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Godavari South Indian in Woburn

One other thought, if you're going to touch base with them any time soon. I have a friend who is gluten free and I know a lot of South Indian food meets her needs, but it's hard to tell which ones do. Since they do have such a descriptive menu, if they could also add a "GF" icon to show which dishes are gluten free, that would be huge. We thought we were doing well at Suvaai but she ended up in bad shape that night, so having this info easy to find and understand would be awesome.

Jul 21, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Godavari South Indian in Woburn

"It's a shame they didn't pull up the website that has all the descriptions of every dish on the iPad!! They definitely need descriptions handy to get us westerners up to speed."

They gave me the iPad with their site pulled up, but now, looking at it, I realize that I clicked on "View Menu and Order" in the center of the screen which brings you to eat24's interface and lackluster descriptions. I think he must have meant for me to click on the "Menu" on the upper left corner which pulls up a menu with really detailed descriptions. That makes SO much more sense. We were baffled about what was going on, but it was user error :) I am now going to peruse that for future reference!

I did mention the salt issue but didn't get much response from him about trying to order differently next time. Perhaps it was a language barrier. I do want to go back so I will try that next time, but I suspect a lot of the salt is already there in the bases of the dishes, and there's not much they can do about it. Sucks to be me :)

ETA... aaaaand now I am kicking myself for not finding the menu earlier, because reading it is making me want to go back and be annoyed that we didn't branch out some more in our ordering.

Jul 21, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Godavari South Indian in Woburn

We went for dinner this week. The menu is impressive but cryptic. I feel the same way here I feel at Suvaai and Ritu Ki Rasoi... very lost but also fairly sure that I can't go wrong. All the staff was friendly and one brought over an ipad, I thought, so we could see descriptions, but it was word for word what was on the printed menu, so, not much help there. We picked a few things that sounded good and weren't disappointed.

I like "65" seasoning so we started with Gobi 65. YUM. Great flavor and the level of spice was perfect for me... just close to a burn but not over the line. Salt was way too much for me in this and everything else but the chapati and rice, but that's more my issue than a problem with their seasoning. I have to be on a low sodium diet so even salted butter tastes too salty to me. By the end of my meal I had a burn in my mouth, but I’m honestly not sure if it was from the spices or from the salt. The food was all good, don’t get me wrong, but just because of my dietary issues, Godavari is going to have to be a very rare splurge into Saltsville.

We ordered the paneer butter masala more for familiarity than anything else. It was good... it's an inherently bland dish but it was a nice sauce, less spicy than the other dishes we ordered.

The Bengaluru Bendi Pulusu was described as "Okra special" so we gave that a go. It was sort of an okra stew, in a thick tomatoey sauce sprinkled with a bit of cilantro. I'm really enjoying discovering the different ways South Indian cooking treats okra and I found this dish very enjoyable.

We didn't want to overorder so that was it for us, along with a side of chapati. They seemed to be out of most of the drinks so we stuck with just water. (If I”m not mistaken, I saw another table bring in a brown bag, so I might try that next time.) The bill came out to ~$45.

In short, really nice people, very interesting (if confusing) menu, really good flavors but unfortunately the level of salt is going to keep me away… but I also have the same problem at Suvaai and RKR. My husband can’t wait to go back with his friends, though!

Jul 21, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Gigantic cucumber?

Cucumber Agua Fresca is my favorite way to use up a lot of cukes. I use vickib's recipe here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5471... It's quite lovely, especially with a bit of rum!

Jul 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Native corn

A friend on Facebook posted a pic of his kid eating corn from Marini Farm's field. I haven't seen any yet myself.

Jul 19, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

I picked up some today from Wilson Farm, this time it's from Connecticut. It was OK, closer to a 5 on the VR Corn Scale, although one piece was more of a 7.

I bring a pot of salted to a boil, drop the corn in, cover it, bring it back to a boil and then turn it off and take it out.

Jul 13, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

Against my better judgment we got some of that Georgia corn a week or so ago and much to my surprise, it was a solid 6 out of 10 on the highly scientific VR Corn Scale. Not local corn good, but a lot better than I expected, and good enough to tide me over until the local stuff is here.

Jul 12, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

What's your impression of sous vide? I discovered it recently and am curious to see what people think about it

It sounds like you've already tried it. How did the steak you mention cooking here come out for you? http://www.cheftalk.com/t/86502/whats...

