Taste Test – Tree Juice Maple Syrup

Alex likes flavored maple syrup so we purchased this variety pack from Tree Juice. The Fairbairn family have owned and operated a 100+ acre farm since the 1930’s in the Catskills region of New York. We purchased a sample pack of pumpkin, vanilla and blueberry syrups.

Standard pancake mix

I tried the plain syrup and it was very good 8 out of 10. Alex gave the flavored syrups 9 out of 10.

Taste Test – Pinhão

 Pinhão are Brazil’s “Pine nut on steroids.” Unlike the pine nuts we are used to here in the US these are gigantic. We shelled the nuts and boiled them. We then mixed them with rice, garlic, some herbs and farofa. After topping with fried eggs the finished dish was excellent. The nuts themselves were similar to the smaller variety in taste and texture. The nuts are brownish in color as opposed to the North American white nuts and they come from a different tree than our variety 8 out of 10.

Restaurant Review – Newick’s Seafood Restaurant (Dover, New Hampshire)

We had dropped off Emma at the vet and had a few hours to wait so we stopped at Newick’s for lunch. The Newick family opened their first restaurant in 1948 in the Great Bay region of New Hampshire. Several locations came and went with this restaurant in Dover still in business. This was a frequently visited restaurant for my family growing up as we made our way to or from our vacation home in Maine. It was never a personal favorite but other family members rated it very highly. My sister especially liked it because they have smelts on the menu which are not offered in many places.

Views of the bay from the dining room

Home made chips 9 out of 10

Fish & chips 6 out of 10

Alex enjoyed his clam strips 8 out of 10

Restaurant Review – Framingham Station Brazilian Steakhouse (Framingham, Massachusetts)

The Framingham Station Brazilian Steakhouse is a Rodízio style restaurant in Framingham. We have visited many different rodízios throughout the US and Canada and this restaurant was the best of its type. High end meats including picanha, filet and lamb chops were available for lunch. The buffet had all of the traditional Brazilian staples. 9 out of 10.

Framingham is the go to town for Brazilian shops and restaurants