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We have been seriously spoiled here in Dorchester over the past year! I recently wrote about a new favorite, The Industry on Adams, and we’re also loving Molinari’s, Lower Mills Tavern, Lucy’s and a bunch of others, all within walking distance of our house. I still actually can’t believe, despite the plumber issues, the luck we had finding a house we love in a location that is booming.

Right after we returned from Italy a few weeks ago, Yellow Door Taqueria opened up in our very own Lower Mills neighborhood. We had been stalking its opening, peering over papered windows on walks around town, and getting ready for a funky new spot for tacos and tequila. . . it’s worth saying though that we have another taco favorite, Sea Breeze nearby on the Ashmont side of us, which is excellent and totally different. One doesn’t replace the other. . . I caved into a serious Sea Breeze craving last night!

Anyway, back to Yellow Door. . .

Yellow Door Taqueria

The taqueria is an absolutely beautiful spot that was once an antique store that is now down the street. The design is chic and fun and comfortable; the bar is a likely winter hangout for us.

Yellow Door Taqueria cocktail menu

A creative cocktail menu with a focus on tequila made for good reading material as we cozied into our corner table. We’re bar people, but at 5:30, the bar was already full. We were lucky to snag the last table. My strategy going forward, when possible, is to be waiting by the door at 4:00 when they open!

It was a warm day, and I always crave grapefruit, so I went with the Paloma which ended up being completely delicious and fresh and perfectly made.

We took our time ordering food. It’s become our new way of dining that we have a cocktail first, then start to order, so the food doesn’t come piling out.

Yellow Door Taqueria Dorchester

paloma cocktail

I am a huge fan of ceviche and am so excited that Yellow Door features three options. I could easily just make a meal of ceviche on its own, but we were there for the tacos, so we went with the scallop ceviche to start before putting in our taco order.

I love that sweet, super fresh scallop flavor when scallop ceviche is done perfectly, and this was it. Delicate flavors of habanero, lime, tequila, all came together for flavor without overwhelming the seafood. Sturdy chips were perfect for scooping!

scallop ceviche

The taco menu was really hard to put down. We decided we wanted everything but the duck and in the end went with Veggie, Chicken Tinga, Carnitas, Cangrejo (Crab), Azteca, and, as lovers of fish tacos, the Daily Fish. I’ve included the descriptions from the menu below, because these aren’t your ordinary tacos. Each has the perfect accompaniments to go with the meat or fish or veggie that is the main feature.

Everything was SO delicious. The only issue was that, after the ceviche, we definitely did not need six tacos. We forced ourselves to eat every bite because these were incredible and couldn’t go to waste, but I definitely rolled out of there.

Our entire experience at Yellow Door Taqueria was excellent, and considering we went on their third day of being open, that’s pretty amazing. From the warm welcome to the well-paced service, it felt like they had everything down already, and I can’t wait to be back to eat and drink the rest of the menu.

Welcome to Dorchester, Yellow Door Taqueria!

Yellow Door Taqueria

 

CARNITAS (GF) pork confit, cotija, salsa verde, refried beans, red onion, cilantro, chicharrones 4.

DAILY FISH chili-infused Tecate-battered fried local fish, calabaza purée, crema, grilled pineapple salsa, cilantro 5.

AZTECA tequila-habanero braised beef, salsa ranchero, onion bacon jam, pickled red onion, crispy tortilla strings 5.

CANGREJO (GF) local crab a la plancha, blue corn purée, chipotle beans, mango pickled serrano slaw, red onion 5

CHICKEN TINGA tinga braised chicken, crema, avocado frito, crispy chicken skin, radish, cilantro 4.

VEGGIE (GF) chipotle potato purée, beets, queso de cabra, carrot fresno salsa, house guacamole, tortilla strips, cilantro 4

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We’ve loved life in Dorchester for 11 years now, and while we always had a few restaurant favorites, the restaurant scene in the past year has grown like crazy. The Industry on Adams in bustling Adams Village is our new obsession. . . since they opened about a month ago we have been in five times!

Why do we love it?

First of all, it’s beautifully appointed; it definitely has an old Boston look and feel while also being chic and modern. It feels like it’s always been there.

Second, the staff is great. Everyone is super friendly and engaging, no matter how busy they are, and we like going in just to chat with them.

gin cocktails

And then there are the cocktails. They have an extensive selection of whiskeys, in addition to all sorts of other spirits, wines, and beers, and they’re always experimenting with new cocktails. The above grapefruit and gin with a salt simple syrup was simply amazing.

oysters

Every meal we have had at The Industry has been top notch, from their super fresh oysters, which are always the perfect size for me to their salads. I love when a menu has a number of salads on it to choose from, especially when they aren’t just boring old lettuce. We enjoyed the burratta and tomato on our first visit, and this warm mushroom and asparagus salad was to-die-for.

mushroom asparagus truffle egg

Look at that egg! This plate of truffle-y goodness made for the perfect dinner on a night where it was too hot to cook at home!

mushroom asparagus truffle egg

   steak frites On the same night, we also shared steak frites perfection and a heavenly chocolate soufflé because, despite being super full from dinner, we had to try their desserts! 

The soufflé was so light on the outside and molten inside, the perfect chocolate-y treat for us to share, and one I am still dreaming about. 

chocolate souffle

The burger at The Industry comes with bourbon and bacon jam, which tells you all you need to know. This jam is phenomenal, and the burger is equally delicious.

burger with bacon jam

When a new restaurant opens in the neighborhood, my first question is always if they are going to do brunch, and The Industry, though new, has already started serving brunch. We were some of the first brunch customers!

Irish breakfast

It was an Irish breakfast for him. . . if there’s an Irish breakfast on the menu he will have to have it!

I went with the bacon wrapped Benedict because how could you not? Jalapeño Cornbread, BBQ Hollandaise, Pickled Red Onion, Crispy Onion . . . amazing! This was one decadent brunch, and my only wish was that I could order it in half size. Together we couldn’t finish it!

bacon wrapped benedict

We can walk to The Industry from our house, which is a good thing, as we need to burn off some of the stellar and indulgent meals we’ll be enjoying there. If you haven’t been to Dorchester recently, now’s the time to visit!

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Camden, Maine has become an annual April excursion for us and a group of friends. While the weather can be a bit iffy, Camden is beautiful year-round, and we all enjoy good food, cocktails, wine, and laughs, making it easy for us to have a good time anywhere.

In 2016 we stayed at the beautiful Hartstone Inn, and for 2017 we decided to mix it up and stay at 16 Bay View, a new waterfront boutique hotel in Camden.

16 Bay View Camden Maine

16 Bay View is located in the heart of Camden, and while brand new, features an “old school with a twist” kind of a feel, especially in the lobby and The Vintage Room, the hotel’s restaurant and lounge.

16 Bay View

Our room was chic and luxurious with a working gas fireplace, balcony, and big fluffy bed.

boutique hotel   luxury boutique hotel

The gigantic soaking tub, however, was my favorite feature of the room. This bath was positively dreamy!

soaking tub

16 Bay View has an incredible roof deck with views of Camden Harbor, and took a quick peek of the views while we opened a magnum of Drappier Carte d’Or Champagne that we picked up for the weekend.

Drappier Champagne

I love Champagne so, and this was an excellent choice.

Camden Maine

Quintessential New England views plus sunshine plus Champagne basically equals my dream life.

Camden Maine

When the temperatures cooled off and the sun went down, The Vintage Room was the perfect place to cozy up with a cocktail and snacks like charcuterie. The food and drinks are great, and the service is even better. We love Marcus!

charcuterie

Manhattan cocktail

We managed to visit The Vintage Room a few times and even started a dance party on our last night, making for an even more memorable trip to Maine than last year. 16 Bay View was an incredible place to stay; I am still craving the fun and relaxation that the weekend brought! It’s definitely a hotel I would stay in again and again!

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