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No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

You should check as to whether El Farallon is open. As of a few weeks ago, they were not, due to Hurricane Odile.

Hacieda Cocina is a very nice spot on Medano Beach.

Mariscos Mazatlan and Los Tres Islas are great casual seafood options a short walk from Medano Beach. Mazatlan is a large palapa. Tres Islas is smaller.

Birria Apatzingar is a new discover for me. next to Los Michocanos, that I mentioned above..1-2 item menu..locals only..open early, not sure whether they do dinner

Feb 25, 2015
9lives in Mexico

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

You should check as to whether El Farallon is open. As of a few weeks ago, they were not, due to Hurricane Odile.

Hacieda Cocina is a very nice spot on Medano Beach.

Mariscos Mazatlan and Los Tres Islas are great casual seafood options a short walk from Medano Beach. Mazatlan is a large palapa. Tres Islas is smaller.

Birria Apatzingar is a new discovery for me. next to Los Michocanos, a terrific place for carnitas.1-2 item menu..both locals only..open early, not sure whether they do dinner

Feb 25, 2015
9lives in Mexico

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

BW . I age it. :)

Good toro is expensive..even not so good is expensive. It's expensive for a good reason.

Ther just isn't much of it

It only makes up a small portion of the fish. It takes a big fish..600lb+ to get even a small amount of "clean" toro...clean meaning little to none of the white stringy, unchewable pieces.. I can scrape it to s tartare but nice chunks of fatty tuna like for sashimi are not easy to come by.

I'm not eating any toro now. The yellowfin just doesn't have it...too skinny..:)

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Of course, you and I and many others that post here can agree on that...but I can't believe how much gets bought there..and thos folk think they are eating sushi...:).. Try to get them to buy a pricey piece of toro.

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

I know I mentioned somewhere about the dramatic improvements in shipping and delivery. You can get a great piece of fish in Chicago as easily as NYC

You can also,get a mediocre fish most anywhere in the country too..:) True World has seen to that.

I remeber being in Boston in the late 70s and eating raw fish was considered very adventurous.

Now I could (i dont) pick it up at my local pharmacy..Walgreens.

I guess like many things, there is a lot of less than stellar examples and a lot of people willing to consume it.

There is still a premium grade and a percentage of people willing to seek it out. It's not that easy to find..as others here have said.

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

thx..tuna really benefits from some aging. Even longer than a few days. Fresh out of the sea, the meat is tough..some time on ice and it gets far more tender. There are also parts of the tuna, like cheek or collar, that are delicious but likely not available in your run of the mill sushi place

I find the white fish, not so much

Eel is 1 also one of my favorite items. 95% of the sushi place I frequent seem to serve the same generic eel...the other 5%... Wow

Junji had great eel.

I've never been to Japan, but I think they have restaurants that specialize in eel? I could go for that..:)

Eta, I think my marlin should be just about ready for consumption today..maybe 1 more day..:)

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

BWI touched on this before.

What makes for "great sushi?

Great quality, great variety?

As you know,I spend winter in Mexico.

I could go to a Japanese restaurant and get fish flown in from all over the world...or just catch what is best locally.

People love salmon. It's not caught anywhere near here..popular. Is that good sushi? Not to me.

I happen to love Sierra mackeral....the catch has been slow.. many people don't want to hear that and expect to see Sierra on the menu..even if it's not being caught. They will find it, as well as salmon.

I know what I want to eat, but what others mean when the say, " the sushi isn't good?"

In Boston, there's always many fish offered

Last week , yellowfin tuna. Tomorrow, marlin.

Catch of the day has meaning.

I guess I'm moving towards having 1 or 2 superb pieces of fish than a grat variety of less superb

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

I'll add my irrelevant stone crab story.

Some years ago, I was in Miami to take an important client to lunch. I was all set to take him to Joe's..make a good impression and eat stone crabs. You can guess what was more important..:)

The clown guy loved the Cheesecake Factory in Coconut Grove. I took him there, had a salad and then went to Joes by myself.

Pretty sure the biz relationship fizzled..just not my kind of guy. I think he got fired..as well he should have been..:)

Feb 10, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

You're correct..my mistake

Feb 05, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/6124684...

Keys fisheries is great.

Most of the big steakhouse have them in season..May-Nov

Feb 05, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

Pretty sure they're still doing th snails.

The seafood market next door, Happy Family is one of the best...great 1-2 punch.

Feb 03, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

As Ho Yuen Ting, well over 20 years.

I was sad to not find the squid in xo sauce on a recent trip.

still great

Feb 03, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Yes, Junji.

It's not in my regular rotation due to location but definitely worth trying if you're in the area.

I don't remeber the whole meal but he had some exceptional tuna and a few fish from the mackeral family that don't often show up on local menus.

I haven't been lately but Uni used a lot of " non run of the mill" sources

Jan 29, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Sushi is an interesting thing.

I was recently on the Jersey shore.some of the best tuna are brought in to the docks. I went to a sushi restaurant and asked if it was local? The told me no, they bought from True World, said they had better consistency. He didn't say it was much less expensive but that is the reality.

Some pretty fine tuna comes into Gloucester, but much of the best finds its way elsewhere.

Pretty sure Junjiri? In Marblehead as well as some of the other better places go outside the huge True World purveyor system.

