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Site issues

I use AdBlock but not AdBlock Plus and haven't had the problem, myself. Maybe something with Plus? Seems like a tough one to pin down.

1 day ago
Chris VR in Site Talk

Site issues

I think that was discussed in this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928116 and seems to be related to use of Ghostery? It's never happened to me, but I also don't use Ghostery. See if turning of Ghostery helps?

1 day ago
Chris VR in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

You can click on the number of replies with a talky balloon at the top of the thread, and it'll skip you right down to the responses. It took me a little while to get used to doing that but now that I have, it works like a charm.

Jul 25, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

Here's all I have to say.

Jul 25, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

LOL at myself that I never even knew about the pull tab!!! I guess I can't miss what I never knew was there :)

Jul 25, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

That was me, trying to see if that sort of application might be a good use of Q&A. It's silly and fluffy and not a real in-depth discussion. Worlds and minds will not be changed with that sort of thread, but I was curious to find out if there was a bias one way or another, and this seemed like a fun way to find out. As the thread stands right now, it's a pretty good example of how people will need to get used to this "upvote instead of post your answer" concept.

Jul 25, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk

"Google it"

I find it helps to think charitably about people that ask obvious questions, and assume that instead of asking "what's balut?" and just wanting to know that, they are really asking "what's balut? Do people REALLY eat that? Does it taste good? How is is prepared/presented?" If the only answer I have (or care to give) is to the basic question, I just skip by the post and hope that someone who can/wants to answer all the rest of the question will reply.

Jul 24, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I was thinking this exact thing when I got my delivery from Crescent Ridge this morning, that I should have added some bottled water to do just this.

Jul 23, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Any Good Sites for Buying Herbal Tea?

I have gotten a bunch of herbal teas from Upton Tea and have liked them all. I particularly like their Raspberry Fruit tea.

I have a couple of infusers I use in a mug, and two teapots that have infusers. I like the one with finer mesh. My biggest teapot has a plunger that you push down, but the holes (at the top) are a bit large and I end up with little bits in my tea.

ETA: One thing to be aware of, Upton Tea sends small samples of random teas with your order, so if you don't want to be tempted, I am sure you can send an email asking them not to send any samples of black or green tea.

Jul 23, 2014
Chris VR in General Topics

The Meat House, Arlington

One thing that was mentioned is that moving away from the franchise will give them more flexibility, so that sounds promising on the chicken front.

I grew up going to a small independent butcher, and am used to talking over the tall refrigerator counter for my meat. It doesn't seem strange or offputting to me at all, but you make a good point that people raised on only getting shrinkwrapped meat from the shelves in a supermarket might feel a bit uncomfortable with the setup. J. Pace & Sons seems to be pretty successful with that setup with their clientele (but many of their clientele probably grew up with Pace's!) They do have a lot of staff around the store and not just behind the counter, but then you have to strike the balance with people not feeling like they are TOO friendly and in your face.

Jul 21, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

The Meat House, Arlington

I don't think so... I think the changes are just happening, but I'd expect the same with that name. We could really use an actual butcher that consistently stocks Prime cuts.

Jul 21, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

It's the cheapest... for now. I think the concerns are that the prices won't stay low if the new management is given free rein. Isn't there talk of unionizing? That'll drive prices up right there.

Jul 21, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area
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The Meat House, Arlington

I know this is an old thread but it seemed like a good place to post about some changes at The Meat House Arlington. I was in picking up some strip steak this weekend ($12.99 per pound, very tasty!). The staff is as nice as always, but they have recently disconnected with the franchised operation and will now be known as Prime Butcher. They are still in the process of changing over signs and other promotional materials. Not sure what that will mean for store changes, but FYI.

Based on Googling, http://www.franchisetimes.com/April-2... it sounds like the franchise is going under, and I'm glad that the Arlington store is going to continue to be around. Their prices are a bit on the high side but I'm always happy with the quality and I can find nice cuts that I don't always find in the supermarket (like skirt steak). Plus the staff is always very friendly.

Jul 21, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Cheese House reserved for a baby shower. Now what? :)

For my sister's baby shower I did quiches cut in slivers and that seemed to go over well.

Tortilla espanola would work well and is best at room temperature. I've made this recipe and really liked it. http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

You'll want to have a fruit salad or fruit plate. Maybe include more fruits that pair well with cheese such as figs and quince paste, along with some nuts.

Mixed greens tossed with a nice vinaigrette (I think one made with tarragon vinegar and dijon) would pair well with what you have planned.

Jul 19, 2014
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

Was he out of the chilled noodles by 12:30?

Jul 19, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

Our share distributor was willing to give me her cell number, so I have it in case it happens again. It boggles my mind that people would just forfeit something they paid for!

Jul 18, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

I'm pretty new to Cape Ann Fresh Catch but everything we've had has been STELLAR. It's definitely converting my kid to a fish lover. One disadvantage is forgetting to do your pickup within the two hour window. You're pretty much out of luck when that happens. They DO let you pick and choose which weeks you want so if you know you'll be out of town, you don't have to pay for fish you'll never be able to get. I really appreciate that flexibility!

