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Boston's weirdest desserts?

I know, I love coffee jello! But mainly as a vehicle for real homemade whipped cream. Naked coffee jello, probably not. Also, its cranky New England weirdness is part of the appeal.

Mar 10, 2014
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Boston's weirdest desserts?

The tobacco ice cream at TW Food. Glad I tasted it. Never eating it again.

Mar 10, 2014
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Using frozen raspberries in a crisp recipe

You will need some cornstarch or something in there. Search for other recipes for berry crumble and do what they recommend--the fact that they are frozen won't make much difference, but berries do give off much more moisture than apples.

Then you can invite me over. Yum.

Oct 22, 2013
BostonCookieMonster in Home Cooking
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Apple cider donuts?

I love the Cider Hill donuts like everyone, but I have to say that the apple fritters Clover is doing in the afternoons might be EVEN BETTER than cider donuts. They taste similar but just a tiny bit more apple-y, and I think there is salt in the cinnamon-sugar coating. I am cursing the day I found out how good they are.

Oct 22, 2013
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Best apple tasting event ever!

You still have time to go to this tomorrow: http://www.towerhillbg.org/index.php/...

We went yesterday. They have 119 kinds of apples! They picked them right off the trees and sliced them up to hand out! Discovered several extremely delicious varieties I had never heard of (Vandevere? Wright?), as well as several that were yucky, but that made it interesting.

Oct 13, 2013
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Brookline/Boston, watch Sox game

Corner Tavern? On Mass Ave near Marlborough--pretty mellow, pretty decent food, lots of TVs.

Sep 20, 2013
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Matt Murphy's?

I love Matt Murphy's, though I don't find it quite as cozy since they redecorated. The brown soda bread is still the greatest. I have really liked pretty much all the food I've ever ordered there, a lot. Last time I had a tasty lamb burger that was so juicy I almost had to take a bath after eating it.

Sep 14, 2013
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Lunch Near Wrentham outlets?

When I was in this situation, with no idea where to go, we ended up at Commonwealth BBQ and enjoyed it. It has to be nice out, though, because there's really no indoor seating.

Sep 14, 2013
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Orchards That Have Heirloom Apples?

I love, love, love the Noquochoke apples and their people (especially Doris, she is so great). They are powerfully better than almost all other apples. However, I'm not sure they have much of a selling operation at the actual orchard, at least the one time we tried to go there (admittedly years ago). Might as well get them at farmers' markets.

I also second the recommendation of Gould Hill. Excited to try some of these other places mentioned.

Aug 23, 2013
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The Gothic, Belfast, ME

Yes! Just the other night. Had refreshing cocktails, the pea and burrata toast thing (yum), tomato salad with mozzarella gelato (that was a little weird but the total dish was very tasty), beer-brined chicken with smoked potatoes (smoked. potatoes. could there be a more perfect food), salt-baked salmon (very pure-tasting, possibly to the point of slight boringness), lovely velvety berry semifreddo, and the smoked chocolate pudding. Whoa, that was crazy. If you like Scotch, this is an awesome dessert. I kind of don't like Scotch, but it grew on me. Only after we finished did the server mention that it was non-dairy (avocado and cashew based). Really nice stylish space--so good to see that building not empty. The only slightly odd thing was we happened to be passing by in the afternoon so we stopped in and asked if we would need a reservation (this was on a Tuesday). Guy said yes and tried to convince us that only 5 and 8 were available, finally relented and said 6. We were there eating for a couple of hours and this was clearly BS. The place was far from empty but also far from full. Anyway, thumbs up from me.

Aug 15, 2013
BostonCookieMonster in Northern New England

First time visitors from Toronto

Hi there, we had a great time visiting your city for the first time last summer! Another good mid-price neighborhood spot not far from you is Coda. They serve lunch/brunch as well as dinner and then you can walk around the South End, a fun and pretty neighborhood. On Sundays the SOWA Open Market is held further into that neighborhood (easy walking distance)--maybe that's what you were thinking of? Some food vendors, though not much produce yet, and crafts, etc. It''s a nice way to spend a couple of hours. If you happen to make it to Cambridge I would also get ice cream at Toscanini's. Have fun!

May 29, 2013
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Wegmans Fenway

I guess I'm the only person in the world who is sorta-kinda fond of that Shaw's in all its 70s time capsule glory. At least, it doesn't infuriate me like the supposedly fancy one at the Pru. But I'd much rather have a Wegman's if it comes to that.

Mar 26, 2013
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January 2013 Openings and Closings

One of the empty storefronts on Peterborough Street in the Fenway has a sign for "Persian fusion" coming soon.

Jan 01, 2013
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Dinner Tonight: Brookline, Allston, Brighton

Went there last night and it was awful. AWFUL. Like tasteless industrial cafeteria food. We could not wait to leave. Off night?

Dec 10, 2012
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Puritan and Co.

