Rudolph’s Poops & Cookie Time In the Country

It was 26°F and the smell of snow filled the air. Sunday, December 8th was a day of tradition. Sandie and William were hosting their annual “Christmas Cookie Time in the Country” and we didn’t have plans for the early part of the day. We decided to pair necessity with opportunity and take a slow route with a late breakfast at UNCLE JAY’S TWISTED FORK. We don’t have a tradition of visiting with Uncle Jay, but we could be starting something soon. The experience was that good.

The Twisted Fork Bistro is a farm to fork establishment who proudly notifies customers on page one of their menu of the excitement to follow:

Our Mission
We are a true Bistro. Our menus change as the seasons do. We are a farm to fork establishment and we source almost all of our products locally. We are a from scratch/cooked to order restaurant and have very high standards using only fresh ingredients. YES, IT TAKES LONGER TO CREATE, as we individually prepare each dish, your patience will be rewarded.

When we see something like this proudly noted in a menu, we do not see WARNING! We see GOODNESS! The idea that there will be care and love placed into our meal is always reassuring, and as usual, presents a much more entertaining experience for our eyes and a new blossoming to our taste-buds.

Uncle Jay’s is a place that isn’t fancy; there’s no valet, no dress requirements, no code of this and that. They do, however, have a dirt parking lot and it was filled when we arrived. We were promptly greeted by the host and seated at one of two remaining open tables and our waitress set us up quickly with steaming hot cups of coffee to enjoy while we scrutinized the menu. Lately, I’ve been very unwilling to step off of the list of daily specials. This unwillingness was encouraged by this weekend’s offerings. Uncle Jay’s Twisted Fork (and slightly twisted mind) had a heart warming option for the little boy inside me.

For our breakfast we enjoyed the following:

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Rudolph’s Poop Omelette (burger bites, sauteed onion and cheese $8.99) Shown above at the top of this post. With a name that could easily denote bad things, the flavors and presentation made me really happy about eating poop! The craftsmanship required to prepare the burger bites and prep the entire presentation was really thoughtful and now we have the proud privilege of saying that we’ve eaten Rudolph’s waste. Doesn’t everyone on the earth want this notoriety? You do – don’t kid yourself.

Irish Skillet
(mashed, spinach, corned beef 2 poached and our hollandaise $10.99) Shown here and eaten mostly by Spencer, was quite the impressive blend of individual flavors. The corned beef, spinach, eggs and hollandaise maintained flavor integrity. I had two bites and each was different. A delicious medley of flavors with each bite dancing a different rhythm. The poached eggs rivaled the best of the best. Still running their own race around the maze of other ingredients.

2013-12-08 12.43.04The entire experience was cozy and we were constantly entertained by this vignette to our right, especially the wreath hung between the windows. Below it was Santa’s chair for his Saturday visits. It’s so overwhelming to think that I was eating Rudolph’s poo-poos just four feet from Santa’s chair. Whew!! We both agreed that we can’t wait to return for dinner on a Friday or a Saturday.

Our holiday spirit continued to rise in the next leg of our journey.

The annual “Christmas Cookie Time in the Country” event dozens of friends and family and dozens of dozens of cookies to share! To top it all off Sandie presents a cruise ship caliber buffet. Roast Beef that was fork tender and seasoned to perfection and broccoli with roasted garlic. There was a spicy bacon and cheddar mac and cheese that left the scaredy-cats and some kids disappointed as a result of our selective hearing. “Mac and Cheese? Where’s the Mac and Cheese?!?” My fork-lickin’ spice queen Spencer warned that the dish would be a bit too intense for me. I steered clear, but let me tell you…there was a whole tray scraped clean and another that was on its way to the tracks of food love!

