Walk for Hunger
On the morning of Sunday May 6 I was ready for a busy day. There were two fun events back-to-back: the Walk for Hunger AND brunch with Michael Natkin and the Boston Brunchers at Moksa.
The Walk for Hunger is an annual 20 mile walk to benefit Project Bread, a nonprofit supporting equitable food access. Hundreds of participants walked all 20 miles. Considering my ankle injury from a few years back, I decided to walk to the first checkpoint at 2.5 miles. I know, many of you reading have ran entire marathons, but I like to apply a yoga mindset to these things – it’s all about personal bests. This was a big accomplishment for me and confidence booster because it means I can also walk a 5k! It was great to support the Walk for Hunger and the work they do.
Boston Brunchers at Moksa
Entering Moksa a few minutes early, I saw The Gringo Chapin sipping a sake bloody mary at the bar. I’m fortunate to have met such creative and kind people through blogging and the Boston Brunchers. I never imagined blogging would be a social activity when I started EatingPlaces in college.
Moksa is modeled after the izakaya-style restaurants in Japan, which feature drinks complemented by small plates. Chef Patricia Yeo of Park and Om opened Moksa a few months ago, which is not only a restaurant, but also a night club in the back!
Their weekend brunch is called a ‘dim sum brunch’, but this isn’t your typical dim sum.
I ordered the ‘Confucius’, made of mezcal, kumquat, and grapefruit with a powdered grapefruit peel rim. The drink was great and I couldn’t get enough of the powdered grapefruit. There was also a drink cart for those who ordered a bloody mary – it was great to see the drink made table-side.
After meeting cookbook author Michael Natkin, our friendly waiter welcomed us and suggested the kitchen put together a sampling menu that we could share. We all shared the tapas-style plates, which ranged from dumplings and spring rolls to steamed buns and pancakes. Here are a few of my top picks:
I also loved the silver pin noodles, which is served as a main dish rather than small plates, and have a tiny hole through the middle. I didn’t grab a good picture of this, so I’ll just need to go back and order it again!
Between these delicious bites we learned about how Harvard Common Press connected with Michael to write and publish Herbivoracious, his new vegetarian cookbook. Adam and Emily of Harvard Common Press explained that the publisher approached Michael after reading his vegetarian blog. They admired his content focus and, when combined with his already-strong audience, they were confident the book would be a success. The book is beautiful and Michael not only wrote it, but also took his own photographs!
The brunch was a great opportunity to talk with Michael about his process and future – from balancing being away on his book tour and missing his kids to projects and collaborations in the future.
Desserts change daily at Moksa. The house-made green tea ice cream and chocolate torte were my favorites. The churros with a five-spice chocolate sauce were also a unique and memorable dish to share.
My experience at Moksa was positive all around. I’ve since been back for a Central Square Business Association event and they once again treated us well and the food was a great combination of simplicity and intense flavors. Central Square is fortunate to have Chef Yeo!
Moksa, 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
This complimentary brunch at Moksa was provided by the Boston Brunchers. All opinions are my own.