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Blind date restaurant/accessibility/Brighton/Allston/Brookline

I'll check it out--thanks for the link:-)

Feb 04, 2013
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Blind date restaurant/accessibility/Brighton/Allston/Brookline

I had forgotten about Jasmine Bistro--I've never been, but I had friends stay with us from Provence who loved it. Thanks!

Feb 04, 2013
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Blind date restaurant/accessibility/Brighton/Allston/Brookline

Y'all helped me out with my wedding a decade ago, but I was on my own for the divorce. Now I'm trying to get out there again, a little older, a little wiser, a little less mobile.

I have a blind date next week. I was just diagnosed with MS, and can't be sure how mobile I will be, so minimizing walking is a very, very, good idea. My best idea so far is that he a) turn out to be very wonderful and b) picks up something at Toscanini's to eat in my bed, but that seems a little, i dunno, "risky?" "risque?" risk-something, for sure.

Does anyone have any ideas for a place that would be easy to get into (no long walks twisting between crowded tables), quiet enough to talk, but lively enough to be uninhibited. He says he eats a variety of foods, and is a little adventurous, but the only specifics I know are coffee and frozen chicken pot pie. (I think the latter speaks of a certain kind of adventure, like risking one's palate, or maybe comfort foods of childhood. Or maybe he just doesn't cook.) I feel no need to get familiar with offal, but otherwise am open-mouthed.

Even though it is a date, and I have cyber crush, I'd like to avoid anything overtly romantic. There's already too much pressure as it is.

Feb 04, 2013
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Spinach and feta bread/pizza thingy

I may be revealing, if not my age, my perversions--or, at least, my obsessions:

I can remember buying at Star Market, by the deli case, a yummy spinach and feta bedecked flatbread thingy. Maybe "flatbread" is the wrong term; it was kind of like a pita bread in consistency, but without a pocket.

Does anybody remember these, or know where I can get them? Mr. Google has failed me, alas.

I'm not (yet) on Death Row, but my craving is intense enough that I'm ready to choose my last meal.

Jul 26, 2012
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Oooh, and to bring this back round to theme, I should mention that the rum punch I'm working my way through was illicitly carried from Deon's on Martha's Vineyard. Ta da!

Sep 25, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Dang, if this child wants lobster, he's in trouble-but thanks for the tip!

Sep 25, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Update: Latin is still the only successful restaurant food for our visitor. Cachapas and arepas from the excellent Viva Mi Arepa, Anna's burritos, Peruvian chicken. He has also looked at couple of menus for chinese places and begrudging admits that maybe he could try Doris' homemade noodles from King Fung Garden II.

The biggest hits so far, though, have been bread pudding and a Nigerian stew and rice that I have cooked at home.

Sep 25, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Rum punch (apparently) helps everything.

Yes, 9 months; I host ESL students. He's the first who has been resistant to cultural exchange of the culinary variety.

Sep 25, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Quick reply: thank you (all) for so many wonderful, and thoughtful, suggestions.

qianning, I didn't ask my question well, but you really nailed my intent; thank you!

Sep 22, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Mike and Pattys- Bay Village and a trip to Costco

Items passing out of season (ex. frozen meats for grill), items changing packaging, items that didn't sell well enough, ...

Sep 22, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Excellent ideas (and thinking), Chris-thanks.

I may need to fix myself a rum punch now, just to face breakfast tomorrow.

Sep 21, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Italian is not, as of yet, flying. We have done okay with Anna's and Viva Mi Arepa. He's shown mild interest in Pollo Campero, as well.

I'll admit to some reluctance to try much that digs deep into my pocketbook given the negativity, but this hostess with the mostest can't live on multinational fast food, either.

Sep 21, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Thanks-he has already decided his English isn't up to the board, and while he has said he would like to cook some night, tonight he stated that I simply couldn't provide either equipment or ingredients to his standards.

Frankly, I'd like to hit him over the head with a rolling pin.

