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Rachel Leah Blumenthal
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Lives in Somerville, MA
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Perfect - I needed an excuse not to attend Yale.
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Here's a mega list of which #restaurants are open or closed today around #Boston. Some are offering fun specials, too. Travel safely and tip kindly if you decide to go out.
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Daniel Boulud is taking over Asana, the restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental in #Boston. #restaurants   #food   
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Matzoh ball ramen. Ramen lasagna. Ramen burgers. I'm ok with this trend.
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Barbara Lynch on working with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship: 

"I've had the pleasure of being able to go to East Boston high and work with the seniors. They're getting ready to present their business plans. I had this wonderful young woman who was doing these Brazilian cakes, and her world was just going to stay in East Boston. Competition was in Somerville and Cambridge, and there was nothing really in East Boston. In 45 minutes, I changed her mind to go big. Value yourself! They were working off something on the computer where you punch the numbers in, and I'm like, 'Wait a minute. So you're going to go to the grocery store, then you're going to come home, and then you're going to cook. You're not going to fucking do it; you just can't. And you're not going to pay yourself. I'm sorry — where's your value? Where are you? It took a while, but she wrote all the information down, and then two weeks later I got the sweetest email from her. It just opened her eyes in terms of...don't put it in the same cups everybody else does. You are better than that." 
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Here's everything that happened this week on +Eater  #boston , from ramen burgers to Yelp spats.

#restaurants   #food   #cambridge   #somerville  
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RAMEN BURGERS!!! Almost went there yesterday, actually. Almost. :-/
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Today on +Eater Boston:

 - A round-up of Super Bowl options for dining in, taking out, or getting delivery (http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/01/28/you-can-eat-these-things-during-the-super-bowl.php)

 - A restaurant called Homage Bistro is coming to Cambridge. Some social media evidence points to a connection with Ten Tables. (http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/01/28/homage-bistro-will-open-in-mystery-cambridge-location.php)

 - The next addition to the Strega family will be in the former Whiskey Park space in Back Bay, and it'll be a steakhouse called Strip by Strega. (http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/01/28/strega-will-plant-a-steakhouse-in-back-bay-next.php)

 - Those who miss Uni alum Chris Gould can find him up in Portland. His restaurant, Central Provisions, is about to open. (http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/01/28/uni-alum-chris-goulds-portland-restaurant-opens-soon.php)

 - The Roxy's Grilled Cheese brick-and-mortar location is still in the works. Its beer selection will be comprised entirely of cans, and there will be burgers on the menu. (http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/01/28/all-canned-beer-at-roxys-el-centro-tres-opens-in-march.php)
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Here's what you missed this week on Eater, from ramen lasagna to cakearons. #food   #boston   #restaurants  
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Editor, Eater Boston
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writing, editing, marketing, web content creation, photography, videography, music
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  • Eater Boston
    Editor, 2013 - present
  • Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library
    Musician, 2010 - present
  • Boston Food Bloggers
    Founder, 2010 - 2013
  • Eater Boston
    Contributing Writer, 2012 - 2013
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    Brand Manager, 2013 - 2013
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    Community Manager, 2011 - 2012
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    Content Editor, 2011 - 2012
  • Children's Hospital Boston
    Communication Specialist, 2010 - 2011
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Somerville, MA
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Brighton, MA - Rochester, NY - Sharon, MA
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Editor of Eater Boston

I'm available for select freelance writing and photography assignments, time-permitting. While I most often write about and photograph food, my background is in science writing (BS Neuroscience - University of Rochester; MS Science Journalism - Boston University). I regularly photograph rock shows around town.

I'm also a musician. My primary project is The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, a baroque pop/folk band based in Somerville, MA, in which I mostly play flute and bass flute. (Other instruments: piano, oboe, voice.)  

