November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Upper Crust
222 Newbury St.
Sun. – Wed. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fri. – Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Upper Crust is my go-to pizza place in Boston. Now, if you read my About Me page, you’re probably wondering why I eat pizza if I don’t eat dairy products. Well, I don’t eat pizza usually. But when I do, it’s Upper Crust. (Sadly, there is no vegan option.)
I paid a visit to the Upper Crust on Newbury Street with a friend to get a couple slices this weekend. If you don’t know how it works, I’ll lay it out for you. If you want to order by the slice, you have six options: cheese, pepperoni or the Slice of the Day, each on regular or whole wheat crust. (The Slice of the Day changes every day, and is always something delicious, like pineapple and gorgonzola.) Beyond that, they offer some whole pies with a variety of delicious toppings.
Here’s a rundown of the prices:
Slice of cheese: $3
Slice of pepperoni: $3.25
Slice of the Day: $3.57
(Regular and whole wheat crust cost the same)
Whole pizzas range in price from $14.25 to $20.75.
The Upper Crust is the perfect place to stop in on a chilly autumn afternoon and grab a slice with a friend. Usually one slice is good, they’re pretty big. It’s always pretty busy in the Newbury Street location, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a seat. But when you finally sit down and take a bite, savor the crispy, thin crust and perfect proportion of sauce to cheese. And the soundtrack can’t be beat: “Waterfalls” by TLC was playing as I left the shop.
The Upper Crust doesn’t have a student discount, but its does have a frequent visitor card – buy 10 slices, get the next one free. I forgot my card when I went. Oh, well.
My personal favorite is the cheese, and maybe some customers’ favorite too, but The Upper Crust is known for it’s Slice of the Day. It’s always changing, so be prepared for a surprise!
September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Sadly, I do not own Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters, this copy is from the Boston Public Library. My friend Anne turned me on to Alice’s cookbooks when she showed me her wonderful cookbook, The Art of Simple Food (Sidenote: If you happen to be one of the six people who took out one of the only six copies of The Art of Simple Food from the BPL, return it! Please!).
I am a huge fan of Alice’s. She’s all about local, organic food, and making delicious recipes from those ingredients. The Art of Simple Food is like a great encyclopedia of simple recipes. So when I read about Chez Panisse Vegetables in GQ (the feature that had the cookbook isn’t online, otherwise I would link to it) I knew I had to check it out. Well, it’s great, and I like it for a number of reasons.
1. Just like The Art of Simple Food, this cookbook isn’t just a book of recipes, it’s a compendium of dishes to make with pretty much any vegetable you have on hand. It’s organized by vegetable, so all you have to do is look up what you’ve got. And the recipes couldn’t better. She’s got traditional recipes, and some that don’t give any measurements or cooking times, a la Mark Bittman.
2. The introduction is fascinating. It talks about how Alice’s restaurant, Chez Panisse, began and the importance of selecting the freshest local produce. My favorite line: “Look for vegetables that look right back at you!”
3. The illustrations. They’re made to look like old-fashioned, stamped images, and they’re really well done. Take a look:
4. The typeface of the book title is reminiscent of the Harry Potter Lumos typeface, except I think this book came first, so perhaps it’s safe to say that J.K. Rowling is an Alice Waters fan?
Usually I like a cookbook with pictures, but I like that this one doesn’t have any. Like the introduction says, you should learn to trust your intuition when you cook, and pictures would make the cook too dependent on the cookbook.
Chez Panisse Vegetables is, in my opinion, indispensable. I can’t wait to cook a recipe from it!