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Sugar skulls

Perfect - thanks!

Oct 21, 2010
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Sugar skulls

Has anyone ever seen pre-made sugar skulls (as in Day of the Dead) sold in the Boston area? I realize they're not meant to be eaten, but wondered if they might be the kind of thing sold in a Latin American grocery store.

Oct 20, 2010
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Bar with good rum selection?

Are there any other options? I'm a low-key drinker who'd rather avoid the hotel bar scene and the hotel bar prices.

Mar 27, 2009
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Bar with good rum selection?

Any recommendations for a bar in Boston, Cambridge or thereabouts with a good selection of rums? Something beyond the usual Bacardi/Captain Morgan/Mt Gay. Also, I'm less interested in rum cocktails, but more interested in rums of a good enough quality to be sipped on their own.

Mar 27, 2009
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Blinq Donut Factory

Not usually a fan of goofy kitchen gadgets, but I saw this in a department store recently, and it looked like fun. Has anyone used one of these? I'm mainly curious about the texture of the donuts it makes since the donuts aren't deep-fried.

Nov 10, 2008
okitt in Cookware

BYOB wedding reception??

Maybe after parties are a common occurrence for weddings these days, but I'm completely unfamiliar with the concept. I've been attending my peers' weddings for the last 10 years and have never been invited to such a thing, so pardon my ignorance. Also, my confusion about the after party is that it occurs about 7 hours after the luncheon. Many of those invited live within a 3-hour driving distance. I don't understand what guests who drive from out of town to the wedding ceremony that morning are expected to do during that long break of time, but that's a different issue...

Also, I wasn't suggesting that alcohol should or shouldn't be served at a lunch. I was simply noting that guests were told to BYOB for the party, and that there was no mention of BYOB for the lunch. In fact, as I have posted previously in this thread, I have no problem with a couple choosing to have zero alcohol at their wedding or reception or luncheon or after party or whatever. I do have a problem with guests being asked to provide any food or drink for an event. That is the host's job.

Yes, people have afternoon pot luck parties where everyone brings food. Yes, people have Friday night beer parties where everyone brings their own alcohol. But this after party specifically celebrates THEIR WEDDING. They are the hosts, so they should provide for their guests. Guests should not have to provide for themselves.

Sep 14, 2008
okitt in Not About Food

BYOB wedding reception??

I believe everyone invited to the ceremony/lunch is also invited to the after party, but I wouldn't be surprised if a larger group is invited to the after party (i.e. maybe some people who weren't invited to the lunch). I don't know for sure. As for wedding gifts, I'm starting to think a keg of beer might make a fine wedding gift... :-/

Sep 09, 2008
okitt in Not About Food

BYOB wedding reception??

I'm totally unfamiliar with the concept of an "after party" as an informal part of a wedding celebration, so thank you for explaining it.

However, I still think that if I'm a guest being invited to a party, I would find it less offensive if they provided cheap alcohol rather than asking me to bring my own. It's the gesture of a host. When I invite people to a party at my house, I provide food and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). I can't serve a 7-course dinner with an open bar, but I do try to offer an appropriate amount of food and drink to constitute a "party." That's what you sign up for when you host a party. I also don't invite 100 people if I can really only handle the expense of 10.

The couple is not fresh out of college - they're over 30. They're financially stable, but certainly not rich. When they go out to a bar, they don't hesitate to buy plenty of drinks for themselves. When they attend a party with friends, they have no problems indulging in the food and alcohol that's provided either. But yet when they throw a party to celebrate their own wedding, they ask their guests to bring their own drinks?

I'm fine with the couple only spending what they can afford for a wedding. If a luncheon sans alcohol is within their budget, then great. But I think the whole BYOB party is an awful idea and will probably bow out. In this case, I happen to think meeting at a bar would be a MUCH better solution. Why - well you eliminate the role of host and the expectations that go with it. Everyone buys their own drinks as you would at any other time, and it's not perceived as a wedding event, so no one feels obligated to attend.

Sep 09, 2008
okitt in Not About Food

BYOB wedding reception??

the fact that BYOB will most likely be cheaper for guests than a cash bar is a good point.

but truth be told, the couple and their families are fairly serious drinkers, and so are their friends (myself included). under normal circumstances they drink to celebrate, which is why it's surprising that they're choosing not to provide any alcohol. my guess is that they will have alcohol at the party for themselves, but they just didn't want to bother with the expense for their guests. if you tend to socialize with drinkers, but don't want to spend the money to buy drinks for the guests, then why even invite them to a party? why not just have the (non-alcoholic) luncheon and leave it at that?

Sep 08, 2008
okitt in Not About Food

BYOB wedding reception??

I've read plenty of debate about whether or not to have a cash bar for one's wedding reception, but I wonder what people think about a BYOB wedding reception.

Noooo, not considering it for myself, but was invited to one. The wedding ceremony is in the late morning, followed with lunch (no mention of alcohol). And then several hours later in the evening there is a "party" for which guests are being asked to BYOB.

Calling your reception a "lunch" plus a "party" later on and then asking your guests to bring their own alcohol just seems absurd. I personally find the idea ridiculous, but maybe I'm overreacting.

Sep 08, 2008
okitt in Not About Food

Japonaise Bakery-Brookline

I think they've had either salmon or spicy tuna onigiri in the past, but I don't remember any other flavors.

Aug 06, 2007
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Japonaise Bakery-Brookline

I've only tried the plain croissants at Savoy, and they were awful. A greasy, doughy mess. Japonaise, however, has excellent croissants. Plain, choclate, almond are all nicely buttery and flaky. Also sampled the ham & egg croissant which is kind of like an egg salad croissant with bits of ham in it - surprisingly tasty. The potato croquette sandwich and the chicken cutlet sandwich are other good savory options. They most unusual thing I've had there are the onigiri, which are triangular-shaped rice "balls" that are wrapped in nori seaweed and have salmon in them. If you're a sushi fan, you might like them for a snack. Oh and I really like their coffee!

Aug 06, 2007
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Toro for brunch?

Seems like a pretty small window of opportunity for a brunch cocktail, but good to know. Thanks.

Jul 28, 2007
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Toro for brunch?

Anyone tried Toro for brunch? I had a look at their brunch menu which seems interesting (churros - yum!) but wondering if anyone has first-hand experience. Thanks!

Jul 26, 2007
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for French macarons?

i stopped by formaggio kitchen yesterday. they had plenty of macaroons (as in the ball-of-coconut variety) made by lakota bakery, but there were no macarons to be found as far as i could tell. i asked the staff if they sold french macarons, but they just pointed me to the macaroons. ah well.

i have had the macarons at petit robert bistro. they're on the dessert menu - $5.50 for 6 small ones, i think - and they're terrific. i thought they were pretty authentic, especially if you're trying to re-live a paris macaron experience.

Jun 02, 2007
okitt in Greater Boston Area

Parsley sorbet recipe??

This is probably a long shot, but anyone have a recipe for parsley sorbet (yup, the green leafy stuff)? I had this once at a restaurant in France. It was served with strawberries and balsamic vinegar, and it was pretty fantastic. Would like to attempt a batch in my ice cream maker if it's even possible.

May 29, 2007
okitt in Home Cooking