Sportello: Boston

If (or, rather when) you find yourself wandering the streets of the waterfront district in Boston, make your way to Sportello (Italian for ‘counter service’) – a Barbara Lynch original. Inspired by classic Italian dining counter fare, Lynch puts her creative spin on traditional dishes which result in sprightly combinations of old world and new. The Tagliatelle (wide pasta ribbon) with her sweet and spicy bolognese is topped with fried basil (!), and phenomenal. Also suggested: the steamed mussels served up with flavors of garlic and anchovy, house made crusty bread to sop up the flavorful broth.

The diner-meets-mod decor brightens the spirit, and enhances an inviting atmosphere that encourages patrons to make a new acquaintance while enjoying a flakey croissant and cup of creamy seasonal soup (FYI: it’s Winter Turnip right now…).

A really unique part of Sportello is the the bakery counter which looks like a display window from a magazine. The tasty confections, displayed in glass cases, domed cake plates, and porcelain platters, evoke kid-in-a-candy-store memories, but for the sophisticated palate. A take away treat is a must.

Sportello 348 Congress St. Boston, MA 02210, (617) 737-1234

Turkish Market Tour: Istanbul & Bodrum

The spice market in Istanbul, is a major stop in any guidebook or tour. My heart hit the floor when I crossed the threshold of the ancient building that housed equally ancient blends of spices. I felt like i was thrown back in time and into a dream right in the milddle of the hustle and bustle of the spice trade days. Mounds and mountains of exotic powders, herbs, spices, and turkish delights overwhelmed my senses. It was a thousand times better than being a kid in a candy store: I was a chef in a spice heaven.

Spices and Turkish Teas- Istanbul

I picked up some Turkish Saffron, cinnamon, sweet and hot paprikas, coriander, garam masala, tri color pepper, and some of the most delicious pistachios I’ve ever sampled.

Turkish Delight! – Istanbul

When we arrived in Bodrum, Turkey, it was a bit of a hike to the local market. Theirs was a rustic farmers and artisans market. Again, I was overwhelmed by the abundance of gorgeous, fragrant spices on display. I tried tons of local cheeses, chilis, meats, and produce I’d never seen before. I chose some sweet dried whole cherry tomatoes, and local hazelnuts as souvenirs.

Fresh Produce- Bodrum

One of the vendors was making a traditional Turkish style flatbread crepe stuffed with meat and turkish feta. I took a lesson from her, and later I teamed up with the executive chef on our ship to create some happy hour appetizers with our haul from the market. Needless to say, the local fare was a hit!

Local Vendor- Bodrum

Learning to make Turkish Crepes- Bodrum

The Day’s Bounty… -Bodrum

Salt Lake City, Downtown Farmer's Market Feature

Salt Lake City has an amazing farmer’s market downtown every Saturday from June-October. For any food lover, it is a can’t miss. Local producers showcase their wares, and it is the absolute best place to pick up the freshest ingredients for any meal. Check out my latest segment for KSL’s Studio 5:

Watch¬†SLC Downtown Farmer’s Market Feature Video Here!