If you can’t handle the heat, let the professionals like Christina Tobin do the cooking.
Have you seen HBO Max’s show “Julia”yet? We got to know the food stylist who brought all of the chef and television food star’s iconic dishes to life.
Christina Tobin is a Roslindale native and mother of two who has worked on many film sets, including “American Hustle,” “Labor Day,” and “Little Women.” Her latest project debuted on March 31 and was just picked up for a second season.
We asked Christina 10 questions about working on the “Julia” set, her take on the Boston food scene + what’s next for her.
Christina called working for the show a “wild full-circle moment.” | Photo by HBO Max
What was it like to work on the set for “Julia”?
To say it was an honor would be an understatement, and to say it was a lot of pressure is an understatement. I had an incredible team with me that supported me in bringing her dishes to life. It’s her love of food, not just preparing it, but also having it at other establishments and having people cook for her that brought me as much joy as any other aspect. It was an incredible experience.
Do you have one specific dish that you love? One that you crave and won’t stop talking about from a local place?
If I’ve been working a super long week, and I’m really sick of food because of always being in front of it — any chef will tell you this, they just want to have a grilled cheese sandwich. So I go into the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale, which is an establishment that has been there forever, and I get a grilled cheese with a martini. That’s my go-to ultra stressed out craving.
Christina Tobin + team behind the scenes on set. | Photo by HBO Max
What do you think Julia would think of Boston’s food scene today?
There’s so much talent and there are so many women. She pioneered the food culture with her cookbook and “The French Chef,” and having had the experience of working with some really incredible women chefs, I think she’d just be jazzed about it.
Click the button below for Christina’s go-to markets when grocery shopping, Julia Child’s influence on her career, and a recipe for the meal she would cook the legendary chef.
Peaches Guaranteed | Mon., May 9 | 5:30 p.m. | 85 Northern Ave. | Free | This Seaport Sweat class is a fast-paced 45-minute circuit style workout. 💪
Cambridge Job Fair | Mon., May 9 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Attend this MilitaryX virtual job fair to connect with veteran-friendly employers.
Zumba Outdoors | Tues., May 10 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | East Cambridge Savings Bank, 1310 Cambridge St. | $10 | Join the party outside for this socially distanced outdoor Zumba class.
Don Winslow | Tues., May 10 | 6 p.m. | Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline | $10+ | Register for this event to celebrate the release of “City on Fire” with the author. 📚
After 5 Social: Patio Party | Wed., May 11 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Boston Tea Party Ships + Museum, 306 Congress St. | $20 | Ticket includes one drink + exclusive access to the museum’s outdoor space.
Jamaica Plain Bike Ride | Wed., May 11 | 1-2 p.m. | Ferris Wheels Bike Shop 66 South St., Jamaica Plain | Free | 10-12 miles of easy pedaling through JP and exploring new spots. 🚲
Speed Dating | Thurs., May 12 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Hennessey’s Upstairs, 25 Union St. | $25 | Enjoy a happy hour and several five minute dates with new faces — for ages 28-39.
Film Trivia Night Fundraiser | Thurs., May 12 | 7 p.m. | Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline | $250+ | An evening of dinner, drinks, silent auction, and film trivia to benefit the nonprofit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Beat Brew Hallhas reopened in Harvard Square after closing up shop almost two years ago. The Cambridge restaurant will be adding lots of live music events to the calendar + will continue to serve up regional craft beers. Stop by 13 Brattle St. Tuesdays through Sundays for dinner service starting at 5 p.m. 🍽️ (Boston Chefs)
Treehouse Brewing Companyis purchasing the Tewksbury Country Club and plans to turn it into a beer hall, while still operating the golf course. This will be the popular Charlton brewery’s first Greater Boston location. (NBC 10)
A vacant lot at 84 Coleman St. in Dorchesterhas been converted into an outdoor community space, thanks to a volunteer clean-up effort. The 5,600 sqft lot is now “The Guild Sanctuary on Coleman” + will be a space for gardening and wellness activities as well as an art venue. (Boston.com)
Ready to sing along to Copacabana? Barry Manilowis returning to TD Garden on Thurs., Aug 4. Tickets for the show with guest star David Stephenkozgo on saleFri., May 13 at 11 a.m.
The new low-cost airline PLAYis offering flash deals as it prepares to begin flying out of Boston on Wed., May 11. Today through Thursday, customers can purchase $99 flights to Iceland and $129 flights to Paris, Dublin, and Copenhagen (on specific dates). Find more information + book a flighthere. ✈️ (Boston.com)
The Boston University men’s lacrosse teamis heading to the NCAA Tournament after a 14-10 victory over Army West Point on Sunday. This is the first-ever Patriot League title for the Terriers, now in their ninth year. (Boston.com)
Speaking of the Terriers — Boston Universityhas a newmen’s hockey coach. Jay Pandolfo is now the 13th coach in the program’s history + was associate head coach last season after spending the previous seven years with the Bruins. 🏒 (Boston Globe)
Cambridge-based dance company Jean Appolon Expressionswill debut its new work at the Institute of Contemporary Art this weekend. “Traka” fuses contemporary techniques with Haitian folkloric dance. Purchase tickets here for the Fri., May 13 or Sat., May 14 show.
No. 8. BetSpertsrecently rankedthe New England Patriots as the eighth most valuable sports team in the world, with an estimated worth of $4.4 billion. The researchers also highlighted the Pats combined social media following of ~16.84 million. Let’s go Pats. 🏈 (7 News)
No. 1. Massachusetts is the best state for working moms, according to a WalletHub list. The Bay State ranked just above Connecticut and Rhode Island + offers the most professional opportunities for working mothers.
$1 million. That’s how much Brian Parisi from Gloucester won on a lottery scratch ticket. Brian was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago + now plans to use his winnings to thank his family members for their help during a difficult time. Talk about paying it forward. (Mass Live)
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You don’t have to go Far Out of Boston for some delicious ice cream. The local shop opened up a new walk-up window last week — head over to 419 Harvard St. in Brookline for New Zealand-style ice cream and coffee.
Create your own sweet treat by choosing your dairy, fruit, vessel, and toppings. Pro tip: try the kookaberry as your fruit for a unique twist.
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Editor’s pick:We’ve talked about City Splash, but there is another water-focused event coming to our city. When the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns on Sat., June 4, competitors from across the globe will dive from the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Be sure to grab your tickets to the Seaport spectacle — don’t worry, new tickets get released every week.
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