5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now
Wondering what to eat and drink in Boston this weekend? The Dish is a weekly guide to five things in the local restaurant and bar scene that are on my radar right now. Email me at [email protected] to let me know what other food and drink I should check out.
1. Consider These 2 New Ice Cream Options For Your Next Dessert Race
Not that we need a reason to eat more ice cream, but here are two very good ones: Cloud Creamery and Sweet Tree Creamery. The first, a Framingham-based cannabis-infused ice cream and sorbet brand, released its first flavors – Tanzanian vanilla, mango yuzu sorbet and dark chocolate truffle – in early June. Right now you can find the ultra creamy range at Caroline’s cannabis, Bud’s Goods, and western front, with other dispensaries on the way (this mango yuzu sorbet sounds unbelievable). Not in edibles? If you are a big FoMu fan like me, you’ll want to add Sweet Tree Creamery to your list. FoMu founder Deena Jalal founded this new dairy-free brand in partnership with New England Ice Cream, and recently launched with classic flavors like Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl. It’s currently only available at a handful of restaurants and scoop shops, including Daddy’s dairy in Braintree, Hough a lot of balls in Quincy, Shawarma and shakes in East Weymouth, and Soc ice cream in Saugus.
I know the go-to move in Perillas is the bowl of bibimbap, but listen to me: the quick and laid-back Korean spot is throwing a grand opening party at their new Brighton location this weekend, and the samgyupsal pork belly bowl is where it’s at. Stop by the celebratory shindig on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to order the bowl, hang a Honeycomb dairy ice cream tacos and enter a raffle to win prizes (like a new Playstation 5). Music! Food! Ice cream! It looks like a solid Saturday afternoon.
Pride month is well underway and there are still plenty of restaurants and eateries offering food and events to benefit LGBTQ organizations. Here’s another one to add to your list: Sweet Cheeks Q’s Pride Cake, a technicolor slice from Dee Steffen Chinn of Big Heart Hospitality. It has tons of frosting. He has rainbows and candy hearts. How not to eat it and smile? Bonus: Part of the profits will benefit Bagly, the Boston LGBTQ + Youth Alliance.
I know you might already have a favorite ramen spot, but it’s good to put your eve to the test sometimes. Enter WakuWaku, which opened in Chinatown earlier this month. You can find the ramen supplier at 2 Tyler Street, where they have a handful of ramen options (but unfortunately not tsukemen, which is probably my favorite way to eat ramen). There’s a signature WakuWaku bowl with spicy sesame pork broth; yuzu shio ramen; and mazemen, a soupless ramen with poached egg. Ramen without soup? But why? It might change your mind.
There are many ways to honor Juneteenth this weekend, from visiting a black-owned restaurant to capturing the Screening of “Summer of Soul” by the MFA the Saturday. How about raising a glass? At MIDA, Douglass Williams’ Italian restaurant in the South End, a smash of blueberry whiskey features 1884 whiskey in a small batch of Closest uncle, a major black-owned distillery based in Tennessee. Until Sunday, MIDA will donate all the profits from the cocktail to Rosie’s place, a women’s shelter on Harrison Ave.
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