Check out my website for work samples and more information. I also update my food blog, Fork it over, Boston!, somewhat regularly.
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I make ultra-spicy cookies that will blow your mind.
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  • Boston University
    MS - Science Journalism, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Rochester
    BS - Neuroscience major, French minor, 2003 - 2007
  • Sharon High School
    1999 - 2003
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June 25
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Blumie
I can't believe it took me so long to try this place. I got a microscoop of the salty chocolate with jimmies, and I was tempted to go back in and get a few more scoops. So rich and delicious. I tried a bite of my boyfriend's Buckeye as well, and it was amazing. I need to go back and try everything. My one complaint is that there's really no room to pass people in line if you're ready to get to the register, so I was stuck standing with melting ice cream, ready to pay, behind a group of people that wanted to taste everything.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We went on a Monday night for the tapas menu and had a good experience. From the website, it appeared that the tapas would only be available at the bar, but we were able to order them at a table. While the portions seemed a bit small, even for tapas, the food ranged from good to great. Some highlights: spicy fried chickpeas with kale and preserved lemon, fried oysters with pickles and spicy mayo, and lamb short ribs. We also got the gnocchi appetizer off of the regular menu, and the texture was perfect. The cocktails were creative and enjoyable - I had one with saffron and cardamom - and a can of beer was served with an awesomely tacky koozie, so out of place that we loved it. Service felt a bit awkward at times but friendly overall. We tried to cover part of the bill with a Visa gift card, which just wouldn't work. (I've had trouble with these cards at restaurants before - I think it has to do with the card automatically charging a higher amount as pre-authorization for a tip). They tried really hard to get it to work, though, and were very apologetic when it wouldn't. We left with a bundle of receipts for voided transactions and the manager's name in case the card won't work anymore. We appreciated the effort. Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but it's a bit out of my current budget for casual dining and it just wasn't quite exciting enough for a special occasion, so I don't think I'll end up back there soon. Definitely worth a try if it's in your budget, though.
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The lamb shawarma is manna from heaven. Everything else is fantastic as well. Go at an odd time to beat the lunch rush; it gets hectic, and the small outside porch gets packed. Once you finally make it to the counter to order, you'll have to hover awhile until your food is ready. It's worth the wait.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
There's so much going on here! See music upstairs, downstairs, on the corner, at ZuZu...eat in most of those spaces as well...this is the ultimate food and music nighttime destination. My go-to entree is the yabrak, stuffed grape leaves. Delicious. Service at the restaurants is friendly but can be slow, so make sure to leave plenty of time if you want to get to the music on time. Playing at the Middle East Downstairs has been one of my favorite local experiences with my band. What a fun venue.
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Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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City Landing did a beautiful job with the old Sel de la Terre space, really opening it up and brightening it. The sea foam green tile mosaics and light bricks seem appropriate so close to the aquarium, and the overall ambiance is pleasant. The seating was a bit cramped; I'm just five feet tall but could barely find a place for my feet under the table, which was almost impossibly close to the booth. As for the food, the presentation was spot on - lots of artsy, pretty dishes. The food tasted good but suffered some issues with seasoning. The scallops, for example, were perfectly seared but too salty. The broth for the ahi tuna, on the other hand, leaned towards bland. Overall, though, we were very satisfied with our meal. The cocktails were just satisfactory. The descriptions were interesting, but the execution was off. Not bad, just kind of devoid of flavor. My drink, for example, featured jalapeno, but it didn't even have the least bit of a kick. I felt a little bit underdressed in jeans, although proximity to the aquarium means that there are a lot of kids around, particularly during the day and in the early evening, so the loud infant a few tables away made me feel a little better about not dressing up. The restaurant does provide an extensive kids' menu, and the servers are very friendly to kids, from what I could see, so it could be a nice way to expose the little ones to some fine dining after a day checking out the fish across the way.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is the only place (that I know of) to get the classic Buffalo "beef on weck!" (I lived in Rochester for five years, so beef on weck was very easy to find around there.) It's a fantastic roast beef sandwich on a kimmelwick bun. I love it. The menu is a bit pricey, but the sandwiches are huge, unique, and tasty. It's a fun spot. I look forward to trying their new sister restaurant, the All Star Pizza Bar.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The food is cheap, the portions are huge, and the margaritas are strong. The lines are also out the door half the time. (Be aware that they won't seat you without your full party present.) It's a good pre- or post-movie stop for large groups; I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic date. The food's not great, but again, cheap + huge + strong margaritas. What else do you need? I was going to write that it really feels like a chain restaurant...and then upon looking at the website, I saw that it is indeed a chain restaurant.
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Food: GoodDecor: Very goodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago