Beer, sunshine and Thai tapas

I woke up this morning, had a leisurely breakfast, headed to the gym, baked some goodies for my dad and then sat down to blog. I uploaded the pictures from yesterday onto my computer and only then realized what a wind whirl of a day it was. Seriously, my dad asked me how “yesterday was” when I talked to him today and I couldn’t even remember what happened. Good thing I take pictures of everything, huh? ๐Ÿ˜†

So get ready – you are about to go on a fun long ride with me. Let’s start with breakfast. You’ve heard it’s the most important meal of the day, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

BREAKFAST

French toast with yogurt cream and fresh local strawberries + coffee

I made the french toast by dipping 2 slices of bread in 2 egg whites, beaten with a splash of milk, salt and cinnamon; the yogurt cream is 2% greek yogurt with 1t of maple syrup. Yum!

The bread was not just some ordinary bread, this is When Pigs Fly maple, pineapple, raisin with toasted sesame and ginger bread. Oh yeah! :) See the pineapple chunk in the corner there?

After blogging about our dinner at L’Espalier the night before, I cleaned the house and got ready for the American Craft Beer Fest. I also made lunch to-go: fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato & sun-dried tomato pesto sandwich.

I ate most of it on our walk over to the beer fest. Unsurprisingly my craving for dessert hit immediately. The best part of it was that we were right by Flour Bakery in Fort Point. Sweet. :)

This location is so much bigger than the South End one. There was still a line for the goods, but at least I wasn’t elbowed every 2 seconds. :) I LOVE the giant windows too. Gorgeous space for sure!

So much to choose from… I changed my mind 4 times before it was my time to order.

It was definitely a tough choice but I finally decided to try the vegan low fat chocolate cake. Isn’t it pretty?

It was more of a double chocolate muffin in my opinion. It was moist and delicious. I picked at it throughout the afternoon. Thank god I plan these things because food offerings at the beer fest were pretty much my nightmare.

The fest was crazy. SO many people. This was taken about half-way through the line. At least it was moving the entire time.

Inside it was even more crowded. There were more than 400 beers available so I guess a lot of people are into that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There were lines for every booth but we still got to taste quite a few beers (I usually just took a sip or 2 and dumped it out).

My favorites:

-> Kinda Blue blueberry wheat beer by Boulder Beer

-> Jah-va coffee stout by Southern Tier

I think it’s around this time that I ran into Sues from We are not Martha. So fun. She quickly busted out her camera for a picture together. I followed suit. ๐Ÿ˜€

Other favorites…

-> Sour beer from the Haverhill Brewery. I enjoyed it “straight” and with some raspberry syrup. It was very light and refreshing. :)

Left Hand Brewing Company had a pretty smooth milk stout

The Blue Hill brewery had a yummy watermelon wheat beer. I love 21st Amendment watermelon wheat beer as well (it’s in a can!). I didn’t do a side-by-side tasting but they tasted similar to me by memory.

A few random pics from the event…

Pretzel necklaces are awesome. I am doing this next time we go anywhere. ๐Ÿ˜†

We also saw another blogger celebrity. Hehe. Josh from Lost in the Beer Aisle.

He was working hard so we didn’t bug him too much. He did stop for a quick photo-op. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hi, Josh!

The event was 3.5 hours and let me tell you – that’s a long time to drink for… especially when you have to work for it. My feet were killing me from standing for this long. I was trying to be a good sport but Adam knew I was running out of fuel. Overall, I’d say this is a great event if you are a huge beer fan and want to sample lots of beer in several-hours’ time span. I am not much of a beer drinker so the crowds and long lines got to me. I think Adam (and our friend Gary who came with us) had fun but still prefer the more intimate atmosphere of the Extreme Beer fest at the Cyclorama so they most likely will not be back to this event next year.

By the time we walked home in the 90* weather, Adam and I were beat. We plopped ourselves on the couch on our patio and nearly fell asleep. A well air-conditioned apartment woke us up a bit and after a few hours we were finally ready to get out again for some Thai tapas at Ronnarong in Sommerville. We hadย  a Groupon to use. ๐Ÿ˜€

Wait, wait – I did have a piece of cookies ‘n cream cheesecake first….

Ok, now we’re at Ronnarong! :mrgreen:

They had a little patio outside and we chose to enjoy our meal (and the beautiful weather) out there.

Have you ever had Thai tapas? I’ve never even heard of this concept and was very intrigued by it. We orderd 5 tapas to share (they came out to roughly $35 which is what our Groupon was for… we paid just $15 for it!). The menu was very creative and the presentation of every dish was gorgeous (as you’ll see in a second). Not to spoil the surprise, but we really loved the place!

I ordered some jasmine tea to have with our tapas.

Homemade shrimp curry cakes – shrimp ground in patties, served with cucumber sauce (Tod mund)

These were a great texture and very flavorful. The sweet and spicy sauce was fantastic as well.

Ronnie’s spicy squid with Thai herbs and chili

The sauce was flavorful and I loved that the squid was grilled, not fried. Adam didn’t care for some of the herbs so I ate most of this dish. :)

Papaya salad with string beans, ground peanuts and tomatoes

This is a dish I always order at Thai restaurants to compare their quality. I just love it. It’s so refreshing and spicy. This is the best papaya salad I’ve had in the Boston area!!

