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ISO Quiet place for a winter drink, Harvard-Porter-Davis Squares

Not sure if their drink menu is what you are seeking, but as far as a nice, quiet place for a good chat with a friend on a cold afternoon goes, I'd recommend Harvest.

Nov 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area
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Thanksgiving side: Not heavy, possibly acidic or citrusy?

I made a beet, celery, apple salad the other day that I am adding to our Thanksgiving meal. I added a bit of lemon zest, salt and pepper, and a very light mixture of oil and red wine vinegar. I love roasting beets, so I used some that I had already roasted, but the celery and local apples were raw. I thought about adding a bit of orange zest, too, but did not have any oranges handy.

Nov 18, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

Well, I meant "Christmas should be a time of joy...." in my last paragraph, as your request was about Christmas festivities, but the same applies to Thanksgiving. Have fun! I hope you let us know how it goes.

Nov 16, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful time! Enjoy every moment. Your family is lucky to have one another.

Nov 16, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

New holiday ideas

Within the last couple of hours, the NYT has published a nice collection of vegetarian recipes that is called A Well Vegetarian Thanksgiving. Here is the link:

http://cooking.nytimes.com/68861692-n...

Let me know if you have trouble with it.

Nov 16, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

New holiday ideas

Some of these look really tasty:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/4...

I'm going to do a test run this week. Thanks for all of the great ideas, everyone. I've already had the meat eaters in the family ask what I am making this year. Pressure is on.

Nov 15, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Liquor stores carrying cacha├ža in/near Boston?

Sav Mor has it.

Nov 15, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

A simple Google search of crockpot and Thanksgiving (not Christmas) sent me to a vast number of resources. I hope you are able use some of the time leading up to Christmas by trying some recipes out.

And if you have the kind of people in your family who will say they never want to go to your place again, then that is their loss.

Our preparation does not take weeks and weeks. And we have fun cooking together. (Yes, we sometimes use a crockpot for a couple of dishes, but not always.) My parents are older now, and we usually go to their place, which is many hours away. They now purchase things like pies and side dishes, which has been an adjustment for us, as we all love to cook.

In addition, several of us are now vegans. We have had a blast making vegan dishes that everyone has enjoyed. The meat eaters have been really surprised and accepting about our vegan dishes, and I'll be honest, the dairy free/ meat free dishes are the first to disappear.

Thanksgiving should be a time of joy and family/ friends. If you are hosting, I hope you can enjoy this time and feel confident with whatever you offer- crockpot based or not.

Nov 14, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking
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Have You Heard of Any Boston Based Kickstarter Food Projects?

I supported a Boston based food project a couple of years ago as a friend was heavily involved. They raised a lot of funds but nothing ever happened. There were a lot of angry people at the time. Sadly, I'm not going to fund any more projects on Kickstarter any more, although I'm sure most of them are well intentioned. I just felt taken advantage of, but like any investment, you take a risk, so I've moved on after learning an expensive lesson.

Nov 14, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

New holiday ideas

They are adorable! I love Brussels sprouts and do want to give these a try.

Nov 12, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

New holiday ideas

Looks like they just started sharing the recipes. Here is the link:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11...

I'm not sure how many free articles you get with the NYT (I am a subscriber), but it appears they are releasing the recipes "over the next few weeks" which is a pain.

Nov 12, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Pomergranate Molasses

Try Al-Hoda Market on Prospect Street. The location is closer to Inman than Central, but it's a nice walk from Central. It's a lovely little market. I got pomegranate molasses there a couple of years ago for muhammara. Prices are great.

Nov 09, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Weekend in Boston...single guy looking for great food!

If you like eating at the bar, I'd head over to Island Creek Oyster Bar and/or Eastern Standard.

Nov 07, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Best Boston spot for 50th Wedding Anniversary @35 ppl?

In addition to the questions posed by addiez, are you looking for a private room?

Nov 05, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

New holiday ideas

This recipe looks terrific. Definitely a new idea for me, and one I will be trying with enthusiasm.

I agree about the roast vegetables. I can't make enough. They always get devoured.

Nov 05, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Traditional thanksgiving dinner boston or south shore

Take a look at Open Table which may give you some ideas. You can enter the # of people and the time you desire. If Henrietta's Table is offering a Thanksgiving dinner, I'm sure it would be terrific, if a bit expensive.

Nov 04, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Vegan Cross-Contamination Help

Really nice of you. We have several vegans in the family and would not be concerned with sharing oven space with the turkey or anything else that is not vegan. If your guest is sensitive about these things, though, I agree that asking is a good idea. If not, I like the idea of cooking it ahead of time and warming it up later.

