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Aldi

Visited my local Aldi last weekend and they had a load of products from Germany on hand. My favorite muesli is back! In addition, I bought butter cheese, Austrian beer mustard, Nuremberg sausages (which I nearly passed out with happiness upon seeing, given that our whole family loved them on a trip to Nuremberg a couple years ago) and a pretty good canned pea soup. Am so happy I will be going back this weekend to re-stock. The 49 cent eggs are now 99 cents, but still cheaper than other grocery store!

about 19 hours ago
Kat in Chains

Why is that Kids Competition with Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri on Food Network and not Nickelodeon?

My 12 y.o. likes this show because it shows kids his age who, like him, have an interest in food. I have to say that I absolutely despise Nickelodeon and thankfully he shows no interest in it either. Shows on Nickelodeon geared for pre-teens are the equivalent of crack for kids, IMHO, mind-rotting with nothing educational or cultural to offer.

about 22 hours ago
Kat in Food Media & News

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

McDonald's fish sandwich with plenty of gloppy tartar sauce and a Diet Coke to wash it down.

Sep 13, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Putting food on the table. How did your Mom do it?

This sounds a lot like my mom. While I was young, she never met a box of Rice a Roni or Tuna Helper, or a jar of Ragu that she didn't like. Later on, when I was in high school, she gave up all pretense of cooking and just stocked the freezer with boxes of Lean Cuisine. She would make fun of my attempts to cook, I think because she was irritated and felt I was trying to show her up. She still does it now! Never a holiday meal goes by without her taking potshots at my cooking (not that she once has offered to host herself!)

Sep 13, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Scorpion Bowls and Keeno on TV.

Sep 12, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Best restaurants in Portland, Maine

I think you have to just put it down to sheer bad luck. Every place is going to have an off day and someone has to be on the receiving end, unfortunately. I had a recent disappointing experience at Otto (the one in Brookline, MA). The pizza was just not good, very dried out, not at all what I was expecting and it was my first visit. Other people report consistently great pies there. I'll give it another go and hopefully get one of those great pies (potato and bacon!) that everyone raves about.

Sep 11, 2014
Kat in Northern New England

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

I had a decent lunch last summer at Finz in Salem. It was a nice day and the restaurant has water views so it was quite pleasant. Food was very satisfactory ( I think I had the fried fish sandwich), but not earthshattering.

If you do go to the PEM in Salem, request tickets for the Yin Yu Tang House, a 200 year old Chinese house that was shipped from China and reconstructed in the courtyard of the PEM. Fascinating! You can buy them in advance online or see if there are any available when you get there.

Sep 11, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area
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Campton/Plymouth, NH

Hello - We are heading up for a birthday leaf-peeping weekend next month to the White Mountains, along with probably about 40 million other fellow leaf-peepers. I would like to make a dinner reservation somewhere higher end, as it is a b'day meal, and I would like to avoid waiting two hours for a table in a pub to eat a meh burger. Does anyone know of any nicer restaurants or perhaps inns with a restaurant where I can make a reservation? Much appreciated. Thank you.

Sep 10, 2014
Kat in Northern New England

What would YOU do??

OMG, too funny! I would be totally charmed, as long as he wasn't a one-trick pony. Once is totally cute, especially if there is a bottle of decent wine involved.

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

I had no idea who "Roz" is either or that she is the alleged star of an ongoing saga of her rude behavior. But, if that is the case, why did you invite her to your home and don't ever invite her back!!

Sep 07, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Otto in Coolidge Corner Open

Next time I'll order a whole pie.

Sep 06, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Otto in Coolidge Corner Open

I was in my old neighborhood of Coolidge Corner today for work just before noon and stopped in for a couple slices at Otto. I have had this place on my list for some time and meant to try the one in Portland, but hadn't. I ordered two warmed-up slices: one bacon and potato and one ricotta and squash. They were both very dry. I was disappointed, because they looked good but there was no moisture, very dry mouthfeel. Is this a representative experience, or is it because I ordered slices instead of a whole pie? It was still early for lunch, so the pies couldn't have been sitting around for that long. On the bright side, I liked the space and the service was prompt and very helpful.

Aug 29, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

Unless you are a social outcast desperate for friends, let this person go. Life is much too short to agonize over pettiness lke this.

Aug 28, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Motel / Buffet Scrambled eggs

That explains it. We stayed at a Hampton Inn last winter and the hardboiled egg I bit into had the oddest rubbery texture. It was hard to bite into because it was so rubbery. I couldn't eat it. Yuck.

