Lunch at Del Frisco’s with Blog and Tweet Boston

Last Weekend, I went to Del Frisco’s in the Boston Seaport area with Blog and Tweet Boston. We were treated to a private lunch dining experience. They are open during the week for lunch.

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Main dining area facing the harbor.

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I’m not a big seafood fan (mainly like crab, lobster, and shrimp), but I tried the tuna tartare and it was very good.

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The best crab cake I’ve ever had. A quote from Del Frisco’s: “All crab, no cake.”
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Some examples of salads, steak tips, and in the background, chips.

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They brought out full size items for us to see and pass around and we also got smaller portions ourselves.
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Now, granted, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves, but this was one of the best service experiences I’ve ever had. They were fantastic.
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We had 3 large tables, here was my table.
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They brought out different cuts of meat, along with family style sides. I loved the mashed potatoes and corn the most.
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I felt like we tried everything from their menu.
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Kerrie’s plate of different cuts of meat
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A tower of onion rings.
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Another view of our table
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The view from the private room was perfect!
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I loved the chandelier
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And to end the afternoon, cake!

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This was a 6 layer lemon cake with buttercream icing. Definitely sharable!

My favorites were the crab cake, mashed potatoes, and lemon cake!

Disclaimer:  I attended this complimentary lunch as a guest of Blog and Tweet Boston and Del Frisco’s.  I was not compensated write this post.  All opinions are my own! 

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Cupcakes and Cocktails Class

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What type of class?! Cupcakes and cocktails! Yes, this is actually a class taught at the Boston Continuing Adult Education Center.

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I’ve attended photography and cooking class at BCAE before and I saw that the Blog and Tweet group was invited and I signed up quickly! The BCAE has 2 kitchens and we had the front kitchen for this class. Untitled

The class is part of a series and was taught by Dustin Rennells and we made 3 types of cupcakes that were complimented by 3 cocktails that we also made!

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I’ve baked hundreds of cupcakes before, but I still learned a lot of things. One tip was to crack your egg into a small, clear cup so that you can look around the glass, from the top, and up through the bottom to look for shells or anything else that you might not be able to see until you mixed into the rest of the batter.

We also took turns scooping the cupcakes using ice cream scoops. I also learned that I filled my cupcakes up too much.
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Another tip was to only cook for about 2/3 of the time said, check on it, and to push the top and if it springs up, it’s done, if not, 2 more minutes. Also, don’t leave the cupcakes in the metal tins after you remove from the oven. It will continue to cook and you don’t want over cooked cupcakes!

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Our first cupcake was lemon (from a box), but we added a lot of goodies to it. The cocktail was called cakeshot frosting included pineapple juice and vodka, with whipped cream and sprinkles on top!

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Another thing we did was cover the cupcakes with plastic wrap after we took them from the oven. It was to keep them moist.

After it cooled, we added a jello mixture wash to the top.
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We had a great team that iced the lemon cupcakes with a strawberry whipped cream frosting.Untitled

The end result:
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We then learned how to make sangria. I want to make this recipe this summer!
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And the cupcake was chocolate and red wine with fruit compote
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Jess worked on the compote!
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The most difficult part for me is icing/decorating the cupcakes. I did learn a tip about how to load the pastry bag with icing- use the food processor attachment to help hold it up. I took the lead on piping the cupcakes and hardly anyone else joined me, but I was pretty impressed with how they turned out.
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I’m not saying which were mine!
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The last cupcake was as a brandied peach cupcake and the drink was an apple cider hot toddy and it was really good.
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I had such a great evening, with a great group of ladies and Dustin the instructor. We got to take home the cupcakes and were given some spices to take home from Victoria.  They smelled wonderful!

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Check out the BCAE for upcoming Cupcakes and Cocktails classes, along with other topics such as Foreign Language, Photography, and Writing.

 

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Projects: Wine Making and Decorating

After visiting Tony’s family for Thanksgiving, he was determined to learn how to make wine. His uncle has been making beer and wine for a few years.

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After a lot of research, he decided on a particular kit and starter set that we purchased from Beer and Wine Hobby in Woburn. They were very friendly and knowledgeable.
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We started the process on Dec 27th by mixing the grape juice with the yeast and sugar and heated it. It’s called the fermentation process. He had to measure the gravity and take readings every few days. On Jan 3, he transferred it to a secondary fermentation vessel (glass carboy) and it will be left there for a few weeks.20140104-100711.jpg
I took a video and am uploading my first one through my phone. I’m interested to see if it works.