Jul 10, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Sacramento tomato juice in Boston area

Bumping this up... it's not at Market Basket anymore as far as I can tell, and I'd love to locate some for my dad. Any spottings?

Jul 09, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Biryani Park is Coming Back (I Hope!)

She was there when we ordered it, so I'm not sure what to make of that. Besides the odd bits sprinkled throughout, the texture wasn't for us, but it also had very little flavor, we thought.

Jul 07, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Biryani Park is Coming Back (I Hope!)

Ah you're right. I googled Suvaai and it brought me to the Curry & Wok site, not the SNS one I'm used to seeing.

Jul 07, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Biryani Park is Coming Back (I Hope!)

Glad it worked out for you! We went last week a little after 1:30pm and there was no food on the buffet (despite the sign outside advertising it). I don't blame them, since it was just us and one other table, but my friends had never been there and were looking forward to the chance to try a lot of dishes from the buffet. We were happy to order off the menu, though. I really loved it when they were in Malden and I still like it but so many of the dishes were too salty for me (but I do have to keep to a low-salt diet, and my friend who loves salt said it was perfect.) They are still so nice, and the owner (I think?) was happy to bring the chef out to help us try to figure out which foods would be OK for my gluten-intolerant friend. We thought we ordered well, with only one dish she couldn't eat, but even sticking with the dishes he said were OK, she ended up having a gluten reaction and needed to spend the next day recovering from it.

I liked the flavor of the Gobi Manchurian (which was nicely spicy) but I couldn't eat much of it because of the salt. Mixed Vegetable Pakoda was also VERY salty.

We all loved the Egg Bajji and Paneer Tikka Masala. Dosa was also very good. The Rotti in the Coconut Rotti was a hit but the vegetable accompaniments were surprisingly flavorless.

The Puttu-Kotthu with was our least favorite dish, with bits of bone and cartilage in a fairly flavorless sort of mushy textured dish.

So I just checked their website, and it's been revamped. Now there's no mention of the Woburn location (sad face) but they do now offer online ordering & delivery through http://eat24hrs.com/... although there's a $50 delivery minimum, which means I probably won't take advantage of that often! The URL is http://www.currynwok.com/index.html. There's no mention of the Suvaai name there, but it's Suvaai on the online ordering form.

Jul 06, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

info for kouign amann fans

Is Paul in Burlington open yet? Their website says to check back for a phone and hours.

Jul 05, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

New weirdness from popup ad

Same thing happened to me. I had to reload the page before I was able to read it. That time, I got one of the banner ads you can't dismiss across the bottom of the page, but that didn't have any effect on the font size like the popup ad did.... it just reduces the area you can read in, because the banner ad across the bottom won't go away.

Jul 02, 2015
Chris VR in Site Talk

I need opinions

Marshmallow Fluff!

Jul 02, 2015
Chris VR in U.K./Ireland

Really good hardwood charcoal in Lexington area?

Second BBQ Barn. I think I've also seen a decent selection at Wagon Wheel but don't hold me to that.

Jul 01, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Unfortunately at this point he's convinced himself that eggs are inedible and I'd rather find other foods than try to fight him away from that view.

Jun 25, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

ISO Halibut - either retail or restaurant

I didn't order it. I had a cup of chowder and a 1 1/2 pound steamed lobster, with a side of coleslaw. We like Summer Shack. It hits the spot when we want seafood and don't want any hassle, and it's very kid-friendly, which we usually need when dining out.

Jun 23, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

ISO Halibut - either retail or restaurant

Summer Shack in Cambridge had a halibut special on the menu last night.

Jun 22, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

There's a TJs less than a mile from my house. I'm going to give this a try soon. It's something we'd all eat, too. We recently got him eating a salad oficeberg lettuce with cucumbers and shredded mozzarella with Italian dressing, so I wonder if we can add some tofu in there to make it more of a meal. Hmmmmm.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking
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Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

I was just telling a friend I completely forget my Vitamix can make things other than frozen mixed drinks and smoothies and I think you're all onto something with the soup direction!

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He did actually like cheddar when we started with cheeses, as well as Havarti. Provolone and Swiss were too strong and unfortunately he's now in a rut with peel off wrapper Kraft singles.

