Koffee N’Box has great coffee

A new pop-up coffee shop, Koffee N’Box, on Broadway. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

By JOSH RESNEK

The former post office has become the location for the city’s newest addition to the growing ambiance that Everett has to offer when it comes to great treats, and especially for coffee.

Located on the side of the Depression Era building, which is as formidable a structure as anything standing in the city, is a bit of “green” space devoted to comfortable tables and chairs, lots of potted flowers, and big umbrellas with all of this capped off by the business itself.

Koffee N’Box is literally and physically run out of a steel container, the type sent on ships with merchandise around the world.

It has been painted beautifully and colorfully, and the front of the box is the place where you make your orders.

Everything is clean and sparkling, really.

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Mediterranean treat hits the spot on a summer day

A plate with taste of the Mediterranean. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

By JOSH RESNEK

It is hot outside. It is hot inside, even with the air conditioners on.

It is lunchtime and I want a treat.

I desire something light, delicious, with multi-textures and tastes.

Inside my refrigerator all the ingredients I need are chilled just right.

I grab a smaller plate.

I raid the frig.

I cut about eight small balls of fresh mozzarella in half. I do the same with cherry tomatoes.

I drip some organic extra virgin olive oil onto the tomatoes and mozzarella — just a sprinkling to give them some spark.

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Garden to plate veggies found at local farm stand

Kate Jenkins-Sullivan points out locally grown produce at the Everett Community Growers farm stand. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By JIM MAHONEY

The harvesting season has arrived and who doesn’t enjoy the flavor of a freshly picked tomato?

It’s time to head the market – specifically the Everett Community Growers’ Northern Strand Farm stand – for the very freshest, tastiest produce in the area. The garden is tended to by volunteers and paid employees of all ages and has been growing food for Everett residents since 2012. They also contribute to the Bread of Life program.

Tucked in at the beginning of the Everett bike trail, off Wellington and West Street, and open 10-1 pm on Saturday mornings the farm stand has for sale right off the vine produce, vegetables and herbs. Grown in plots next to the trail, on Florence and Tremont Streets you can get tomatoes, kale, beans, eggplant and squash so fresh you may not make it home without taking a bite.

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Common Ground uncommonly good

By JOSH RESNEK

For the past year and starting again now with the reopening of Common Ground’s main eatery on the Revere Beach Parkway, I have been buying my morning coffee there.

I eat lunch there quite often.

Common Ground’s coffee, to my estimation, is the best in Everett.

There is no comparison.

Their food is also superior. Everything is cooked with a flare and served with a flare.

The menu is uncommonly good and satisfying.

I love their Veggie wrap, their salads, the dressing, the combinations of tastes and textures that makes eating there special every time.

Common Ground is all Brazilian ownership and employees – polite, demure, knowing of their customers on a first namebasis. They aim to please and they please every time.

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Nothing beats a tasty grilled cheese sandwich

A grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. (Photo by Josh Resneck)

10 minute lunch is out of the frying pan and onto your plate

By JOSH RESNEK

If you are a creative chef, please do not read this.

If you crave for a quick lunch that won’t kill you, that tastes great, that goes down easy and that leaves you satisfied – well – you’ve probably been here.

I’m talking grilled cheese on Scali bread with sliced cherry tomatoes and Utz potato chips.

This is a Market Basket special but not entirely.

I’d estimate the cost at about $12.00 for enough to replicate this treat at least a half dozen times.

If you live in my house, you can never be sure there will be any potato chips left, or cherry tomatoes or bread, let alone the American cheese.

So, I am forced to hide my ingredients.

The low sodium American cheese is sliced thinly. I prefer Land O Lakes white.

The bread is also sliced.

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