Aug 28, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

A gift is for the recipient, not the giver. Once the gift is given, it is for the recipient to decide solely when and where and how to use it. This is a different situation from, for example, if you had asked R to bring a dessert and when she brought it, you stored it away for you and your girlfriend to eat later after the party. That would give her a right to be upset. But, the napkins were a gift to you for your sole use. (And, they had turkeys on them?? Sounds like it was a regift from last Thanksgiving!).

Are you snacking on anything right now? **End of summer edition**

Fresh pineapple to curb my sweets cravings.

Conway (Not North Conway) Higher End Dining

Greetings - Heading up for a brief leaf peeping/birthday getaway this fall and would like suggestions for a higher end restaurant to celebrate my b'day dinner. We'll be Staying in Conway and don't want to drive far for dinner after driving all day. Looking to spend not more than $30 pp for an entrée in a place with good meat options (can't eat shellfish). Thanks!

Aug 20, 2014
Kat in Northern New England

Tell-Tale Terms

Communal tables. I know they are trendy and supposed to promote community among diners, but sitting at one always makes me feel like I am eating in my high school cafeteria. Yeck.

Any other hunters/shooters here?

Spouse of an East Coast deer hunter here. He field dresses the deer but then we send them to a local butcher. I think the loin is my favorite, but I also love ground venison for chili and "cheesesteak" subs. It is such a lean, flavorful meat. Not too many hunters in our area and the deer population has really exploded; they are everywhere.

Aug 18, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Good restaurants in/around Natick?

The Met at the mall is OK; probably as hip as you will find in a town where, as agreed, there is very little hipness. I've eaten there several times and while there isn't much in the way of culinary uniqueness, the food is satisfactory.

Aug 17, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

MEAT DONENESS -- then and now

My Dad loved T bones but my OCD mom firmly believed that deathly bacteria lurked in all meat that was not incinerated. So, dry,tough and well done was how steak was cooked in our home. Now, i like medium rare.

Aug 10, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Dining alone near Swissotel?

Thx!!

Aug 10, 2014
Kat in Chicago Area

Dining alone near Swissotel?

Hi All - Just wondering if there are any updates to rhis thread? spouse is staying at the Swisshotel this week for a conference and looking for inexpensive places for dinner within walking distance of the hotel. A 20 or so minute walk is fine. Likes Asian food, seafood, BBQ; not fond of Italian or pubs. Any ideas appreciated, many thanks.

Aug 10, 2014
Kat in Chicago Area

Is this tacky?

In the same league as Hamburger Helper is the godawful Tuna Helper. My mother served that all slop the time in the 70s; she thought it was healthier than Hamburger Helper because it had fish instead of beef. I just threw up in my mouth even thinking about it.

Jul 23, 2014
Kat in General Topics

New Restaurant in West Concord

Interetsting, thx for the news! Will keep my eye on the space. I wonde if Saltbox Kitchen is going into the Dabblers location or the old Orvis one?

Jul 23, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

"I Don't Cook"

My mother was actually proud of the fact that she did not cook. She blamed her parents for not teaching her, but its not like she ever picked up a cookbook and tried to learn. My grandparents were both great cooks, old school Italian. They fed us every night until they weren't up to cooking much anymore, and then it was Lean Cuisine or cold cuts until I figured out how to make a few easy dinners. I like being in the kitchen and I always host the holiday dinners: it never fails that at each dinner she throws passive-aggressive zingers at me for cooking a nice meal ("Well, you certainly prepared a fancy meal. Not that I would EVER have chosen to spend my time doing that, but I suppose you're not like me."). Ugh.

Jul 18, 2014
Kat in General Topics

New Restaurant in West Concord

I've heard rumblings of a new restaurant in West Concord going into the space recently vacated by the much-missed (by me, anyway!) West Concord Supermarket. Does anyone have any idea as to what it might be??

Jul 18, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Extreme Picky Eater/Selective Eating disorder

What does he eat?

Jul 16, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

Beef stew (potatoes, substitute corn for carrots and celery, can you eat onions?) is easy to make, especially in a crockpot, add red wine for more flavor. Shephard's pie. Tacos (easy to make with taco seasoning; no need to use salsa since you don't like tomatoes; add hot sauce, sour cream, cheese) with rice on the side. Omelets with the filling of your choice. Easy to bake a few chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces, then add them to chicken broth along with the small pasta of your choice to make soup and top with grated parm cheese.

Jul 12, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Carrying the aroma/stench of a restaurant home with you

In Boston, there used to be a place called Fajitas n Ritas where the meat and grilled veg were served still cooking on a scorching hot grill. Every time, i walked out of there stinking of smoky onions and peppers. Clothes, hair, everything. Yuck. In those days you could still smoke in bars and clubs, too, so after dinner and a night out, you'd be a smoky hot mess.

Jul 12, 2014
Kat in Not About Food