Birds of a Feather

Clover February 23, 2011

Filed under: Beantown,Recipes and food — kcfeather @ 10:19 pm

Over the past 2.5 years or so, K has had quite a lot of thing to think about possible career alternatives to working in higher education.  She actually loves working in higher ed, but dislikes the long job searches (thus prompting her to consider other possibilities).  She was not all that far away from starting the process of developing a business plan for a little lunch cart at the Farm, but was deterred from doing so because a) we knew we would be leaving soon; and b) she got a real job.  But there was such a need for decent lunch options on campus, that it just might have worked (recently there have been some improvements to the situation, but the food service company that held most contracts on campus was detestable).

In any case, imagine her surprise when she found out that one of the best food trucks in the world Boston metropolitan area is parked right outside her new office building.  We are great believers in brown-bagging it (for cost reasons).

But this truck keeps it cheap, and the food is SOOO GOOD, so it’s quite hard to resist.  Among the rotating menu options that have become near and dear to K:

  • Breakfast Sandwich (with a poached egg, sharp cheddar, tomato, salt and pepper – simple, but really hits the spot)
  • Popovers with apple butter
  • Chickpea fritter sandwich
  • African peanut soup
  • Potato leek soup
  • Pretty much any soup that they make (was bummed to miss the Coconut-Shitake Soup the other day)

There’s a location (what they call a “lab”) not too far from C’s office as well.  He’s become a big fan of their coffee.

Anyhow, just thought we’d share about one of the little things that we enjoy here in Cambridge.

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Nor’easter(s) February 2, 2011

Filed under: Beantown,The everyday — kcfeather @ 2:58 am

“Nor’easter” is New England-ese for a snow storm or blizzard.  And this week we’re getting a nor’easter double-header: the snow started falling this morning around 7 am, and didn’t let up until about 7 this evening.  That was storm #1.  Within the next 8 hours (read: while we sleep), storm #2 is going to hit.  The snow will start falling (again) and continue through most of tomorrow.  If we’re lucky, it might turn into “Wintry Mix” by late afternoon.  Because let’s face it – there’s nothing like an evening commute in freezing icy rain.  Many of you might think, “that just sounds like one really long storm.”  I agree – it does.  But I am deferring to the weather people, who insist this is really two separate storm systems.

Our apologies that this blog has turned into a weather report (though some members of my extended family might have predicted this).  It turns out that even born and bred Bostonians spend an awful lot of time talking – and complaining – about the weather.  This winter is apparently much worse than most, particularly in terms of snowfall.  In some ways I think it would be fun if this year was a record-breaker, but C strongly disagrees.  We both concur, however, that – given that we’ve already put up with a lot – it would be just swell if the snowfall at least measured up to another new Bostonian: Shaq.  You can track that online, thanks to the Globe.