“Pig out” at event at Cambridge’s Pagu

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Tracy Chang’s critically acclaimed Pagu, a Japanese/Spanish tapas restaurant in Central Square marks its third anniversary August 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. The date is also Chef Chang’s 32nd birthday as well as her pug dog, Pearl’s second.

The Suckling Pig Roast will offer two styles of pig served by friends Priscilla Capistrano and Amanda Ryan who will cook two Philippine style along with Jonathan Cardona and Jose Jiminez who will prepare two more, Mexican style.

Guests will feast on both styles with sides and desserts (including the Filipino shaved ice sundae halo-halo). In addition, Chef Chang will serve two popular soft serve flavors — Matcha with Chocolate Nibs and Black Sesame Seed. Beverages will be a la carte  and will feature such specials as a $30 Rose Porron served in a traditional spanish glass Porron pitcher.

Tickets are $45 dollars apiece — pictures with Pearl the pug on the patio are free! 

Walk-ins are welcome but with only four pigs and finite seating indoors and on the patio, the event is expected to sell out quickly.  Tickets are $45 apiece. For reservations, go to https://bit.ly/2YTQ6Cm.








The Spirit(s) World – Expresiones Del Corazón

A barrel-aged spirit, Corazón Tequila from Buffalo Trace, recently came onto the market in a limited line after an unusual, unique aging process. The whiskey barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery originally held whiskey aged 22 years or more.

The new tequila tastes of wood, caramel, almond, chocolate and even ripe plum and “lightly roasted coffee” on the finish, Expresiones Del Corazón points out. Buffalo Trace calls the new spirit “Old 22” and points out that “all the magic” takes place in the barrels. The new tequila tastes of wood, caramel, almond, chocolate and even ripe plum and “lightly roasted coffee” on the finish, Expresiones Del Corazón declares.

The Corazón brand, which falls under the Sazerac umbrella, is produced in Acatic, Los Altos Jalisco at the Casa San Matías Distillery, which has more than 130 years of tequila making experience. That tequila-making experience paired with Buffalo Trace Distillery’s renowned whiskey-making expertise creates an exciting new lineup for this fifth release of Expresiones del Corazón.

The Expresiones del Corazón line has won numeroustop awards over the years for various limited release expressions. Most recently, Sazerac Rye Añejo was awarded a Double Gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo was awarded a Gold medal. Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo received a Gold medal at the 2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.

“The unique aging process mixed with the impressive feedback we continue to receive from competitions worldwide tells us that our combination of Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon barrels and Corazón Tequila is a perfect match,” Tequila Marketing Director Megan Hurtuk points out. “We are so excited for everyone to experience this year’s line-up of Expresiones del Corazón.”

Trace Distillery Old 22 has a retail price of $79.99. Casa San Matias, where the tequila is distilled, has a long history of 131 years in Mexico. While using traditional production methods, it is said to have been the tequila industry’s first producer to participate in a carbon footprint program promoted by the United Nations to combat global warming and is also one of only four tequila companies to use a biogdester to be environmentally friendly methods. The brand “falls under the Sazerac umbrella,” the producers say.

            Using 100 percent blue agave from the highlands of Jalisco, the brix for Expresiones del Corazón are measured to determine sugar levels before harvest, rather than a traditional clear cut.  Two sets of agave were harvested, one with a lower sugar content and flavored a little drier, and one with a higher sugar content considered a little sweeter for agave, resulting in more floral notes. The result was a harmonization of the two sets of agave in the Blanco, which was then used as the base for the other Expresiones del Corazón.

            The agave is slow cooked in stone ovens before being distilled in stainless steel pots using fresh spring water from the Jalisco highlands. The filled barrels are stored in the first row at Casa San Matías aging facility in Acatic, Los Altos Jalisco, where the barrels receive the ideal level of air flow to aid in the aging process. The barrels are then evaluated every two months until the desired characteristics are achieved. They are then bottled as single barrel tequilas. The suggested retail price is $79.99. For more information on Sazerac, visit http://www.swazerac.com.



The Spirit(s) World – Corazon Tequila

Bravo to Corazón Tequila Blanco


CHICAGO – Congratulations to Corazón Tequila Blanco, named World’s Best Blanco today at the 2019 World Tequila Awards here. The Corazón family of tequilas also received  awards for Expresiones del Corazón Sazerac Rye Añejo – Gold, Expresiones del Corazón Old 22 Añejo – Silver, Extra Añejo – Gold, Reposado – Silver, and Añejo – Bronze.

Judging took place in three round – tasting the first round in respective categories, the second chose from “Best” award recipients in each category from the first, and the third repeated the second round to select World’s Best. The judges included a range from interenational journalists to industry experts.

Corazón Marketing Director Megan Hurtuk noted: “Our partners at Casa San Matias are true artisans. These awards are a testament to their craftsmanship and honor all of the hard working men and women of the distillery.”

