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Seoul Soulongtang and Bottega Fiorentina any good?

BF has been selling very "authentic" (hate to use that word but the aesthetic is nicely Italian) pasta and sandwiches for about 20 years now, I think it's a great option.

Shanghai Gate is a nice spot with a pretty broad menu, though they consistently tend to go pretty heavy on the salt and MSG level, so you need to be in the mood for that. I'd say that and Jo Jo Taipei are the best Chinese options in Allston. I do also like Kantin for fried/stewed dishes, but I don't particularly care for their siu mei, and of course it's really only for takeout because the food court is disgusting.

Aug 23, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Tell me about Haymarket please

You can add to that list the Russian markets (e.g. the Bazaar locations in Brookline and Allston) where that sort of Haymarket-grade fruit is often sold at Haymarket prices. They usually pick out the moldy berries and whatnot, it's good for the price.

Aug 23, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Godavari Vs. Ritu Ki Rasoi

I was looking forward to at least one fresh dosa during weekend lunch buffet at Godavari but the only breads to be seen were the crappy supermarket pita type things in the steam table.

Aug 22, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

In dozens of visits over many years (>10 now?) I've never had S&I fight me on spiciness. I'm almost certain this is because there are two sets of food. If you order off the "takeout" menu or from stuff on that menu depicted on the wall you will be served American type food. If you order from the "Thai menu" dishes shown on the wall (or what used to be in the photo album menu, not sure if they have that anymore) you will get the right thing, no arguing required. There is some overlap, som tum is on the takeout menu and hot = painful and the one time I asked "can you make this not spicy at all" it was only a little hot, but still hot. I don't know any Thai and I wouldn't be mistaken for a Thai person.

Aug 22, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Best Year EVAR for MA Melons and Peaches

I got a canteloupe from two vendors at Dewey Sq this week and both were really soft and juicy, with a fragrant exterior, but hardly any flavor inside.

Aug 21, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

I want to nuke this thread from orbit

What's your definition of Chow Mein and Chop Suey? and the places you like to have it..

Cream of some young guy, eh

Aug 09, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

August 2015 Openings and Closings

Key difference: you can make a meal at Yamato II last longer than 25 minutes.

Aug 08, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Chilacates -New Taqueria on Amory in JP

it could have been another tatsu discovery! I guess it still can be, just for you

Aug 08, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Chowhound Beta for Boston users

IIRC this is the third major redesign beyond the original site. Each time a significant number of users become unnecessarily discouraged from continuing to use the site. Is the present version better than the original board? In some ways sure. But I think it's a false dichotomy to say we must choose between never adding new features and preserving ease of use. How about a feature-rich version that doesn't suck?

Chowhound Beta for Boston users

Way too much space used. I should at least be able to select an option that collapses all of the thread preview and tag cloud and like button etc. on the topics listing so I can see more than just 3 topics titles on my normal-sized screen at once.

Perhaps more crucially, the difference between topics with and without unread comments is really way too subtle. The primary use case here (scroll through topics to look for interesting titles and/or new posts on topics I've already seen) seems to be totally disregarded

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

Aug 01, 2015
Luther in China & Southeast Asia

"Seasoned Fries" - love them or hate them

I know BK introduced the "extra crispy fries" coated in starch but at least theirs aren't so aggressively obviously seasoned. But yeah they all suck

Jul 31, 2015
Luther in General Topics

Frozen Yogi: Indian pizza and self-serve froyo near Central Sq

Yeah Dosa n Curry still has pizza I think.

Jul 26, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Yogi: Indian pizza and self-serve froyo near Central Sq

New shop where the Indian grocery used to be at 80 River St (at William St). The grocery part is gone and the food counter now serves pizzas topped with Italian, Indian or Italian-Indian foods. For example you can get chicken korma pizza. The pizzas are cooked on screens in a brand new conveyor oven with a fancy touchscreen control.

So far I've only tried the self-serve froyo which is pretty standard, they have about 8 flavors and they are typical "yogurt" meaning actually cheap soft serve. Toppings bar is passable but no fresh fruit. No mochi or boba. Proprietors are a friendly young family, I gotta get back there soon for pizza...

Jul 25, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Great Wall Supermarket food court

Jul 25, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Great Wall Supermarket food court

These both say "C-Mart" despite being owned by Great Wall company. I don't think their one has a food court. They're just grocery stores.

Jul 24, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Red Pepper; The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes!

I love that crunchy connective tissue (the stuff you picked out).

Boston-Area Ethnic/Cultural/Food Festivals 2015?

The Burmese food fair in Allston happens about once every 6 months, expect one to happen in September or October

Jul 16, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Godavari Vs. Ritu Ki Rasoi

I love that instant pudding with canned papaya. I could eat that for days.

There were definitely some huge successes and some less-good items for me in the weekend buffet at Godavari, overall certainly better than any buffet inside 128. Also, they have meat items if that's important to you. The bread was just packaged pita type bread and we weren't offered any fresh dosa. So in that regard I'd say Ritu's is superior.

Jul 16, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

3 weeks in Boston after 2 years absence

There are far more Sichuan restaurants in the Boston area these days than there are Cantonese, though it's been that way for a while.

Jul 13, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Chicken and Rice Guys

I tried their truck near Copley shortly after they started, and found it to be a fairly poor clone of 53rd & 6th chicken and rice. Anyone who's had it a few years ago and again recently? Has it changed or improved?

Jul 13, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Kirkland Tap!

I've been a few times this summer and I think it's really solid. I do tend to order pretty lightly and focus on burgers plus a shared starter so the tab doesn't get out of control. If you're looking for big portions and a lot of drinks it's going to be kinda pricey. Service has always been good. At this pricepoint I like it a lot better than Alden & Harlow, which I would describe as overhyped. KT&T doesn't have that kind of attitude (and it's pretty easy to get a table). I know there were a lot of complaints about noise level in past years but I think it's acceptable now, at least for a dinner on the earlier side. The grilled oyster special (Wednesday, $2 each I think?) is a good look. I rate their burger higher than A&H but below Strip T's. The "signature" brownie sundae is surprisingly well put together, really appropriate temperatures and spicing, but I wouldn't recommend any of the other desserts I've tried there.

Jul 11, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Great desserts in Hong Kong?

More soft ice creams:

Tokyo Secret (TST)
LOL Ice Cream @ Ball Ba Balloons Company (Causeway Bay)
The Chocolate Room (Ma On Shan)
Ten Ren (Ma On Shan)
Cream Soldier (TST)

Jul 11, 2015
Luther in China & Southeast Asia

June 2015 Openings and Closings

He opened late 2014, some time around Thanksgiving.

Jul 11, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

What's your connection to the proprietors? I'm curious because you seem particularly enthusiastic about everything.

Jul 10, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

July 2015 Openings and Closings

"is opening" like this week or just eventually?

Jul 09, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Tenoch: New Discovery, and Davis Sq. Update

"Guaracha" is a type of Cuban music. This is "huarache" meaning a sandal.

Jul 09, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Santa Banta - New Indian Waltham - Don't Bother

jesus christ, that's awful even for her

Jul 08, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

The objectively correct answer to your question: music