The Cookie Time starts with the very first minute of arrival and ends with the hostess standing with hands on hips at the door wishing Merriment and demanding cookie-filled containers for departure. It was a hard offer to resist. With everything from (my sugar-free) pizzelles to snickerdoodles, to recipes with odd ingredients (William and his mum concocted cookies featuring bacon and Chinese noodles, respectively), all the standards and show-stoppers were represented. Sandie’s Mom and Dad saved containers from veggies and other takeout scenarios for all of us to bring home more cookies than we initially brought. Spencer and I took home, with permission, nearly a shoebox of roast beef and broccoli. Steak and Eggs is on the menu, soon!

We honored the old, brought in the new, and collected some memories on the way. Thanks again, friends!

Oh Boy! The Boynton

boynton-family-restaurantOn certain Tuesday nights, my friend Tina and I go to “get soup” at The Boynton. Truth is, for me, it’s soup for the soul. It is for her, too, but she also loves their Chicken Rice Soup ($3.99). A Comforting Chicken Stock with an abundance of Rice, Chicken and bits of Carrots.

The Comfort continues in our conversation. Tina is a life gift. She’s a lady that leaves a mark on a person’s life. A good woman. No doubts here. We are growing people and we cheer each other on. We take time to talk to each other and listen to each other too.

The Boynton has grown quite a bit during its time in Worcester. I started enjoying their good food when they were a pub and a neighboring pizza shop. The bartender or, on certain nights, a waitress would assist with food. As you know, I am here for food, so all I’ll mention about the drinks is: they don’t skimp.

The Boynton’s food is indulgent. In the last 15-20 years, the growth of the business has been revolutionary. They’ve:

  1. Remodeled and reorganized.
  2. Rebuilt the pizza shop into a full-sized state-of-the-art all-stainless-steel, shiny, new kitchen.
  3. Implemented an entirely new menu.
  4. Purchased neighboring property to increase the size of the parking area.
  5. Grew more and more. They even put dining room additions onto the dining room additions!

It’s great!! This growth was mandatory. The Boynton is packed on most Tuesday nights at nearly 10pm. The energy is high and environment relaxed with populations of all ages and walks of life coming together. The table and bar service is really good. I’ve never been wary of this destination. Click here to make a reservation and beat the crowd.

boynton_barThis past week, we ventured there after Tina got out of work. I arrived first and secured a table on the outer border of the main bar area. Our waitress, Nikie, greeted me within a few minutes and was knocking my socks off from the very beginning. I ordered our beverages and an appetizer. We were off to the races. I was feeling a win coming my way.

What did we eat? Tina had her soup and shared the appetizer with me. I was craving pizza and decided that I would chance a suggestion from the waitress. I was thinking she’d suggest something healthy and she delivered. A small pizza with eggplant, broccoli and garlic. I added onions, peppers and feta. Y’all know how I feel about Feta.

Spinach Artichoke Dip ($10.99) Spinach and Marinated Artichoke Hearts blended with Garlic and Herb Cheese topped with Parmesan Cheese and oven baked. Served with Pita Chips. I asked Nikie to replace the chips with simple pita bread wedges. I can’t get the thought of deep fried bread into my wellness plan. LOL. She was happy to help.

Sm. Cheese Pizza + Broccoli, Feta, Garlic, Eggplant, Onions and Roasted Red Peppers = a mound of a pizza prices fairly at $13.73. This pizza was 4 meals. Very pleased.

We love to chat with servers. We also learned that Nikie is a vegetarian, a factory farm activist and a climate activist.

For those of you reading my meanderings, you may remember The Sole ProprieterThe Boynton is directly across the street. This Highland Street neighborhood must have good eating in the water or something. Try The Boynton – you can order online and pick up or eat in the brick-walled comfy space you see here. They are always going to make you happy with your decision.

This is direct from the Boynton website and I AGREE: “Highly recommended for a night out with friends, dinner with the familly and a popular spot for students. Named after one of the founding fathers of Worcester Polytech, the Boynton Restaurant is located at 117 Highland Street, (Route 9), ample parking in the back.”

Go. Experience. Enjoy!

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