Oct 29, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

This is an issue for many people, including some in my family. I know there are other threads here on this topic. (I'll look for them after work and send along unless someone else beats me to it.) A few fairly quiet ones we like are Catalyst, No. 9 Park, Beacon Hill Bistro, and EVOO.

Oct 28, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

New holiday ideas

That lentil rice wellington sounds great....All of these great ideas and links are so helpful, and I thank you all. I have a new family member who loves bourbon so I'm thinking of a sweet potato dish with VT maple syrup, orange zest and a dash or two of bourbon. I recently had a home made chickpea veggie burger that was served with a beet puree which was better than the burger, so I may try to replicate that.
As I said, it is fun seeing how many people love eating vegan dishes on this holiday, so I like to contribute a lot to the table.

Oct 27, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

New holiday ideas

I live in the New England area where the NY Times has started collecting vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes and the stories behind them. I totally love cooking vegan meals for the holidays and am wondering if anyone has some new discoveries or ideas to share. I stay away from fake meats and fake cheese. Tofurkey is not on the menu either.
I've really enjoyed making dishes that everyone likes, not just the vegans and vegetarians. Haven't converted anyone yet, but without exception, they all go back for seconds and are always super impressed.
We usually make a roast veggie dish with beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc., onions in a creamy sherry sauce, stuffed squash with home made cranberry sauce and gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and two kinds of pie. Except for the pies, we do not always follow a recipe.
Any new ideas out there? Thanks!

Oct 24, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Lobster Tail Pastry

They are very popular in Boston, where there are a lot of Italian bakeries in the North End.

Oct 24, 2014
mvi in General Topics

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

We've done it and it was very positive. We have an assortment of dietary needs in our immediate family, so we chose to go to a buffet each time, and could not have been happier. We enjoyed a huge raw bar, lots of appetizers and sides, turkey, roast beef, salmon, and a large assortment of desserts. Lots of cocktails and good wine also made it fun. The experience of dining out actually trumped some of our other Thanksgivings when various family members showed their true dysfunctional colors. I'd do it again any time.

Gourmet Vegan Christmas Dinner

These are all such great suggestions. I will just offer some encouragement here. Two of us are vegans, and we travel a fair distance for the holidays. We have learned that we really do need to cook for ourselves and bring along some necessities like Earth Balance.(Some family members still think chicken broth and veggie quiche are okay for vegans, for example.)

About 3 years ago, us vegans prepared a 7 course vegan meal, making plenty for the whole family. (Acorn squash with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy, caramelized onions, smashed potatoes, corn bread, pecan pie, apple crisp, etc.) Our dishes were so popular that they were the ones that people went back for. It was one of the best holiday meals our family ever had.

While I like to think we enlightened our family members, they still offer us things like veggie quiche and chicken soup ("The only thing in here that is not vegan is the chicken.") Despite this, that meal remains the most celebrated when we all discuss past holidays.

Have fun with it!

Oct 18, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

I was at the East Side last night and was reminded again about the terrific service, food and drinks. Great Italian pasta, ribs, steak tips, calamari, pizza and a vibrant atmosphere.

The East Side is packed on the weekends, but during the week it is easier to find a seat. Everyone is friendly. You will make many new friends and have some laughs. I do not think there are too many places like this anymore, and if there are, I want to know about them!

Oct 01, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

I've had decent meals at Bambara, too. I have not been in since their renovation, though. It does not have the best atmosphere, being in a hotel, but every now and then it works.

Oct 01, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Legal Sea Foods Prudential closing?

Another +1 on the Kendall bartenders and one dollar oysters there.

Oct 01, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

It's just too long a walk for me, especially after a few beers.

Sep 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

I did not say anything about it "sleeving me out so much" as that is not the case at all.

Sep 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

September 2014 Openings and Closings

Not sure when this is happening but Petsi Pies in East Cambridge is moving up Cambridge Street to the old Cafe Kofofo spot. It's a much nicer space, twice the size, and very sunny. Close to New Deal and Albert's, which is quickly becoming the hot spot for craft beer. The lease has been signed, but I have not heard when the move takes place.

Sep 28, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

East Cambridge is large enough that a little depends on where you live. I can easily walk from my place to Tupelo, Puritan and East by Northeast, for example, but to get to Union Square on foot takes twice as long. (I walk to the farmers market there often.) I would not want to walk home from Union Square at night, that's for sure.

Sep 28, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area