With the relatively low cost of shipping, the best ends up in the markets that will pay the premium price. There aren't that many people here who are willing to pay the premium price for superb toro, for example.

Jan 29, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

I'm down here now..a few of my favorites

Simple fish seafood..el pescador

Fish tacos...Los Claros.. I like the 1 on the street behind Squid Roe, heading away from the Marina

Terminal, birria, menudo, tongue..small stand on the same street as Los

Claros..mornings only

Tacos Gus's for al pastor

Walking down Solmar Rd, there is a group of trucks in front of the "craft" market. I had a pulpo cocktail there today that was very good. I've enjoyed them in the past but today was my first trip this year. You can also buy fresh fish at the boat ramp.nearby.

If you have cooking facilities, there is a good farmers market in Pedregal, we'd and Sat am.

Haven't been to Todos in a few years but the town is a little away from the beach. Los Cerritos Surf Club?? is a good stop

Odile hit this area pretty hard. Cabo is open but don't know about Todos.there was a nice hotel that's beachfront there. Eta Posada la Poza is the hotel that's on the beach

Jan 26, 2015
9lives in Mexico

February 2015 Openings and Closings

Big space, about the size of a pro/college football field.

Jan 25, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best sandwiches in Boston?

That Campechana is a favorite of mine. I get it at the North End location.

The carnitas/ chorizo mix makes it stand out.

I'm currently in South Baja, MX and I haven't had a Torta yet down here that I think is better.

Jan 22, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best sandwiches in Boston?

John, the "sr sandwich maker" has been a much beloved fixture in the FD for years. 20 plus.

He's been at Grass Roots for a long time but many people used to "follow" him..wherever deli he worked.

They were doing the fresh roasted turkey for a long time; while turkey roll was the usual at most places.

have you tried the Korean dishes? I have seen them listed but never tried.

There's another thread on Korean downtown and I recently had Hungry Traveler..ok

On topic,..Sam LaGrassas belongs on any best sandwich list in the area..

Best Dishes in Chinatown

I've had both the eel with maggi sauce and the black bean sauce.

I like them both but I think I prefer the black bean version. If I recall, the maggi has a light fry to it.

You can't go wrong with either.

Remember, both of these dishes require that you order the entire eel..best to be shared with 3 or 4 people so you can order other dishes. Plan on leftovers unless you have a huge appetite if you're by yourself

Dec 29, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Where can I buy Pheasant?

I had a similar goose experience. Amazing how much grease came out of it.

I had some fresh killed /hung (haha) pheasant a few years ago. Nice flavor but very lean. Needed to cook on the rare side or it got very dry.Carcasses worked great as lobster bait..:)

The lobsters ate better than we did; til it was their turn.

Dec 17, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I had the Campechana Torta at Tenoch on Lewis St/NE. Carnitas, chorizo and more.

I think it's 1 of the top sandwiches in Boston and compares favorably with much of the food I've eaten in Mexico.

Nov 23, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

I was in the area today a little before noon today, Sunday.

I thought the plain everything bagel was fantastic.

Line was out the door and the place was crowded. I got my bagel in 10-15 minutes.

I'm not in the area often enough to make it a regular stop but I'm glad I was able to try one.

Nov 16, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Great Soups Downtown

That fish sauce addition is a great idea and I'll do that next imm I have the soup.

I had it recently and thought it had Slipped a little from my previous memories...or maybe I had a cold.

I was introduced to bun Rieu at Nam Vang, the predecessor to Xinh Xinh. Glad I'm still able to get it

Nov 14, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Sakura Bana

There was a place there before Narutomi.

Don't recall the name, but thought Roka.

Nov 12, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Sakura Bana

Maybe Roka?

The market on Newbury closed and reopened for a time in Porter Sq. Had a small selection of (very) fresh fish.

Nov 12, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Bay scallops

The bay scallops that are being posted about here are small and only available a few moths/year. They are local, Cape, Nantucket, MV, Peconic, etc. They are very sweet and get a premium price..usually $30+- at local markets.

I think the little scallops you typically "see as a special at Lobster Claw" (or many other seafood places) are Calico Scallops. I think some are imported. They are not considered a premium product and sell for 1/4 of the scallops being discussed here..available year round in any supermarket or restaurant.

Nov 09, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Lamb Sandwiches

I'm a fan of Hemshin too.

They are in the alley to the right side of old City Hall/Ruth Chris..looking at RC.

Nov 07, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Sakura Bana

Nara is long gone. That little alley is still there. Wendell St.

I liked the place a lot..seemed to have a lot of Japanese diners. I was much newer to raw fish then so my opinion/ recollection has to be discounted some but it certainly got bonus points for being tricky to find.

Sakura Bana

I don't know if there is any relation to Sakura in Wakefield.

This 1 is on 57 Broad St..Boston..Financial District

I don't know about any Moonie connection for the restaurant.

They do get fish from True World ( as do many sushi bars); which used to be owned by the Moon people in Gloucester..may still be owned by them. I'm just not up on it.

Nov 07, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Sakura Bana

Had a superb meal here recently.

Ankimo, real nice Otoro/fatty tuna, Mackeral,and a few more ngiri items.

Sea Urchin from Maine and CA...reaffirmed my opinion that CA is better.

This has been a long time favorite for lunch. Their lunch special is a good deal but the ala carte menu is far more interesting.

Nov 06, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area