Cuisine - Italian, Food - General, Foodie Firsts, Places - Massachusetts

Polcari’s Has An App For That

Brett and I went out for date night last night at Polcari’s/Pizzeria Regina on Route 1 in Saugus. At the end of our meal, our server Sheena came out with this little gadget:

iPhone at Polcari's Pizzeria Regina in SaugusAn iPhone (attached to a wooden board) with a preloaded program for guests to input their thoughts about the meal they just had. It’s a simple step-by-step process asking you about your meal, server, cleanliness and how likely you are to recommend the restaurant to friends. The program uses a slider scale from thumbs up to thumbs down for your rating.

It was very easy to understand and input my suggestions and comments. However, at the end when I wanted to submit my thoughts, there was a connection issue that couldn’t be resolved. (I had been checking into Foursquare and Facebook throughout the night in the restaurant so I know my iPhone was working properly.)

Overall, I think it’s a great idea for businesses to make that leap into the 21st Century, using technology to learn more about the people who are sitting at their tables and booths, and creating better experiences based on customer-provided information.

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Cuisine - American, Places - Massachusetts, Recipes

Thanksgiving Dinner at Eurostoves

Turkey dinner at EurostovesThere’s this really awesome cooking school/kitchenware store in North Beverly called Eurostoves. I recently went for a team-building exercise and our group put together a full turkey dinner for Thanksgiving in October.

We learned lots of tips to take the hassle out of the turkey day dinner – like make-ahead dishes to reduce the stress and just enjoy your wacky family. Recipes from the class included:

  • Turkey Brining and Apple Cider Gravy
  • Apple Celery and Smoked Ham Dressing
  • Mashed Potatoes with Sage and Cheddar
  • Marmalade Cinnamon Cranberry
  • Herbed Butternut Bisque (Almost like a dessert soup!)
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Citrus and Coriander
  • Creamed Mushrooms, Onions and Brussels Sprouts (OMG! This is how you get kids to eat brussel sprouts!!)
  • Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
  • Goat Cheese Toasts
  • Potato Broccoli Croquettes (See recipe below)
  • Autumn Trifle

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Cuisine - American, Places - Massachusetts

Review: Tennessee’s Barbecue

Tennessee's Barbecue ExteriorI’m pleased to announce the winner of the latest edition of our “Write the Caption” challenge is Sheri Wagner with “We have to stop meating like this.” Sheri, please email me at christina.relacion@gmail.com so we can arrange how to get you your prize of freshly made baked goods.

Now, you can find that cute piggy and chicken duo from the photo at the Peabody location of Tennessee’s Barbecue located on Route 114.

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Cuisine - American, Places - Massachusetts

Review: The Scotty Dog – Beverly

The Scotty Dog exteriorWe recently left our apartment in Salem, Mass., for a place in Beverly, Mass., just a few minutes north. As we were moving, I noticed The Scotty Dog – a little place serving up Chicago-style hot dogs.

This hot dog stand opened earlier in 2011 on scenic Route 1A. It has a handful of parking spots for car hop service, plus several picnic tables and Adirondack chairs.

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Cuisine - American, Places - Massachusetts, Write the Caption

Write the Caption Challenge 4

Here’s the latest photo for your caption writing pleasure.

Write the Caption Challenge 4

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to write – what I deem to be the most creative caption. If chosen, I’ll send you a little baked treat.

Enter your caption below in the comments section by Aug. 31. Have fun!

P.S. I’ll be back soon with where you can find this chick and piglet!

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