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Peek in the Kitchen Q+A: Toro/Little Donkey

Fred Chang

Words by TasteBUds Editing Team

The dynamic duo - Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette - gave TasteBUds a peek into their two restaurants Toro and Little Donkey: 

A peek into Toro: 

TasteBUds: What about Spanish cuisine inspired you both to create the concept of Toro? Was it a specific ingredient, dish, Spanish chef, etc.?                                                                                                                      Jamie: Spanish food is all about ingredients, energy and passion. KO was influenced by cooking and traveling in Spain, and I fell in love with the style of eating.

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Food Adventures in New York Pt. 2

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Photos and Words by Fred Chang

After a night of binge-eating, I decided the morning after, why not more binge-eating? Even though it was storming outside, I would sooner jump off the Empire State Building than throw in the towel and not continue my food adventure.  So I hopped into a cab, and went back out for more desserts! I started with the furthest from where I lived, which was Dominique Ansel Bakery.

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Food Adventures in New York Pt. 1

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Photos and Words by Fred Chang

Hi, everyone! Hope your summer is going well! If you decided to click on this article, I’m assuming you have or are making future plans to go to New York! And if you do, I am excited for you; New York has so many different kinds of cuisines, dishes, restaurants, and bakeries to offer. You definitely won’t worry about going hungry in this city. To hopefully narrow down your options, I have included several of the bakeries and restaurants I went to in my most recent two-day visit at the very beginning of summer 2016, including six different bakeries and five different restaurants! So, without further ado, let’s get into my New York food adventure!

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C'est Bon! Quebec City on a Budget

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Photos by Ellie Jordan, Words by Marisa Kent

I decided to start this article off with a little background information on Quebec City, QC, one of the most egregiously overlooked cities in the entire world.  

One of the earliest settlements in North America, Quebec City was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, father of New France (an area that stretches from the northernmost part of Quebec to Louisiana.) The most famous part of the city, aptly nicknamed “Old Quebec," is composed of two-hundred-year-old stone buildings and European-style churches, and is surrounded by“the only fortified city walls north of Mexico" (Canadian Broadcasting Company). The walls were initially built by the French but eventually expanded upon by the British after the city was taken in the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and even America got in on the action (of course) when the city became the site of one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. All is peaceful now (unless you count the ongoing culture war between traditionalists who want to keep the city French and those who advocate for English and French bilingualism), but the ramparts remain and give the city a magical, old-world feel that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in North America.

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Becoming a Member of the North End's "In-Crowd"

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Photos and Words by Lindsay Smith

What’s a better combination than a cup of decadent gelato paired with a smooth and creamy cappuccino? Absolutely nothing. This could perhaps be the best combination of food found in the North End: cool and refreshing meets warm and comforting. And lucky for us, there’s no better place to satisfy such tastes in one sitting than at Gigi Gelateria in the North End.

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Area Four: The "One-Man-Band" of the Boston Restaurant World

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Photos and Words by Kristina Laura

Nestled in the middle of Technology Square amidst MIT's tall concrete buildings, sits a pizza lover's haven. Encased in floor-to-ceiling windows, Area Four offers just about anything you might have a hankering for– whether that be their fresh, wood-fired pizzas, a crispy chocolate croissant from the bakery, or an all-beef hot dog from their NYC-inspired food cart sitting outside. If after reading that you're thinking, "Wow, is this place a coffee shop or a pizza parlor?", the answer is "yes".

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A Visit from Blue Inc.

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Photos and Words by Kelsey Salamone

While the food in our university dining halls is far from horrific, I think most of us can admit that there are some days when the options for dinner seem infuriatingly familiar – a fact that was all too apparent on last Thursday, October 11, when the masses lined up in Warren Towers Dining Hall to try the unique dishes provided for this semester’s Visiting Chef Series.

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Pasta, Ravioli and Red Gravy. Oh

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Photos and Words by Samantha Levy

SOWA Open Market is an indoor winter Farmers Market in the South End where last weekend I discovered Valicenti Organico, a small local business owned and operated by Chefs David Valicenti and Michelle Splaine.  Together they produce fresh pasta, ravioli, sauces, breads, and much more using either ingredients they grow themselves or other locally grown ingredients. Valicenti Organico only makes their famous “Red Gravy” tomato basil sauce during the harvest season when the ingredients are at their peak quality. They collaborate with local farms and dairies to ensure freshness, which lends a sense of community to all of their products.

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Eat Local: Rediscover Street Food

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Photos and Words by Susana Alvarez

Some of the greatest movements are born in the streets: graffiti art, photojournalism, break dancing, but food? That just seems unsanitary! of another world! a clandestine business that claims street corners and alleyways from New York to Bangkok! Before everyone jumped on the clean-eating bandwagon, before carbs were cut and calories trimmed to 100 per package, and before eating had to be “guilt-free” street food was the avenue to some of the best food in the world. Zesty, succulent kabobs, fire-roasted vegetables and steaming soups permeate the polluted streets to lure passersby away from the city and into mom and pop’s kitchen.

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