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Best Dishes in Chinatown

Roast squab at best little restaurant

about 6 hours ago
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Stainless steel fry pan - how to fry eggs without them sticking!!

If you put enough butter on a hot rock you can cook an egg on it and it won't stick.

1 day ago
StriperGuy in Home Cooking

Soul fire in Brighton

Blue Ribbon has been pretty spotty the last 3 years or so since they started smoking their meats off-site at a commissary. Sometimes same as the old days, some times downright terrible. I used to be a huge BR fan, but not so lately.

Apr 16, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Soul fire in Brighton

Yes it's excellent.

Apr 15, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Belly wine bar's self indulgent, schizophrenic website...

So they used an Image of their menu, not a scaleable HTML laid out version. If you click through to the menu there is a decent image of the menu that zooms okay. Try zooming really large and it blurs.

Start at the original page and zoom in (CTRL + on windows) and it is just a blurry mess.

Apr 15, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Belly wine bar's self indulgent, schizophrenic website...

I understand social media AND web design. I also understand social media, web design UI design done poorly and that web site is a textbook example of how NOT to design a resto site.

Apr 15, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Belly wine bar's self indulgent, schizophrenic website...

I completely agree, one of the worst resto web sites I've seen.

Even when you find the menu, the type is so small, and doesn't size when you zoom, so it just gets blurry.

fail

Apr 14, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Arak?

I've made all sorts of liquers and bitters myself with excellent results. If all you are looking for is that basic fennel/anis taste it shouldn't be too hard. Heck, use a mix of anis and fennel seeds.

Apr 08, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Arak?

In a pinch you could just crush some fennel seed and soak in vodka, sweeten to taste... for cooking that would work fine.

Apr 07, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

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

Sliced tendon.

Apr 04, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Mulan Waltham Lunch Excellent

Just to clarify the eggplant is usually very goopy, but really tasty with lots of interesting flavors and with the pork integrated into the dish. I almost wonder if they had an extra order of a different eggplant dish by mistake and then converted it...

Apr 04, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Manhattans in the UK

I prefer Carpano Classico, available in the EU, but not so much here in the USA. The Antico just overwhelms the Manhattan IMHO. I even prefer Martini Vermouth to Antico.

Apr 04, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits

The *NEW* East Coast Grill

That sucks.

Apr 04, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Mulan Waltham Lunch Excellent

Gosh that eggplant is usually insane. Sorry you got a bad batch. Pork w garlic, pork with peppers and tofu, the noodles instead of rice is great. On the non lunch menu tons of stuff.

Apr 03, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Mulan Waltham Lunch Excellent

Just ate there with some buddies.

Really good lunch menu with LOTS of interesting options priced from $6-8 on the lunch menu: spicy fish filet, shredded pork with bamboo shoot, water spinach with cellophane noodles, shredded beef with chiles and a few others I can't remember.

Portion sizes were surprisingly large.

Hot and sour soup was not really noteworthy.

For bargain authentic Chinese lunch, I would put this as good as any, up there with Shangri-La which is always a fav, but of their lunch dishes, only 5-6 are really the good stuff, whereas Mulan Waltham has at least a dozen tasty, well-executed options.

Apr 03, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Meyer Lemons

I actually have a dwarf Meyer lemon tree in my office that throws off usable fruit on and off all year. Right now it is in HEAVY flowering. You can see some small lemons near the window in the pic.

When you use Meyer lemons, most of the flavor is in the skin so I always microplane the zest into my cocktails, though you can also just muddle the daylights out of them.

Apr 03, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits

M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

Whew.

Mar 31, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

I've seen it all over the South. AL, AR, TN, GA, etc etc.

Mar 31, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Ben's Kosher Deli from NYC coming to Boston

8 Foods No Self-Respecting Jew Would Eat:

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Mar 31, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

My Grillo pickle mystery

So those deli pickles in the barrel of your (and my youth) are turned over pretty fast.

No health risk of leaving fresh pickles out, the healthy microorganisms that created the pickle are already well established and have crowded out anything undesirable. That said, if you open and close it a lot, and leave it out, funky stuff will get in.

Back to the barrel. If you leave that barrel out at room temp for even a month, the pickles inside will rapidly go to full dill then mush.

The conditions vary based on temp, size of the vessel, salt concentration etc, but with fresh cucumber pickles I am thinking a week or three for half dill and a month or so for dill. Then if not pasteurized or refrigerated they have to be eaten. Even refrigeration only slows things down.

Mar 31, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

Though it has spread, I really consider chicken fried steak a southern thing. Go to any old school resto in CA, ME, MN, CT, VT, NH, etc etc and you will be hard-pressed to find it.

Down south it is pretty ubiquitous. Sort of follows the fried chicken after which it is (sort of) named.

Mar 31, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

My Grillo pickle mystery

Precisely.

Mar 30, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Ben's Kosher Deli from NYC coming to Boston

If you are talking Rubin's Brookline, meh.

Mar 30, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Whistle Pig Rye

Hmmmm. There are similar notes in some rums. My bottle of Jefferson had it as the predominant flavor, I found it flabby/cloying. Michter's on the contrary is spicy, complex, grainy, with just the right non-bubblegum sweetness.

Mar 29, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits

Why can't I find halloumi cheese anywhere?

Arax in Watertown always has it.

Mar 28, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Whistle Pig Rye

I REALLY dislike that bubble gum note. Find it totally offputting.

Mar 28, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Anchovies are pretty closely related to herring ;-)

Mar 26, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Boston's Best Toast?

April 1st is still a few days away right...?

Mar 25, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Trying to get into rum...

Totally agree and love ANY Demerara...

Mar 24, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits

Trying to get into rum...

There are 11 Mai Tai variations in link!

Mar 24, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits