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Anone try Crave Mad for Chicken yet?

1 day ago
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

Brookline Ice & Coal sells wood chunks (a few inches) in big sacks

Jul 21, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown or similar cakes for a wedding

I'm also someone who enjoys the "Chinese cake" style more than the typical birthday cake. I've never ordered a custom size for a wedding, but I've pre-ordered one of their larger sizes for a birthday several times and it's always ready for pickup on the designated day. You may want to find a Cantonese speaker to place the order for you, to avoid any misunderstandings about the specifications.

EDIT: this was at Great Taste. I also ordered a cake from Eldo once and it also was available at the desired time.

Jul 21, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Miracle Fruit in Boston

Haha the link is literally the second thing on a google search for "miracle fruit" after the wikipedia entry. Thanks, I'm feeling lucky today!

Jul 21, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

fries in Cambridge

I like the fries at Four Burgers, they are the fresh and skinny (but not crispy) variety. They have a very classic fry aroma.

Jul 19, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Zheng Garden Chinese

The online menu seems to indicate that it's the same American menu you can find at virtually every Chinese takeout in the country. So why would you go to Chinatown if that's what you want?

Jul 17, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Central Square 02139: 7-Eleven at Mass Av and Pleasant is emptied out, with several signs that just say "Closed." Presumably all its resident hobos will migrate across the street to Central Convenience.

Jul 15, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Snowdaes

Looks like Snowpo-style "snow ice." AFAIK this is still not available in Boston. Cool

Jul 14, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

It's not a Jewish deli, but the best pastrami sandwiches are at Sam LaGrassa's downtown, weekday lunch. Michael's sells good quality meats/sandwiches and they're open weekends.

Jul 09, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Good Ramen

Jul 08, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Dok Bua downhill?

It went downhill roughly 10 years ago, so... sure.

Jul 08, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Ruuska sour dills

yay!

Jul 05, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Got a craving for Ramen

The closest thing to "authentically" good ramen in New England is Yume Wo Katare. They only serve one style and it's not one of the "typical" ones. No alcohol is served.

There was a pop-up where Santouka served for a couple days and it sounded like they were exploring the idea of opening a shop here, which would be welcome, as they clearly know how to operate a consistent chain. Allston recently got an outpost of Totto but it's not worth eating.

Ramen is a buzzword now so everyone serving noodles in soup will advertise ramen, but you'll generally just be getting "what passes for it elsewhere."

Jul 04, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Ruuska sour dills

Hmm, dissapointing. I actually just looked and saw that Grillo's are made with vinegar too.

Jul 03, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Lunch between Central and Kendall

On the topic of lunch buffets, if OP has time to sit down at one, it's not too far a walk over to Rangzen on Pearl Street, which is head and shoulders over the Indian options. Lots of simply cooked meat and vegetables/fruits, really a unique setup.

Jul 03, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Lunch between Central and Kendall

The H Mart lunch boxes are definitely a good value and one of the healthiest lunches you can get (grilled or fried fish, rice, various vegetables). You can even turn it into 2 lunches if you are a light lunch eater. Most office environments will dictate that you either don't heat the protein, or stick with the fried shrimp type options.

Jul 03, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Lunch between Central and Kendall

Oh yeah, forgot about Camie's. Probably my least favorite Haitian food in Boston, but still a solid lunch option.

Jul 03, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Ruuska sour dills

Dills shouldn't contain any vinegar, they're lacto-fermented, unless they're the cheap supermarket kind made sour with vinegar and preservative

Jul 03, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Lunch between Central and Kendall

Personally I think Cinderella's is underrated. Their subs are decent and the pizza's really not bad considering that you have basically zero edible pizza joint options in that area.

Another good (better?) sub option is Newtowne Variety, the corner store on Windsor at Main. You may be left waiting in a long line for your sub, but it's close to your office.

For more serious refined-type pizza, Area Four. But it's not the quickest way to grab lunch.

For New England style roast beef sandwiches, the newish place at Main and Windsor (Primo Pizza & Roast Beef) makes a good one.

Expensive fancysandwiches at Flour are tasty but fairly low calories per dollar.

Speaking of high calories per dollar, you won't beat Izzy's, which is pretty close to you. Just don't make it a habit if you value your health. I'd say this is the #1 lunch option for a hot plate of food within a short walk, only a possible 2nd to MuLan, which is also a pretty close walk. Their lunch specials are good and a good value, and come out of the kitchen really quick (e.g. "Diced Chicken with Hot Sauce" which is a delicious chili-based stir fry over rice).

Jul 02, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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S&I Menu Alert

The duck larb (and I'm pretty sure the catfish) were on the old picture/english menu

Jul 01, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

S&I Menu Alert

...and aren't on the wall either?

Jun 30, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Eat Healthy and Beat the Heat: Follow the Lead of the SE Asians!

For those of us who don't want to drive 30 miles, would you say their version of these items is different/better than Ba Le on Dorchester Av?

Jun 29, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

S&I Menu Alert

That's cool. They used to have a full picture menu (basically the wall menu in book form) that they gave to you in addition to the "takeout" farang menu, but then I guess that transformed into the wall pictures + printed Thai-only menu.

Jun 29, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

What do people think of Rendezvous in Central Square, Cambridge?

I loved Rendezvous but just to clarify, Central was pretty similar when he opened. There are a few new (middling) food places on Mass Av now, but the overall ambience was about the same when the location was a BK. We're not talking 1985 here.

Jun 27, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Balconi snack cakes from Italy at Market Basket

Saw those recently, the packaging looks damn appetizing, but I figured it was just good marketing. Thanks for testing!

Jun 17, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

In search of Singapore noodles

Interesting, those thin rice noodles are 米粉, which is "mai fun" in Cantonese, "mi fen" in Mandarin, and "bee hoon" in SE Asia and I believe also in Taiwan.

Jun 15, 2014
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In search of Singapore noodles

Pretty popular Hong Kong "tea cafe" type food. Bits of cha siu and (very tiny) shrimp are traditional. That curry sauce is the typical HK "curry" which is almost exclusively made from a tinned powder or jar sauce, meaning the end product is pretty similar anywhere you go, and the differentiating factor is the freshness of the mix-ins and the quality/heat of the stir fry.

I would also be interested to hear of a remarkable version, it's always good to figure out who's making the best wok-fried noodles.

Jun 15, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Boston Jerk Fest (June 28) South End

$12 a head just to get in the door? That's vastly inferior to, say, the East Cambridge "Smoke This" Rib Fest

Jun 12, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Boston and Cambridge markets

Jun 09, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Food For Thought

Anti-GMO is the left's global warming denialism.

Jun 09, 2014
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