I also wanted to get more decorating done. I have been looking at Pinterest for some ideas.
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I started a scrapbook picture frame project on New Years Eve and finished it on Jan 2. 20140104-100833.jpg


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I also went shopping last weekend and picked up some framed pieces at Michael’s Crafts.
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Happy New Year and 2013 Recap

Wow, already 2014?! I can’t believe it!
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(Hat and scarfs crocheted by Angela!)
I’ve gotten out of the habit/routine of blogging. Sorry folks! I’ll try to be better about it!

I hope everyone had a good New Year’s Eve and is enjoying the first day of 2014.  I took the afternoon off yesterday, came home, Tony made fondue, and we had plans for Tony to make dinner.  But we ate way too much fondue and weren’t hungry. We started a scrapbooking/picture frame project and watched TV to ring in the new year.

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This morning, we walked (yes, in 20 degree weather) to a new (to us) dinner a half a mile away and had brunch.  A great way to start the year off.  We’ll be back to the Sweet Peach Dinner.

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Thinking back through 2013.. what’s the best way to recap. Pictures! Those always jog my memory. Let’s start with the most recent… thank you iPhone and Flickr!

December- We went to Tony’s parents in Florida for Christmas.
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Tony’s Recital
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We started making our own wine.
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November- Thanksgiving in New York
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October- Fall Foliage trip to Vermont

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Getting back into Photography by taking a few classes
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September
Cruise with Marisa in the Boston Harbor
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Work Summer Party
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The Casino part of the summer party
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Across from the city
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Finding the best tacos… EVER
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Day trip to Newport, RI
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Day trip to the Boston Harbor Islands
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August
Danie’s Wedding
Danie's Wedding

Cooking lobster
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Night Photography Class
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July
Moved to Belmont
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My birthday week
Dinner in the North End
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Mighty Mighty Bosstones concert at the Boston Common
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Blogger Brunch at Sweet Carolines
Sweet Caroline's

North End
North End

June
Strawberry Picking
Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking
Visit to Kentucky

New Kids on the Block Concert
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Visit to Gloucester

May
Quick Trip to Florida- I can’t find any pictures.

Poison Sumac – I don’t want to remember that.

April
Cardinal Basketball Win
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Barre Bootcamp
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Pink Concert with Jules
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Pink

March
Paint Night
CP Ladies Paint Night #2

CP Ladies Paint Night #2

CP Ladies Paint Night #2

Brunch at Ball Square Cafe
Ball Square Cafe

Snow
Snow Day

My first trip to Flour bakery
March

Feb
Storm Nemo
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Maroon 5 Concert in New Hampshire
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January
Brunch at the Backdeck
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And last January 1st, we made a snow man!
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We are gearing up for another snow storm tomorrow. The latest forecast I saw still said 12 inches!

Hope everyone is enjoying the New Year so far!

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Vermont: Apple Cider Mill, Cheese, Ben & Jerry’s, and Covered Bridges

After visiting Montpellier and Burlington, Vermont all day, we checked into our Bed and Breakfast in Waterbury, VT and crashed for the night!

We stayed at the Grunberg Haus Bed and Breakfast
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The next morning, we had breakfast with another couple from Texas.  Here was one of the tables looking outside.
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Ever stayed in a Bed and Breakfast? They are each different and I look forward to seeing what’s different about it.

They had fruit and coffee cake.
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And french toast stuffed with cream cheese.

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The living room
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We went to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, a few miles away.
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It reminded me of a place back in Indiana called Huber’s.
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We learned about how they make apple cider. Here’s one of the apple presses:
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And here’s the difference between apple cider and apple juice.

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Their shop had any type of baking mix or maple syrup you would ever need.
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And then there’s the apple cider donuts. They smell so good.
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They had multiple conveyor lines going on full blast!

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Next, we drove down the road to the Cabot Annex Shop.
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You could try different types of syrup.
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And then we sampled different cheeses
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They had a lot of different types not available at the grocery store. Next, we went to Ben and Jerry’s.
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They have a tour, gift shop, and ice cream shop.

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Our tour guide
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We learned about how they make their ice cream. Confession time- I had never had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream before. Untitled

At the end of the tour, they have a selected flavor for the day. It was Strawberry Shortcake.
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Oh my! It was so good. I’ve been missing out.

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After apple cider, donuts, cheese, and ice cream, we got back on the road and did a scenic drive.
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Along a country road, and then a gravel road.. and dirt road… and then back to a blacktop.
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It was a pretty dreary day, but we made the most of it… eating and driving around.

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We finally made it to the covered bridges.
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I have no idea what it is about them, but I had to stop and take pictures.
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And get out of the car to take a picture inside.
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Stop! There’s another!
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That’s the end of the Columbus Day Weekend trip to Vermont!

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