well, i sure haven't eaten anywhere new and exciting of late to regale the board with (and my virgin trip to o'fado was cruelly crushed by the "on vacation 'til september" sign that greeted me there in peabody on sunday--i was forced to drown my sorrows with a large pistachio ice cream cone from richardson's in middleton), but i've at least been trying to get out of my rut with regards to what i always eat at a couple places that have seen much board coverage in the past.
i ventured beyond the torta al pastor at tacos lupita in somerville and finally ordered the torta de lengua. this was good--the meat was flavorful and had a good texture, though my bread was a bit soggy. i think that was my fault though, as i didn't eat my take out right away and it might have suffered from sitting. also stuck with the standard cheese pupusas and curtido, which were tasty as always.
also moved myself off of the usual double cooked pork at zoe's and tried the pork shoulder dish form the sichuan menu....this was a really nice offering, and lovingly assembled even for takeout. nice fatty strips of pork on top of a flavorful mush of meat and spices that had a really interesting taste that i can't quite identify. pretty darn good, but i can't say it'll knock the double cooked pork or duck with funny pepper off of my regular rotation. ;) the basic spicy dumplings and red bean pancake here were also up to their usual quality.
anyone else try anything new at their usual stomping grounds lately?