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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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Summer definitely paid us a visit this past weekend, and I was lucky enough to be home in NJ with my family to enjoy it. Celebrating three moms (my own, my sister, and my sister’s mother-in-law) along with my brother-in-law’s birthday called for a great dinner, margaritas, and cake. Perfect sunny weather was an added bonus that allowed us to enjoy dinner outside.


Over Cinco de Mayo weekend, we made a quick stop at Bin Ends in Braintree and ended up buying their margarita “kit” a bottle of Reposado Tequila, 12 limes, and a bottle of agave. The recipe was included on the bag, and we discovered a new favorite, easy, at home cocktail.

My sister loves margaritas, and the weather was perfect, so I mixed up a batch of these.

2 ounces Tequila

1 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce agave

1/2 ounce water


Mix up and enjoy! My sister thought the drink was a little too strong, so she added some orange juice to hers.


Dinner was better than any restaurant. I picked up some fresh tomatoes and ended up eating them raw, topped with the sour cream/horseradish cream sauce we made for the filets. Yum.

My nephew, who is just learning to talk, kept grabbing tomatoes and saying “ball”. He’s too cute.


My brother-in-law also grilled up a ton of vegetables including red onions, yellow peppers, zucchini, and eggplant.

grilled vegetables

grilled eggplant

We also had filets and grilled scallops, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes.

summer grilling

It was an outdoor feast!

eating outside

I love nice weather eating because it is so simple. Other than a little steak seasoning and the horseradish cream, all of the food was pretty much plain, allowing the freshness to shine through. As much as I love recipes, I find it kind of refreshing to enjoy bright colors and flavors of nature and high quality ingredients.

How have you celebrated the nicer weather (fleeting as it may be!)?

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Like the famed literary temptress of the same name , the Back Bay’s newest restaurant, Lolita,  has a lot to offer. . . and a lot to learn. Let’s start with the positives. The food is fantastic. The décor is fabulous, sexy, dark, with lots of red and black, candles and red roses everywhere. Located in the subterranean space once occupied by Papparazzi, a step down into Lolita is truly like going underground. It is a far cry from its former resident,  and seemingly the perfect place for a great date night.

Lolita Boston

After a very friendly welcome, we were seated in a long, narrow area, all by ourselves next to this rusty wrought iron fence. Our initial thoughts were that we were in love with this restaurant.

Lolita Boston

Lolita Boston

Before we got our menus or anything else, our server brought a complimentary grapefruit granita which she topped with a shot of tequila. Surrounded by dry ice, the granita was quite a spectacle. We each had a bite, but the bitter grapefruit combined with tequila just wasn’t for us.

grapefruit granita

Once we had our menus, we took awhile to decide on drinks. The list at Lolita is extensive; they have over 200 tequilas, plus Sangria, cocktails, wine, and beer. Always a lover of spicy drinks, I ordered the diablo margarita, a drink that combined lunazul reposado, luxardo triplum, serrano chile, blood orange, pineapple, and strawberry. Note that Lolita serves margaritas by the glass and by the pitcher, making it a fun option for groups.

Lolita drink menu

Topped with a lime and jalapenos and rimmed with sugar and pepper, the drink was tasty but not at all spicy as I had hoped. My favorite spicy drink is a Bone at Drink, and I was expecting this to have a little bit of heat at the very least.


Prior to our meal, we were also served complimentary chips and three salsas, including a salsa crema with a hint of chipotle. Give me chips and salsa, and I am a happy girl. Give me three different salsas, and I am in love.

The chips were fresh, hot, and salty, just the way I like them. We had multiple rounds of this salsa trio; the salsa verde and salsa crema were particularly delicious. I am a fan and will return to Lolita just for chips and to try another one of their creative cocktails.

Lolita chips and salsa

Along with the chips, we received a bottle of the house made habanero and mango hot sauce. We were warned that is was spicy and to use it sparingly. It was less spicy than medium, store-bought salsa. I am a fan of super spicy foods, but even my Ireland-raised husband (where they think ketchup is spicy), thought it was just fine. Good, but not spicy.

Lolita salsa and hot sauce

The menu at Lolita has a TON of great options. As we often do, we decided to order a few things and to keep a menu in case we needed more. When I was browsing Lolita’s online menu, I was drooling over their variety of guacamoles, including one with bacon and another with lobster.

Being a spice fiend, I went with the picante with hell’s chile oil and fresh hot green chilies. It was very nice guacamole, but again, not a bit spicy. Not even with the flavor of chilies. We enjoyed it, but commented that I could have easily made something kickier at home.


Our main courses were the ancho chile chicken tacos, which claimed to come with black beans and corn but didn’t, and marisco quesadillas with shrimp & scallops, onion-poblano chile rajas & fresh salsa. The chicken was incredibly tender and flavorful, and the quesadillas were stuffed with seafood, cooked to perfection. This chef is certainly on it; we loved the food and wanted more. My only criticism of the food is that if something claims to be spicy, please bring it on. Next time, I will order extra spicy with hopes for a little more of a kick.

Now for the negatives. As I mentioned earlier, the night started out perfectly. We had nice table, strong cocktails, and chips and salsa. Unfortunately, the ambiance went downhill from there. Not long after we sat down, the only diners in our section of many tables, the hostess seated another couple RIGHT NEXT TO US, at a perpendicular table so that when the man in the couple sat down, I could barely get out of my seat.

MAJOR no no in my book. There were about 12 empty tables, and suddenly, servers couldn’t get past because we were so tightly squished together.  It would have been one thing if it was a crowded Saturday night, but on an empty Sunday? Not okay. A few minutes later, another couple was seated on the other side of us, literally making it difficult for me to get out of my chair. Understandably, we all needed to be in one section, but even staggering us a table or two apart would have been the thing to do.

On top of that, the service was just frenetic. We had a main waitress, but overall had maybe seven people running around in our section of three tables. Our food came out like gunfire, and we had finished our meal and paid in under 50 minutes. Perfect for fast food, but we felt like it was way too overbearing, claustrophobic really. I wanted to tell everyone to just go away for a few minutes.

After all of the rushing around and the constant asking if we were done, we were just ready to go. As we waited for our check, we were brought a giant, blue ball of cotton candy. It couldn’t have been more out of place in the atmosphere of the restaurant. Olive oil dark chocolate truffles, yes. Cotton candy? Not so much. Plus, since we didn’t order it, I wondered if it was something that multiple tables touched before we did? Probably not, but it was just so weird that I couldn’t go near it. Cotton candy is a trend that needs to die this very second.

My conclusion at the end of this very long post? Lolita has it going on, food-wise. It is only two weeks old and has some things to work out, but we will definitely be giving it another chance. There are far too many things on the menu that we need to try.

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