Tofu satay with grilled vegetables and special spicy sauce

Simple fried tofu with a spice rub and really yummy zucchini disks. I liked this but wish that there were more vegetables as the description suggests.

Tasty pork bbq

Adam picked this one and basically ate it all. I had a tiny bite and didn’t really care for it. It seemed pretty bland and of course the fact that I didn’t know the source of this meat did not help me enjoy it either. Adam said that the spice really built up as he ate. He was sweating bullets by the time he was done with this one. ๐Ÿ˜†

Overall we really loved the restaurant. I wish we ordered the pad thai too but we tried to stick to our groupon budget. I hope they open another location in Boston. Going to Sommerville is a bit of a pain for us. ๐Ÿ˜€

And so, with satisfied bellies, we headed home and watched 3 episodes of Entourage season 6. What a fun day! I’m still recovering from it. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Have you ever been to a beer or wine fest? Any Thai food lovers out there? Have you ever had Thai tapas?

I’m off to taste test some treats for my dad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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20 comments to Beer, sunshine and Thai tapas

  • I am so jealous of your flour trip…I love that place because I lived a block away from the south end location my senior year of college. The double chocolate cookie is made with some quality chocolate…you must try it! I haven’t been to a wine or beer event other than wine tasting, but I am sure it would be fun. I don’t drink beer but I am sure a wine one would be wonderful. I love thai but have never had it tapas style, how interesting!

  • I’ve been to that restaurant and posted about it a while back, it was really good! We had a groupon too, they are the best ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wow!
    Such gorgeous pics, Elina!
    That vegan low fat chocolate cake, though.. Was definetely the highlight!
    Hahahahhahaha :)
    Wish you a wonderful week, love!
    Brazilian XOXOยดs,
    Gabriela

  • Liz

    Last weekend, Ryan volunteered at a local Beer Festival. He worked half of the event which provided him with free admission and a bunch of “swag” lol I would like to have gone with him, but it is definitely more of his thing. I have a few beers I like, but he loves to keep trying new ones.

    That Thai food looks delicious! I’ve never heard of Thai tapas before, but it looks like a great idea.

  • I love Groupons and use them quite frequently! (One this weekend in fact!) I also love Craft Beer but had a feeling it was going to be an insane crowd. The scene reminds me of the Phantom Gourmet Food and Wine fest I attended 2 years ago. I still got drunk but had to stand in line to do it, (and I didn’t return to this years event.) Oh well. I’ve never had Thai tapas but I am so glad you enjoyed the restaurant.

  • I need to always wear a pretzel necklace from this day on.
    You look beautiful and I love your dress!

  • What an action packed day! Everything looks wonderful, starting with your french toast! It looks professionally made and photographed!

    Glad dinner was so good….Groupons are great!

  • Thank you for this enthusiastic review and great photos!
    Please come back for Pad Thai as our guest (and check out our expanding craft beer list, not yet showing on our web pages)
    -HPatt (anglo admin manager for Ronnie)

  • I loooooooooooove Thai food and got to eat the real deal in Thailand.
    Green papaya salad is my favorite too ๐Ÿ˜€ I actually learned how to make it in Thai cooking school (!) and it’s actually really easy (once you get your hands on a green papaya)

  • I love beer fests. Last year my husband and I went to a Strong Ale Festival in Boulder, CO and it was so much fun but I agree, even with the small samples you get filled up fairly fast. We usually can only handle a couple hours before getting really tired!

    It’s a blast though.

  • The beer fest looks like fun! I’ve never been to one. I do love going to the Virgina wine fests in the DC area a few times a year. I always end up drinking wayyyyy too much but hey, two times a year you can’t beat a solid day of awesome wine, lots of sunshine and good friends :).

  • whatever that crumble cake bar thing is in the front of the pic before the double chocolate muffin, id love to have <3 it looks so good!

    hey, who says u cant have fun with samples right! haha NICE <3

  • yum! I wish I could have been your buddy for the day. I am not a huge beer drinker, but I love me some BBC coffeehouse porter and Boston Beerworks Watermelon. And I would love to join you for Thai tapas. Good palettes eat alike!

  • Thai Tapas sounds awesome! And I was at that Flour today, had a delicious sandwich, they really know how to do it right there!

  • i LOVE flour!! its so fun!! I am not such a beer drinker but an event like that, I would have a blast for sure!, how can you not?!?!

    LOVE your dress too!

  • Mmmmm…Left Hand Milk Stout. Good stuff.

    Thanks for stopping by to see me. You’re right, it was CRAZY busy pouring for people. The line of people just didn’t end. I had a ton of fun volunteering for the event and I’ll definitely be volunteering again.

    -Josh

  • Love love your dress!! Mind if I ask where it’s from??

  • Elina

    Christina – thanks! I got it on ideeli last year. Sorry :)

  • Thanks, good to know – I need to check that site out!

  • Love, love, love all your Flour pictures! I am surprised at how good the vegan chocolate cakes are. And it’s funny… your homemade sandwich is very similar to one that we sell at Flour… that I like to order for lunch sometimes!

    Also, I really love your yogurt cream idea, and I’m planning to try it on some waffles or French toast very soon.

    Hope you’re having a good week!

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