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What is it with Massachusetts and steak tips?

Speaking of regional differences, the Flap meat that is used for steak tips here in MA is also used for Mexican "Carne Asada" or "Ranchera" found throughout Southern California where I grew up. However, they cut the meat much differently for that preparation. Instead of thick cross-wise strips, they do a thin horizontal slice across the whole section. This yields a thin, wide stretch of meat that looks almost like beef-jerky when cooked. What's so frustrating is that it is nearly impossible to find it cut this way here in MA. I think I found it cut that way at Mckinnon's in Malden some time ago but never since. Even though it is essentially the same cut of meat, I prefer the thin slices of the Mexican style because they really take the marinade well and cook nearly instantly on the grill. They pre-marinate the meat in the local carnicerias and Mexican grocery stores and when you order it they place it in a plastic bag, pour additional marinade on top along with orange slices and green onion, and tie the bag off for travel. The flavor is a very intense citrus and garlic blend with plenty of cumin and Mexican oregano. I've tried making it myself with Costco Flap but its not the same....

Aug 27, 2010
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Fun Izakaya Style in L.A.

Atmosphere, drinks more important than the food, but we love food...

Jul 29, 2010
supag32 in Los Angeles Area

Fun Izakaya Style in L.A.

I loved hopping around to all the Izakayas in Vancouver, with great drink prices, party atmosphere, and decent food. Are there any places like this in greater L.A.? I know there are Izakayas around, but I'm not sure if they have the same vibe. Any help would be great, thanks!

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Izakaya
8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Jul 29, 2010
supag32 in Los Angeles Area

Fat Cactus Mexicali Cantina, Lynnfield MA

The food here is very standard California-style Mexican food. Nothing terrible about it, but nothing really great either. The chips and salsa were actually good, though. Didn't care for the beans (must be wet, creamy refried pintos to be cali-Mex in my opinion, with yellow cheese on top). The rice was actually orange-ish Mexican rice, which is on the right track. Much better than the jumbalaya type stuff they have at Border. But this place was absolutely packed (as is the Border down the street). There must be some seriously untapped demand for cheap eats in this area because these two restaurants are seriously shutting down Route 1 right now. For me, I'm happy to see someone trying to do California style Mexican around here, as apposed to the Yucatan or other regional style authentic Mexican the abounds in Boston (Angela's, Casa Romero, Tu y Yo, etc.) I will say that Casa Romero is my favorite of that bunch. Oh, and the Margarita's at the Cactus place were not good. Casa Romero has the best in my opinion.

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Casa Romero
30 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

Jul 09, 2010
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Any recent Stoddard's experiences?

Yes, my wife and I went last weekend and we really enjoyed the food and the hospitality. Won't do a long review, but I will say that the house charcuterie plate was among the best I've had around town. The flavors just really popped, especially the house made pastrami. For mains we had the chicken pot pie and the quail dish. both were very nice but not other worldly. We really wanted the Rabbit but were told by the server they were out. Beer selection was great. I enjoyed a cask and another local beer I've never seen around before. By chance, the chef's family was sitting next to us and we had a nice chat with them. Also had a nice chat with the chef as we were leaving. Good vibes and food all around. Worth a trip. Oh, and the place is gorgeous, the bar especially. There is just something about these old buildings near downtown crossing that get me every time...

Jul 09, 2010
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

All-Clad Deluxe Slow Cooker Replacement Lid

Yeah, we got it there. Thanks a lot, we'll try it.

Nov 18, 2009
supag32 in Cookware

All-Clad Deluxe Slow Cooker Replacement Lid

Does anyone know where I can buy a replacement lid for the All-Clad Deluxe Slow Cooker? It has a Stainless Steel lid that fell on the ground and bent up an edge. I'm concerned that it no longer can make a seal and is letting heat out. Please help!

Nov 15, 2009
supag32 in Cookware

Best Value Store Bought Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

Anyone have any recommendations for store bought Champagne or sparkling wine -- under $35? Looking for value, not necessarily price...

Anywhere in Boston/Cambridge/North Shore.

Thanks,
Seth

Jun 25, 2009
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Chicken stock?

Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave. in Cambridge sells homemade chicken stock. That would be your best bet since you're in Davis. If you have time, making it yourself at home is not difficult. I did this last week. I bought a whole roasted chicken from Market Basket for 4 bucks, took all the meat off, then tossed the bones and scraps on my dutch oven with carrot, celery and onion and simmered it for 4 hours - skimming off the fat as it rose to the top. Time consuming, but definitely worth it.

Feb 08, 2009
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Wilson's Farm Style Place North of Boston?

I Recently moved from Cambridge to Chelsea and it's a bit of a slog to head out to Lexington and I love Wilson's Farm. I'm looking for a similar type place north or east of here to get some interesting fresh produce or specialty items. I know there are some farm type places where I have gone apple picking, and I think some of them have little markets attached, but I'm not sure exactly where they are any more. Any suggestions?

