Chill On Park Ice Cream Parlor


As a Dorchester resident, I frequent the Fields Corner neighborhood to eat, shop, attend local community meetings, visit my hair stylist and now to enjoy local ice cream! Chill on Park is a new ice cream parlor located at 142 Park Street in Dorchester that serves locally made Puritan Ice Cream. Their menu includes frappes, ice cream cakes, coffee, tea and pastries. Some of their top-selling ice cream flavors are Butter Pecan, Cake Batter, Pistachio and Salted Caramel Truffle. Caribbean residents take note, they also serve old-time favorites, Grapenut and Rum Raisin! I visited for a quick taste-test with my foodie assistant, MiniCEO because she’s one 12 year old who loves ice cream. Her favorite was the Cookie Monster while I really enjoyed the Coffee Oreo and the Salted Caramel Pretzel. On my next trip, I plan on trying their root beer float. Team Chill, Chill on Park’s opening team, is hired from The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. Eight teens recommended by The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, who live in the neighborhood were hired to be Chill On Park’s ice cream ambassadors. This makes me proud as we are also members of The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.

Team Chill

Hop on the red line and visit Chill On Park for some ice cream, coffee or tea. They are open Monday through Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. and also offer free wifi. Chill On Park is on Twitter: @chillonpark and on Facebook: Chill On Park

See you around town!

August 2015: Dorchester Community Food Co-op Presents Fresh Fridays

Fresh Fridays  Every Friday in August, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op and the Sustainability Guild present Fresh Fridays from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the Bowdoin Geneva Hub located at 191 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. Suggested donation is $10 or pay what you can and kids are free.

Fresh Fridays Kickoff on August 7, 2015

The Fresh Friday Kickoff was held last Friday, August 7th with musical guest Cornell Coley & Afrika Gente Band.

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Cornell Coley & Afrika Gente Band

The delicious food and desserts were catered by women-owned local businesses: TrinCity, SistAct 3 and Aesha Raw with recipe cards available and provided to guests.

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1 of Fresh Fridays Caterers: SistAct3

Upcoming Fresh Fridays:

August 14
Musical guest: Los Sugar Kings
Spoken Word guest: S.O.U.P. (Society Of Urban Poetry)
Food from: Fresh Food Generation/Local Farm-to-Table Caterer
Art activities provided by: Dot Art

August 21
Musical Guest: Ark Angel
Food From: Restaurant Laura

August 28
Musical Guest: DJ Nomadik
Food From: Down Home Delivery
Art activities provided by: Lucia Colombaro

For more information or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Dorchester Community Food Co-op Project Manager, Darnell Adams at dadams@dorchesterfoodcoop.com or call 617.804.6085.

Volunteer Opportunities Available:

The Dorchester Community Food Co-op needs your help to build the co-op. Please share your opinion about what you would like to see in the coop by filling out this SURVEY.

Davio’s 30th Anniversary Celebration to Benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank

Davio's 30 Anniversary

Davio’s 30 Anniversary

Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Event and Ticket Information)
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

One thing that is certain to capture my heart is a celebration for a great cause. I am excited to announce one of my favorite restaurants, Davio’s will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 with food, drinks and dancing to benefit the The Greater Boston Food Bank. This is a great opportunity to enjoy cocktails, wine, homemade pastas, desserts while mingling local Boston celebrities and sports players with live music by French Lick with WYC Grousebeck! Tickets are $200 per guest and 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. I hope to see you there!

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New Summer Menus in Boston

Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden

Ahhh, summer! As the city packs away remnants of the dreadful reminders of its epic winter, everyone is heading out to enjoy summer every way possible. Winter in Boston is famously freezing but summer here can also be terribly unbearable. The good news is there are plenty of ways to stay cool and enjoy summer before we have to return to bundling up and complain about winter again. Two great places are sure to welcome you inside from the heat with their new summer menus: Haru and The Tip Tap Room.

