2013 was a phenomenal year of eating for me. In fact, I’d say food was one of the best parts of this year. I was lucky enough to have the time to get out of the city more than usual and in the process tried to get to as many new or simply beloved restaurants as possible. Eventide, North, Market and Short and Main were all delicious escapes from Boston; I really couldn’t get enough seafood this year. But just a couple miles away from my house, Tim Maslow opened up one of the most talked about restaurants of the year, Ribelle. I never paid much attention to Washington Square before but now it’s a struggle to drive through the neighborhood on an empty stomach. I went to shoot Ribelle on opening night and to celebrate one of my favorite years of eating, here are some shots of one of my favorite new spots in the city.
Earlier this month I took a trip down to Texas for one beautiful wedding, some quality catch up with old friends and a whole lot of eating. Over the few days I was there I made my way from Houston to San Antonio and from there, Austin. Between shameless amounts of Taco Cabana, I managed to squeeze in some of my favorite meals at Qui, Green, Salt Lick and Torchies.
Earlier this summer a friend and I drove to Charlestown, Rhode Island for a tour of the Walrus and Carpenter Oyster company and a dinner cooked on the shore of Ninigret pond by north’s James Mark. This was an experience that makes you re-evaluate any meal you’ve had in the past or will have in the future. We took boats across the Ninigret Pond where our oyster farming hosts Jules and Phoebe displayed bags of oysters in different stages of development. After plucking a large sack out of the pond, we docked at an ingenious impromptu raw bar and were free to shuck and sip prosecco to hearts content. The boys from north had four courses waiting on the shore; charred tomato panzanella, squid with fermented chilies, quahog and oyster escabeche and a grilled lobster pile.
On these particularly cold and gray days we’ve been having lately, I think back to less than a month ago when I was sunburnt and seaside in Aruba. After making annual trips to the island thanks to a trusty timeshare, I’m always excited to find something new whenever I return. After getting multiple tips about this place, we finally stopped in for lunch on our last day. This pay-by-weight fish shack has a basic menu; catch of the day, shrimp, plantains and french fries but between the simple and delicious food, dockside dining and dollar beers, it’s clear there’s nothing basic about Zeerover. There’s no stuffy crowd here; everyone is sandwiched on picnic tables between groups locals and more adventurous tourists. This is hands down one of the most authentic, affordable and freshest meals in Aruba.
Savaneta 270, Savaneta, Aruba
One of my only food truck woe’s is how inaccessible parking is around most of the spots where the trucks operate. After seeing Roxy’s pork butt poutine special posted, I found myself circling around Dewey Square hopelessly, for once wishing I had just taken the train. I couldn’t be happier that I finally found a parking spot because that poutine was absolutely worth all the driving frustration.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Like a lot of people, I can’t go for much longer than a week without intensely craving some sushi. I was delighted when I went to photograph a story about Cafe Sushi’s Chef Seiji and his sushi Oshizushi style and learned about this method for the first time. Oshizuku style consists of forming the ingredients into a box form, rather than the traditional roll. The Oshizushi menu features unadulterated and delicious fish; you won’t find any spicy mayo on these items.
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