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Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

Super! And they have dosas too!!!

Tried to go to Rapscallion on a recent weeknight and they were packed with people waiting. Didn't have a lot of time so we went to Spicepepper Garden instead (posted about it in another thread; double cooked bacon and spicy bamboo shoots, yum).

1 day ago
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

Thx!!!

Feb 24, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

What's good in Milford?

I grew up in Milford. Slim pickins there. I agree re: the sandwiches at Gene's and Oliva's. I especially love the caprese sandwich at Gene's and the Italian cookies. I heard that there is a now a Chinese dumpling place on Main Street, which I would be interested to try when I go back next for a visit. If you are looking for higher end, Truffles Wine Bar is pretty much the only higher end place of which I know in town. It has good reviews. However, I really wouldn't say that there is much of anything in town that is not to be missed, unfortunately.

Feb 24, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

dinner host responsibilities

I don't see this as an alcohol issue but more of a sensitivity to cost issue. If I knew that my fiance's mother was on a limited income but wanted to take my family to dinner, I woud be careful to keep my order to the cheaper items on the menu. I probably would not order an alcoholc drink since that would raise the cost of the meal. It is not really about the food in this case but about appreciating her gesture of generosity.

Feb 23, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
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Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

Greetings - Would greatly appreciate suggestions of where to go for a late night bite in the Kenmore Square/Fenway area (11:00 p.m or so). We 'd prefer to stick to that area so we can walk and won't need the car or to deal with the messed-up T. Eat anything except shellfish and welcome suggestions from dives to higher end. Its been a while since i've eaten in that area so any ideas appreciated. Thx!

Feb 19, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Spicepepper Garden Acton - Real Deal Szechuan.

So, I 'be been looking forward to trying Spicepepper after reading this thread and we visited last night. It was packed on a snowy weeknight, perhaps due to the holiday. We ordered Bamboo Shoots in Red Oil, Double Cooked Bacon and Ma Po Tofu. The bamboo shoots and double cooked bacon were our favorites. These are my favorite dishes from Szechuan Garden in Framingham and I am delighted to find them in this area. This food is definitely a big jump up from the Americanized Chinese places around here; I am greatly surprised and pleased.

Feb 19, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

We have a few of these breakfast places in our area and they often change hands. It seems like buying yourself a minimum wage job. Customers expect low prices for eggs and toast and volume migjht be high, but even then you're not making much profit once overhead is paid.

Feb 17, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
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does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

In my party-giving experience, people who don't RSVP don 't show up. Why don't they just tell you they are not coming? I think because they are afraid that saying 'no" will hurt your feelings; actually, just not showing up is much worse, IMHO. I'm sorry that your father didn't approve of your baby's (his grand child's!!!) party. In support, I can say that my (Italian) mother refused to throw me a baby shower because "we don't do that". Enjoy your party anyway!!

Feb 14, 2015
Kat in Not About Food

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

Probably in my backyard, buried underneath the five foot high snowdrifts back there. Morbid snowbound New England humor, sorry. Going a little stir crazy by now.

Feb 14, 2015
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Does the snow keep you close to home?

Hunkering down. I wish we lived in the city so we could walk to restaurants and shops and get out. Out here in the deep 'burbs there isn't anything within walking distance and not plowed out yet so we are hunkered down. Bulgogi last night and sole with lemon and capers tonite, my fave.

Feb 09, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Rapscallion, Acton

Great to know! I love this cozy space and was sad when Sprigs closed. Looking forward to trying Rapscallion!

Feb 04, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast Subtsitute for Birthday Cake?

Greatly appreciate all the ideas! The crepe cake looks amazing, but i"m a little intimidated since I've never made crepes before. Celebrant prefers savory, but i'm going to pick one sweet thing from these ideas to use ad the "cake".

Feb 04, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking

Where to find the best crispy charred brussel sprouts

Curious- We are just back from Palm Springs too and are also brussls sprouts fans. Where in PS did you have the most perfect brussels sprouts ( for future reference)? Thx!

Feb 03, 2015
Kat in Manhattan

Montreal Restaurant/Food Blogs?

Thank you both so much! TONS of good reading here!

Feb 03, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Palm Spring restaurants

I dined at Tinto last month after the remodel. Here is my experience:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9934... (toward the bottom of the thread

)

We also had dinner at Zin. Both the food and the service were really very good, we had the rabbit and the veal chop. We sat on the patio; great people watching!

Feb 03, 2015
Kat in California

Montreal Restaurant/Food Blogs?

We have an upcoming trip to Montreal this year; haven't been there in a few years although we used to visit more frequently. I like to read local food blogs to prep for traveling because it is fun and also because it can be informative on the local food scene. I would appreciate suggestions of local food blogs to peruse over the next few months; I can read French without problem so French language blogs too. Thx!

Feb 03, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Breakfast Subtsitute for Birthday Cake?

Hello All - We are having an informal birthday party for a family member. However, due to the celebrant's schedule, the only time we can have it is at 7:00 a.m. this weekend. (I know!) So, not sure we will be up to eating traditional birthday cake and ice cream at this early hour. Any suggestions for an easy to prepare yet festive breakfast food to substitute for cake that we could stick a few candles in? I was thinking maybe a quiche, but any other suggestions? Thx!

Feb 03, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

I just drove by yesterday and saw the new sign. Looks really interesting!

I visited 29 Sudbury this weekend. Had the flatbread pzza with short ribs; pretty good and very busy for dinner.

Also heard that there will be a brewery and restaurant moving into the empty Walgreen's space in downtown Maynard.

Feb 02, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Gaslight560 - anyone been here? Review/comments?

