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signs of Spring? sorrel? ramps? fresh green almonds? chervil? mache? morels?

Since now it's March 30 and some time has passed, anyone have an update? Looking for morels in particular.

Mar 30, 2012
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Town Diner Anti-Customer Service

Have to disagree about taking money away from a business at 11:15 in the morning. I understand about wanting to seat during the rush. I think I did NOT take business away from them with TWO people at 11:15. If it were 11:45, maybe I could see the argument, but we would still be buying two meals. They decided they did not want my patronage and were VERY snooty to boot. I really am still upset by this as I realized I had been going there for about 15 years. But it's just not worth it. Anyhow, if the management wakes up and treats people better after this then my message has had a purpose. I just doubt I will ever be back.

Mar 28, 2012
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Town Diner Anti-Customer Service

Tried to get a late breakfast/ early lunch at the Town Diner in Watertown last Thursday at 11:15. I would say at least 6 of the booths were completely empty, but they refused to seat my husband and me in a booth. "Those are reserved for 3 or more people." At 11:15, when the place is near empty. They were snooty about it and tried to seat us right near the hallway to the bathroom. When we protested, the policy was cited yet again.

Guess they just don't have any interest in old customers, or in making a few bucks at 11:15 a.m. Guess I won't be back. It's a shame. This is a truly great way to alienate customers. And for what purpose?

And I tended to like the staff there. Is there new ownership?

Mar 26, 2012
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Hamersley's want menu recommendations

We're going on Sunday night. Anyone been there fairly recently? Help me choose what to order. Think I will finally get the roast chicken for the entree. Thanks.

Sep 22, 2011
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Catch me up on the last 6 months of Boston dining

Hi MC Slim,

Can you explain a bit what "seaport and Area IV blew up" means? Would like to get your recommendations (and warnings) about the Seaport area. And what do you think about the new Legal Seafoods over there?

Sep 22, 2011
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Newton/West Newton for a dinner with long lost friends

Stellina's in Watertown Square is very nice. Not far at all from Newton Corner. They have an outdoor patio this time of year.

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Stellina Restaurant
47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

Aug 11, 2011
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Cast Iron Recipes Please?

Tarte Tatin, the French apple tart, is best made in cast iron. Last time I made it I followed the Tarte Tatin recipe from Julia Child "The Way to Cook" book. Superb. I didn't think it would come out easily from the pan (you flip the tart after baking it, so the pastry ends up on the bottom), but it did.

Nov 09, 2010
Lucymax in Home Cooking

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

The Pots de Creme (cooked chocolate custard) recipe is easy and superb, and blows everyone away. This is my go-to dessert.

Nov 09, 2010
Lucymax in Home Cooking

What obscure recipe book do you have and love?

"Real Food" by Marian Tracy. She was a famous cookbook author of about the 1940s- 1960s. This book is sheer delight and several of my favorite dishes originated here. She arranges this book by theme -- one chapter on lemon-related recipes, one on nuts -- for example. I also have her famous "Casserole Cookery" spiral bound cookbook, which is more retro seeming, but fun to browse.

Nov 09, 2010
Lucymax in Home Cooking

Anyone Been to Lazziz in Watertown Square?

Went there just before Labor Day. I thought it was really, really good. We had vegetable samosas and pappadum (sp?), and then I got the chicken biryani. Really liked it, and am now telling everyone to go here. The atmosphere is nice - it's a small place but not a hole in the wall. It's right in Watertown Square, and so you can park in the lot in back. Very nice service, too.

Sep 13, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

September Openings and Closings

I saw that Petit Robert Central is now open near Downtown Crossing. That will be an asset for me.

Sep 13, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Dewey Sq Farmer's Mkt 7/27/10 = Baker's market(?)

I go there every few weeks. I think last time I noticed 3 bakeries that were only bakeries, and roughly 4 fresh produce stands. However, there are other vendors that sell things such as fresh ravioli, and other food products. I have a feeling that it's a little bit of a pain for the produce farms and due to being downtown they don't have as many shoppers loading up with 10 ears of corn and 5 pounds of tomatoes -- in other words, I think the mix is very appropriate for that location. When I go I usually buy one loaf of bread and then $5 - 20 worth of fresh produce. Remember also that there are not that many residential areas real close to South Station.

