a Sunset Cruise?  Check out Karma Crew Yacht Charters.

A few weeks ago, Jodi and I took a Boston Harbor Sunset cruise with the Karma Crew.
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Karma Crew does Private Charters for events like birthdays, weddings, corporate parties and also has cruises such as a Saturday Morning G’Day Mate Coffee Cruise and a Sunday evening Oyster and Craft Brew Cruise.

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The Full Moon is the name of the boat. It can hold up to 48 passengers. Untitled

There are several areas, including this part that is covered but open and the host has a cash bar set up. Untitled

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Our cruise lasted around 90 minutes. Here is the sun was starting to set.
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The stairs leading to the back end of the boat. Jodi and I sat back here the last half of the cruise.

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There is also more indoor seating with lots of views.
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The Full Moon also has a kitchen, a few bunks, and a small bathroom.

Here are a few of my favorite views during the cruise. I took tons of pictures. 

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The Zakim Bridge over the Charles River
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The Boston Skyline from the Harbor side Untitled

One of the Tall Ships that was in town that weekend, all lit up.
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Have out of town guests or want to celebrate that special event? I recommend contacting them via their website or by calling 617-982-2767.

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Papa Razzi Metro: Be Italian

A few weeks ago, I went to the newly redesigned Papa Razzi Metro in Burlington!

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Here was their cocktail menu and they highlighted the Negroni and Aperol Spritzer.
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Here was a crostini board and spreads. It featured focaccia, white bean, smoked fish, beef tartar, chickpea, and mortadella spreads. Untitled

Enjoying more appetizers before our main entrees arrived.

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We split the tomato mozzarella wood fired pizza. It was so good. It was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in a long time.  Even Tony, who is picky about pizza, loved it!

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I ordered the lobster tortellini- rich and buttery.

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Tony, the true Italian, ordered the chicken parm! Untitled

I asked about the pizza because it was so good. We learned that the dough goes through a 12-15 hour fermentation process. This pizza oven cooks the pizza in 90 seconds. Crazy, huh?!?! Also, did you know that a restaurant can get a certified in making Neapolitan pizza?!

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Dessert. I had to be quick with the camera.  They served pistachio gelato and chocolate cake. The gelato was made in house and they also serve passion fruit mango and raspberry.

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Arms reached in from all directions to try the cake and gelato.Untitled

Another memorable moment- the Sbrisolona. A dessert was brought out and then it was hit and shattered! It was a popular dessert among peasant families in 16th century Northern Italian. It was made of cornmeal, hazelnuts and lard, instead of butter. It’s a traditional dessert, although the ingredients have changed over time. It is broken into pieces and then eaten with your hands.

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And more dessert. A donut with sugar and sauce!

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We also had lemoncello and another Italian-style liqueur, but instead of lemons, the liqueur is made with fresh figs. We talked to Corey, the Regional Director of Operations about how they made it. It was great to chat.

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I didn’t get a picture of our hosts for the night (Corey and Kevin), but I snagged this photo from Instragram. It was so great to talk to them for such a long time. We heard stories about the journey to transform Metro and also what they envision it becoming.

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Thanks Papa Razzi Metro for hosting us. I’ll see you again soon!

-This meal was provided free of charge, but these are my own opinions offered.
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