By: Jessica Cickay
Exactly two months ago marked the first time in my 25 food-filled years that I tried red meat. I’m not a vegetarian, I’m not religious and I’m not against eating animals – I just was never fed a cow (or a pig, for that matter) and always deemed everything from a quarter-pounder with cheese to a filet mignon non-options. My random rebellion began one night with a single taste of my boyfriend’s burger, and let’s just say it was love at first bite. Luckily, my dabble into the meat department came just in time for an outdoor BBQ on the patio of Bambara in the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, where Chef Jay Silva served up a rainbow’s variety of sliders that could satisfy herbivores and omnivores alike!
The good thing about being me is that I have no qualms about “playing stupid” sometimes. And when it comes to getting the most food possible with the shortest amount of wait, I am the best pretender around. That said, I was able to sample ample amounts of Chef Silva’s sliders, leaving the rest of the crowd clouded in the smoke of his grill and at the back of the line. While sipping on a glass of Prosecco sweetened with a simple strawberry syrup, I treated my impatient taste buds to perfectly prepared Spring Pea Arancini. These ping-pong ball sized puppies were packed full of tender Arborio rice, fresh green peas, ooey-gooey parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and then flash fried for a one-way trip to my mouth.
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