Jul 27, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy Pommery Champagne?

I've seen it sometimes at Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Road. BTW, husband and I visited the Pommery caves and headquarters in France. Quite amazing, and a good story, too. If you like Champagne, be sure to visit some of the makers sometime when you are in France.

Jul 23, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

MARTHA's Vineyard Restaurant Recos?

You didn't get any replies yet? We were on the island last week, and here is what we (husband and I) thought. Detente in Edgartown: Good food, somewhat somber but OK atmosphere, service could have been better. Had their famous peach appetizer, which was amazing and frankly quite filling. Also had a lovely lamb dish and they let me change around the sides. Service mostly good, but waitress extremely slow at bringing the first drinks, one of my pet peeves. Atlantic in Edgartown. Went there for lunch. It looks like an upscale nautical version of Paparazzi, and has amazing views from the entire restaurant, of the harbor and the sailboats, plus extensive outside decks and terraces. Amazingly, we thought it was excellent. Had a great crab appetizer, very fresh and simple. Great caesar salad, wonderful burger, great service. Would go again. Blue Canoe in Vineyard Haven: I had not heard that the town is no longer dry!!! They offer wine and perhaps beer too. This is a lovely restaurant on two floors, with a great view of the harbor. It would be amazing to sit on the upstairs deck, however, we were inside right near the window. Had a fantastic waitress, way above average service even though the place was crowded and kind of hot, she was very pleasant and attentive. We both thought the food was great. I got scallops and hub got roast chicken. Coffee was good too, served in a giant heavy coffee cup. Would definitely go back. Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs: The terrace is so pretty, but unfortunately we could not get a table out there. Inside is OK, just not magical like the terrace. Service was really very good, no complaints. My complaint is that the drinks were VERY weak (I had a mojito and it had no buzz to it at all, and later a glass of wine that seemed weak as well -- husband agreed with my assessment). The food is really wonderful, but at these prices I was shocked at the small portion on our entrees. My husband ordered chicken and he and I agreed it was pretty much an appetizer portion. If he had not previously had an appetizer, he would have been hungry. And this place may be the most expensive on the island -- well into the 30s for these entrees. I'm not in a hurry to go back.

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Sweet Life Cafe
63 Circuit Ave, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Jul 23, 2010
Lucymax in Southern New England

Want rec's for Martha's Vineyard restaurants

headed there this weekend. Have been disappointed in the past with some of the "famous" restaurants. I like all kinds of food, seafood, new American/eclectic, everything except I probably won't go for any Asian food while on the island. Anyone been to any of these: Saltwater, Sweet Life Cafe, L'etoile, Alchemy (think I've been there), Blue Canoe, the Ocean Club?

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Ocean Club
42A State Park Rd, Hull, MA 02045

Jul 08, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Early dinner near Calderwood Pavilion (the B.U. theater in South End)

We're going to a play later this month at this theater. We want to meet friends for an early dinner before the play. I know it's very close to Hammersley's Bistro, and maybe we'll go there. But I'm looking for other suggestions no more than about a block or block and a half away from the theater. Am I correct that B & G Oyster doesn't take reservations? Is Aquitaine good these days? Thanks.

Feb 11, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

where to try in Boston.

I am no expert on what the best restaurants are in Boston, but I take it you are a chef. You might search this board and see if there are posts that recommend restaurants to you chefs from out of town. A couple of names of high end restaurants do occur to me but I haven't been to all of them: "Market" at the W Hotel (don't mix up with a different Market that is also in downtown Boston), O Ya (cool sushi place in the Leather District), Toro, Sorrellina, Oleanna in Cambridge, also in Cambridge I really like Upstairs on the Square. Just a few ideas to start with.

Feb 10, 2010
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Going to Palm Beach soon - recommendations?

Thanks everyone. I didn't mean that prices have to be rock bottom. Probably I'll have one or two meals at one of the nicer places, but I just wanted to keep a lid on prices aside from that. I will have a car, and don't mind going to the nearby towns.

Going to Palm Beach soon - recommendations?

I'll be in Palm Beach soon and would love to get recommendations, particularly for the more affordable to moderate places. Are there some beloved restaurants that include a bar, that I should be sure to try? I'm not as interested in Asian food as other things, but if it's really special, go ahead and recommend it. Are there any bars/restaurants that have nice views (and that offer decent food)?

Wine educator/sommelier for private party?

I think, but am not positive, that Erik Johnson may do them. He is the wine director for L'Espalier. I put in a call to him, but he wasn't there at the moment. I will try to update and let you know.

Oct 16, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Need recommendation on iconic place for lunch in Boston this Saturday

Iconic -- well, how about the raw bar at Union Oyster House? Admittedly it is tiny and you might have to wait to get a seat. But I think getting a clam chowder, with cornbread, and a beer, while watching them shuck the clams and oysters is great. Many on this board don't think much of the overall food at Union Oyster House, but I think the clam chowder is fine, and this will probably fill you up for lunch. Oldest restaurant in Boston, I believe.

Sep 25, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

If I like Gaslight and Eastern Standard....

Don't bother with Sandrines. I have crossed it off my list as a result of TWO very bad meals (on different dates).

Sep 11, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants everyone seems to love but you don't

Has anyone mentioned Elephant Walk?
I agree about 9 Park -- I only go there for drinks now. I just think it's an insult what small portions of food they serve. for the money.

Sep 11, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Cape Cod Harwich We Tried L'Alouette Last Night

I liked it pretty well, but my DC wasn't quite as happy. The interior is not sophisticated, but is trying to be special. It's the kind of space that seems 200% nicer if the room is full, but might be sad if the room isn't full. We asked to sit in the larger room which was more crowded. Our waitress was very good, service was attentive but not hovering. Food -- bread on the table was good. I had crab cake appetizer (a special) with cucumber salad. Really good, not oily like so many crab cakes, but light and home-made tasting. DC had the onion soup and pronounced it very good, with a very beefy broth and lots of cheese. My main course was the rack of lamb (cut into lamb chops) with haricot verts and a chopped nut topping. It was very good, just a bit salty. Very nice quality lamb. My DC ordered the roast chicken, and this was the disappointment. Arrived tepid, and was very salty. We decided to try the choclate mousse. Probably the best mousse either of us ever had. I didn't look at the wine list very long, but had a decent Cotes du Rhone with the lamb, this was ordered by the glass. I'd give it a "B" overall.

Upstairs on the square

Glad to read this. I feel that this restaurant is very, very special -- not only is the location nice, not only is the look and feel very unique (creative elegance), not only is the food very very good, but the restaurant has a lot of interesting things going on from time to time, and really has a soul. And personality. Did you know they have dancing one night per month on the downstairs floor? It's fabulous. Also I can't remember ever being disappointed with the food or the service.

Aug 20, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Indian coming to Watertown Square

Yeah, and what about the new restaurant on the other side of Main Street but in Watertown Square (maybe across from the library or Town Hall)? I glimpse it as I drive by but have not caught the name. Anyone tried it?

Aug 17, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

RW at Flora in Arlington

We were there late last week. I had never been there before. My DC and I were both impressed. The food was really very, very nice. I had a delicious sweet corn chowder, done with a very light touch and a hint of bacon, as the first course. Main course -- beef skirt steak "Nicoise" -- this was very good. I am going to add this to my summer cooking repetoire -- it was a mostly vegetable composed salad, with green beans, eggs, and so on, with sliced steak on top. A good idea. Finally I had the blueberry cobbler -- fine, but it did not sing. However, we loved the space (an old bank building, with enormously high ceilings) and we will be back.

Aug 17, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

quick but nice lunch in Cambridge for New Yorker

I was going to say Upstairs, and sit at the bar. Let the bartender know you have a tight schedule. Probably would be best if you are eating early. I have been so disappointed by Henrietta's Table that I think I'm done. Too bad, since that is where I first met the man who is now my husband.

Aug 13, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Week

Anyone been to Flora for RW? Would appreciate tips and reviews.

Aug 13, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area

oddly, having trouble finding cake flour

This is worrying since I have a Christmas cookie recipe that must include cake flour. I know I bought a box of Swan's Down this past November or December (at either Star or the Stop and Shop). Sometimes when a product like this isn't on the shelf, it's a good idea to write a comment card for the store. I have seen products re-appear after I have done this.

Aug 13, 2009
Lucymax in Greater Boston Area