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roasted beets versus boiled beets

Point taken.

Mar 28, 2011
JFC in Home Cooking

roasted beets versus boiled beets

With few exceptions, I roast beets; sometimes also in case where recipes call for boiling them. I think the beets have a better flavor when roasted. A(nd I also think the preparation is easier.) You can also include some of the stem, as the bitter flavor is diminished. I think how long you roast the beets depends on their size. I do nothing more than trim the stems, rinse off the excess dirt, and wrap in foil and place on a cookie sheet. (I season the beets in their final preparation -- if eating "just roasted", I don't even need salt.) At 425, it can take 30-60 minutes, possibly longer--check with a sharp knife. Let the beets cool for a few minutes, then use paper towels to rub off the skins.

I use this same preparation for my 15-month old, but let the beets cook until they are very tender so that they will puree easily.

Mar 25, 2011
JFC in Home Cooking
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early Sunday brunch for a party of 14 - must be child friendly!

If you don't mind travelling, I recommend Back Bay Social Club, which was recommended to me by another CH a few weeks ago. They are in the old Vinny T's spot on Boylston across from the Hynes. We had 6 adults, and 4 children, one of whom needed a high chair (but who ended up sleeping in the stroller). Service was prompt and friendly. Food was very good -- the Eggs Benedict/Florentine were perfectly prepared. I didn't care for the potatoes, but others liked them. [One note: Don't know if there is a changing table available.]

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Back Bay Social Club
867 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Mar 23, 2011
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Need rec for Back Bay brunch - kid-friendly

Thanks - I actually thought of Brasserie Jo, but the last 4 times my husband and I have gone there, including once for brunch, we had no service/ poor service or not-great food. I vowed not to return.

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Brasserie Jo
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Mar 11, 2011
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Need rec for Back Bay brunch - kid-friendly

Thanks - I've actually done brunch at both SDLT locations, and am a fan of SDLT in general. I'm between SDLT and BBSC, which seems to have more breakfast fare on the brunch menu.

Mar 11, 2011
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Need rec for Back Bay brunch - kid-friendly

Friends (and former Bostonians) are coming to town this weekend and we'd like to meet for brunch on Sunday. I rarely do brunch, and need help figuring out this puzzle. Any recommendations for a restaurant within walking distance to Copley Place? That's not too expensive? That can handle a reservation for at least five, but possibly nine, adults plus four, and possibly seven, children ages 1-8? Kid-friendly atmosphere and service is key. Thanks!

Mar 09, 2011
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Best Indian in Boston?

I second this. Mehak's dishes are outstanding. They don't ask "how spicy"; you just get it as it is served. I love their aloo gobi and chicken palak.

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Mehak
329 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128

Sep 09, 2010
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Need child friendly lunch rec for Kendall Sq area

Any recommendations for a location near Kendall Sq. for a late lunch (2pm) on a Saturday near Kendall Square for 4 adults and 2 children, ages 15 months and 9 months. One adult is a vegetarian. Any recommendations for child-friendly locations (has room for strollers, has adequate baby changing facilities) that won't bore the adults? Reasonably priced (less than $15 an entree) preferred.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 03, 2010
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Saratoga group dinner

Hi Chowhounders from a Boston hound.

I am very excited about my first trip to Saratoga Springs next weekend. I have the dubious honor of organizing a group dinner for 15-20 people on Saturday night.

I have read a number of posts about the Saratoga area, and do hope to have time to explore some of the dining options provided, but for my group dinner:
Seating: must offer non-smoking section (one person is allergic).
Price: Most in this group are cost conscious, and aren't necessarily going to get a bottle of wine with dinner. I'm trying to keep under $15 for entrees.
Food style/atmosphere: For obvious reasons, this is not as important as other factors. We have a few squeamish about seafood/sushi.

Most of the group is staying at the Saratoga Springs Inn and Convention Center, and I'd prefer to be within a 15 minute walk. No one in the group is from the area, and I'd rather not have to get everyone in their cars, but a 10 minute drive is okay too.

I've tried Longfellow's and Olde Bryan Inn but neither takes reservations. Wheatfields already has a group scheduled, so that's out, too. Any thoughts on Gaffney's, Horseshoe Inn or Leon's or Publick House? Any other recs?

THANKS!

Oct 24, 2007
JFC in General Tristate Archive

Looking for a good fresh fish store

Hi-
The Brookline Farmer's Market on Thursdays offers fresh fish. The fish are caught that day. You can pre-place your order by e-mail (by 6:00 am on Thursday), which you might want to do as they have been known to sell out before the day is over. They also sell chow-dah in gigantic quantities. (Cyndi Barnes, Fishlady19@charter.net)

I recently got some fresh salmon (which became lovely gravlax!) at Off the Boat (which also serves cooked take-out dinners). It's located in East Boston, located near the entrance to the Summer Tunnel. Very friendly service. You can place orders ahead for specialty fish.

Jul 25, 2007
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Mom and Pop Seafood Shack Tour

You might want to try Belle Isle Seafood, on route 145 just over the town line in Winthrop. (It's a 10 minute detour off 1A north.) The lobster roll is fabulous, and I am a big fan of the onion rings and lobster pie. Clams are tasty as well. Check out this recent post:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/412170

Jul 24, 2007
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Seaport Help

Hi Cecelia,

You do have plenty of options in the immediate area (some at the pricey hotel restaurants), and even more options by taking a short cab ride to Broadway St in South Boston (and go the popular Amrhiens), or the Silver line to downtown/Chiantown or alll other points. In the immediate area, you may want to try LTK (Legal Test Kitchen), the NoName restaurant, Lucky's Lounge, Yankee Lobster (where you can buy fresh fish, so the atmosphere is akin to tables and chairs), the Daily Catch (at the Federal Courthouse), the Barking Crab (nearby the Courthouse), Flour bakery, and the Blue Wave.

Beer lovers may already know this, but Harpoon Brewery, just a little ways down Northern Ave., has free tours and beer tastings on Saturday afternoon.

At the Westin Waterfront, you have the following options:

The Birch Bar in the lobby: The selections included individual pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, sea salted fries, shrimp cocktail , skewers with dipping sauce, crispi calamari, crab cakes, cheese plate, fruit skewer with chocolate fondue, etc. Sounds yummy, but prices ranged from $6 for the fries to $15 for the grilled chicken pizza.

The main hotel restaurant is Sauciety. Back in February, there was a brunch buffet on Sunday ($19). The lunch menu ranged from $11-$16 for sandwiches, salads, steak, or a few seafood choices, or $15 for a lunch buffet. Not sure if those options are still available. The dinner menu, served after 5, had some "small plates" or appetizers
from $7-$15, and "center plates" from $24-$39. The concept is that you pick a "center plate" (swordfish steak, salmon, tuna, pork chop, sirloin steak, roast chicken, lobster), and then two sauces to go with it. There were 15 sauces in an array from mild to "bold" to spicy. "Side plates" of vegetables and starches for $6 round out the menu.

I hope that helps. Good eating!

Jun 27, 2007
JFC in Greater Boston Area

Sacramento tomato juice in Boston area

Hi-
Sacramento tomato juice -- you can't have a Bloody Mary without it. I have found that select Stop & Shop and Shaw's markets do carry Sacramento. I get mine at the Super Stop & Shop in Revere.

Jun 27, 2007
JFC in Greater Boston Area