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Five Finds on Friday: Kristyne Bouley


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kristyne Bouley, Pastry Chef of The Ivy Inn, who, after graduating from New England Culinary Institute worked in top kitchens like NYC’s Prune and Cookshop and New Orleans’ Herbsaint and Cochon. Bouley’s picks:

1) Bulgogi Sliders with Sunny Side Up Egg from Sussex Farm at The City Markets. “I love the farmers’ market and one of the first stops is to visit with Jenny! I love everything about this — sweet, savory, and a PERFECT sunny side up egg. My favorite part of the slider is that once you pick it up you are committed to eating it, there is no putting it down because you’ll never be able to pick it back up again without a fork. I can also eat the kimchi straight from the container.”

2) Fish and Chips with a 40 Mile IPA at Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery. “The Fish and Chips is by far some of the best batter fried fish I’ve had since leaving Maine fifteen years ago. My favorite thing about the obviously fresh fish and crispy fries is that it is piping hot – I love the steam that bursts out of freshly fried fish. I always get the 40 Mile IPA with the fish. It lightens up the meal and is one of my go to beers even at home.”

3) Brownies from Cocoa & Spice. “Chocolate chunks in a dark fudgy brownie, there is nothing that can possibly be bad about this. I always buy two, claiming one is for my children. I like to take one and put it in the freezer and in the middle of the week dig it out and eat it frozen. I am the parent that hides sugar from my kids . . . sometimes I do share.”

4) Cherry Limeade Popsicle from Wiffle Pops at The City Market. “I spend most Saturday mornings at The City Market with my children, and this is their favorite and one of mine. Kenneth usual gets Cookies and Cream with the surprise of a whole Oreo in the center and Florence gets Grasshopper. I get the sweet and tart Cherry Limeade. It’s an adult popsicle  being on the tart side which is perfect for the summer.”

5) Angels on Horseback and PFO Pan Roast at Public Fish & Oyster.”The first time I went here with my husband there was almost a fight over the Angels on Horseback. Bacon and oysters are perfect together, and lightened up with the lime makes it better for a summer night.”

Five Finds on Friday: Bryan Kelly


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Bryan Kelly, Executive Chef of Harvest Moon Catering. On February 6, Kelly will be part of a stellar line-up of chefs at a special dinner to raise money for the National MS Society.  Kelly will join Tucker Yoder of Eljogaha, Christian Kelly of Maya, and Mark Otis to prepare six courses paired with wines. Among the excellent local purveyors to be featured are Harvest Thyme Herbs, The Rock Barn, The Local Food Hub, Seafood @ West Main, a.m. Fog Mushroom Farm, Gabriele Rausse, and more.  $100 per person, with proceeds to fight multiple sclerosis.  Location TBD. Email for tickets and more info. Meanwhile, Kelly’s picks:

1)  Budino at Lampo.  “My wife and I love going here for a night cap to end most of our dates. We love the budino. It always a great way to head home.”

2) Jack’s Java Espresso Stout from Three Notch’d Brewery.  “I absolutely love every beer Dave and his team crafts but Jack’s Java is on a different level for me. It’s always very difficult to limit my intake after work.”

3)  The Hotness at Citizen Burger Bar.  “No better place to watch sports with my family then Citizen Burger Bar. Burgers are my favorite food on earth and The Hotness is the one I enjoy the most.”

4)  Dried Fried Eggplant at Peter Chang’s.  “I could eat this all day long. Love all the numbing qualities this dish has to offer. It is always something I start with when eating at Peter Chang’s.”

5)  Everything at C&O Restaurant.  “I have known Dean for many years, first having met him when we were both apprentices at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. The C&O is always great food and well thought out.”


Five Finds on Friday: Thomas Leroy


Photo by Milo Farineau.

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Thomas Leroy, chef of the new Kardinal Hall, now open. Leroy’s picks:

1) Gambas al’ Parilla at MAS Tapas. “Huge jumbo grilled shrimp in their shells with alioli. The cooking in the shell process makes the shrimp retain their juicy texture, sprinkled with coarse sea salt.  I personally enjoy the crunch of the shell and the blend with the rich garlicky alioli.”

2) The Superman at The Juice Laundry. “Always a great start of my day to get a smoothie from those guys.  The lineup of drinks uses organic fruits and it’s vegan. Nor only are we neighbors, but those folks are awesome people.”

3)  Prosciutto Pizza at Lampo. “I love the Neapolitan-style crust and burnt edge that gives a smoky flavor to each bite.  I’ve known a few of the owners for a long time and you can tell they put their soul into their food. Everyone can make a pizza, but they are the best for this particular style.”

4)  Cheese from Flora Artisanal Cheese.  “Pretty much anything Nadjeeb passes me over his counter to taste at Timebrcreek Market is gold. I remember our days at Whole Foods and I could always count on him to understand the value and depth of what the people here call a ‘stinky cheese.'”

5)  Jack’s Java Stout from Three Notch’d Brewery.  “I’m not a huge dark beer fan but once Dave Warwick gave me a sample at a beer dinner we did together I was hooked. It’s basically drinking a strong iced coffee espresso with the added bonus of alcohol in it.  It’s hard to pick one beer from Three Notch’d, because the entire lineup is solid and the brewmaster’s passion is felt in every sip.”

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