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My Aldi experience!

We love Aldi and do not care about the name brand or packaging of the food. Only are the ingredients quality and does it taste good. Additionally, I love the store because it is small and there is one way to walk around it. I hate big box grocery stores that have five million choices of one product on the shelf and aisles crammed with overly large carriages that people ram every which way around the store (I'm looking at you, Wegmans).

I love the European products that are at Aldi: the German sausages, cheese (mmm...butter cheese),chocolate, muesli and rye bread; made in Italy pastas. Meat, dairy and eggs are miles less expensive than the bigger grocery stores around here. (Although, the egg cartons contain a psalm on the inside cover, which I find to be a tad odd, mixing eggs with religion??).

I don't, however, like the produce and rarely buy it. It often looks limp and lifeless. In the summer, I always stop at the nearby farmstand on the way back from Aldi, so it's all good but in the winter it kind of stinks.

about 22 hours ago
Kat in Chains
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How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Just ask if they want to meet for dinner. If they don't know the restaurant, they can check it out online.

May 01, 2015
Kat in Not About Food

Anyone ever tried this place called Max Rupp

This looks interesting. I checked out the web page and under menus it says that dinner is $13.50. Is this a current price? Also, anyone know how far in advance you need to reserve? Thank you.

Apr 27, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Madrd Bakery Marlborough/Sudbury

Good to know that the cakes are wonderful too; I am thinking of ordering one for an upcoming birthday. I have Paul on the list next time I am out by Natick.

Apr 19, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Madrd Bakery Marlborough/Sudbury

This bakery is on Rt 20 near the Marlboro/Sudbury line. Maybe I have lived out here in the food wastelands for too long, but this bakery offers seriously delicious croissants. They only make the croissants on Fri, Sat and Sun. You can call ahead and place an order or otherwise risk none being left when you arrive. Plain, chocolate or almond. Miles above any I have had in this area, ever. Brings back happy memories of prior trips to France. Bakery also offers cakes, cookies, etc. but I make a special trip just for the croissants.

Apr 17, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Red Raven Acton - Another Disaster in the Food Desert

We had Easter Brunch there last Sunday. Three out of four dishes were good; especially the steak and eggs and the Benedict. Fourth dish, a frittata, was really dry and over cooked , did not look in any way like any frittata I have made. Server was very courteous, but the wait time for the food was loooooooong. Over an hour and the room was not full. Then, the runner brought over the wrong dishes. Too bad, because we had a nice dinner here last fall. I never like to dine out on holidays because it is always seems like the B team is in the kitchen, but would hope it is better on a regular evening.

Apr 10, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Should this party have been canceled?

This. Read the other threads here about people who don't bother to RSVP and just show up, or who do RSVP and then never come, or who come and bring 5 extra people with them. Host probably had an idea that not many people were coming, but wasn't 100% sure and thought maybe people would just show up because it was a casual get together.

I think, just one of those awkward life moments that happens. Seems like you handled it appropriately.

Metrowest restaurant with private room

Thinking about the locations of Lexington and Hopkinton, I am going to suggest Romaine's in Northborough. Hopkinton folks can take 495 north to Route 20 and Lexington folks can take Rt 2 west to 495 south to Route 20. They have a private rooms and the food is good.

Apr 06, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg Recommendations

Two beer gardens we enjoyed in Nuremberg: Kettensteg, which is in a lovely leafy setting by the river in the old part of the city. Not "foodie", but a good place for sausages, beer and relaxing on a warm summer night.

Also, if you visit the Documentation Center or the Rally Grounds, there is a good beer garden nearby the lake: Gutmann am Dutzenteich. Again, sausages and beer but a lively atmosphere. A little more local in feel as it is outside of the old city.

Apr 04, 2015
Kat in Europe

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

We like the frozen chicken tikka masala (YAY) since the only Indian restaurant in our tiny town recently closed. So do a lot of other people apparently because they are often sold out. The other day they had a product in the same space I hadn't seen before, a vegetarian tikka masala. NAY! A big yuck.

Apr 03, 2015
Kat in Chains

Acceptable Behavior ?

Odd certainly, but not sure if outright rude without getting the offending couple's side of the story. I think I would have ordered a drink and left it at that, but maybe they were pushed by wait staff to order food since they were seated before the whole party was there.

Mar 30, 2015
Kat in Not About Food

Cat Cafes?