I think proscuitto wouldn't work. It can be a bit stringy in some places and dry in others and I think both would ick him out. Maybe I'll try some salami on him when we have some around.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

So much great advice here. I'm sorry you're in this boat too. We had to use Ensure shakes with my mom, and those things are awful. I probably could get him eating them, but I'd really prefer to leave that as a last resort. Maybe for camp, though!

He hasn't eaten mashed potatoes and we haven't tried to introduce them recently, but I think that's a good idea. He definitely likes the taste of potatoes so there's a touchpoint there.

He will definitely eat sweets. I made these once http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011... and he enjoyed them, but I didn't tell him what was in them. I'm not above hiding protein if we get in a bind but I'd love to get him consciously making good and healthy eating choices without having to tart it up into a sweet format.

Funny you ask about cheese sandwiches. He had a field trip this week and was willing to try a cheese sandwich, but came back telling me it wasn't good, and "cheese and bread don't go together". (SMH and try telling that to the rest of the world, kid.) We just found a new brand of soy butter called WOW Butter and it's getting a trial by fire on a Boy Scout camping trip this weekend. He was pretty impressed with it when he tried it last night, so fingers crossed.

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

We got him to eat mac & cheese recently but just the powdered yellow box type. Even with that, it's not something he seems to really enjoy.

We tried ham & turkey cold cuts and he couldn't really handle them very well either. Pizza he'll do if it's cheeseless, and will eat shredded cheese on the side. He really can't stand the look or texture of gooey stringy cheese on a hot pizza. He's able to tolerate it when the cheese has cooled and congealed, but he's prefer to just pick it off and eat it without the cheese.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

I feel like he's made his mind up about eggs for now but maybe I can try to reintroduce it in a quiche form later. That custardy texture could work.

Thanks to all for your suggestions. I was very encouraged last night when I was able to get him to eat half of a beer battered fish finger I'd made with flounder from my CSA. It was even a couple of days old when I cooked it, so a bit more fishy than I'd wanted, but with a bit of ketchup, he was able to eat the portion without any gagging at all. This is the first time I've gotten him to try a new food at home... the other new foods have been foods we've worked on with the food therapist. We followed the same process (smell the food, kiss it, lick it, bite it, chew it, swallow it) and he kept insisting he didn't like it, he was still able to eat it.

I'm so appreciative of all the ideas you've shared here. Lots of things I hadn't thought about, and you've all been very kind. It's a bit of a secret shame to be a Chowhound and have a kid who eats such a limited diet. I swear I did start him out right with making all his baby food from scratch and offering a varied diet. He ate really well as a baby but once the sensory issues kicked in, his diet became more and more limited. There's an intellectual awareness that it's out of your control as a parent, but until my eat everything in sight daughter came along, I still blamed myself for the situation. Anyway, this is all a bit far afield for Home Cooking, but again, thanks!

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

I think the texture of the white on a fried egg is too similar to the texture of the white on a hard boiled egg for him.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

First trip to Boston

The Museum of Science doesn't have their private room open on the 4th. It's a ticketed event where people camp out on the top floor of the garage. They sell box dinners or you can BYO. They are $28 but you have to be a museum member to buy them. Tickets went on sale to members in early May, so might be sold out. If not, a museum membership and 4 tickets to sit on the garage are a lot cheaper than 1 meal at Top of the Hub!

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He's never eaten any soup (GAH) but I may be able to convince him in that direction. Because it's so warm here I completely forgot about that entire category of food :) Any specific recipes you like? I imagine for soups you want a softer tofu, right?

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

You know, this could work! He did seem to like bacon when we tried that, so it's not the taste that gets him, it's the texture. Thanks, this is something I've never even thought of! What a great tip to keep in mind for Alzheimer's patients too. My mother had feeding problems last year during cancer treatments and mealtimes felt like such a battle to get nutrients down.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

So I'll admit it... I've never stir fried tofu (hangs head in shame). Can anyone point me towards a guide to doing it? What type to choose, how to treat it, etc?

Hmm, I like the idea of croquettes or cutlets! I will definitely play around with those ideas.

We just got him trying white rice. It wasn't a huge success but it wasn't a failure either. I hadn't thought of fried rice, but that's definitely worth a go, especially with some tofu in there. Good tip about the egg, thanks!

I've eaten paneer but have never bought it or cooked with it, so I'll give that a look too.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking