Back Bay, Things to Do, We Love Food

Porkapalooza at The Salty Pig

The Salty Pig

When I saw that the “secret ingredient” at The Salty Pig’s Porkapalooza event was “Pork Trotter” I immediately reached for my phone to ask trusty Google what the hell I was about to eat. One of my dining mates then informed me that it was what it sounded like – pigs’ feet. Makes sense. We were in for a fun ride!

Dartmouth Street’s The Salty Pig has been hosting their own version of an all pork food throw-down called Porkapalooza. For one flat price of $25, you get to sample two family-style dishes made by the two “competing” chefs (it’s all friendly competition over here) and vote on which one is your favorite. This week’s visiting chef was Karen Akunowicz from Myers & Chang fame vs. The Salty Pig’s executive chef Kevin O’donnell.

Once I got a drink, it was time for business. Each dish was separated by numbers, Chef #1 and Chef #2, so as not to spoil the surprise. After a round of small appetizer plates, it was time for the main attraction – the pork!

Chef #1’s dish was braised pork trotter with collard greens, pickled green tomato, and a soft boiled quail egg marinated in soy sauce.

The Salty Pig

Chef #2’s dish was stuffed trotter with lentils and a grape mostarda.

The Salty Pig

I loved the spice in chef #1’s dish. It wasn’t overpowering and grew stronger as you ate. The quail eggs were crazy good, and the pickled green tomatoes cut through the richness of the trotter cake and the spicy sauce.

Chef #2’s presentation was insane. That is a pig’s foot…right there…on my plate. The lentils were perfection and the grape mostarda gave a nice sweetness to the really rich trotter.

Choosing a winner was difficult – they were both so surprisingly (given the somewhat unsettling ingredient) good! After sampling both, all the diners got to vote for their favorites, while the two judges submitted their favorites. Tonight’s judges were Drew Starr, contributing Editor at Eater Boston and Tom O’Keefe, everyone’s favorite man on the street, Boston Tweet.

After tallying the votes, the winner was Chef Karen! Competition aside, it was a really fun way to spend a Monday night. Good company, amazing food, and wonderful atmosphere. I will definitely be checking out The Salty Pig for dinner very soon. If you want to go to Porkapalooza yourself, keep an eye out on Eventbrite’s website. This looks like it’s an event here to stay.


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Bostonian Habits, Transportation and the T

MBTA Mapping Gets a Facelift

The MBTA realized that their current mapping system lends itself to confusing everyone as to why you can’t get to Fenway from the E-Line.

This past spring, the MBTA launched the New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design competition. Vote for your favorite here because the MBTA may use the map with the most favorable public response from this contest as the new MBTA map, so please be sure to vote!!

This one looks pretty snazzy and modern:Survey Map 6 lg



We Love Music

BostonBound: Hall & Oates

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

The dynamic duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates will be headlining Day 1 of the Life is Good Festival in Canton, MA on September 21. The two day event at Prowse Farm features other great acts like Jack Johnson, The Roots, Amos Lee, Dawes, and Delta Raebut c’mon. Let’s be serious. All that really matters is that Hall & Oates will be there.

Tickets are available here.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week: June 26, 2013

Love Lock

In honor of the death of DOMA today: All you need is love.

And is Boston getting its own love locks hot spot? In Seoul, Paris, Rome, New York Chicago, ( maybe DC?) and many others, “lovahs” flock to landmarks to place a padlock – sometimes with names, dates, or quotes written on them – to symbolize and commemorate their love.

And I’ve been noticing more and more locks appearing on the fence by Hynes Convention Center T stop on my commute – much like these heart-shaped ones seen here, taken by We Love Beantown’s own Alex Dupnik. Maybe they were put there on a double love lock date!

Share your love lock story: Have you and your lovah placed a padlock in a famous city or at a famous site? Plan to place one at the Mass. Ave fence yourself? Snap a photo if you do for our Flickr group!

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week: May 29, 2013

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An ode to ponchos.

People have been proudly rocking ponchos for hundreds of years. Granted, it’s been pretty much a South American thing historically – until Disney World. But with New England weather being what it is, Boston is for sure no stranger to this versatile garment.

It doesn’t get much easier than a piece of fabric with a cut-out for your head and a hood. You can make them out of pretty much anything – the city’s many runners will attest to how a garbage bag poncho can keep you dry before a rainy race. And no matter how techy, Gore-Tex-amazing your rain jacket is, I’m guessing you can’t fit it in a clutch, right ladies? Not a problem with a brand-new poncho!

This past weekend, a stacked one with Memorial Day, Boston Calling, the Run to Remember, and “To Boston With Love” at the MFA, also passed on a side of nasty weather on the East Coast. We saw upstate New York get three feet of snow, and parts of Vermont get 13 inches. And, Bostonians felt their fair share of Mother Nature’s wrath too – case in point the folks in this photo, which inspired the reflection on the often underrated awesomeness of ponchos.

We know that the all-knowing weather people are predicting 90 plus temperatures for the next few days, but the next time it gets rainy out (maybe in the next five minutes), throw on a poncho and go frolick and puddle jump your face off.

Take photos and share so that we can show that not only is the poncho extremely functional and efficient attire, but fashionable as well! And we know how good Boston is at that, right GQ?