Jul 18, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

I've REALLY been enjoying Nashoba Brook Bakery's bread, which I get at Wilson Farm. There is good bread around, but you have to look for it.

Jul 18, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area
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Extreme Picky Eater/Selective Eating disorder

I feel for you. I have a son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It's not immediately obvious but when you get to know him, it shows up in a few places, and food issues is one of them. The "drop him" comments on this thread break my heart because I know he'll be the target of those comments in his future.

From living with my son, I can say that it doesn't have to be a fight between you two... he can take responsibility for his food and you can take responsibility for yours. But if eating the same food together is important, you're not going to have that with this person. That may be a deal-breaker for you. If it is, best to cut your losses and move on, but if you think you can deal with this part of your life being restricted in this way and enjoy all the other things you enjoy about him, I hope you'll give it a try.

Jul 17, 2014
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

I had commitments all week that kept me from going because I had to keep the garlic breath at bay but last night we were able to indulge in a #4 and #9. Perfect!

Jul 17, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area
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Native Corn

Stillman's was selling it at Lexington Farmer's Market, and it's theirs. The flavor was great, nice and sweet, but the texture wasn't fantastic, a bit on the mushy side.

Jul 16, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Native Corn

My parents brought some back from Long Island that they claimed was locally grown. Not great... some ears were so starchy and bland they weren't worth eating, but a couple of the ears were on the good side. A taste of things to come!

Jul 15, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Seafood dump on the table in Boston

Good call... here's a pic from Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/row-34...

Jul 14, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Seafood dump on the table in Boston

I've never seen what you're describing here, but I had that type of experience in Maryland (at O'Brycki's). You'd have better luck in Boston looking for a seafood tower for the "holy cow that's a lot of seafood!" experience. But my recommendation is to search for places that do oysters on the half shell, steamer clams or even mussels. You'll find great examples of those in the Boston area. If you use the search box at the top right side of this page, you should find some recommendations, and if you come back with a list of places you're considering, you should get some great feedback.

Jul 14, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Raising a non-picky eater

There's a flaw in your logic here. You're assuming that because you offered your child the foods you eat, she's not a picky eater. I have two kids. My second one eats like yours-- prefers her vegetables without sauces or dressings, loves salads, sushi, noodles, salmon. Her favorite comfort food is onigiri. My first child, however, is about as picky as they come and subsists on a diet of peanut butter and jelly with a few other foods. I didn't raise them differently, but they are who they are and that's a lesson I'm glad I learned early.

If I'd only had my second child, I'd be you, scratching my head at people with these picky kids and thinking in the back of my mind that it really was probably their parents' fault. Much as the way he eats drives me nuts, I am glad I have my first child, because it brought home the lesson that as a parent, there's only so much you can do to influence your child in anything. In the end, the goal is to raise independent people, and that may mean you get a kid who doesn't make the choices you'd want (or the choices that are best for him/her). All you can do as a parent is to continue to try to influence your kids in the direction you want them to go, and make them feel safe and loved and accepted even if they don't.

Jul 13, 2014
Chris VR in Not About Food
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Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

466 Main Street, Woburn. It's where Liberty Bell used to be.

Jul 12, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

How about Shepherd's Pie? You can google for recipes, but for a quick fix, you can brown some ground beef or veal or lamb, mix in some gravy (from a package, can or bottle if that works easier for you) and some corn (frozen, canned or even fresh cut off the cob). Put that mixture in a baking dish. Or if you want something you can freeze for quick meals, put the mixture in cupcake tins.

Then make some mashed potatoes, (according to how you like to make them, or you can use the kind that is sold in tubs in the supermarket, or even make it from dried, boxed although I don't think that tastes very good). Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat and corn mixture until you don't see the meat anymore. If you like cheese, grate your favorite cheese over the top.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the mashed potato starts to turn a nice light brown. If you made it in muffin tins, let it cool and then freeze in the tins. Once it's frozen, pop them out and into a tupperware or plastic bags, and defrost as many as you want for your meal.

If you like it and want to try to see if you can sneak a few more vegetables into your diet, try adding finely shredded carrot to the meat mixture, or try adding peas.

Jul 10, 2014
Chris VR in Home Cooking
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What are you cooking for the 4th of July weekend?

Some description of how to do it in this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/404296. I tried the chopstick/beer bottle one, once. I didn't find it terribly effective.

Jul 08, 2014
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Flavored syrups -- where to buy?

The ones I got at Russo's are Monin. The ones I saw at Spirited Gourmet, can't remember, local artisanal brand I suspect.

Jul 08, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Flavored syrups -- where to buy?

We wanted them for snow cones, and found them at Russos for about $9 each. We got raspberry and strawberry. I also saw mango, maybe passionfruit? And some other flavors that didn't work for me so promptly went out of my brain :)

I did see caramel syrup somewhere along the way... maybe Bed Bath & Beyond? Can't remember at this point. I saw some interesting syrups at Spirited Gourmet in Belmont, but at $12 for a small bottle and yuppie flavors (lavender something and 2 or 3 other flavors), more for cocktail making than snow cones.

Jul 07, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area