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Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

I'm not as sure he'd tell me as you are..:)

He's probably getting his toro from Gloucester.

I bought some local caught Marblehead diver scallops at Marblehead Lobster tha were fantastic. It's such a small industry that virtually all of it is consumed within a few miles of the store.

Sounds like he's going outside the usual supplier like TrueWorld.

Excellent sign, anxious to get up there.

1 day ago
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

Respectfully, I don't agree. Not that my opinion matters, move it to GT.

This thread came from a post that referenced a local newspaper.

It's not unique to Boston, but it's where it is

I spent some time in Del Rio, and maybe the thread would be different if it were on GT..but it isn't.

Apr 18, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area
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Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

This place sounds great.

Do yo know if Junji is getting fish from local sources?

There are fantastic scallops caught nearby, tuna and more.

Thx

Apr 18, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Back Bay Seafood/Steak

Add me to the Grill 23 club.

I always dislike when I read this from others, but this is an easy one..:)

Apr 18, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

When you say "hired properly," do you mean in regards to their immigration status?

If so, I would imagine that their training is in line with other hires. I doubt there would be different standards for employees, based on their immigration status.

I imagine you get good and bad employees regardless of immigration status.

I have no idea what corners are cut at MB, if any, aside from what Wombat posted.

Apr 18, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best Chinese w/ good decor

Lot of good info here.

As a general rule, the most authentic Chinese don't offer much in decor.

I'm a huge fan of New shanghai, but I'll borrow a term used elsewhere. It won't be in a spread in Architectural Digest..cut above most of CTown, but far from the fancier side.

East Ocean City has a nice room, great fresh tank seafood..white tablecloth but again, no AD spread.

If the room and ambience are important, I think I'd strongly consider going to Meyers & Chang, very good pan Asian in a nice room and a short cab or ambitious walk from Pru.

Another option would be Shojo. I've been but haven't eaten there. Hve mostly heard good things about the food. Decor would meet your needs. I think it's where I'd go, given your inquiry.

Eta, I like Little Q, also, nice room. I think the menu is mostly hot pot or sushi so check website to be sure that you'll be happy with menu.

Apr 18, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

Why do you say that?

I'm not trying to be argumentative but why would illegal aliens be more subject to lax food safety?

I spend a lot of time in Mexico and the seafood is far better than what we see in US markets..not even close.

Illegals or legals are likely to present the seafood or other products that their supervisor tells them, if they want to keep their job.

Apr 17, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

My friend who worked the 12-8 am shift at out local NY supermarket was the envy of all of us. Min wage..$2ish/hour but he could eat whatever he wanted.

We'd occasionally visit him at work. Stores were not open and it was a lonely job....but he was never lonely with that "eat anything" policy..:)

After high school, he went to Princeton and no longer stocks supermarket shelves; but still could..in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Farsi and probably Mandarin.

Apr 17, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

As long as we are having so much fun on this thread, I'll weigh in.

Many years ago, when I was an underage age teen, d have loved to work at a place like DeMoulas. Whole lot better than other places where some of my colleagues worked.

Today when I shop at a Shaws or WF (no MBs nearby) or Chinatown..mostly, English is often not the first language. I can get by with Spanish. No prayer of communicating in Chinese. Throw in a "por favor" or "gracias" and I virtually always get good pleasant service. Toss in the convenience stores that are often run by folk from the Middle East and speak Arabic.

I'm not an ICE agent. I have my opinions on social issues but I pretty much leave them at the door when it comes to buying my groceries.

I don't check documentation of kitchen staff when I go to restaurants either.

Apr 17, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Commercial vacuum sealing

I'd check with whoever saw taking me out fishing. They should be able to do it or know someone who does.

Apr 14, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best place for fried seafood/fisherman's platter?

They still do a good job with fried belly clams and scallops. Offer a nice sized app portion of clams if you want to eat a little lighter.

Apr 13, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Whole belly clams vs. strips

MC hit all the points below.

I'll add cherry stones as my favorite for "on the 1/2 shell," I think the largest and strongest flavored for the hard clams..x chowder.

Love the soft shelled..steamers or fried.

Scratched the sea clam itch at Bubor Cha Cha this weekend..really a superb version.

Saw some sea clams at Jin Hoa?? The old CMart on Washington

Apr 13, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Boiled Crawfish

I'm guessing you meant a restaurant but if you want to DIY, Carl at New Deal Fish Market posted on FB that he had gotten some in. Call for availability.

Apr 13, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Whole belly clams vs. strips

Ok, I'll bite on this old thread.

When it was current, "clam strips" were a lousy product, Hojo made popular and almost always sold pre frozen and breaded.

IMO, they weren't very good but many people outside of oceanfront communities were introduce to clams this by them. There re some sophisticated diners on this thread that hadn't heard of bellies up thread less than 10 years ago.

I love a good fried clam, bigger the belly. The Chinatown restaurants have changed my views on the old sea clam. Peach Farm and Bubor Cha Cha both prepare the sea clams, lightly steamed, chopped and with garlic..great dish.

I think I'll have to have the belly clams and fresh sea clams this weekend..2 different trips.