Sep 21, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

We'll have a guest from Tianjin for the next several months who professes to like *no* western foods beyond mashed potatoes, and that no Asian food can surpass that of his own region.

Having established that he has an open mind, can any one offer suggestions that might please him? He's debunked anything I thought I ever knew, so while I've reviewed postings here, I'm not feeling too competent to judge.

TIA.

Sep 21, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Mike and Pattys- Bay Village and a trip to Costco

Markdowns are far more aggressive at Everett, but you're right about the lines being better at both.

Sep 21, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Quest for Doughnuts

Thank you all!

Apr 24, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Quest for Doughnuts

After a long absence I'm back in town, and with a holy mission: I must find powdered sugar doughnut holes for a friend stuck in a nursing home. I'm in Chestnut Hill; she's in Westford. All points between, around, and back again are fair game.

She said that DD stopped making them, but frankly, they are not the kind of thing I ever would have noticed.

If unable to score a hole in one, does anyone know if Linda's makes a powdered sugar doughnut, and if so, my chances of scoring one on Sunday morning?

Apr 24, 2009
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Where can I bbq in public in Cambridge/Boston?

Arsenal Park in Watertown has grills for charcoal-on the eastern side the view of the river is quite pretty and there are fewer kids.

May 16, 2008
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Disgusting Oatmeal Cookies!!!

Our standard recipe is a modified version of the "vanishing" cookies-which are far too along the crispy/crunchy end of the spectrum. We double the oats and halve the flour. We also always add far more goodies (pecans, raisins, dried apples, dried cherries, cranberries, etc) than the original Quaker dictates.

Jan 25, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Home Cooking

Capital Grille, Morton's or Smith and Wollensky?

You gave me a good giggle with this post, MC. My condolences on the karma thang:)

Jan 16, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

We'll keep La Bonne Soupe open as a possiblity, then-thanks. This trip will be so different from each one before as the teen is actually old enough to go ut and about on his own. I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to make a pilgrimage to LBS on those terms.

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

This sounds great-I left out of the otherwise comprehensive biography that my husband attended an Austrian school pretty much from womb through debauchery, or, umm, when he met me. ::::::blush:::::::::::

I don't suppose the offer a Spanische Winde Torte? That would just put us both over the moon.

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

OOOooh! I had forgotten Russ and Daughter's-I've eaten their stuff vicariously through Trillin's writings for years! Yes, my beloved blanket snatcher would be in heaven. We'll leave him there and head out to empty the reserves at Laboratori del Gelato.

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

It's agreed; we'll just eat ice cream and pastries. The gelato and Panya sound great!

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

Looks like great fun, thanks!

Wasabi ice cream might be a l'il scary, though...

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

Phooey! Why can't the world just turn to my convenience? Thanks for the head's up:)

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

No problem if the 7th window is too small; if your heat works at all, she'll just curl in that nice cool space behind the toilet.

I've got Lalo on my google list-thanks. We have Emack and Bolio's up here, too-though in our wierd clan we've always refered to it as "Yuk Yuk and Julio's." I have no clue why. Early onset dementia, prolly.

Jan 13, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Kill the tourists, but for their last meal...? (long)

Man, searching the Manhattan board is exhausting:)

I'm gearing up for a freaks'n'family long weekend in April and am a little overwhelmed. Three generations, two continents, diapers, pimples, surging testosterone, viagra and hot flashes all fricasseed in one five member party. My f-i-l is coming from C.A., he dislikes spicy food, but is very well travelled (Asia, Europe, the Americas, Carribean-loves loves Cuba, but that may mostly be for the women) and is generally pretty relaxed. Husband is quite cautious, leans towards Italian, hates Indian; his personal heaven is upholstered in smoked salmon and imported prosciutto. He is always happy with pizza, sushi, and steak. Teen is picky at home, but quite adventurous in the world (allergic to shellfish, but will try pretty much any form of protein, eats all cuisines.) The baby is (perversely) the easiest of us; at 2.5 she's calling out at the churrascaria "Baby wants MEAT!" but, truly, she's a pastatarian at heart. Me? I'm just tired. Oh, and a foodie. I tend to plan exhaustively, but am flexible in the field-in part because I know my options.

