Checking Out Sarma in Somerville – A Dining Review

Sarma has been on my radar to scope out for a while. Constantly being praised and hyped up, it was a shocker that last minute reservations aren’t really available. So why night we decided that we need a treat ourselves dinner out so we went night by night until a dinner time slot was open (about 6 weeks out ha!)

The interior is modeled after Turkish meyhanes, Mediterranean a la gastro pub. For those of us a little less cultured in food and vocabulary, the menu has a side glossary of common terms used in the menu (and I guess so we don’t bother the server?).

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They also have a surprisingly good beer selection and I stuck with Save the Robots, a New England Style IPA.

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First step up was the seven layer hummus that will make the rest of your hummus meals feel like a bore.

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Next up was the biscuit pork belly with jalapeño-whipped feta

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And because Tony can’t pass an opportunity to test out a new take on nachos, we got the lentil nachos with spicy feta fondue, radish tzatziki, cabbage, sprouts

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Next came the monk fish grape leaves, my favorite dish of the night. It is served in a miso avgolemono, maitake, yuzu, puffed rice

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Next came the Brisket Shawarma that looks like tacos with apple hilbeh, fenugreek, barley, everything bagel

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We wrapped up the final course with feta cheese gnocchi in a saucey loukaniko, rabe, red pepper, olive crumb.

Overall, with our hungry eyes we ended up ordering 6 small plates, a bit ambitious for the two of us. I recommend starting with 2 per person and adding on one at a time as they do come out very fast! The menu changes often with seasonally so can’t wait to return!

Sarma – 249 Pearl St. Somerville, MA  – street parking was relatively easy

18th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Race Recap

I haven’t run a 5K in years and I was glad to break my hiatus with the Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K. The race took place on Saturday at 9AM. Registration is $25 and with it includes a long sleeve cotton shirt and breakfast from local Davis Square restaurants afterwards.

Wanting to maximize on sleep, I’ve prepped my outfit with my Garmin 305 the night before. My favorite Reebok shorts that make me look beast, my favorite pink shirt from Target (Champion?), my ProCompression pink compression socks, and my VIP Mizuno Wave Sayonaras.

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On Friday, I decided to have a lofty goal. However, goals change and you move on. I woke up with a headache. I drank water, drank some tea and ate a kind bar. By the time I got to the race start, I had a migraine and I thought I might throw up. Too many hours at a computer will do that to you.

None the the less, I got to the starting line and pretended to look serious.

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You can spot me, because my quads/calves are bigger than any guy around me.

I’ve also decided that those perfectly chiseled women at the start of every 5k/10K, you know the ones doing strides or whatever to warm up before the race started with not a milometer of cellulite are aliens and their results should be in a different category.

Anyways within half a mile, I thought I was going to vomit and have my legs collapse beneath me as a we hit a hill. I started to wonder if I’ll even finish. However, by the mile 1 marker, I started to feel better and it was downhill so I was able to pass by a large number of people.

I don’t remember much of mile 2 other than it was painful and ugly. We hit a second hill and I cursed for forgetting what seems flat in a car, is less flat on your feet.

After about the 2.7 miles, we made another turn and we were on the bike path. Flat! Thank god, my legs felt like they would hug the ground beneath if I had time to spare. I picked it up. My garmin said I was running at sub 6 minute mile, but that’s can’t be right.

As I spot the finish line, the clock was ticking away at 20:51, 20:52 and I dug deep within. I failed at my sub 20 goal but I wasn’t going to let another minute flash by. I pushed with everything I had until I once again thought I might throw up.

Liana Somerville 5K Finish

20:57 was my total time for 3.1 miles… a PR, so I’ll accept. I’ll have another chance in December in Cambridge. Maybe this time, I won’t be running with a migraine.

Overall 65th out of 888 finished runners, 10th woman and 7th in my age group. 

I can’t help but wonder if I should have pushed harder on the uphill. My strategy is always steady effort uphill, push on downhill but then again I never run 5Ks, so I don’t know if that’s best.

We are our own worst critics.

After the 5K, they had a really lovely breakfast brunch set up from all the local restaurants including but not limited to Anna’s Taq, Red bones, Burren and I forget what else. There was also a Wholefood’s tent. I grab a few bits and bites and than Tony my lovely assistant in life dropped me at work where I resumed my life of taxes, taxes, and more taxes!

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Overall, if you’re in the Boston area and want to do a 5K this one is highly recommended. It doesn’t get as much attention as the Jingle Bell runs and the other Somerville beer 5Ks but it follows the same path more or less and comes with great food, a great crowd and a great charity! I don’t think there were medals (maybe I was too busy rushing to get to work) but I am loving the long sleeve shirt for the cold winter days ahead. I’ll definitely be adding it to my calendar for 2014 even if I have to run to work right afterwards!

Boston Burger Company – Most Insane Burgers

Yesterday I ran 21 miles, it was long, boring but had to be done.  I’ll go more into detail in the weekly recap post but figured I’ld whine about the unshoveled sidewalks and cold as a side-note.  I seriously contemplated running with a dozen eggs and egging any house that didn’t shovel their sidewalk, extra eggs for any business.

Anyways, anger leads to hunger and I had a crazy craving for greasy pub food.  After a failed first attempt at a diner/theater with a broken projection lamp we end up in Davis Square’s Boston Burger Company. Now I don’t generally eat burgers or even meat but when a craving calls, I prefer to respond to it properly.

Boston Burger Company Signature Burgers

Upon entering the wall is decorated with descriptions of their signature burgers.  My mouth started salivating right away.

Boston Burger Company Chilli Cheese Fries

We started with an order of chili cheese fries with jalapenos   I was really craving nachos but sadly that wasn’t an option.

Boston Burger Company Hot Mess

I ordered the Hot Mess – which in between a giant burger, cheese, dressing had bacon and sweet potato fries and honestly who knows what else.  It was awesome and I’m sad to admit I only made it 60% through but I had a few bites of Tony’s 420 burger as well so let’s call it 68% with a good chunk of chili fries and the awesome chips to call it almost even.  My stomach just isn’t as stretchy as it used to be I guess.

Boston Burger Company 420 Burger

420 Burger – If you’re wondering what is all that?  It’s a whole lot of BBQ sauce with mozzarella sticks, mac & cheese bites, bacon, fries, onion rings and bacon.  I would call this an artery clogger but they have a burger specifically with that name as well.  With each bite you never knew what you’ll get and Tony did a splendid job eating it and holding it together.

Boston Burger Company Killer Bee

Killer Bee – bacon and a stack of beer battered onion rings.

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Although not something I would regularly go to, it’s worth checking out!  And if you can finish your full burger, I send my props to you.  Tony got 90% done with his and it was a ton of effort.

Fro Yo Davis Square

And because eating artery clogging burgers just isn’t enough we decided that although we do not deserve any ice cream after that meal, we should still go for fro-yo instead.  A fair compromise if you ask me.

What’s your favorite burger place?  I have a confession mine a turkey avocado salsa one from BGood in Boston followed by an Angus from McDonald’s