Meghan Malloy

Burger Bar probably wouldn’t be my first choice for a lunch destination, but the hubby likes a good burger, and I love Hubert Keller. Not to mention that the Burger Bar was within view of our hotel room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco, in the beautiful, Christmas-decorated Union Square Macy’s.

We were seated promptly for our 1:00 reservation and had a great view of Union Square and the Christmas tree setup, not to mention great food photography lighting!

Burger Bar

Since burgers and beer go so well together, I started with an Eel River Organic Porter. It was yummy!

For lunch, I had the veggie burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, jalapenos, and garlic aioli. Burger Bar’s veggie burger is no frozen patty out of a box. It is made of caramelized onions, lentils, mushrooms, peas, brown and white rice, potatoes, and pumpkin! I immediately wanted to recreate it at home.

On the side, we shared the jalapeno fried pickles. If fried pickles are on the menu, I have to have them! Read More »


Boston’s dining scene just keeps getting hotter, and the abundance of new restaurants opened by seasoned and respected chefs is a true testament to the growing foodie culture in the city. Just a couple of weeks ago, former dbar executive chef and past “Chopped” contest Chris Coombs opened the stylish Deuxave, in Back Bay at the intersection of Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenues.

You can quickly escape the hustle and bustle of the city by stepping into Deuxave’s sleek yet comfortable bar area.


When the hostess saw me taking photos, she took me around the restaurant and showed me their wine collection.

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Top Five Boston Brunches

by Meghan Malloy on August 18, 2010


Croque-monsieur at Gaslight

1.) Masa

Masa’s Southwestern twist to brunch adds a kick and loads of flavor to your morning — in my opinion, it has THE best brunch in Boston. The Spicy Bloody Masa — a Bloody Mary made with tequila instead of vodka — and the prix-fixe menu are a great way to kick off the day. Try the Santa Fe-style Eggs Benedict and dream about it for days to come… 439 Tremont Street, Boston; (617) 338-8884 Read More »


Domaine Carneros in the Napa Valley

Everyone knows that San Francisco is an amazing city, full of culture, natural beauty, and great food. But many people go to San Francisco and miss the opportunity to taste some of the country’s greatest wines, just a stone’s throw away in the Carneros wine region. In less than an hour you can be sipping a fine sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, or Chardonnay while breathing in fresh, country air and feasting your eyes on never ending hills and vineyards.

Here are a few suggestions on where to sample California’s finest:

If you are looking for grand, there are few grander estates in the Napa Valley than Domaine Carneros. This manor on a hill offers tableside tasting service as well as several tours daily. Though a teensy bit touristy, I am still glad we visited as their bubbly is top notch, and the architecture is something out of the French countryside.

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