The complete list of winners for the 2019 World Tequila Awards can be found at www.http://www.worldtequilaawards.com/winner/Tequila/2019/taste.

To find more information about the Corazón family of tequilas, please visit https://www.tequilacorazon.com/ and for the full list of the competition winners, go to http:/www.worldtequilacorazon.com/winner.Tequila/2019/taste.


4th grade students work to make change

WALLINGFORD, PA – A group of fourth grade students here recently showed that youngsters are capable of making a positive change for the environment after they sent essays to UNO CEO Jim Ilaria urging the restaurant chain to stop using plastic straws.

They pointed to the ways plastic straws thrown out in the ocean harm it and marine life. Impressed by their argument, he instituted the desired change with a new company policy – “by request only” – for the plastic straw option. He also organized a pizza party for the youngsters who contacted  him.

“I was impressed by the logic of their arguments and how they appealed to both my heart and my business mind,” Ilaria notes. “As an avid SCUBA diver who has seen the plastic debris in our ocean and as a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I understand and appreciate the importance of source reduction, recycling and waste minimization. I am proud that I have the ability to make this change and I’m excited to recognize the significant actions of these young students.”

“My students have been energized to make a positive change in this world, especially after learning about the damage caused by single-use plastic straws,” notes the students’ teacher, Mrs. Knight. “It has been such a joy to teach this passionate group of fourth graders, and I am so very grateful to UNO and Mr. Ilaria for recognizing their efforts by changing to a “request only” straw policy AND by hosting a pizza party. It just doesn’t get better than that for a bunch of remarkable ten year olds!”


Anoush’ella opens 2nd restaurant in Lynnfield


Anoush’ella opens 2nd restaurant in Lynnfield

LYNNFIELD, MA –Boston-based Anoush’ella Kitchen owned by Nina and Raffi Festekijian recently opened a second restaurant here in MarketStreet, building upon the success of their initial venture in Boston’s South End.

The name is Armenian and means “May it be Sweet,” reflecting Chef Nina’s belief that food prepared lovingly can awake the palate, enrich the diner’s mind and satisfy the soul.

“The menu,” she declares, “is meant to capture the explosive flavors of Mediterranean street food from my childhood. It’s also the food we raised our now three grown sons on in Winchester  – healthy and delicious.”

Their initial venture which opened in Boston in 2017 won praise and was named “Best Fast Casual Restaurant” in The Improper Bostonian magazine and lauded by The Boston Globe food critic Devra First who described it as what would happen “if two city restaurants, Sofra and sweetgreen had a baby.”

Anoush’ella uses fresh local ingredients including organic and anti-biotic-free meats, and spices come from carefully chosen select providers around the world. Local wines and craft beers complement the cuisine.

Nina and her husband, Raffi, met in Beirut and have been married for two dozen years, using their individual talents, and shared culinary roots to create a unique dining experience.

The new Anoush’ella Kitchen is at 1205 Market St., where the menu is available for delivery from Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats and Door Dash. Visit http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com and http://anushella.com/

New products

Pasture-raised Northeast beef products from Walden Meat

NORTH BILLERICA, MA – All of the meats at Walden Meat Products here are raised in New England or New York with no antibiotics, herbicides or pesticides. Check them out, place an order before June 15, and receive uncured Vermont maple bacon free as an introductory offer. Choose high quality meats with no commitment or contract and the ability to skip, change or cancel an order, share items or delivery dates anytime, the company points out. Join by June 15 (chose the “post card” option for how you heard of the company, and receive uncured Vermont bacon for free. Visit http://www.waldenlocalmeat.com  or call 978-631-1135. They’ll deliver 100 percent grass fed and finished beef, pasture raised chicken, pork and lamb as well as wild-caught Atlantic fish directly to  your door.

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Ready to “dunk out”? National Donut Day is near…

 CANTON, MA – Coming soon – June 7th – is a “day for donuts” – National Donut Day 2019 and Dunkin’ Donuts is urging Americans to “dunk out” with a donut and some “me” time during the day.
The company will offer an invitation on Facebook to let fans know they can have a free classic donut that day with the purchase of any beverage. Enjoy the classic favorites including Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate, Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles and more, the chain urges customers.

US Chief Marketing Officer Tony Weisman notes that donuts are “part of the American story and hold a special place in our popular culture” and urges customers to drop by and “recharge and enjoy their favorite donut variety.”

The upcoming event led Dunkin’ to conduct a survey asking people what daypart they prefer for a donut break, who they’d pick to share it with, and whether they prefer to eat donuts whole or split them.

National Donut Day began in 1938 when the Chicago Salvation army honored women who serve donuts to soldiers in World War I. It’s traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.
For nearly 70 years, Dunkin’ Donuts has served signature donuts. Visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or visit the Dunkin’ blog at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.