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Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

TJ, you can see in the faint gray text at the upper right of each post to whom it was responding. Pretty awful site design

about 13 hours ago
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I had a couple underwhelming experiences in the last year, it seemed that at least some days of the week they were using reheated leftover meats. I did happen to stop in during non-peak times.

Taqueria El Amigo near the Watertown/Waltham line has continued to be consistent.

Both of these are takeout places with a few tables, nothing more than taco shop type atmosphere.

about 16 hours ago
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Beer Bribery in Boston

I think it's a waste because pay for play should be legal, just like how it is for every other kind of food and beverage retail.

Nov 16, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Have You Heard of Any Boston Based Kickstarter Food Projects?

Intellectual Ventures is scum, I hope they fail.

Nov 16, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

New Chinese duck menu at Fiskie's Cafe?

That is unexpected and cool!

Nov 16, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Have You Heard of Any Boston Based Kickstarter Food Projects?

Eating coffee beans is a very efficient way of getting caffeine.

Nov 14, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Great Soups Downtown

You are a polite person, not a single mention of lmgtfy

Nov 13, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Potassium Carbonate

I like how it's Boston and everyone is a scientist (serious)

Nov 13, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area
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Potassium Carbonate

I think you need to choose a new username. Sodium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate are most definitely not the same thing...

The cation in these compounds most certainly affects the pH of a solution of a given amount of the substance. For example, at 0.1 M at 25 C:

Potassium carbonate (potash), pH 11.5
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), pH 8.4
Sodium carbonate (washing soda), pH 11.6
Sodium hydroxide (lye), pH 13.0

This is why baking soda is a poor substitute for potassium carbonate or lye in recipes that require bouncy shrimp, springy noodles, or nicely browned chewy bagels or pretzels.

EDIT: Harold McGee's tip is to bake your baking soda to make sodium carbonate. I have never tried this. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/din...

Nov 12, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Dosa Factory

For South Indian, I'd say Dosa n Curry closer to the city, or Ritu ki Rasoi if you're heading out to the burbs

Nov 10, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Dosa Factory

Haha, better to go elsewhere for the food itself

Nov 09, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

China King still best peking duck?

It was never good peking duck. Peking duck is defined by a crisp skin with rendered fat but moist meat. The China King product is basically a slightly crisped-up roast duck. It retains a lot of fat.

Nov 04, 2014
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Great Soups Downtown

West lake soup (I think the English name is something like "Beef with Chinese parsley") at Best Little Restaurant. Fantastic rendition with excellent textures.

Nov 04, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Cafe ArtScience - Kendall Square

Thanks, you have made me reconsider.

Nov 04, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Cafe ArtScience - Kendall Square

heh

Nov 02, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Cafe ArtScience - Kendall Square

My prejudgement is that it's insufferably pretentious and basically an awkward way of using "we are near MIT" to sell expensive food. The Globe article on this place didn't do them any favors.

Nov 01, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Bangkok: Great Thai desserts at Suvarnabhumi airport

BKK is my favorite airport because of the food court down on the lower level.

A Big Meh for Chef Chow's House, Brookline

yes, the brookline sichuan gourmet is worse than the framingham one which is worse than billerica.

Oct 25, 2014
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Best foods of certain genres

There are already multiple threads on each of these topics, you can easily find them.

Beer Bribery in Boston

Banning pay-for-placement at a retail establishment is just another unfair relic of post-prohibition blue law liquor regulations. Maybe this will help begin the conversation on reforming the marketplace for alcoholic beverages. Or not.

Oct 16, 2014
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Dr Oetker's Whip It

It has "modified" starch which usually means pregelatinized (sort of like wondra flour) and also has calcium phosphate. Phosphates stabilize whipped cream, and you'll find them in most commercial whipped products and ice cream.

Oct 13, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Your first-ever Boston T restaurant map

I gave them a pass on Soul Fire because it's good, and it's closer to the B line stop than anything on Brighton Av. I guess you could have also gone for Shanghai Gate in terms of closeness.

Oct 11, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Your first-ever Boston T restaurant map

What's with the empty B stops? Shoulda put Super 88 food court at Packard's Corner

And seriously, Jeveli's instead of Rincon Limeno?

Oct 09, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Anybody know where to get headcheese in Greater Boston

Bazaar has at least 2 kinds

Oct 08, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Dr Oetker's Whip It

If you have amazon prime it's free shipping as an add-on item, 5 packets for $5.

Oct 04, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

New Half Sour Pickles at my local Market Basket.

I just tried these for the first time. I think they're too salty and I don't like them much. They do have a good crunch. They contain benzoate and sorbate as preservatives.

For comparison, my favorite are the ones from the bucket at Bazaar. Grillo's half sours are rather good too, but of course more expensive than either MB or Bazaar.

Sep 28, 2014
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Central Square Dumpling Festival

$1 street dumplings? That's absurd even by overhyped yuppie standards

Sep 28, 2014
Luther in Greater Boston Area

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
Luther in Greater Boston Area

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
Luther in Greater Boston Area