Jan 31, 2009
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Liver + Onion Lunch?

Also the Mt. Vernon Restaurant in Somerville has Liver and Onions. Not bad at all.

Jan 24, 2009
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

6 girlfriends from out of town -- what AFTER dinner

If you are over in Cambridge for dinner, I would definitely do Cuchi Cuchi for drinks after dinner. Cool vibe (decor and great lounge-y international music) and great drinks and bartending (Whitney is the best!). They have a little alcove adjacent to the bar that is great for parties of 5-7.

Jan 24, 2009
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Uncleaned Squid in Boston Area?

Does anyone know where I can find fresh whole uncleaned squid?

Jan 24, 2009
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Where to find tropical mixed drinks in Boston/Cambridge?

Hi Joy, if you want to recreate tropical drinks from the Islands, I would eschew the modern bars in Boston and Cambridge and head for the old school Tiki spots just North of the city. There is a raft of them all throughout the North Shore, but my favorites are a few of the closer ones. My favorite is the Ho Win Palace in Chelsea/Everett on Route 16. The owner, Lina, tends bar and has done so for over 35 years at that location. The Zombie will literally knock you over, and it only costs 6.25. Other places would be Tiki Island near Wellington Station in Everett and Bali Hai up Route 1 past Saugus near 128.
These places are great, divey kind of chinese/polynesian places that will satisfy your tropical drink desires...

Oct 11, 2008
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Apple Picking Recommendations?

Thinking about going apple picking tomorrow, preferably southern Vermont. Any suggestions?

Oct 05, 2007
supag32 in All New England Archive

Savant Project? The Beehive?

After reading the Dig review, I decided to check SP out after walking by for weeks during construction wondering what was going to go in there to replace Solstice. I always liked Solstice, even though it never really seemed like a "finished" restaurant. Decent food, slow service, cool music, but shabby decor. Savant Project seems very polished in comparison. And then there is the food. Wow! I'm sorry, but the food is great. Went for dinner last week and opted for a seleciton of the small plates (6 of them between the two of us), dessert and drinks. Among the small plates, the ceasar salad was our favorite, followed by the beef slider and the California hand roll, which were both great. The flavors are just extremely intense in all three, and the hand roll was presented very uniquely with the bottom of the cone sitting in a bath of soy sauce. The Polenta was ok, and the scallop dish was the only real miss. We tried both desserts, and they did not let us down. The sake fruit cup is as good as the Dig reviewer says, and the Churro, while not like the Mexican churros I'm used to in California, was amazing. The chipotle chocolate sauce has flavor that lingers in your mouth for a very long time. The drinks were also very creative and nice. We didn't even miss the hard stuff. We had the Negronimeister and the Sakito. The Negronimeister was very balanced with just enough punch to remind you that you are drinking Jager. I liked the place so much that I went back twice for lunch this past week, both times ordering the BLT, which is the bested our entire list of small plates by a mile. This is definitely a signiature dish. I have tasted nothing like it. Awesome. And to top it off, enough Killers, Interpol, and Belle and Sebatian to make me think I was dining with my ipod on. I sincerely hope this place sticks in this rapidly changing (i.e. gentrifying), mixed income area. With the Pig and Penguin (with outstanding beer lists), and this place (with the potential for top notch cocktails and really great affordable food), the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill area is shaping up to be an up and coming neighborhood for chow/booze hounds...

Oct 05, 2007
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Mexican Food

I would try Zocalo in Brighton. They have a dish called Cochinita Pibil, which is a slow roasted pork with bursting flafor, that is truly amazing. I'm from Southern California and have been hunting for good Mexican food for 7 years here. And this dish made me forget my favorites back home...

Sep 19, 2007
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast in Chelsea?

There's a little place on Everett Ave. across the street from Floramo's, I think it's called Savino's. It s a small, family run place that has home cooked breakfast staples. Pretty much a dive, but I trust the food. Has lots of locals and regulars...

Jul 03, 2007
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Amazing Buttermilk Pancakes at Eastern Standard

Thanks a lot for the post, I absolutely love pancakes, and I will definitely check these out. So far, the best pancakes I'e ever had are the Deluxe Flapjacks at Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. They are made with their own special mix (which they sell in the little bakery nextdoor) and contain sour cream as their special ingredient, which give them amazing richness and moisture. They completely melt in your mouth, but do not fall apart. Definitely worth checking out.

Jul 03, 2007
supag32 in Greater Boston Area

Longwood area

Another option might be Solstice Cafe. The decor is pretty basic, but the food is a step up from bar food. The Rib Eye is nice, and they have a patio out back.

Jun 22, 2007
supag32 in Greater Boston Area