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Blue Ribbon, Toscaninis, Shwarma King, a note on bagels

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Blue Ribbon, Toscaninis, Shwarma King, a note on bagels

Teigan | Jan 15, 2004 09:57 AM

Mom's in town. So we've been hitting all those places I've been craving...

Last night we went to Blue Ribbon in Arlington. Both of us had the pulled pork sandwich. Those baked beans are divine -- I usually don't like beans, but these had such a rich and earthy complex flavor that I ate all of mine -- and then most of hers. (A mother's love is truly amazing.) The sandwich was great, too; the nice young man behind the counter toasted the bun and made sure my pork was extra hot. (I HATE it when food is lukewarm. Huge huge huge pet peeve of mine, which precludes enjoying most take out, since I have no microwave). I liberally sauced mine with the NC Vinegar and a mix of hot and sweet BBQ sauce, so that I was dripping sauce all over my hands. Perfect. Mom had hers a little less sauced. We both concur that for the price you can't get better a dinner in Boston.

Then on the way home we stopped at Toscanini's in Central Square for a hot fudge sundae. Overall, kinda disappointing. The whipped cream was uninspired, the hot fudge wasn't quite as good as I had hoped, and the french vanilla ice cream was less complex than I like. And at nearly 5 bucks -- could have had another pork sandwich.

Before all this, we had lunch at Shwarma King on Beacon Street. What goodness. I had the chicken shwarma with hummus. Mom had a falafel roll up. I think hers was better -- I normally stay away from felafel, as I find it can be bland, but her sandwich was well seasoned and -- um, for lack of a better description, had a really nice mouthfeel. The lettuce and tomato made a nice combo with the felafel. My sandwich was lovely, but uninspired -- my fault for ordering it, I suppose. I prefer a hummus with a little more tang. I did forgo the tahini dressing for hummus -- maybe they make that with a little more zing? It tasted good on Mom's. But for the price - again, how can you go wrong?

Had 2 everything bagels recently. First from Pain D'Avignon. Not good. Too airy. Second was Iggy's multiseed. Much better. Don't like Kupel's, incidentally.

I have been CRAVING roast pork, so will try Hong Kong tonight ... I had a pho from Pho Pasteur in Brookline (with mom in attendance too) with pork in it, but there wasn't enough meat in there for me, though they were kind enough to sub pork for chicken. And I do like the double vegetable option they give you.

More later on the ramblings ...

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