I'm back again with a new edition of Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food & drink events. For now, some of these events will simply be the opening of certain restaurants, generally ones dear to my heart for a variety of reasons. And I hope everyone dines out safely, and tips well.
1) Paella, one of my favorite dishes, and now one of my favorite restaurants is offering Paella for takeout and delivery. Bistro 5, in Medford, now offers Paella Valenciana ($59), a traditional Spanish dish that serves 2 people, and is made with chorizo, clams, mussels, calamari, scallops, saffron, paprika, red peppers, and Calasparra rice. Besides just the Paella, they have a combination special too, including:
--Paella Valenciana w/ Cocktail ($90), which comes with 24 oz of their signature Sangria del Toro.
Their Sangria is made from r ed wine, fresh orange juice, mandarine napolean (orange liqueur), originel calvados, elderflower liqueur, and a selection of fresh fruits.
Bistro 5 is open for dine-in, takeout and delivery
2) Time Out Market Bostot has reopened, now with a newly-expanded patio of 6,000 square feet. "In addition to following government regulations and Boston’s protocols, Time Out Market’s intensified safety precautions and new systems implemented will provide guests with an enjoyable dining experience featuring:
--Air circulation and filtration systems: With high ceilings, the market’s advanced technology air circulation and filtration systems enhance fresh air supply and clean airflow
--Health and safety communication vestibules: Specially created signage at the entrance offers information and sanitizing stations for customers to have a safe and enjoyable experience — sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Market
--Plexiglass partitions: Plexiglass shields at all counters and bars act as a barrier, as well as social distancing partitions on each table to separate dining parties safely
--Contactless ordering: Available on Apple and Android smartphones, the new Time Out Market app allows guests to order and pay without contact. Guests can search ‘Time Out Market’ via the App Store or Google Play to download the app for free. Through the app, guests can track their order progress through email, text and push notifications. .
--Delivery: Menu items from participating eateries will be available for delivery via DoorDash
--Extra cleaning crew: A crew identifiable with their yellow shirts will consistently sanitize all surfaces
To comply with social distancing, the Market will stagger its kitchen re-openings in waves, allowing guests sufficient room for ordering and dining. The first wave on July 29th will include 10 eateries and 2 full service bars. The locally renowned chefs and concepts returning on reopening day include spots such as:
--Chef Jody Adams and her partners Eric Papachristos and Jon Mendez bring Greek Street, a Saloniki spinoff, inspired by the trio’s travels to Greece. Signature Greek Street creations include grilled lamb chops, griddled spanakopita and citrus marinated swordfish souvlaki.
--Chef Michael Schlow has two concepts, Monti Roman Pizzeria and his Italian Kitchen, both of which celebrate honest Italian ingredients coupled with Chef’s simple and superb techniques.
--Revolution Health Kitchen makes visitors feel their best with a delicious and organic plant-based menu. Co-Owners Heather and Dominic Costa offer satisfying salads, hearty soups, acai bowls and smoothies.
--anoush’ella serves Eastern Mediterranean cuisine using fresh, authentic ingredients inspired by the Armenian-Lebanese heritage of owners Nina and Raffi Festekjian. The balanced, fresh and complex flavors are healthy and satisfying and showcased in their mezze of hummus, baba-ganoush and walnut harissa, and warm spices of chicken za’atar.
--BISq offers an eclectic mix of bountiful sandwiches and an expanded selection of big and bold new dishes from Chef Alex Saenz. The menu has changed from before and fried chicken is now available, which is great news.
--Mamaleh’s Delicatessen serves up its signature sandwiches, platters and interpretations of deli classics such as pastrami sandwiches, half-sour pickles, and smoked nova lox on their homemade bagels.
Soon, the Market will also debut Nu Burger, an incubator concept between Time Out Market Boston and Nina Festekjian of anoush'ella which introduces burgers with globally inspired flavors and combinations available exclusively at the Market. All Nu Burgers are 100% angus all natural beef that is hormone, antibiotic and steroid free and served with bread and produce from local purveyors. The Nu Burger is available in 6 varieties including a vegetarian option: Fenway NuBurger, Korean Bulgogi, Pesto Basilico, Artisan, Umami Truffle, and Spicy Cauliflower and there is an additional NuKids Burger option.