I really wanted to love this place but didn't quite. The service was extremely sweet and it felt, you know, good to be there. The potato roll was one of the best bread products I've ever had in my life. I would have eaten another one for dessert. The smoked bluefish pate had a weird gummy consistency that made me think it was made with some gross-out animal part, and it didn't have a ton of flavor. The lamb with the sausage wrapped around it had a similar gummy quality (the sausage part, anyway) and the whole thing was just kind of meh. Parsnip cake was OK. I guess we should have had the lamb belly.

Dec 10, 2012
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Where are all the Malaysian restaurants?

According to my boss, Royal East in Cambridge has been bought by Malaysians and instituted a secret Malaysian menu of some kind. I don't really have much basis for evaluating Malaysian food myself, but the takeout we ordered at the office seemed tasty.

Dec 10, 2012
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MASS MoCA road trip suggestions?

Seconding the Wagon Wheel in Gill. I also have a bit of a sentimental attachment to the People's Pint in Greenfield. To detour from Route 2, Elmer's Store in Ashfield and Lady Killigrew Cafe at the Montague Book Mill.

Sigh, if I didn't hate driving so much I'd live out there.

Jul 11, 2012
BostonCookieMonster in Southern New England

Any info on Happy’s Bar & Kitchen

We went and were disappointed to say the least, but I was waiting to see if anyone else had any feedback. I'm also curious about the chicken soup, but I did not see any pastrami or "etc." (in terms of deli food) anywhere on the menu at all. Ordered lemony roast chicken and got a single teeeeensy piece of chicken in salty, sort of cornstarchy-seeming gravy. It's not their fault I am not that much of a gravy person, or that I don't like olives, which the orzo side dish was completely full of. But it was still just ... not good. Guy at the next table got the "TV dinner" and it too looked kind of gross and gloopy and like, well, TV dinner. I honestly felt as if some kind of prank were being played on us. And I am really not that fussy.

They do seem to take reservations, though. Let us know if the promised pastrami ever materializes on the menu, or do you have to say the secret password ... ?

May 09, 2012
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Peterborough St restaurants returning in June, plus Speed's!

Great news! Rod Dee is now open. It had looked thisclose since around Thanksgiving--thought I was going to lose my mind.

Jan 28, 2012
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Best Gingerbread Ever

Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread (recipe on Epicurious) is officially the Best Gingerbread Ever.

Dec 29, 2011
BostonCookieMonster in Home Cooking

Trattoria Toscana Tonight- Suggestions?

The ribollita can't be beat on a cold night, I must say.

Dec 29, 2011
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Looking for a gingerbread cake with a moist pudding like consistency

Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but this one(second recipe on the page) comes with its own sauce baked in--it's delicious.

http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/arc...

Nov 16, 2011
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Fenway El Pelon is open!

Yes, exact same location.

Nov 10, 2011
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Fenway El Pelon is open!

Since no one seems to have shared the good news yet, I will. Stopped in for tacos last night--same as it ever was.

Nov 08, 2011
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Angela's coal fired pizza openig second location?

Their pizza, I can take it or leave it, but my love for those chicken wings verges on the embarrassing.

Aug 12, 2010
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Is Eastern Standard's Food Suffering?

Audubon Circle in general doesn't seem to get mentioned much, but we ate there yesterday (on the patio!) and were reflecting that we have NEVER had anything bad there. They had a new striped bass on the menu (at least new since last time I was there, whenever that was) that was just about the most tasty healthy goodness $16 can buy.

Jul 26, 2010
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Good options in Beverly?

I have a weakness for Super Chicken, but I've only ever had the fried chicken, which I guess you can't eat every day (I get my hair cut down the block 4x a year and rarely go to Beverly otherwise, so it's rationed). Also on Rantoul St. is a cozy little place called Cravings or something like that--have only had coffee and a brownie, but the omelets and sandwiches looked good, despite the cheesy name. I also like the mini pastries at Cassis, especially those little chocolate potatoes, mmm.

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Super Chicken
289 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA 01915

Jun 26, 2010
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Does having a sweet tooth make someone any less of a chowhound?

I agree--I feel like people are sort of showing off how far beyond childish pleasures they are when they claim they'd rather have cheese and port for dessert. Frankly, I don't see why anyone should get more gourmet points for not being interested in sweets. I mean, it's not as if we sweets people go around all "Oh, I'm sorry, I really only eat cookies." I love savory things. Just not for dessert.

Jun 12, 2010
BostonCookieMonster in Not About Food

Scrapple

Oddly enough, there seems to be a mini Scrapple Zone in Concord--I've found it at the old-fashioned grocery store in West Concord and also the fancy wine and food shop across from the ice cream place (sorry to be so vague, I don't remember what either one is called--this is not in downtown Concord but, argh, is there a train station? if so, it might be near there). Less convenient than Savenor's but probably cheaper.

Jun 12, 2010
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Coldstone Creamery...........First & Last Visit

I'm another one who remembers the original Steve's! Thus, it absolutely offends me that Coldstone has the chutzpah to open in Boston. I think their ice cream is gross and I agree about the weird consistency. Maybe I'd eat it if I lived in some ice-cream desert, but we have SO much good ice cream here, and in many other parts of the country, I just don't get why this place needs to exist.

May 14, 2010
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