Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blogger Meet-up at Cambridge, 1. (Fenway)

Last Tuesday, I got the chance to dine with a couple of bloggers I hadn't met before - Amanda of Tales From A Kitchen Misfit and Molly of Cheap Beets - thanks to a meet-up put together by Jayne Karolow, Events and Communications Manager for Cambridge, 1. and its sister restaurants. Unfortunately, no one else could make the event due to pre-Thanksgiving travel and preparations, but the three of us (plus significant others and Jayne) enjoyed some nice food, drink, and conversation at the spacious Fenway location of Cambridge, 1.

Cambridge, 1. (This is the Fenway location at 1381 Boylston St. in Boston. There's also a Harvard Square location at 27 Church St. in Cambridge.)

The menu features 13 charcoal grilled pizzas along with some salads, pasta, and soup. The pizzas come in half and full sizes; a half size left me satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed.

A rep from J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider came by and gave us free cider (and t-shirts!) Scrumpy Cider is organic and comes from a small farm in Michigan. We tried the original flavor as well as the seasonal Solstice (brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup). Both were very sweet and tasted virtually non-alcoholic, very similar to apple juice. I generally prefer very dry ciders, but these were a pleasant surprise for a sweeter cider.

We sampled a couple of appetizers; the wings were nice and meaty, and the warm flatbread that came with the meat platter was excellent.

It's a shame I'm writing this post days after going to one of New Haven's famous pizza places - more on that later this week - so I'm currently a bit biased against all other pizzas. If you like ultra-crispy flatbread pizzas, though, Cambridge, 1. is a decent place to go. Joel and I were a little underwhelmed, but he's a major pizza snob with a preference for NY/CT style, and I'm still on a New Haven pizza high, but this is really a very different type of pizza.

#8 - pepperoni (or you can get sopressata, if you prefer), tomato, fontina, romano

#10: maine lobster, corn, scallion, parmigiano, lemon butter

#11: hot cherry peppers, black forest ham, manchego
Cambridge, 1. is a lively place, and the portion size of the half pizzas is perfect for me. While I probably wouldn't go here for a date night, it's a fun meeting spot for a group of friends to gather or watch a sports game.

As always, it was lots of fun to meet some other bloggers! (Side note: Are you a Boston-area food blogger? Have you checked out my new site, Boston Food Bloggers, yet?)

I'm second from the left, Amanda (Tales From A Kitchen Misfit) is third from the right, Jayne is second from the right, and Molly (Cheap Beets) is on the far right.

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Disclosure: We received free drinks and discounted meals. Since I am not backed by the budget of a publication, I do occasionally accept free or discounted meals or products. I always disclose this and I am under no obligation to review positively - or review at all - these meals or products. Regardless of the cost or lack thereof, my reviews represent my full and honest opinion.


  1. It looks like it was a wonderful dinner! I wanted to attend this but had way too much pre-Thanksgiving stuff going on...

  2. I also wish I could have made it - but I was heading home that night. Glad you had fun! The food looks great!

  3. glad to hear you liked the food and met some new bloggers. It bugs me that a place in Fenway is named Cambridge 1. Isn't that confusing?!

    P.S. I love Pepe's in New Haven though its been year sice I visited!

  4. I used to work in Harvard Sq so I would pass by the Cambridge location all the time. I keep meaning to check it out but never have. That antipasto plate looks fantastic.


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