Wreckless Eric at Atwood’s

I went to Atwood’s Tavern for the first time the other night to grab dinner and see Wreckless Eric perform. Allen and I arrived about an hour and half before the show started and nabbed a table near the stage. I really liked the vibe there = low lighting, beautiful wood bar and paneling on the walls.

The food was very good. We shared mussels and I had a chicken sandwich and Allen had a crab cake sandwich. The potato salad side had a lot of herbs going on, which was shocking at first but then I learned to embrace it.

Allen has been listening to Wreckless Eric for decades but I didn’t know of him until Allen introduced me to his music months ago. Be warned, one of his biggest hits from the late ’70s, “The Whole Wide World,” has earworm potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric played a great set. He’s a very talented musician, and he entertains the crowd with funny stories and quips. And he’s English so he had me at hello just because of that. After his show ended, he personally sold his CDs and signed records and memorabilia for the fans lined up to meet him. What a cool bloke.

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Pi(e) Day

I’ve heard about Table Talk pies over the years, and I finally had the chance to try some…five, in fact.

I read in a neighborhood newsletter that a local high school’s band members would be selling Table Talk pies for a National Pi(e) Day fundraiser on March 14 near my office. Because of an ill-timed snowstorm, I had to wait for a rescheduled sale. Good for me but sad for the kids, they were selling the snack pies for $.50 each instead of $1.00 each because of the delayed sale.

I bought all five flavors on offer: apple, blueberry, cherry, lemon, and pineapple. They were damn fine pies, as Twin Peaks‘s Agent Cooper would say. And the snack pie is the perfect size for, well, a snack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pie is not my go-to dessert, but I would buy these again when the pie mood strikes.

Roast Beef and Chicken

I finally went to two restaurants that I’ve been hearing about for years.

Sam LaGrassa’s is a lunch spot near my office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few coworkers and I went for lunch at 11:30, because there is not a lot of seating and the place is packed at lunchtime. The number of sandwich options is mind boggling. I ordered a roast beef sandwich on a cheese roll. It was really good. Simple but good. Having technical difficulties uploading the photo of the sandwich…

Cutty’s is a sandwich shop in my town. Once a month on a Sunday, the shop offers a fried chicken sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard of lines forming for this lovely chicken sandwich, which does run out. Allen and I arrived by noon. There was a line, but it moved pretty swiftly. Within 30 minutes, we were seated with our honey mustard chicken sandwiches. It doesn’t look like much, but, wow. It is tasty. Chicken was cooked perfectly, honey mustard was delicious, and the bun was great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we waited, we looked at the regular menu. Everything looked scrumptious. Might be time to become a regular…

A Is for Aloe and Apple

So aloe vera juice is a thing. I had read about it months ago somewhere and didn’t give it another thought until I saw it on the shelf at Trader Joe’s. I bought a bottle and tried it the other day.

I found it to be kind of weird. Like drinking a flower…but a weird flower. I could only drink half of the bottle in one sitting. I’ll see if my impression changes after the second half.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was in Wegmans the other day (my version of mecca) and noticed an apple called “La PiƱata” in the produce department. That’s a fun apple, I thought. I should try one!

It was another shall we say odd experience (for my taste buds anyway, I must stress). It was fine overall, but it was a little too tangy/tart for my liking. I’ll stick to Golden Delicious and Galas.

 

Year 14

It’s frightening how fast 2017 has gone. It’s time for my 14th annual birthday list already.

I started off strong with the help of my friend Daisy last weekend. We went to Harvard Bookstore’s warehouse sale, which happens twice a year. The last thing I need is more books, but I told myself I would be “holiday shopping.”

Harvard Bookstore Warehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well…I did buy two books to give as holiday gifts. I also bought three books to donate to the Prison Book Program. And I bought two for myself…

I couldn’t resist the prices! Seven books cost $31. And two of them were hardcovers.

If you’re crowd-averse, you would want to skip this sale…it was mobbed and borderline annoying to browse the aisles. But because I’m a bibliophile, I will return.

That same evening, I tried wild boar at the Brighton Bodega. It’s a new restaurant in my area, and everything we tried was phenomenal. Brussels sprouts, mussels, kimchi burgers, and wild boar. Not surprisingly, wild boar tastes a lot like pork chops. It was complemented by smoky cheese grits.

Wild boar and grits at Brighton Bodega restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fact that ’80s new wave music was playing during our first hour there was a well-noted bonus.

Next on the blog: I hear a feminist icon speak…

 

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