Apr 11, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Passover in Hilton Head?

If you just want matzoh all soup, Gruby's deli in HH could provide that and some other traditional foods, deli/takeout.

Serg Group, which is catering the bBethYam Seder operates a number of restaurants inthe area. Maybe they'd be willing to provide your soup at another of their restaurants. I think Skull Creek Boathouse would be your best choice.

Apr 09, 2014
9lives in Southeast

Passover in Hilton Head?

My mother is attending this Seder, and has in the past.

It is usually well attended, sold out, so I'd suggest calling quickly.

Maybe they'll get a cancellation and be able to accommodate you.

Apr 08, 2014
9lives in Southeast

JM Curley before a show?

How about trying to get into JM Curleys and if that doesn't work (I personally don't think it will, but I sense you want to go:))go to Back Deck on West St, a block away. Not gourmet but I think the kids would enjoy.

I live in the area and everything x Social has been VERY busy on Sat eves the last few weeks.

Apr 07, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

I walked by on Sat at about 4:45. There were probably 20 people waiting to get in when they open at 5.

Apr 07, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

NY Post had speculated that last week.

I posted upthread on it

Apr 07, 2014
9lives in Food Media & News

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

The NY Post, whose article contains much speculation and no facts od more original ideas than we have here weighs in.

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http://pagesix.com/2014/04/03/saatchi...

IF..and tha's a big if, Saatchi asked for the favor and had it granted, that makes 2 or more scumbags to grant the favor.

Apr 04, 2014
9lives in Food Media & News

What is a traditionally odd, spicy and delicious thing to order at a Sichuan restaurant?

The boiled beef with napa cabbage at New Shanghai in CTown can be blazingly hot..had it for lunch today. The peppercorns give it a mala heat/numbness and the Szechuan pepper combine for a great flavor.

Very similar to the steamed beef at Fuloon, already mentioned.

Apr 04, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Evans Deli Food Truck

Hah!..:)

Apr 04, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Evans Deli Food Truck

I love good Jewish deli and was excited to read that Evans and Bens Kosher are coming to Boston. My experience with Bens goes way back, and I always enjoyed them.

Tried Evans at Dewey Sq. The other day. Had a pastrami on light rye /mustard And a beef knish. Not a bad sandwich but won't be replacing Sam LaGrassa in my go to place. Knish was poor and wouldn't try again.

Again, this was not a bad sandwich, and if SLG wasn't around I'd go back.

My office is equidistant from Evans and SLG and Evans. If I worked closer to Evans, I'd give them another shot...and they do offer a bagel, cream cheerse, lox for breakfast that I'd give arty.

I got there early and the line quickly backed up behind me. I can chalk that up to greater than anticipated crowds in their I opening days and I suspect they'll resolve that prob soon, but for now, I rec fretting there at 11:30.

A side dish from M&M in Liberty Sq of macn cheese made a nice side dish for dinner.

Apr 04, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

Sorry for pursuing this. No offense intended. Step back taken.

FWIW, and I have no info that everyone else doesn't have re Nigella and Saatchi,.

love Nigella and think Saatchi is an ahole, who has clearly behaved like one. However, unless other info comes to
Light, he doesn't seem to have anything to do with this one. Even if he is an ahole, that doesn't make him involved every time a misfortune strikes Nigella

Apr 04, 2014
9lives in Food Media & News

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

Not impossible is not very persuading as an argument for something.

I don't know any uk immigration agents but I highly doubt that they would be derelict in their duties..simply to please a prominent, wealthy ad man...nor would I think they would appreciate someone accusing them of it with no evidence.

But wtf, you "like" nigell and don't like saatchi...

Apr 03, 2014
9lives in Food Media & News

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

How do you propose it happens that Charles Saatch, a wealthy advertising man with a few 100mm gets the USA to ban his x wife, the lovely Nigella Larson from entering the country?

A phone call to Sec of State, Kerry, a Dep Sec.?

You ban Nigella and we won't let Michael Vick visit the UK?

What are the actual mechanics of Saatchi doing this? And do you think that USA officials would be complicit?

Apr 03, 2014
9lives in Food Media & News

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

When I was at the Manchester location, they were unloading clams from a refrigerated truck from Ipswich Shellfish; 1 of the top suppliers in NE.

That doesn't excuse you getting a bad clam but I've got to guess that bad clams on Frank Pepes clam pizza are the exception rather than the rule.

Somewhere I've got a photo set with Manchester and NH clam pizza next to each other well done,

They look very similar.

Mar 24, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area
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Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Based on 1 visit, the Manchester, CT location was on a par with the New Haven original.

I haven't tried any others.

Mar 23, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

El Chilar has closed.

Above mentioned La Fonda has closed.

Las Quesadillas has closed and been replaced by a casual Italian bakery/restaurant.

Mar 22, 2014
9lives in Mexico

Scallop Prices

George's Bank, New Bedford, Ma and Maine Bay are nowhere near any oil spills.

Ocean waters were several degrees colder than the last few years.

Boston Harbor had some slight freezing; which hasn't occurred in more than several years.

Mar 21, 2014
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