gabbygatsby Crispy Berkshire pork belly; roasted Harry's strawberries, Anson Mills grits at Alden & Harlow in Cambridge. There are many hits and misses about this dish. The pork was tender and delicious. The grits are very smooth and well seasoned. The strawberries come off as a surprise because it does not only work well with the pork but also the grits, giving the tanginess that cuts the overall richness this dish has. The pork skin, however, is not so crispy and is borderline gummy. You feel it when part of it is stuck in your teeth. Yuck. 20h

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gabbygatsby Chicken fried local rabbit; celery, apple, blue cheese, chili oil at Alden & Harlow. Easily the most intricate looking dish we order. The rabbit is quite crispy and slightly gamey. I like the small salad of diced apple, shaved celery and crumbled blue cheese which can very well pass for another dish. A touch of chili oil makes this dish more exciting with its spiciness. 3d

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gabbygatsby Pickled Verrill Farm corn pancakes; buttermilk, maple, shishito at Alden & Harlow. Woah pancakes! Woah popcorn! I get the connection there. Seems like breakfast gone crazy but the shishito keeps it sane (albeit a little spicier). The combination seems to work and exude fun. However I cannot get pass the fact that the pancakes are quite dry on my visit. 4d

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gabbygatsby English peas & wild mushrooms; 60c egg, pine nut crumble at Alden & Harlow in Cambridge. The dish that I think represent the veggies very well. English peas are prepared in various ways: whole, sauteed and pureed. I lose track of how many mushrooms are featured in this but it seems like a bouquet. Throwing in sous vide egg sounds redundant tese days but it works well for this dish. It is delightful and delicious. Not to mention the cast iron mini pan wins my heart everytime! 5d

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gabbygatsby Ubiquitous kale salad; fennel, creamy pistachio at Alden & Harlow. Such funny name! I am glad this kale salad is not the same as others. The kale comes in two forms: shredded fresh leaves and crisped ones. Talking about different textures! The pistachio is transformed into the creamy dressing that fits well with this arguably vegetarian dish. 6d

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gabbygatsby Chips & three-onion dip at Alden & Harlow in Cambridge. The chips are thin and crispy, but the prize goes to the unabashedly rich onion dip that beats any dip, mayo-based or not. So the three onions here are caramelized onion (yum), shallot (yum) and scallion (hella yum). You feel the fat in every scoop of this onion-y heaven, but you cannot help it but eat more. 7d

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gabbygatsby Asado de Huesos; roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade at Toro in South End. I love this dish so much. First of all, bone marrow is one of the best things you can possibly put in your mouth. So creamy and fatty and rich. You have that with freshly toasted baguette and the rich, slightly sweet red wine-braised oxtail marmalade. Then you have that citrus and radish salad that imparts spiciness and sourness. Full of flavors, second to none. 1w

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gabbygatsby Maiz asado con alioli y queso cotija; grilled corn with aioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese at Toro. This is what everyone raves about at Toro. It was not just a hype at all. Those corn cobs are delicious; very creamy and cheese and tangy. 2w

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gabbygatsby Uni bocadillo; pressed uni sandwich with miso butter and pickled mustard seeds at Toro in South End, Boston. One of the restaurant's best dishes. Very rich and umami-packed. I mean, a load of uni doused in miso and butter! Who wouldn't love that? 2w

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gabbygatsby Day off treat! Having lunch at H Mart in Central Square. This is Home Run Curry at Go! Go! Curry, packed with toppings of pork sausage, pork katsu, shrimp and hard-boiled egg. The curry is thick and has somewhat complexity and richness (chocolate?). 2w

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gabbygatsby Whole grain berry salad; Four Star Farms wheatberries, cilantro, miso-honey vinaigrette, pickled cranberries, housemade spiced peanut brittle at Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Such delightful summer salad with different textures and tastes. 3w

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gabbygatsby Shrimp and grits; bacon lardon, poached egg at Eastern Standard. Very solid food combination (I had it for brunch). Shrimps were breaded-- tender inside and very crispy out. Grits were creamy and delicious. 3w

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gabbygatsby Trying out the long-awaited Boston branch of Totto Ramen that opens in Allston! This is Mega Ramen; packed with chashu pork slices, shredded chashu pork, bean sprouts, garlic, onion and scallion. Sadly this one couldn't hold a candle to its NYC version. The pork, the broth, the noodle-- not exactly bad but I've had better. 3w

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