I've only had brunch there and it was OK, but very loud. If your group includes out of towners and suburbanites, i would suspect that the free parking in a open lot is the biggest draw. Parking in the South End otherwise is not for the faint of heart.

Jan 29, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

US East Coasters!!

We've got the coolers ready to store food outside on the deck in case the power goes out for a long time. Also have a gas and a charcoal grill, but agreed, those won't be fun to use in blowing winds and snow. I've stocked up with bread, good cheeses and meats to make tasty sandwiches for a few days if necessary.

Jan 26, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking

US East Coasters!!

What type of " hunker down and ride out the monster storm" meals are you planning over the next couple days? And, what and how are you planning to cook if the power goes out?

Jan 25, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking

Hosting curious visitors from Germany-- need special dinner ideas

Our recent UK visitors loved chicken wings done on the grill, simply with salt and pepper. Also, corn on the cob, as they said tney don't get corn of that size at home for eating, but i don't know when your visitors are coming; if corn will be in season.

Jan 24, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking
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Palm Springs Splurge Meal

I think that this was a one-off situation and we unfortunately happened to be the unlucky ones to experience it. If the food had not been as good as it was I would have been seriously PO'd.

I do think that I will send an email to the GM, that is a good idea. I am not looking for any sort of compensation (we live on the East Coast, not getting back to PS any time soon, unfortunately), but just as an FYI.

On the brighter side, we had a really lovely meal on the patio at Zin Bistro the following evening. My rabbit scaloppine was one of the better plates I have had in a long time (love, love, love rabbit) and spouse celebrated the return of foie gras with a seared foie app and Flintstone-sized veal chop with foie gras.

Jan 21, 2015
Kat in California

Lemon thief

Sporting companies such as Cabelas sell night vision cameras that are motion-activated. Don't know the cost but it might reveal the nighttime culprit.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in Gardening

Etiquette question (re: BYO and food) when hosting a birthday party?

This hosting/who pays question seems to come up a lot here. From remembering my 20s, I would be totally fine with bringing a dish of food and a bottle of wine to a dinner, since pretty much no one I knew then had much money and that was how we socialized together cheaply. If we ran short of wine or beer, someone would take up a collection from all the guests and then go to the corner on a beer run. Just be sure to organize who is bringing what dish, since people can be flaky and you don't want to be short of food or drinks.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
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Palm Springs Splurge Meal

So, we decided to go to Tinto. We made reservations for 7:00 p.m. and sat outside on the patio. It was gorgeous, lots of candlelight, beautiful evening, heat lamps to take off the chill. The patio was fairly busy when we arrived but they were early diners and soon left.

Food was delicious. We ordered the house marinated olives, baby lettuce salad, jamon iberico, moules, lamb meatballs, shrimp, pork belly and finished with the manchego cheese. All really good, particularly the meatballs in a black truffle and sherry sauce that was so tasty that we soaked up every last drop of it with bread. The jamon iberico was pricey, but it was a birthday meal splurge and worth it, the meat had a deliciously nutty flavor.

We were really happy with the food and setting, but here was the weird thing: we were expecting a relaxed, relatively leisurely paced meal. Instead, our dishes began coming out of the kitchen as soon as we placed our order and at a very fast pace, right on the heels of each other or two at once, really too fast to savor and enjoy each one. No real time for conversation while dining or the food would get cold. Then, about a third of the way through our meal, a film crew arrived on the patio to shoot a TV commercial. To be fair, no one asked us to finish up and leave so they could film, but the fast pace of the meal left no doubt that they preferred us to be out of there. We were a little thrown off by this and I think would have liked to be notified in advance that they had scheduled this film shoot during our reservation time so we could chosen to reschedule our meal to a more convenient time. Our server forgot to bring over my spouse's dessert wine until after we had finished our cheese course and were done eating as he was in the commercial; again, to be fair, he did apologize and took it off the bill since we didn't drink it. This meal was to celebrate a special occasion and we didn't really enjoy feeling rushed.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in California

Palm Springs - Best Mom 'n Pop Mexican and Diner

Following up after our trip: We did not end up visiting any Mexican restaurants, but we did grab take out lunch at El Salvador, after stocking up on groceries at the nearby Albertsons. The pupusas were excellent, we tried cheese, pork and cheese and also ordered the beef tacos. The people who run it were helpful and pleasant; our lunch was delicious and a great value. We stopped by the Mexican food vendor at Village Fest for fish tacos and ate them on the street. Great people watching!

Did not get to eat at a diner, but I bought a cake layered with fresh strawberries and cream at Sherman's to celebrate spouse's birthday. It was sooo good and undoubtedly quite calorific but worth it for a birthday splurge.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in California

Is Chowhound dead?

I've been on Chowhound a looong time, since about 1999, way before we had to choose a username to log in. I still love it and frequent my local boards as well as boards for places I am visiting as well as topic boards.

Chowhound Moderators don't have to alter policy because of our user opinions or complaints. Posting here is purely for the fun of it; to enjoy an online community of people interested in food-related discussions. If you don't enjoy posting here or find it irritating, then don't post anymore; you're not being paid and your livelihood doesn't depend upon posting here; so what is the incentive to put up with an environment you don't like? Plenty of other online sites to frequent.

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

At the boozy brunches, I don't think there is much eating involved.

Jan 04, 2015
Kat in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

I used to love weekend brunch in my 20s, the opportunity to soak up all the alcohol from the night before with salty, balcony, greasy goodness. Now, however, it seems that brunch is just another opportunity to get drunk and dance on tables, but in daylight. YouTube "brunch NYC" and there are some pretty awful videos of scenes on the sidewalk of brunch places in NYC.