Archive for October, 2010

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Bodacious Bahn Mi (I am starting to dread the alliteration)

October 20, 2010

What more do you want from a good sandwich than for it to be inexpensive, quickly made, filled with fresh ingredients, and most importantly, delicious? That is exactly what New Saigon in Chinatown provides for you if you stop in for one of their Bahn Mi sandwiches.

Offering a variety of different fillings from beef to tofu, these sandwiches are packed to the brim with fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. Topped with a little mayo, these feisty little sandwiches are packed with so many different flavors that somehow don’t fight each other. There is sweetness from the pickled veggies, sourness from the sauce used to cook the main ingredient, heat from the jalapenos, and whatever you want to call the flavor cilantro gives you, this sandwich has plenty of it.

For the low low low price of $3, this hearty sandwich can keep you full for a while. The crusty French baguette holds a lot of the flavors of the sauce and mayo, but it seemed to be a little on the stale side. They do offer a few other items, such as fresh made spring rolls and cans of soda. It takes about a minute to go from placing your order to sitting on one of the two stools enjoying your food, so you don’t need to take a ton of time out of your day to get a sandwich (and happen to be near Chinatown, that is).

So if you are looking for a quick meal, for a great price, that is actually tasty and filling, stop into New Saigon and get one of their Bahn Mi sandwiches, you will not be disappointed.

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Cheap Cheese Chic

October 4, 2010


Looking for a cheap, delicious bar snack to satisfy your hunger between meals, preferably with a beer to go with it? Well hop into Tory Row in Harvard Square and order the Curry apricot cheese spread, as it is probably the best way to spend $5 you will find these days.

Served in a ramekin on a butcher block with a sliced Nashoba Brook Bakery baguette and another ramekin of baby sweet/hot peppers, this cheese spread is about as surprisingly good as anything could get.   I originally thought that the flavors would combat each other, but instead they seem to complement each other well.  There is sweetness, probably because of the apricot, and nuttiness, mostly because of the cheese, and then some complex flavors provided by the curry.  Working together in unison, they meld into one wild taste explosion, just begging to be spread on more and more of the baguettes.  Heck, fill one of the peppers they come with and chomp on them for even more heat!

While Tory Row isn’t exactly my favorite place to eat and drink in Harvard Square, this little dish is quickly becoming one of the best, especially for the price.  Pop in on a nice day to sit outside and share this tiny meal  with a friend, or after a hard day’s work, pull up a stool, order a pint, and go at this snack with reckless abandon, enjoying the flavors while toasting the end of another work day!

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