Flavor of the Week: The Perfect Meal

Happy Friday!!! I am not sure what I am going to do with myself this weekend! Nolan is going on a guy camping trip with my brother and some friends so for the first time EVER I have the whole place to myself for 3 days.

This week’s favorite flavor of the week is actually a whole meal. Yea, I just couldn’t narrow it down anymore than that because there were so many fantastic flavors that came together to create the perfect meal.

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This week Nolan and I spent our date night at my favorite restaurant, John Harvard’s!  Don’t get me wrong, I am always down to go there, but I was particularly persuaded because it was a gorgeous day out and they are one of the only restaurants around with a patio.

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I started off with a glass of their Golden Spike IPA. It really hit the spot!

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We typically don’t order appetizers unless we are starving or have a gift card, but their appetizer special was fried pickles which is our new obsession so we just had to try them!

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After a  lengthy discussion, we came to the conclusion that they were fantastic, but not as good as the ones at the Sea Dog Brew Pub. The pickle to breading ratio was a bit off.

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The reason I love John Harvard’s so much is that not only is the beer always fun and new, but I have never gotten a meal I didn’t love. It’s also the only place (besides Stephen Anthony’s breakfast menu) where I actually order the specials.

Today’s special that caught my eye was a pork tenderloin and pineapple kabob covered in teriyake sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Yup. Awesome.

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The meat came nice and rare, as I ordered and was seasoned perfectly! Shocker, Nolan went with the buffalo chicken wrap (his 4TH of the week btw) so I clearly won this round of meal ordering.

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I am really looking forward to eating the second half of this dish for lunch today. 🙂 Besides having to be rolled out of the restaurant, it was the perfect meal!

Question of the Day:

What was your favorite flavor of the week?

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Flavor of the Week: Mexican

Hey all! Happy Friday!

Woo hoo! As you can see I took a few days off from the old blog because I have just been super busy.

Tuesday night Nolan and I had a late night so I didn’t have an opportunity to put a WIAW post together and Wednesday night, well I fell asleep after the Bruins playoff game.

I do however have a favorite flavor of the week to share with you all today!

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This week for date night, Nolan and I were able to try a new restaurant thanks to Groupon. It was my turn to plan the evening, so I found a deal for $35 worth of food for $17 at a local Mexican restaurant. Now I am not a huge Mexican fan but it’s one of Nolan’s favorites so I thought it was worth a try. I also never buy a Groupon to a restaurant without first checking out their menu and Viva Mexican Grill passed the menu test with flying colors, so away we went!

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To start, we were given complementary chips and salsa, with a choice of mild, medium or spicy salsa. Nolan of course chose spicy, and I ended up drinking 3 glasses of water as a result. LOL

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After looking at the menu we realized we would have to order an appetizer to reach out $35 minimum because the entrees were so well priced! We decided on the chipotle-tinga Viva Empanadas-Handmade corn turnovers filled with queso fresco and chipotle-tinga, then fried: 6.95

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Basically these were like Mexican dumblings full of delicious shredded spicy chicken! They were wrapped in corn tortillas to the outside was thick and crunchy while the inside stayed hot and juicy. And the dipping sauce they gave us? Amazing!

For my entree, I went with the fajita salad with steak. Fajita Salad-Fresh greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers, topped with warm grilled strips of marinated steak, and served with salsa, cheese, and sour cream: 9.95

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First off, I love the way this was served. Every condiment was on the side, which gave me the opportunity to balance every bite! I wish I knew exactly which seasoning they used on this steak, but it meshed soooo well with the Italian dressing and sour cream they gave me! This “salad” was basically a plate of steak with sauteed peppers onions and tomatoes over a few leaves of lettuce. I loved it! Every time I moved a piece of lettuce I found another piece of steak! It was like Christmas!

And to top off the evening, the bill came to a whopping $2.14 after the Groupon, which means we spent $19.14 on $36.22 worth of eats. IMAG5495


What a fantastic deal. We have already decided to purchase another Groupon to this place because it was THAT good. Like I said before I’m not a huge Mexican food lover but this place tasted fresh and authentic (not that I really know what authentic Mexican cuisine tastes like).

And those were my favorite flavors of the week! 🙂

 

Question of the Day:

 What is the best thing you put in your mouth this week?

Song of the Day:

American Hi-Fi – Flavor of the Week