‘Spring’ your must try Recipes.

I recently came upon a great website that I use to bookmark recipes I want to make. Similar to Food Gawker or Pinterest, Springpad uses ‘notebooks’ to help you organize your interests. The ones I use the most are ‘restaurants to go to’ and ‘recipes to make this week’. Springpad is a great place to organize those lists of things you’ve “always wanted to try” so you can actually do them!

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Affording Luxury

A few weeks ago I came across an article written by  the New York Times called  ‘The Unaffordable Luxury of Food.”

Talking about how food and fine dining is becoming more and more of a luxury rather than just ‘going out for dinner’ – a gastronomic experience more than just filling your stomach. Also, how this mindset isn’t just for  a successful businessmen anymore… more and more young people are choosing to spend their money on fine meals over other options. Carving out chunks of their  paltry  incomes to dine out at sophisticated restaurants,  go to food festivals and wine tastings.  There are people in the world who eat to live, and those who live to eat. For me personally, I live to eat. Going out to new and interesting restaurants, food festivals and cooking  with my friends is what makes me happy.

This past week alone I have gone out to dinner four times and spent an inordinate amount of money on expensive chocolates and tea at the Chocolate Festival that took place in Harvard Square last Sunday… normal things for a college student to be spending their money on? I though no, but apparently that stigma is changing. Dining out at nice restaurants is not just about the food, it’s the experience. It’s about taking the time out of your hectic life to enjoy something simple. It’s a time to leave your phone in your purse and enjoy a good conversation over great food. We live in a fast-paced world where sitting down to a meal is a rare occurrence and when we do get the chance, to make it a memorable one.

OTTO- New York City. Taken by Olivia Hesslein

The last AMAZING meal I had, was at  Otto Enoteca Pizzera this past December while I was still living in New York City. OTTO is one of Chef Mario Batali‘s creations. Specializing in rustic pizzas and  pasta, unique cocktails and the most sinfully delicious gelato I’ve ever had without having traveled to Italy. What made this meal so special besides the incredible food was that I was there with my family. Laughing and talking until our waitress has to tell us the restaurant was closing for the night. A great meal can bring people together and remind you to enjoy the simple things.

The mindset surrounding food for young people is changing:  “I don’t think about what anything costs,” Emily Gerard, a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a publishing assistant making the requisite salary, told me recently. “I’ll drop $60 once a week at the Greenmarket, which I would never do at a grocery store; I like supporting local farmers.”

I think this change is telling of our generation. It shows passion, intelligence and awareness. Were becoming more aware of  what we eat, where it comes from and how it gets to our plates. But more than that, its teaching our generation to make time for simple happiness, when we are entering a world where that can easily be swept to the wayside.

Restaurants opening in 2013

This week I found many  new and exciting things happening on the Boston culinary scene just by digging around on Twitter.

I have made a list on my personal Twitter account of other food bloggers, local chefs, restaurants and others like Open Table Boston that I like to follow.

After professing my love for Zagat in my earlier post, here is a link to an article I LOVE that I found through their Twitter : ‘2013 preview-  10 Boston Restaurants and events we can’t wait for’

A list of all the up- and-coming events in Boston including restaurants that are preparing to open and different food festivals. Here are a few to point out from Zagat’s list:

-Chef Ming Tsai who is as well, a restaurateur and a television host of ‘SIMPLY MING’  is set to open a new restaurant in the city in early 2013. Ming already has a restaurant in Wellesley, Mass. called Blue Ginger.  He is now set to open, Blue Dragon Boston- an Asia gastropub in the Four Point Channel neighborhood of the city.

-Local chef, Christopher Coombs and his partner Brian Piccini’s newest undertaking is Boston Chops, an urban steak bistro set to open in the South End in mid-January. Coombs has also worked at dbar in Dorchester and Deuxave in the city. Boston Chops is said to be more relaxed, serving delicious steaks along with an endless pile of fries. Coombs was named on Zagat’s ‘30 under 30‘ list as one of Boston’s best up and coming chefs- having become dbar’s executive chef at just the ripe age of 23.

– Rivaling Chef Coombs is local chef Tim Maslow, who is also opening a new restaurant, Ribelle in Brookline, Mass. Maslow is the current chef at Strip T’s in Watertown,Mass. Ribelle is set to serve-up  modern-American fare.

I can’t wait to get out and give these a try once they’re open for business!