Monday, April 1, 2013

Noteworthy Nibbles

I hope you all had a great weekend! We spent our's in Western Massachusetts Saturday for Z's family's Seder celebrations, and then we headed to Haverhill Sunday morning to have Easter brunch with my family (per tradition). It was a wonderful weekend chocked full of great people, delicious food, and lots of laughter.

Since I'm riding on a positive high this Monday morning (totally opposite from last Monday's mood), I wanted to share with you all some great eats (and drinks) I've had lately. One of my "full-time" writing gigs with Scout magazines has me out and about stuffing my face at a lot of restaurants, so I have been fortunate enough to be eating very well lately.

#1: Fortissimo Coffeehouse in Union Square, Somerville.

Fortissimo is an awesome place to work. The cafe boasts free wi-fi, plenty of outlets, and incredible coffee drinks, and they even accept LevelUp (I first went there because I had a $2 credit to use - LevelUp rocks, by the way). The drink above is a Caramel Macchiato, and it costs around $3-$4. 

#2: A recent writing assignment for Scout Cambridge took me to Harvest in Harvard Square, where a friend and I shared the Smoked Gouda and Lobster Mac n' Cheese ($16) at the bar.

Served with lightly dressed organic greens, this decadent dish of creamy, cheesy goodness was one of the best dishes I've had in quite some time. Chunks of fresh lobster were apparent throughout the dish, and the slight smokiness from the gouda complemented the crustacean wonderfully.

#3: I recently joined a book club, and we met last week at jm Curley to discuss "The Virgin Suicides." There, I ordered the Beer and Cheese Soup ($6).

I was initially afraid this would just taste like a bowl of cheese, but, thankfully, this soup was full of flavor. Made with Ellie’s Brown Ale, Vermont cheddar, and hot sauce, the flavors were very well-balanced, and I loved the kick of spice in each spoonful. 

#4: I finally had the opportunity to check out M3 in Davis Square. A friend and I shared a bunch of bar snacks at...well, the bar. Among them were the Fried Cheese Curds ($5) and housemade Garlic and Dill Pickles ($4)

M3's bar snacks change frequently, but I am pretty positive you won't be disappointed with anything their kitchen creates. The fried cheese curds were coated in a light and crispy batter, and were served with marinara sauce - resulting in them resembling the Southern version of mozzarella sticks. The pickles were addictive, especially when dipped in M3's signature Carolina-style barbecue sauce.

#5: Finally, I highly recommend you all order a Butternut Squash, Ricotta, and Cranberry pizza ($21) from OTTO Pizza right now.

The price tag is a little hefty, but it is worth every dollar. The perfectly crispy, salty crust is smothered in creamy ricotta and whipped butternut squash. A generous amount of dried cranberries adds a great texture and flavor to each slice. We ordered from the Harvard Square location, but OTTO has several other locations in the area as well.

Have you had any particularly good eats recently?

Fortissimo Coffeehouse on Urbanspoon Harvest on Urbanspoon JM Curley on Urbanspoon M3 on Urbanspoon Otto Pizza on Urbanspoon


  1. I'm incredibly envious of your endeavors!

  2. omg, that pizza!!! looks fantastic :)

  3. That pizza really has been drooling! Looks like a great week of eats!

  4. Shannon and Emily: That pizza is unreal. We always order it when we go to OTTO!

  5. That is my favorite pizza at Otto too! I think it tastes even better on Day 2.

    1. Agreed! That is...if there is any left on day 2. ;)

  6. Wow. You have been getting out to a lot of fun places lately. Looks like some great bites!

  7. I LOVE the beer and cheese soup at JM Curley!

  8. I had Otto last week and had a slice of that one. So so yummy!