Thanks for the feedback! Can't wait to go now!

Mar 26, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cat Cafes?

Greetings All - We'll be visiting Montreal for about 10 days this summer and I know that we, especially the chow pup, will be missing our kitty (he is my avatar; will be happy at home with catsitter). So, I thought that a visit to one of the cat cafes would be fun. I love cats; however, I also love cleanliness. Never having been to a cat cafe before, I was wondering if anyone could suggest either one place or the other (the Cafe des Chats or the Cafe Chat L'Heureux). I can deal with cats lounging around but litter box aroma or wads of cat hair floating around near food, yuck! Thx!

Mar 23, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

how much do your kids eat? how old are they?

I have a preteen boy who is not at all a picky eater, but just doesn't eat much. He'll try anything and loves spicy foods, foie gras, chicken livers, brussel sprouts with bacon, etc. But, rarely will he eat a full meal. If he does, he sometimes throws it up. He'll eat a portion of everything on his plate at meals and then if he gets hungry again later, will snack on cheese and crackers. We stopped encouraging him to eat more at meals due to the throwing up. His weight is solidly within normal range. All kids are different. Hasn't hit puberty yet, so I am wondering if his appetite will increase then.

Mar 23, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
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Fenway/Kenmore: Good, cheap restaurants?

Food Court at the Hong Kong Supermarket on Commonwealth Ave; take the B line. Cheap, easy to take out food and lots of choice.

Also, Tasty Burger.

Mar 21, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Italian Beach Towns

We chose Juan les Pins for a south of France beach vacation with our child because it has a large sandy (not pebbly) beach which he really enjoyed. The town also has a good amount of amenities and you can take the little tourist train to nearby Antibes. Must say, however, that although there are a large number of restaurants in the downtown/beach area of JLP, we did not have an easy time finding a top notch meal. Lots of mediocre places with nice outdoor seating areas but just OK food. Maybe we did not venture as far afield for food as we might have sans l'enfant. However, the downtown area is lively at night for walking around and there is a playground for kids.

Have to admit that best meal we ate in Juan les Pins was one we prepared ourselves in our apartment with ingredients from the market in Nice and a roasted chicken.

Mar 11, 2015
Kat in Italy

d-bags at alden & harlow

I was in a very foodie restaurant in Montreal a few years back, where advance reservations were (and still are) a definite must. We were seated facing the front of the restaurant, with a lovely summer breeze wafting in through the open floor to ceiling windows. There was an open 2 top in front of the windows and a long line of people without reservations waiting for bar seats to open up. A couple were out on the sidewalk engaged in a very heated discussion when the woman abruptly hopped over the row of bushes in front of the windows and seated herself at the empty table! The man followed. Shortly thereafter the hostess and a server barreled over to them and were finally able to rout them out of the seats and back onto the sidewalk. There are jerks everywhere who shouldn't be indulged........

Mar 11, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area
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How we'd fix it: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

Honestly, I would remove all the crappy food vendors and restaurants and turn it into a large exhibition space featuring rotating exhibits on the history of Massachusetts and also with a show space for local artists. Rent it out for special events too. Since there is a market going in nearby, I think that the two attractions would complement each other nicely.

Mar 10, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

New Restaurant in West Concord

I heard that it was opening this weekend and was hoping that someone would post a review. So pleased to hear that it was a positive dining experience. It will be great to have a good place for brunch in this area as well.

Mar 08, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Woman Sues Restaurant for Ruining Her Valentine's Day, Seeks $100,000 in Damages...

I think she deliberately planned this escapade hoping to make some $$$ and grab her 15 minutes. Probably isn't even married.

Mar 04, 2015
Kat in Food Media & News
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Is it worth it?

See if your state (are you in the US?) offers a job coaching program for people with disabilities. The job coach not only helps you to find a job but also works with you at first to help you acclimate and learn the job. This can be a major support for people who would otherwise be stuck in a mindless adult day program or at home with nothing productive to do. If you have a case worker, ask him or her if there is such a program near you.

Mar 01, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
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restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

This restaurant is jerking you around. Bring your receipts in to the restaurant in person and meet with the owner (not the scammy partner who doctored your receipt). Demand that s/he credit your account while you are there for the fraudulent 20%. Thank them and leave. Do not go back.

Feb 28, 2015
Kat in Not About Food

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).

Feb 27, 2015
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