We're looking for a mix of "occasion" meals and comfortable, casual, funky, fun places. You haven't invited us to stay at your place (yet), so currently we're thinking we'll be in a hotel in Midtown.

Thursday night: ordering in-maybe pizza. Delivery rec's? The alternative is going straight from LaGuardia to Pollo Campero and *then* to the hotel. This would not be an altogether bad thing-I wonder if any of the limo services offer that package....

Friday: Low key breakfast, I'm tempted to head to the LES and hit up a Ukrainian place for blintzes.

Friday or Saturday: Lunch near Guggenheim

Friday: Low key supper pre-concert at Carnegie Hall (yes, the baby is skipping the concert.)

Saturday: Breakfast or Lunch near AMNH, snacking or lunch near the Central Park Zoo, maybe Plataforma for dinner. Definitely an "occasion" meal for that one, neighborhood flexible.

Sunday: Brunch. In Boston, we'd choose The Blue Room (http://www.theblueroom.net/main.html) or the Deluxe Town Diner (http://www.deluxetowndiner.com)
Sandwiches near Penn station to pick up before catching the 6 pm train back to Boston.

On all days rec's for bakeries, afternoon teas, sushi, chocolate and ice cream are appreciated. People tend to fall back to chains when traveling this way with kids, but, ummm, I don't swing that way. It seems highly unlikely to me that Unos is any more "child friendly" than any neighborhood joint.

The teen has fond memories of La Bonne Soupe. Perusing the menu online it seems to have good options for everyone-not that I would be excited, mind you-and the prices are good, but I remember the space as being quite tight. Would the toddler end up skewered and dunked in fondue? I also saw references to the tea at the Japanese department store, but I couldn't find a website in English. Korean stores are amazingly supportive of babies (staff will hold and play with them while the mom eats, there aren't just high chairs, but actual cribs, etc.); I wondered if the Japanese store might be okay. Somewhere, too, there was a recommendation for tepanyaki for kids-I think it was Ollie's Noodle house. Any thoughts?

I'm too tired and writing too much. Thanks in advance for any help.

Jan 11, 2007
BarefootandPregnant in Manhattan

Fried Chicken around Maverick

I'll have to check at Mi Tierra-we've been there a few times now, but always for steak, pupusas, or enchiladas. Driving by the other day, we noticed another Guatemalan place further towards Main on Moody, but haven't been back to check it out. (We also haven't tried Paisanos (IIR the name C). So much eating, so little time...

Thanks for the feedback:)

Dec 30, 2006
BarefootandPregnant in Greater Boston Area

Dubious Idea of the Month: Cold Christmas Buffets

Sounds like a good meal. The thing is with this set of plans is that there will be no intervening hot meal: cold buffet for breakfast (I really am fine with this part-it's a miracle none of the children have been cooked in the chaos of past Xmas mornings), followed by a late afternoon/early evening cold buffet dinner. She is not currently allowing the idea of anything even *warmed.* Soooooo, cold ham and cold smoked turkey. Cold black bean and corn salad. Cold jello salad. No way will she let me pop rolls, or even biscuits!, into the oven, so some form of cold bread.

Sheesh, why not just open the tube of wonk'em rolls and eat the dough nicely chilled?

I like the idea of the cous cous from above, and I have already committed to my beloved husband that I will bring California rolls-heck, I may put them in his stocking a la the baby's peas. This morning, I am thinking that maybe I could get away with bringing a quiche for the morning, otherwise, my son is getting some pre-cooked bacon in his stocking. (We're all big fans of protein in the morning). I think quiche might set her off: it requires plates! and forks! and serving! What, she thinks we're going to hang bagels from our noses???

The big deal is really that festive dinner. Cold Cold Cold in winter time says "funeral" a lot more clearly than "Christmas."

Dec 22, 2006
BarefootandPregnant in Home Cooking