Haru, located at 55 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay, is a great place to enjoy summer indoors.The following summer dishes and cocktails are available now until October 6:

HARU Bluefin Crab and Corn Fritter

HARU Bluefin Crab and Corn Fritter

From the kitchen:
Bluefin Crab & Corn Fritter: blue crab, corn, green onion, ginger, Thai basil and an Old Bay dressing ($8)
Tuna Tataki & Tomato Salad: seared rare tuna, vine ripened tomatoes, avocado and fresh herbs in a light lemon vinaigrette ($16)
Watermelon Roll: snow crab, green onion, mint and watermelon that is topped with shrimp and served with a lemon dressing ($18)

Watermelon Lemonade and Cucumber Matcha Margarita

Watermelon Lemonade and Cucumber Matcha Margarita

From the bar:
Cucumber Matcha Margarita:
Avión Silver tequila, Ty Ku Cucumber sake, Luxardo and matcha mixed in with a housemade cucumber-jalapeño ($7.50)
Watermelon Lemonade: Absolut Citron, Ty Ku Silver Junmai, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, fresh watermelon, lemon and thyme syrup. ($7.50)

Sounds delicious, right?! Everyone will surely look for retreat from the heat and some will flock indoors to cool off so  call 617.536.0770 or visit www.harusushi.com to make your reservation!

If you are unaware, one thing you should know is Boston does brunch and we brunch HARD!

Tip Tap Room - Tip Tap Breakfast

Tip Tap Room – Tip Tap Breakfast

Tip Tap Room - Biscuits & Gravy

Tip Tap Room – Biscuits & Gravy

Chefs Brian Poe and Douglas Rodrigues of The Tip Tap Room, located at 138 Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill are offering the following summer brunch menu:

From the kitchen:
Summer Vegetables & Herb Frittata: tossed greens, black truffle vinaigrette, home fries ($10.95)
The Signature: three-egg omelet, mushrooms & vegetables, toast, home fries ($12.95)
Lobster Scrambled Eggs: fines herbes salad, home fries, toast ($17.95)
Skillet Roasted Scrambled Duck Eggs: duck confit, spring onion, petit potatoes, tossed greens  ($11.95)
Roasted Spring Onions & New Potatoes: bacon, pecorino cheese, black garlic ketchup ($9.95)
Strawberry French Toast: Devonshire double cream, walnut crumble, rhubarb syrup  ($12.95)
Smoked Cheddar & Corn Griddle Cakes: (corn butter, bacon, pomegranate, brown butter crisped eggs ($10.95)
Corned Brisket Red Flannel Hash: black garlic, fried farm eggs, baby herbs ($14.95)
Fried Calamari: licorice glacé, preserved lemon yogurt, shishito peppers – ($13.95)
Biscuits & Gravy: buttermilk biscuits, pork sausage patty, lemon-thyme gravy ($10.95)
Baked Open Face B.L.T.: thick toast, broiled Idiazábal cheese, fried egg ($11.95)
Glazed Short Rib Grilled Cheese: Gruyère cheese, red kosho – ($12.95)
Fruit & Granola: (mint, angelica, yogurt ($8.95)
Tip Tap Summer Salad: Eva’s Wild Greens & Mints, herbs, ricotta salata, cucumber, zucchini, bing cherry vinaigrette – ($12.95)
Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad: Harry’s Berries, aromatic herbs, angelica vinaigrette, black pepper honey tuile ($12.95)
Hearts of Palm Panzanella Salad: Idiazábal cheese, nectarine, balsamic vinaigrette, grilled sourdough ($13.95)
Prosciutto Parma Plate: Asparagus & herb salad, capers, roasted cherry tomatoes, arzak egg ($14.95)

They are also offering new sides this summer!
Asparagus: lemon oil, parmesan ($5)
Griddled Ham: thick-cut, black forest smoked ($6)
Cheesy Eggs: three scrambled, cheddar, chives ($5)
Mixed Greens balsamic vinaigrette ($5)

From the bar:
The Tip Tap Bloody Mary: Spicy pickles – $10
Violetta: vodka, violet liquor, fresh lemon, cava ($12)
Bittersweet in Barcelona: Cocchi Rosa, cava, sugar – ($12)
Sangria: white peach or blackberry red ($8.50)
The Three Doshas: ginger & lemon bourbon, lemon, honey, mint ($12)
Cold Toddy: (Ethiopian cold brew coffee, chicory ($6)
Rosemary-Yuzu Limeade: (rosemary, lime, yuzu – $6)

The next time you are stumped for brunch options or looking to try new dishes, check out The Tip Tap Room. For more information, please visit www.thetiptaproom.com or call 857.350.3344.Also, follow The Tip Tap Room on Facebook and Twitter.

My mouth watered as I write this post and definitely look forward to bringing friends and family to try these new summer dishes. Tell me, which food or drink mentioned here caught your attention and would like to try? If you do go and try these new dishes and drinks, please share with me your thoughts and experience. I would love to hear all about it.

See you around town!

Boston Life Events: Week of June 15, 2015

Wednesdays 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Fitness Line Dancing (Free)
Refectory Hill at Franklin Park (overlooking Blue Hill Avenue)
Dorchester, MA

Join Mz. Rythm and the Boston Rythm Riders ever Wednesday through Labor Day at Franklin Park to learn or practice line dancing. Bring your sneakers and dress comfortably to get fit in a fun way for the summer!

June 17-28, 2015
17th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival (Event and Ticket Information)

Saturday, June 20
Juneteenth Celebration (Free)
Franklin Park

Bring the whole family to the annual Juneteenth Celebration at Franklin Park!

Saturday, June 20 from 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Hot Dog Safari (Event and Ticket Information)
Landsdowne Street
Boston, MA

The 26th Annual Hot Dog Safari, a fun-packed day of family and food will be hosted by The Phantom Gourmet to benefit the Joey Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Governor Charlie Baker has been elected as the “Grand Marshal” of the Hot Dog Safari. Landsdowne Street will shut down and delicious treats will be offered from Windy City, Harrow’s Chicken Pies, Kowloon Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, Fuddruckers, Richardson’s Ice Cream, and more. The Boston Children’s Museum will also be there with family-friendly activities. Tickets are Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door for $15 per person. Children under 10 years old receive complimentary admission.

Would you like to see your upcoming event listed or invite me to check it out? Contact me!

Beantown Life Community Events: Week of March 23, 2015

Friday, March 27 from 3:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M.
FINAL Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market
Great Hall in Codman Square – 6 Norfolk Street in Dorchester (Corner of Talbot Avenue and Washington Street)
Last chance for a farmers’ market in Dorchester until the summer market season starts in June. Featured vendors:

Sunday, April 1-May 20 from 6:30 P.M. – 7:45 P.M.
Earthseed Free Community Yoga (info and registration)
122 Dewitt Drive
Roxbury, MA

Would you like to see your upcoming event listed or invite me to check it out? Contact me!

Thirsty Thursday Tech Talk: Wine Apps

Remember that amazing bottle of wine at dinner the other night or the lovely champagne at that event but the name escaped your mind while at the wine shop? No more wondering or guessing because in this age of technology, there are wine apps! I know, I know,  more apps to download and clutter your phone BUT these are handy. In fact, it was how I was able to catalogue some of the wines I sampled at the 2015 Boston Wine Expo.

Drync (Free – Apple App Store or Google Play): Simple and easy to set up and use. Take a clear picture of the wine label and the app will find the matching wine name and vintage. You can rate the wine and write your own tasting notes you can share on FaceBook and Twitter. If you are a little shy about sharing your notes, this app allows you to write a private note for each wine in your catalogue. One of my favorite features of the Drync app is the option to add a wine to your wishlist or purchased list. More importantly, Drync includes a purchase and delivery feature!
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Vivino (Free- Apple App Store  | Google Play | Windows Phone): For the social wine lovers, this app offers more sharing options that includes Instagram and Google+ in addition to FaceBook and Twitter AND you can also follow other wine enthusiasts who use the app! Additional app features include wine ranking in the region/country/globally; where it is selling nearby; winery information; winemaker notes; serving tips; and vintage comparison. There is an option to write notes or review but no additional private option. For the more serious oenphiles, Vivino also has a premium option for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.
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Are you using any wine apps? If so, which ones are you using? If not, how do you keep a catalogue of wines you sampled and like?

Beantown Life Community Events: Week of March 6, 2015

Thursday, March 5th 6:30-8:30pm
Franklin Park Boston2024 Olympics Meeting
Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse

Hear from organizers to learn about plans for Franklin Park. You will have a chance to ask questions and engage in a community discussion. Read more about the plans and see maps on the Franklin Park Coalition website.

Friday, March 6 from 3:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M.
Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market
Great Hall in Codman Square – 6 Norfolk Street in Dorchester (Corner of Talbot Avenue and Washington Street)

Friday, March 6 from 6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Dinner & A Movie (tickets)
Haley House Bakery Cafe
2 Dade Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

FILMS:

The No Name Painting Society
Maestra
Cowboys of Color

 Would you like to see your upcoming event listed or invite me to check it out? Contact: info@lifebyzen.com

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