Monday, August 25, 2014

Top Boston Chefs

There are talented chefs that fill every city, but Boston holds some of the most renowned restaurants in the world that are owned by top notch chefs. While there a numerous talented chefs throughout the city, and countless delectable restaurants, we have compiled a list of the top three chefs who run amazing restaurants in the city. 

Ken OringerFirst up is Ken Oringer, a chef and owner of restaurants from around the world. Five of his best are in Boston, including his French-inspired flagship, Clio. Located inside the Eliot Hotel, Clio has received critical acclaim, and is repeatedly named one of Boston Magazine’s 5 Best Restaurants since it opened in 1997. His success does not stop with his Boston original! He also is a proud owner of three other Boston restaurants, Toro, Coppa, and Uni. While Toro offers an eclectic Barcelona inspired tapas menu, Coppa is a mouth watering Italian restaurant located in the South End. Uni has an bold sashimi menu, and the fish is sourced by the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan. No matter what type of food you like, Ken Oringer certainly has a restaurant that will have you walking away with a happy stomach!

Jody AdamsJody Adams is a Brown graduate, who is the creative chef behind the two award winning restaurants, Trade and Rialto. Adams is known just as much for her kindness and work ethic as she is for her amazing skills in the kitchen. She has raised over $250,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institution through her 192 mile Pan Mass Challenge bike ride, and was also awarded the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award by Share Our Strength. Her restaurant, Rialto was named one of the “wolds best hotel restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine, and Trade has also received countless awards including “Best of Boston” in 2012. On top of her heart of gold and delightful restaurants, she also co wrote a book with her husband, Ken Rivard called “In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant”.

Joanne Chang
Our third chef, Joanne Chang has talents that span far beyond the kitchen. Chang graduated from Harvard with an Applied Mathematics and Economics degree from Harvard, and also ran every Boston Marathon between 1991 and 2006. She opened her first bakery and cafe, Flour, in 2000. The original bakery was so popular that three other locations have opened in the Boston area. Flour has received countless Best of Boston awards, and has also been featured in many magazines including Gourmet, Food&Wine, The New York Times, and Lucky. Flour was also featured on the Food Network in Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where Joanne Chang’s scrumptious sticky buns took over the competition. In 2007, Chang launched her latest restaurant,  Myers + Chang, with her husband, Christopher Myers. Myers + Chang is a fun indie restaurant that has inspiration from Taiwanese soul food, and South Asian street food. Whether you have a sweet tooth, or adventurous taste buds, either of Joanne Chang’s restaurants will leave you satisfied! 

Great food does not have to stop once you are done eating at these fantastic restaurants. Top off your Boston stay with a delicious breakfast at the Clarendon Square Inn, and enjoy a creative expanded continental breakfast! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Boston

As the amount of people with gluten allergies continue to climb, many restaurants are now starting to accommodate those with allergies and provide gluten free menus. In Boston, there are countless amazing restaurants, but not all of them are gluten friendly. We have picked the top three restaurants in the city that have the best food and best gluten free variety available for those with a gluten allergy!

Myers + Chang in BostonFirst up is Myers + Chang, an Asian restaurant that offers impressive menus for those with special dietary needs including gluten free, vegan, kosher only, shellfish allergies, and nut free. The consideration that Myers + Chang has for so many special dietary needs does not limit their menu selection which is one reason why it is such a popular stop for so many people. Some of the most popular gluten free lunch dishes include, edamame and celery slaw with sesame oil, as well as the chicken and broccoli chow fun with rice noodles, tellicherry peppers and gailon. If you stop in for dinner, some notable meal options include pan roasted soy glazed salmon, and chicken and rapini stir fry. To see the complete gluten free menu that Myers + Chang has to offer, check out their website!

Al Dente Ristorante in BostonWho doesn’t enjoy a big comforting plate of pasta? Luckily if you are restricted to a gluten free diet, you can still enjoy mouthwatering pasta dishes at many North End restaurants in Boston. Al Dente Ristorante is the leader in gluten free options, and offers a corn based pasta making all of their pasta dishes available for those with a gluten free diet. You can also enjoy delicious veal, chicken and seafood dishes which can be made gluten free! Enjoy your scrumptious meal in their cozy and casual restaurant complete with an open kitchen view. 

City Landing In BostonCity Landing not only boasts a fantastic gluten free menu, but also a beautiful Boston waterfront view. Located next to The Greenway, City Landing is a casual and contemporary American restaurant that see’s chef Bill Brodsky. He is one of the most celebrated Cape Cod chef’s and he worked with architect, Stephen Sousa to provide City Landing with a restaurant that is driven from the menu, and plays up the Greenway. You can start off your meal with a variety of gluten free spreads and crackers, and then follow your appetizer with many fantastic options. Some of the most notable entrees include gluten free pizzas, burgers, and mac n cheese. There are also many other lighter meals such as salads and liver and onions with leeks, bacon, potatoes and a lemon garlic drizzle. Devour your fantastic meal that is bright and welcoming!

Gluten free options should be included for every meal of the day! Enjoy our many gluten free options during breakfast at the Clarendon Square Inn where a variety of cheeses, meats, oatmeal, fruit and more are all available. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How To Experience Boston Through History

Boston is arguably the most historic city in the country, so indulging in Boston history is a must when visiting! There are countless ways to experience Boston history, but we have compiled a list of a few of the best tours that are truly enriching. 

Black Heritage TrailDid you know that Massachusetts was the first state to have no records of slaves in 1790? Boston became an all free black community, and main concerns among African Americans became finding housing, providing education and ending slavery in the rest of the country. All of these goals were put to action in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, and The Black Heritage Trail offers free walking tours with 14 stops throughout Beacon Hill. Each of these stops offers interesting stories, and the last two sites are part of the Museum of African American History (Boston campus). The second to last stop, the Abiel Smith School, was the nations first public building for educating  African American children in 1835. After exploring this museum, you end your tour at the African Meeting House. It was built in 1806, and is the oldest extant black church building in the US built by free African American artisans. Both museums have different schedules and admission fees which can be found at the Museum of African American History website.

Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile brick lined path that winds through 16 historic sites around the city. Each of these sites provide insight about brave American patriots, and the American Revolution. These stops include museums, meeting houses, churches and burying grounds, but just a few of the most well known sites to be seen are Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and the Old North Church. Feel free to check out our Freedom Trail history Pinterest board as well to check out cool facts about each historic site! 

Walking Boston with Ben Edwards

For those who would like to learn about Boston and the American Revolution in a more intimate environment, Walking Boston is the perfect way to experience Boston history! Ben Edwards is a creative and engaging tour guide who has a documented ancestry and family ties to the Sons of Liberty and Paul Revere. He leads all private tours, and shares unique stories at a comfortable and flexible pace. While on tour with him, you can hold and read ordinal colonial-era documents and newspapers from his own personal collection which are not available anywhere else! As you gain knowledge and experiences of Boston history, you also will be giving back to the community as 10% of proceeds are given to charity. Walking Boston is the perfect way to explore Boston history in a way that is unique to your interests and desires!

The history does not have to end after your tours of the city! Come stay at the Clarendon Square Inn, a historic bed and breakfast built in the late 1800’s. Learn all about the history of the South End, and top off your educational trip with our friendly staff, and delicious breakfast pastries! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Experience Boston Through Architecture

Boston has been made famous for its 18th and 19th century architecture, as many of the buildings hold a high importance to U.S history. These buildings have historic beauty, but there are also modern designs that add to the city's architecture. 

The Trinity ChurchThe Trinity Church is an Episcopal church built in 1893 by Henry Hobson Richardson. This church was so unique to other architectural categories that it created an entire new one: “Richardson Romanesque”. With 21,500 square feet of murals and stained glass windows, it is no wonder that the American Institute of Architects named Trinity Church one of the “Ten Most Significant Buildings in the U.S.” It is the only church to be featured on this list, and the only building in Boston. In 1885, architects from the American Institute of Architects created their first “Ten Most Significant Buildings in the U.S.” list, and voted Trinity Church as the most important building in the entire country. It is the only building from the original list in 1885 to be on the current top ten list!

Boston Public LibraryThe Boston Public Library McKim Building holds the library’s research collection, exhibition rooms and administrative offices. When it was opened in 1885, it was called a “palace for the people”, and rightly so! The building contains opulent decorations, and a central courtyard surrounded by an arcaded gallery that mimics a Renaissance cloister. Charles Follen McKim designed the building’s facade facing Copley Square off of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, and the arcaded windows off of Leon Battista Alberti's Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini. Today, visitors can see the rare works that are held in the building, and admire the stunning design. 

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge is a modern wonder that spans over the Charles River. As part of the Big Dig project, it opened to the public in 2003, even though it was finished in 2002. This cable stayed bridge is the broadest in the world, holding an incredible ten lanes. While cable stayed bridges are common in Europe, they are a new concept in North America. The Travel Channel named the Zakim Bridge 9th on their list of the “World’s Top Ten Bridges”, and it is a must see when you travel to the city!

Why stop marveling at beautiful design and architecture after you have seen these sites? The Clarendon Square Inn is immaculately decorated to hold a modern yet luxurious feel. Come check in, and enjoy the gorgeous brick work of the South End, as well as the comfort provided by the Clarendon Square Inn!