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Bird chilis

People are importing Thai chiles from Thailand?

May 27, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Ogawa Coffee

Is there a synergy? Not a synergy really, but I did like the milky drink as a palate cleanser after the intensity of the sweetened foamed espresso. Overall it's just a fancy special that costs a bunch and you might enjoy once.

One thing that's unique is you can get a flight of coffee (aeropress I think?) to taste a few different beans all at once. Otherwise I can't think of anything really literally unique

May 26, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Ogawa Coffee

Slow day today, no line, got a seat at the bar. Ordered the signature drink combo ($10). Cappuccino had a well-rendered rose design but flavor was more like a weak latte, really all milk and not much coffee. The frothed espresso was an enjoyable texture but I didn't realize it would be so heavily sweetened, I guess that's what they mean by "with sugar". Also it wasn't cold- more like room temperature.

I agree that service is horribly lacking right now. Reminds me of when Santouka Cambridge just opened. A huge staff of people (in this case about half a dozen behind the counter) mostly with their hands empty, Japanese import manager guy not doing a great job of overseeing them. Food mess and uncleared dishes sat on the bar during my whole time waiting and drinking my coffee, while the staff either stood idle or weighed out coffee beans. The sink behind the counter also had a bunch of coffee grinds mess around it, pretty unappealing to look at. The other weird thing about the layout is that the seating (3 tiers of stairs and a bar) is all set up to look at what's going on behind the bar... but the barista works over to the side and you won't see any of that. So all the visual attention is focused on an area primarily used for weighing out coffee beans and washing french presses.

Anyhow, interesting spot, wisely calibrated to serve seekers of fancy lunch sandwich options. Always nice to have another high end coffee option.

May 25, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Ogawa Coffee

The heat capacity of a paper sleeve, relative to that of 12 oz of coffee? I'm gonna say there's no way it's more than 0.1%

May 25, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Strip T's is going Izakaya

looks good... absolutely no idea what's different about this dinner vs. what they were serving previously, but if it helps them stay in business, good I guess

May 24, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Great desserts in Hong Kong?

Oops, almost forgot one more matcha dessert specialist: Gum "Jeng!" X 御前上茶 (Mong Kok)

May 22, 2015
Luther in China & Southeast Asia

Great desserts in Hong Kong?

Also, when you say bakery, I immediately think of Kee Tsui on Fa Yuen St. Classic baked goods. But not so good for hauling home. Then again, most pastries really aren't.

May 21, 2015
Luther in China & Southeast Asia

Boston recs

HLM was going strong 10 years ago... though I guess it didn't have the downstairs back then

May 21, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Great desserts in Hong Kong?

Yeah this is a huge trend for real.

Via Tokyo is probably the untouchable leader for quality/texture. Other notable soft serve vendors (all on Openrice if you want details):

Oddies Foodies (Wan Chai) - "parfaits" of soft serve with gai daan zai, panna cotta, and/or hard ice cream

I Cremeria (Causeway Bay)

eyescream and CHURROS (Hung Hom) - soft serve with churros and/or cotton candy

Pausa (Wan Chai) - this is a pizza place but they serve gelato in a soft serve parfait style

Sinmei Tea (Sheung Wan) - matcha and houjicha-themed desserts including (hard) ice cream

Small Potato Ice Creamery (Causeway Bay) - new specialist in sweet purple potato soft serve items

Check In Tokyo (Mong Kok) - soft cream topped with Japanese toppings (shiratama, kinako)

Softree (Causeway Bay)

Initial Ice Cream Store (TST)

Elephant Grounds (Central) serves a variety of fancy ice cream sandwiches.

Lab Made (7 locations now) was one of the first, before this was a trend... they make "fun" flavors of ice cream fresh with liquid nitrogen

Naco Taco

kwagle is a level 9 paleo master, how dare you question

May 13, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Dolphin Bay is now open, serving casual Taiwanese classics (beef noodle soup, crispy chicken, oyster pancake, hot oil steamed dumplings)

May 08, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Looked like they were having a soft opening or friends/family thing going on tonight.

May 08, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Strip T's is going Izakaya

About a month ago, a server said they "didn't have a chef" and this was why the menu had been cut back.

May 04, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Chi therapy in Chinatown leads to amazing soft shell crabs at Sichuan Gourmet (Brookline location)

Yeah anywhere that does fresh seafood in Chinatown can cook you some soft shell crabs if they're in season. "Salt and pepper" would be the typical style

May 04, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Strip T's is going Izakaya

Not too much of a change from the menu they were offering last month. I still love the food, I hope they don't scare off any more business by changing things too much.

May 01, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

pizza memories

Let's also take this opportunity to think about how lucky we are that pizza places tend to outlive a lot of other places. In fact the only one I can think of that I miss is Presto's, forever in the shadow of Pino's.

Apr 28, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Shanghai Jade: for dim sum lovers

How would you compare the quality with Shanghai Gate?

Sunrise Haitian Cuisine Somerville

Out of those three I've only been to Sunrise. I like Bon Apetit in Mattapan better. Would you recommend Sunrise over Highland Cuisine and Blessings?

Apr 16, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Making ramen at home

Til Kenji is James

Apr 06, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Best beef tartare?

Gored gored at Habesha in Malden (assuming you mean "raw beef dish" and not necessarily with tartar sauce). Otherwise, I will say I like the version at Eastern Standard a lot more than many of the ones served at "classy yuppie bar" type places which tend to be too mayonnaise-heavy for my taste

Apr 05, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Go To Thai?

this (a non-bland version) was Floating Rock's claim to fame before their tragic tale of relocation and phonyfication ended in ruin

Apr 05, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Go To Thai?

Also had som tam at E-Sarn (hold the crabs) and thought it was OK but S&I is better. Asked for a spicy dish with moo krob, they said we don't have any but try the chicken, ended up receiving a fairly spicy dry-ass chicken breast, breaded and fried in big slices, not good. The chicken that comes with their "E-Sarn special combo" (fried chicken and som tam) is more like american-chinese takeout wings than it is like gai tod (didn't taste much seasoning).

Mar 28, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

MDM Noodles. It's the Sound of the Mian 面條 working at the Henan Gang

The left over washed dough is the gluten, which is either added to the liang pi for texture, or as you can see on the menu, served a la carte as a hot pot ingredient.

Mar 22, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Oisa Ramen Pop Up Tickets on Sale NOW

I have nothing against the principle of paying a high price for a uniquely high quality product. It was just that I have no way of knowing whether this is indeed a high quality product. With an established shop there is a brand with a reputation, these popup events usually seem to be riding a buzz without a lot of regard for the quality of the thing.

Mar 21, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

MDM Noodles. It's the Sound of the Mian 面條 working at the Henan Gang

couldn't get a table

Mar 21, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

MDM Noodles. It's the Sound of the Mian 面條 working at the Henan Gang

yes

MDM Noodles. It's the Sound of the Mian 面條 working at the Henan Gang

Hey wow, la mian returns to Boston after many years of none. Looking forward to seeing what they've got, thanks for posting!

EDIT: oh I see, "hand pulled noodle" here is hui mian, not la mian. Still nobody slapping noodles on a table in Boston!

Mar 19, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Oisa Ramen Pop Up Tickets on Sale NOW

Can anyone explain this? Who is successfully demanding $25 prepaid for ramen + gyoza?

Mar 18, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

* Beans and cod: check
* Chowder: check
* "Beantown", without irony: check

Is this the worst restaurant in Boston?

Mar 17, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area