What’s better than brunch at Island Creek Oyster Bar? Chatting with food bloggers over brunch at ICOBar!
I was very fortunate to win a ticket to the Boston Brunchers Birthday celebration on Sunday, October 16. Renee from Eat.Live.Blog. beautifully organized the event and, particularly after reading the menu and long list of event sponsors, I was counting down to Sunday all last week.
Boston food blogging events are a wonderful mix of meeting people whose blogs I follow regularly and learning about blogs completely new to me. I sat with a fantastic group of bloggers: Sue (Public Radio Kitchen), Michelle (The Economical Eater), Anthea (Night Kitchener), Robin (Doves & Figs, who gave everyone a delicious-looking Cranberry Chocolate Jam in our gift bags!), and Richard (The Passionate Foodie).
About a year ago I ate one of my most memorable dinners in Boston at Island Creek, so I was very excited to try brunch. When I entered the dining room I saw some familiar faces, tables set in modern-meets-tradition ICOBar fashion, and huge gift bags for each attendee.
A pastry basket for the table featured a variety of baked goods, including the lemon-zest citrus scone that had a crisp, sugar-coated exterior and soft interior with a moist crumb. I ordered the McCarthy’s Crossing cocktail, which appealed to me because it had the creativity of drinks I’ve loved at ICOBar before (from the menu: ‘Clear Creek pear brandy, spiced honey, rose vermouth, fresh lemon, and bubbles’). The flavor reminded me of the botanical-infused ‘Perfect 10’ gin that I love from Nashoba Valley Winery. Aside from enjoying the delicate mix of flavors in ICOBar cocktails, it should also be known that the bartenders consistently make a strong drink!
At our table we all ordered cinnamon french toast topped with apples and toasted walnuts or lobster rolls with chips and cole slaw, so I’m curious to hear how the other two meals were (bagel, lox, and cream cheese; baked beans, bacon, and egg). I paired each bite of my french toast with apple for a perfectly autumn-inspired combo.
There were giveaways throughout the meal from Boston Brunchers sponsors, the service was extremely friendly and helpful, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with bloggers at my table.
Thank you Renee for orchestrating the event and Island Creek Oyster Bar for providing us a natural-light-filled venue and complimentary brunch with which to celebrate the first birthday of Boston Brunchers. Thank you as well to the sponsors who contributed to the gift bag. I look forward to making my way through some of my favorites, including two new cookbooks!
Island Creek Oyster Bar, 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston