Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blogger Meetup: Vlora

Have you ever been to Vlora in Boston?  Me neither - until last Friday that is....I had walked by this restaurant millions of times (it is located on Boylston street near Copley square) but had never been inside.  The food is Mediterranean with a focus on Greek, Southern Italian and Albanian.  The menu had a great combination of familiar dishes, and some more exotic cuisine.

Chelsea and Susie (We are not Martha) organized a dinner to welcome Erica (Itzy's Kitchen) back to Boston while was in town visiting family. 

Susie and Chelsea arranged for a tasting of some of the Vlora appetizers.
We started with some rolls and olive oil:

  One of Vlora's signature dishes is this watermelon/feta combo with balsamic drizzled on top. 

These phyllo triangles are one of their most popular appetizers.  Each pastry pocket is stuffed with different fillings: Spinach & feta, tomato & onion, and yogurt.

Arancini Siciliani with tomato sauce

Here is my plate with a little smattering of our samples - from the fork: Grilled zucchini and tzatziki, grilled octopus with cucumber (and tomato), arancini, and watermelon with feta

My favorites of the night were definitely these two: The watermelon and feta, and the phyllo triangle.  The watermelon was super refreshing, and the contrast of the salty feta was great.  The tomato filling in the phyllo dough was rich and savory - tasted like a sauce cooked all day!

After we completed our tasting menu, we ordered some additional bites and lingered with some more drinks.  I ordered the Albanian Tava - a baked casserole of zucchini, yellow squash, potato, tomato, onion, okra, béchamel, parmigiana, Swiss cheese.  This was an appetizer and totally filled me up!  Such a great value.

Megan (Travel Eat Love) and Bridget (Yogurt and Berries) both had the Vegetarian Moussaka: a layered medley of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, potato, Swiss cheese, tomato, served with garlic yogurt and cucumber sauce.  I stole a bite in addition to the picture.  It was delicious, and I loved the presentation.

As usual I had a blast with all of the Boston bloggers and guests! 
In addition to Susie and Chelsee of We Are Not Martha and Erica of Itzy’s Kitchen 
the other bloggers in attendance were :
Colleen of The Daily Craic 
Elizabeth of On Tap For Today 
Bridget of Yogurt and Berries 

Thanks Chelsea and Susie for organizing...And Vlora for hosting, the food was great - definitely a hidden gem.  I can't wait to come back for another meal!

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  1. Meeting with everyone looks like so much fun! I hope you had a good time!

  2. It was great meeting you that night! Hope you had a great 4th. :)