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Lunch & snacks around Winchester & Melrose

On a visit to friends in Melrose today, I stopped by Gingerbread Construction Company in Winchester. I picked up a gingerbread loaf, which is split and filled with cream cheese icing. Not quite as overwhelming (or calorie rich!) as the gingerbread muffin and a nice hostess gift. I also picked up some of their cookies ($12.99 per pound), both the chocolate chunk and peanut butter chunk types. When I was a teen visiting NYC, I used to take the train out of Penn Station to Long Island, and one of the best parts of the trip was stopping by David's Cookies in the Penn Station concourse and buying some chocolate chunk cookies (sold by weight) and getting a half pound of warm cookies loaded with bittersweet chocolate chunks for the train ride home. These cookies are just like those, and it occurred to me that I don't know of any other places selling these kinds of cookies around here, so I'm throwing it out there for your snacking pleasure.

We also went to lunch at one of our favorites, Cappa's Trackside in Melrose. Chocolate chip pancakes for the boy, chicken escarole soup for the girl, and a steak, cheese, mushroom and onion sub for me. Delicious! I do love their pancakes but that sandwich hits my greasy steaky cheesy spot every time.

about 12 hours ago
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

General Tso's Chicken??

I was just wondering that myself. I've moved to Lexington and FuLoon is out of my rotation. I hope someone else knows, though.

Apr 15, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

"Pappy Meals"

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

"After years of careful hoarding, Citizen Public House is going to be releasing their secret stash in a special package they’re calling the “Pappy Meal.” Every Monday, starting on April 14, a limited supply (Frederick anticipates about a half dozen) of “meal” sets will be available on the daily special board. The “Pappy Meal” will come housed in a Western-themed box and will include a rotating two-ounce pour of Van Winkle whiskey in a house-branded bottle, a serving of chef Joe Levandowski’s bread-and-butter pickles, a bag of house-made beef jerky (brined and cured in Tamari, ginger, coriander, yuzu, and cardamom), a toy, and various surprises like Citizen Public House temporary tattoos and buttons."

This is gimmicky but fun and for people (like my husband!) who want to try it, I this is a neat way to do it. Plus the bar will get a HUGE PR kick from this, and with only half a dozen available every night, will be able to direct that overflow business into their more conventional offerings. What do you think?

Apr 11, 2014
Chris VR in Spirits

Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

Glad people stepped up to offer suggestions. Honestly, I wouldn't, not enough faith in my knowledge of Indian cuisine, and my ability to distinguish good from really great Indian. Normally that wouldn't stop me from offering up places I've liked, but when you'e set the bar so high and the consequences of bad recommendations are so dire for you, I'd hate to be the one responsible for you being horrified.

Apr 08, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

favorite onigiri filling ideas?

My husband and I have gotten very into onigiri for lunch, and now we've got my 7 year old hooked as well. I am a sucker for anything with umezuke (pitted, sliced) and love tuna and umezuke.

My daughter doesn't like the flavor of umezuke but loves ham and pickled ginger, and ham and sliced cornichon pickles. We do pack them with ice packs, but we use the nori sheets that are packaged with the plastic, so they don't get soggy before lunch (we buy them on Amazon). I'm excited to try some of these other ideas! Would love to hear more, especially ideas that would appeal for my 7 year old.

Apr 08, 2014
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

OC I think you've set yourself up to get no answer to your question about Masala. After saying "almost every single time i have followed a Boston CH's advice and gone to an Indian restnt.,I have been at least very disappointed, if not horrified." I think anyone would be reluctant to recommend anything to you here :)

Apr 08, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area
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Are Mackays Spiced Ginger Preserves THAT Good?

I just saw this at a discount store (Ocean State Job Lot) here in Massachusetts. I think it was $2.99 per jar.

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in General Topics

Best Boston Baked Beans?

Thanks for the report! Durgin Park gets a bad rap but I have always enjoyed my meals there. It's been a while, but I think I'll take my parens there this summer!

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

no more recipes?

I never got the emails myself but I do follow CHOW on Facebook and they do still post links to recipes (older recipes but usually stuff I haven't seen before) and I get a lot of good ideas from the posts and yes, the random unpredictability of them is part of what I also enjoy!

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Fairfield County, Ct.

Sorry, I can't really tell what you're asking me to reply to but I think we just have a difference of opinion about whether there needs to be a Long Island board and it's probably a good idea for us to agree to let it go at that.

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Fairfield County, Ct.

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

no more recipes?

Are you familiar with Chowhound's Home Cooking board? All the recipes you could want, and more, all at http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Fairfield County, Ct.

Chowhound doesn't have many posters on Long Island, which means no, there are not many opinions on food there. That doesn't mean that Chowhound.com isn't the place to search for a wide range of opinions in areas where there are a lot of posters and a lot of activity. Although I don't see how that ties in to anything being discussed on this thread.

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Fairfield County, Ct.

I don't see what this post has to do with what you posted in response to c oliver. The Chowhound in that thread isn't seeking Chow anywhere on Long Island, which is how you posed the question above. I'm sorry but I can't follow what point you're trying to make, unless your point is that the post isn't getting many responses and you think c oliver should offer some suggestions, which would somehow qualify her to offer her thoughts on this topic? I don't really follow that logic, if that's your point.

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk
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Fairfield County, Ct.

This is a pointless question, and I think you know it. Nobody goes to dinner "on Long Island". Long Island is about 125 miles long and about 25 miles wide. Someone in Greenport isn't going to Center Moriches for dinner. Someone in Port Washington isn't going to Sayville for diner. So people looking for that meal on the New York State board will do what they would do if there were a Long Island board... they'll search for the town[s] they're looking to dine in. Having one board for Long Island isn't going to make the answer to that question any clearer.

NY State isn't the only board on Chowhound to group areas that have nothing to do with each other on the same board, and the fact that Long Island and upstate NY have different chow scenes doesn't make the case for a LI-specific board any more than Corpus Christi, TX having different chow interests than Lubbock, TX means there should be a North Texas and a South Texas board.

Apr 07, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk
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Shut up Noah!

Another great solution is for CHOW to exclude the ad from its rotation. Ads with sound are just not the expected standard on most websites these days.

Apr 05, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk
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Shut up Noah!

Nobody should have to download any ad blocking software to keep loud talking ads off of a site like Chowhound. They just are not OK. I have to believe this is an unapproved ad. It's been mentioned before that some sneak through.

Apr 04, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Mamadou's Bakery Winchester - Amazing Breads

It's been a while since Mamadou's got any love here, so I'm bumping this old thread back up. I was passing by today and got a hankering for a baguette so I stopped in. I got the last baguette, but they also had lovely looking croissants and strawberry tarts so I got one of each. I eyed the cranberry fennel (?!) bread but decided that was enough for one trip. The croissant was so lovely, very flaky. Not very buttery but that's not a requirement for me in a good croissant. The strawberry tart was out of this world. It was a pinwheel shape, of flaky pastry (similar to the croissant in texture and taste), brushed with a sweet glaze. In the center was a generous dollop of very good strawberry jam. Yum! Looking foward to that baguette with dinner tonight!

Apr 04, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area
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Weekend lunch at Chestnut Hill?

I'm a fan of the Daikanyama in Lexington and, assuming it's the same management, I have always found them to be very friendly to my young children. I haven't had anything I've disliked from the Lexington location, from an assortment of sushi and maki, but a recent order of hamachi kama was particularly good.

Much as my soul recoils from going to Cheesecake Factory, they are extremely child friendly and the one at Chestnut Hill gives you pagers you can carry around the mall, so if you go get one when you get there, and do your mall business, your table will probably be ready around the same time you are.

Apr 03, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

April Foods Day Pranks

I really hate April Fool's pranks that make people feel stupid but I figured I'd get a pass on this one because they'd have a mouthful of cake and frosting when they figured out what I'd done.

My 7 year old was very funny, her first question was "Mom, what kind of cheese is this? I love it!" My husband was in on it abut even when he tried one he said it was really confusing. His brain was saying grilled cheese and his taste buds were saying sweet cake and it actually took him a few seconds to switch gears.

Apr 03, 2014
Chris VR in General Topics
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Big Pig BBQ, Lynnfield

Huh, never heard of them but it's been a while since I've been in the corporate event business. Not a ton of actual BBQ in that area, but you may also want to look at Blackstrap in Winthrop. They have a retail location so you can try it and see if you like it before committing, and their catering menu is at http://blackstrapbbq.com/catering/

Although, I should ask, are you looking for actual BBQ (cooked low and slow over wood) or are you just looking for a caterer who can do an outdoor event with grilled chicken, burgers, etc?

Apr 03, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Prime Rib Restaurant on the South Shore

Thanks for the tip on Strawberry Fair. They don't list it on their menu at http://www.thestrawberryfair.com/menu/ but what they do list is straight up my mom's alley (Yankee Pot Roast!). What do you think of that place in general? Norwell is a great meeting point for us.

Apr 02, 2014
Chris VR in Southern New England

Chick-fil-A kickin' the Colonels butt

It was so lovely on a trip to France a couple of years ago to see all of the families thronging a local park where we were riding bikes on a Sunday. They were all on bikes, or picnicking, or boating, or just (honestly!) stopping to smell the roses in the lovely rose garden and it was such a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. Sure, it made it a bit more difficult for us tourists to manage, but it seems to be well worth it.

Apr 02, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Prime Rib Restaurant on the South Shore

The thing about prime rib though, is it's a really simple meal, hard to screw up. As you mention below, there's not much seasoning to the meat itself, and popovers and mashed potatoes don't require much skill in the kitchen either. That's why it seemed likely to me that previous Chowhound report of the prime rib actually being good didn't seem that farfetched. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1539... The poster seemed really sure about this opinion, and although it's from quite a while ago, I don't think Joe's has changed much.

Apr 02, 2014
Chris VR in Southern New England

Prime Rib Restaurant on the South Shore

OK, let's try this again... the poster isn't looking for a meal in Chicago, KC or Dallas, and they aren't looking for "New England centric dining". Without getting hung up on the "authentic New England" part of the OP, they're looking specifically for a Prime Rib dinner in the South Shore area. I have family in that parts and a dad who loves that kind of meal, so the answer is definitely of interest to me.

Have to been to any of the restaurants on that list? If not, what are you basing your "meh" on? I haven't been to Grumpy White's, but I sent my family there for a non prime rib meal and they raved about it. My family does have simple tastes, so maybe this is just a disconnect between the kind of food you like and the kind of meal this is.

I was hoping some people would be able to offer info on the different options so we could steer the OP (and my dad!) to the best prime rib in the South Shore area, even if it's not the best in the country.

Apr 02, 2014
Chris VR in Southern New England

Toxic Food Combinations [moved from General Topics board]

I've had verified food poisoning twice and one yak didn't get it over with. Both times the symptoms went on for (torturous) hours. I am no sort of medical professional, that's just been my experience.

Apr 02, 2014
Chris VR in Not About Food

Toxic Food Combinations [moved from General Topics board]

And I already said I misspoke.

Apr 01, 2014
Chris VR in Not About Food

Toxic Food Combinations [moved from General Topics board]

I misspoke about the flu, but there is definitely some sort of stomach something going around, that lasts 12-24 hours. I have tons of friends coming down with it and it's decimating attendance in some classrooms. I had it myself 2 weeks ago and my husband had it last weekend. Intense cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue. I find it extremely unlikely that all of these people are coming down with undiagnosed food poisoning.

Apr 01, 2014
Chris VR in Not About Food
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Paris Must-try Desserts/Baked Goods, Chocolates, Candies, etc.

Yes! And stock up and bring bars home! You will be a rockstar with your friends.

Apr 01, 2014
Chris VR in France

April Foods Day Pranks

I made these for my kids' afterschool snack today. Grilled pound cake filled with orange frosting :)

Apr 01, 2014
Chris VR in General Topics
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