After years of talking about visiting Grezzo (pronounced GRAY-zo and means raw in Italian) we finally went for lunch on our last Boston trip. The restaurant is located in the North End of Boston and is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is very quaint, filled with large paintings of fruits and vegetables that were beautiful and I just wanted to take them home with me. The very tiny kitchen is located at the back of the restaurant and has no stoves or ovens just prep tables, refrigerators, a dehydrator and other essential appliances for creating raw meals.
We sat and looked over the menu for quiet awhile, not because it was big but because everything sounded amazing and we were having such a hard time deciding on what we wanted to try. We decided to start of with some drinks which can come with or without sake (we went without):
Grezzo Mojito - with kombucha
Chai Mudslide - creamy, spiced concoction, coconut milk
Both were decorated with pretty edible flowers
These drinks were incredible! Neil had the Chai, it tasted like a chai milk shake and was delicious. I had the Mojito – it was delicious and so refreshing. For lunch I decided to go with the Gnocchi Carbonara-the gnocchi were so good and the cream sauce was amazing. The hubz went with the BLTA (“Bacon”, Lettuce, Tomato & Avocado)- this was honestly the best sandwich either of us had ever had. It came with sweet potato chips and pickled vegetables which were also delicious.
Gnocchi Carbonara - house-made dumplings, creamy rawmesan and fresh English peas with pea shoots and crispy eggplant
BLTA Italian Bread Wrap- eggplant bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and house cheese
Lastly, we decided that we just couldn’t leaved without trying one of the desserts since everyone raves about them. We decided to go with the Cheesecake of the Day which happened to be a New York style and was served with raspberry gelato. Overall we loved our meal and can’t wait to go back again. I think we will try dinner next time as the dinner options sound amazing as well.
Finishing up our Valentines Weekend posts we ended our weekend and spent our Valentines at Paul & Elizabeth’s in Northampton MA. We have visited this restaurant before and loved it last time and were excited to spent our Valentines here. We had so much good food it was crazy and we brought tons of it home. The food here is fresh and delicious and it is almost all vegetarian (there are a few fish dishes). My husband was delighted the special for Valentines night was the Vegetarian Platter which has these delicious croquettes that he loved last time. This is now our staple Northampton restaurant.
Hummus Appetizer we ended up bringing 1/3 of this home because there was so much delicious hummus
Hubby got a Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout and I got a glass of Luzon Verde however I guess I forgot to take a picture of it
Noodle and Vegetables in Broth with Vegetable Tempura (so much food I brought most of it home)
Vegetable Platter: veggies, tofu and amazing croquettes
Steamed Veggie Pork Buns
Steamed Kale Rice Rolls
This past weekend when my hubby and I were in NYC we decided that even though it was freezing out we just had to stop in to Stogo to try gourmet vegan ice cream. After tasting a few different flavors we settled on Salted Caramel Pecan and Peanut Butter Fudge both of which were delicious. The ice cream here is so good and unlike some other vegan ice creams it isn’t icy and if you didn’t know it was vegan you’d think it wasn’t. It’s a little pricey, $4.50ish for a small, but it is well worth the treat.
Salted Caramel Pecan
Peanut Butter Fudge
This past weekend while we were visiting the Big Apple my hubby and I met up with some of my girlfriends for breakfast at ‘SNice in Chelsea. To our disappointment we were unable to get sandwiches (which all sounded amazing) until 11am and we were too hungry to wait an hour so we decided to start with some lattes. After sipping on our lattes for a while hubz and I decided to split the tofu scramble wrap which was not bad and pretty filling. The GF’s went with a bagel with cream cheese and the other granola with fruit, yogurt and honey.
Everything at ‘SNice is vegetarian and all vegan options are marked accordingly. The menu is mostly that of salads and sandwiches with bagels and breakfast sandwiches in the morning. The place was pretty quiet for the sit in crowd until around 11am however there was always a line at the counter for take out bagels and coffee. I really would like to return during lunch ours to try one of their yummy salads or sandwiches. There is also a location in Brooklyn which I understand has a similar menu.
Delicious Soy Latte
Tofu Scramble Wrap
Friday night my husband and I had one of the most amazing meals of our lives. It was one of those meals that not only had amazing food but was topped off with the best service and experience at a restaurant that we have ever had. Prior to our trip away I had contacted Bun the owner of Miya’s Sushi about the vegan options as well as what was included in a vegan platter. He quickly responded back to me to give him to tell him how much we would like to spend and that he would put together a great vegan spread for us. Before we left he followed up on our reservation and told me to just let one of the guys know when we got there that we had a special vegan meal waiting for us. Much to our delight we were seated, ordered our drinks and then the food just started to come out. It was the best feeling to just sit down and not have to worry about what we were going to order and it was an exciting adventure to see what dish would be coming out next. Below are photos with descriptions of all of our dishes we had (we had 8 samples of vegan sushi rolls and I can’t remember what they all were):
sweet mother’s milk: a whole steamed artichoke served with our sauce made from spicy homemade middle eastern pureed jalapeno makdoos.
Vegan version of Tokyo Fro: hip hop is the most popular music of japanese youth & has made the afro tokyo's most popular hairstyle; to have japanese hair processed into an afro costs over a thousand dollars at a trendy hair stylist. this recipe was inspired by the afro; it looks & tastes exactly like a japanese processed fro, drizzled with a delicious chef secret sauce.
Deep Fried Spinach
A tasting of 8 vegan sushi rolls
Overall the food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and the staff were great. Although Bun was not he created a magical experience for the two of us and I can’t wait to return for some more sushi.
My new cup from Disney World that hubby bought
the best french toast ever that was cooked up by Neil
Delicious Homemade Pad See Ew
Chickpea and Root Veggie Tagine
Tofu Teriyaki in Lake Placid
Best part of the weekend- Meeting up with Derek and Emma in Lake Placid (most unflattering picture of me)
Brunch at Chair 6 in Lake Placid
Dinner of Steamed Greens & Mushrooms and Homestyle Tofu at Asian Bistro in Williston VT