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Santouka Ramen Coming to Harvard Square

Having eaten it in multiple CA and the NJ location, as well as their popup on Newbury St last winter, I think it's one of the most consistently good chains. Finally, reliably good "general purpose" ramen in Boston.

Sep 18, 2014
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Khao Man Gai in Greater Boston?

I haven't had it at S&I for a couple years but I remember it being pretty good. You can also get the rice with crispy chicken.

Sep 04, 2014
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Indian food in Cambridge

Depends on your definition of "good," the sauces are prepared in a cheap takeout sort of way but the food is fast and inexpensive. Not like, high quality ingredients but the food is tasty unlike, say the places in Central Square.

Aug 31, 2014
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Row 34 Sadly Disappoints on Return Visit

Just to add: this was about a month ago, not during RW

Aug 30, 2014
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Where to buy Red Star yeast, other quality baking ingredients?

Restaurant Depot has some of the KA flour that doesn't show up in supermarkets (e.g. Sir Lancelot, Queen Guinevere)

Row 34 Sadly Disappoints on Return Visit

I was also underwhelmed. I didn't love the noise level, my seat near the kitchen resulted in being grazed by server traffic every few minutes, and the food:

Bluefish pate tasted exactly like deli whitefish salad. C'mon guys.

Toasts provided with small-bite fish items were horribly stale, like inedibly chewy, like they'd been toasted at lunchtime and left since then.

I thought the fish head was a pretty good time, it had a simple sweet/spicy sauce on it. This was unique and the most successful thing.

Overall I agree that it didn't seem like they were really paying attention to the food.

Also, for a lol, per their website: "ROW 34 is a workingman's oyster bar"

ISO the best noodle for lo mein

To clarify, are you looking for the American-Chinese noodle (doughy) or the traditional Chinese noodle (thin and chewy)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo_mein

Aug 28, 2014
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Pay by Check no more!

Yes, people's accounts have been "hacked" using a check. A check contains 100% of the information necessary to electronically access one's checking account and drain it of money.

Aug 19, 2014
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Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Alden & Harlow?

Aug 19, 2014
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Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Except for food quality, and the overall cheeriness of the room.

Aug 18, 2014
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Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

well that's a blast from the past.

Aug 18, 2014
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Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

There seems to be an enormous variety in cottage cheese preference. Me personally: Dislike MB brand and Cabot, like Breakstone's a lot, love Friendship. But Friendship wasn't even sold in all MB stores; it can be hard to find.

Aug 18, 2014
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New Chef Chang on Mass. Ave.

some notes from one meal:

service is somewhat awkward but remarkably fast and competent for having been open less than a week.

Sweet and sour fish fillets with dragon beard noodles: too sweet and the deep-fried tilapia filets were on the chewy/soggy side, but the dragon whisker noodles (apparently a Shandong specialty according to wikipedia) were a nice touch.

Eggplant in spicy garlic sauce: this seemed like a typical Sichuan-inspired dish that is found in any of Boston's Taiwanese or Sichuan restaurants. The presentation was unique in the visually attractive way that the whole skinny eggplants were sliced and presented, but the skins came out tough.

Ma la cold tendon: too sweet, but aside from that, the ma/la flavors were pretty well balanced. Unusual preparation in the sense that the tendon had been cooked until soft and didn't have almost any of the snap typical of this dish

Dong po pork with "Chinese pancakes" (actually mantou, the steamed bread/buns): Delicious, but not miles beyond other versions that can be found nearby e.g. at MuLan.

New Chef Chang on Mass. Ave.

Adding Chinese name of restaurant to enhance googleability of this thread 食香阁

Aug 09, 2014
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New Chef Chang on Mass. Ave.

I'm excited, great to have another non-Chinatown Sichuan option.

Is it possible that the Thailand Cafe folks are behind this? In addition to plenty of standard Sichuan and Xinjiang dishes, the online menu lists:

Pad Thai (Thailand Style) $11.95

Aug 07, 2014
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Low-carb lunch options downtown

A plate of garlic ribs or salt & pepper pork chops at Best Little, with a green vegetable if you like. Or are you only looking for "lunch plate" sized portions that don't require sharing/leftovers?

Aug 06, 2014
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Low-carb lunch options downtown

Hummus and falafel are not low-carb

Alternatives to MB (dark) russet potato chips

The Utz "extra dark" one is damn dark... to the point it really just tasted like dirt to me. Burnt potato dirt.

Jul 30, 2014
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Grande Mozzarella

I bought it at the Needham one about 5 years ago

ISO Raw Peanuts

hope you like aflatoxin!

Jul 28, 2014
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Grande Mozzarella

Restaurant Depot

Jul 28, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Retail Marinated Olives

Sevan and Arax

Jul 27, 2014
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Anone try Crave Mad for Chicken yet?

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

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

Jul 21, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Snowdaes

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

Jul 14, 2014
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