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Including cocktail trees, grilled cheese, and a sake/beer collab.

A cocktail tree at Strega North End. Strega North End

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“Roadrunner: A Movie about Anthony Bourdain,” is set to strike theaters July 16, and if the trailer is any indicator, I’ll likely be shedding plenty of tears through the film. But until then, we can rejoice Anthony Bourdain Day on Friday, Bourdain’s birthday. At Juniper in Wellesley, chef Dave Becker will pay tribute to the culinary icon with Armenian meat pie, or lahmajoon, which was impressed by Bourdain’s tumultuous Beirut episode on “No Reservations.” Tuck into a freshly created pita topped with ground spiced lamb, garlic, tomatoes, chickpeas, onions, parsley, and a substantial spoonful of tzatziki, which you can buy all day on Friday. A several other dining places are adding items to their menu for the event: chef Ryan Skeen at The Beehive utilised to function all around the corner from Bourdain’s Les Halles, and he’ll offer you a charcuterie board encouraged by Bourdain’s restaurant chef Robert Harris at Season to Taste will provide a steak tartare from Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook.

Some thing I desperately skipped in the course of the pandemic was holing up at a dark, tightly packed dive bar with an excellent jukebox. All Souls Lounge, a new “old college joint” in Salem, a short while ago opened, and there is a large amount to really like in this article: vintage cocktails and neighborhood beer, a killer jukebox and vinyl choice, and a lineup of grilled cheeses that seem phenomenal. The Sweet Salt comes stuffed with cheddar, muenster, and fontina cheeses, plus applewood smoked bacon and hot honey on sourdough. The Pop This! will come with jalapeño cream cheese, aged cheddar, and Swiss. Searching for a blast from the previous? Consider the Internal Little one, created with cheddar cheese and fried bologna on total grain. Then go insert some tracks to the jukebox lineup and make some new pals.

I never generally pluck my cocktails off trees, but there’s a time and a put for everything, I guess, and an right after-perform drink at Strega North Conclusion is 1 of them. There, you’ll be in a position to get the restaurant’s new cocktail trees, a flower-covered construction that holds 12 drinks of your deciding upon (read: bring a handful of friends). There is a mimosa tree, a frosé tree (with both vintage rosé and lemon flavors), or you can decide to blend and match your have botanical assortment, all whilst hanging out on Strega’s outdoor patio.

Enjoyable to say, even superior to eat: La Pheegan Chef’s Sassy Jack Chick’n will make an visual appearance at Vegan Pop Up + Chill, an celebration showcasing a handful of nearby vegan cooks on Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Held at 814 Washington St. in Canton, the vegan pop-up will include La Pheegan Chef’s crispy, fried, plant-centered “chicken” drumsticks, together with oyster mushroom sliders from Find out Vegans, chocolate chip cookies from Clarke’s Cakes & Cookies, and cocktails from Bully Boy Distillers — a comprehensive food, if you question me. The tiny pageant is a good way to slide back again into foods functions publish-pandemic, and the festival’s musical act, Tricia Reed, is bound to get all people relocating.

When I spoke with Todd Bellomy, proprietor of the upcoming Farthest Star Brewery, in May well, he mentioned that for the duration of the early decades of his sake dwelling-brewing journey, he’d joined forces with Cambridge Brewing Co. to make a sake/beer hybrid. Properly, the band is again together yet again: Bellomy and Cambridge Brewing Co. have collaborated on an experimental Pilsner dubbed “Helicopter on Mars,” now on tap. The new brew, which is impressed by Japanese rice lagers, utilizes sake yeast all through the fermentation method to insert notes of watermelon and strawberry. When Farthest Star isn’t open however — the sake brewery is aiming for an Oct 1 opening date — you can flavor what’s to come by heading more than to Cambridge Brewing Co. this weekend.